Today marks the first-ever National Gay-Straight Alliance Day, a project of the Iowa Pride Network in partnership with the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). In honor of the occasion, I’ll point out my coverage a few years ago of the 20th anniversary celebration of the GSA at Phillips Academy, which has the second-oldest GSA in the country. (The oldest was at nearby Concord Academy, which beat it by just a little bit.)
Makes me feel old to realize that although GSAs didn’t exist when I was in school, they’ve still been around for over twenty years.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has long supported GSAs. (Here’s my coverage of his letter to educators reminding them that schools receiving federal funds must provide equal access to school resources for all student groups, including GSAs.) Now, he has issued a special message on the White House blog for GSA Day, which you can see here on video after the jump.