October 5-9, 2020
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.
How to Participate
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!
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.
GLSEN is here to support your week of action. Email us at email@example.com 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
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:
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."
Black LGBTQ+ focus day: Monday, October 5
- Dear My Black Bisexual Freshman Self: You Are Enough
- Here’s What I Need a Black Queer Student
- I’m a Black Queer Student, and My School Needs to Recognize My Entire Self
- Voter Registration
- Erasure and Resilience: The Experiences of LGBTQ Students of Color, Black LGBTQ Youth in U.S. Schools
- Webinar: Erasure and Resilience: The Experiences of LGBTQ Students of Color, Black LGBTQ Youth in U.S. Schools
- Condemning Police Brutality, Calling for Greater Support for Black Lives
- 4 Ways You Can Support Black, Queer, Trans & GNC Educators Today
- History Deck Shares
- Audre Lorde
- Blair Imani
- James Baldwin
- Patricio “Pat” Manuel
- Miss Major Griffin-Gracy
LGBTQ+ Disability Justice focus day: Tuesday, October 6
Intersex Youth focus day: Wednesday October 7
LGBT2SQ+ Native American and Indigenous day: Thursday, October 8
- Erasure and Resilience: The Experiences of LGBTQ Students of Color report
- Beyond the Gender Binary
- LGBTQ Youth Explain Why Schools Should Teach About These 17 Native Icons
- GLSEN’s History Cards to share on social
- Ty Defoe
- Candi Brings Plenty
- Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu
LGBTQ+ Immigrant Youth focus day: Friday, October 9
Shop Solidarity Week Clearance Sale
Solidarity Week Organizational Allies
These organizations have endorsed Solidarity Week in support of LGBTQ-inclusive schools.
American Civil Liberties Union
Beta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc.
Brooklyn Community Pride Center
CAMBAs Project Accept LGBTQ Youth (ALY)
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
Civil Rights Memorial Center
El Paso Safe Schools Texas
Futures Without Violence
Gay Youth Milwaukee
Gay-Straight Alliance Network
Global Business Academy
Globeautique /Diversity Fest
Helping Women Win
Improve Sexual Health and Right Advocacy Initiative (ISHRAI)
It Gets Better Project
Jacksonville System of Care
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
Lotus Rising Project
Memphis Public Library and Information Center
National Women's Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE)
New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Not In Our Town
One Million Kids For Equality
People for P.E.O.P.L.E.
Project HEAR Us Foundation
Reaching Out MBA Inc.
Reconciling Ministries Network
Safe Schools Action Network
Safe Schools South Florida
Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists
San Fernando Valley LGBT Community
STOMP Out Bullying
Straight But Not Narrow
The Bridge Coaching and Wellness
The Center for Gender Equity
Third Level Crisis Center
True Colors United
Tyler Clementi Foundation
United Church of Christ
Youth M.O.V.E. National