GLSEN's Days of Action, together with No Name-Calling Week, are regular occasions during the school year when students, educators and allies can bring attention to the pervasive problem of anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) bullying and harassment in schools.
Websites: Visit these sites for resources on how to plan activities in your area.
- Ally Week
- No Name-Calling Week
- The National Day of Silence
2012-2013 Calendar of Events
- LGBT History Month: October
- Ally Week: October 15-18
- Transgender Day of Remembrance: November 20
- No Name-Calling Week: January 21-25
- Black History Month: February
- Women′s History Month: March
- The National Day of Silence: April 19
No Name-Calling Week
No Name-Calling Week (NNCW) is an annual week of educational and creative activities designed to end name-calling of all kinds, with lessons and activities for elementary, middle and high schools. Supported by over 50 National Participating Organizations and over 10,000 educators registered, NNCW reaches over 100,000 students every year. The Creative Expression Contest is an opportunity for students to submit essays, poetry, music, original artwork, or other pieces that convey their experiences and feelings about name-calling in their schools and communities.
Find contest entry forms, information for students on bullying and other NNCW resources at www.nonamecallingweek.org.
Days of Action
These are national, student-led campaigns supported by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. These actions allow for organizers to call attention to the issues of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools and work to make their schools safer, healthier and more respectful for all students.
Ally Week is a week for student organizers to plan events that serve to identify, support and celebrate Allies against anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language, bullying and harassment in America's schools. From executing Ally pledge drives to facilitating Ally Week workshops for peers and faculty, students across the country plan a week of activities for Ally Week in schools and communities nationwide. Learn more at www.AllyWeek.org.
The National Day of Silence
On the National Day of Silence students across the country will take a vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. Hundreds of thousands of students across the country and around the world will take part in this student-led action to educate their schools and communities and to encourage others to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior in schools. Learn more at www.DayofSilence.org.
Days of Support
GLSEN is developing tools for student leaders, educators and GSAs to address topics of intersecting communities in the context of safer schools organizing, such as activity ideas, discussion topics, workshop outlines and in-school actions. This year GLSEN plans to support: