Bringing awareness to GSA


Samantha Copeland, Ranger Review Reporter

With the variety of new clubs at Lewis Palmer it can be hard to keep up with what you may want to join. If you’re looking for new connections and a safe place, the sponsor, Holly Starkman ,and the GSA club offer just that.  Gay-Straight Alliance, or GSA, is a club that welcomes everyone from the LGBTQIA+ community to straight allies and supporters. 

The goal at LP is to promote awareness and create a supportive environment for everyone at this school. While this club started after thanksgiving break they have big ambitions on how they can change the community for the better.

“On January 27th during both lunches we will be having our advocacy meeting, where we will be talking about how to get teachers involved with our group. We want to provide a flag that teachers can hang outside of their classrooms but nothing has been finalized yet,” Starkman said.

One of the most important goals is to provide a safe and supportive environment for each student. Mental health is critical within teenagers especially those in the LGBTQIA+ community; according to The Trevor Project those in this community are four times more likely to attempt suicide than other straight peers. 

“When I was in high school my friend was, and still is gay, and he struggled a lot in secrecy. He didn’t tell me or anyone because he wasn’t allowed to be gay. He eventually tried to commit suicide; I find this place to be so powerful for students and their mental health,” Starkman said. “I don’t want anyone to feel like they aren’t supposed to be around. This gives me hope that students can make friends and be part of a community where we accept and support each other.” 

This club has helped many feel comfortable in their own skin regardless if they have come out. It provides a confidential environment where each student is able to be themselves without worry of rejection. 

“This club has really helped me become the person I want to be and gives me a place to receive and give advice to others,” Chi Stafford 9 said. “We keep everything completely confidential to the group, regardless of gender identity, pronouns and sexual orientation.”

New members immediately feel welcomed and feel as though they are given a safe place.

“This is my first meeting with GSA and I don’t know much but I already feel super comfortable. This club is here for anyone who wants someone to listen and simply needs a safe space,” Isolde Flinn 9 said. 

GSA meets in room 215 every Thursday during both lunches. If you have any questions make sure to ask Ms. Starkman.