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. Keep up on what is going on in the larger HCPSS Pride community at their website.

LGBTQIA+ Announcements and News:

Queering Science: Winter Walk and Talks

Join us virtually or in person at the Howard County Conservancy to learn more from researchers and scientists who identify as being part of the LGBTQIA+ community and/or focus their research on topics that have an LGBTQIA+ focus. Queering Science will consist of a 25 minute virtual presentation followed by a 5 minute Q and A. Those participating in the face to face program will still experience the Queering Science program through a virtual visit, but will follow-up with a walk around the Howard County Conservancy grounds to talk about what they learned with their peers. Snacks will be provided. This program is for high school students who are part of or allies to the LGBTQIA+ community:

Event & dates:

  • Saturday, January 14, 2023 @ 10:00am Dr. Claire Burke (she/her) - Climate Scientist
  • Saturday, February 11, 2023 @ 10:00am Jet Jama (they/them/he/she) - Research Associate
  • Saturday, March 11, 2023 @ 10:00am Dr. Jennifer Middleton (she/her) - Isotope Geochemist
  • Saturday, April 1, 2023 @10:0am Eliot Schrefer (he/him) - Author

Unmatched Athlete is back!

Join us on Saturday, January 28th for the first of our LGBTQ+ Youth Climbing Days in 2023, at Movement Columbia! Youths aged 13-18 are welcome to attend for a fun day of ‘Intro to Ropes’ climbing course and a teen leadership activity. The climbing course and leadership activity may be limited to the first 20 participants who sign up. To sign up, please click the link at the end of the Eventbrite form. All are welcome!  Eventbrite Sign-Up https://www.eventbrite.com/e/480124042937/ PLEASE NOTE: The first 20 participants that sign up will pay a $5-per-youth fee that will serve as a donation to Unmatched Athlete for organizational support. If we reach our 20 participants number, we will update this page to reflect the change. Anyone signing up after the first 20 slots are taken may be charged a discounted $10 day rate that will go directly to Movement Columbia.

 

Read the Rainbow with Aiden Thomas!

Join us virtually on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 @ 7:00pm

You’ll get to MEET Aiden Thomas and discuss his book, Cemetery Boys.

This is a FREE book club and open to students in grades 8-12, parents, educators, community members, and supportive allies.

The first 50 students in grades 8-12 who register will receive a FREE copy of the book either delivered to their school, or mailed to their home!

You MUST register to participate

Register on our HCPSS Pride Website: bit.ly/HCPSSRainbow

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScmR73NofkdlEjB1Ln2HrgHfLmrg9VagT5WUlU1siLkPYHayw/viewform

 

DUE March 1st - Rainbow Vision 4th edition

We are looking for submissions to share in our 4th issue of Rainbow Vision. The Rainbow Vision submission deadline is March 1st, 2023.
Your submission must meet the following guidelines.
- Submissions are accepted from middle and high school students currently attending a Howard County school (public, private or homeschooled).
- Submissions must be school appropriate and not explicit - no work containing profanity, extreme violence, sex, glorified drug use, etc. will be published.
- Submissions must be the student's original work that has not been published elsewhere.
- Submissions must be recent (created within a year of the submission period).
- Students can send in multiple submissions, but please note that not all submissions sent in will be published.
- Rainbow Vision reserves the right to select and edit all works submitted. If you would like to take part in the editing process for your work, please let us know AND make sure to include an email you check regularly.

 

​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. 

 

LGBTQIA+ 101 from the Howard County Library System.  

WHO: Adults 

WHAT: Learn foundational concepts and terminology essential to understanding LGBTQIA+ topics, how that knowledge can be applied to daily life, and where to access resources for further learning. 

WHEN: 

Central Branch: Jan 21, 2:30 – 4 pm REGISTER  

Savage Branch: Mar 4, 4 – 5:30 pm REGISTER (after February 1) 

Miller Branch: Apr 27, 7 – 8:30 pm Register link TBD 

 

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