Q: when was the club established?
A: ”The club was established a while ago, under another name. The club was originally called the Gay- Straight Alliance. I joined this club my sophomore year.” Jax Garcia (‘19)
Q: What is the purpose of the club?
A: “The purpose of the club is to make a safe space for students who may not feels like they are accepted either at home or at school” Says Dan Turnbull (‘21). “The club can be used to get educated on LGBTQ news and getting involved in the community. Also the club allows students to make friend that are similar to them”. Says Garcia (‘19)
Q: What are some of the challenges you face as a club?
A: “One of many challenges we face as a club is talking about the different homophobia and transphobia that goes on in school or in the community. Another challenge we face as a club is promoting ourselves so people know about the club,” Says Turnbull. In the past, we have had our posters ripped off the wall by students who may not understand what our club or just the LGBTQ community is all about.
Q: What does promotion look like for the club?
A: We put up posters around the school, as of recently we got a lot of better with that because we weren’t doing a lot of advertising at point in time. Administration is also a very supportive of us, accepted and supporting us.
Q: Describe what a typical G.S.A meeting looks like?
A: First, we all will come in after the bell rings at the end of the day. Then, we all sign in and once everyone gets settled in, we will start to discuss a topic that we have planned out. For an example, in today’s meeting we will talk about LGBTQ health which we basically talk about how to stay healthy. Our club consists on watching movies, playing games, and doing all activities LGBTQ related.
Q: Why should one join the GSA?
A: I think one should join the GSA because it’s a way to make new friends, get educated on things you weren’t aware about in the LGBTQ community. Even if you are not apart of the LGBTQ community, no worries everyone is welcomed because you can make new alliance and have friends that are different from you.
Q: Any future plans?
A: “Yes, we are currently preparing a presentation for administration, we feel like the school provides sensitivity training on many things except the LGBTQ community, so our goal is to provide that,” says Garcia (‘19) and Turnbull (‘21) which will focus on giving them a better understanding of LGBTQ students. We plan on presenting it sometime in April. We look forward to it. We also are working with the Triangle Community Center (TCC), an LGBTQ Organization based out of Norwalk, CT.
Everyone is welcome to join the Gender Sexuality Alliance club, they meet every Friday at 2:15 in room 2051!!!