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ERIC Number: ED512341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Educators' Guide to Ally Week
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
An ally is an individual who speaks out and stands up for a person or group that is targeted and/or discriminated against. An ally works to end oppression by supporting and advocating for people who are stigmatized, or treated unfairly because of who they are. In this context, Allies are referred to as people who do not identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students, but support this community by standing up against the bullying and harassment LGBT youth face in school. Allies should be celebrated for their contribution to making schools safe for LGBT students. During Ally Week, student organizers plan events and actions to identify, support and celebrate Allies, with particular attention to those Allies who stand up against anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. This guide provides tips on how educators can participate in Ally Week and support students' efforts, including: taking the Ally Week pledge; asking other school staff to take the Pledge; intervening if Ally Week participants are called names, bullied or harassed; supporting students' Ally Week efforts; and dedicating class time during Ally Week to discuss anti-LGBT bias in schools and the need for Allies. A Pledge form; list of Ally Week resources; and a list of other important resources are provided.
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). 121 West 27th Street Suite 804, New York, NY 10001. Tel: 212-727-0135; Fax: 212-727-0254; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)