Homophobia is a prominent concern in today’s society. In order to increase awareness, the Genders and Sexualities Alliance organization (GSA) has been implemented in many educational systems across the country. Previously known as the Gay Straight Alliance, GSA clubs are increasingly more common in high schools across the country. GSA provides a safe space for students to meet, support each other, talk about LGBTQ issues and work to end homophobia and any other related fears.
Having access to a gay-straight alliance (GSA) club at school provides a number of important benefits to middle and high school students — even if they don’t participate. A study through the Family Acceptance Project has shown that LGBT teens were found to benefit from the presence of a GSA at their school, whether or not they were involved. The study also found that students whose schools had a GSA were less likely to experience depression and more likely to have higher self-esteem. Additionally, students at a school with a GSA were found to be less likely to drop out and more likely to succeed in higher education.
What do you think: how important is the existence of GSAs in public high schools to the broader student population? Let us know in the comments.
To learn more, please visit: http://gsanetwork.org/