Why should my straight, gender-typical student join a Gay-Straight Alliance club?

Why should my straight, gender-typical student join a Gay-Straight Alliance club?

It sounds like a no-brainer for “out and about” 2SLGBTQ students to join a GSA. After all, this is where they can connect with like-minded students even when they feel like the minority at school. It’s where they can talk about the challenges of coming out to parents, to their church/mosque/synagogue. It’s where they can talk about the sex ed needed to keep them safe and which isn’t covered by the mainstream classes.

But why should your heterosexual (straight) cisgender (gender identity matches assigned sex at birth) child join up?

It’s simple, and I even called it out above. Only the “out and about” 2SLGBTQ students join GSA clubs. Many children and teens still don’t feel comfortable showing up to school as their true selves. By showing up to meetings, your child is showing their classmates that they are a safe person to come out to. By many children and teens signing up, they are showing their classmates that it is a safe school for them to come out. It’s safe for them to show who they love. It’s safe for them to reveal their pronouns. It’s safe for them to exist as they truly are.

And isn’t that worth spending an hour at lunch every now and again to achieve?

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