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GSA - Gay/Straight Alliance

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 will participate in this year:
  • Homecoming - We decorate a hallway for homecoming
  • Field trip to Elmhurst College for a networking event with other GSAs in the South Suburbs
  • Host a networking event for our district schools' GSAs.
  • Sponsor the Day of Silence - a silent protest against bullying and harassment of LGBTQ students
  • Fundraise
  • Movie night
GSA Club Schedule - We generally meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month in Room 322. Meetings run from 3:20 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.  We have extra meetings during homecoming and the Day of Silence event. 
 
16-17 School Year Meeting dates
1st Semester
  • Wednesday, August 31st
  • Wednesday, September 7th
  • Wednesday, September 14th
  • Wednesday, September 21st
  • Wednesday, October 5th
  • Wednesday, October 26th
  • Wednesday, November 2nd
  • Wednesday, November 15th
  • Wednesday, December 7th
  • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9th - Field trip to Elmhurst College
 
2nd Semester
  • Wednesday, January 18th
  • Wednesday, February 1st
  • Wednesday, February 15th
  • Wednesday, March 1st
  • Wednesday, March 15th
  • Wednesday, April 5th
  • Wednesday, April 12th
  • Wednesday, April 19th
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 21st - DAY OF SILENCE
  • Wednesday, May 3rd
 
 
Interested in joining?  Students may join GSA at any time throughout the year.  Meetings are open.  Just show up!
 
Field Trips are only open to students who attend meetings regularly.