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Gay-Straight Alliances


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Table of Contents

  • Foreword (Arthur Lipkin)
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. What Is a Gay-Straight Alliance?
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • Are GSAs Sex Clubs?
  • Why Do Students Start Gay-Straight Alliances?
  • How Do Gay-Straight Alliances Help All Students?
  • Summary
  • Web Resources
  • Chapter 2. For Students: Starting a GSA in Your School
  • How to Start a GSA in Ten Not-So-Easy Steps
  • Maintaining a Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Summary
  • Chapter 3. For Teachers and Counselors: How to Work with GSAs
  • Where to Begin?
  • Working with LGBT Students of Color
  • Working with Transgender Youth
  • Helping Students Define the Purpose of Their GSA
  • Helpful Tips for Working with GSAs
  • Summary
  • Chapter 4. For Principals and Superintendents: GSAs and the Law
  • First Amendment Rights
  • The 1984 Federal Equal Access Act
  • The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment
  • Title IX
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Summary
  • Chapter 5. For School Boards: Understanding the Opposition and Working with Parents
  • Understanding the Opposition
  • Reverse Discrimination?
  • Common Arguments Against GSAs
  • Why The Common Arguments Are False
  • Strategies for Working with the Opposition
  • Summary
  • Chapter 6. For Parents: Supporting Your Child
  • Balancing Parents' Rights with Those of the Public Schools
  • Working with Parents Who Oppose GSAs
  • Summary
  • Chapter 7. Conclusion: In Support of Equality and Inclusion
  • Appendix A. Resources on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Development
  • Appendix B. Resources on LGBT Issues and Schools
  • Appendix C. 1984 Federal Equal Access Act
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included


"Gay Straight Alliances is so well organized and full of helpful resources and information that it is an invaluable resource to anyone who has an interest in creating or working with a GSA."-Journal of LGBT Youth

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