If you love coffee, cookies and making new friends then the Oct. 4 Gender Sexuality Acceptance Ally Coffee Break was the place to be! The media center was packed full of people having positive conversations and sipping coffee.

Students, various Medina City Schools’ staff, community members and even MCS Superintendent Aaron Sable took part in many great discussions.

The Ally Coffee Break gives allies the opportunity to show support to the LGBTQ community. An ally is someone who is not a part of the LGBTQ community but supports their causes.  Participants reflected on the importance of events such as this.

Baldwin Wallace University student GSA leaders were in attendance, Jake, Vex, and Dylan decided to come to the Medina High school coffee break because “We like seeing a GSA at a high school level because we never had that.”  

“It’s an opportunity to learn and open up about something people don’t talk about much and in a safe environment.”  When asked why is it important for students to connect with the community they replied “Because kids don’t often get to see a supportive community.  Also, LGBTQ people are horribly represented in current media.”

“It makes the community closer knit,” said one student participant. She went on to say that the coffee break allows “People to know they are not alone; there are others going through the same struggles, and also to make new friends.”

Ninth grade student, Tyler added,  “It allows people to forget their problems and feel accepted.”

GSA Advisor, Mrs. Jennifer Oehler opened the event, welcoming everyone and highlighting the many positives of GSA’s eight years existence.  Later, she reflected on the coffee’s goals.

“To bring people together and having conversations about things that aren’t usually talked about. It’s just people trying to support and understand each other,” said Oehler.

Although there was much going on at the coffee, Oehler’s favorite part was simple: “Being able to see so many people connect with each other.”

MCS Superintendent, Mr. Aaron Sable stated why he thought these meetings were important, he said, “It is educating kids in things they can’t be taught in the classroom and it’s bringing the community closer together.”