Suffield’s Second Annual Ally Week
Suffield’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) hosted the second annual Ally Week on January 15-20. Ally Week recognizes the LGBTIQA community and helps promote a safe and respectable environment for all gender and sexuality expressions at Suffield Academy. To show their support as allies, students and faculty were asked to wear red on Monday, orange and yellow on Tuesday, green on Wednesday, blue on Thursday, purple on Friday, and a rainbow of all seven colors on Saturday. Highlights of the week included an “Ally of the Day” announced at lunch, a showing of the feature length movie “Milk” in Tisch Auditorium, the viewing of the animated short film “In a Heartbeat,” daily information sheets and surveys, and a fund-raising raffle. Proceeds were donated to the True Colors Fund, a nonprofit organization working to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, and create a world in which young people can be their true selves.
One of three leaders of Suffield’s GSA Breana Gibbs ’18 commented, “The purpose of Ally Week is to raise awareness and take a stand against LGBTIQA bullying in high schools. It is important to recognize the existence of homophobia and microaggressions and we want to help emphasize that it is important to remain supportive of others and ensure everyone feels safe and welcomed to be themselves.”