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GSA FYI: An update of the Gay Straight Alliance Club

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The Ann Richards School has many clubs to address the wide range of interests and passions students have, and the GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) is one of them. The GSA is a club where students talk about issues facing the LGBTQ+ community. The board members meet twice a month to plan topics, presentations, and discussions for the next meeting. Their official meetings, which are open to all of high school, happen about once a month.

With board members and attendees from different places on the gender and sexuality spectrum, each person has a different perspective to offer.

“GSA helps people come together,” Max Webb (9), a board member, said. ”Going to GSA you learn different things, hear different stories, and you open your eyes to things.”

GSA sponsor Ms. Kim Collins wants the students in GSA to have a say in what they talk about.

“I think it’s important to have a place for students to have a voice,” Ms. Collins said.  “It’s for students to have like-minded meetings and to be able to support one another, especially in the times we’re having right now.”

At the beginning of May, the GSA will have board member elections to incorporate the incoming freshman on the board

“It’s a support group, it’s somewhere you can come and feel safe,” Webb said.

The board members discuss what the upcoming meetings will look like, what they want to address, and important events with the school, such as the Day of Silence, a day in April where students take a vow of silence to honor the LGBTQ+ students who are silenced in schools.

“It’s a lot of planning and organizing but it all pays off in the end,” Emily Genty, (12), a board member, said.

The GSA wants to work on pushing the movement forward, starting with the students.

“[The GSA] is talking about the history of the LGBTQ movement, as well as looking at the rights people fought to give us, and how we can keep pushing that forward.” Ms. Collins said.

Sophomore Camille Pfister is a co-creative writing editor for her second year writing on the Polaris Press. Writing has always been one of her passions. At the age of eight, Camille decided to start writing short stories and her experiences in a journal and hasn’t stopped since. Her favorite activities, other than writing, are spending time with her close group of friends, working on being an ally and advocate, and learning more about the world through her peers and their experiences, as well as be there to support them. As a part of the newspaper staff, she hopes to reach a bigger audience with her writing and learn more newspaper skills. Camille also hopes to expand her writing style and broaden her view of the world by staying updated on current events and reporting about important topics. Her biggest goal for the year is to grow as a writer and help the Polaris Press improve as a newspaper and community.

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