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.


Alberta GSA Conference

The 8th Annual Alberta GSA Conference was held on Saturday November 16th, 2019 at Nelson Mandela High School.

Each year, the annual 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. Registration for the conference typically opens in mid-late September.

Please be aware that this conference is ONLY for students and teachers (or other school staff supporting 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: hmutch@centreforsexuality.ca 


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