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Stand in Solidarity – Fight the Pandemic

December 1st marks World AIDS Day, a day observed to raise awareness aroundAIDS Red Ribbon the AIDS pandemic, and to focus a globalized effort on HIV/AIDS prevention and education. World AIDS Day was conceived during the Global Programme on AIDS hosted by the World Health Organization in 1987. It is currently planned and promoted by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

Consent is Sexy!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an effort to raise awareness around and prevent sexualized violence in our world.  While everyone is affected by and can be a survivor of sexualized violence, LGBTQ communities (particularly communities of color) have much higher incidence rates and face more barriers towards getting support.

Transgender Identity and Eating Disorders

 National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 26 - March 3 this year. LGBTQ people face unique challenges with eating disorders, and often their experiences remain hidden. Author Ryan K. Sallans writes about his experience with an eating disorder and their relationship to his transgender identity.

Creating Anti-Ableist GSAs!

Recently I trained GSA Network staff on how we can GSA Network Youth at Capitolwork to create anti-ableist safe spaces to be more inclusive of disabled people in our anti-oppression work. What is ableism? Ableism is the institutionally supported belief that there are such things as good and normal bodies and minds, and the system that assigns privilege to some bodies and minds and not to others. Ableism works to marginalize and oppress disabled people.

Stand in Solidarity – Fight the Pandemic

December 1st marks World AIDS Day, a day observed to raise awareness aroundAIDS Red Ribbon the AIDS pandemic, and to focus a globalized effort on HIV/AIDS prevention and education. World AIDS Day was conceived during the Global Programme on AIDS hosted by the World Health Organization in 1987. It is currently planned and promoted by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

Ready! Set! Go! Safe & Healthy LGBT Youth Project Organization Convening

Thursday November 10, 2011 marked a historical moment for the LGBT safe schools movement. GSA Network hosted 24 stakeholders from around the nation for a two day convening in San Francisco to discuss and strategize about the first-of-its-kind federally funded Safe & Healthy LGBT Youth Project. Since GSA Network will be working with many different partners throughout the nation on this project, we wanted the participants to be reflective of the geographic and institutional diversity in the project.

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