GSA

QSA/GSA

What is a QSA or  a GSA?

Gay-straight alliances (GSAs) and queer-straight alliances (QSAs) are peer support networks run by students and supported by school staff and would be grounded in the principles of promoting:

  • equity for sexual and gender minority students
  • safe, caring and inclusive spaces for all students
  • healthy, respectful environments and relationships to prevent or eliminate bullying and discrimination

As peer support networks, GSAs/QSAs help LGBTQ students overcome feelings of isolation and alienation that are a result of homophobic and transphobic bullying. They empower students as they develop a sense of belonging in their school. GSAs/QSAs also help interested students become allies for their LGBTQ peers and provide a safe place to help understand and learn how to offer support. 

Meetings:

  • Open to all students
  • Monthly meetings
  • Lead teacher: Sonia Hiebert

 What do we do in the school? 

  • Anti-bullying Cupcake Campaign

  • QSA bulletin board across for the office

  • Safe space stickers around the school

  • Food, music videos, Youtube clips 

  • Flags representing our QSA and the identities of students in our group

  • Slurpee/Pride Walk

 

An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances, formerly Bill 24 came into effect on December 15, 2017. It strengthens the School Act by:

  • Requiring school authorities to create welcoming, caring and respectful policies and make them publicly available by June 30, 2018;
  • Strengthening the Minister of Education's ability to ensure that every school authority complies with the law;
  • Clarifying that parental notification around courses of study, educational programs or instructional materials does not apply to student organizations or activities, including a GSAs and QSAs;
  • Protecting the establishment of GSAs and QSAs to ensure this is done at the school-level like other student organizations;
  • Ensuring that students are allowed to name a student organization a GSA or QSA; and
  • Ensuring principals help students create a GSA or QSA in a timely manner.

 

Experiencing crisis or distress?

Bullying Helpline: 1-888-456-2323

Family Violence Info Line: 310-1818

Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642

*all of these phone lines run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week