Pride celebrations at VIS

Vienna International School (VIS) is an inclusive community which is proud of its diversity. In the first week of June 2022, VIS celebrated Pride Week, as part of a joint Student Council and Gender and Sexuality Alliance initiative.

VIS strives in its mission to empower all students and, along with the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we want to be an ally in supporting equal rights for everyone – regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender or religion.

Throughout the week, different activities and external speakers have been invited, which the students were able to partake in: from face painting booths and a fundraising stand with candy, tattoos and other goodies and discussions on identity and belonging. 

The TED Talks (“The Importance of Allyshop in the Classroom” by Coby Everton and “The Importance of Using Inclusive Language” (Fahad Saeed) focused on the need for being an ally and using inclusive language at VIS. Cath Brew (Drawn to a Story) answered questions of students and staff members and explained how schools can help make LGBTQIA+ families feel welcome.

Finally, the GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance) and the SJC (Social Justice Club) collaborated and organized an intersectional consent education webinar with Stephanie Zapata (Stephanie speaks here) and Justine Ang Fonte (Im justine af), sharing their experiences of people of color.

At the end of a very busy week, the team managed to raise money to support  Rainbow Railroad organization, ​​a global not-for-profit organization that helps LGTBQI+ people facing persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. 

We thank all students and staff for their support and engagement during this Pride Week at VIS!