On March 8, Greenhill hosted its second for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning, Plus (LGBTQ+) summit for students and faculty in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The summit is a way for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning teens and allies to speak about issues pertaining to the LGBTQ+ community in a safe and accepting environment.
At certain schools in the Dallas Fort-Worth area, students are sometimes the only LGBTQ+ person they know. The summit allows them to meet others who are similar to them.
“The summit is a good way for high schoolers to come together, and get involved, and learn from each other, and meet people who are similar to them,” said senior Josh Rudner, a co-President of Greenhill’s gender and sexuality club, True Colors.
This year’s summit lasted from 6 until 8:30 PM and it consisted of music, food, pictures and three 30-minute breakout sessions in which teens discussed topical issues. The sessions included: how to be a good ally, a transgender awareness and support group and a coming out session where students told their personal coming out stories.
“From the feedback we got last year, people really enjoyed what we did especially coming together with other people going through the same experiences” said sophomore Sam Bovard
Josh feels that it’s important to help LGBTQ+ people who do not go to Greenhill, because they may not receive the same support at their schools.
“It’s a really great opportunity, because here at Greenhill those who are in the LGBTQ+ community have True Colors, we have our affinity group, we have a very supportive community,” said Josh. “At other schools, sometimes kids are the only LGBTQ+ people, sometimes they don’t know any teachers who are supportive and they have no way to get in touch with their community and often times their parents aren’t involved.”