During a persons' four years at high school, students often become more aware of their gender and sexuality. The LGBTQ+ community can be a new forever home for those who realize they are queer or gender-queer. LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer. However, there are also labels for those not sure about their gender as well. These terms are categorized as Asexual, A-gender, Pansexual, Genderfluid, and many more.
Luckily, there are many people to talk to.
- Family or friends that are knowingly accepting
- Mrs. Schou
- Talk centers through LGBTQ+ sources
- RHS Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
The GSA is a student-run club with no commitment required, supervised by Mr. Lyle. The club meets every other Thursday and each week is a new topic.
Some topics include:
- Current events involving LGBTQ+ events
- Bisexuality vs. pansexuality
- How to care for yourself currently and in the future
Most of the people in this club have, or continue, to question their gender/sexuality, making this club an accepting place for anyone. If you're not feeling confident in speaking up about yourself, there is an anonymous box to hold any questions one might have. The main goal for the GSA is a safe space where people feel comfortable in their own skin and with their own identity and feel they can talk about anything and voice any concerns.
Gender and sexuality can have a tremendous affect on a persons' mental health. Some have trouble accepting themselves or being accepted by their friends and family. Due to these circumstances, one might face issues of identity and have an increased rate of depression and anxiety.
For more information on LGBTQ+/Gender identify use the following resources:
To seek help contact Mrs. Sunni Roberts:
Mrs. Sunni Roberts, Student Assistance Coordinator
201-785-2300 ext. 21628