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GLSEN’s Ally Week, Sept. 28-Oct. 2

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GLSEN’s Ally Week to Take Place Sept. 28-Oct. 2
LGBT Youth Will Highlight Ways Allies Support Them with #MyAllies

What:                      Begun in 2005 by members of GLSEN's Jump-Start National Student Leadership Team, GLSEN’s Ally Week is a national dialogue, led by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, about how everyone -- in and out of school -- can work to become better allies to LGBT youth. It is organized by GLSEN and students across the country, often as members of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) or similar student clubs.

During GLSEN’s Ally Week, individuals challenge one another to think critically about what allyship means, how they are allies to others, and what kind of allies they seek out for themselves. Online, LGBT youth will share examples of ally behavior, like respecting pronouns, recognizing privilege and listening first, via the #MyAllies hashtag.

When:                     September 28, 2015 – October 2, 2015
Who:                       Everyone, led by LGBT students across the country, including those in Gay-Straight Alliances and GLSEN Chapters.
Register:                Those who want to be a part of GLSEN’s Ally Week can register and get resources for participating in Ally Week at



GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students. Celebrating its 25th year, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN's research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit