Last updated on: 7/29/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Gay-Straight Alliance Network Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“We are happy to see many of our partner organizations such as the ACLU working hard to combat these racist laws.”

“Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies Programs – Who’s Next?,” Gay-Straight Alliance website, May 14, 2010

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Other
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“GSA Network was founded in 1998 to empower youth activists to start Gay-Straight Alliance clubs to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.

GSA Network began working with 40 GSA clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1998-99 school year. The organization quickly expanded and by 2001 GSA Network became a statewide organization. By 2005, GSA Network began operating programs nationally.

In 2008, GSA Network became incorporated as its own independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Prior to that, GSA Network was a fiscally sponsored project of The Tides Center.”

“History,” Gay-Straight Alliance website (accessed July 29, 2010)

Mission:

“Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.

GSA Network supports young people in starting, strengthening, and sustaining GSAs and builds the capacity of GSAs to:

1. create safe environments in schools for students to support each other and learn about homophobia and other oppressions,

2. educate the school community about homophobia, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues, and

3. fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools.”

“Mission,” Gay-Straight Alliance website (accessed July 29, 2010)

Other:
501(c)(3) non-profit
Quoted in:
  1. Should Public Schools Allow Gay-Straight Alliances?