On Thursday the 27th of June, six students, and Miss Carew, went on a trip to Richard Lander school in celebration of the 50 year anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
The stonewall riots in Manhattan were crucial in ensuring equal rights for the community, so during the day we learnt about why and how the stonewall riots happened, how they affected LGBTQ+ rights globally and the events following. It was really eye opening to see how backwards our government and general mindset were only thirty years ago, how our mindset has changed and how it still needs to.
The day consisted of various presentations from other schools that also have LGBTQ+ groups, one about the different flags in the LGBTQ+ community, some about the stonewall riots, and talks from various people from LGBTQ+ organisations in Cornwall.
Our group did a presentation about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in the USA and how he helped our community, including allowing members of the LGBTQ+ community to teach and helping the creation of the pride flag.
Overall, the day was very fun, it was really good to have the chance to meet other like-minded people and to learn about the riots that paved the way to the rights the LGBTQ+ community are, in some cases, no longer being denied.
Poppy Martin- Williams