LGBT Visibility Week
By Jennifer Fogarty, communications content manager
LJCDS supports the LGBT community.
Safety, inclusion and acceptance of identity are what all human beings want in their lives—to be treated with dignity. One way La Jolla Country Day School shows support for the LGBT community is by celebrating Visibility Week.
The LJCDS student-led club, Spectrum, organized events for the week in conjunction with the national Day of Silence, a day of action to support the LGBT community.
“It’s called Visibility Week because of the significant population of LGBT students on campus being visible and out, so people know that we’re here,” explains Amy Hein ’19, director of Spectrum.
Events for the third annual Visibility Week included painting the rock near the Amphitheater colors of the rainbow, drawing various pride flags to represent each LGBT identity, screening the movie “Love, Simon” and hosting a bake sale to benefit The Trevor Project, an organization that helps with crisis intervention and suicide prevention in LGBT youth.
The Upper School was decorated with biographies of influential LGBT figures like Tim Cook, CEO of Apple; Sally Ride, astronaut, physicist and engineer; and Oscar Wilde, author and playwright.
The week concluded with the national Day of Silence (this year on April 12), a student-led event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students and faculty members interested in taking a vow of silence wore stickers and buttons to illustrate the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students.
“The administration is open to doing what they can to make the school more inclusive, more accepting of LGBT students,” shares Amy. “We set a precedent a couple of years ago by changing the single-stall restrooms to gender-neutral. LJCDS students are not focusing on gaining more rights because they feel accepted and heard here, so they can focus their time on other interests.”