GSA usually stands for Gay-Straight Alliance; it can also stand for Gender and Sexuality Alliance. GSAs are school clubs in which students can talk and learn about sexual orientation, gender identity, and some of the issues that surround them. They are set up just like any other student group, with a faculty advisor and regular meetings. Everyone is welcome—lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) students, as well as straight students, students with LGBTQQ families, and students who don’t have or need a label for their sexual orientations or gender identities. GSAs play a vital role in making schools safer for LGBTQQ students by providing supportive and accepting spaces as well as doing broader organizing work against homophobia and transphobia in school.
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