Q. What are you doing to create a safer school community for LGBTQ students?
Were not doing a whole lot right now. With the students that I have relationships with I come out to them and I find that helps to create a space where they are able to talk openly about their sexuality, their ideas and feelings. I call students out when I hear them using derogatory terms. One of the reasons I decided to take this position on was because there is some bullying going on right now of our sort-of gender fluid students. I’ve been there a year this is my second year and this is the first that school-wide were having a discussion about it.
Q. How has the school climate changed since the beginning of your LGBTQ work?
Haven’t started my LGBTQ work yet but in my experience until recently the school has been very accepting. It’s a very small school most teachers know all the students and know what’s going on in the student body and just recently we’ve had these few bullies, and the students tell me or other trusted adults but it’s usually followed with a “please don’t tell anyone” or “don’t do anything about it,” for fear of retaliation or earning the reputation of a snitch.
Q. What would you like to do better this year?
I would just like to create the space, particularly for queer students of color. I want to have a regular time to meet with students and I’m excited about planning some events with students to raise awareness at the school. There’s never been an LGBT liason at the school ever so I’m excited to be the first ever.