Misti Germundson, teacher, GSA advisor, Hazel Park

“When I grew up, I did not have a GSA (Gender, Sexuality, and Alliance) group, I did not have the support of school staff. It was really difficult for me as a young person to come out. If I would’ve had a group like GSA, it would’ve been very helpful and I probably wouldn’t have suffered a lot of the trauma that I did as a young person because of not having that support. This group is important because it gives the students a safe space where they can connect with other students that are a part of the LGBT community and allies. They have the opportunity to discuss issues, and know that mostly importantly they have adults in the building that are there for them.” -- Misti Germundson, adaptive physical education teacher and GSA advisor at Hazel Park Preparatory Academy.