The Spruce Grove GSA Society respectfully acknowledges that we are situated in Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.
Our GSA is on Friday February 14th! Is this just another cool day for you? Does this day have a special meaning to you and another fabulous human? Or you are just hyped because of too many candy-word hearts and chocolate everything… come hang out with us for a few hours and burn off that energy!
We are glowing in the dark, melting and warming things up at the GSA! Join us for glow in the dark Twister and other glow in the dark fun & games!
We’re also making s’mores and dipping fruit, pretzels, and cookies into chocolate!
We’re doing a quick refresher on why Pronouns are so important:
WHAT ARE PERSONAL PRONOUNS AND WHY DO THEY MATTER?
When speaking of a singular human in the third person, these pronouns have a gender implied -- such as “he” to refer to a man/boy or “she” to refer to a woman/girl. This is not always accurate or helpful.
Often, people make assumptions about the gender of another person based on the person’s appearance or name. These assumptions aren’t always correct, and the act of making an assumption (even if correct) sends a potentially harmful message -- that people have to look a certain way to demonstrate the gender that they are or are not.
Using someone’s correct personal pronouns is a way to respect them and create an inclusive environment, just as using a person’s name can be a way to respect them. Just as it can be offensive or even harassing to make up a nickname for someone and call them that nickname against their will, it can be offensive or harassing to guess at someone’s pronouns and refer to them using those pronouns if that is not how that person wants to be known. Or, worse, actively choosing to ignore the pronouns someone has stated that they go by could imply the oppressive notion that intersex, transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people do not or should not exist.
In our January GSA we were asked a very important question by one of the teens.
“Why don’t we just talk about LGBTQ stuff at GSA?” We live in the world with many people who celebrate a spectrum of gender identities and sexualities. We are all very individual and unique!
It’s great to be part of a GSA (gender sexuality alliance)!! You meet youth and young adults who you can form friendships with, you can recognize similarities in yourself, and you can celebrate or agonize over what’s happening in school!!
GSA, school, home, and work will not be the only place our kids will encounter people. This is why it’s good to have a variety of topics and not only the “LGBTQ2S stuff!” As we go forward, we learn about the people living in the world around us. Education is important.
Hours for 2020
February 14th & 28th
March 13th & 27th
April 10th & 24th
May 15th & 29th
June XX & 26th
Do you have an important event coming up?
Our LGBTQ2S History
Black History Month
Students explain what being queer, black, and proud means to them
What about your LGBTQ Black identity makes you proud?
Resources and suggestions for developing LGBT-inclusive Black History
Black History Month has occurred for more than 85 years. GLADD has put together a resource kit filled with notable people throughout history, writing and research possibilities, and ideas for inclusive coverage.
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.