A Gay-Straight Alliance or G.S.A. can be a lifesaver for LGBTQ+ youth. It gives them a place to find resources and help, but most importantly, it gives them a community. For LGBTQ+ youth, community support can make all the difference. A Gay-Straight Alliance might also be called a Gender-Sexuality Alliance or a Pride Alliance. It is a student-led club or organization for LGBTQ+ students, as well as their straight allies. The “Straight” in a G.S.A. also provides some protection for students who have not come out to friends or family.

A Gay-Straight Alliance gives students a place to meet other queer kids. They have the opportunity to make some fast friends. This is especially important as students transition from elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school. It’s also important if a student recently moved and is starting a new school.

School can be intimidating and produce a lot of anxiety for LGBTQ+ kids. A G.S.A. can be the remedy by creating a safe space for students dealing with bullying and harassment. As a group, the members of a G.S.A. can also advocate for each other and with each other. There is more power in numbers, and students won’t be alone in asking for help.

Right now states are attacking LGBTQ+ students with anti-trans bills and religious freedom bills. As a result, students are struggling. A Gay-Straight Alliance can send the message that a school will not tolerate bullying. Since schools are required to create a safe environment for all students, it is in their best interest to have a G.S.A. on campus. If you are interested in finding out more about G.S.A.’s, check out Start a Gay-Straight Alliance. You will find guidance on how to start a G.S.A., as well as resources available on the internet.

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