"...QT Club has been a safe space and a really important club for queer students at OSA."
Sammi, who is a student who goes to QT Club every Friday says, “It’s a safe space to eat cookies and a place to make friends.” Another member, Joaquin Antonio Montes de Oca, says, “It is my safe space because it is where I don't feel so out of place in the world.”
Rami, the leader of QT Club, started this club 2 years ago. This club was started because Rami was in the GSA (Gay-Straight-Alliance) and they believe that some discussions held in the club were bordering on transphobic. After one of the fellow kids in the club made a presentation on Radical Feminism, Rami decided to form their own club. “I just wanted to have a space were we could feel safe. In tenth grade we realized the club had some transphobic and mostly white members. There are lots of trans and people of color at the school and I new it was time to make that safe spot”
QT club is not exclusive to members of the LGBTQ community, as a few straight people attend. A member who would like to stay anonymous says, “Yes, I do identify as straight but I think that everyone is BI or PAN, they just haven’t met the right person yet.” “I go to the QT club because it is nice to see nice people together, it is also my safe spot. I like lettuce. But not salad” they add. I can tell that they are really happy in this club.
2 years ago, QT club was not a thing. Thanks to Rami KD and Nyla Gill, QT Club has been a safe space and a really important club for queer students at OSA. When I was at my old school, I felt scared because I knew I was gay. But the school was homophobic, I had no choice but to hide. Thanks to QT Club, I now feel like I have a choice, and that I do not have to hide. Here is how QT club has helped others:
“I have been more confident in myself and I haven’t let people take me down lately”
-Joaquin Antonio Montes de Oca
“I have felt more aware of my leadership skills and how to work with kids all of ages”
-the co director Nyla Gill.
“For me, I don’t think it’s the exact same like everybody else.I am just so amazed that people like you guys (6th graders) are going to the club like this. It gives me so much hope for this generation”
You can come to QT club to just go to room 316. Come and have fun, make friends and eat food!