Skip to main content. This content is intended to serve as general information; it is not legal advice nor intended as legal advice. Genders and Sexualities Alliances formerly known as Gay-Straight Alliances , or GSAs, are student-led and student-organized school clubs that aim to create a safe, welcoming, and accepting school environment for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. GSAs help make schools safer for all students by providing support, educating others in your school about LGBTQ issues, and engaging in awareness activities like the national Day of Silence.
What is a GSA club?
How to Start a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) | American Civil Liberties Union
Download a PDF version of this resource here. Find out if your school has other non-curricular clubs, such as Chess Club or Key Club. Your GSA will have to follow the same steps that those clubs took in order to form. Know Your Reasons — Every successful organization has a mission statement, which is simply a sentence or two that explain the purpose and goals of your group. It might be a good idea for you and the other members of your GSA to think about a mission statement for your club before presenting your idea to your administrators. The more prepared you are to answer questions about the GSA what kind of projects you want to work on, why the school will benefit from having a GSA, etc. Find an Advisor — Most schools require that clubs have a faculty advisor.
Supporting a Gay-Straight Alliance in Middle School
A growing body of research confirms that the presence of a GSA has a positive and lasting effect on student health, wellness, and academic performance. It can also protect students from harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and improve school climates for all students in the long-term. In March , schools across the country closed down and shifted into a virtual space due to the COVID global health crisis.
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. Click here for a printable PDF version. Gay-Straight Alliances, or GSAs, are student-led and student-organized school clubs that aim to create a safe, welcoming, and accepting school environment for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.