You may know the terms lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, but there are several other terms of which you might be unaware.
Skyline High School
Sexual orientation and romantic orientation are completely different and independent of each other. Sexual orientation is the sexual/physical attraction toward a gender, while romantic orientation is the possible development of romantic feelings for a gender.
High school is a confusing place where countless awkward personalities mingle, experiment socially and academically, and embark on tumultuous journeys of self-discovery.
Liberty High School
Kimberly McVicker is like any other teen — she seeks happiness and wants to be comfortable being herself. However, a particular quality of hers has impacted her life more negatively than it should.
High school is one of the most difficult times for teenagers when it comes to expressing their sexuality.
Issaquah High School
Thankfully, there are clubs like Equal Club at Issaquah High School to provide students with a safe environment for talking about gender identification.
The Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a national organization focused on empowering youth leaders to advocate for the rights of LGBTQ youths.
Skyline High School
Skyline’s own GSA club, a member of the GSA Network, has in the past brought together LGTBQ and straight students to work together and educate the Skyline community about the importance of equality for all youths.
The Eastside Catholic Girl-Up Club’s mission is to raise funds to provide the tools girls in developing countries need to acquire an education.
Kate Christensen, Fiona Madden, Sienna Colburn and Meredith Troy founded the Girl-Up Club to combat the gender inequality still deeply ingrained in our world.
“Yes Please,” by Amy Poehler
Although released in October 2014, Amy Poehler’s book is current because of her presence on television. Poehler is a feminist icon, an internationally recognized actress and director, and a comedy idol preaching the motto of doing what makes you happy. Her book “Yes Please” may make you awkwardly snort-laugh in public places, cry because you are overcome by her inspiring words or make you force the person sitting next to you to read what you just read because you can’t get over it.
Andres Rincon, senior
“I think that it can actually be pretty hard for guys, too, because there’s a pressure to not be able to express our feelings, to become closer with other people and to pursue our true interests. I also am bothered by how constricted women are in certain situations with what they’re able to achieve.”
Emma Abraham, junior
“At my last high school, I had a really bad experience with gender stereotypes, but coming to Eastside Catholic has been better because we all see ourselves as equal. Unfortunately, gender stereotypes are common in high schools because the guys think they’re better than the girls and the girls think they’re better than the guys.”
Amey Sharma, senior
“I’ve only had negative experiences with gender stereotypes. For example, I wanted to wear my flower crown when I was going to hang out with my friends, but my mother wouldn’t let me wear it because she thinks that only girls can wear them and I got into a massive argument with her about it and how gender stereotypes are dumb.”
Megan Freer, sophomore
“As a child, I was enrolled in ballet and given dolls to play with simply because I am a girl, although that is what I naturally drifted toward as well. I have also been told multiple times that as a girl interested in the STEM fields, there will always be a job available to me, due to the scarcity of women in those fields.”
Logan Allan, sophomore
“Gender stereotypes have influenced my life by limiting ways that I could express myself because it wouldn’t be ‘ladylike.’ I didn’t feel comfortable admitting that I liked ‘Star Wars’ in elementary school because it wasn’t a girly thing to like in the eye of society.”
Ian Page, senior
“My experience with gender stereotypes at Liberty has thankfully been rather small. The only thing that comes to mind when I think about gender roles is the expectation to ask girls to homecoming and to prom — it’s challenging for people to work up that courage and there is no way to go against the grain with girls asking guys.”
Arjun Kumar, junior
“I have found gender stereotypes toward men to be weak enough to overcome relatively easily. However, I have had to put in a lot more effort toward overcome the gender stereotypes that exist toward girls.”
Lasya Reddy, junior
“My whole life, being Indian, I have been subjected to stereotypes regarding each and every aspect of my life. I was always expected to be the one to participate and be No. 1 at everything. My brother, though he was expected to work hard, was given more leniency when it came to the product of his work.”
By Greg Farrar
Nikki Groberman helps unveil the painted Buddy Bench during a ‘Kindness is Contagious’ school assembly at Sunset Elementary School on April 16.
By Greg Farrar
Girl Scout (from left, standing) eight-graders Sara Hall, Stacia Gillmann and Nikki Groberman, and (seated) Colleen O’Brien, son and fifth-grader Myles Robertson and husband Rick Robertson, pose for a photo with the Buddy Bench following the assembly. The bench was donated by the Robertsons, and the three eighth-graders, former Sunset students, earned Scouting Silver Awards for getting all 580 students to paint the bench. The bench, painted appropriately with a sun setting on the ocean, will be installed on the playground and is to help make sure everyone has someone to play with during recess.
At an April 14 press conference, state Superintendent Randy Dorn released a plan to fully fund basic education costs, to help state legislators comply with a state Supreme Court mandate.
The state is under court order to produce a complete plan detailing how it intends to fully fund K-12 basic education without the use of local funding. Neither Gov. Jay Inslee nor the Legislature has introduced such a plan.
Jane Harris will take over as Apollo Elementary School principal next fall, the district announced in an email to parents at the beginning of April.
Harris moves to Apollo from Maywood Middle School, where she most recently served as assistant principal for the past eight years. She was also a longtime teacher at Liberty High School.
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