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Reflections on West Bend High School in the DeVos Era

This post originally appeared on The Radical Notion.

As a middle schooler, when you pictured your upcoming years of high school, did you ever imagine suing your administration for discriminating against you and your friends?

The West Bend High School Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) existed for years, but was unrecognized by their school. They had an advisor and regular meetings, but official recognition from administration would allow them to advertise their events around campus, have a photo in the yearbook, and request funding if they ever needed it (they didn’t, they just wanted to hang posters).

Samlin Miller, former president of the West Bend High School GSA, explained that having a visible school-sponsored GSA would help educate and acclimate the school’s LGBTQ students. Without spaces like these clubs, students struggling to understand their identities may have nowhere to turn.  Continue reading Reflections on West Bend High School in the DeVos Era