Moving from a big city from a small, rural town was one of the most difficult changes that has occurred in my life. My previous school was much more diverse and, in general, more accepting. Still, I took the changes as they came and hoped everything would work out.
From the start, there were things being said and done at my new school that I could not tolerate. Words that should not have been allowed--words that I refuse to even repeat--were used, not only by the students, but also by the teachers. It was ridiculous and I couldn't stand it.
I started subtly, with cross looks and eyebrow-raises to show that I didn't approve of their conversations. When that didn't get anywhere, I knew I needed to change my methods. But I didn't know how.
I am ashamed to admit that I did nothing more for months. One day, though, I caught a glance of a local newspapers. As it turns out, my old school was having major debates over whether or not to approve a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA). The school board claimed that this type of club would only 'promote students' sexuality'. I was outraged. This type of club is specifically made to bring peace between students, to educate, and to offer friendship. They were turning it into some sort of loud, protest club that would only cause destruction.
Realizing that there wasn't much I could do about their club, I instantly went to work on starting one at my new school. With my hopes low but my eagerness high, I arranged a meeting with my high school principal. I had to nag him a bit and explain every detail of what a GSA would do for the school. Eventually, though, the principal relented. He accepted my reasonings, and hoped I could help the student body, even if it was just by example.
Currently, our GSA is still being formed. We have members and we have plans. I am excited about this new responsibility, and I can't wait to see where it takes me.