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GSA Back at MC

On Sept. 29t, the Gender Sexualities Alliance (GSA) held its first meeting in room F6.

The GSA was first founded in San Francisco in  1998 by Carolyn Laub, a nonprofit strategy consultant and social entrepreneur. Since then, it has become a national network. 

The club aims to empower young activists to support the members of the LGBTQ+ community within schools. They motivate and inspire students to fight against homophobia and transphobia.

“We believe that this club is essential to providing a safe and confidential space for students to meet, connect, and discuss how to support each other as well as other students on this campus,” Kristin Talbert, the club advisor of the GSA, said.

The GSA is able to officially restart  after the Covid-19 shut down. The club plans to provide  students with a variety of activism and leadership opportunities.

“Now that we have students in leadership positions, we hope to have students planning, organizing, and running meetings. We want students to develop future plans for GSA and determine where we are headed. It is important that students have a voice and lead this group, and Ms. Tran and I are here to guide and support students and the club in any way that we can,” Ms. Talbert said.

Ms. Talbert looks forward to what the GSA will be able to accomplish for MC and how the club will be able to benefit the school’s students.

“We want students that are part of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as allies, to have a safe space on campus to meet,” Ms. Talbert said.“We want the students who are part of the LGBTQ+ community to know that they are seen, heard, and cared for on this campus and that there is a community here for them.”

The GSA previously stood for “Gay-Straight Alliance,” but was later changed to the “Gender-Sexuality Alliance” in 2016. The updated anime offers a more accurate idea of the goals the club reflects.

“We will have a guest from Trans Family Support Services visiting on Thursday, October 27 to get to know our GSA community. We hope to plan for more guest visitors and events in the future!”

The GSA aspires to attract new members,  especially those who will support its ambitions for the school. . The group of young activists can be found congregating in Ms. Talbert’s room, every other Thursday during lunch. 

Written by Julia Yates

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