In response to the recent suicides and continuing violence against LGBTQ students worldwide, Northwestern’s Queer Pride Graduate Student Association, the Rainbow Alliance and the LGBTQA Resource Center ask each of you to join us in the Write Your Principal campaign.
The project works like this: you write the principal of your high school and/or middle school, asking them, as an alum, what they are doing to stop bullying of LGBTQ students and their allies. Check out http://www.writeyourprincipal.com for FAQ, to read existing letters, and for a sample letter.
We want to stress that this is a project for the Northwestern community as a whole: allies (people who don’t identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, but support those who do) need to write letters just as much as LGBTQ people do! This project is a great opportunity for all members of our community, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification, to come together and raise our voices to effect change. If you are straight, you can still write a powerful letter to your former school expressing your concern for the wellbeing of LGBTQ students. We urge you to do so!
Because we have set a goal of 1000 letters by the end of Winter Quarter, we ask that you copy us your letter in an email, using whatever level of anonymity you feel comfortable with.
All students, faculty, staff and alumni: copy your letters to Sarah Mann-O’Donnell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop off your letter in The Graduate School lobby (633 Clark St, near the clock tower) or the Gender Studies office (Kresge 2-321) for free mail service. For more information including a sample letter, visit http://groups.northwestern.edu/queerpride.
Come to our Letter-writing Celebration / Vigil: 3/4 from 5-8 in the Graduate Student Commons (600 Haven St, Evanston). Come prepare your letter in good company, while commemorating victims of LGBTQ-related violence by celebrating our communal act of advocacy! Refreshments, music, candles, the works. Discuss challenges and share experiences over refreshments. We will have laptop stations for you to look up names and addresses of your old schools, free envelopes to write them on, and a drop-box for letters, to be mailed free of charge. If you don’t have your letter written yet, you can just come address your envelope and drop the finished letter off in one of the drop-boxes the next day.
Help Northwestern reach our goal of 1000 letters! Writing your letter won’t take much time, but it can make a concrete difference. Stay tuned for fun, supportive events and keep an eye out for the table at Norris as well.
Thank you for joining us in this campaign. Raise your voice!
Sarah Mann-O’Donnell, QPGSA President
Jeff Geiger, Rainbow Alliance President
Doris Dirks, Director, LGBTQA Resource Center
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