Students at McGuffey High School in Claysville, Washington County, Pennsylvania experienced backlash to their ‘Day of Silence’ – a group of classmates organized their own “Anti-Gay” day creating an atmosphere of fear and discomfort for LGBTQA students and allies.
One tactic of the students was to wear flannel shirts and ink the phrase “anti-gay” as part of their fear-mongering approach. After talking with community organizers around the region, I am proposing that we take a stand to show our support for LGBTQA students at McGuffey High School and throughout Washington County. Both the GSA of Washington County and GLSEN – Pittsburgh agree that showing our support for students and their families is essential.
1. Take a photo – in a flannel shirt – with a sign that shows your support for the LGBTQA students at McGuffey. I suggest something like “I support LGBTQ students at McGuffey High School.”
2. Post the photo using the hashtag #TakeTheHighRoad
3. Make a donation of $10.00 (or whatever amount is good for you) to support the Gay Straight Alliance of Washington County which is working on the front lines at McGuffey High.
You can also join the Facebook group to share your photos and learn more about how to support these brave youth.