Ally Week: Choose to be an ally and a friend

Did you know…

Over one-third of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) youth have experienced some form of physical harassment?

Three-quarters of students report hearing derogatory remarks toward LGBT people, frequently in school.

Why should YOU care if you don’t identify as LGBT?

Along with students across North America, York House is celebrating Ally Week from October 18-22. Ally Week is a week for students to organize events that identify, support and celebrate Allies against anti-LGBT language, bullying and harassment in schools.

During Monday’s assembly students watched a video that shows how important it is to make our school a welcoming place for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Allies play a vital role in making schools safer for all students.

Students and staff are encouraged to sign the Ally Pledge which states:

I believe all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, deserve to feel safe and supported. That means I pledge to:

1. Not use anti-LGBT language and slurs;
2. Intervene, if I safely can, in situations where other students are being harassed;
3. Support efforts to end bullying and harassment.

Watch the video below and take the Ally Pledge now at http://www.allyweek.org

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