This time last year, junior Matthew Begin was talking to his friend Noah Fetter, who attends Silver Creek High School.
While their talk encapsulated many different topics, unity and acceptance of others was at the forefront.
As their conversation continued, they began discussing the possibility of creating a club to unite different LGBT friendships, and educating students on mental health that is not taught in the traditional system.
Begin asked assistant principal Marianne Fisher her thoughts on starting up a club at Jeff, and she helped him through the initial process. Sophomore Ryan Curry overheard Begin and Fisher talking about it one day, and thought the idea was great and wanted to contribute.
Thus, the team of students created the Jeffersonville High School Gay-Straight-Trans Alliance.
All the club had to do was find a sponsor, and space to have their meetings. Mrs. Virginia Herfel, a counselor, was glad to take the responsibility. The group had their first meeting in the AP conference room on Dec. 6.
The kick-off meeting was met with support, and the members discussed future goals and achievements.
“We are trying to get more sponsors so that we can do things like community service projects,” Begin said. “We also have recently been discussing the possibility of a dance.”
The clubs two main goals are to have fun, and educate the community on the differences of the LGBT and the challenges that they face everyday.
“We want to normalize queer people and not isolate them and make sure that they know it’s okay to be yourself,” Curry said.
Their motto is “providing education and advocation for equality and understanding.”
Begin says that all student are welcomed, even if you would just like to come and support , or attend a meeting to see what they are about. The members are very excited to have this opportunity, and are anxious to see where they go.