Gay-Straight Alliance Breaks Social BarriersThursday, May 24, 2012 By Clara Fu
The acronym GSA stands for Gay Straight Alliance, which might sound like an oxymoron for some. But that is actually exactly what the club is all about. GSA offers a safe haven for people to be open about any of their sexual orientations and to assert their rights. The club welcomes all people of any sexual orientation who are able to keep an open mind. For those of you who do not know, GSA was the main supporter and organizer of Uni’s Day of Silence. The goal of the event was to spread awareness and give strength to the people being bullied into silence because of their sexual orientation. The day was a success, and many students participated. GSA was pleased with the outcome, and club members hope people continue to participate in years to come. Now, the club is busily preparing for Uni Gras, which is taking place on Thursday May 31 this year. This year the club is changing their food item to something other than the memorable rainbow cakes—they are selling popcorn. The club is also planning to bring an obstacle course to their booth area for the special game. Other events GSA has going on include the annual GSA movie nights, Gay Prom, and the Gay Pride Parade. Other perks of joining the club include going on various fieldtrips and an LGBT Senior Scholarship. The Alliance hopes to continue making a difference on campus with the new GSA of the 2012-2013 school year. The graduating club presidents, seniors Axel Diaz and Luis Contreras, must part with their club to continue moving on to their own futures. President Contreras wishes many things for the future of the club, remarking, “I expect a lot from our future members. I expect them to keep the club happy and growing, and bring awareness to many, showing that Uni is a gay-friendly school.” For any students who are interested in joining the club, it meets every Tuesday in Rm. G10. Their current sponsor is Leslie Becerra, the Spanish teacher, so you know the club is going to be loads of fun. The club members are positive, welcoming and eager to gain more members. For any who are unsure, just come on down and take a peek. There is no contract for joining the club.