Interview with Students Hailey and Taylor from Winter Springs High School about Florida’s New Don’t Say Gay Bill

In this episode of Creating Safe Schools, I interview high school seniors Hailey and Taylor about organizing their school’s protest of Florida’s new bill, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, HB 1557.

10-Meeting Jump Start Curriculum

Start Your GSA Off on the Right Foot It’s wonderful to have your GSA approved, your sponsor in place, and to begin planning your first meeting. GSAs can have different goals, and yours is probably defined in your mission statement. But all GSAs serve certain functions – creating a safe and welcoming space for students,Continue reading “10-Meeting Jump Start Curriculum”

Writing a Mission Statement

What is the Purpose of a Mission Statement? A mission statement is your club’s way of letting people know why you exist. What are your primary goals? What do you want to accomplish? Every club is different and goals will vary – some students want to engage in advocacy in the school and the community;Continue reading “Writing a Mission Statement”

Creating a Proposal Letter

So you are ready to begin the process of creating your school’s GSA. Start by submitting your proposal to the school administration. Talk with your administration before you apply, and, if possible, ally with them so that everyone is working toward the same goal – a safer, more inclusive school for all. Make sure youContinue reading “Creating a Proposal Letter”

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”