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GSA - Gay/Straight Alliance

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Sponsor:  Ms. Rizzo, rizzoa@d218.net

 

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 twice a month in Room 226. 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 
 
Set up Remind to stay informed of meeting dates and locations:  text @c2eg34 to the number 81010
 
18-19 School Year Meeting dates
1st Semester
  • Wednesday, October 3rd
  • Monday, October 15th
  • Monday, October 29th
  • Friday, November 16th
  • Wednesday, November 28th
  • Early December field trip to Elmhurst College
 
2nd Semester
  • Wednesday, January 23rd
  • Monday, February 11th, window painting in Cafe
  • Friday, February 22nd District gathering at Shepard
  • Wednesday, March 6th
  • Wednesday, March 20th
  • Wednesday, April 3rd
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 12th - DAY OF SILENCE
  • Wednesday, April 24th
  • Wednesday May 8th
 
 
 
 
Interested in joining?  Students may join GSA at any time throughout the year.  Meetings are open.  Just show up!  
or see Ms. Rizzo, the GSA Sponsor, with any questions in Room 226.
 
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.