Content written by Anna Pepe,Clinical Supervisor - Pathways
Pride month is in full swing and the Gender & Sexuality Alliance at Carteret High School (CHS) has had a busy month.
After kicking off Pride month at the Jersey Pride parade, students had the opportunity to plan and participate in the 3rd annual Pride Flag raising event in Carteret, led by Mayor Dan Reiman on June 15th. The event, which is coordinated by Pathways, The Central Jersey Arts Council and the Borough of Carteret, once again invited students and the community to celebrate Pride month, the GSA achievements and provide support to the LGBTQ community of Carteret.
Mayor Dan Reiman acknowledged the strides and great work of CHS GSA members and the club advisor, Anna Pepe. Soon to be a CHS junior, Anna Trachsler spoke for the 3rd consecutive year on behalf of the GSA and expressed appreciation for the outpouring of community support. Trachsler describes the GSA as both a family and a home which provides support for LGBTQ youth and allies. Trachsler refers to the GSA as a "community where we can feel safe to come and be together when our families at home may not accept us for who we are."
The Carteret High School Varsity Vocals, led by Kason Jackson, CHS Director of Vocal Music, were in attendance and sang This Is Me. Songs like this really hit home for LGBTQ youth. The lyrics from The Greatest Showman Ensemble…
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I'm meant to be, this is me
Look out 'cause here I come
And I'm marching on to the beat I drum
I'm not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
…resonate with LGBTQ individuals as they struggle with their authentic self and acceptance within society and very often, their own families.
This year the Carteret Middle School choir, led by Michael Gonzalez performed at the event as well.
The GSA has plans for continued growth and community involvement, so stay tuned for what's to come in Carteret.