GSA

mandy-god's picture

First Meeting!

SO today marked the first meeting of my GSA at school! It turned out absolutely brilliant! We had about twenty people show up with little to no advertising (only an announcement on the P.A this morning and myself telling the school music department about it) as opposed to last year's measely ten members- and that was on a good day!

mandy-god's picture

GSA Projects

Hey so the new school year is up and running and so is my lovely GSA! As the founder and president I'm in charge of running events, seeing as no teachers wants to help us out, and I was wondering if anybody on here had some ideas for events!
So far I've decided on doing the Clothesline Project and actually having a NOH8 photoshoot so if anybody could give me some more ideas I would be really appreciative! :D

openaboutit's picture

My process of coming out...(The long story)

It started when I was young I alawys felt more attracted to girls but thought it was wrong for me. (I had nothing aginst gay people though) It could have been because I went to catholic school. (churchs conflicting views) I spent k-8th at that same small school in a big city. i spent most of my child hood preventing any thing that could make me seem gay or is "gay"(Some Psychologist interpet it as a sign of being gay). In high school I believe I came out to 2 male friends (that later came out to me).[I also had a boyfriend that randomly told me he knows I like girls.

perple's picture

GSA IDEA QUICK!!!!!!!!!!!

OK, I need an idea for my tomorrow GSA, SUPERIMPORTANTE. Discussion topic that WILL LAST 40 MINUTES would be super-helpful. It's like pulling teeth to get them to talk. I know it's intersex awareness week. Any possible ideas for that?

tenmilestilts's picture

ideas for GSA activites

So, I was really psyched to join GSA this year, and of course really proud of myself for going, but we haven't done *anything* this year. We literally have not. Actually, that's not true--we made posters for Coming-Out Day, but the leader never put them up. And that's kind of the issue--the student leader is not doing anything, and our teacher sponsor comes up with ideas but they never get implemented. On top of that, all of the people in GSA are not showing up. We'll have 4 or 5 people each Tuesday even though there are like 20 in the club. It's kind of depressing.

tenmilestilts's picture

random things that have happened recently...

I shall go in entirely random order because that's about how my brain is working right now.

I'm gonna be Bellatrix Lestrange for Halloween, and I got this awesome corset from Hot Topic for the costume. (For those of you who don't know, I am not the Hot Topic type. The employees gave me weird looks when I walked in--like "Um, I think you're in the wrong place.") And this morning I decided that it was too cute to wait for Halloween so I wore it today. And got a ton of compliments. And K was like "Hey it's really cute!" and like felt the bottom hem of it for no apparent reason. ^^

jeff's picture

Court Prohibits School District From Refusing To Recognize Gay Straight Alliance At Yulee High School

Order Comes In ACLU Lawsuit To Achieve Equal Access For Students

perple's picture

Day

Had good gsa today. c was there, she was cute. what could i do for valentine's day for gsa? wearing black is too deppressing, and we're a happy gsa. And btw, can you retrieve journal entries when you go to another page by accident and they're no there anymore? I'm going to come out to friend when she comes over to sleepover. Is that too weird? i know she'd be supportive, and wouldn't think i'd be hitting on her, and otherwise i have no alone time with her.

railroadhighwaydreams's picture

GSA questions

Right, so hi everyone. Just as a bit of a caution, this will probably be quite long, since I'm not sure how to phrase this...

jeff's picture

Okeechobee, FL High School Gay-Straight Alliance Wins Groundbreaking Federal Lawsuit

ACLU Prevails On First Amendment, Equal Access Grounds

HalcyonFire's picture

Sleep Deprivation is Not As Fun As It Seems

I am thoroughly exhausted. Sunday night I got 3 hours of sleep but I loved it because after 12:30-ish I felt AMAZING, like a sudden burst of happiness and energy and for once everything seemed like it would be back on track.

ash's picture

GSA meeting/events

My GSA meeting was yesterday and it was fun!

msquared's picture

Upgayte!

Hey-o. Well, I've upheld my promise and kept away from that sinister closet-lurker of a crush. Just not without a great deal of pining and moping, mind you. I continue to get weak in the knees and feel my heart implode on itself whenever I see him or even just think about him, which is still quite often, but there's not much I can do about that. I'm treating my heart like I would a good friend.

jeff's picture

Schools Can Protect Both Gay Students and Religious Speech

Federal Court Agrees with ACLU: Schools Can Protect Both Gay Students and Religious Speech

ReinbowGrl's picture

LBGTQ Movies HELP???

So I'm the president of the GSA at my school and I need some advice. We're going to have movie nights occasionally and I was just wondering if anybody had any suggestions of good LGBTQ movies that are school appropriate. Being school safe isn't really necassary, but I don't want something like scripted, verbal porn... :) THANKS!

shadow fire's picture

I'm starting a GSA.

So, I'm starting a GSA at my school.

Can you guys give me as many ideas and activities (and movies) and such that you've done in any of your GSA's or anything you think would be a good idea? I'm not much of a leader so this may be challenging for me. I'm also afraid no one will even show to it :(

Ideas?
Thoughts?
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Movies?
Cats?
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Typing?

CA GSA wins right to exist after two year struggle

By Jeff Walsh

In Madera, California, high school students fought the administration for two years to start a Gay Straight Alliance. Today, after working with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and GSA Network, the school board agreed to allow the club to exist. Oasis spoke this afternoon with Thalia Arenas, the senior who serves as president of the GSA:

Just saw the news today so wanted to say congratulations. How long has the GSA been together?

We started in second semester of sophomore year (2005), trying to get it started. We were unsuccessful at the high school, because they told us it would take up to six months to approve it. We were discouraged, so we decided to take it to the Pan-America community center and they said, 'if you want to meet here with your friends for this club, it's fine.' They were OK with it. So, that's where we basically started.

Now, it has about six members, because it's hard to be out and open here in little Madera. I think that's where our activism started. Later on, we found out about the GSA Network, and they gave us information and resources on how to get started. And we felt empowered, because they told us 'We know you can do it,' they were just really helpful. They said, 'We have all the resources, if you guys need anything, just contact us. They're supposed to let you have it.'

Toph's picture

GSA Speech

I've been working with some fellow students to get a GSA started at our school. The counselor is willing to sponsor us, but my older brother warned me that that may not be enough. He says we need teachers to support us and our cause. So, I appointed myself to talk to all the teachers when school starts. This is the speech I prepared for them. Please tell me if you think it will be effective.

tayz's picture

GSA..with complications. Help?

Hey all =]
I'm tay, I'm 15 and openly bi and new here, well, actually I've been reading the forums for a while but didn't sign up till now!

So, I've been wanting to start a GSA at my highschool for a while now, and I'm hoping to turn that into action at the start of next year, where I'll be in year 10.

I know there's been a few topics about starting GSA's and I've read through most of them but they aren't really as much help as I'd been hoping.

Pixiecorpse6's picture

Plans...

I decided I'm gonna ask my buddy Luke about this group in my city that meets every Friday night somewhere downtown. It's an all gay group and I don't know exactly what goes down there, but I think right now all I need is support. I'm driving myself insane. I just realized sometyhing this weekend. Even if my girl does love me back, she can't be with me. Her boyfriend would make sure I'm sent to the ER if she ever broke up with him for a girl. And well, that's kind of depressing. I guess really all I want now is to be around others like me, who go through the same stuff I am. Like, in real life. For support, you know. My school's GSA keeps me pretty sane, it's one of two reasons I like school. I mean, I feel normal there, if there even is a such thing as normal.

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