Anonymous said: Hey my names Sami...i stumbled upon this page and i love what it stands for. Last year a friend of mine and me started a GSA at our high school which i was president of. This was a really challenge in our all republican small town but we made it for a whole year and i can only hope if i volunteer with this club it will stay together for years to come. I am bisexual and alot of guys and girls in the club are (a little over half are actually) and i was hoping if anyone has some suggestion on how to keep the club going or how to start getting rallys or marches set up in our town we could really use the advice! Any thing helps even just some support! Thank you for you time!
Hi Sami. I’m not the best person to answer this question [it’s June]. You see, it took me a while to get out of my shell…so when I was in high school, I was a pretty inactive member of the GSA. I barely had a clue about what was going on. Basically, the only thing the club did was the Day of Silence. The week leading up to that day, we would post posters and put little fliers of information in everyone’s lockers. But that was really all we did.
Since then, I am not very well educated in what to do or how to do it. Some general suggestions though:
- Start out small, then get big. If you start big with too little people, then people won’t be as wowed by it all.
- Raise awareness with fliers, signs, etc.
- Keep yourself up to date with the LGBTQ community. [The best way to do this is usually via google and/or blogs dedicated to the community like equalitopia]
- If you hear about a group/project that needs money, then you can organize some sort of fundraiser [i.e. bake sales, car washes, auctions, etc] A great project that needs some money right now is a documentary about asexuality. More info here.
- When you start thinking about rallies and marches [seems like you are a few thousand steps ahead of me, haha] you should contact some official people in the town. [like i said, i’ve never done this before]…I do know you’ll need a permit if a large group of people is going to be marching or walking in the middle of a street. So talk to the local police or maybe a Mayor. I’m not sure exactly where to go, but if you can find your town’s website or a phone number to town hall/city council, I’m sure you could get more information there.
- Keep dreaming and imagining the possibilities. A lot of times, the best ideas are the craziest ones.
I hope this helps :) Best wishes and good luck! June