by GLOW leaders Emerson R. ’18, Leela B. ’19, Jack A. ’18, Katharine M. ’19, Madeline D. ’18, and Uma D. ’18
Starting Tuesday, May 22nd, GLOW (Lakeside’s Gay, Lesbian, Or Whatever affinity group) is putting on our Week of Listening. Get ready for skittles galore, a panel on everything from relationships to coming out to homophobia to embarrassing moments, and some good movies!
Okay...what is this Week of Listening thing?
Historically, GLOW has participated in GLSEN's Day of Silence and had a Week of Listening with posters on the side. This year, we've decided that it is of paramount importance to have our voices be heard, to express ourselves and position ourselves within the history of LGBTQ movement and action. GLOW wants LGBTQ students on campus to feel like they have a voice, and to engage the student body with lots of activities that inform you of LGBTQ culture and experiences on campus.
That's great and all, but what's actually happening?
GLOW is putting up posters about LGBTQ history and identities. Prove to your teachers that you don't just stare at your phones as you walk and read them—you might learn something! Also keep an eye out for a variety of different posters describing experiences that LGBTQ students have had related to homophobia, finding community, labels, and more: an Anonymous Testimonies 2.0.
Tuesday through Friday, we'll have LGBTQ movies in the student center and lots of fun and colorful snacks. Cozy up during lunch to watch some great scenes while hanging out with your friends. If you'd rather read a book (or you feel more studious doing so), the librarians have put together an awesome display on LGBTQ reads! (See below for the list of movies and books.)
On Thursday, May 24 during activity period, GLOW is putting on a panel and discussion for students, faculty, and staff in the Fireplace Room. LGBTQ students will talk about all facets of their experience and then chat with us as we talk about being comfortable with yourself, dealing with families and relationship, and keeping others safe (and lots of other topics of discussion).
Finally, keep the activity period on Tuesday, May 29 marked on your calendars as the date of an anti-homophobia/transphobia training open to all students, faculty, and staff! For all of you wondering what exactly you can do to help make this campus safer for LGBTQ students, this training should give you a guide. Come ready to discuss and take on complicated and nuanced situations, and be prepared to grow—we're all just figuring out how to make this school better!
Movies that will be screened:
“The Imitation Game”
“Battle of the Sexes”
“Floored by Love”
Selected LGBTQ+ books from the Lakeside Upper School library:
“Little & Lion” by Brandy Colbert
“Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out” by Susan Kuklin
“We Are Okay” by Nina LaCour
“The Inexplicable Logic of My Life” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
“The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” by Mackenzi Lee
“The ABC’s of LGBT+” by Ashley Mardell
“Noteworthy” by Riley Redgate
“Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More” by Janet Mock
“Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy” by Bil Wright
“Ash” by Malinda Lo
“Grasshopper Jungle” by Andrew Smith
“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily Danforth
“As the Crow Flies” by Melanie Gillman
“Bingo Love” by Tee Franklin, Genevieve FT, Jenn St-Onge, and Joy San
“Pink” by Lili Wilkinson
“Giovanni’s Room” by James Baldwin
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