WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2012/2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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WAGLY youth making "genderbread" cookies In small towns, rich towns, preppy towns, you have a cookie cutter image to fit into, and not everybody does." these youth. Wellesley has a very active GSA and great adult advisors who are extremely support- ive individuals." It doesn't mean there isn't work to be done within the schools and wider commu- nity. "Are there kids who are struggling with identity issues and are afraid to vocalize them? I am sure there are," says Anthony Parker. It is those students to whom WAGLY promotes its message of inclusion and acceptance. Breaking free of the isolation of self-segregation is a journey that begins with the simple idea of peer support at groups such as WAGLY and the Weston GSA. "Many of us come from a sense of invisibility and shame-bound constructs because of the many negating aspects in our society, be they religion or politics, " says Allan Singer. "We have to find support out there in the world to transform shame into self affirmation and esteem and that becomes part of our path to becom- ing visible to ourselves and to others." 93 winter 2012/2013 | WellesleyWeston Magazine

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