June is Pride Month in many places around the world, which means Pride parades,
rallies, and festivals, and even school Pride events. For students and GSAs
participating in Pride Activities, you can use the opportunity to get the word
out about all the great work you are doing, and gain support from the community
for your GSA and all LGBTQ youth. Here are some resources GLSEN has put together
for your use:
The Safe Space Kit Palmcards promote GLSEN's Safe Space
Kit Campaign and encourage people to send one to the school of their choice.
NSCS Palmcards can be handed out to LGBTQ identified middle
and high school students to encourage them to participate in GLSEN's 2011 National
School Climate Survey (NSCS).
SSIA PRIDE ACTIONS
In addition to promoting your GSA, and getting the word out about the Safe
Space Kits and NSCS, you can also use the Pride experience to gather support
for the federal Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA) and help make a real difference.
The GLSEN SSIA Petition is a petition that students can use
at Pride to gain signatures in support of SSIA. In addition to asking for signatures
and contact information, the petition asks endorsers if they would be interested
in learning about local and national GLSEN activities.
In addition to the petition, your GSA can have individuals sign the SSIA
Alert Letter to Congress, to be shared later with
Read the Pride Actions Cover Letter 2011 (not for public distribution)
for important talking points on SSIA and the SSIA Pride Actions.
Please send completed SSIA petitions and letters to the GLSEN National
Public Policy Office, 1012 14th Street, NW, Suite 1105, Washington DC 20005.