In my school there are quite a few cases of people of people being bullied or discriminated due to their sexuality or gender. Studies show that if studnets have a diffirent sexuality than hetrosexuality they have a higher chance of being bullied than other students. In my school this seems to be the case as well. Bullying makes many people feel unconfortable of their sexuality or gender and makes people feel depressed. This can lead to suicidal thoughts or academic dishonesty.
What Can We Do?
In order to make students of diffirent sexualities as well as genders be more accepted in the school inviroment there must be more education about what the diffirent sexualities and genders are. This can be done through gender studies classes. Another way is to make the people that feel left out due to their sexuality or gender feel safer and make a community. This can be done through having a center or a classroom where students can meet up to discuss issues.
How Can You Get Involved?
You can get involved by supporting LGBTQ+ people and by showing their support and also by helping to teach children in a early stage of life about sexualities and genders. You can also help by supporting the idea of having schools build special rooms or by opening clubs for students to discuss the issues in. I’ve decided to get involved by designing a safe space for LGBTQ+ students to meet and feel safe in my school.
A few schools around the world already have safe spaces in their schools so I took some inspiration from them. Many of them have work spaces as well as an area for meetings. So I took note of that and added that into my design.
The area I planned for this building to be built is currently saved for storing the soccer goals. Another thing about this area is that it is close to the other buildings. That way it would be easy for students to access.
The original idea was to have the building made out of containers like the other 2 buildings right next to it. I would have the first floor as a room for the Genders and Sexualities alliance to meet and discuss in and have the second floor as a classroom that teachers could book out if they needed a creative space.
The final building that I have designed would be 5×15 meters in size with each floor at a height of 2.2 meters. I have included a few screenshots of the final design.