Ohio's GSA Network is a dynamic group of student leaders and adult allies involved in Genders and Sexualities Alliances and Queer-Straight Alliances from Franklin and the surrounding Central Ohio counties. Ohio's GSA Network evaluates, directs and implements programs and services to create safer and more supportive schools for LGBTQ students and their allies/friends.
GSAs and QSAs in the network are invited to join us for our major social, educational, and service events including Bar-B-Queer, Wildlights, Other Prom, PRIDE Parade, and Ohio's Spring and Fall GSA Summits.
What Is A GSA or QSA?
A Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) or Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA) is a student-run club that provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and work to end transphobia and homophobia. Many GSAs function as a support group and provide safety and confidentiality to students who are struggling with their identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning.
In addition to support, some GSAs work on educating themselves and the broader school community about sexual orientation and gender identity issues. They may bring in outside speakers to cover a particular topic such as LGBTQ history. They may organize a "Pride Week" or "LGBTQ Awareness Events" and offer a series of educational workshops, panels, and pride celebrations. Many participate in the Day of Silence, a day when participants remain silent all day as a way of acknowledging the silence induced by homophobia in our society.
The National GSA Network Name Change
Below is the statement from the National GSA Network regarding the evolution of their name from the National Gay-Straight Alliance Network to the National Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network:
We are proud to change our name to Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network, to be more inclusive and representative of what we’re about. In addition, our new tagline is “trans and queer youth uniting for racial and gender justice.”
Our mission isn’t changing. In fact, our new name & tagline better represent what we stand for. You don't have to change a thing, either. Your school club (as always) can call itself whatever you choose! We are so excited for these updates because they reflect the evolution of who we are as an organization. To read a statement from our Co-Executive Directors, go to http://ow.ly/4mSkGm.