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.
Gay Straight Alliance
Gay-Straight Alliances | Lambda Legal
A Gay-Straight Alliance GSA is a student-run club in a high school or middle school that brings together LGBTQ and straight students to support each other, provide a safe place to socialize, and create a platform for activism to fight homophobia and transphobia. Skip to Main Content. District Home. Select a School
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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.
A gay—straight alliance GSA or queer-straight alliance QSA 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. Numerous judicial decisions in United States federal and state court jurisdictions have upheld the establishment of GSAs in schools, and the right to use that name for them. The first gay—straight alliance was formed in November at the Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts ,  when Kevin Jennings , a history teacher at the school who had just come out as gay, was approached by Meredith Sterling , a student at the school who was straight, but was upset by the treatment of gay students and others.