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ERIC Number: EJ772764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
"This Is Why We Need a GSA"
Kilman, Carrie
Teaching Tolerance, n31 p30-36 Spr 2007
For several weeks last spring, fliers announcing Sennett Middle School's Gay-Straight Alliance were torn from the hallways, revealing a hidden message to the culprits about why the club was important in the first place. Safe spaces can be hard to come by when you are a middle school student, especially if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. For the past 10 years, GSAs have helped high school students fight anti-gay harassment. Experts say middle school is where GSAs might be needed most--and their numbers are starting to grow. Anti-gay harassment has prompted the widespread growth of gay-straight alliances. Commonly called GSAs, these student-run clubs create safe spaces for gay youth and their allies; most clubs also organize campuswide events to increase the acceptance of marginalized groups and reduce anti-gay bullying. In this article, the author discusses the importance of GSAs in middle schools where homophobia and anti-gay harassment may be the most rampant and provides tips that can help make a GSA's launch successful. (Contains 5 resources and 5 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin