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Amplify GSA

We're supporting LGBTQ+ students and their allies to create safe, welcoming, and accepting school communities.

Amplify GSA Youth Summit

The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ+ Advancement hosted the AmplifyGSA Youth Summit on May 21, 2023, at Boston Arts Academy.

Adult supporters of AmplifyGSA Initiative pose for a photo
Adult supporters of the AmplifyGSA Summit pose for a photo with Mayor Wu

Mayor Wu speaks to youth and adults at AmplifyGSA Summit
Mayor Wu speaks to youth and adults at the AmplifyGSA Summit

About Amplify GSA

Mayor Michelle Wu and the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ+ Advancement present Amplify GSA to promote, support, and protect Genders and Sexualities Alliances (GSA) in Boston schools.

LGBTQ+ Advancement is developing relationships with schools across the City. We want to learn about what LGBTQ+ students need to feel more supported in their schools. AmplifyGSA builds connections across differences by engaging with LGBTQ+ youth and their allies, teachers, school administrators, and families.

Genders and Sexualities Alliances, or GSAs for short, are student-run school groups. They unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth. The goal is to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities. These groups are legally protected in Massachusetts. GSA has historically been known as "Gay-Straight Alliance." However, the newer, more inclusive terminology is “Genders and Sexualities Alliance.”

Research confirms that the presence of a GSA in a school can:

  • have a positive and lasting effect on student health, wellness, and academic performance
  • protect students from bullying and harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and
  • have a long-term, positive impact on the school climate for all students.
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