Term Gay Straight Alliances
Code PS-8200.2350
Definition Student-run clubs (typically in a middle school or high school, or on college/university campuses) which provide a safe place for students to meet, support one another, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and work to address homophobia and transphobia. Many GSAs function as a support group and provide safety and confidentiality to students who are struggling with their identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning. In addition to support, some GSAs work on educating themselves and the broader school community about sexual orientation and gender identity issues. They may bring in outside speakers to cover a particular topic such as LGBTQ history. They may organize a "Pride Week" or "LGBTQ Awareness Events" and offer a series of educational workshops, panels and pride celebrations. Other GSAs are activist clubs and have worked to get LGBTQ issues represented in the curriculum, LGBTQ related books in the library, and progressive non-discrimination policies implemented at a district level. All of these different types of GSAs also provide a social outlet for LGBTQ students and their straight allies. GSAs help to build community at schools and lessen the isolation that LGBTQ students might otherwise experience.
Created 1/17/06
Changed 7/26/18
Use References Genders and Sexuality Alliances
Gender Sexuality Alliances
Genders/Sexuality Alliances
GSAs
See Also References Gender Identity Counseling (RP-1400.8000-260)
LGBTQ2+ Advocacy Groups (TD-1600.3100-400)
LGBTQ2+ Community Centers (TC-5500.4000)
LGBTQ2+ Helplines (RP-1500.1400-400)
LGBTQ2+ Social Clubs (PS-8000.4000)
LGBTQ2+ Studies (TR-8000.8000-400)
LGBTQ2+ Support Groups (PN-8100.4500-400)
Sexual Orientation Counseling (RP-1400.8000-805)
External Classification Terms Arts, Culture and Recreation (AIRS AR-100)
Arts, Culture and Recreation (CAN AR-100)
Social Development (UW 7.2.02.02)
Youth Centers & Clubs (NTE O20)
Youth Development, General/Other (NPC O01)
Related Concepts After School Programs
Children and Youth
Organization/Facility Type
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Comments
Bibliographic References "How to Start a Gay-Straight Alliance", GSA Network website, http://www.gsanetwork.org/resources/start.html

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