school climate, LGBTQ camaraderie, student relationships, open, welcoming
Wendy: So compared to Humewood I’m trying to remember, because even back in the days, it would have been like grade four, grade five, there was a kid that came out to you back then. You were beginning to think about some of these issues even in your old school. So I’m wondering how would you compare the Alt Ed and the Humewood stuff in relation to what that kid went through?
Ruby: Um, yah, there was a boy in my class who came out. Um, he said he was gay. It was like a very casual conversation, we were just talking about random stuff, and he was like, oh, by the way I’m gay. And I was like, okay. And I think I was maybe like, eleven, twelve? Um, and yah, I think he was coming out pretty young compared to a lot of the people I know, so I think that was hard on its own, but at my school--it’s different for non-binary and trans--but in terms of lesbian, gay, and bi, we have a joke at our school saying like, Horizon, we’re all gay, which isn’t true, but it’s kind of a joke because everyone’s affectionate and lovey-dovey and there’s a very large percentage of people who are in some way LGBT, so that’s just kind of a joke in our school, like you’re gay? I’m gay. You’re gay, we’re all gay. Um, but I know that at a lot of other schools it’s a lot more tentative and scary and not nearly as accepting.