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For Ally Week, we are centering LGBTQ student and educator voices who tell their allies what they need in order to show up and thrive in school.

If you are an LGBTQ student or educator, that includes hearing from you. Want to share what you need from your allies?

  • Think about what you need to make schools more inclusive for you as a LGBTQ student or educator.
  • Think about the multiple identities that you may hold: are you trans, gender expansive, a person of color, person with a disability, a woman or femme, or a person of faith?
  • Write what you need on this sign, take a selfie with the sign, and post it on social media with #MyAllies. 
  • Don’t have a printer? No worries, take a selfie and write what you need from your allies in the caption. Remember to use #MyAllies!

Need help thinking of ideas? Below are 9 examples of what GLSEN's National Student Council members need from their allies to make schools safer for LGBTQ students.

1. Soli

A student holding a sign that says: My name is Soli Guzman. My Allies respect me for who I am and who I love!

2.  Sayer

This student is holding a sign that says: My name is Sayer. My allies want to learn more.

3. Marisa

A picture of a student holding a sign that says: My name is Marisa. My allies advocate for me both in the classroom and out!

4. Marcus

This is a picture of a student holding a sign that says: My name is Marcus. My allies remember that the people most affected by Hurricane Irma were poor/disabled/POC/LGBT+ because they didn't have resources to evacuate easily

5. Imani

A picture of a student holding a sign that says: My name is Imani (she/her). My allies don't wait to be asked nicely.

6. Sarah

A picture of a student holding a sign that says: My name is Sarah. My allies validate my existence and experiences as a queer person of color.

7. Ezra

This is a picture of the student holding a sign and a thumbs up. The sign reads: My name is Ezra (He/him/They/Them). My Allies speak with me, not for me!

8. Danny

This is a picture of a student holding a sign that says: My name is Danny. My allies bring inclusive curriculum to the classroom

9. Julia

This student is holding up a sign that says: My name is Julia (any pronouns). My allies show their support trough highlighting marginalized voices!

This is an image of a student pointing to words that say: LGBTQ students deserve allies that listen. Join the thunderclap at glsen.org/thunderclap

Don't forget to join our Thunderclap and use your voice to join thousands of others who are making a commitment to supporting inclusive schools!