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Allly Week- Gay-Straight Alliance of Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln,

This year, the American International School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, hosted Ally Week an international youth-led event encouraging students and staff to be allies with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) members of their community in standing against bullying and name-calling as well as developing skills to become stronger allies in order to create a safer environment in our school.

 Tuesday, Oct 13 — Pledge to be an Ally Students and staff pledged to be an ally, publicly announcing that they would not use anti-LGBT language or slurs, intervene in situations where students are being harassed, and support efforts to make our school safe for all students. Staff members also received a Safe Space poster to post in their classrooms.

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Wednesday, Oct 14 — “Love is All You Need?” The GSA screened a short video called “Love is All You Need?” which reverses the world and makes being gay “normal” and straight “different”. GSA members engaged the audience in a discussion about the implications of that video.

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Thursday, Oct 15 — “What to Do if Someone Comes Out to You” Workshop Students led the audience in a workshop that shows some typical impolite ways to respond to an LGBT person that comes out (e.g. “Are you sure? You’re just confused.”) and provided strategies to respond more tactfully.

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Friday, Oct 16 — Rainbow Party The GSA will hosted an outdoor party with a playlist of music from important LGBT musicians or LGBT themes and shared rainbow colors desserts.

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The Grade 6 Health class also came to interview GSA members and advisors about the GSA and what it meant to be an ally.

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Finally, students made a rainbow colored flag with their handprints to show solidarity.

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Throughout the week, there were posters around the campus of famous LGBT allies and their thoughts.

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The library also showcased all the LGBT literature available at the school.

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To follow the events at @LincolnAEL, search #AllyWeek on Twitter.

Ally Week is hosted by the Gay-Straight alliance. Violeta Bullrich (@violebullrich), 12, student leader Josefino Rivera (@josefinor), Geoff Peate (@geoffpeate), and Sarah Waldron (@misswaldron12), advisors

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