National Gay-Straight Alliance Day: January 25

On January 25, 2012, LGBT & allied students, adults, and organizations across the country are encouraged to celebrate National Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Day. GSA Day will be a time to strengthen the bond between LGBT people and straight allies, and in particular recognize and honor student organizations called Gay-Straight Alliances. These student-led groups work to educate their peers to stop homophobia, transphobia, and violence in schools and colleges throughout the country. Sponsors of the event hope that this day will serve as a “day of action” for these student groups to employ creative ways to be visible, honor those who have shown dedication in ensuring all students feel safe and supported, and prepare for the future.

Recent studies have shown that the presence of an active GSA significantly reduces the incidence of bullying, harassment, use of homophobic language, and LGBT youth isolation and suicide in schools and colleges. Support for National GSA Day has steadily grown since the event’s announcement in June. Among the organizations joining the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition in sponsoring National GSA Day are Campus Pride, Georgia Equality, the Make It Better Project, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the National GSA Network and 40 other organizations.

GSA Day will be an opportunity for students and supportive community members and organizations to take the initiative to let lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight allied (LGBTA) students know that they are not alone and that their work in creating safe learning environments is important to our schools, our communities and our country. Community members and organizations of all backgrounds are encouraged to organize and participate in local events for January’s celebration.

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