BeLonG To: This is what school should be like…

“School was so accepting.” 

“This is what school should be like.”

These are just some of the heart-warming comments received by BeLonG To from students following last week’s Stand Up Awareness Week.

Moninne Griffith of BeLonG To commented:

“Thousands of students, teachers and school communities joined together to stand up against homophobic, transphobic, and biphobic bullying. I can’t quite believe the incredible effort so many schools displayed to show support for LGBTI+ students.

When I see a school raising a rainbow flag or putting a Stand Up poster on the wall, I can’t help but smile. All of these gestures show LGBTI+ young people that they are valued and respected in their school community. 

At BeLonG To, we watched as the hashtag #StandUp18 took off online with images and video clips of schools from Donegal to Kerry raising the Pride flag to show solidarity with LGBTI+ students”.

Below are some of the groups who participated in Stand Up Week:

  • The Prism Group at Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School marked the beginning of Stand Up Week playing Lady Gaga’s LGBTI+ anthem ‘Born This Way’ as students entered the building on Monday morning!
  • A group of students at Firhouse Educate Together Secondary School wrote a moving student drama on the damaging effects of homophobic bullying and performed it for other students.  
  • At Moville Community College in Donegal, rainbow umbrellas adorned the hallways. 
  • Staff showed their support for LGBTI+ students at Coláiste Muire in Ennis by dressing up as colours of the pride flag.
  • Belvedere College in Dublin hosted a series of lunchtime talks about LGBTI+ rights and coming out from with participation from the School Chaplain and the School Captain.

Moninne Griffith of BeLonG To added:

“These are just a few of the activities that schools participated in to mark Stand Up Awareness Week 2018. We want to say a huge thank you to every single school who took the time to show their support for LGBTI+ students and participate in Stand Up Awareness Week.   

I am so proud of all of these students, teachers and school communities who embraced the message of Stand Up Awareness Week”.

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