For those of you who
have not attended our meetings, don't be shy! Come have fun at our
social meetings or help plan events at the planning meetings. All
meetings are held at the Altoona campus. All our activities and events
are listed on our Event Calendar. Check back for occasional
News & Announcements from the LGBT community. Send
an email to our
President if you would like to receive
our weekly e-mail newsletter or simply add yourself to
our email list. If you ever need to report an LGBT hate crime
click here. PSU has a
Zero Tolerance Policy on
such crimes and has a history of swiftly and effectively responding to these
rare campus occurrences. Not sure what LGBT means? Visit our
Event Calendar Update
We've finally updated the
events listing and this semester's meeting times! Also check out
Recent News for
LGBT award nominations!
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mailing list if you would like to get involved.
What are we?
The Gay-Straight Alliance seeks to
prevent hate and homophobia on our campus
through the promotion of understanding and tolerance. While gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender rights are our mission, over half of the organization
consists of straight people who recognize that LGBT people have a right to be
who they are. The organization is mainly run by an executive student board which
is elected by GSA student members. The GSA membership consists of PSU students,
staff, and faculty, as well as some non-student community members.
We think it is important for the world to embrace—if not celebrate—our
differences. How would you feel if the government passed a law that said you
must wear a grey uniform at all times? What if you decided not to wear that
uniform, but by doing so merely walking down the street brought you repeated
threats, ridicule, and physical beatings? In many parts of the U.S.A. and the
world this is how gays, lesbians, bisexuals, the transgendered, and their allies
are treated. Our Gay-Straight Alliance is made up of people who don’t think
anyone should have to wear a social uniform and recognize the need for change.
Each semester the Gay-Straight Alliance organizes and sponsors many activities
which bring people together through fun and common interest. We support those
who have been victimized by hate crimes, and actively prevent such hate crimes.
We locally campaign for LGBT rights and watch for bills and laws that may
promote discrimination or unfair treatment.
What does GLBT or LGBT mean?
LGBT is a term which usually implies the more inclusive forms LGBTQQI or
LGBTQQIA, which is short for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer,
Questioning, Intersex, and Allies, where an ally is
someone who advocates
for and supports members of the LGBT community.
It is typically used as a comprehensive term which references those peoples
and/or the LGBT community. There are several variations such as GLBT, LGBT, LGBTA,
LGBTQ, LGBTQQIA and more
which refer to the same set of terms. This site has
a fairly extensive list of
other LGBT terms.
How do I join?
If you would like to join the
Gay-Straight Alliance, send an email to any of the officers or advisors and request to be put on
the roster. Include your name, email address, any contact information you wish
to provide, and be sure to note whether or not you wish to be kept anonymous.
All members are added to our email list and receive a weekly newsletter
which includes our meeting minutes and notables. Only PSU students attending the Altoona campus may vote in
our officer elections as per our
but anyone can be a member!
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