On the positive, transformative side, youth-led GSA clubs are becoming more inclusive as their members grow up in a climate of increasing public awareness of transgender issues. “More young people are starting to explore what gender identity and the fluidity of that means to them,” says Ari. Often today’s “GSA” clubs have been named to suggest inclusivity beyond gay, lesbian, transgender or straight identities. “They might be called a queer club, equality club, rainbow club—they want to make everyone know ‘You're all welcome.’
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Professionally, this translates for Ariel as “intersectional organizing,” or connecting with each of us through more than one of our multiple identities. For example, as a GSA Network representative on Liberty Hill’s Brothers, Sons, Selves campaign, Ariel works to improve the lives of boys and young men of color in Los Angeles, some of whom may also be LGBT or gender-nonconforming individuals.
“It’s not that one oppression is worse than the other. It’s not about comparing, but about drawing those connections.”