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VIDEO: Be an ally for LGBT youth

(Editor's note: This post was originally published by SDGLN content partner GLAAD.)

Kids take the reigns this week to help end bullying on a national scale

NEW YORK -- More than 2,000 middle and high schools across 50 states will pledge themselves as friends of the LGBT community this week, starting today, Monday, October 17, 2011.

Ally Week is a program started by students in 2005 that went national under the direction of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), as a way for school Gay Straight Alliances and other related clubs to recognize and encourage others to also be supportive, by taking a pledge against anti-LGBT bullying.