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Social Justice in Health Care: The Supreme Court’s Decision

On Thursday June 28, young people across the United States celebrated a somewhat unexpected decision from the United States Supreme Court upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act –more commonly known as President Obama’s health care reform law.  This historic law is arguably the most beneficial federal legislation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people we have ever had.  It expands health insurance coverage for our communities, works toward

“It only gets better because we make it better”

On Tuesday March 20, GSA Network Executive Director & Founder Carolyn Laub and I traveled to the University of Texas at Arlington to attend the first ever White House LGBT Conference on Safe Schools & Communities.  It was an exciting and very busy day for all involved with conference, including the White House, United States Departments of Education and Justice, community partners like GSA Network and the young people in attendance.

Give Thanks to your GSA

TCrater High School's Make It Better Videohis week marks a well-known holiday tradition in the United States: Thanksgiving.  Whether or not you agree with the origin of this holiday and what it means in the history of our nation, it is a great time to offer thanks to those who work so hard to make it better for LGBTQ youth, every day.  If you’re one of those youth advocates

Every Tool They've Got: A Recap of the 2nd Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit

September 21st and 22nd marked the second Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit in Washington D.C.  GSA Network was proud to be one of the partners invited to the summit  held by the US Departments of Education, Justice, and Health & Human Services.  The group was a mix of student activists and supportive adults—many of whom came to learn from the experiences of youth and experts, like GSA Network, on how they can make it better for young people.  The summit kicked off with a speech from Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius

Taking Care of Ourselves, Taking Care of Each Other

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth are often denied the sexual health education and skills they need and deserve.  Many schools do not provide any information beyond abstinence-only education, which focuses solely on sex after marriage and only between a man and a woman. This completely ignores the needs of LGBT youth.  Unfortunately, this social justice issue becomes a public health one as our communities struggle with continued high rates of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI).

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