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GSA of Greater Nashville, an organization with a focus on education and fellowship for the GLBT community, holds monthly meetings at OutCentral. Photo provided.Members of the GLBT community in Nashville are now afforded another opportunity to share their perspectives with the development of a new city-wide organization.

The mission of GSA of Greater Nashville is "to educate the greater public, raise awareness, advocate for equal rights, create and promote leadership opportunities for LGBT youth and their allies and provide a means of communication and support for youth."

Formed last fall, GSA of Greater Nashville is a youth-led and youth-centered organization. Monthly meetings are held at OutCentral located on Church Street, and all are welcome to attend.

"We strive to get schools set up with a GSA so they can start their own (chapter) and still attend ours. A lot of schools (in the area) don’t have one," says GSA of Greater Nashville chairman Joshua Brown. 

Given the difficulties many young people face in their educational environments, a prime focus is on reinforcing positive behavior and informing students how to handle difficult situations.

GSA of Greater Nashville has joined forces with GLSEN Of Middle Tennessee to meet these goals.

"I’m really excited to be working with Josh and the GSA of Greater Nashville, and GLSEN Middle Tennessee is proud to support Josh in his endeavor," says Brad Palmertree, co-chair of GLSEN Middle Tennessee. "The GSA provides a wonderful opportunity for students in Nashville who currently have GSA in their school to come together in fellowship and share resources. It’s also allows students without access to a GSA to network with those who do."

"The potential here for student leadership in the LGBT community is huge," he adds, "and I can’t wait to see what these talented, energetic, and passionate young people do next."

The group’s next meeting is set for January 21 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit gsaofnashville.webs.com.