Youth help battle homophobia, foster inclusiveness
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Members and supporters of Youth for Equality, an Exploits Valley High student group, pose for a shot after Wednesday’s Valentines meet-and-greet.
In order to foster a spirit of respect, acceptance and inclusiveness in its school, one student group at Exploits Valley High in Grand Falls-Windsor decided to do something a little different this week
Youth for Equality – a group of students in EVH dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ students and raising awareness about LGBTQ issues – held its first ever Valentine’s meet-and-greet after school on Wednesday.
Event organizer Tobi Tobin, a Level II student at EVH and member of Students for Equality, said because most of the school’s Valentine’s Day activities are geared towards the heterosexual population, he wanted his group to do something to make LGBTQ students feel more included, while at the same time raising awareness about homophobia.
Tobin and the group’s other members hosted the event, which included a bakesale, meet-and-greet, games, and gave students a chance to meet and mingle. There was also a banner for students to sign showing their support.
Tobin said he was pleased with the event’s turnout, and said the club hopes to hold more events in the future.
“This is all about homophobia awareness, and to show people this is 2014, not 1514,” Tobin said. “We can change and we will change the future if we open up our minds.”
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