I was really proud of the teens at this one school, who came up with the idea of having their fellow students and members of the school community sign a pledge to not use anti-gay hate speech.
In one week of lunchtimes, six members of their GSA got over a quarter of the students at their school to sign it.
I realize that words have power, so
I PLEDGE NOT TO USE HATE SPEECH
like "that's so gay," "fag," or "no homo."
Hate Speech became a topic of conversation, and perhaps everyone (even those who didn't choose to sign) became a bit more aware of the language they use.
It wasn't a slam-dunk fix to all bias at the school, but it was a significant step towards empowering the students involved with the GSA and raising the issue of the power of words to hurt... and to heal.
What about your school? Could something like this work where you are? Wanna Try?
Let me (and everyone else here at this virtual Gay-Straight Alliance) know how it goes!