Interview with GSA Sponsor Kaley Georgelis

In this podcast, I interview the sponsor of Merritt Island High School’s GSA, Kaley Georgelis. We talk about the impact Florida’s new Don’t Say Gay law is having on students, the importance of a supportive administration (which MIHS definitely has), and actions that have made her school safer and more affirming.

National Transgender Day of Visibility in the News

Yesterday, March 31, 2022, was the National Transgender Day of Visibility. In this podcast, I summarize some of the anti-transgender legislation currently being enacted in our country, as well as legal battles fighting that legislation, and I share some of the comments released by the Biden-Harris Administration on the need to support transgender Americans.

Interview with Bells, a 16-year-old Queer, Asexual, and Gender-Fluid Advocate

In this podcast, I speak with Bells Ross, a 16-year old queer, asexual, and gender-fluid advocate. They talk about their journey, their school climate, and what the future holds.

What Keeps Me Up at Night: 3:30 This Morning

This morning I couldn’t sleep. I was up, at 3:30 am, thinking about the students I’ve spoken with in my podcasts, thinking about how many adults – adults who are charged with keeping students safe – are letting those students down. These were my thoughts.

Interview with Bisexual 9th Grader Nafeeza

In this episode, I speak with Nafeeza, a bisexual 9th grader who participated in two protests of Florida’s Don’t Say Gay bill – one of which she organized. Nafeeza bravely talks about bullying she has experienced, including being told to die, and the lack of response from her administration.

Interview with Students Hailey and Taylor from Winter Springs High School about Florida’s New Don’t Say Gay Bill

In this episode of Creating Safe Schools, I interview high school seniors Hailey and Taylor about organizing their school’s protest of Florida’s new bill, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, HB 1557.