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PrettyLostGirl
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There is no GSA or anything similar at my school so I decided that I should be the *bold student* and try to form one. I already know that I'm gonna have to petition students (to start any club you need a certain number of students willing to join) and I've already started compiling a list of teachers I may ask to be the advisor.

Does anyone have any suggestions or advice for me? Any encouragement at all will be much appreciated.

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origami_jane
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GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) has dedicated a whole section of its site to this topic:

How to Start a GSA
(That's the link, even if it's being sneaky and doesn't look like it.)

If you can get your GSA started in time, you should try participating in the Day of Silence (April 26th). It's been really effective at my school, and we printed up little cards to explain why we weren't talking to classmates who asked.

As for personal experience, keep membership confidential. Sometimes the school GSA is the only place where GLBTQ youth feel safe, or it may be the only queer-friendly resource they have.

Good luck!!

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September
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You're off to a good start. All you really need is enough students to form a club and a teacher who'll function as advisor. Then you and your other 'founding members' should sit down and figure out what exactly you want your club to do, when and where you want to meet, etc, because you're gonna want to have these facts and figures ready when you go and present your idea to the administration.

I suggest you talk to one or two close friends about it. Even if they're straight, you'll want to have them as support in case things get rough. Even at the most liberal school, there's going to be someone who will try to give you a hard time. I am not telling you this to discourage you, but rather so you'll be prepared for this. Chances are it will happen, and you should not let it stop you.

One more thing: Since you'll want to keep membership confidential, as Origami suggested, you might want to get someone on board who's versed in computers and can set up a simple website for you, so you can announce meetings and keep members informed without getting the whole school involved.

This is all I can think of off the top of my head, but if you have any questions, just ask. I was a founding member of the GSA at my old HS and I'd love to help you out. Good luck!!

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PrettyLostGirl
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Thank you, I now know where to go if I have any questions.

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