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Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 1:02 pm

Purpose: Gay Straight Alliance advocates and educates the school and greater community on all aspects of diversity and social justice. Mainly, they want to make sure TCU is a place where all students not only feel free to be themselves, but valued and respected for being themselves. The group is a safe place and welcomes everyone.

Advisor: Jessica Weller

Season activity takes place: Year-round

Officers: Rachael Witte (president), Brooke Kadrlik (vice president), Allie Anderson (treasurer) and Lizzy Johnston (secretary)

Events/meets attended: Usually one activity per month.

Events: Each year they pass out free compliments on Valentine’s Day as students and staff enter the building as a way of spreading love, not hate.

Each year in April they participate in the National Day of Silence. Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. GSA members also create a short video each year to call attention to the devastating consequences of pervasive harassment and to urge others to end bullying by asking the question: What will you do to end the silence?”

Highlights of the year: In March this year GSA participated in the 2014 Youth Summit Rally at the capitol where students and educators from schools throughout the state attended break-out sessions at Metro State on issues relating to social justice and bullying. Members then rallied at the capitol and met with local representatives to urge them to vote for the Safe and Supportive Schools Bill (which eventually passed).

Fund raising events: This year the club worked with the basketball teams and the TCU Booster Club and put together a white out game to raise money for the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center. They sold white anti-bullying T-shirts and coordinated a moment of silence to raise awareness about the effort to eliminate bullying.

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