(Illustration by Joaquin Romero) Inclusive community and respect for all persons are two very crucial Lasallian Core Principles that can be seen implemented everywhere at Christian Brothers. It can be seen through all the different walks of life CB has, whether that be students or the staff. This inclusivity can particularly be seen in one of […]
(Illustration by Joaquin Romero)
Inclusive community and respect for all persons are two very crucial Lasallian Core Principles that can be seen implemented everywhere at Christian Brothers. It can be seen through all the different walks of life CB has, whether that be students or the staff. This inclusivity can particularly be seen in one of CB’s most groundbreaking club — The Pride Club. The club is a place that all LGBTQ students and supporters can go to for a safe place or learn more about the community. With a club as forward thinking as this one, the Talon decided to get a closer look and gain more knowledge on what the club entails.
Let’s get one thing clear about this club — it’s not just for LGBTQ students. The group is for supporters of the LGBTQ community for people who want clarification on what it means to be LGBTQ.
“The Pride Club is really supposed to be a sanctuary for anybody who feels like they are an outcast or anybody who feels that they are threatened or not safe on campus,” says Seth Scott (‘19), one of the club’s co-presidents. “It’s a safe space for everybody.”
“Whatever gender, sexuality, race, anything, should feel safe and welcome in this club,” he added.
One of the main opportunities this club offers is a chance for constructive discussions and educating anyone who may have some misconceptions about the LGBTQ community. Seth’s co-president partner, Natalie LeClerc (‘19), added what those discussions have done to add to the club’s effectiveness so far.
“I see a lot of change in the way that people will approach people who have recently come out or are out in general,” she says. “By calling us the Pride Club and by even us existing as a club, it’s the administration’s way of supporting us and supporting people in our community on campus.”
Even in the classroom, she can see her fellow peers making progress on being more welcoming and understanding to those in the LGBTQ community.
“I think there has been a lot less hostility and ignorance relating to the fact that some people on campus might have thought that the Catholic Church wouldn’t have wanted us on campus. But the fact that we are a club and are supported means that the anger and prejudice against us won’t be overlooked.”
Tati Guerreiro (‘19) finds safety in the Pride Club and has met people with different backgrounds.
“It’s a very positive community to be apart of,” she says. “No matter if you’re straight, gay, whatever, it’s just awesome to be in a place where you can feel really comfortable with yourself and share that with other people.”
Claire Ramos ‘19 is an ally of the LGBTQ community and felt immediately included in the club.
“This club is a great way to show support. We’re very inclusive here and everyone is very kind. I was welcomed in so anyone can really join.”
Mrs. Jennifer Lystrup and Mr. John Riley-Portal are the moderators of the club.
“Mr. Riley-Portal and I have always moderated this club.” Mrs. Lystrup says, “Around 2011, it was strong for a while, but then died down. Then I believe Natalie and Seth approached us and asked if we could moderate again and we said sure.”
“We let the co-presidents run with the club and we do our part, mostly keep out of it,” Mr. Riley-Portal added.
“There are times where we feel that things need to be discussed again or clarified to be more specific,” Mrs. Lystrup says, though she added that “for the most part, the officers are great and they do a great job running it.”
The club officers both believe the club will continue after they depart CB.
“Well I certainly hope that it will continue when Seth and I graduate,” Natalie says.“More than anything, I want us to have a bigger presence on campus.”
“We are really trying to include everybody right now,” Seth says. “In the future, I hope that our message of spreading peace and positivity is something that can be seen everywhere at CB. From that we can start a community.”
With what the club has to offer and the messages it spreads, there’s no doubt that it will become a staple part of the CB experience. The peace and positivity in the community the club has to offer is one that many people can and should really consider being apart of.