From SAGA (Sexuality And Gender Awarenes) Club leader Christian Nesfield:
SAGA Club stands for equality and opens up conversations about LGBT+ identity. SAGA is an acronym for “Sexuality and Gender Awareness” and it’s basically like the new GSA. I wanted to change the name because GSA excludes a lot of people on the LGBT+ spectrum and I really want the club to feel inclusive. Also, a saga is a story of heroic achievement and I feel like that’s what the club should be.
I want it to be a club that people look forward to going to if they feel ostracized because of their gender or sexuality. I know when I came out of the closet, I felt like a gay alien from a different planet and couldn’t get back home. I felt similar to the stranger in the quote Ms. Lai said in Meeting For Worship: “The stranger comes today and stays tomorrow,” and I overstayed my welcome.
However, one thing that I always looked forward to was going to GSA because it was a group of people who cared about LGBT+ issues. It felt like they cared about me and things I was going through, like a pat on the shoulder to tell me “You’re not alone, don’t worry." I also think it’s important to talk about these issues at FA because while there are only a couple kids at Friends who are open about their sexuality, statistics show that about half of millennials identify as some sexual identity other than heterosexual. So even if there people who aren’t out, it’s important to have these conversations within our community because there might be people who need to hear that their gender identity and sexuality is valid and recognized.
There are people here just like you and you’re not alone. Like that Frida Kahlo quote goes: “I used to think I was the strangest person in the world, but then I thought, there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there you read this and know that yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”