January 2020 Spruce Grove What’s Happening!
The Spruce Grove GSA Society respectfully acknowledges that we are situated in Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.
Hours for 2020
January 3rd & 24th
February 14th & 28th
March 13th & 27th
April 10th & 24th
May 15th & 29th
June XX & 26th
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Our LGBTQ2S History
A gay-straight alliance (GSA) or gender sexuality alliance / queer -straight alliance (QSA), can be defined as a youth-led, school- or community-based group that provides a safe, welcoming, and affirming physical and emotional space for LGBTQ2S youth, as well as those who are who are questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, children from LGBTQ2S families, and youth who want to be allies of their peers.
The high school GSA movement began in Massachusetts 1988. During that school year, GSAs were established at Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts and at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Within 12 months, the first public high school GSA was founded by students at Newton South High in Newton, Massachusetts.
Despite the initial success in Massachusetts, the GSA movement has never been free of controversy or opposition.
The first GSA in Alberta started in the late 1990’s at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School in Red Deer.
Many sexual and gender minority children do well in their school environments and are proud of who they are. They are able to build positive and productive coping strategies, be role models and sources of support for other LGBTQ2S+ students.
GSAs/QSAs are student groups found in some K–12 schools, Universities, Colleges, and Communities. These groups create supportive and safe environments for sexual and gender minorities and their allies. Schools that choose to start a GSA/QSA:
If you want to start a GSA/QSA, take the following steps:
Our Community – Help our GSA grow together!
We are actively searching for volunteers within our community!
Are you able to help set up a fundraising committee?
Are you someone who would like to work with our LGBTQ2S youth once or twice a month?
We are looking for folks with different abilities that can help out in the GSA.
How can you contribute?
Our community is filled with folks with amazing people that care about youth and their surroundings. Our GSA is a Community GSA, help us grow together!
Some of the ways you can fabulous:
Contributions of any size will be used to support youth through the purchase of materials that will be used at our meetings, as well as to fund excursions to special events within the community. They will also support the GSA as a whole by helping us with operational expenses.
We are a 100% volunteer-run organization; all funds will go to ensuring we can continue to offer services to youth.
Important Phone Numbers
780-962-2222 Spruce Grove 24 hours
780-968-7267 Stony Plain 24 hours
Kids Help Phone
Text CONNECT 686868
24 hour, anonymous phone counseling for children and youth, 100% confidential
they do not trace calls, they do not have call display, you do not have to tell them your name. You can
connect by phone or mobile app, or through the website.
Need to talk? Call! Our peer support hotline is run by and for trans people.
On our website you can find all of our information such as dates of our GSA, tips on Safe Spaces, health, recognizing abuse and Resources.