By MELISSA GOLDMAN
I was disappointed to learn recently that several candidates will not be attending the League of Women Voters’ forum on Oct. 6. I had hoped to pose a particular question so that I and other interested voters could hear the response from all candidates.
Since that will no longer be possible, I am submitting this letter with the hopes that candidates will provide their answer in the comments on our newspaper Facebook page.
I teach at Topper Freshman Academy and Los Alamos High School and am one of the sponsors of our Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA, formerly Gay-Straight Alliance). However, I do not write this letter in an official capacity, but rather as a parent, community member, and concerned voter.
In addition to the GSA, which was started in the early 2000s, and a non-discrimination statement that has evolved to include gender identity and sexual orientation, the district has added several new programs and policies to support LGBTQ+ student in the past few years. These include the Safe Spaces Initiative at all school sites, the adoption of a policy specifically addressing the rights of transgender students, and a club at the middle school. What changes or additions would you like to see?
I look forward to reading your responses.