Fun Home Sets the Stage for Queer Identity

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Fun Home Sets the Stage for Queer Identity

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    A story is worth listening to when it teaches a valuable lesson on self-growth.

    To the Gender-Sexuality Alliance, theatre shines the spotlight on personal struggles and the importance of queer representation.

    GSA went on a field trip to watch the play Fun Home at the Lyceum Theatre in Westfield Horton Plaza on Sept. 20 to give members an opportunity to watch theatre that they can relate to.

    The play is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel, which shows the life of Bechdel from childhood to adulthood as she discovers her sexuality and her late father’s secrets.

    GSA’s main goal is to maintain a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community and to fight against ignorance in relation to it by widening the understanding of their society and themselves.

    The club agreed that theatre is a good platform for queer representation due to its lack in the media. They believed it would not be fair for the youth that identify themselves as queer to feel left out since they are contributing to the future.

    “There’s a heavily negative weight that’s been developed onto western society and has spread to other countries that we cannot yet escape from, despite our efforts that are finally breaking through,” asserted senior Jaidyn Johnnie. “The solution is ironically right in front of us: allow people to do what makes them happy and let them know they are and should be loved no matter what.”

    The event was planned in collaboration with the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Carlie Nemecek, physics teacher and advisor of GSA. Paid for by the district, both the tickets and transportation were free.

    After the show ended, GSA left the theatre satisfied. They believed the play truly shows the mental and emotional stages they experienced or have yet to experience, such as coming out, sexual awakenings, and grief. After participating in this field trip, they look forward to go on more field trips like these.

    “The play showcased many experiences that LGBTQIA+ people generally hide, cannot come to terms with until later in life, if ever, and several sore topics that many of us don’t discuss frequently,” informed Samsara Drapiza, junior and co-president of GSA.

    Although they were watching the life of Bechdel unfold, members of the alliance saw themselves standing underneath the spotlight as their stories were being acted out on the big stage.