The local chapter of a national group that supports LGBTQ students is holding their first Gay/Straight Alliance summit this weekend at VCU. The event aims to offer resources and networking for students, teachers and allies as they navigate their ever-complicated formative years.
“We are excited to be able to host this opportunity for LGBTQ+ students in the region to network,” said Roland Winston, a GLSEN Richmond board member. “With the change in political climate nationally, youth and their families need all the support they can develop at the local level.”
The event starts at 9 AM at VCU’s Hibbs Hall, Room 203, 900 Park Ave, Richmond, VA, 23220.
The summit hopes to give students the skills they need to start their own GSA’s or other LGBTQ affirming clubs in their local schools. The aim is to help students become more plugged into GLSEN and join workshops, breakout groups, and other panels geared toward being LGBTQ+ in high school and topics related to GSAs. Organizers will also incorporate an optional strand for transgender students that is focused around transgender student topics.
You don’t have to be a member of a GSA, nor does your school have to have a GSA for a student to attend. Lunch will be provided and the event is free to attend.
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