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Governments in Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta have all passed similar legislation that compels schools to provide the support groups upon request. He acknowledged Catholic churches and schools are striking a delicate balance between welcoming everyone and sticking to Catholic beliefs that sexual expression belongs only between a married man and woman. Around six years ago, the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association published a guide, and began offering training to teachers and other educators looking for guidance in counselling lesbian and gay students in Catholic schools.
While positive associations between health behaviors and GSAs have been documented, less is known about how youth perceive GSAs. These comments about GSAs were thematically coded and organized using Atlas. Three themes describe youth-perceived attributes of GSAs.
Further, advocacy was associated with agency for sexual minority youth but not heterosexual youth. These findings begin to provide empirical support for specific functions of GSAs that could promote wellbeing and suggest conditions under which their effects may be enhanced. More studies are focusing on resilience among sexual and gender minority youth e.
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When trying to establish a school GSA, students may face opposition from their school administration, their peers, or even the community at large. The situation gets even grimmer for students at private schools or middle schools, which usually have no legal obligation to let such GSA's form. And yet, as an ally who attends a public K-8 school, I know that the need for GSA's—and the need for a safe place for all students—at such schools can be just as great as the need for them at public high-schools.
A gay—straight alliance GSA or queer-straight alliance QSA is a student-led or community-based organization, found in middle schools and high schools as well as colleges and universitiesprimarily in the United States and Canada, that is intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbiangaybisexualand transgender LGBT childrenteenagersand youth as well as their cisgender heterosexual allies. In middle schools and high schools, GSAs are overseen by a responsible teacher. The first GSAs were established in the s. Numerous judicial decisions in United States federal and state court jurisdictions have upheld the establishment of GSAs in schools, and the right to use that name for them.
In this lesson, participants will explore how self-identification can be empowering, and have discussions about what it means to be proud of the labels and identities that we all hold. The activity allows for the sharing of these often untold stories and also facilitates a much needed discussion about the erasure of LGBTQ history in what is considered American history, and the value of critical thinking in history classes. In this lesson, students will begin to explore transphobia and genderism by examining and expanding their definitions.
GSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities. Our overall strategy for fighting for educational justice is to work with grassroots, youth-led groups and GSAs, empowering them to educate their schools and communities, advocate for just policies that protect LGBTQ youth from harassment and violence, and organize in coalition with other youth groups across identity lines to address broader issues of oppression. All of our work with students focuses on leadership development and activism that prioritizes building alliances not only across sexual orientation and gender identity lines, but also across race, ethnicity, and class lines, and our resources and trainings are designed to facilitate coalition building.