Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ally Day

Ally Day has come to a close, a great success. Here's a rundown:

Homeroom: Each student receives a rainbow "celebrate diversity" bracelet (similar to a livestrong bracelet) and fills out a survey about bullying at our school. The surveys are collected and returned to one of the faculty members of the Gay Straight Alliance.

Lunchtime: People sign cards pledging to be an ally (support others, intervene when necessary and safe, refrain from using anti-gay slurs) and stick stickers on a banner proclaiming "That's So Gay" in an attempt to cover up the message.

Dinner: People sign preprinted postcards advocating for gay marriage, the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and safer schools in our county.

Evening: big assembly using video clips and the morning's survey data to drive home the necessity of taking a stand.

It was a big success. So why am I upset? I still believe that, if there were a choice, no one would choose to be gay. Ever. It's simply too hard.

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