Middle school students at Green Acres School in North Bethesda participated in the school’s fifth annual Day of Action, an event for students and parents to learn about and advocate against discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The theme of the April 11 discussions was “Raise Your Awareness, Raise Your Voice!”
The day included discussions covering many ways in which students and adults can raise their awareness and be heard. Among them were “Why Is Standing Up So Hard?” which examined the forces that get in the way of students and teachers being upstanding, assessed which of them, if any, are good excuses for staying silent, and explored approaches to consider as advocates for others.
An analyses of representations of LGBT families in commercials. Students reflected on the purpose and impact of commercials that are outside of many people’s notion of how “family” should be represented, and what implications this has for advertisers.
A local woman discussed “Growing up Transgender” in a session for adults in which she shared her experience. In “Many Talks Later … ,” an adult son and his mother chronicled the lessons learned from his coming-out story.
It was a “day for learning what people’s experiences have been like. Maybe they are like yours, maybe they aren’t,” Peter Braverman, the middle school head, said in his opening statement. “With understanding comes the ability for us all to help others accept different perspectives.”