GSA celebrates acceptance with the first annual “Gaiety”

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The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) hosted their first ever “Gaiety” on Feb. 9, 2018. With the theme of acceptance, the goal of the Gaiety was to celebrate diversity among the population of the school.

  The main event of the Gaiety was the open mic portion, where students and teachers who attended the event could get up and speak or perform as they wished.

  “There were songs, poems, and lots of stories shared. Many people felt inspired to tell their coming out stories,” said junior Sarah Brottman, Co-President of the GSA.

  Many different people seized this opportunity to get up and share their stories in a variety of formats.

  One of these participants in the open mic portion was junior Geoffrey Infosino, who decided to perform because he felt like he could inspire another person to do the same.

  Infosino felt that “having somebody talk might encourage other people to go up and tell their stories, so long as they felt comfortable doing so.”

  Infosino took advantage of the open mic by sharing his own personal story.

  “I told a simple story on my experiences of being called gay by my siblings and peers and how that has shaped me as a person,” Infosino said.

  Freshman Kate Taussig also performed; she sang a mashup of the songs “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World.”

  “I performed because I [wanted] to share this song that means a lot to me,” Taussig said. “It makes me feel happy, like all that is bad in the world just fades away for a while so I wanted to share my happiness.”

  Senior Hannah Tran had their own personal reasons for performing at the Gaiety.

  “I’m a part of the LGBTQ+ community and since I’m not in GSA, I wanted to participate,” Tran said. “It’s also been a senior year goal of mine to get out and perform more.”

  Tran chose to perform Fall Out Boy’s “Champion.”

  “When I listened to this song, I thought it would be great for the Gaiety’s theme of acceptance,” Tran said. “The line ‘If I can live through this, I can do anything’ struck a chord with me because it applies so heavily to my own life. Self-acceptance and self-belief are important, and I’m in a place where I can sing this song and feel like I’m closer to the ‘I can do anything’ part.”

  According to Brottman, the performances and stories told were the highlight of the Gaiety.

  “It was really great to see the people being brave and having those kinds of special moments,” said Brottman.

I hope one day we won’t need spaces for LGBTQ+ people because everywhere will be that space and we won’t feel anxious or afraid, but until then, events like these help us find our place, our voices.”

— Hannah Tran, senior

  Events like the Gaiety are important because they provide a space for LGBTQ+ individuals to have their voices heard.

  “Being able to proudly say that I’m pansexual and genderfluid to a crowd of people and not get any scoffs, glares, eye rolls, etc., is huge,” Tran said. “I hope one day we won’t need spaces for LGBTQ+ people because everywhere will be that space and we won’t feel anxious or afraid, but until then, events like these help us find our place, our voices.”

  According to Brottman, events like the Gaiety show “people that they are not alone in their struggles or successes.” They promote the idea of unity.

  Infosino hopes that this is the first Gaiety of many.

  “These events show people that they aren’t alone, and have people they can talk to whenever they need to,” Infosino said. “Hopefully the tradition of the Gaiety continues for many more years.”

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GSA celebrates acceptance with the first annual “Gaiety”