Mission

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Our mission is to work towards a more accepting environment for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity through education, support, social action, and advocacy.

Club Advisor: Paula Gearan

What’s New?

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WHS Staff Members at the Gay Pride Parade in June 2019 with Ms. Pressley

On Friday, April 12th, the Weston High School GSA has organized a student led Day of Silence, which has been a nationally recognized event since 1996.  The purpose of participating in this day is to spread awareness about the effects of homophobic bullying and harassment by symbolically representing the silencing of LGBTQ+ students.

Here is a link with more information. GLSEN’s Day of Silence

This year’s winter opportunity draw is for two prime seats to the Celtics  VS  Miami Heat game on April 1st at the TD Boston Garden! We are aiming to raise enough money to fund a trip to Boston Pride Parade 2019!  The seats are valued at $220 each! Students will be selling chances from January 28th to February 8th. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Boys Varsity basketball game and announced at that time.

Last October, four of our GSA leaders attended the DESE Safe Schools Student Leadership Summit along with several other area school districts.  Students networked with leaders from other schools, and collaborated on goals for the year, such as revamping all school’s sex education health curriculum to be inclusive and current, improving access to gender neutral bathrooms, and collaborating with clubs to educate our communities.

Currently, the GSA is planning for the National Day of Silence.  GLSEN’s Day of Silence, on April 12th 2019, is a student-led national event where folks take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people at school.With our common goal of working towards equity in our schools, the WHS GSA wants to notify you all about the upcoming Day of Silence on Friday, April 12th. 

The Day of Silence is a student-led national event where people vow to be silent for a day to highlight and spread awareness around the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people in schools.
From the GLSEN website:
“The GLSEN Day of Silence is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT.”
We expect that many students will be participating in the silence and hope that you will be willing to accommodate them. Some alternate activities you can do includes having worksheets, independent work, or some other form of silent activity.
The GSA will be handing out participation stickers on the day of April 12th that will indicate whether students are planning on being silent the entire day, or support the movement and need to speak.

Looking forward, the GSA will be visiting health classes, as well as the Race Class and Gender classes to spearhead student lead discussions about gender, with the goal of educating their peers, and increasing visibility and ending homophobia.

Lastly, the GSA is organizing a campaign to partner with the high school athletes who are on board to wear a supportive wrist band in preparation of the Day Of Silence as part of our goal to increase visibility with our allies.

The GSA meets in the black box on Thursday morning during W block. Anyone is welcome!