Being a Better Ally to Transgender Youth

   

This Ally Week, we invite you -- no matter how you identify -- to think deeply about how you can be an ally to LGBT youth. Allyship is about more than supporting equal rights for marginalized groups; it's about advocating for those groups, uplifting their voices, and reflecting constantly on the powerful intersections of identity, privilege and justice. We hope you'll use these ideas as a starting point in your journey to visible, vocal allyship.

     
TAKE ACTION!

On your own: 

  • Practice asking someone's pronouns in a respectful way.
  • Browse GLSEN's resources about creating safer schools for trans students here.
  • Read articles and essays written by transgender and gender nonconforming people about trans and GNC issues. 
  • Ask your Congressperson to support the Safe Schools Improvement Act.
  • Familiarize yourself with the rights of your trans and gender nonconforming peers here

With your GSA:

  • Check out GroundSpark's free streaming of the documentary Straightlaced - How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up. This documentary is a great discussion-starter and alliance-builder. Get your free access to Straightlaced here.
  • Learn about a few trans heroes of the LGBT movement. 
  • Read through Part 7 of our GSA Jump-Start Guide titled “Where's the 'T' in GSA?” to make sure your group is as trans-inclusive as possible.
  • Ask your school administration about creating gender-neutral bathrooms at school. 
  • Decorate a bulletin board at your school that reflects transgender and gender nonconforming leaders.
  • Organize your own Transgender Day of Remembrance to memorialize those lives that were lost due to anti-transgender fear, bigotry and hatred.
  • Plan a Transgender Awareness Week to celebrate and learn about trans issues.

If you're an educator:

 
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