Three months into the 2017/18 school year, Huntington High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance is off to a strong start, with energetic leadership determined to take the organization to new heights.
Since its founding many years ago, Huntington’s GSA has been indefatigable in its quest to create a better school climate for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
“Our GSA is a robust, well-attended club that attracts students of all walks of life,” Huntington Principal Brenden Cusack said. “Our students provide awareness, advocacy and information for students and staff alike, which helps to create an inclusive school environment that provides for the needs of all of our students. I am grateful for and proud of all of our kids who are involved in our Gay-Straight Alliance.
Huntington High School’s GSA is led by Co-Presidents Katherine DeGennaro and Ariana Strieb, Vice President Grace McKenna, Treasurer Lucy Biblow, Recording Secretary Evan Martinez, Corresponding Secretary Emma Grassi and Board Masters Jeraine Nieves Morales and Kelly Warren. Science teacher Nicole Cooper is the group’s faculty advisor.
Huntington science teacher Nicole Cooper is the GSA club faculty advisor.
“Katherine and Ariana have really brought the club to a new level of commitment this year,” Ms. Cooper said. “I am looking forward to the impact that they will have (and already have had) on the school community.”
GSA clubs across the country typically serve as both support and social groups as well as being organizations that “take action to create change.”
Huntington’s GSA is committed to educating the school community about sexual orientation and gender identity issues. “We’re planning on having a Love is Love party around Valentine’s Day as well as participating in a Day of Silence, which spreads awareness about the silencing of the LBGTQ community,” Ms. DeGennaro said.
The club has about 40 active members. It meets on Tuesday afternoons in Room 110. “We want to make Huntington High School as much of a safe and inclusive environment as possible while educating our student body and staff,” Ms. Strieb said. “Our mission is to create a safe and educational environment in the high school for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.”