Whitman GSA Recognized by Suffolk County

Left to Right: Principal Kathleen Acker, Advisor Mr. Michael Zimmermann, Janery Vasquez, Blossom Ungurath, and Demmi Guevara with Rabbi Dr. Steven A. Moss and Rev. JoAnn Barrett.
Left to Right: Principal Kathleen Acker, Advisor Mr. Michael Zimmermann, Janery Vasquez, Blossom Ungurath, and Demmi Guevara with Rabbi Dr. Steven A. Moss and Rev. JoAnn Barrett.

The Walt Whitman Gay-Straight Alliance was recognized by the Suffolk County Inter-Faith Anti-Bias Task Force at its annual Awards Convocation on June 5. The Task Force recognizes groups that "exemplify and promote the principles of human rights, inclusion and equality within their school and community, thereby advancing greater understanding and respect among students."

Throughout the school year the GSA has sponsored events to foster tolerance and acceptance of all students regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, including Day of Silence and National Coming Out Day, for which they were featured in Newsday. Additionally, the club raised money to support Cyndi Lauper’s Forty to None Project, an organization working to raise awareness of and bring an end to GLBTQQ youth homelessness.