11/1/16: At this stage, GrammarPride has had nearly 30,000 views and we have been overwhelmed by hundreds of emails and messages of support. Thank you to everyone for your support for LGBTQIA students at Grammar and beyond.
We also feel it’s worth clarifying what we’re trying to achieve with this website. We have received an unexpected wave of media attention, and certain articles have taken excerpts from our posts out of context. Journalism has a tendency to create conflict narratives, even when they don’t exist.
The Grammar leadership team and student body have already been taking steps in this past year to address these issues and we look forward to working as part of this group to promote change.
Although we have been critical of aspects of the school’s current and past culture, our intentions are simply to acknowledge the issues that exist at Grammar, and that we suspect exist across a number of NZ high schools.
What is far more important to us is to provide support to LGBTQIA students by telling our stories and allowing others to share their stories as well. The most inspiring messages we have received have been from students who were able to find a community within Grammar where they could be out and comfortable while at school. These messages acknowledge that issues exist, while also providing hope for students who may be dealing with such issues. And that is what this initiative is all about.
We have re-worked stories and sections of our website (and continue to do so) to better support students, and to ensure that our purpose can’t be misrepresented.
Auckland Grammar is a truly incredible place in many respects, and we are excited about the initiatives which are being introduced in the coming year. We hope that this website will be a helpful part of this, by encouraging change within the student body culture from a grass roots level through social media.
Please continue to share this website with your friends and family, and submit your stories on the ‘Your Story’ page!