The authentic voices of students at Nova Southeastern University Middle School shined a spotlight on the powerful force that gender stereotypes have in their daily lives:
“I am a boy who likes theater and I am assumed to be gay just because of that. Sometimes it really bothers me.”
“I got called ‘faggot’ at seven years old. Some people still call me that. Making fun of someone for who they are or who they like is not okay.”
NSU University School has partnered with YES Institute to support students in thinking critically about gender messages and ways those messages can contribute to harmful behaviors. Students welcomed the opportunity to speak openly on these topics and ask questions without fear of retaliation or judgment.
“I learned that being yourself is not a problem and that everyone likes different things.”
“People bully my brother because he cries sometimes. I even bully him. I learned how bullying can really change someone’s life.”
Thank you, NSU University School, for taking a stand that all of your students’ talents, interests, and qualities are included and celebrated. We look forward to working with you further in the coming months!