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The GSA: An Inside Look

Updated: May 17

by Luke Longatti

The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA Club) is an important part of the modern high school, a place where people of all races, genders, and sexual orientations can meet, hang out, get support, and discuss topics of relevance. Such a thing would be able to exist if it weren’t for people like junior and club president, Jaxx Gorans, who take initiative and stand up for their beliefs and for the fair treatment of all people. “It (the GSA Club) really educates people and helps stop discrimination in our school system…” Jaxx stated, “It really gives children a way to express their feelings and truth about who they are without the judgment of society.” Education on topics of queer identity and sexuality are very important for anyone questioning themselves; it can help to establish a way for people going through the struggle of self-discovery to identify what it is they are feeling exactly. “I hope we give a more positive outlook on the LGBTQ+ community” Gorans had to say.

The GSA club is a place to meet and befriend new people that you otherwise probably wouldn’t have even known or been exposed to. When questioned about making friends in the club, Gorans said “It's like a second family because for most kids we don’t have another safe place at home. I can’t express how many great friends I have made through this club!”

There are still some improvements to be made and President Jaxx Gorans plans to make them. “I’m hoping to bring more structure to the club and really emphasize how we should inform and help our community through community service efforts. We have a ‘Pride Pantry’ that we are starting up that will have things like free food and clothes for anyone in need.”

Its efforts like these that will help to further cement the good that the GSA club is doing into our school’s culture and hopefully, into the culture of the nation. It’s people like Jaxx Gorans who will change this country for the better, one school at a time. The GSA welcomes all, out of the closet or not. Questioning or decided. No matter your demographic you can find a sense of community and brotherhood in the GSA!


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