My Alma Mater Puts Up Gay Athlete Exhibit
April 17, 2008 by Bryan
I thought this was a joke when I saw it on another blog. Could it be that my high school in a little suburb of the Bay Area would really be putting up an exhibit of gay athletes? That’s huge. You see the school is located in Danville, CA. About 40 minutes outside of San Francisco. It’s a place with a lot of money and sometimes, but not always that can breed conservatives. This should be interesting to hear about the reaction. Time to call mom and dad!
And wait – they’re also having gay pride week? Lord have things changed. This makes me feel old and I graduated less than 8 years ago!
DANVILLE – Students at San Ramon Valley High School are ready to teach their classmates and the community that saying something is “so gay” is so uncool.
Members of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, which has been on campus for about 10 years, have designated this week Gay Pride Week on campus.
Students will be spreading awareness during the week about accepting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
As co-presidents of the Gay-Straight Alliance, seniors Nick Pittarides, 17, and Sammy Brenner, 18, have been passing out rainbow ribbons on campus, telling classmates about National Day of Silence and preparing for this weekend’s photography exhibit.
Photographer Jeff Sheng, a lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is bringing his “Fearless” exhibit to San Ramon Valley High School to encourage people to open their eyes and minds to people who are gay.
Pittarides found Sheng’s artwork online and saw the exhibit had visited many colleges across the country, including Yale and Columbia universities.
The nearly 100 photos in the exhibit are all of athletes – mostly college students with a few high school students – who are openly gay. By having athletes in the photos, Pittarides said, sends the message that homosexuality is just one part of someone.