Cultural clubs meet for LGBTQ+ ally week

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Cultural clubs meet for LGBTQ+ ally week

A copy of a poster for Ally Week

A copy of a poster for Ally Week

Photo by Ben Grantonic

A copy of a poster for Ally Week

Photo by Ben Grantonic

Photo by Ben Grantonic

A copy of a poster for Ally Week

Many of the cultural clubs met Thursday in celebration of LGBTQ+ Ally week. According to GLSEN (pronounced glisten), LGBT ally week is a “student-led program where LGBTQ K-12 students and LGBTQ educators lead the conversation on what they need from their allies in school.” Clubs in attendance included the Asian Culture Club (ACC), Future Black Leaders (FBL), and the hosts of the event the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA).

“The goal [of this meeting] is to kind of start a conversation about intersectionality among marginalized groups within our school,” said GSA president Senior Jace Hughes.

The primary focus is on how these clubs could better work together. The groups are proposed various intercultural events for the year, and how the groups can come together when talking with administration.

“We are planning to have another meeting where we can all have a chance to sit down with the assistant principals, principals, deans, administration” said FBL co-president Chase Iseghohi, “A lot of people at those tables are from one group, so I think that with this and SAFE club is a chance to open their minds.”

Other goals for ally week was wearing rainbows on Tuesday, encouraging teachers to learn more about anti-LGBTQ+ slurs and to use students’ preferred pronouns.