Last week’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Summit was an opportunity for students and faculty advisors of these clubs to celebrate, network and learn from one another! This event was the largest LGBTQ+ youth event in NYC, with 1500+ people registered! Students on our school’s GSA attended along with Guidance Counselors Cara Spitzer and Lauren Coe.
MS 8 student and staff takeaways include:
I learned a lot about racial issues within the LGBTQ community. It was interesting because I never thought about how all these identities intersect each other.
I learned how hard it was to come out and how hard it was to tell other girls that you like like them. It’s important because you usually don’t get to hear those stories.
It was important to learn about my rights of being a part of the LGBTQ community.
As the GSA advisors, it was so inspiring to see our students interact with other kids and hear such a diverse range of perspectives. We could see their curiosity, enthusiasm and openness to all these new ideas.
MS8’s GSA meets on most Fridays with Ms. Spitzer and Ms. Coe, thanks to a grant received as a result of 5th graders’ Project Citizen work last year!