activism, GSA, high school, middle school, student leadership, youth
Karleen: In high school she’s had a much better time, and she, in Grade 9, co-founded a GSA at her school, and just got all of her, enlisted all of her friends to be a part of it. And um, she’s used the GSA as a mechanism, I think um, first of all, just to, yeah make it a lot more queer friendly at her school.
Karleen: And poster campaigns, and everything. And you know, as soon as they put up the posters, they tear them down, right, you just put them back up again!
Karleen: You know, you have the bake sales, you just... so she just... you know, she would get down but… She, her friends who didn't necessarily know anything about gay stuff, they just wanted, she’s kind of a leader so they just follow her. And they just, she’s like “Oh we gotta go do that,” “Okay.”
Karleen: And they’ve been doing that for four years, and, and tons of kids have been involved, and they’re so political. And I’ve gone to speak with them too...
Karleen: And they’re, they’re lovely, you know, they’re just like, these kind of, I don't know, young activists that are um have been kind of pushed and tacked into the seminal, kind of like wow, what are we doing? I said, you know at the time when I spoke to them I go, “The biggest activist work I did in high school, was led a campaign against a band director who I though was uh, an asshole.” So you know, I’m like, I just did that and you’re like, changing the world you know.