USN to host LGBTQ+ 101 session for High School parents
Join representatives from Nashville's PFLAG chapter — an organization supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, their parents and families, and allies — on Wednesday, Oct. 20 for a presentation and conversation on the essentials of LGBTQ+ identity and support, as well as information about sexual health specific to LGBTQ+ teens.
By Dean Masullo, HS English Teacher & Gender and Sexuality Alliance Faculty Moderator
On Wednesday, Oct. 20, USN will host its first-ever LGBTQ+ 101 session for High School parents and other guardians facilitated by Jake Martino and Kathy Halbrooks of PFLAG Nashville. The 90-minute event will take place in the Auditorium; it begins at 7:30 p.m. with a 45-minute presentation followed by a question and answer period.
The presentation will cover the essentials of LGBTQ+ identity and support, as well as information about sexual health specific to LGBTQ+ teens.
PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, their parents and families, and allies. In April, Martino and Halbrooks co-facilitated a virtual presentation to a small group of USN parents and their friends that served as a template for the event on October 20.
With nearly 100 members, USN’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance is the largest student organization in the High School. It seeks to promote a welcoming educational and social environment for all students; to raise awareness of issues surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and other nonbinary identities; and to partner with others both in and beyond the USN community on matters of student diversity, equality, safety, and well-being.
The student-led affinity group hosts a toy drive through Friday, December 10. For ideas on what to purchase, find popular requested toys on the wishlist here. Deliveries from Amazon can be made directly to the school under Office of Diversity & Community Life Director Roderick White.