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Meet the students of the annual GSA Panel

Meet the students of the annual GSA Panel

Dhruvika Randad

May 24, 2019

On May 13, the MVHS Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) hosted their weekly Monday lunch meeting to begin preparations for the annual GSA panel presented to Biology and Physiology classes, held on Friday, May 24. Beginning with an introduction, the panelists, who were GSA club members, each introduced t...

Pride for GSA

Pride for GSA

Dhruvika Randad

December 17, 2018

As the first semester comes to an end, the Gender and Sexuality Alliance club concludes the year with satisfaction. From organizing their annual Coming Out Day to partnering with teachers for Q&A panels to showcasing presentations on fundamental topics like allyship, the GSA officer team is proud o...

Step out into sunshine

Step out into sunshine

Dhruvika Randad

October 25, 2018

To celebrate LGBTQ+ awareness and acceptance, MVHS’ Gender Sexuality and Alliance (GSA), held its biggest event of the year: National Coming Out Day. The door, courtesy of the drama department, was garnished with various flags representing different sexualities and genders. The event physically and metaph...

A Gender Sexuality and Alliance Q&A with French student teacher, Marie Roy

A Gender Sexuality and Alliance Q&A with French student teacher, Marie Roy

Dhruvika Randad and Kat Pappas

September 28, 2018

Along with the usual Q&A that introduced new members to the club, a special guest was introduced: French student teacher Marie Roy. As an incoming teacher for the new year, she believes that it is important to understand the different communities at school and their styles of interaction, to which...

Q&A with GSA president Ollie Venzon

Anjini Venugopal

May 25, 2018

A member of the club for the past four years reflects on his experience

Speaking out of the closet

Speaking out of the closet

Nathan Stevens

May 31, 2017

i, my name is Nate. I’m a junior, 17 years old, I go by he/him pronouns, and uh — I’m gay.” That last part was so hard for me to get comfortable with, probably because I hadn’t said it out loud very often. And now, I was going to say it in front of the entire freshman class. It took a cou...

Photo gallery: GSA remembers transgender individuals in academic court

Photo gallery: GSA remembers transgender individuals in academic court

Hannan Waliullah

December 10, 2016

tudents sit in a circle around junior Ollie Venzon, who stood reading the names of the transgender individuals who lost their lives this year. The blue, pink and white transgender flag hung behind them, accompanied by a poster listing the names of some of these transgender individuals. On the back o...

Members of GSA share their coming out stories

Members of GSA share their coming out stories

Katerina Pappas

October 31, 2016

wooden frame is placed at the center of the academic rally, but it doesn’t hold an ordinary purpose. Rather, it’s  a representation of the LBGTQIA+ community’s  rite of passage: coming out of the closet. The ‘ closet door’, a simple wooden frame with multi-colored handprints plastered all o...

GSA plans to host vigil in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance

GSA plans to host vigil in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance

Sneha Gaur

November 19, 2015

On Nov. 20, GSA will be holding a silent vigil in the academic quad during lunch to remember transgender people who have died as a result from transphobia and recognize the struggles that trans people face every day. If you want to learn more about how to be inclusive in your language, GSA will be ...

Administration makes plans to install new gender neutral bathrooms

Administration makes plans to install new gender neutral bathrooms

Sneha Gaur

October 21, 2015

Updated Oct. 21: A previous version of the story that appeared on Oct. 21 included an incorrect pronoun. The misstatement of gender has been corrected. Story by Sneha Gaur and Jessica Xing Two mauve doors, labeled boys and girls, confront junior Olivia Wu. In order to use the restroom, Wu is fo...

A new year brings new change to MV GSA

A new year brings new change to MV GSA

Andrea Schlitt

August 21, 2015

  reviously known as Gay-Straight Alliance, MV GSA changed its name over the summer to Gender-Sexuality Alliance to better represent the club’s diversity. The decision was determined through an informal vote on MV GSA’s Facebook page, on which members decided that the new name was better suited and more inclusive of everyone in the club. While the letters “GSA” remain the same, the addition of “gender” and “sexuality” hold a significant meaning. Senior Nikki Stuart, co-president of MV GSA, identifies as non-binary, a gender category for ...

Students show silent support for LGBTQ youth

Students show silent support for LGBTQ youth

Kristin Chang

April 15, 2014

Gay-Straight Alliance hosts successful Day of Silence on April 11, allowing students to reflect on issues restricting LGBTQ youth. The clothesline is strung up with faces. Some grinning, some wide-eyed, some young and old and pale and dark and each one disembodied and floating in the Academ...