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haileycolt
haileycolt asks:
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Any ideas for a couple high school kids starting a GSA?

Hi, I'm 16 and a group of friends of mine and me are starting up a GSA (Gay Strait Alliance) in our school and i need some ideas for activities and such that we can have the school/group do. Also we need some ideas to get through the the homophobes. which we have a lot of in our school and how to stop them from calling us/using the terms, gay, fag. extra as insults against us. There are so many people that are close to suicide because of what they are doing and have done and that's what we are hoping to combat with the GSA but we need some more ideas on how to combat their hurtful words/actions and fun things to do with the group.
In Topics: Teen issues, Bullying and teasing, Children and stress
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Feb 28, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

It is great that you and your group of friends are so proactive and passionate about helping people and offering support to people who feel isolated and unsupported.  There are a number of great websites that you can check out for ideas and materials if you have not checked them out already.  
www.thetrevorproject.org and www.itgetsbetter.org are resources that many teens find helpful.  You may also find it helpful to look at http://www.gsanetwork.org/ for more helpful ideas in getting started.  
Good luck to all of you and we are proud of you for your strength and passion.

Sincerely,
Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-3000
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aqblickley
aqblickley writes:
Hi Haileycolt,

Good for you and your friends! There are so many people in this world who would benefit from following your lead and standing up for what they believe in. Your parents, teachers, and classmates should be proud!

That said, the derogatory terms that your classmates are using are verbally abusive, and should not be tolerated by your school administrators. If you haven't done so already, I encourage you to go talk to a principal, teacher, or counselor at your school and let them know who's calling you names, and what they're sayiing.

As for the GSA you're starting, I found a great article online with tips and steps for starting the group at your school. I've linked to in the Resources section below. Good luck, and keep us posted on how it's going!

Alex

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