Gay straight alliances at single sex schools
When GSA youth leaders unite, we can push back against oppression in our schools and across the country! Get started using our 10 steps! When you register your GSA with us, you'll receive an annual resource with even more tools to get your group going. Through our Regional Organizing strategy, we infuse staff capacity and technical expertise in these regions in order to strengthen local organizations and increase trans and queer youth of color leadership development and engagement.
Gay-Straight Alliances | Lambda Legal
There are more than 4, GSAs in schools nationwide. GSAs can foster community, cultivate leadership skills and reduce discrimination. This section contains ideas about how you can start and run one, as well as information about the legal rights of young people who wish to start a GSA. Your rights to free speech and association include forming a gay-straight alliance at your school. If your school is covered most public secondary schools are , then you have a legal right to form a GSA and to have it be treated like any other student club at your school.
A gay—straight alliance GSA is a student-led or community-based organization, found in middle schools and high schools as well as colleges and universities , primarily in the United States and Canada, that is intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian , gay , bisexual , and transgender LGBT children , teenagers , and youth as well as their cisgender heterosexual allies. In middle schools and high schools, GSAs are overseen by a responsible teacher. The first GSAs were established in the s.
In this lesson, participants will explore how self-identification can be empowering, and have discussions about what it means to be proud of the labels and identities that we all hold. The activity allows for the sharing of these often untold stories and also facilitates a much needed discussion about the erasure of LGBTQ history in what is considered American history, and the value of critical thinking in history classes. In this lesson, students will begin to explore transphobia and genderism by examining and expanding their definitions. Students will learn about ableism, ableist language, and how to act in allyship with people who have disabilities.