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Rebecca

COUNSELOR and LSL
James Denman Middle School

Q: At school, what have you done to create a safer climate for LGBTQ youth and their families?

I think all our youth in Diversity Club enjoy the annual Gay Pride poster-making party.  We eat pizza, make Gay Pride themed posters and get covered in glitter.  The posters are distributed to teachers and counselors for classrooms and offices.

Q: What’s a fun activity you’ve done for LGBTQ?

I think all our youth in Diversity Club enjoy the annual Gay Pride poster-making party.  We eat pizza, make Gay Pride themed posters and get covered in glitter.  The posters are distributed to teachers and counselors for classrooms and offices.

Q: What have been some of the challenges or barriers you’ve encountered along the way?

Some students are afraid that if they join Diversity Club, or even wear the rainbow-colored “Denman Diversity” bracelets, people will assume they are gay.

Q: What inspired you to create safer spaces for LGBTQ youth?

I’m definitely inspired by the kids who are coming out younger and younger.  Each student who comes out at an age that is considered “early” makes it easier for every kid who comes after them.

 Q: What’s been the school community reaction to the work that you’ve done?

I get a lot of thanks for being out and supporting LGBTQ kids.  I like being appreciated, but I wish everyone recognized that any educator can support LGBTQ youth.

 

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