Take a symbolic vow of silence. Teach your students about empathy. Raise awareness about the hurtful impact of phrases like “that’s so gay.” Bring inclusivity and respect to your school sports team or PE class. Send a Safe Space Kit to a school you care about.
GLSEN offers many ways you can engage your school community, either during national events like GLSEN’s Day of Silence or year-round through programs like Changing the Game.
LGBT-identified or Ally. Outspoken activist or concerned classmate. No matter who you are, if you want to make a difference and stand up for respect and inclusiveness, GLSEN has a way for you to get involved. Stand up for students. Stand up for your friends. Stand up for yourself. Learn about our programs and take action today.
What do you need from your allies? How can we support each other across all our diverse and amazing identities?
Ally Week is the time to show solidarity with each other!!
Every September, LGBTQ+ students observe Ally Week by sharing what they need from their allies right at the start of the school year.
Ally is a verb. It’s not performative, it’s action-oriented. Being an ally means taking action in solidarity with LGBTQ students and responding to their self-determined requests, like respecting pronouns, giving space for self-advocacy, using inclusive language, and more.
Being an ally also means that LGBTQ students can act in solidarity with other students who hold identities that are marginalized or attacked in our society.
Ally Week is a student led program, an opportunity to #LetYouthLead and learn from them about what real, supportive allyship looks like!
Every year, schools across the country celebrate No Name-Calling Week, a week organized by K-12 students and educators to end name-calling and bullying in schools.
Rooted in the idea of #KindnessInAction, this week focuses on not merely recognizing the importance of kindness, but actively adding kindness to our actions.
No Name-Calling Week was founded in 2004 and inspired by James Howe’s novel The Misfits, about students who, after experiencing bullying, run for student council on a no name-calling platform. Founded in partnership with Simon and Schuster and the GLSEN Research Institute, No Name-Calling Week programs and lessons have been proven to make a difference in the way students communicate with and treat each other in school.
No Name-Calling Week is January 20-24, 2020.
The GLSEN Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ students and allies all around the country—and the world—take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools.
Started in the mid 90’s by two college students, the Day of Silence has expanded to reach hundreds of thousands of students each year. Every April, students go through the school day without speaking, ending the day with Breaking the Silence rallies and events to share their experiences during the protest and bring attention to ways their schools and communities can become more inclusive.
Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project is an education and advocacy program focused on addressing LGBTQ issues in K-12 school-based athletic and physical education programs.
The GLSEN Sport Project’s mission is to assist K-12 schools in creating and maintaining an athletic and physical education climate based on the core principles of respect, safety, and equal access for all students, teachers, and coaches, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. By integrating these efforts into overall school programs, we can work to ensure a safe, respectful school climate and culture for LGBTQ students.
The program was launched in March 2011 with an advisory group consisting of Hall of Fame, Olympic and National Champion athletes, award-winning journalists, former college athletic directors, and current professional, college, and high school coaches. Author and educator Pat Griffin led the development of the program.
GLSEN Chapters also offer professional development opportunities geared towards coaches, athletic directors, or PE teachers.