BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth) is holding its Halloween party on Wednesday October 30th. Anyone interested in going, please see any of the Spectrum advisers for more details. It should be a scare....!
Gender, Sex, Sexual Preference, Sexual Behavior, Gender Expression. These are all words to describe the complex human being. This video (shared by a fellow Spectrum member) helps to explain the differences between these words. Shared by a straight man, he begins the video by saying that he's not an expert in these matters but that he thinks that sharing knowledge will help people to be more accepting and be rid of the hate. Well said. He's a true ally.
SIGN THE ALLY PLEDGE...
in the cafeteria and be sure to grab an ally week bracelet.
I believe all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression deserve to feel safe and supported. That means I pledge to:
Frequently Asked Questions About Ally Week
What is an Ally?
We refer to Allies as people who do not identify as LGBT students, but support this community by standing against the bullying and harassment LGBT youth face in school. Allies can be straight or cis gender identified youth and adults, or LGBT identified adults! Anyone who takes a student against anti-LGBT bullying and harassment can be an ally.
Who started Ally Week?
In 2005, members of GLSEN's Jump-Start National Student Leadership Team came up with an idea to celebrate Allies committed to ensuring safe and effective schools for all and to encourage students to take action. The idea turned into the first Ally Week celebrated in schools nationwide in October 2005.
What is GLSEN?
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established nationally in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. For more information on GLSEN's educational resources, public policy agenda, student organizing programs, research, public education or development initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.
Why do we need an Ally Week?
The unfortunate truth is that anti-LGBT bullying, violence and harassment are commonplace in America's schools. Actual and perceived sexual orientation and gender expression are two of the top three reasons teens report that students are harassed at their schools, according to From Teasing to Torment: School Climate in America, a GLSEN-commissioned report by Harris Interactive. In other words, all students - LGBT and straight alike - perceive anti-LGBT bullying and harassment as a serious problem in their schools. The vast majority of these same students said their schools would be better of if this issue was better addressed. GLSEN's 2009 National School Climate Survey found that nearly nine out of ten LGBT students report experiencing verbal harassment at school and over 30% report missing at least a day of school in the past month out of fear for their personal safety. GLSEN's Ally Week brings us closer to making anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and name-calling unacceptable in America's schools. We want to ensure that allies understand the important role they play in making schools safer for LGBT students, and take some time to thank them for their support!
Courtesy of http://www.allyweek.org/about/
Welcome to our newest blog for Spectrum at Burlington High School. Here we will post events, news, and editorials by the staff and students of Spectrum. Spectrum is Burlington High School's gay-straight alliance. Please spread the word and get our name out there!
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