BY BAY COLT
Truman High School’s GSA club has long existed as a refuge for marginalized members of the student body, where one could find allyship, support, and understanding among peers. Entering the 2022-2023 school year, however, the brand new executive board has turned its gaze to the neglected realm of LGBTQ activism, both within our school and our broader community.
The aim GSA is not only to provide safety for queer youth, but also opportunities to enact meaningful change all around. This year, they have set their sights on coordinating with administration and the school board to push forward policies of acceptance and protection for Truman’s queer students, as well as working on public service projects such as park cleanup, communications with the Kansas City LGBTQ Commission and planned volunteer events which will be solidified in the coming days.
Throughout all this, Truman’s GSA club strives to strike a balance between social justice and providing a safe place for struggling LGBTQ teens who may be lacking a support system in their personal lives. So, while the new board is certainly more focused on activism this year, meetings also include downtime, games, parties, education, and celebrations, because being your refuge is just as important as being your advocate.
GSA’s first meeting will be on Friday, September 2, 2022, from 2:30-3:30. Subsequent meetings will be held every Friday in the lecture hall unless otherwise stated by the executive board.
If you have any questions, please feel encouraged to contact the President, Vice President, or sponsoring counselors. Emails included below.
Meet the executive board:
President: Nedra Seigfreid
Vice President: Juniper Baylie
Secretary: Eva Jimenez
Historian: Bay Colt
Treasurer: Brayden Ingram
Resource Coordinator: August Miller
Counselors: Rebecca Lyle and Jami Pelzl