I Joined The Gay Straight Alliance In High School And Helped Create Change

I Joined The Gay Straight Alliance In High School And Helped Create Change

If you are passionate about it, you can be an advocate!


One day, I was sitting in the cafeteria with my friend and she was talking about someone who I thought was a girl but she was referring to this person using "he" and "him" pronouns. I was confused, so I asked her to explain more. I learned that this person was transgender. I wanted to learn more about this community and became very interested. Towards the end of my Sophomore year, I learned that my friend was a part of the GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) which is a club for the LGBT community.

I continued asking her about the club and what they do. She explained that the club continues to educate themselves and to spread awareness throughout the school. I was interested, so I decided to go to a meeting to see if I enjoyed it. I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of once I walked into the room. The sponsor was so welcoming!

During that meeting, they were discussing changes to make the LGBT community feel safe at school. The option that we were discussing was having gender-neutral bathrooms. We decided to have a school-wide petition and if that goes well, we would talk to the principal to see if that change could be done. This is very important since this would help many students feel safe and comfortable.

First, we came up with a plan of how we were going to do the petition. We had to make sure there would be enough people at the booth and we also had to prepare in case we got any negative feedback. The actual petition went really well. We had a lot of support from the school. It felt so good knowing that there were a lot of people supporting us for this change to happen. In the end, we got over 1,000 signatures which meant that we got the opportunity to talk to the principal about moving forward. She was willing to do anything to help us reach our goal. She was very accommodating and we were able to have a gender-neutral bathroom ready to use by the beginning of the next school year.

This was something that I didn't even know was possible to do. This experience allowed me to learn more about the issues that the LGBT community have to go through each day. It helped me discover a passion that I didn't know I had. This is still a passion of mine and I'm going to try my best to be an advocate for this community as I am planning to become a High School English teacher.

Popular Right Now

I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.

Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

SEE ALSO: To The Girl Who Would Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.


Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

Cover Image Credit: Unsplash

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

A Letter To The Single Parent Who Is Struggling, It Will All Be Worth It

Try to remember that a child's love is so innocent and pure.


First, let me start off that you are amazing. You gave your child the gift of life, and the gift to continue to live that life in a comfortable way.

Whether you're a single mother or a single father, you still kick ass trying to give your child everything they need, want and deserve. I know sometimes things get tough, but try to remember the positive things.

Try to remember that a child's love is so innocent and pure. Their ability to forgive you for screaming at them 30 seconds earlier is amazing. Their ability to turn your entire day from crap to the best day ever is amazing. The way that they show you love in the smallest ways that mean the world is amazing.

But you know what's more amazing?

A parent that struggles in silence, a parent that has a hard time and doesn't express that to their child. A parent that wakes up every morning and goes to a job or sometimes even jobs, to make sure that child is taken care of. A parent that studies during late hours of the night while their child is peacefully asleep.

A parent who also has wants and needs, but pushes them aside in order to get their child what they've asked for. A parent who kisses boo-boos and snuggles them when they're upset or hurt. A parent who sacrifices everything for their child, but at the same time does not allow the child to feel like they are a burden.

Parents: your children absolutely adore you, even when everything isn't perfect. They look past all the imperfections and see someone who unconditionally loves them and tries their best to give them what they need.

This is for the single moms AND dads that feel unappreciated and not good enough. For the parents that make every decision based on their child and what's most beneficial to them. For the parents, who did not sign up to be a single parent, but are KILLING it.

Keep going, don't give up and most importantly never look back. You are doing the best you can, and I promise your child knows this and will never forget it. Also remember, it's both okay and healthy to take time for yourself to re-focus, and take a break.

Related Content

Facebook Comments