Help CCA Get a GSA
A Gay-Straight Alliance "is a student-initiated and student-run club in a public or private school. The goal of a GSA is to provide a safe, supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) and straight ally youth to meet and discuss sexual orientation and gender identity issues, and to work to create a school environment free of discrimination, harassment, and intolerance."
In other words, it is a support group, activism club, and/or a social group. Ideally, CCA's would be a mix of all three and participate in community events such as Pride and do sponsor school-based events as well.
Hi, I'm Gabe Kilgore, an 11th grade acting major and junior class vice president at Center for Creative Arts. I recently spoke to Mrs.Smith about starting a GSA, but was denied. By gathering signatures, I hope to help sway her mind about it.
For many years, students at Center for Creative Arts have attempted to form a GSA only to be shut down. That, however, is technically illegal. Under the Federal Equal Access Act, it essentially says that if a school has at least one non-curricular activity outside of school hours (we do), then a GSA should be allowed to form. Our principal has time and time again declined the request, but we need to pursue this - the law is on our side.
If you think CCA should have a GSA then please sign and share this petition. I ask though that you only sign if you are a CCA high school student, parent, or teacher as this is to show our principal that it is in demand. As the club would have to be high school only, please do not sign unless you are currently or will be a high school student next year. Please share!