Gen­der and Sex­u­al­ity Al­liance meet­ing

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

Rus­sell High School hosted a Gen­der and Sex­u­al­ity Al­liance (GSA) Day Oc­to­ber 25 al­low­ing LGBTQ+ stu­dents to con­nect with oth­ers within the com­mu­nity. They learned how to run GSA clubs and raise com­mu­nity aware­ness.

“It re­ally helped with stu­dent well­ness,” said or­ga­nizer Lisa Elmi­nowski. “The kids who at­tended now see them­selves rep­re­sented in our school pop­u­la­tion. They know they are not in iso­la­tion. It is a huge boon to their self-es­teem, their men­tal health, and it gives them a sense of dig­nity and growth.”

The work­shop at­tracted GSA clubs from Rus­sell, Van­kleek Hill Col­le­giate In­sti­tute, Char-Lan Dis­trict High School, Rock­land Dis­trict High School and Glen­garry Dis­trict High School. It be­gan with a 101style work­shop that cov­ered is­sues sur­round­ing gen­der and sex­ual iden­tity, and the cor­rect terms to use when re­fer­ring to trans­gen­der peo­ple and oth­ers within the LGBTQ+ com­mu­nity.

Or­ga­niz­ers and at­ten­dees also dis­cussed how to run a GSA club. They spoke about po­ten­tial ac­tiv­i­ties such as host­ing in­for­ma­tion events, at­tend­ing PRIDE pa­rades, and reach­ing out to the com­mu­nity in other ways. The day fin­ished with a ses­sion on Queer his­tory pre­sented by the Cana­dian Cen­tre for Gen­der and Sex­ual Di­ver­sity.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

GSA DAY: Staff mem­bers who helped or­ga­nize the GSA Day pose for a selfie.

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