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QSA ~ Queer-Straight Alliance

Harvey Milk Day Rainbow flag
Harvey Milk was one of the first openly gay elected officials in the US, inspired the rainbow flag, and was assassinated along with the mayor of San Francisco in 1978. Harvey Milk Day was designated as a day of special significance in California public schools by the governor in 2009, to recognize his important contributions as a civil rights hero.

Check out these links for more information about Harvey Milk!

BrainPOP video (PVUSD K-8th grade students can access)

5 minute TedEd video - good for middle school and older

PRIDE: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag picture book read-aloud for all ages

Wave a Flag for Harvey Milk sing-along video for all ages

Winner of the Organizational Ally to Queer Youth award at the 2017 Queer Youth Leadership Awards!

The Alianza QSA (formerly GSA) won the Organization Ally to Queer Youth award for our social justice activism. During the 2016-2017 school year, our students were the first middle school group to present a workshop (on poster making) at the Queer/Trans/Allied youth summit conference. Our students make posters to help educate our school community and make it safer for LGBTQ students and their allies!

The Alianza QSA club was started in 2015 by Maestra Graciela Vega and is now advised by Alianza staff member and parent Jen Salinas-Holz. 

Our club meets during middle school lunch and is open to all 7th and 8th grade students who identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) or allies. Through discussion, social justice activism and poster making, we work to promote a safer, more welcoming school environment for LGBTQ students, staff and families.