Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is a club that strives to promote tolerance by encouraging people to be open-minded and nonjudgmental about others. In this interview, junior Jasmine Tang shares her insight as president of this club.
What is the purpose of GSA?
Gay-Straight Alliance was created for peer support. [Its purpose is] to educate the school about sexual orientation issues and tolerance.
How does GSA impact the school?
I think it’s nice to [let] people know that there are [people] who care, so whenever they feel insecure, they know that they have backup. It also helps create awareness.
What sort of events does GSA do?
We do various LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) themed events such as walks, movie days, and occasional trips to see Gay Men’s Chorus.
What’s unique about the club?
One thing that you won’t find in other clubs is that we are very understanding and we aren’t judgmental. We are also a variety of people, resulting in different opinions during discussions.
What have you learned as president?
I’ve learned a lot in my first year of presidency. Club presidents are underappreciated, but they put in a lot of effort. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that I should always speak loudly and I should make [myself] clear and understandable.
Why should students join?
Students should definitely participate in our club because we aim to combat prejudice and inequality.
What changes do you hope will happen next year?
I hope we get more members, particularly underclassmen. I fear that our club will become inactive since [most] of our members are upperclassmen. GSA was never really an active club so when we finally had some actual progress, it [required a lot of hard work]. I hope that people will join and help us achieve our goals.
Are there any upcoming events?
Day of Silence is one of our hugest projects of the year and we are trying to get other clubs to participate in it as well. On the Day of Silence, people remain silent to represent the silence of those who are unable to speak out because of their peers or other reasons. We want to have a majority of people [on campus] doing this because it would make a huge impact for our school’s community.
This interview was conducted by Darren Lai. It was published in the Temple City Voice on April 3, 2009.