GSA Day for Racial Justice was launched in 2015 to mobilize LGBTQ+ youth and allies for racial justice through teach-ins, direct actions, and online campaigns to show solidarity. This year, youth are coming together in…
This year, GSA Day for Racial Justice takes place on February 24, 2017. #GSADay4RJ is an annual day of action in February to mobilize for racial justice and celebrate the multiple identities we hold as trans…
“Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie” broke new ground on Sunday with the inclusion of a lesbian couple, the cable network’s first openly gay characters in a series.
In the episode “Down a Tree,” Amy and Bob Duncan set up a play date for their daughter Charlie and one of her new friends, Taylor — who just happens to have two moms.”
“An independent think tank that studies the progress of the movement on equal rights for LGBT people released its latest report Tuesday, and the assessment is surprisingly “mixed.”” Some other facts included in the report where:
The presence of gay-straight alliance (GSA) groups in schools reduces the risk of suicide among both LGBTQ and straight teens, according to a study published in the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies and funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research.
Using data from the 2008 British Columbia Adolescent Health Survey for grades 8-12, the study found that in schools where gay-straight alliance groups have been in existence for three or more years:
Gay-straight alliance groups stem back to the late 1980′s, when discussions of sexuality were much less open than they are today. GSA’s have proliferated in universities and secondary schools since then, with the goal of creating safe spaces on campus for all students–regardless of sexual orientation.
“We know that LGBTQ students are at higher risk for suicide, in part because they are more often targeted for bullying and discrimination,” said Elizabeth Saewyc, lead author of the study, to the University of British Columbia press. “But heterosexual students can also be the target of homophobic bullying. When poliices and supportive programs like the GSAs are in place long enough to change the environment of the school, it’s better for students’ mental health, no matter what their orientation.”
In addition to documenting the benefits of GSA presence on schools, the study also found that on campuses where anti-homophobic policies have been in place for 3+ years:
The findings may lend more credence to LGBTQ activists in the United States who are struggling with conservatives to control the conversation about sexuality in public schools.
In 2011, a bill outlawing the discussion of any sexuality except the hetero variety passed the state Senate in Tennessee, and was debated for two years before dying in the House. The most onerous feature of the bill’s final incarnation was a provision that would have compelled teachers to notify parents of students they suspected were gay.
Legislators in Missouri also passed an ill-fated “Don’t Say Gay” bill in 2012 similar to the one killed in Tennessee, and though it went nowhere, one of its main sponsors was later tapped to head the Missouri House Education Committee in 2013.
The Central Coalition Regional GSA is a based in Des Moines, IA. Monthly meetings bring together students from schools in the area. Students have an opportunity to hear from speakers, discuss successes and challenges in their schools GSAs, and meet new people. This year Central Coalition students have heard from speakers on numerous topics, including mental health and substance abuse. Bringing together students from around Des Moines to network makes Central Coalition a great GSA.
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Run for Rocky sends 25 students to OUTShine, Canada’s first national gay-straight alliance summit
On National Gay-Straight Alliance Day, starting at 3 PM PST we’ll be hosting a Tweet Chat LIVE! Come and share your experiences with other middle school, high school and university LGBT leaders from across the country!
A simple message: “You’re a perfect child of God.” Simple, yes, but it is also a profound message that everybody can and should hear — hopefully repeatedly — and one that seems especially urgent for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in an era of entrenched bullying, depression, and suicide.
Educational materials, posters and stickers designed to increase LGBT student safety.
The Boy Scouts of America is considering changing its longstanding policy against allowing openly gay members, according to a news release from the organization.