Straightlaced Brings Visibility to Safe Schools Efforts in KansasMonday 04, May 2009
By Brittney Shepherd, Staff Producer | Straightlaced
Anne Mitchell, of Equality Kansas, sent us the following message after hosting two Straightlaced screenings in south-west Kansas:
Screening Straightlaced in Garden City and Dodge City, Kansas was so exciting, and brought together over 50 educators, youth, and activists. This was the first time we have hosted a proactive event, instead of being reactive to negative situations we hear about.
The discussions afterwards were rich, and really allowed youth to connect about topics they never get opportunities to discuss — from straight students being honest about how hard it is to be an ally, to gay students sharing their prom experiences. Students from GSA’s in both towns finally got a chance to meet each other and are now planning joint activities! One of the most powerful results of the showing was probably a newspaper article about safe schools work in the local paper, which only happened after a local reporter met students at the screening. Check it out: http://www.gctelegram.com/news/Gay-Straight-Alliance-in-place-at-GCHS-4-29-09