This article explores sexual minority youth empowerment by examining the experiences of Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club members, advisors, and school administrators. Drawing on current research into heteronormativity and social stigma, the author applies ZimmermanÕs three levels of empowerment, psychological, organizational, and community, to examine the ways in which GSA members are empowered (or not empowered) […]
High school gay-straight alliances (GSAs) and young adult well-being: An examination of GSA presence, participation, and perceived effectiveness.
GayÐStraight Alliances (GSAs) are student-led, school-based clubs that aim to provide a safe environment in the school context for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, as well as their straight allies. The present study examines the potential for GSAs to support positive youth development and to reduce associations among LGBT-specific school victimization and negative […]
The success of gay-straight alliances in Waterloo Region, Ontario: A confluence of political and social factors.
This article outlines how gayÐstraight alliances (GSAs) work to connect youth with community resources, and outlines the political and social context of GSAs in Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada. Discusses how the confluence of government and school board policy and community agency support facilitates the implementation, maintenance, and success of GSAs.