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Students at Manhattan’s Grace Church High School are required to attend chapel every other Wednesday, and on April 27, that meant attending a Pride event. The 6th annual Pride chapel featured a special guest: drag queen “Brita Filter,” aka Jesse Havea. Students felt pressure to join in, dance, and celebrate, while Teacher Uyen Nguyen took the opportunity to announce their resignation over improper pronoun usage.
“There was tons of social pressure to dance along and pretend like it was normal for sure,” a student who asked not to be named told The Post Millennial, “whether it be people tapping on shoulders and telling them to stand up or just a collective staring contest at whoever wasn’t totally participating.”
The event was led by the school, the reverend, and the students and faculty advisors for Spectrum, the school’s LGBTQIA+ affinity group. The politically themed chapel, which was mandatory for all students in grades 9-12, apparently ran long.
“Immediately upon entering there was a person handing out stickers with Pride flags on them, unironically saying ‘take one or you’re homophobic.'”
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