Gay Straight Alliance Works to Make Centennial Safe for All Students

Did you know that October is considered LGBT History Month? Most people are not aware of this, but there are a group of students at Centennial that are trying to help create awareness by participating in a club named the GSA. GSA stands for Gay Straight Alliance which is a club at Centennial that believes and supports equal rights for everybody. Their main goal is to provide a social opportunity for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and their allies.) Therefore, the GSA strives to create a safe school environment for everybody and to educate people on equal rights.

They meet after school on Wednesdays every other week near the freshman sophomore center. In every meeting there are around twenty students that regularly attend meetings after school and a few others joining for the first time. In these meetings there are an array of activities that occur like planning bake sales or having a kickball tournament. Also, Students partake in open discussions that are assured to stay confidential.

The Gay Straight Alliance has an important day every April called the Day of Silence. The Day of Silence is a national movement where students choose to not speak for a day in honor of all the people harassed and bullied mainly for their sexual orientation. The three adult sponsors of GSA at Centennial are Stacey Gross, Ondine Gross, and Liz Hahn. Ondine Gross, social worker, states “We are proud of our GSA and happy to have a safe environment here in Centennial.”

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