One way students can make their school a safer, more welcoming, and more accepting environment for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, is through a gay-straight alliance, or GSA. GSAs are student-led and student-organized school clubs that provide a supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, as well as others who care about LGBT issues.
GSAs have been around for over 25 years, starting with a single club in Massachusetts and growing to over 4,000 thriving GSAs in all 50 states today. While over a dozen federal lawsuits have made it crystal clear that students have a legal right to form GSAs in public schools, school officials still often dig in their heels and try all sorts of desperate tactics to prevent GSAs from starting or from doing the same activities that other clubs get to do.
That’s where the ACLU can help! Whether you’re just starting to plan for a GSA at your school, have been trying to start a GSA and administrators are giving you a hard time, or already have a GSA but the school isn’t treating it fairly, we have resources that may help. We’d love to hear from you so that we can help you take on your school and make it treat your GSA the way it should.
LGBT youth and their parents should feel free to contact us with legal concerns. You can click here to fill out our confidential online form. If the matter is time-sensitive or you feel more comfortable contacting us by phone, you can call (212) 549-2673. This phone number is only for matters involving anti-LGBT discrimination against youth. For help with other LGBT issues, click here. For non-LGBT issues, please contact your local ACLU affiliate.
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