Sponsors: Jackie Shoemake, Jenny Weinberg & Bart Taylor
Meetings: Every other Wednesday in Room 2158
Are you a student who believes that everyone has value? Do you believe that you have something to learn from diversity? You are not alone. Everyone is welcome at GSA. The Gay-Straight Alliance is an organization that promotes tolerance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, bi-curious, questioning youth. GSA is open to LGBTQ students and their supporters and students with LGBTQ relatives. GSA is a student-led organization that aims to create a safe and tolerant school environment for all youth through education and service.
How did the A&M Consolidated GSA get started?
The GSA was started here at A&M Consolidated High School when two students approached the administration with a proposal to form a GSA. The students found a faculty sponsor to support and host the club. The GSA became official when the constitution was approved on October 15, 2001.
What is a gay-straight alliance (GSA)?
The Gay/Straight Alliance is a non-profit organization to promote acceptance and tolerance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and bi-curious youth. A GSA isa a student-led and student organized school club that aims to create a safe, welcoming and accepting school environment for all youth, regardless of one's sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GSAs provide a supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, as well as those who are perceived as LGBT, questioning of their identity, and children of LGBT families. Additionally, such clubs allow LGBT and straight students to cooperatively address issues that affect all students, including harassment, discrimination and bias based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. It's important to remember that anti-LGBT harassment doesn't hurt only LGBT-identified students, but all students. Quite often, students who are perceived to be LGBT also face harassment, discrimination and bias. GSAs help students build coalitions and supportive school communities towards making safer schools for all students.
Why the name "gay-straight alliance"?
The term "gay-straight alliance" exemplifies the purpose of the club: to build bridges among students of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions - whether they identify as gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual, transgender or anything else. The term also emphasizes the clubs' efforts to acknowledge and embrace the differences and similarities among all involved.
Who gets involved in a GSA?
A GSA should be open to any student who feels that harassment and discrimination against LGBT people, their friends, allies or families is wrong. Many youth have seen the effects of harassment, either among their friends, family members, parents or themselves, and want to do something about tit. This is what a GSA is for.
How does a GSA create a safer school?
GSAs create safer schools through education, by providing opportunities for school communities to learn accurate information about LGBTQ people, and by giving students a greater understanding of how diversity enriches their lives. GSAs help educate students throughout the school, creating a climate of acceptance and understanding. Additionally, GSAs provide youth with a safe space to talk about real issues that affect them day to day without fearing harassment, discrimination or bias. GSAs help ensure that a school community is a safe and supportive environment for all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, thereby fulfilling the school's legal and moral responsibility to provide an equitable learning environment for all individuals.
We'd like to thank www.glsen.org for all the information.