We recently had the pleasure of spending time with Katie and Isabella, the Year 12 students who run the LGBTQ+ lunchtime club at RMS.

They shared insights about the community they are building and stressed the significance of encouraging pupils from all years to participate in events like Pride.

Can you tell us more about the LGBTQ+ lunchtime club?

LGBTQ+ society is a safe space for Queers and Allies to discuss LGBTQ+ topics/events and on occasion play LGBTQ+ games e.g. Kahoot.

What have been your highlights from being part of this club this year?

The highlights from this year has been the community we created with the attending Year 10’s, 11’s, 12’s, and 13’s, and the lectures given by teachers such as the one from Mr. Bar on LGBTQ culture in the time of Classical Greece.

Why do you think it is important to allow space for a variety of different clubs at RMS?

To strengthen tolerance to others and fuel opportunities in the school and outside of it by providing support.

With it being Pride Month this June, what does celebrating Pride mean to you?

Pride means having a voice, raising awareness of problems that are still present around the globe and celebrating differences in our community

Why do you feel that it is important that all pupils engage in events such as Pride? How can raising awareness support the LGBTQ+ community, both within RMS and beyond?

If people are more aware of the LGBTQ+ community, it allows them to best support others in and out of school and can help them understand the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community throughout history and in the present day.

Several activities took place at RMS during June to mark Pride Month 2023, including a Pride flag-themed non-uniform day and a special display of Pride-themed books in our Resource Centre.

Thank you to all the pupils and staff who helped us celebrate this special month.