A student from Burien’s Big Picture High School organized a protest for queer and trans youth at the SeaTac Transit Airport Station on Friday, March 31, 2023. 

Anna – a junior at Big Picture High School – organized the protest as part of a larger national mission by Queer Youth Assemble. The goal of the organization is to create a safer and more inclusive environment for queer youth. 

“I myself am a queer youth and have many friends and family in the community. My sister who lives in Tennessee is Transgender. It scares me that people are trying to take her rights away,” Anna said about the protest. “She is one of the kindest people I have ever met. She is autistic. And people bully. It hurts because she’s family, but she isn’t the only trans or queer person in the world experiencing transphobia or homophobia. Humans are humans and just because they are different doesn’t mean their rights should be taken away.”

Anna was joined in her protest by two school advisors who chimed in about the impact that students can have.

“Big Picture’s model is all about teaching children how to live lives of their own design and a big part of that is understanding who you are and being accepted for who you are and living in a community that affirms who you are. And so, having students learn how to build protests, how to build political movement and political change is a really important part of what we do.”

You can learn more about how to get involved with Queer Youth Assembly and the work they are doing for queer youth on their website. 

Alia Sinclair is a writer residing in SeaTac. She is passionate about the arts and connecting people through the written word, and is the founder and editor-in-chief of Patchwork Mosaic magazine for creatives.