Jack Chapter: #BeThere Initiative

Written by Andrew Simpson ‘20

It was an awesome day at our #BeThere initiative. This initiative really highlighted the importance of being an ally in relation to people struggling with mental health and people in the LGBTQ+ community or both. Research has shown that LGBTQ+ people have higher rates of mental health challenges because of societal prejudice, verbal/physical abuse from peers, the use of derogatory terms, and/or institutional discrimination. Furthermore, transgender youth are nearly four times more likely than their non-transgender peers to experience depression, which really demonstrates how much we need allies in our society. Our main goal with this initiative was to touch on ways that we can be an ally, support our peers, and to spread positivity throughout the school by writing our positive messages on the windows for everyone to see.
Supporting one another or being an ally in times of need is so important because if we are allies, together, we can help people feel more accepted in society, remove the stigma around being an LGBTQ+ person, and even lower suicide rates.
There are so many ways to be an ally. Here are a few:
  • Be inclusive regardless of sexual orientation, race, etc.
  • Listen. It’s impossible to learn and understand what someone is going through if you are unwilling to listen to what they have to say.

Speak up about issues you see. You want to use your voice to empower other people to become an ally and fight for others who may need your support. However, you want to make sure that you are saying things that won’t offend other people in the community you are trying to speak up for.

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Grades (Gender): 7 – 12 (Coed)
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