The “super-formative” high school years are challenging to all students, but for those who are also recognizing an emerging identity of being gay or bisexual, the anxiety can be significantly increased. While at McCallie and in college and beyond, finding support and understanding from teachers and fellow students was mixed with times of feeling isolated and unsure.
The experiences of “making sense of who I was,” were shared with McCallie’s faculty and staff by three gay alumni during a Zoom webinar held in late February 2021, as part of McCallie’s “Belonging at McCallie” initiative that is designed to ensure that all students, regardless of sexual orientation, can fully experience – and be a part of – the McCallie brotherhood.
That session is now available on McCallie’s Stories from the Ridge podcast series. It follows a similar podcast featuring three Black alumni discussing McCallie’s “Moving Forward Together as Brothers” initiative. The “Belonging at McCallie” and “Moving Forward Together as Brothers” initiatives are two of the major focuses for the 2020-21 school year.
The podcasts can be found at McCallie’s Stories from the Ridge podcast page of our website or by searching for “Stories from the Ridge” on any podcast platform.
In this podcast, Alex Hostetler ’09, of New York, Boyd Jackson ‘09, of Washington, and Scott Woods ’02 of Washington, discuss their experiences as students at McCallie and their efforts to reconcile their sexual identity with their religious faiths, their families, and their fellow McCallie students and teachers. They also offer advice to current students on how they can live full, happy, and successful lives.