On my way to San Diego to celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday, I was reading the L.A. Times out loud to her and myself while on the drive there. Reading the section on Gov. Brown’s wise decision to financially support undocumented students, the section also mentioned how he had also approved a measure that “will encourage state university systems to collect data on students’ sexual orientation and encourage the legislative analyst to use it to recommend improvements in the quality of life for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students- bill AB 620.”
I don’t necessarily know how the “improvements” will look like, but I couldn’t help but smile.
It seems that the queer population is being acknowledged and their concerns addressed in more recent times. From this particular measure to New York’s same sex marriage legalization to the repeal of the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy- queer people are finally starting to get the respect they deserve. It’s been a long time for queer individuals to continue hiding in the shadows and behind silence and it’s about time that we start being recognized for who we are and the issues and obstacles we encounter. We are a strong population but we are also as vulnerable as the next person; we, too, need support.
This Oct. 17-21 is “Ally Week”, which is right around the corner.
“Ally Week is a week for students to organize events that serve to identify, support and celebrate Allies against anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language, bullying and harassment in America’s schools. Students plan events appropriate to their school community.
Most students will encourage their peers and school staff to sign an Ally Pledge which states:
I believe all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression,
deserve to feel safe and supported. That means I pledge to:
- Not use anti-LGBT language and slurs;
- Intervene, if I safely can, in situations where other students are being harassed;
- Support efforts to end bullying and harassment.
I thought I would take this week to have fellow allies support the LGBTQIA community and support your hermanos y hermanas in their struggle to stamp out negative LGBTQIA sentiment, rhetoric, and actions.
Paz, Dora la Exploradora