During LEAD on April 8th, senior Sage Hardiman lead a walkout protest on hundred of homophobic laws that have been enacted across the country by lawmakers in the past year.
Notably, there has been Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, colloquially named the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, and similar bills that have subsequently been proposed or passed across the country.
Hardiman was inspired by a TikTok video they saw that was reposted to Instagram calling for a nationwide walkout on April 1st. Hardiman was ultimately advised to move the walkout to April 8th so people wouldn’t mistake it as an April Fool’s Joke.
- the best cereal is Honey Bunches of Oats, sweet and filling
- the worst cereal is Rice Krispies, they taste like air and get soggy in like 0.003 milliseconds
- my favorite hobby is baking
- my favorite place I've traveled to is to Lagos and Abuja Nigeria
One thought on “GSA Walk Out”
As an Avonworth alum and an out and proud trans man, a former Avonnews writer, a member of the DEI committee, and as the current reigning Mr. Pennsylvania Trans Pride (Mr. PA Trans Pride). I am proud of the Avonworth GSA for the walk out. When I was a student at Avonworth we had no GSA club and so many of us alums were closeted. I remember with my graduation project doing it about my experience with Dreams of Hope which is an LGBTQIA+ and allies youth arts organization founded in 2003 by Susan Haugh and the only LGBTQIA+ youth arts organization in Western Pennsylvania. While people were impressed there was still resistance by some community members who thought it was “inappropriate.” In Pennsylvania the Education Commitee in General Assembly passed the bill to ban Transgender students from participating in sports that line up with their gender identity, and sadly it recently passed in House here in PA. The Pennsylvania Youth Congress had held a Youth Lobby Day back in April to try to stop the bill and held a press conference after. They are still fighting for LGBTQIA+ Youth all throughout the Commonwealth. Please continue the great work, and please know that there are Avonworth Alums who are members of the LGBTQIA+ community like myself who will continue to advocate to protect LGBTQIA+ youth in schools, and defend you.