At the recent Club Rush, students might have noticed a large poster for a new group on campus called GSA.

GSA stands for “Gay Straight Alliance,” and the GSA Club at HHS aims to serve as a support group for members of the LGBTQ+ community as well as for their supporters.

GSAs are commonly student-led and -organized and are often founded to create a safe place for students of all sexual orientations. There are three types of GSAs, according to websites about the groups:

  • Social: students meet and connect with people in the LGBTQ+ community 
  • Support: students meet and talk about their struggles, history of the LGBTQ+ community and various types of discrimination 
  • Activist: students take charge and attempt to improve their school’s climate through campaigns and events.

The GSA here will focus on support, said Kathryn Reagan, one of the club leaders.

“We have a pretty decent community of people that care about the same values as we do” Reagan told The Ville News last week.

She also said that on school surveys done each year students report being bullied.

“We thought it was important to give them a place to talk to each other and talk to people who understand and not have to worry about thinking ‘Oh, they’ll hate me if I tell them this,’” Reagan explained.

She added, “This club is for everyone in general. Yes, it is for people of the LGBTQ community, but if you aren’t part of that community but you’re still facing issues or need a place to go, we’re here.”  

The club plans to meet the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Story by Corrine Mitchener


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