Students have long been working to create Gay Straight Alliances and to make schools safer for all, including LGBT and allied students. This year it’s time to celebrate and honor those students with the first ever National GSA Day!
“For decades, GSAs have been working to make their campuses safe places for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Students who start and take part in these student groups are brave. They dare to create a dialogue to improve lives. We believe that courage deserves to be recognized, to be celebrated! Please join us as we celebrate the first-ever National Gay Straight Alliance Day! Take a look around the website and check out all the many ways you can get involved!”
A project of the Iowa Pride Network and modeled after the Iowa Gay Straight Alliance Day, the National GSA Day seeks to involve and celebrate students’ efforts from around the nation. The first ever annual GSA Day will take place across the country this January 25, 2012, and planning is well underway.
Organizations have already joined the call to celebrate National GSA Day including national organizations like Campus Pride, GLAAD, GSA Network, GLSEN, Make it Better Project, The Matthew Shepard Foundation, and Think Progress. Statewide groups celebrating GSA Day include:
- Equality Illinois
- Georgia Equality
- Georgia Safe Schools Coalition
- Iowa Pride Network
- Kentucky Equality Federation
- LGBT Coalition of Western Massachusetts
- LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
- New Mexico GSA Network
- One Colorado
- OutFront Minnesota
- True Colors
- Washington State GSA Network
Do you participate in a GSA on your campus? Want to take part in the first ever National GSA Day? The official celebration is still two months away, but it’s not too early to get involved! You can sign your school up to participate, check out resources for planning a celebration, and submit a video about what a GSA means for your school.
Do you want to participate but don’t have a GSA yet? Are you interested in starting a GSA on your campus? Find more resources here.
GSA Day will be an excellent opportunity to highlight the work of students and GSAs from around the nation and raise awareness of the positive impact GSAs have in creating safe schools for all. GLAAD is honored to be partnering with the first ever National GSA Day in celebrating GSAs everywhere and working to help you amplify your school’s story.