Earlier this year, senior students established an LGBTQ+ student group, otherwise known as the Clarendon Queer Community (CQC). The student-led group is open to students from years 7-12 and aims to provide a safe, inclusive environment for students who wish to support or identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.
This week, CQC held a bake sale to celebrate Pride Month. Today, students wore a ‘touch of rainbow’ to raise awareness and funds for Pride Foundation Australia. The Foundation is a national philanthropic foundation which actively works to increase philanthropic support of the Australian LGBTQIA+ and allied communities through fundraising, grant giving, collaboration and commissioning projects.
“The CQC has allowed myself and fellow LGBTQ+ students to make our voices heard within the school community,” said Year 12 student, Isla Clark. “CGC allows us to connect with others from a range of year levels based on our shared experiences and passion for social change.”
The group meet weekly to discuss LGBTQ+ issues within the school and wider community and organise events, such as the bake sale, to raise funds for organisations that support the LGBTQ+ community.
“I believe the Clarendon Queer Community is an important factor in Clarendon’s continuous efforts to create a safe and accepting environment for all students,” said Isla. “Despite it being relatively new, I know that the CQC will continue to play an active role in our school community for many years to come.”
Thank you to all of the students and staff who wore a ‘touch of rainbow’ and donated to this important cause. We are so proud of all of our students who continue to make a difference, not only within the Clarendon community but the wider community also.
To read more about the Pride Foundation, visit the following link https://pridefoundation.org.au/