The Gay Straight Alliance Network is an organization that connects Gay-Straight Alliances in schools across the country to each other in order to provide resources and peer support, develop leaders, share ideas, and strengthen the gay-straight community nationwide.
Gay-Straight Alliances exist in schools so that young people who may struggle with their sexuality can find support, encouragement, information, and a safe, positive group of friends. GSA’s also work to educate the rest of the school community so that school becomes a harassment- and hate-free environment for all students.
The Gay-Straight Alliance Network’s strategy is “to work with grassroots, youth-led groups, and GSAs, empowering them to educate their school 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.”
More than 880 GSA clubs exist across the country today, but if you want to start a GSA at your school, check out the GSA Network’s 10 Steps for Starting a GSA. The GSA Network provides a lot of resources, information, and support for any student that wants to bring the GSA into their community.