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
June is LGBTQIA Pride Month, and pride festivals, parades, and other events are in full swing all over the world. Pride Month is incredibly important to many members of the LGBTQIA community, because it is a time to celebrate the parts of us that the world often demeans and criticizes us for. It is also a time to remember the activists that have fought for us to be able to have the voice we have now, such as Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera (two trans women of color who took part in the Stonewall Riots), and Harvey Milk (the first openly gay person elected to public office in the US). In order to mark this auspicious occasion, we’ve created a Pride themed mixtape, featuring queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming artists. Representation in media, including music, is incredibly important for LGBTQIA people, and youth especially.
We would also like to take this time to express our love and support to those affected by the shooting in Orlando. This Pride Month is also about remembering the lives that were tragically cut short by homophobia and hatred. We stand with you.