Jump Start Your GSA 

What is a GSA?

This resource is for new and already-established Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) or similar clubs. Learn how to establish or re-establish your group, identify your mission and goals, and assess your school's climate. Jump Start your school and your GSA to create safer schools for all!
This guide consists of eight sections; all are designed to help you bring new ideas and energy to your club! They are available as PDF files to download.
GSA clubs–originally called Gay-Straight Alliance clubs when they first established in the 1980s–are student-run organizations, typically in a high school or middle school, which provide a safe place for students to meet, support each other, and talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. There are three typical functions of a GSA club: Support, Social, and Activist.
Jump Start your GSA
What is a GSA

Tips for Starting a GSA

How to Start a GSA

Gay-Straight Alliances, or GSAs, are student-led and student-organized school clubs that aim to create a safe, welcoming, and accepting school environment for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. GSAs provide a supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, as well as those who are perceived by others to be LGBT, are questioning their identity, have LGBT friends or family members, or just care about LGBT issues.



Teaching Tolerance's Tips for starting a GSA at your school. 

​GSAs help make schools safer for all students by providing support, educating others in their school about LGBT issues, and engaging in awareness activities like the national Day of Silence. GSAs also allow LGBT and straight students to work together to take on issues that affect all students, including harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
How to Start a GSA
10 Tips

GSA Recruitment

San Diego Unified GSA Handbook

This GSA handbook created through San Diego Unified School District's LGBTQIA+ Education and Advocacy Office houses information on student rights, name changes, GSA leadership and agreements, and much more!
Check out this great resource for GSA Recruitment on your school campus. It includes activities and models of lunchtime recruitment options and ideas. This is an original creation of San Diego Unified teacher Shane Parmely. 
GSA Recruitment
GSA Handbook

LGBTQIA+ Video Links

See a GSA in Action!!

This exhaustive list of LGBTQIA+ specific videos provides video titles, url, a brief synopsis, run time, appropriate audience, overarching themes, and discussion suggestions. Find videos to watch and discuss in your GSA or even with your friends. 
Sometimes it's helpful to see other students in action. Check out this video of a student running their GSA for the first time! There are so many places you can find ideas and information for starting and running your very own GSA meetings.  


Video Review
GSA in Action!