I graduated from Nerinx Hall in 1997. Twenty years ago.
My dad worked two jobs so I could attend the prestigious all-girl school. I’ve always told my parents it was worth the sacrifice.
And now this gem of a school is in the headlines for not allowing a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club to form.
Once the news hit social media a closed group of almost 2,500 alumni formed.
I want to say so much, but it might be time to keep it simple.
To the Nerinx administration: You did it. You planted seeds of strength within us, you nourished roots of community and friendship, you gave us branches of ideas and compassion, you provided us with fruits of hope. If you see us, if you hear us, you have to be proud. You taught us that conflict is okay. That when we see injustices we should speak up, and we are. Can you hear us? Our voices are unified and our determination is strong. You created these leaders of change, these women of compassion. You taught us that one of us is not free, until we are all free. You inspired us to see outside or our comfort zones. You lit a fire so deep within our souls that we are not afraid to get burned. As the administration of this school, as board members of this community, I know you can do this. You can take this energy, this momentum, and you can be leaders, you can be trailblazers.
And I believe you will. Because I know there are girls in your halls that need a place to feel safe. They need a group that says: I belong, too.
And I know you want to give them that. Because it is good. And it is right.
Will it be tricky? Yes. Will it be complicated? Yes. Will it cause discomfort and unrest? Yes.
But I believe you will do it because it is who you taught us to be.
I believe you will do it because you provided us the space and place to dream, to believe that we can go where others have never gone.
It is who we are.
It is what we do.
Give these girls their safe place–tell them:
“You belong, too.”