No Name-Calling Week is held by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) from January 18th-22nd to ensure LGBTQ+ students across the country feel safe to be themselves in school and in our country!
Why should we participate in No Name-Calling Week?
No Name-Calling Week is great for midpoint reminders in the school year of the expectations for respectful behaviors we use to build upon school-wide efforts of respect.
It allows others to express their self-identity, determination, and affirmation. You can better understand names, pronouns, and the identity that empowers a student.
Participating helps to address school-based issues related to LGBTQ+ support.
Why focus on “Name-Calling”
In a National School Climate, GLSEN found that 98% of LGBTQ+ students heard “gay” used in a negative way and over 90% felt distressed due to this.
95% of students also reported hearing other homophobic remarks and negative remarks about genders.
LGBTQ+ students experience more sexual harassment, bullying, and unwanted negative attention and actions than their peers.
How to Participate
Don’t bully other students or call them hurtful names!
Stand up, if safely possible, in situations where students are being called names or being bullied.
Support other efforts to end bullying and name-calling.
If you are being called names or bullied, remember “SAFE”