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TN Ally Week 2015

GLSEN and hundreds of students will celebrate Ally Week on September 28 – October 2, 2015 in schools and communities across Tennessee.


Ally Week is an opportunity for students to engage in a national conversation about what it means to be an ally. Straight and cisgender youth can be allies to LGBT youth, and LGBT people can also be allies to one another, supporting and validating the intersections of identities that we use to define ourselves. Read further to find out more about how anyone can be a better ally against anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language, bullying and harassment in schools.


There are tons of ways to participate in Ally Week! 


If you are an ally, read up on what actions you can take to support LGBT youth right now. The more steps you take, the stronger an ally you will be.

If you're an educator, take a look at our Ally Week Guide for Educators to learn how you can support your students.

If you're a student, check out GLSEN's resources and tools to help you organize for Ally Week! And register your participation online.


Finally, we need everyone to help us create some buzz around Ally Week. Can you help? Print off the "Being an ally means..." or "My allies..." selfie sign and fill in the blank with what you think allies do, say, or believe. THEN, snap a selfie and post it to social media using #AllyWeek or #MyAllies and make sure to tag @glsenmiddletn! 


Participating as a business? Members of the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce are invited to download the Ally Week selfie signs and encourage their colleagues and/or customers to do the same! The business with the most participation will win a catered breakfast! TO BE COUNTED: You can (1) post the image the Twitter or Instagram and tag @glsenmiddletn. Your post must also include the name of the business. OR (2) you may send your workplace selfies to with the name of the business in the subject line to be counted!