Through our school's silence, LGBTQ staff, students, alumni (and perhaps others) have been erased from our story, asked to conceal vital parts of their own story, and left as second-class citizens with a tenuous position in the school. Preferring straight men's insight into LGBTQ identities over those who actually live LGBTQ stories, and preferring wealthy and powerful members of the community over those most vulnerable to expulsion, shame, and abandonment, we have betrayed our proclamation that "We value the diversity of our community, confessing that God loves everyone equally."
We're only asking that LGBTQ students, staff, faculty, and alumni be welcomed to the community on the same terms straight, cis-gendered people are, and actively cared for in light of the disproportionate shame and betrayal they face in many arenas.
Specifically, we ask the Seattle School to add LGBTQ identities to the bullying policy, inclusive language policy, as well as the employment and admissions discrimination policy.
Repentance and reparations marked by delight and honor would be lovely to see as well.