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How do I start a GSA?
GSAs that are school-based 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! And don’t forget to register your GSA to get resources, toolkits, and the latest news from GSA 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 currently more than 1,100 GSA clubs registered with GSA Network If you’d like to put your GSA on our national map, register today to gain access to resources and direct support. Register your GSA!
Does GSA Network start or sponsor GSAs in schools?
No, because GSA clubs in schools are student-initiated and student-run. However, GSA Network offers support, assistance, training, and networking opportunities to students and advisors who wish to start or run a GSA GSA Network also supports students in alternative school environments or community-based GSA clubs for youth 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 US Constitution establish the requirement of equal treatment for all non-curriculum related clubs regardless of the content of speech at the club meetings.
What impact do GSAs have on school climate?
Research has demonstrated that there are strong correlations between the presence of a GSA club at a school and a variety of positive effects on school climate, 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 other leadership training in their schools and communities become empowered to make healthier choices that positively impact their personal wellness and academic achievement.
Are there GSAs in middle schools?
Yes. Harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is 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?
Can GSA Network connect me to individual GSA clubs or members?
No. GSA Network does not share information related to the number of GSAs in a particular state, city or school district, or contact information for GSAs or its individual members. We only provide direct support and resources to registered GSAs and to our national partners.