If you want to write for us at Voicing Pride, check out the submission criteria and fill in the form below. If you have any questions or want to get in touch with us, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell us your story (we can publish it completely anonymously if you prefer). Past or current student, LGBTQ+ or not, we want to hear from you.
- 300-700 words.
- Do not feel pressured to fit yourself into the “LGBTQ” acronym, identify however you feel comfortable.
- Please be as honest as you can with your experiences – there’s no need to dilute your personal story. Keep in mind that it’s important to keep your dialogue constructive to encourage change, and identifying hopeful or aspirational qualities in the community around you (however limited) is a great way of doing this.
- Try thinking about your ‘coming out’ story in relation to your journey through schooling and your perspectives before and after that stage. Reflect on how your journey may compare to your LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ peers.
- Think about ways in which you have found the support you wish you had during high school, and what useful advice you have received that you can pass on.
- Think about what you support you would have needed from others or yourself to more fully express yourself and how you could pass that on.
- Consider how you were supported by family members or your wider community.
- Think about tangible steps that your school community could take to improve its support for LGBTQ students.
Key questions you might like to consider
- Describe your journey towards coming to terms with your sexuality/gender identity; this needn’t be overly dramatic or radical – everyone’s experiences are unique and relatable in their own ways.
- What role, if any, does your sexuality/gender play in relation to your daily life today?
- What advice would you have for younger students who may be struggling with their identities?
Please be aware that your writing may be altered or moderately edited in order to fit the substantive demands of this growing family of support. Any and all alterations to submitted content will be communicated and approved before posting. If you wish to retain any amount of anonymity, please notify in your email – your words of support and family are far more important than your physical identity and which school you went to. All submissions will be treated as confidential and sensitive material until notified otherwise and posted to the public.