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GSA - Gay/Straight Alliance

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Sponsor:  Ms. Wasserman, ext. 4440

 

What is GSA?

The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is a student-run club which provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.  The club members work to end discrimination, harassment and bullying in the school setting while promoting equality and acceptance.

There are three functions of our club: Support, Social, and Advocacy.

Support: We serve as a support group and provide safety and confidentiality to students who are struggling with their identity as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning or those who are experiencing harassment at school because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. We provide a safe space for students to express themselves.

 

Social: We are a social group.  We provide a sense of community and a space for LGBTQ and straight ally youth to build a social network where their identity is respected.  We aim to build community and lessen the isolation that LGBTQ students sometimes experience.

Advocacy:  We advocate for change.  We promote awareness and acceptance of people's right to choose for themselves how they want to express their identity and who they choose to love. 

  

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Activities we plan to participate in this year:
  • Homecoming - We will decorate a hallway for homecoming
  • Field trip to Elmhurst College for a networking event with other GSAs in the South Suburbs
  • Participate in a networking event with our district schools' GSAs.
  • Sponsor the Day of Silence - a silent protest against bullying and harassment of LGBTQ students
  • Fundraise
  • Movie night
  • Order T-shirts
  • Discuss current events
 
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GSA Club Schedule - We generally meet every other Wednesday in Room 322. Meetings run from 3:20 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.  We have extra meetings around homecoming and the Day of Silence event for preparation purposes.
 
17-18 School Year Meeting dates
1st Semester
  • Wednesday, August 30th
  • Wednesday, September 6th
  • Wednesday, September 13th
  • Wednesday, September 27th
  • Wednesday, October 18th
  • Wednesday, October 25th
  • Wednesday, November 8th
  • Wednesday, November 29th
  • Wednesday, December 6th
 
2nd Semester
  • Wednesday, January 17th
  • Wednesday, January 31st
  • Wednesday, February 7th
  • Wednesday, February 21st
  • Wednesday, March 7th
  • Wednesday, March 21st
  • Wednesday, April 4th
  • Wednesday, April 18th
  • Wednesday, April 25th
  • Thursday, April 26th
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 27th - DAY OF SILENCE
  • Friday, April 27th - Break the Silence Meeting
  • Wednesday, May 9th
 
 
 
Interested in joining?  Students may join GSA at any time throughout the year.  Meetings are open.  Just show up!  
or see Ms. Wasserman, the GSA Sponsor, with any questions in Room 222.
 
Field Trips are only open to students who attend meetings regularly.
To have GSA listed on your transcript, you must attend 75% of all meetings and participate in our fundraiser.