GLSEN's Days of Action

Solidarity Week

October 5-9, 2020

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Ally Week to Solidarity Week

As an organization dedicated to safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ+ students and educators in K-12 schools for 30 years, the decision to change Ally Week to Solidarity Week was heavily influenced by student feedback, the current climate highlighting historic harm done to Black people, and the responsibility to adjust language, ideas, and actions that are appropriate and reflect the voices of those we serve and center those most impacted by oppressive systems and behaviors.

Solidarity Week is a student-powered campaign dedicated to building collective support for LGBTQ+ students and educators. This week-long program helps people learn about and practice solidarity with different identities.

Solidarity is a voluntary collective action by different people based on finding common objectives and solutions. Solidarity work happens when you show up to help and support others experiencing some form of harm by centering their leadership, decisions, needs, requests, and ideas.

You have probably already practiced solidarity in some form, whether using a peer’s correct pronouns or signing a petition. In the days after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students organized the largest single day of protest against gun violence in history. In June, protests broke out across the country demanding justice for George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis, MN. As more murders of Black people including Black transgender women, young people started organizing their own protests addressing anti-Blackness and racism in their schools. Many of you participated in GLSEN’s Day of Silence, the largest LGBTQ+ student focused and led action to raise awareness around the bullying, harassment and erasure of LGBTQ+ students in schools.

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.

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How to Participate

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Join the Conversation

LGBTQ+ students, how can people at your school in your community be in solidarity with you? How are you showing solidarity with others? These are great GSA conversation starters! Share on social media using #SolidarityWeek, and snap a selfie with our #InSolidarityWith sign!

 

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Learn

Recognizing our own privilege(s) is important to solidarity work because recognizing our privilege(s) acknowledges that they exist! Then we can enter collective actions in mindfulness 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 our actions we've listed specifically for educators looking to be allies to LGBTQ students and all their intersecting identities.

 

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Support

GLSEN is here to support your week of action. Email us at students@glsen.org with questions and we will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible. Don’t forget to register for Solidarity Week! You will get first invitations to webinars, emails, and other material to use as resources.

If you are an educator, utilize the GLSEN Educator Guides for information, activities and other ways to participate.
Educator Guide for Middle and High School
Educator Guide for Elementary

 

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Action

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 is looking for ideas on ways to take action, check out our themed days for the week:

 

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Organize

Make sure to check out GLSEN's Student Guide to think about how you and your club want to participate in this week long action.  Hold a meeting with your club and utilize this guide together in brainstorming and creating a plan. You can also run an Ally 101 workshop, or join GLSEN’s Solidarity Week activities listed under "Action."

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LGBTQ+ Disability Justice focus day: Tuesday, October 6
LGBT2SQ+ Native American and Indigenous day: Thursday, October 8
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Solidarity Week Resources

Program
Ally Week
Type
Student Action Resources
Policy and Advocacy
Program
Changing the Game
No Name Calling Week
Ally Week
Day of Silence
GSA
Professional Development
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Safe Space Kit
Program
Ally Week
Type
Student Action Resources
Policy and Advocacy