LGBTQIA+ Community

At Wilde Lake High School, we embrace the joy of diversity within our community, our O’hana. We support our LGBTQIA+ O’hana and strive to support and enrich their time at WL. We are committed to providing an educational and social environment that affirms and promotes an inclusive, equitable space which values diversity.

HCPSS has in place comprehensive supports across all of our schools:

LGBTQIA+ Youth
Rainbow Representatives
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

WLHS Rainbow Representative: Rainbow Representatives ensure that schools are allies and advocates for LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and families. The school Rainbow Representative attends quarterly meetings; receives and disseminates information regarding LGBTQIA+ topics of interest to the school and school community as appropriate; and provides instructional support for educators. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Wilde Lake High School Rainbow Representative, Annora Bailey at annora_bailey@hcpss.org

GSA: GSA is a club at WLHS in which LGBTQ youth and their allies have a place to socialize without being judged as well as talk about what is happening in the news in regards to the LGBTQ community. Enjoy watching movies, reading articles, talking about recent happenings, and socializing. Just show up to meetings, no requirements. Come when you can! Meets on Wednesdays from 2:15-3:00pm Location: TV Studio/Media Center.  Advisors for GSA: Kathleen Palmateer kathleen_palmateer@hcpss.org & Brittany Franckowiak brittany_franckowiak@hcpss.org

LGBTQIA+ Announcements and News:

Unmatched Athlete - Partnership Official!

Unmatched Athlete is now an official partner with HCPSS. Just a reminder that they will be having a program at EarthTreks in Columbia on March 5th and March 19th. We will have a table at the event and will be looking for volunteers at the table as well as an folx who are interested in encouraging climbers. Please add your name to the spreadsheet (please note the two tabs at the bottom - one for each date) if you are interested and available to volunteer and to indicate your interest in what you’d be willing to work. See below for more details. 

Saturday, March 5th 2022 (13-18 age group), 12pm-5pm (table set up at 11am). Volunteers needed to staff the HCPSS Pride table as well as serve as morale supporters IF you have climbing experience, you can work with the youth to help them with climbing. 

Saturday, March 19th 2022 (5-12 age group), 12pm-5pm (table set up at 11am). Volunteers needed to staff the HCPSS Pride table as well as serve as morale supporters IF you have climbing experience, you can work with the youth to help them with climbing. 

 

LGBT Studies Course - Pilot happening in 2022-23 SY at WLHS!

An elective LGBT studies course has come through and will be piloted at two HCPSS high schools for the 2022-23 school year (Hammond & Wilde Lake) and will be available at all high schools for the 2023-24 school year. 

 

HoCo FilmFest - CARY Category

The HoCo FilmFest is gaining a new category this year thanks to CARY! This will be open to Middle and High School students THIS year, and the hope is that NEXT year it will be expanded to Elementary students. The CARY sponsored portion of the FilmFest is centered around the theme of “Freedom to Read” to highlight the impact of LGBTQIA+ literature (or lack of access to this literature) on the lives of students. Visual storytelling is a powerful tool to shine a light on our shared humanity as well as the rainbow spectrum of human experience. You are the FIRST to hear this information and more will be published here to the HoCoFilmFest website later this week or next. Once it is published, feel free to share with middle and high school students (a flier with be forthcoming). https://hocofilmfest.weebly.com/