This performance. So many feels.
In this episode of Glee, Unique faces challenges all too familiar to trans* and gender nonconforming students: having access to safe and respectful bathrooms and locker rooms.
We don’t need a study to tell us that is a problem, but we’ve got one for folks who need some convincing.
A transgender student in Colorado is under attack simply for being herself.
When a small group of parents objected to the student using the girls’ bathroom at school, her school supported her. But the anti-LGBT Pacific Justice Institute stepped in and made up a story that she was harassing girls in the bathroom. Conservative media like Fox News then spread the lies.
According to the school district and fellow students, the accusations are completely false, yet the girl has had to live with the harassment the stories have generated. She has even received death threats simply because she wants to be able to be herself and be safe in school.
Watch this fierce speech by our 2013 Student Advocate of the Year, Laila Al-Shamma
"Visible allies are incredibly important. I mean people who make their support know because I can’t tell just by looking at you if you’re an ally, just like you can’t tell by looking at me if I’m gay. […] But we have to realize that their love would be lost if they did not openly express.
"So if no one around you knows that you are an ally, then you can’t claim that you’re an ally at all. Our parents, our friends, our teachers, our political leaders, our celebrities need to make their support well-known."
Ally Week Question: How does doing this work with allies enhance your projects and work towards creating change in your school and/or community?
Each year, we select a group of outstanding students from around the country to serve as GLSEN Student Ambassadors. These hard-working and enthusiastic young people help advance our work by sharing their stories and advocating for LGBT issues in K-12 education in all forms of media. Watch this video and meet our nine newest Ambassadors for the 2013-2014 school year!
We’re getting ready for Ally Week and we want to know: When do you step up? When do you step back? Reblog and let us know. Let’s work to become #BetterAllies!
Ally Week is about identifying and supporting allies to LGBT youth. Why? Because our research shows that when LGBTQ students can identify supportive educators and peers, their school experience is better.
This year, we want to make sure it’s absolutely clear: Ally Week is about learning to be better allies and recruiting more folks to step up to the plate. Whether you’re a lesbian adult working to make schools safer for today’s youth, or a gay student organizing to create safe spaces for your trans* friends, everyone has an opportunity this week to recognize their allyship and take action to become better at it.
Are you organizing? Get resources and register at glsen.org/allyweek