About the Project

Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) are youth-led groups aimed at providing welcoming, inclusive opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+) students and their allies to socialize and support one another.

To date there is no comprehensive historical record of GSAs in Alberta (or Canada, more broadly). Using queer theory and queer oral history methods, this project aims to lay the foundations for such a record by capturing the oral histories of those involved in Alberta GSAs from the early 2000s to the present. These oral histories hold critical significance in terms of the experiences of LGBTQ2S+ youth in a largely politically conservative landscape.

This project aims to center the voices and experiences of youth and facilitators of GSAs in Alberta, Canada. Towards this end, our objectives include:

  • To record, preserve, and showcase the oral histories of facilitators and members of GSAs through the creation of an online, open-access repository
  • To inform academic, community-based practitioner, educational, and non-profit organizations as to the lived experiences of LGBTQ2S+ youth across the province
  • To provide resources for LGBTQ2S+ individuals and allies for advocacy and policy work
  • To ensure these oral histories are properly archived for future research purposes