To: Our PRINCIPAL, Tabari Bomani

We need a GSA at The Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice!

We need a GSA at The Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice!

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

Why is this important?

Due to a lack of education or being exposed to the LGBTQ community, the students at our school are homophobic but also sexualize the idea of being queer. A GSA would normalize being queer, it would break a lot of boundaries and stereotypical mindsets.

A Gender and Sexuality 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.