By Andrew Marlan
Mason Times staff writer
Members of the Mason High School Gay Straight Alliance celebrated National Coming Out Day this past Tuesday, Oct. 11. They used the day to spread awareness of the coming out process, share stories from their personal experience and offer help to those who need it.
The high school was heavily decorated with fliers to educate the student body with different statistics that are directed towards the gay community. Some of these statistics were about teen suicide as a result from getting bullied and the proportion of gay people in America. The statistics were used to show the student body how difficult the coming out process is as well as show gay students that their sexuality isn’t anything to be ashamed of.
“Gay Straight Alliance is a student-run organization,” said Ashley Markovic, an executive board member in the Gay Straight Alliance, “Our main objective is to help the (lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender) community within the school while educating the people who don’t understand us.”
For many of the members, the Gay Straight Alliance was a source of inspiration and an important resource to help them understand their sexuality.
“High school is a confusing time for a lot of people, and I think sexuality is the most confusing,” said Joshua Brewbaker, a member in the Gay Straight Alliance, “Most people don’t realize that they aren’t the only gay person in the world and that there are many, many more out there.”
According to the Mason High School Gay Straight Alliance, the latest Human Rights Campaign survey reported that about one out of every 11 people in America is gay. This statistic made some of the students feel more normal and hopeful about themselves and their future.
“I didn’t realize I was a lesbian until I was in the 9th grade and I didn’t feel comfortable coming out until I was a all ready a senior,” said Megan Moser, a member of the GSA, “It’s really important not to force someone out of the closet and to let them do it when they’re ready and comfortable with their sexuality.”