Should SHS have a GSA?

Phoebe Hughel, Staff Writer

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Many students and staff at Seymour High School do not know what a GSA is. A GSA is a gay-straight alliance. Google’s definition for GSA is “a student-run club, typically in a high school or middle school, which provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and work to end homophobia and transphobia.”

When this questions got asked on social media, many people responded with their thoughts. Junior, Phoebe Sweet said, “If lead by the right people, a GSA would be great. It would bring a lot of support and comfort to the LGBT+ community of our school, and it could educate others on sexuality further than just health class, and help combat homophobia and transphobia. It would really would make the school more inclusive.” A GSA is not to bring people out of the closet without their knowledge. It is not to hurt any who is confused by their sexual orientation or gender. It is a support group to help those identify who they truly are and to help them open up the parents and friends about it.

Many students of the LGBT+ community are sometimes afraid to come to school. Many students either do not understand the LGBT+ community, or they don’t agree with it because it goes against their beliefs. Sophomore, Chloe Hudson says, “If our school had a GSA, closeted and open students are more likely to feel safe and comfortable when walking through the doors.” When students can be comfortable in their own bodies, then they can be comfortable around students, but this cannot happen until most, if not all, students can have acceptance of this.

Everyone is entitled to their views and opinions, but some opinions may hurt others. Students and staff need to understand other students in the LGBT+ community. Growing up in a conservative household with parents being against LGBT+ people, could lead students to believing that all LGBT+ people are evil. In reality these students are just being themselves living their lives how they want. Junior, Brooklyn Zabel says, “It would be so nice to have a supportive club and a place where people can advocate for their rights and acceptance in a place where there are so many homophobic people.”

Many students would like Seymour High School to have a GSA. Especially students of the LGBT+ community need a place where they can come together and talk about issues that are going on. The only problem is this club does not currently exist. Students have tried to start this club, but it has never happened. If this club is going to happen, representatives, members and leaders will be needed. At least 40 states across the country have a GSA, totaling up to at least 1,100 clubs registered with the GSA network. Should Seymour High School get a GSA?


11 Responses to “Should SHS have a GSA?”

  1. Shs student on December 19th, 2018 11:40 am


  2. Shawna Boas on January 9th, 2019 10:52 am

    Yes, SHS needs a GSA. The LGBT students need to know who their allies are. The overall vibe of SHS needs to be more inclusive and welcoming.

  3. ARed on January 17th, 2019 10:22 am


  4. SHS STUDENT on January 29th, 2019 9:25 am

    Yes we do they need a place where they can feel safe it is a hard thing the LGBTQ+ community is on of the most caring community out there they should have a club if they want. We have clubs for people who like to read,argue,or even speak Latin so what will one more club Hurt?

  5. Katheryn on January 29th, 2019 1:09 pm

    yes, because i know alot of people that do not have suportive parents/peers that support that they are apart of the LGBT. I know that the nurse at SHS Mrs. Rhinehart is very supportive of this because i came and talked to her about it because i was in a really hard place. But yes the SHS should have a GSA

  6. RZA on January 29th, 2019 2:01 pm

    I don’t think we need a GSA. Whatever your sexual orientation is you should be able to have that sexual orientation. People shouldn’t judge you for it and if they do then ignore them, if you are gay or lesbian or whatever you claim to be then it doesn’t matter what people think. Stay positive and be yourself. We don’t need the school to help with that, we don’t need an alliance for straights and gays. It doesn’t matter what your sexual orientation is, it has nothing to do with your personality or who you are. So if you are gay or lesbian or trans or whatever you are why would you need straight people to approve it or be in an “alliance”. Just be yourself.


  7. girl on March 6th, 2019 3:25 pm

    Yes, i think Seymour high school should have a GSA, i think it would really help our LGBTQ plus community. i feel like right now there aren’t many teachers in this school a lot of students feel comfortable with, when things happen and they need someone to talk to. and although we do have our higher ups, such as Mrs. and Mr. Harmon, ms. storey, etc., sometimes we aren’t very comfy talking to them. sometimes just knowing you have a friend when you need one, can make all the difference in a person’s life. and for anyone really needing a teacher to talk to, i suggest talking to Mr.Cobb. he is very understanding and a real person, who can relate.

  8. Ms. Meisberger on April 1st, 2019 12:18 pm

    Absolutely. I know as a parent of a son who is gay, having a good support system is very important. My son and his best friend were very fortunate, but I know it is not always the case for everyone. It is also important that the students know there is a strong school support system.

  9. Anonymous on April 2nd, 2019 9:52 am

    I think it would be a great idea because people need to be where they are safe and I think SHS should have a GSA because it would help the people of the LGBT + community find where they belong in the world they belong where they can shine and be them if people are judging them then they need to find new friends that like them for who they are . I will be happy to help with this because it is my dream to help people find themselves in the world. And it doesn’t matter if you are different colored or a different gender then what you were born we all should be treated equal because we are human beings and we all have feelings . So lets make SHS a amazing high school and let our light shine .

  10. Jaden Bevers on April 8th, 2019 9:20 am

    Absolutely I was for a little bit but then I had friends who helped me experience what it was like to be with a girl and that changed me (Not in a inappropriate way of course) But I understand where everyone is coming from.

  11. Jaden Bevers on April 9th, 2019 9:33 am

    I think we should Have a GSA because we don’t have enough support with the LGBT because students and some staff don’t understand how the students who are going through certain stages feel.

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