OPINION: Ally Week provides needed LGBT support

Posted by on October 29, 2013 with 0 Comments

 

Ariel Scott volunteers to paint faces during lunch on Wednesday as part of the Ally Week activities.

Ariel Scott volunteers to paint faces during lunch on Wednesday as part of the Ally Week activities.

by Ariel Ward

Despite our society’s (mostly) progressive attitude towards it’s LBGT (lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender) population, LGBT people still suffer through a lot of misconceptions, negative views, and unfair treatment. Our schools preach tolerance and respect among students, however there are still many who have to deal with bullying and harassment on a daily basis because of their sexual orientation, or their belief that everyone has the right to love whomever they choose. For this very reason  United Township’s Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) hosted Ally Week this past week, a time devoted to building support and tolerance among all students.

Last weeks’s Ally Week activities included:   On Monday GSA students passed out stickers and rainbow ribbons, which were also available in the library; Tuesday was rainbow day, meaning everyone had the option of wearing rainbow clothes, jewelry, and other decorations; GSA volunteers manned a table outside the cafeteria and offered free face painting to students on Wednesday; and  Thursday was UT’s monthly “Stand Up To Bullying Day,” where everyone was encouraged to wear pink in an effort to bring awareness to and combat bullying and harassment in our schools.

Events like these serve to show our students that negative treatment and judgment based on something as trivial as someone’s sexuality is wrong. We need to value and respect each other’s differences!   Even if they are not bullied outright, many students, even at our “accepting” school are often excluded by their classmates for fear of damaging their own reputations. Together, we can work to make our school, and the world, more tolerant and accepting toward everyone, regardless of gender, race, sexuality, or religion!

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