The GSA Corner - Updates
The 2014- 2015 GSA school year has gotten off to a great start! The Alliance is happy to announce two new Middle school GSAs at Haven Middle school in Evanston Illinois, as well as Huntley Middle School in DeKalb Illinois. The addition of these GSAs brings the number of GSAs in Middle schools to 5 in the state of Illinois. We have also seen an increase in High school GSAs bringing our total to 189 across the state. What does this mean for LGBTQ youth in Illinois? It means the creation of safe and nurturing spaces for LGBTQ youth to thrive and get the education they deserve has become a bit easier.
The Alliance would also like to take a moment to recognize the great GSA at Lincoln Park High School. This GSA has taken huge strides in the past year. Starting from a group of two, this GSA has grown to over 40 members! The Lincoln Park GSA has participated is many LGBT events around the Chicago area. The leadership and organization of the club is truly a highlight of young people taking control and making positive change in their schools.
Earlier this year The Lincoln Park GSA teamed up with the Legacy Project Education Initiative for the dedication of seven bronze plaques. The Lincoln park GSA joined Legacy Education Project (LEP) in reading all the new plaques during the ceremony and joining other community members at the lunch following the ceremony. The new plaques commemorated poet Audrey Lorde; iconic composer Cole Porter; acclaimed Olympian Mildred “Babe” Didrikson; slain Ugandan activist David Kato; astronaut Dr. Sally Ride; “The Saint of 9/11” Fr. Mychal Judge; and a commemoration of the riot that started a revolution - Stonewall. On October 11th these tributes joined the twenty-three (23) plaques of the Legacy Walk to create the largest collection of bronze biographical mark-ers in the world. The Alliance knows Lincoln Park GSA, the new middle school GSAs, and all GSAs across the state will continue to achieve excellence in their schools and communities and we look forward to that.