Student Leaders Share How You Can Achieve Your #GSAgoals!

 

GLSEN is heading back to school with a whole new National Student Council! The 2018-2019 National Student Council members took to GLSEN's Instagram to introduce themselves - and share their community-building expertise to help you achieve all your #GSAgoals this year! 

In addition to their tips, check out our Jumpstart Guide for ways that you can get your GSA started (or restarted!). And remember to register your GSA or similar student-led LGBTQ club to get all the latest resources and updates from GLSEN!

1. Imani (they/them)

We asked GLSEN's new 2018-2019 National Student Council for their tips on starting (or re-starting) the their GSAs in their upcoming school year. Here's what @rostampon (they/them) from Rocky River shared: "#gsagoals: the best way to have a successful GSA is to get people to your meetings !! Start planning now, in fact, never stop planning ! People are more likely to come to GSA meetings/events if they know they can rely on a snack and an inclusive place to unwind. The best way to let people know who you are is to advertise and have frequent events. Advertisements go beyond flyers and social media posts! Current GSA members are living, breathing advertisements for inclusivity and warmth. If people see YOU being inclusive, they are more likely to join the GSA that you’re a part of." . . How are you starting off your student-led #LGBTQ club this year? Make sure to visit the link in bio to find all the resources you need to head #backtoschool! #InclusiveSchools #SafeSchools #gaystraightalliance #gendersexualityalliance #spectrumclub #rainbowclub #lesbian #gay #bi #trans #queer #nonbinary

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2. Clay (flexible pronouns)

GLSEN National Student Council member @gayclayslay (17, flexible pronouns) from Austin, TX shares their tips for achieving all of your #GSAgoals this year: "Play fun, creative ice breakers! GSA’s change the future but it’s also a safe space to make friends in the queer community or supportive of the queer community. Set up a group chat whether on GroupMe or iMessage because it allows you to get messages out quick and build a strong bond!" How do you plan to build community with your #GSA this year? Check out the link in bio for resources for your GSA! #InclusiveSchools #SafeSchools #gaystraightalliance #gendersexualityalliance #spectrum #LGBTQ #lesbian #gay #bi #trans #queer #nonbinary

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3. JP (he/him)

We asked GLSEN's 2018-2019 National Student Council about how GSAs can start up and stay running at the beginning of the new school year. Here's what @j.p_grant (16, he/him) from MA had to say: "Try to spread the word to others and make it welcoming for others outside the GSA if they are worried or hesitant about joining" Register your #GSA at the link in bio to get resources and updates for your club! #InclusiveSchools #SafeSchools #gaystraightalliance #gendersexualityalliance #spectrum #LGBTQ #lesbian #gay #bi #trans#queer #nonbinary

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4. Juno (they/them)

@junoadekunle (14, they/them) from GLSEN's 2018-2019 National Student Council wants to share their tips for kicking off your #GSA as you head #BackToSchool!: "advertise the gsa through poster boards, announcements, and social media! never stop following up to make sure people continue to attend your meetings! host special events at your school and within your community so people know that resources for lgbtq+ youth exists!" Find resources to get your GSA started at the link in bio! #GSAgoals #LetYouthLead #gaystraightalliance #queerstraightalliance #QSA #rainbowcoalition #spectrum #LGBTQ #lesbian #gay #bi #trans #queer #nonbinary

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5. Darid (they/them)

We are welcoming GLSEN's 2018-2019 National Student Council by asking them their tips for GSA's heading #BackToSchool. Here's the advice @Justrid1 (17, They/Them) shared for clubs trying to accomplish all of their #GSAgoals this year: "GSAs are about valuing all people regardless of whether they're gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. So make sure to form a Community Agreement and set guidelines to build a safe space and develop a sense of community for LGBTQ+ youth to thrive and excel as individuals. Also don’t be afraid to get involved and have fun!" #LetYouthLead#gaystraightalliance #queerstraightalliance#QSA #rainbowcoalition #spectrum#LGBTQ #lesbian #gay #bi #trans #queer#nonbinary

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6. El (they/them)

2018-2019 GLSEN National Student Council member @a_queer_person (16, they/them) shared their thoughts on the best ways to reach your #GSAgoals this year: "I honestly believe that the key to a successful GSA is inclusivity. Look around you, are there groups that aren’t represented within your alliance? Why might some students hesitate to join? Be intersectional in your mindset as you perform outreach. Speaking of outreach, make sure the student body knows you exist! Send out email reminders, polls, and bring in snacks to personalize your GSA to the needs of your members. As important as it is to stay active and educational, it’s also important to take the time to bond with those around you." How do you create an inclusive student-led #LGBTQ club at your school? #LetYouthLead #gaystraightalliance #queerstraightalliance #QSA#rainbowcoalition #spectrum#LGBTQ#lesbian #gay #bi #trans #queer #nonbinary

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7. Victorea (she/her, they/them)

As students are heading #BackToSchool and back to their GSAs, GLSEN's new National Student Council is sharing tips for GSAs hoping to achieve all of their #GSAgoals this year! Victorea Camille (16, she/her, they/them) stresses the importance of communication: "Communication with all members so super important!! Making sure that everyone is getting what they need from the club be it safety, validation, or community. If your club is working together like a well oiled machine, then y’all will be able to spread that joy and sense of unity to the entire school!" How are you keeping your #GSA connected this year? #GSAgoals #LetYouthLead #gaystraightalliance #queerstraightalliance #QSA #rainbowcoalition #spectrum #LGBTQ #lesbian #gay #bi #trans #queer #nonbinary

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8. Brianna (she/her)

Need help getting your #GSA started as you head #BackToSchool? 2018-2019 GLSEN National Student Council member Brianna (14, she/her) and president of her school's GSA has some tips: "Advertising is KEY! Spread the word and let people know what your GSA is all about. Anytime you can further publicize the GSA at your school, do it! At events such as club night, maybe make a poster with some information and pictures of the events held by your GSA in the past years, to let people get a feel of what it consists of. Let people get to know what the atmosphere of your GSA is." Find more resources for your GSA at the link in bio! #GSAgoals #LetYouthLead #gaystraightalliance #queerstraightalliance #QSA #rainbowcoalition #spectrum #LGBTQ #lesbian #gay #bi #trans #queer #nonbinary

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9. Anaïs (any pronouns)

What are your #GSAgoals this year? GLSEN National Student Council member @soap_mouth has a few quick tips to get your #GSA to be the best club it can be: "Make sure to stay connected! Make a Remind101, an Instagram, a Facebook, etc. Regular meetings are a must, and make sure there's ways that people can stay in the know. Remember to get student consent before posting their faces, but share those who want to be vocal!" #LetYouthLead #gaystraightalliance #queerstraightalliance #QSA #rainbowcoalition #spectrum #LGBTQ #lesbian #gay #bi #trans #queer #nonbinary

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10. Sameer (he/him or they/them)

2018-2019 GLSEN National Student Council member @sameerhjha (16, he/him or they/them) wants to share info that will get your #GSA rolling as you head #BackToSchool: "Always bring food! People will be much more willing to venture into your GSA if they know you have delicious treats. They'll come for the food and stay for the gay! Also, try to partner with other organizations on campus that can provide an intersectional perspective, or bring in guest speakers with voices that are usually underrepresented or silenced. This can help bring in more members, but more importantly it will keep your GSA a place of inclusivity." A meeting with snacks? #GSAgoals for real! #GSAgoals #LetYouthLead #gaystraightalliance #queerstraightalliance #QSA #rainbowcoalition #spectrum #LGBTQ #lesbian #gay #bi #trans #queer #nonbinary

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11. Thomas/Selena (he/him, she/hers)

We asked our 2018-2019 GLSEN National Student Council how to start a #GSA and keep it going strong all year long. @love_me_only34 (18, he/him, she/hers) advised: "Start your GSA off by getting to know each other. Make sure everyone is comfortable with everyone. Being comfortable is very important - it is the foundation of a GSA" #GSAgoals #LetYouthLead #gaystraightalliance #queerstraightalliance #QSA #rainbowcoalition #spectrum #LGBTQ #lesbian #gay #bi #trans #queer #nonbinary

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12. Liam (he/him)

@liamcarrera15 (16, he/him) from GLSEN's 2018-2019 National Student Council has a few suggestions for all of y'all trying to achieve your #GSAgoals this year: "Have conversations with your peers about starting a GSA and once you get people together who want one, set up meetings! Remind people that your GSA is an inclusive and safe space to be themselves. As a teen I can tell you, if you have some snacks and a place to unwind and be yourself, there will be plenty of people in your GSA!" What other suggestions (besides snacks) do you have for bringing new members to your student-led #LGBTQ club?

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13. Jessica (she/her)

New GLSEN National Student Council member @jessicachiriboga17 (16, she/her) shares her wisdom about creating a successful #GSA as you head back to school: "The first step is definitely raising awareness about your club! Whether that comes through videos, club week, posters, social media, or so on, the goal should be to establish that there is a safe space for ALL people at your high school. Meetings should be engaging exciting, and that comes through utilizing icebreakers and presentations to further educate your GSA. Try to attend a couple events (or organize your own community events) as a GSA to grow even more as a family. And, as always, emphasize that your GSA is a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies!!" How are you setting up your GSA as a safe space this year? #LetYouthLead #gaystraightalliance #queerstraightalliance #QSA #rainbowcoalition #spectrum #LGBTQ #lesbian #gay #bi #trans #queer #nonbinary

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14. DaShay (they/them)

GLSEN National Student Council member DaShay, aka Shay (16, they/ them) has some wise words for students who are working hard to get their #GSA off the ground in the new school year: "sometimes when things seem to be falling apart, they may just be falling into place." Comment if you're starting or re-starting a #GSA or similar student-led #LGBTQ club this year! #GSAgoals #LetYouthLead #gaystraightalliance #queerstraightalliance #QSA #rainbowcoalition #spectrum #lesbian #gay #bi #trans #queer #nonbinary

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15. Sayer (she/her)

GLSEN National Student Council member and #GSA president @badassfemme63 shared a quick tip about having a fun and inviting student club: "My tip for a rad GSA year is to incentivise. Whether that be through food or a game day once a month, have a meeting that is centered around solidarity and having fun with each other!" #GSAgoals #LetYouthLead #gaystraightalliance #queerstraightalliance #QSA #rainbowcoalition #spectrum #LGBTQ #lesbian #gay #bi #trans #queer #nonbinary

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16. Sarah (she/her)

How are you achieving your #GSAgoals this year? @sarah.bunn from GLSEN's National Student Council has an interesting suggestion: "Collab with other affinity groups/ clubs at your school! They're a great way to find more members and advertise your club. Events sponsored by multiple clubs will have a higher success rate and create more chances for fundraising. It'll also form connections between the clubs and establish stronger allyship within your school community." #LetYouthLead #gaystraightalliance #queerstraightalliance #QSA #rainbowcoalition #spectrum #LGBTQ #lesbian #gay #bi #trans #queer #nonbinary

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17. Cruz (they/them, he/him)

2018-2019 GLSEN National Student Council member @cruzilious has a simple but effective tip for creating an inclusive #GSA when you head #BackToSchool: "ask! gsas are supposed to be safe spaces for all members, but it can only be one if everyone is asked about their needs and wants for the year. every members needs can be different so without asking gsa’s can struggle in trying different perspectives for members and could soon crumble. Know that without intersectional teaching, the gsa will possibly not know a fuller understanding of how it impacts everyone's needs. gsa’s aren’t there to cover just one persons needs, they aren’t to cover just a single orientation or gender identity, they aren’t to cover one single topic, they are to cover needs of all members. so ask for needs, don’t assume!!" How will you make sure your #GSA is inclusive this year? #GSAgoals #LetYouthLead #gaystraightalliance #queerstraightalliance #QSA #rainbowcoalition #spectrum #LGBTQ #lesbian #gay #bi #trans #queer #nonbinary

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18. Kian (they/them or he/him)

Returning GLSEN National Student Council member @ki_does_activism has a great idea for how to get your #GSA kickstarted when you go #BackToSchool: "Have a rad GSA party at the beginning of the year. You can start by grabbing some snacks and watching a queer film - after that discuss what you want for the year as a club." What are you going to do for your first #GSA meeting of the year? #GSAgoals #LetYouthLead #gaystraightalliance #queerstraightalliance #QSA #rainbowcoalition #spectrum #LGBTQ #lesbian #gay #bi #trans #queer #nonbinary

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