What is a GSA/QSA?
Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Queer Straight Alliance or Gay Straight Alliances are student-run and teacher-supported school-based groups that work to create safe, caring, supportive and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ students and their allies in schools. They provide a safe space for students to meet, socialize and support one another as they discuss their feelings and experiences related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Clubs often work on advocacy, human rights and awareness projects to make their schools and communities better places to live for all. There are over 100 schools in the Calgary area with a GSA.
The GSA Network
The Centre for Sexuality is proud to host and support a growing network of schools and community organizations that strive to create safe spaces for LGBTQ+ students and staff. The network provides networking, support, training, project funding, school visits and more to people involved in a GSA, or those who want to start one. If you would like to set up a meeting to access support and resources, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
► Join our “Cloud” GSA Meetings! Our community-based “Cloud” GSA Meeting series is for junior high and high school students. Each meeting will have a theme, activity and social time to connect! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for updates about our online “Cloud GSA” meetings! If you are a student and would like to attend you can email Hilary for details on our next meeting: email@example.com
Join the GSA Network!
Stay up to date on the great things happening in the Network! Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GSANetworkCalgary/
GSA Project Funding
Every GSA can apply for a grant up to $200 each year to use towards an event in their schools or communities. Submissions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Check out our Application Form for more information ► GSA Network Event Funding
Alberta GSA Conference
Each year, the annual GSA conference aims to provide support for Alberta K-12 students and teachers in the formation and maintenance of GSAs/QSAs. There are specialized workshops and a resource fair. The 8th Annual Alberta GSA Conference was held on Saturday November 16th, 2019 at Nelson Mandela High School.
Please be aware that this conference is ONLY for students and teachers (or other school staff supporting a GSA). Registration for the conference typically opens in mid-late September.
► The 2020 Alberta GSA Conference is looking for planning committee members. Check our blog for details!