By Dylan Goodwin, Clinician
Ally week 2019 took place from September 23rd through the 27th.
According to GLSEN, "(b)eing an ally means taking action in solidarity with LGBTQ students and responding to their self-determined requests, for example, using the correct pronouns when referring to classmates or signing petitions demanding LGBTQ inclusion or policy change at school. Being an ally also means that LGBTQ students act in solidarity with other students who hold identities that are marginalized or attacked in our society."
The Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) of Carteret High School, organized through Pathways, celebrated by spreading awareness and supporting the LGBTQI community of by hanging a mural in the lunchroom.
Students were encouraged to sign their name on the mural to signify that they took the pledge to become an ally and support efforts to end bullying and harassment. The GSA believes that all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression deserve to feel safe and supported. Together, the group's participants were able to use ally week as an avenue to promote a culture of acceptance throughout the school.