The BPS logo in rainbow colors!

We are the Gender Sexuality Alliance of Barrington High School in Barrington, Rhode Island. We meet every first and third Thursday afternoon under the guidance of Mr. Paola and Mrs. S-B in Room 207 to discuss how to make our school a more accepting and open environment. We aim to provide a supportive safe space for all students and to be a vocal presence in our school community. Our goals are to promote education, understanding, and acceptance.

Mission Statement
We, the Barrington High School Gender Sexuality Alliance, aim to provide a safe space for all, regardless of gender or sexuality. We strive to educate the wider school community on LGBTQIA+ issues as an effort to promote awareness and acceptance.

We meet on the FIRST and THIRD Thursdays of every month at 3:05 pm in room 207!

Advisors -

  • Mr. Paola:

  • Mrs. S-B:

LGBTQIA+ Glossary

The following is a glossary written by the Human Rights Campaign to define several terms important to an understanding of LGBT+. While the definitions given are commonly accepted, it’s important to note that many individuals have more personal interpretations of these words - what may be an acceptable definition for one person may not be accurate for another.


Being an ally really boils down to three important things:

Embracing the Differences

You don’t have to be LGBT+. You will have had different life experiences than, say, your gay friend. That doesn’t make either experience less valid or important. Just listen to other people and be open to respectful conversation!

Your activism doesn’t have to be the same as the people around you. You don’t have to be at the front of the picket line, or even in the GSA, in order to be a helpful ally.

Wanting to learn

It’s 100% okay to not know stuff, and to ask questions. No one will think any less of you.

Being educated about LGBT+ issues and willing to educate other people is one of the most
important parts of being an ally.

Expressing Vocal Support

It’s important that if you see discrimination, you speak up and make your viewpoint known.
Your voice as an ally carries a lot of weight!

Do your best to make your LGBT+ friends and acquaintances know that they have your support!