From October 24 through 28, St. Mark's is taking part in Ally Week, hosted by the School's Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA). The GSA is one of the student-directed Pathways affinity groups at St. Mark's, part of the SM Community and Equity program.
Ally Week is a national youth-led effort encouraging students to be allies with the LGBT members of their community in standing against bullying, harassment, and name-calling. During Ally Week, LGBT students and educators lead conversations on what they might need from their allies in school. At St. Mark's, students, faculty, and staff have been signing posters declaring themselves as allies in support of Ally Week.
Ally Week was first created in 2005 by youth members of the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) National JumpStart Student Leadership Team. The goal of Ally Week is to diminish stereotypes and exclusion while highlighting that peer support for LGBT+ students is stronger than the students themselves may have thought existed. Allies are identified as supporters but not necessarily members of a marginalized group.
October is also LGBT History Month.