GSA

Welcome to the Southwick Regional School's Gender and Sexuality Alliance webpage. Here you will find our meeting schedule, upcoming events, and resources to support LGBTQIA+ students.

SRS students can sign up for updates through the Microsoft Teams page. Click here to register.

Advisor: Ms. Yanuskiewicz
E-mail: byanuskiewicz@stgrsd.org


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Come to a GSA Meeting

SRS GSA meetings are held weekly. During the school closure, meetings will be held online on Thursdays at 4:00. Join the GSA Microsoft Team for meeting information.

Virtual GSA Hangouts

Virtual GSA Meetings

With schools around the state closed for the rest of the school year, we know that students need some other way to connect with each other, and this is especially true of LGBTQ students. That’s why the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth is hosting weekly hangouts of a Virtual GSA (or Gender & Sexuality Alliance) for any middle or high school student from around the state. These video calls are peer-led with support from adult staff at the Commission on LGBTQ Youth, using the Zoom app on any device, or by calling in on your phone. Each week, we will have a group check-in, a short presentation, and then breakout groups on topics like Activism, LGBTQ books, or just hanging out!

Until further notice, meetings will be held each Thursday from 1:00-2:30pm; however, registration in advance is required!
You must register in advance to join.
Register for future meetings here:
https://malgbtq.org/resources/covid-19/

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does the acronym GSA stand for?

A: GSA currently stands for Gender and Sexuality Alliance. When GSAs began in the 1990s, they were commonly called Gay Straight Alliances. In order to be more inclusive of transgender people, the names of these clubs has changed.

Q: What does the acronym LGBTQIAP stand for?

A: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic Pansexual.
For complete definitions of these terms, click here (for kid friendly language click here).

Q: Do I need to be a part of the LGBTQIAP community to join the GSA?

A: Of course not! Everyone has a gender and a sexuality and we would love for people of all identities to join. We believe in inclusivity and diversity in the GSA.

Q: What does it mean to be an ally?

A: An ally is someone from a dominate/majority group who helps end the oppression of a minority group. In terms of the LGBTQIAP community, an ally is a straight/cis-gender supporter of equal rights for LGBTQIAP people.

Q: Briefly, what is the difference between gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation?

A: Gender Identity is the way an individual perceives themselves in terms of gender (as a man, woman, a blend of both, neither, or any other chosen identity).
Gender expression is the external appearance of one's chosen gender identity, and is commonly expressed through clothing, behavior, hair style, voice and many more. These characteristics may or may not conform to socially defined behaviors or to qualities deemed "masculine" or "feminine."
Sexual orientation is emotional, romantic, or sexual attraction to other people.
These are important parts of our identities and make us unique. For more information, click here.