Let’s Be an Inclusive Community
By: Amanda Massarelli
Edited By: Simon Kidd
On August 29th, I met with the current executives of the LGBTQ+ club for the upcoming year at the college. Sexual orientation, gender identity and the importance in ‘coming out’ of the closet were some of the key topics we discussed during a brief Q&A.
Q: What will newcomers gain from this club?
A: Our goal is to provide support to those struggling with their sexuality or gender identity. We also wish to advocate for LGBTQ+ awareness, in order to educate and inform the public on issues that the LGBTQ+ community continue to face. Stop by our booth on Join-A-Club day!
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is struggling to accept their sexuality?
A: This is difficult to answer, because every individual grappling with their orientation has to contend with a myriad of issues. Sometimes the struggle is religion, family, or societal stigma. Other times, it is simply fear of divorcing yourself from the status quo. Our club plans to foster an environment where open discourse on any subject is encouraged, so that we can all accept ourselves for who we are (regardless of orientation). We all understand how difficult self-acceptance can be.
If you feel uncomfortable talking within the club setting, don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, counselors or teachers (but especially counselors, since what you say to them stays in the room no matter what).
Q: How would you describe orientation?
A: It’s definitely a spectrum. Some people might be mostly straight, except for that one guy or gal who captivates them. Others might be bisexual (so they can date anyone they like!), and of course exclusively heterosexual or homosexual.
E/N: Alfred Kinsey created a numbered system in 1948, which explores this phenomenon. This test is not 100% accurate, but the results might surprise you.
Q: In your opinion, why are people afraid of coming out?
A: Most of the time, fear. We are lucky to live in Montréal, that’s for sure–we literally have a gay village here, and most people are pretty accepting about sexual orientation. However, some adolescents don’t come out because of the danger that it poses to their own safety. If that’s the case, it’s probably best to keep it on the down low until you move out. Again, if you have any questions or worries concerning your safety or orientation, remember that the school counselors are here to help (and will not disclose anything to your parents). If you have any questions about yourself, the club, or sexuality in general, feel free to contact me through Mio!
E/N: Julian Guidote is always available for questions! The @lgbtq.marianopolis page will also answer any questions you have about the club.
Link to LGBTQ+ Club Page: