Gay/Straight Alliance

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     Faculty Advisor: Mrs. Karen Powers (She/her/herself)

    Meeting day: At least 2 Thursdays per month (check announcements and board outside of room 008)

    Our goal at Oxford Area High School is to provide an alliance between all members of the community regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.  By building a community based on acceptance, we strive for a world in which the personal happiness of every person is the priority of all people.  We attempt to foster connections between any and all diverse groups, including a myriad of personal, religious, ethnic, legal, political, and educational groups, with which people may identify.  We hope both, to educate and cultivate an attitude towards others marked by a generosity of spirit and acceptance.  We will set a new precedent for the community that one day a group such as ours will not be a necessity, but rather a cultural norm and accepted facet for everyday life for every citizen of the world.  Our group loves to participate in local events such as the Halloween parade, Holiday Festival, hosting a HoliGAY dinner event for other GSA clubs in the surrounding high schools, and more as events present themselves. 

    GSA clubs are student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities.  GSAs have evolved beyond their role to serve as safe spaces for LFBTQ+ youth in middle schools and high schools and have emerged as vehicles for deep social change related to racial, gender, and educational justice.  A growing body of research confirms that the presence of a GSA has a positive and lasting effect on student health, wellness, and academic performance.  It can also protect students from harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity and improve school climates for all students in the long-term.