Gay-Straight Alliances are student-initiated and student-run clubs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) students and their allies. These clubs provide a safe space for these students to meet, provide support, and educate their peers to combat bullying and harassment and end homophobia and transphobia in schools.
According to the 2009 National Climate Survey conducted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), 87% of Colorado’s LGBTQ students were verbally harassed in school because of their sexual orientation. 73% were harassed based on their gender identity or expression. And 9 out of 10 LGBTQ students felt deliberately excluded by their peers.
But research also shows that students in schools with GSAs are less likely to feel unsafe in their schools than those without such a support group (54.3% vs. 66.5%). The positive and affirming environment of GSAs allows students to feel safe and respected in their schools.
Acknowledging the importance and impact of GSAs, the Colorado GSA Network works with LGBTQ students and their allies to establish GSAs in their schools. The Network also supports the expansion and development of existing clubs.
To support GSAs, we provide training and networking opportunities, tools and resources, and leadership development for LGBTQ students and their allies. Would you like us to visit your school?
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