I just got an email from a school social worker I was talking about starting a Gay-Straight Alliance with. I'm still in middle school, and she wants to know how I feel about starting one of these in this environment. Could I get your thoughts/opinions about this matter, please? I'd appreciate some feedback, since I'm having some difficulty in finding out what to say, or actually forming any opinions about this.
Here's the email. I've edited it a bit so that it doesn't say my name, school's name, the name of one of my teachers, or anything that could betray my or somebody else's privacy.
I don't want you to think I have forgotten your wish to start a Gay-Straight Alliance at your school. I have taken your idea very seriously and done some serious research and consultation with others about it. I've talked with Dr. ------, Mrs. ----- twice, and consulted with a former assistant superintendent.
Let's talk next week. In the meantime, I would like you to think about the following questions:
1) Most students in middle school are just coming into an awareness of their sexual identity and usually they struggle to know how to express their growing awareness. How does a Gay Straight Alliance fit with this time of adjustment and growth? Is it appropriate?
2) Is there support among the student body for such a group? What stigma and jeopardy would this be putting the students and staff members in?
3) Given all of the above (which we can discuss next week), do you still want to talk to your principal about it?
School Social Worker