The Rockwall GSA is a safe space for everyone

Sydney Peveler, Cl

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The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) allows students who identify with the LGBTQ+ community and those who support the LGBTQ+ community to come together and create a safe place for everyone to be themselves.

Both Stephanie Vornberg and Olivia Hanna agree that the GSA allows students to come together and support each other, especially when someone is having a hard time. This club works to create a safe place for students of all genders and orientations to have a safe place to talk, without judgement or ridicule from others. Hanna told the Stinger that the “GSA helps us become more confident in society because we have friends and teachers who will boost out confidence and show us that we are not alone in this world.”

The GSA offers loving, open arms for anyone in any situation. Vornberg explained to the Stinger that the GSA is “a community of people who are going through similar situations, and [who] are happy to answer questions and provide support.”  Hanna mentioned that many members are even willing to have private conversations via Remind 101 and text. The GSA also has many members that have graduated from RHS who sometimes come to speak about what life is like in the adult world.

If any new member has questions about the GSA, “there is a tissue box sitting outside Mrs. White’s room”, according to Hanna. “It’s [colored] rainbow and [reads] ‘Q and Gay’”. This began because of the amount of frequently asked questions. All anyone has to do is take a piece of paper and write their question before sticking it in the tissue box or giving it to a GSA member.

If you are ever looking for someone in GSA, a good strategy is to look for rainbow buttons or a transgender pride flag button, with the words “#I’llgowithyou”. If that strategy fails, then Mrs. White will be able to answer any questions.

The GSA normally meets every other Monday. Meetings are held in Mrs. White’s room in the 2600 English hall. The club is always welcoming new members, as there are no major requirements needed to join. The best way to figure out the next meeting time would be to speak with one of the members or joining the Remind 101 of the group. (Text GSA-2016 to 81010).

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