• How do I start a GSA club?

    School-based GSA clubs, also known as GSAs, follow the same rules as all other extracurricular clubs. Most schools have policies that outline the procedures for starting a new club and often require a roster of 10+ students, an advisor, and bylaws. To help you navigate this process, find a supportive staff member in your school and download our 10 Steps for Starting a GSA resource! Be sure to register your GSA every year to receive our Year Start packet and the latest news from GSA Network. By registering each year, we’ll know that your club is still active and ready to receive support from our network.

  • How many GSAs are there?

    The precise number of GSAs varies each year as new clubs are formed and some established clubs are discontinued due to a lack of continued leadership or support from teachers and school administrators. At least 40 states across the country have reported having GSA clubs in their high schools and middle schools. In California, there are more than 1,100 GSA clubs in our GSA Network. You must register your GSA for it to be counted in the network.

  • Does GSA Network start or sponsor GSAs in schools?

    No, because GSAs in schools are student-initiated and student-run. However, GSA Network does offer resources, training, and networking opportunities for students who wish to start or lead a GSA. We also support students in alternative school environments or community-based GSA clubs in areas where there are few GSAs established in schools (e.g. rural areas). 

  • Can GSA clubs be banned from schools?

    No. GSAs cannot be banned if other non-curricular student clubs are allowed to exist at the school. The Federal Equal Access Act and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution require equal treatment for all non-curriculum related clubs regardless of the content of speech at club meetings. If administrators try to ban a GSA club, you can launch a campaign to get one at your school. Check out our Intro to Campaign Organizing to get started! You can also search for similar campaigns on our GSAs Unite! platform

  • What impact do GSAs have on school climate?

    Research shows strong correlations between the presence of school-based GSAs and a variety of positive effects on school climate, student health outcomes, and youth development. In fact, GSAs have been described as the “most potent forces for institutional change” in educational settings. LGBTQ+ youth who are actively engaged in a GSA club and/or other leadership training in their schools and communities are empowered to make healthier choices that positively impact personal wellness and academic achievement.

  • Are there GSAs in middle schools?

    Yes. Harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity are also pervasive in middle schools and junior highs, according to data from the California Healthy Kids Survey.  As of February 2013, there were 40 GSAs in middle schools in California registered with GSA Network.

  • Where is GSA Network located?

    Headquartered in Oakland, California, GSA Network has regional field offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Fresno, and Los Angeles.

  • Where can I find resources for adults who want to support GSAs?

    If you are a GSA advisor or school worker, we have designed an Advisors Handbook just for you. We also ask that you peruse our resource bank and share it with the young people you work with.

  • Can GSA Network connect me to individual GSA clubs or members?

    No. GSA Network does not share contact information for individual GSA clubs or their members. We only provide direct support and resources to registered GSAs and to our national partners.