GLOW

GLOW is a student-led and student-organized school club that aims to create a safe, welcoming, and accepting school environment for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  Students will meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and work to end homophobia and transphobia. There are three typical functions of a GSA club: Support, Social, and Activist.

Provide Support
Many gender-sexuality groups function as a support group and provide safety and confidentiality to students who are struggling with their identity as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning or those who are experiencing harassment at school because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. These groups often provide one of the few safe spaces for students to express themselves.

Build Community
Gender-sexuality clubs are also social groups. They provide a sense of community and a space for LGBTQ and straight ally youth to build a social network where their identity is respected. Lots of GSAs organize barbeques or movie nights, organize field trips to a local LGBT prom or an LGBT pride parade, and attend conferences together. Gender-sexuality clubs are a great way to build community at your school and lessen the isolation that LGBTQ students might otherwise experience.

Take Action to Create Change
In addition to support, some GSAs work on educating themselves and the broader school community about sexual orientation and gender identity issues.