PRIDE Month was recently celebrated at Mount Gambier High School with students and staff splashing the facility with colour in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) community.
In addition to students and staff wearing rainbow and bright colour clothing, the student representative council collected gold coin donations and sold rainbow cupcakes to raise over $200 for Limestone Coast not-for-profit organisation The Equality Project, which helps advance the health and social welfare of LGBTQI+ Australians.
The student council launched the initiative to support peers from the LGBTQI+ community and promote the importance of creating a safe and inclusive environment.
One student said Pride Month was an opportunity for everyone to express who they were at school without fear of judgment.
“It was a great opportunity to support our LGBTQI+ community and let them know that if they are not out yet the school was a safe and supportive place for them,” they said.
“It was a great way for us to help raise awareness in our school community for the LGBTQI+ community.”
Teacher Kathryn Sutton said all school council members should be proud of their efforts to create an inclusive school community.
Her sentiments were echoed by school principal Chris Edmonds who said the facility was proud of the work staff and students commit each day to raise awareness of and celebrate diversity as a global issue.