Minnesota School Pride GSA Network
What is a GSA?
GSAs are student-led groups that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, and allied (LGBTQA) students. Traditionally, GSA has stood for Gay Straight Alliance, but in the context of this network, GSA stands for Gender and Sexuality Alliance to be clear that everyone is welcome no matter how you identify on the spectrum of gender and sexual orientation.
What is the MN School Pride GSA network?
This network connects LGBTQA middle & high school groups around the state and provides youth and educators with support, education, relationship building, and leadership development opportunities. The network primarily consists of school-based GSAs, but faith and community-based groups for LGBTQA students ages 10-18 are also welcome to join.
What are the benefits of joining the network?
This network exists to build the capacity of LGBTQA students and educators to create schools where all youth can thrive. Members get access to resources, trainings, guest speakers, & fun events.
How does a GSA join the network? You can register your GSA with the Minnesota School Pride GSA Network here.
How does OutFront engage with the network?
OutFront staff do regular, interactive visits with GSAs in the network. Topics we offer include:
- Just Getting Started! How to make your GSA inclusive, effective, & fun!
- Understanding Gender and Being a Trans Ally
- Intersections of Identity: How race, culture, ability and other aspects of identity impact the LGBTQ experience
Click here to submit a GSA Visit Request
We also offer training for educators on the needs and concerns of LGBTQ students and provide technical assistance on matters related to gender and sexual orientation.
Is the network youth-led?
Yes! The network is led by the MN GSA Network Leadership Council, a group of 20 students from different high schools around the state. They meet twice a month to set goals, gather resources, and plan activities for the network. Apply for next year's Leadership Council here.
Each GSA also has two Student Leads who represent their GSA to the larger network. Student leads receive regular communication with ideas, resources, and tools for GSA organizing. They connect regularly with other Student Leads and Leadership Council members in person and online.
Is the network connected with other organizations?
The MN School Pride GSA Network is a program of OutFront Minnesota that was established in partnership with Out 4 Good in Minneapolis Public Schools and Out for Equity in St. Paul Public Schools. Support from the Minnesota Department of Education's School Safety Technical Assistance Center has helped the network grow and expand our connections with schools and educators.
Students and advisors who are part of the network also have opportunities to meet and collaborate with other organizations working to improve school climate and increase equity in education.