- You can register with the GSA Network: https://gsanetwork.org/gsa-registration/
- You can also follow this link, scroll down, and hit the pink “REGISTER” button to join GLSEN’s GSA Collaborative. It is a GLSEN program that aims to increase the impact of GSAs across the country by providing educational content, building student and educator support, and growing grassroots networks. They meet on a regular, weekly basis and talk about on how to start a GSA, how to plan events and fundraise for GSAs, how to organize and collaborate.
- Legally, you have rights. Check it out.
- Try using this open letter to schools about GSAs. It explains why it is illegal for schools not to allow GSAs or to treat them differently from other non-curricular clubs
- Each district may have its own rules about extra-curricular clubs. Be sure to check what the rules are in your district. If you don’t know how, ask your advisor or a school counselor, or do a search online.
- Consider joining a virtual community:
- Refer to this helpful guide to addressing bullying at school that takes you step-by-step through the process. Send us an email at email@example.com for more support.
- Check out this open letter to schools about addressing anti-LGBTQ bullying produced by the ACLU.
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.
For more information, check out the National School Climate Survey conducted by GLSEN
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