What Are Gay-Straight Alliances?
What Do Gay-Straight Alliances Do?
- GSAs provide a safe place for students to receive information, education, and support
- They are places where students can engage in student-driven advocacy or just “hang out” (Griffin, Lee, Waugh, & Beyer, 2004).
- Like other school-based clubs, GSAs usually have regular meetings, have a school-employee as an advisor, and plan events open to the entire school community.
National Day Of Silence and Queer Youth Advocacy Day
The National Day of Silence, created in 1996 and sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is a student-led action day that creates awareness of the bias that LGBT young people experience at school. Youth typically take a vow of silence for the day and distribute information to others about ways that they can make schools safer for all students.
Queer Youth Advocacy Day, planned by the Gay-Straight Alliance Network (www.gsanetwork.org), is an annual event when GSA members from across the state of California arrive at the state capital to learn how to lobby and then get experience lobbying for safe school legislation and other LGBT-related policies.
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