Utica United displays pride


Parker Hopkins

Utica United members decorated the display case to promote education.

Parker Hopkins, Editor

Utica United decorated their display case on Friday, January 4. However, the club did more than just vamp up last year’s design. This year, they gave a purpose to the case: education.

“We want the school to know about us,” said senior Delaney Hageman. “Hopefully the display case will attract more people to the club, and let the school know more  about how we feel.”

Instead of focusing on just one aspect of the LGBTQ+ community, the display will focus on a number of identities, both genders and sexual orientations. The first month will feature the G in LGBTQ+.

“It’s important to educate people from different communities,” said senior Amara Booker, executive board member for the club. “If we know more about each other as a school, the more we become a unit. It allows us to form better relations with each others.”

In addition to facts about the identity, there is also the accompanying flag and celebrities who align themselves with the particular identity, a historical figure and a modern icon. This month, the celebrities are Harvey Milk, the first openly gay city supervisor, and RuPaul, a well-known drag queen and TV show host.

“The people we chose show two totally different sides of the LGBTQ community,” said senior Jonathan McGee, an executive board member. “We wanted to show all sides of the community and that all are welcome.”

The display case will change to a new identity each month, in order to continuously educate the school. The graduating senior board members hope this will be remembered even after they leave the school.

“We want to show how proud we are,” Hageman said. “We want to leave an impact on the school, and the display case is our impact.”

The photo gallery below will be updated with each new design as Utica United changes their display case.