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High School Students’ Message of Love Goes Global

High School Students’ Message of Love Goes Global

A colorful message of love and equality is spreading around the globe thanks to one group of students at a Maryland high school. Allies 4 Equality, the gay-straight alliance at James Hubert Blake High School, created a downloadable paper doll that you can print out and display in photographs to show support for LGBT rights.

The project is called Allie the Ally. At a time when anti-gay bullying is on the rise and contributing to teen suicides, Allie is a way to promote safe-spaces for LGBT youth and show anyone dealing with homophobia that they’re not alone.

From the Allie the Ally tumblr:

Our goal for this project is to spread awareness of LGBTQ issues, and to give hope to LGBTQ youth that maybe be struggling with acceptance, from others or themselves. We hope to post pictures and messages from people and groups from all over the world to demonstrate the level of support that is available for LGBTQ youth.

According to The Washington Post, the students’ project has been wildly successful. Since her debut in November, Allie has traveled to multiple continents, hung out with celebrities such as George Lopez and even made an appearance with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Delegate Anne R. Kaiser.

“Allie’s been to Vietnam and Poland and Australia,” said Jenna Beers, the Allies 4 Equality student president.

Allie has helped highlight the GSA’s other activism efforts, such as a No-Name-Calling week and a Day of Silence to raise awareness of the impact of hurtful language. The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network honored the Allies 4 Equality with a national leadership award.

“[We recognize] the profound impact peer leadership can have on creating a safer school climate,” Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s executive director, said in a statement about the group. “[Allies 4 Equality] not only transformed its school community, but also reached countless people across the country and around the world.”

Click here to download your own Allie the Ally!

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Image via Allie the Ally tumblr

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6:31PM PDT on May 26, 2012

The children of this generation will become much better and more tollerant, than the "older folks" they are told to listen to.

Kudos to Allies 4 Equality.

4:44PM PDT on May 25, 2012

How lovely!

2:44AM PDT on May 25, 2012

Continuate così.

12:28AM PDT on May 25, 2012

And a child shall lead them. Way to go kids!

8:42PM PDT on May 24, 2012

Awesome. Slowly, there is equality for all people. I wonder which will be the next oppressed group that gets their chance in the spot light to right for their equality.

7:12PM PDT on May 24, 2012

Wonderful and glad it has gone global!! there is hope for the human race yet!!!

Kudos to Allies 4 Equality.

7:12PM PDT on May 24, 2012

Wonderful and glad it has gone global!! there is hope for the human race yet!!!

Kudos to Allies 4 Equality.

6:30PM PDT on May 24, 2012

Beautiful message!

3:50PM PDT on May 24, 2012

Good on the high school kids Great idea

12:25PM PDT on May 24, 2012

Now, the next time you think something bad about teenagers in general, remember those young people who do works like this, and the girl who did a piece on bullying. See, they aren't ALL bad, mostly misunderstood and ignored.

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