Step Three: Enlist the Assistance of the Pre-Existing Power Structure

Sources of Community Support Local LGBTQ+ parent organizations (Mayberry, 2012) Allies in the school district School board members Local pediatricians Local mental health providers Local NASW chapter President State-wide NASW President Local university Education Department professors/chair LGBTQ+ graduates of the school Administration from schools with a GSA Create an Advisory Board Especially if one isContinue reading “Step Three: Enlist the Assistance of the Pre-Existing Power Structure”

Step Two: Show the Proven Benefits of GSAs to Students and the School

Proven Benefits of GSAs to Individual Students LGBTQ students involved in GSAs reported that the GSA helped them with 3 types of empowerment. The first is empowerment through knowledge – they knew their rights, and how to advocate for them. The second is personal empowerment – GSAs help students improve their self esteem and developContinue reading “Step Two: Show the Proven Benefits of GSAs to Students and the School”

Step One: Demonstrate the Need for a GSA

With Statistics The first step to demonstrating need is presenting statistics showing just how dire the situation is for many LGBTQ+ youth in our society today. You will find a list of statistics that you can cite to your school administration and school board, and the sources of the statistics, below. Click here for aContinue reading “Step One: Demonstrate the Need for a GSA”

Ways to Encourage Success in Forming Your GSA

So you’re ready to begin approaching your school administration and/or school board to formally initiate the formation of your GSA. There are steps you can take to make the process more successful and collaborative. References Finn, J. (2021, October 23). New LGBTQ+ school-bullying study electrifies advocates. Medium. https://medium.com/prismnpen/new-lgbtq-school-bullying-study-electrifies-advocates-ae52629bad83