LGBTQ+ Community Awareness Project Celebrate Diversity Month – Wear Purple on Feb 28

Recently a group of Green School Bali  teachers (and so far one parent) have initiated the first-ever Green School Bali The LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer ++) Community Awareness Project. This project was inspired by a visit earlier this year from Kai Mata and a high school Well Being class led by Ibu Kiley. 

As part of Green School celebrates diversity month, we are asking that on Friday, February 28th all GS Community members wear purple to school as a sign of support and allyship for the LGBTQ+ community.  Moving forward, one day each month the community will be asked to wear purple in support of our LGBTQ+ community. 

We are looking for parent involvement in this initiative and if you would like to be a part of  with this project and learn about other initiatives we are moving forward on please reach out to Ibu Kiley @ kiley.little@greenshool.org.  If you are looking for some information on how to explain the term LGBTQ+ to your children check out: http://www.welcomingschools.org/resources/definitions/youth-definitions/

During Kai Mata’s visit, she asked the HS students if we had a Gay-Straight Alliance at Green School.  We don’t. 

As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Ibu Kiley felt she had a responsibility to activate and bring the community together with visible support of our LGBTQ+ community here within GS – from students to teachers, to families.  The intention behind this project is to create visible allyship with, and support for, members of our LGBTQ+ community. 

Our first initiative was to declare February “Green School celebrates diversity” month. Currently, across all three learning neighborhoods, there are various intentional activities planned and being implemented to spread awareness about diversity and inclusion.

A note on Kai Mata: Kai was born in Indonesia and her family fled to the USA due to political and civil unrest in 1998. Kai returned to Indonesia in high school after which she decided she would chase her dream to be a singer and songwriter. She is passionate about human rights, equality, and equity for minority groups. Kai is regarded as the only openly “out” musician who is a member of the LGBTQ+ community in conservative Indonesia. She has been the recipient of much hate and conversely, much love, for her courage to be open about her identity. She uses her music to tell stories and promote empathy.

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