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Hi, I will be a sophomore in High School this upcoming September and I would like to start a gay-straight alliance but I don't know where to begin, is there anyone with experience that could give me some advice?
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got ya covered (from the GLBT Relationships forum FAQ):

Gay-Straight alliances:

more surly than girly...

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GLSEN has a ton of helpful info on GSAs here:

Also check out the GSA Network:

Both these sites have helped me immensely in planning a GSA at my own school for next year. Best wishes to you for a successful club!

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*points to sig* that wasn't my full name, it was a pseudonym.


"If you can't take the misery, stay out of the kitchen." Constantinos Smith, VCPR

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Sorry about that then -- we have no way of knowing until you say something.

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First, good for you for wanting to start one at your high school– one wasn't started at my rather conservative old high school until after I had graduated. The GSA has certainly made more people feel more comfortable about being out (versus the just two really open people at a school of 2,500 when I was there!)

Second, my college's GSA is called the LGBTSU (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgendered-Straight-Union, although I'm sure you could figure that out on your own just fine!), actually Kaleidscope LGBSTU, to be more inclusive, although the name's still not totally inclusive.

Third, this may have already been covered, but getting support from teachers. While my college's student body and administration is conservative, the professors are very liberal and supportive of such organizations. They'll wear ribbons on pride days and show up to events. We also have a list of faculty and staff (as well as fellow students) who are queer or GLBT-friendly for students to visit or call for support in an emergency or just to chat.

I know there is not as much freedom in high schools (well, at mine at least) but I'm sure there are a bunch of teachers who would be willing to, for example, post a sign on their door that designates the room as a safe space.

Getting teachers involved is great for both publicity and support– concerned students can feel safer there and homophobic students know their ignorance and harassment won't be tolerated, at least under the watch of that particular teacher.

Good luck!

"Tear up the cloak of indifference that you have wrapped around your hearts! Make up your minds before it is too late!" ~Sophie Scholl

(Edited because I apparently couldn't spell the acronym of an organization I was an officer in so should know better!)

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Good for you taking the initiative to start a GSA at your school! I just graduated from high school, where I was very intrumental in forming the school's first GSA. Before you begin, I would recommend, talking to the principal of your school or another high-up faculty member in charge of clubs. The best way to make sure your GSA thrives, it to make sure that you have support from the school. Next I would contact a few faculty members or teachers that are interested in helping out. This isn't necessary if your goal is to have a student-led club, but I found it to be very helpful. And finally, be prepared to face harassment. High schools, by nature, are full of homophobes. Don't let this get you down! I know that in my case, there was quite a negative reaction to the newly formed GSA but with time and perserverance, it gained a fair amount of acceptance. Good luck!
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