Date of Award
Master of Science
ABSTRACT Genders and Sexualities Alliances (GSAs), also commonly called Gay-Straight Alliances, are school-based clubs created for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Ally, and Intersex, plus all other non-heterosexual identifying students (LGBTQAI+). These clubs are orchestrated to create environments where LGBTQAI+ students can find agency in support, social activities, and activism. Advisors for these clubs develop these clubs for a variety of reasons, however, when these clubs first form, they often navigate a complex system of support and constraints. The following case study focuses on one specific Midwestern school district, and advisors who began GSAs in different urban-middle schools. For GSA advisors to successfully develop GSAs in public urban middle schools, support for the GSA will need to come from the district and building personnel. Advisors must leverage experiences from their personal background, education, and occupational training to assist in developing their clubs. They must also successfully navigate constraints they may encounter, such as parental discontent and student oppression. Keywords: LGBTQAI+, heteronormative, homophobic, transphobic, GSA, queer, visibility
Quentin Carver Moen
Moen, Quentin Carver, "The role of adults in the development of a Gay-Straight Alliance in an urban middle school" (2020). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 18362.