To: LeAnne McCall, Wes Taylor, and Lowndes County Board of Education
We need a GSA at Lowndes High School!
Allow us to start a GSA at Lowndes High School and treat our GSA as you would any other club.
Why is this important?
At Lowndes High students struggle with their sexuality because of bullying and acceptance. They have to keep their sexual orientation a secret from their parents. They have to keep it hidden around other students so that they aren't bullied for being different. Our overall goal is to create a safe place for these students t be who they really are.
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.