Thank you, Gay-Straight Alliances around the world

25 Jan

It’s National Gay-Straight Alliance Day!

GSAs provide so much necessary support to LGBTQ and straight-allied youth in schools all over the world. GSAs offer resources, safety, a chance to connect, a place to be oneself, a chance to build family and friendships, and a spectrum of leadership opportunities.

GSAs have a vibrant history, and continue to be an integral part of our education system. In 2008, the number of GSAs registered with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) was over 4,000. Did you know that the first recorded GSA was started by a straight ally? According to GLSEN it was founded in 1988 “when a straight student wanted to do something to educate fellow students about anti-LGBT bullying and harassment. She went to her history teacher, GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings, and proposed a club: “You’re gay and I’m straight, so let’s call it a Gay-Straight Alliance.” ” Click here to learn more about GLSEN and its involvement with GSAs, and here for Wikipedia’s entry.

GSAs and their affiliates, supporters, and allies are a testament to the power of a community to come together and create change. It goes to show that we are all in this together.

If you’re looking for a local (Tucson-based) way to celebrate or add your support check out the Eon Youth Lounge, a program of Wingspan.


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