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GSA hosts a lovely assembly

As a kick off to Terrace’s Week of Love celebration, the Gender Sexuality Alliance hosted an optional assembly during PASS in the theater. The assembly was meant to serve as a time to foster a supportive, inclusive and caring community. 

The assembly started off with several GSA members describing many sexualities and displayed their associated flags. The presenters included sophomore Sam Dilling with the “gay” pride flag, sophomore Taylor Dugan with the asexual pride flag, junior Jamey Stockemer with the bisexual pride flag, senior Kaylee Gohl with the lesbian pride flag, junior Trinity Alber with the pansexual pride flag and senior Mason Fowble with the aromantic pride flag. 

The members of GSA detailed the definitions and history of the featured sexualities, and explained how the design of their flags represented each one.

Following the flag display, senior Gus Hedal, the Vice President of GSA, talked about the broad concept love.

“Love is bittersweet,” they said. “It [love] isn’t kind at times, but that makes it no less sweet and, above all, necessary.”

Toward the end of the assembly, science teacher Jonathan Tong and junior Sophie Stelmack performed “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley.

“[The song] really sends a message of what love is,” Tong said. 

At the very end, Tong thanked all those in attendance and urged people of all backgrounds to fight for equality in all aspects of society. 

“I am not [gay, black or a woman], but you don’t have to be to support equal rights,” Tong said.

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About the Contributor
Ciara Laney, Hawkeye Staff
Ciara Laney is the Photo Co-Editor for the Hawkeye. She is enduring her third year in the organization, which she joined out of her enjoyment for keeping records of moments in life. Laney's goal in the Hawkeye is to make the audience feel a sense of belongingness in the Mountlake Terrace community. Outside of Hawkeye Laney spends time with her seven siblings. She has leadership roles in TEMPO, Key Club, ASB and JV Tennis.
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