An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by GLOW Leader Mia P. ‘21

Week of Listening is a week dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ experiences and supporting our LGBTQ community here at Lakeside. In the past, Lakeside has participated in the Day of Silence, a day in which allies of the LGBTQ community refrain from speaking in order to recognize the silencing that LGBTQ youth face every day. Last year, GLOW leadership decided that they wanted a more expressive platform to speak out about being LGBTQ at Lakeside and in the world. GLOW opted for the Week of Listening, where time is dedicated to sharing each other’s experiences, learning more from one another, and finding pride in our multifaceted identities. We are excited to announce all of the wonderful things we will be doing this year to support the LGBTQ community and bring some fun, love, and care to Lakeside School!

The GLOW mission

GLOW is the Lakeside LGBTQ alliance group, which welcomes allies and LGBTQ-identifing students alike. It strives to support and welcome students of all backgrounds and situations, create a space for proud LGBTQ students who are connencted with the larger LGBTQ community, and educate the Lakeside community about LGBTQ issues and history to create a homophobia- and transphobia-free environment.

Week of Listening events and activities

LGBTQ panel and discussion

On Thursday, March 21 during Activity Period, GLOW will be hosting a panel of LGBTQ students who will share their experiences and answer questions. For everyone who is interesting in attending, it will be held in Kent Evans auditorium. Attendees will be able to ask questions and engage in a group-wide discussion.

LGBTQ informational posters

Often, the stories and accomplishments of LGBTQ people are obscured and hidden from history. To counteract this narrative, GLOW has created historical posters that highlight LGBTQ icons and leaders in the LGBTQ civil rights movement. Our work to uplift the stories of LGBTQ people echoes very personally as well—we have collected anonymous testimonies from LGBTQ students about their experience, and some of their words and reflections are also posted around the school. Be sure to check them out and be ready to learn!

LGBTQ movies and TV shows

Every day during the week there will be LGBTQ movies and TV shows playing in the student center, in order to give students some comfy and cozy times for fun and pride. The schedule is listed below. 

Monday, March 18th: GLEE Marathon. Descriptions courtesy of Aidan C. '20

S1: E20 - TV-PG - “Theatricality”

Kurt’s dad and Finn’s mom are getting married which means the two boys are going to become brothers. When they move in, Finn must get used to Kurt’s extravagant and feminine persona. When Kurt is bullied in school because of his sexuality, Finn must stand up for his new brother.

S1: E9 - TV-PG - “Wheels”

When the Glee club can’t afford to bring Artie and his wheelchair on the bus to regionals, the kids must decide whether or not to stand for their friend. As a new glee assignment, everyone in Glee must ride in a wheelchair for the week. The student learn more about life in high with a disability and acknowledge their privilege.

S2: E14 - TV-PG - “Blame it on the Alcohol”

Rachel’s parents are out of town and she is pressured into having a party at her house. She gets drunk for the first time and learns the hard way that alcohol and high school don’t mix all that well.

S3: E14 - TV-PG - “On My Way”

Kurt’s former bully moves to a new school where it becomes known to the public that he is gay. Kurt learns that his former bully tries to end his life due to non-stop homophobia.

S3: E7 - TV-PG - “I Kissed a Girl”

The whole school discovers that Santana is gay. She feels extremely vulnerable and angry. After the Glee club helps her gain confidence and pride in herself, she decides she wants to come out to her grandma.

S5: E1 - TV-PG - “Love, Love, Love”

After a few years of will they won’t they, Blaine finally proposes to Kurt.

Tuesday, March 19th: Geography Club. Description courtesy of IMDb.

At Goodkind High School, a group of students with varying sexual orientation form an after-school club as a discreet way to share their feelings and experiences.

Wednesday, March 20th: Battle of the Sexes. Description courtesy of IMDb. The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.
Thursday, March 21st: Love, Simon. Description courtesy of IMDb. Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.
Friday, March 22nd: Mean Girls. Description courtesy of IMDb. Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.