The LGBT+ community is one I pride myself on being a part of. I wanted nothing more than to bring to my school a greater, more loving LGBT+ presence and to give students the support, education, and self-esteem I did not have access to when at secondary school.
School Diversity Week to me felt like a perfect way to demonstrate this, and so I helped to set up a Gay-Straight Alliance for Boswells secondary school students called SAGA – the Sexuality and Gender Alliance.
SAGA is an inclusive group to discuss current LGBT+ issues within the media and acting as a safe haven for students, with sixth formers as pastoral mentors for Key Stage 4 students. The club has also delivered a presentation to the school leadership and pastoral team.
Our final act as a school community was to create a huge rainbow display – each coloured square had an input from every student involved in terms of our wishes for the future in how we can support school diversity.
Additionally, I have planned to create a similar display in the colours of the transgender flag in March in honour of transgender visibility day. Furthermore, for Easter, I have organised a whole-school Easter egg hunt that encourages pupils to learn different LGBT+ flags and what they mean, as well as plans to get more LGBT+ literature in our school library. We're also discussing some fundraising plans for LGBT+ charities with hope of being instigated before the school year is out.
School diversity week is incredibly important to me because education isn’t just about facts, it’s about growing and changing as a person, and by extension as a school community. By being actively involved and celebrating School Diversity Week, we actively stop ignorance and hate in its tracks, and lead a safer, happier, and brighter world.
Kayla Gill won the LGBT+ Student Champion Award at the 2018 School Star Awards.