Council members Christine Quinn and Jimmy Van Bremer with students at Briant HS in Astoria. Photo courtesy

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and Speaker Christine Quinn visited William Cullen Bryant High School to celebrate Respect for All week. They met with members of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), the leadership group and the mediation team to talk about the difficulties facing them. Later, in a packed auditorium, members of the club débuted their student-produced film about bullying as the students in the audience cheered them on.

“Students deserve to earn an education in a safe and harassment-free environment without feeling discriminated or persecuted,” said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. “Respect for all week promotes diversity and deters bullying in our schools through interactive and positive conversations and activities, helping raise awareness and even saving a life.”

“We have a responsibility to provide every student in New York City with a safe and inclusive learning environment,” said Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “Teaching our students to embrace diversity is essential to preventing hate among future generations. This week is part of our long-term effort to make this subject matter part of our school culture.»

Student showing their pride.

During Respect for All Week, students citywide will take part in a broad range of activities and special programs, such as school-wide presentations, performances and art projects, interactive classroom workshops, peer education, and student-led poster campaigns.