November 6—10, 2023
Solidarity is voluntary, collective, sustained action based on an understanding that we don’t all share the same risks, and we must work across all differences to ensure that every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ+-inclusive K–12 education. Solidarity involves bringing together different people based on finding common objectives and solutions. Solidarity work happens when you show up to support others experiencing harm and oppression by centering their experiences, leadership, decisions, needs, requests, and ideas.
Solidarity work happens in many forms and on many different issues.
The important part of understanding solidarity work is that collective action is powerful in enacting change. In fact, solidarity can either be the biggest threat to oppression or one of the biggest allies in upholding and reinforcing it. How you show up, or don’t, makes all the difference.
How to participate in Solidarity Week
Rise Up for LGBTQ+ Youth
In honor of the over 2 million LGBTQ+ youth who exist in the United States, we rise up and engage affirming communities across the country to show 2 million displays of public support.
Whether it's wearing a button or shirt, putting up a yard sign, or sharing a digital poster, we are creating symbols of hope that can spread the word far and wide to show we are here, and we will rise up for LGBTQ+ Youth.
Join the Conversation
LGBTQ+ students, how can people at your school and in your communities be in solidarity with you? How are you showing solidarity with others? Share on social media using #SolidarityWeek, and start the conversation in your digital spaces!
Recognizing our own privilege(s) is important to solidarity work because recognizing our privilege(s) acknowledges that they exist! Then we can take intentional, thoughtful collective actions and uplift the most marginalized voices and elevate their leadership. Check out GLSEN’s student resources on allyship and solidarity. If you’re an educator check out the actions we've listed specifically for educators looking to be allies to LGBTQ students and all their intersecting identities.
Solidarity Week is about learning and practicing solidarity, how others can show up for you and how you can show up for others. This is an opportunity to collaborate and work with other clubs, organizations, and engage all students in different activities and awareness events during the week. If your GSA, club, community group, or chapter is looking for ideas on ways to take action, check out our tools below.
Hold a meeting with your club and utilize this guide together in brainstorming and creating a plan. You can also run a Solidarity 101 workshop, or join GLSEN’s Solidarity Week activities listed under "Action."