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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Napa Valley College GSA launches, Next meeting, Wed, Oct 7

Let's celebrate! Napa's youth have another GSA!

For those who don't know or hadn't noticed, there's a new addition to the queer supportive groups in the valley: Napa Valley College's Gay-Straight Alliance!

Launching in early September, the Gay Straight Alliance is a club for queer youth and straight allies to all get together and work to make Napa College a better and more tolerant place for all. That's not their official mission statement, but according to the Gay Straight Alliance Network, GSA's are usually created to:
1. create safe environments in schools for students to support each other and learn about homophobia and other oppressions,

2. educate the school community about homophobia, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues, and

3. fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools.
This year's GSA leadership at NVC is working hard to support and unite the GSA's at the High School's as well, to create a network in the Valley of support for youth and positive community at our schools--and beyond. Currently, I believe, there are active GSA's at Napa High, Vintage High and New Technology High School. Do any of the middle schools or upvalley high schools have GSA's or similar clubs?
Napa Valley College's Next GSA meeting is this Wednesday, October 7, at 11:30am, in Napa Valley College's 1000 Building.

For more information, visit (or subscribe to) NVC's GSA pages on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter or Blogspot.

1 comment:

  1. It pleases me that GSA (and the mutual support it offers), is available for HS and College students and yet, I believe Junior High might be a bit early for most to be aware of or to understand their own sexuality, most are just coming into or are in the midst of puberty. I wanted time to know myself (I didn't share everything), during those years.