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Goal Of GSA (2nd Sep 09 at 1:02am UTC)
The goal of most, if not all, gay–straight alliances is to make their school community safe and welcoming to all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. They participate in national campaigns to raise awareness, such as Day Of Silence, National Coming Out Day, No Name Calling Week, along with some other events. A common misconception among the student body and the parents is that GSAs are simply dating services, or places where the "gay kids" can get together (which is wrong). In actuality, the diversity of a GSA's membership varies widely. Some GSAs change their name to place less emphasis on the word "gay," resulting in alternatives such as "Project Rainbow," "Pride Alliance," "Common Ground," "Coexist", "Spectrum," or even the "Straight-Gay Alliance." There are continued efforts to make GSAs and like programs accepting of a wide range of individuals. The common acronym "LGBT" can include many additional letters including "QQASIP": corresponding to queer, questioning, allied, straight, intersex or pansexual.
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