From an early age many students face harassment and bullying brought on by their sexual orientation. These problems not only occur in grade schools and high schools but also at colleges and universities. One specific organization that has increasingly spread over the years to many different areas is the GSA and OUTsource organization. GSA stands for the Gay Straight Alliance which helps the LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender) community become more confident in their sexuality. OUTsource is a branch off of the GSA where there mission is to “create safe environments in schools for students to support each other and learn about homophobia, transphobia, and other oppressions, educate the school community about homophobia, transphobia, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues, and fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools”(gsanetwork).
The purpose of this blog is to inform the student body and faculty of the struggles of the LGBT community and attempt to make them feel more welcome in the community. By informing our peers we hope to cut down on violence and harassment related to differences in sexuality and gender identity. We want others to know there are safe places for LGBT students to go talk with thier peers and adults in the community without being judged or ridiculed.