To: Our principals: Mr. Jeff Vizza, Mr. Brian Mulhollan, and Mr. Darren Hack

We need a GSA at DuBois Area Senior High School!

We need a GSA at DuBois Area Senior High School!

Allow us to start a GSA at DAHS, and treat our GSA as you would any other club.

Why is this important?

At our school, while some people are accepting of LGBTQ+ students in our school, there is still many ways I and many of my friends are singled out. I have come out to my mom, but my best friend hasn't, because her mother is extremely unaccepting. And there might be other students without a support group of other LGBTQ+ youth, and could form a stronger support group for other students struggling with their identities.

A Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club would provide a much-needed safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and work to create positive change on campus.

Under the Federal Equal Access Act (http://www.gsanetwork.org/equal-access-act), any school that receives government funding and has at least one other non-curricular club is legally required to also allow a GSA. Legally, public schools with other clubs must let students start a GSA -- and must treat the GSA like any other student club! Schools can't make up rules that only apply to the GSA and nobody else.

GSAs have been proven to make schools safer for all students. Allow us to start a GSA so that ALL students can succeed.

DuBois, PA, United States

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