Some students are calling on their Catholic high schools to approve the formation of Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs, according to the Ballard News Tribune.
A group calling itself Catholic Schools GSA has created a petition at Change.org asking Archbishop J. Peter Sartain as well as numerous school leaders to allow GSAs in diocesan high schools. The petition has garnered more than 600 signatures.
It asks the archdiocese to allow GSAs “for the well-being of all your students.”
“These student groups provide a safe place for students to discuss issues in their personal lives and in the modern world,” the petition states. “Support of GSAs does not, in any way, ‘sponsor’ homosexuality.”
One student speaking anonymously told The Ballard Tribune that if a GSA was officially recognized, they could hold school-wide events such as National Coming Out Day. The same student also said that although she was openly lesbian, she never experienced any bullying whatsoever in the Catholic school she attended. “There wasn’t a lot of hate,” she reportedly said. “I wouldn’t even say there’s a lot of homophobia.”
Similar groups at Catholic colleges and universities have become homosexual advocacy groups which host problematic speakers, sponsor “lavender graduations” and even produce drag shows.
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