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Happy Ally Week! GLSEN hopes that this week, LGBTQ students and their allies start a conversation about how allies can better support the LGBTQ community. Transgender and gender nonconforming students require different things from their allies than the rest of the queer community. That's why we're focused in on what these trans and gender nonconforming folks need from their allies. For more information on how to be a better ally to trans and gender nonconforming people, check out this resource and our Actions for Allies page.

1. Marisa

A student holding a sign that says: My name is Marisa. My Allies recognize that non binary femmes exist and are valid

2.  Marcus

A student holding a sign that says: My name is Marcus. My Allies use my correct name and pronouns regardless of whether I'm in the room

3. Kian

A student holding a sign that says: My name is Kian. My Allies should educate themselves on the intersections of race and gender

4. James

Two pictures of the same student holding a sign in each picture. The sign in the first picture says: My name is James Van Kuilenburg. My Allies let me be myself, and see that I am a person beyond my queer trans identity. The second sign says: My name is James Van Kuilenburg. My allies support me as a trans person, but more importantly, support all parts of my community, including people of color, disabled, mentally ill, fat, and poor people.

5. Mari

A student holding a sign that says: My name is Mari. My allies take the time to educate themselves and appreciate my culture, not appropriate it

6. Nate

Two photos of the same student, he is holding a sign in each one. The first sign says My name is Nate (he/him). My Allies need to support trans people beyond the trans military ban

7. Niles

A picture of a student holding a sign that says: My name is Niles. My allies recognize and hold space for the intersections of my disabled and trans identities

8. Ezra

This is a picture of a student holding a sign that says: My name is Ezra. My Allies go with me to new places because all spaces are gendered spaces! The student includes the hashtags: Trans lives matter, Ally week 2017, youth voices matter, and Take my hand Texas

During Ally Week and beyond, remember that trans and gender nonconforming educators also need support from their allies.

1. Milo

This is a picture of an educator holding a sign that says: My name is Milo. My Allies consider how gendered space and language affect non-binary people.

2. Dylan 

This is a picture of an educator holding a sign that says: My name is Dylan (they/them). My allies educate themselves so that the burden doesn't fall on me!

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