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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

Students, teachers start gender-identity conversations

Ryan Albert May 7, 2017

Speakers discussing gender and sexuality discussion on campus have visited the school in an effort to bring greater awareness to gender-identity issues. This comes after recordings of a number of students...

Graphic by Danielle Spitz/Chronicle

Looking back at how the school has handled diversity issues this past decade

Katie Plotkin March 29, 2017

On March 13, 2007, the administration suspended two sophomores who sent an email with a “diss tape” they had made that threatened violence and aimed homosexual slurs at other students. Ten years later,...

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Still on the spectrum: identifying as asexual

Su Jin Nam February 15, 2016

Amber* ’16 has always felt as though she was missing out on the “normal sexual discoveries” that her friends talked about in their conversations. Whenever her friends fawned over a “hot new celebrity,”...

All-gender bathroom stirs opposition

Liz Yount April 29, 2015

Replacement of the sign on the boys’ single-stalled restroom on the first floor of Mudd Library with an all-gender sign to accommodate transgender or gender non-conforming students is creating backlash...

GSA to pay for all-gender bathroom signs

Liz Yount March 18, 2015

The Gender-Sexuality Awareness Club will use money received from a club grant to change the existing signs on the doors of two single-stalled restrooms on the first floor of Mudd Library and the third...

School to bring back gender, sexuality class

Eugenia Ko March 19, 2014

The Interdisciplinary Studies and Independent Research course “Gender and Sexuality” will return next year after being canceled this year due to low enrollment. The class, taught by English teacher...

GSA changes name to broaden purpose

Jivani Gengatharan September 25, 2013

The Gay-Straight Alliance representatives changed the club’s  name to Gender Sexuality Awareness during their first meeting this year. Since the terms gay and straight only encompass two types of people,...

Outside the binary

Julia Aizuss September 25, 2013

As most teachers do on the first day of school, Spanish teacher Joaquin Fernandez-Castro began first period with a roll call. When he reached the name “Gabrielle*” ’14, however, he was corrected....

Collins ’97 throws first pitch at baseball game, walks in gay pride parade

Grant Nussbaum June 8, 2013

Current NBA and former Wolverine basketball player Jason Collins '97, who came out as gay in April and became the first active openly gay male athlete in a major professional sport, participated in a Boston...

Hateful note targets gay student

Chronicle Staff May 25, 2010

    By Allegra Tepper An anonymous threatening and homophobic note left in an openly gay junior boy’s backpack led Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts and Head of Upper School Harry Salamandra...

Gay rights activist to speak at assembly

October 1, 2008

  By Ashley Khakshouri Kevin Jennings, founder of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, the Oct. 10 assembly speaker, has shared his experiences with upper school audiences twice before. Jennings...

Homosexual teachers reflect on same gender marriage ruling

May 27, 2008

By Annie Belfield and Dana Glaser   In the middle of seventh period, Video Art teacher Cheri Gaulke sent an e-mail to her partner of almost 30 years. The subject line read, “Will you marry...

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