Gay-Straight Alliance

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Ally Week   

     Ally Week is a national youth-led movement empowering students to become allies against antiLGBTQQ+ bullying, harassment, and name-calling in K-12 schools.
     What is an Ally? Allies are those who support their peers who identify as LGBTQQ+ by standingagainst bullying and harassment.
     During Ally Week students are encouraged to sign an ‘Ally Pledge’to take a stand against bullying of all kinds and promote a safe and harassment-free school for allstudents.

Monday, November 2nd: Anti-Bullying Day- students and faculty are asked to wear purple to showtheir support.

Tuesday, November 3rd: Transgender Awareness Day- students and faculty are asked to wearblue/pink/white to show their support.

Wednesday, November 4th: Asexual Awareness Day- students and faculty are asked to wearpurple/white/gray/black to show their support.

Thursday, November 5th: Racial Equality Day- students and faculty are asked to wear green to showtheir support.

Friday, November 6th: Rainbow Day- students and faculty are asked to wear rainbow/tie-dye to showtheir support.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Why are we doing this? Ally Week, and the Ally Pledges, provides our school with anopportunity to show its support for our LGBTQQ+ peers, take a stand against bullying of all kinds,and promote a safe and harassment-free school for all students. We feel the efforts of the GSA arean important component in meeting our school’s social and civic expectations to promote a cultureof acceptance within our school.What does LGBTQQ+ mean? Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (theplus represents those who identify with other labels)
The students of the GSA thank you for your support!!!!



INFORMATION SOURCES


Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.

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Mission Statement

Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.

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What is GLSEN? 

GLSEN, which stands for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization working to create safe schools for ALL students. We strive to ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
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What is the It Gets Better Project?

    In September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry Miller to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, they wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better.

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    We provide high quality, comprehensive health care, research, education and advocacy.

    In 2001, Fenway launched The Fenway Institute, an interdisciplinary center for research, training, education and policy development focusing on national and international health issues, especially related to LGBT communities.
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GSAMission/Goals:

  • improve the school climate for all students regardless of sexual identity, gender identity/expression, or other differences

  • provide a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment for students to discuss the issues/challenges of identifying themselves as an LGBTQQ+* individual or Ally**

  • reach out and provide information /support to peers who may be struggling with their sexual/gender identity or simply looking for an open-minded place where they can feel accepted

  • discuss LGBTQ*-related issues occurring in our school, community, nation and world

  • raise awareness of the social injustices experienced by LGBTQQ+ individuals and their allies through education, discussion and activism

  • gain more allies in our school and our community by encouraging others to voice/show their acceptance and take a stand against harassment, discrimination and bullying to any student

*LGBTQQ: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning
**Ally: a person who works to end oppression by supporting and advocating with the oppressed population

By joining the Gay-Straight Alliance, students will be provided with:

  • a safe environment to discuss personal issues/struggles and receive encouragement from accepting, open-minded and supportive peers;

  • discussions about current events, issues, and history of the LGBTQQ+/GSA community;

  • opportunities to openly express their views/support for LGBTQQ+ individuals and their struggles by organizing and participating in our school’s observances of the nationally recognized LGBTQQ+ and anti-bullying events that occur each year, such as Ally Week and the Day of Silence; and,

  • information about out-of-school LGBTQQ+/GSA resources and events.

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