GSA is a new club to Miller in the 2019-2020 school year. Our high school, Aberdeen High School, has had a GSA club for years and many Miller students have gone to the high school to participate.
This school year students and staff worked together to petition our ASB to start our own GSA Club.
GSA clubs, or GSAs for short, 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 traditional role to serve as safe spaces for LGBTQ+ 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.
Through GSA organizing, young people are able to launch campaigns on a variety of issues that affect all students across the country.