school culture, TDSB, anxiety, out relationship, gay-straight alliance, alternative school, allies, LGBTQ students
Tara: What was life like for you at your different high schools in Toronto?
Jae: Um, well, for me, uh, it was very much a high school experience (chuckles, Daya chuckles). Like, there were lots of cliques, there were, um, you know, it was very active high school environment actually.
Daya: Yeah. I actually—school was always really hard for me. There was a lot of anxiety so I didn’t really manage to uh, keep up with it, long enough for anything to really stick. I, I made a few friends. Um, uh, actually, I had my first out relationship there! We were like, we walked holding hands and stuff. Um yeah, so that was cool. And I went to a gay-straight alliance meeting one time--
Jae: Oh cool! (To Daya).
Jae: I didn’t even do that.
Daya: Yeah, and so I managed to do those things and I was only there for like a few months though really and I ended up going to an alternative school which was um, same thing that Jae did—
Daya: Yeah, and I remember like, even though it was really, like you know, the allies. Like, even though we didn’t always go—because I’d seen them all there the one time, I knew who my family were in the school--
Daya: Yeah. There was always that, yeah, I remember.
Jae: Yeah, and we had a lot of LGBT kids--
Jae: at Northern. But we didn’t really have like, an organization. So (to Daya) that’s really cool that Jarvis was able to do that--
Jae: because Northern was kind of known for being kind of an edgy, liberal, progressive school, you know, so the fact that we didn’t even have that and you had that at Jarvis, that’s really cool! Really, really cool.
Daya: Um-hum. Yeah I wonder, I bet you they do now.