Why Have a GSA?

A GSA is a student-run group that provides a safe place for any and all students to meet and learn about all different orientations, to support each other while working together to end homophobia, and to raise awareness and promote equality for all human beings. In addition to being a group dedicated to support, it also strives to educate the surrounding areas and the community on different gender and equality issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question about Gay-Straight Alliances or other safer space clubs? Want to learn more? Check out our answers to frequently asked questions regarding GSAs.

10 Steps to Set up Your GSA

Sometimes starting a GSA can be a challenge, but you're not alone! Many GSAs have been successfully running for years. Here are 10 basic steps to help you form your school's club

What Happens in GSA Meetings?

Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) are official student clubs with LGBTQ and heterosexual student membership and typically two teachers who serve as faculty advisors. Students in a school with a GSA know that they have at least one or two adults they can talk to about LGBTQ issues. The purpose of GSAs is to provide a much-needed safe space in which LGBTQ students and allies can work together on making their schools more welcoming of sexual and gender minority students. Such groups also function as safe havens and supports for students with LGBTQ parents.

School Climate Questionnaire and Checklists

Here are some examples of ways to gauge how LGBTQ inclusive your school is. Use these tools to get sense of where you school is succeeding, and where there’s more to be done.

10 Faith-Based Reasons to Support LGBTQ Inclusive Education

Learn and share these nine important reasons for communities of any faith to get involved in tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in school communities.

Stories from Students

Have an inspiring story that you’d like to share? Did you come out in a fabulous way? Maybe you started a GSA or safer space group at your school? Or maybe something else helped you feel more safe and included in school life? MyGSA.ca is is looking for stories from students to post. If you are interested in sharing, please send your story to mygsa@egale.ca.

Example GSA proposal

When starting a GSA or safer space group, it pays to be prepared! Take a peek at this sample of a GSA proposal to get an idea of the kind of document you might create when looking to start a group at your school.

Homophobia and Transphobia Statistics

Educate yourself by learning the shocking statistics on LGBTQ youth safety and inclusion in Canadian Schools.

Answering Adults' Questions

Consider some of the questions which non-LGBTQ adults may have about safer schools work. Here are some typical questions and answers to help explain this work to others.

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