Overview-Gay Straight Alliance
Gay-straight alliances are student organizations, found primarily in high schools and universities, that are intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender youth and their straight allies. Most, if not all, gay-straight alliances are aimed at making schools a safe place for all students, no matter their sexual orientation or identity. Many participate in national campaigns to raise awareness, such as the Day of Silence, Ally Week, or No Name Calling Week. A common misconception among the student body and the parents of those students is that GSAs are simply dating services, or places where the "gay kids" can get together. In actuality the diversity of a GSA's membership varies widely and includes straight and gay students. It serves to support students who may have a gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transgender family member, relative, or friend.
All students grades 9-12