GSA in Action at Tilton

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On February 21, it was the GSA day for Racial Justice, which is a celebration of multiple identities that are held as LGBTQ individuals.

GSA and BSU on campus responded to this celebration. They created t-shirts bearing the image of transgender people of color who have been leaders for their community.

Five transgender individuals are chosen to put on the shirt: Muhlaysia Booker (a twenty-two-year-old African American transgender woman who was assaulted and then murdered a month later in Dallas, Texas), Marsha P Johnson ( an American gay liberation activist and self-identified drag queen), MJ Rodriguez (a transgender actor), Sylvia Rivera (a Latina American gay liberation and transgender rights activist, prominent as an activist and community worker in New York), and Laverne Cox (an American actress and LGBTQ+ advocate).

Tilton School isn’t a huge high school with hundreds of students. Since the student body isn’t really diverse, there is a lack of organizations or clubs for LGBTQ individuals on campus. Before GSA is established, there might be some LGBTQ individuals who were neglected. “The relationship between LGBTQ+ individuals at Tilton and those who identify outside the LGBTQ+ community is one that goes unspoken”, said Kyle Layman who is the founder of GSA, “The GSA (Gender and Sexualities Alliance) was founded this year to make our school more a more welcoming and inclusive place. Creating this club also makes space for LGBTQ+ students to feel they are welcomed despite how they identify. Possibly the largest reason behind why some people don’t feel comfortable to be themselves at school is because their peers can be ignorant or uneducated about the LGBTQ+ community at times.”

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