Youth | GSAs/LGBTQ+ clubs | National Resources
GSAs and LGBTQ+ clubs can make middle school and high school better for all students.
If you run into issues starting or running a GSA or LGBTQ+ club at your New England school, contact us at www.GLADAnswers.org
If you attend a public school or a school that receives any federal funding – which includes many private schools – and if your school allows any non-curricular clubs (a club not associated with a subject taught at your school), you have the right to start a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) or other LGBTQ+ club.
Your school cannot prohibit your club just because they fear it may be disruptive
Thanks to a law called the Federal Equal Access Act, your school must allow you to form a club with the same rights, privileges and access as any other non-curricular club.
Your school cannot impose rules on your club that aren’t imposed on any other club
For instance, your school cannot force you to have a faculty advisor or permission slips if no other club is required to have one
Your school cannot force you to change the name of your club
GSAs/LGBTQ clubs are allowed to choose their own names, and shouldn’t be forced into euphemisms like “The Diversity Club.”
Diversity Club Tolerance Club
- Gay-Straight Alliance ✔
- Queer Club ✔
Your school must allow your club access to the same facilities as any other club, like:
- Announcements on the PA
- Information in the school newspaper
- Posting flyers on bulletin boards
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