By Susan Matteucci

Andover High School’s GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance) has put up a new bulletin board displaying prominent LGBTQ+ role models near the office.

 

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Senior Morgan Robertson cuts out pictures of LGBTQ+ athletes to be put on the October board. He and the other members of GSA decorated the board on Thursday, October 4. (Photo by Susan Matteucci)

The GSA plans to change the role models on the board twice a month. The board holds four role models at a time, eight per month, and each month has a different area of expertise. September was LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) role models in music; October is athletics, and is also partially dedicated to Latin American LGBTQ+ role models for Hispanic Heritage Month. The board is located near the main office, next to the yearbook poster.

 

“I hope that people can realize that queer people aren’t relegated to certain subjects. That they can do whatever anyone else can do,” said senior Morgan Robertson, a leading member of the GSA.

Robertson, along with seniors Skye Padovani and Isabelle Smith, started this board, decides which role models are displayed, and chooses the theme of each month. They strive to create a safe and friendly environment in AHS for students in the LGBT community.

Padovani said she was “definitely hoping people show [the board] respect. And that they

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The GSA’s board focuses on LGBTQ+ role models in athletics for October. The board displayed Ruby Galindo, Gillian Apps and Meghan Duggan  (recently married), Gina Fernandez, and Jessica Aguilar. (Photo by Susan Matteucci)

look to it to see who looks like them, who is like them, who is it they aspire to be.” 

The overall goal of the GSA is to create more awareness, respect, and understanding towards the LGBTQ+ community, something they are hoping this board will help them accomplish.

Ms. Mitchell, co-adviser of the GSA, wants the students of the school to “get a fuller sense of who someone is and who they look up to, and that maybe some kids who are a bit uneasy with sexuality or gender might see someone they recognize, someone they’ve admired on the field or on a stage and think, ‘Oh, I didn’t know that about them and it didn’t really matter that I didn’t know that about them.’”