GSA

What is a GSA/QSA?

Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) and queer-straight alliances (QSAs) are peer support networks that promote welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students and their allies.

A GSA/QSA is run by students and supported by school staff and would be grounded in the principles of promoting:

  • equity for sexual and gender minority students
  • safe, caring and inclusive spaces for all students
  • healthy, respectful environments and relationships to prevent or eliminate bullying and discrimination

As peer support networks, GSAs/QSAs help LGBTQ students overcome feelings of isolation and alienation that are a result of homophobic and transphobic bullying. They help students begin to feel empowered as they develop a sense of belonging in their school. GSAs/QSAs also help interested students become allies for their LGBTQ peers and provide a safe place to help understand and learn how to offer support.  https://education.alberta.ca/gay-straight-alliances/what-is-a-gsa/

When: Thursdays at Lunch

Where: Conference Room

Who: All students who identify on the spectrum or are allies and want to learn

Teacher Advisors: Ms. Tiemstra, Mr. Blumhagen, Mr. Goodyear

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