About Utah GSA

What is a GSA?

GSAs are groups that can be referred to as a Gay–Straight Alliance, Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) or Queer–Straight Alliance (QSA). It is a student-led or community-based organization, found in schools (middle school and up) overseen by an advisor. They are intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ students, and their straight allies. 

Scientific studies show that GSAs have positive academic, health, and social impacts on students of a minority, sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Research shows that GSAs/QSAs can help promote better mental health outcomes such as less depression, psychological distress, and higher self-esteem than students without a GSA at their high school. GSAs/QSAs help students with school attendance levels, have pride in their school, have a sense of empowerment and hope, with friendships, have less stress / isolation, have more confidence, and fewer suicide attempts.

What is GLSEN?

GLSEN Northern Utah is a grassroots initiative and a chapter of GLSEN, a national organization fighting for every student’s right to a safe, supportive education regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Our chapter supports students and educators locally, organizes around LGBTQ-affirming public policy, plans teacher trainings, and hosts events for students, educators, parents, and allies. We are entirely volunteer-based. We’re always looking for new volunteers to help us ensure safe schools for all students.

What we do at GLSEN:

    • School board meeting advocacy
    • Meet with superintendents
    • Advocate on behalf of students and parents before school admins
    • Coordinating with title nine reps
    • Professional Development trainings
Learn more at GLSEN.org

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