T’BGLAD raises awareness at South

By Adam Goldstein
Published: December 2008

South’s Gay/Straight alliance is holding their annual Transgender Bisexual Gay Lesbian Awareness Day (T’BGLAD) today.The day-long program is dedicated to raising the awareness of issues lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) kids and adults face everyday.

A different performance will take place during each block today. A group of 12 gay men, including South senior Sam Donovan, will dramatically describe their first kisses in a performance called “When He Kissed Me that will take place in the auditorium during B-block.

A panel of speakers will discuss bisexuality and LGBT issues in the Lecture Hall during C-block.

“The panel will give people the chance to share their experiences good or bad, and then it will open up to questions from the audience, history teacher and GSA advisor Bob Parlin said.

Speakers will describe challenges they encounter as transgenders in the Lecture Hall during G-block.

A film will be shown demonstrating how different cultures around the world deal with people coming out of the closet in the auditorium during F block.

A presentation on the US Army’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy regarding homosexuals in the army will take place during E block in the Lecture Hall.

According to Parlin, D-block will involve a panel of GSA members “shar[ing] something about themselves and the experiences they have had. Some speakers will be LGBT kids, and others will be “allies who will share family experiences and other anecdotes regarding LGBT issues.

During the day, there will be a poster board outside the Lecture Hall on which kids can write their reactions. Throughout the week there will be a section in the library dedicated to books on LGBT issues. To show support, students can wear a rainbow sticker, which will be available at the house offices and outside the Lecture Hall.

As far as Parlin knows, Newton South has the oldest public school Gay/Straight alliance in the country. South is “the only school with a program as “extensive as T’BGLAD Day. Students can only see performances if they have a free block or if their teacher signs up, although as of last Friday the 12th the performances were “almost full.

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