I n Park City, Utah, students are lining up at a local high school to get their locker assignments for the semester. Extracurricular clubs have set up tables to attract new members. But there are more. Way more.
Gay-Straight alliances in schools promote visibility, acceptance
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A Gay—Straight Alliance, Gender-Sexuality Alliance GSA or Queer—Straight Alliance QSA is a student-led or community-based organization, found in middle schools and high schools as well as colleges and universities, primarily in the United States and Canada, that is intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual , and transgender LGBT children, teenagers, and youth as well as their cisgender heterosexual allies. The first GSAs were established in the s. Numerous judicial decisions in United States federal and state court jurisdictions have upheld the establishment of GSAs in schools, and the right to use that name for them. The first gay—straight alliance was formed in November at Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts ,  when Kevin Jennings , a history teacher at the school who had just come out as gay, was approached by Meredith Sterling , a student at the school who was straight, but was upset by the treatment of gay students and others. Jennings recruited some other teachers at the school, thus forming the first gay—straight alliance. One of the first to join was Sterling's classmate S. Bear Bergman.
Bryan is executive director; Clint is director of programming. The center, at E. We decided that now is a great time to get the ball rolling. He said they were surprised by how much work people have done in the community. He said the area also has groups focusing on trans services and mental health as well as political organizations for those who are uncompromising when it comes to being inclusive to the LGBTQ-plus community.
According to Gallup , 4. For students who don't live close to these growing metropolitan areas, options may be slim when choosing an LGBTQ-friendly university to attend. While there are a number of great LGBTQ-friendly schools throughout the country, many students don't have the opportunity to venture out of state to attend college.