Nidhin’s YPI Reflection

Here at Friends Seminary, we are accepting of LGBTQ youth, and we don’t know what most LGBTQ students go through because of the fact that our school community is accepting of this. This isn’t the case for most other LGBTQ students, whose schools don’t have a GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) or supporting environment. I got to learn more about what LGBTQ students have to go through during my YPI site visit at an organization called GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network). At our site visit, we met Eliza Byard, who is the head of GLSEN’s New York City chapter. One thing that was a bit challenging in this project was finding the statistics, but then Eliza brought up the National School Climate survey, which helped with that a lot. It was definitely rewarding when we presented our slideshow, as it made other people aware of our issue and we were able to bring it to other people’s attentions. I realized how lucky we are at Friends to be in a safe space that is welcoming and accepting. I hope that I and the rest of my group will be able to maintain contact with Eliza.

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