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Board OKs Student Account For LGBTQ+ Group

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Creation of an activity fund, which will allow a Pottsgrove High School group to raise money for awareness and support of issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community students, was approved last Tuesday (Oct. 10, 2017) by a 7-2 vote of the district Board of School Directors.

The fund serves as an authorized savings account for finances of the group calling itself the “Student Organization of United People.” The district makes no contribution to it. There were no discussions about the fund, the group, or the vote.

The group first met during the 2015-2016 academic year, according to supplemental information provided to directors, and at the time included 13 members. It grew substantially, with participation by 24 students, in 2016-2017. In the current year it involves 22 students, and that number is expected to increase.

It is envisioned as “a safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc. (LGBTQ+) students and allies,” the information explained. It intends to “provide support to each other, plans ways to educate other students in the school, and organize activities to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues.”

“The LGBTQ+ community tends to be a marginalized group and students are often bullied because of a lack of understanding and respect,” its supplement noted. “Our plan is to reach out to the Pottsgrove Community in order to improve understanding and support within the school. Student leadership skills will be worked on to develop advocacy skills. We plan on creating a greater social media presence to reach out to future members, as well as keep in touch with past members. We believe this club will help to build understanding and respect for the LGBTQ+ community, thus abolish the bullying.”

Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ Oct. 10 meeting):

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