This site brings together information from peer-reviewed journal articles to respected organizations such as GLAD, GLSEN, GSafe, GSA Network, the ACLU, and Lambda Legal – as well as advice from members of the LGBTQ+ community, with the goal of helping students and allies in schools to:
- Start a GSA (even in the face of resistance);
- Create an inclusive and supportive school environment; and,
- Build a GSA curriculum that meets student needs while fostering LGBTQ+ student agency, empowerment, and confidence.
For those who want more information, each section on this website includes links to resources that go more in-depth, and a list of references.
If you’re interested in starting a GSA but are facing obstacles, in the form of your school board or administration visit “Overcoming Obstacles.” There you can read about judicial decisions in support of GSAs, and find resources to access legal help if needed.
Overcoming obstacles also shares proven steps to encourage success in bringing a GSA to your school, and sample documents that you can browse as you write your proposal letter and mission statement.
You have your GSA approved, and are ready to get started. How can you encourage a school environment that is welcoming and inclusive for all?
This section will give you information on LGBTQ+ sensitive language, the benefits of staff-wide training as well as enumerated anti-LGBTQ+ bullying policies, and actions that faculty and staff allies can take every day to help create a safe and accepting school environment.
Your school is on board, your GSA has been created and you’re ready to begin! This section includes curriculum guides for different GSA goals.
The included curriculum is based on published research concerning how to best assist LGBTQ+ adolescents develop self confidence, personal agency, pride, and connection to the LGBTQ+ community. Focal points are education, advocacy, and social support (in school and in the broader community).