This Friday is Day of Silence, which is a good time to think about what it would feel like to be an LGBTQ student at Deerfield and the importance of safe spaces. According to the The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network:
- “Nearly two-thirds of LGBT students report feeling unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation
- 64% of LGBT students report being verbally harassed, nearly 30% report being physically harassed because of their gender expression.
Anti-LGBT bullying leads to absenteeism, lower grades, reduced self-esteem and, in too many cases, depression and suicide. Students who were more frequently harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender expression reported a grade point average almost a half grade lower than for students who were less often harassed (2.7 vs. 3.1).”
https://safespace.glsen.org/campaign.cfmIn light of The Day of Silence, the GSA would like to start a campus movement, where students and faculty in the dormitories can put this sign on their door stating that their room is a safe space to members of the LGBQT community. In putting this sign, which states “It’s a safe space, you guys”, on their door, the student is not saying that they are a member of the LGBTQ community, but rather it serves to show they are willing to talk about LGBTQ issues.
Please consider putting this sign on your door for the remainder of this year.