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Growing Up LGBT In America

Youth reading this are probably all too familiar with the findings in today's report from the Human Rights Campaign on issues faced by LGBT youth. But that doesn't mean you should ignore it -- research like this can be a valuable tool for creating change.

For example, the next time someone tries to tell you that bullying is a "rite of passage" that affects all young people the same way, or that queer youth don't face unique challenges? Whip out this report.

Take Action: Support Queer Youth & Effective School Discipline!

Last month, over 50 young people traveled to Sacramento to advocate for legislation that would make California schools safer for all students -- rather than simply push students who don't feel safe out of school.

Now, those critical bills are up for a vote -- and they need YOUR help. Call your state Assemblymember or Senator this week and ask them to support the bills listed below.

Queer Youth Rally CA Officials for Safe Schools and Common-Sense Discipline

Bullied Student Expelled - A Tragically Typical Story

Our approach to school discipline isn't working if students get expelled for protecting themselves when the school won't.

Queer Youth Advocacy Day 2012

Queer Youth Advocacy Day

This past weekend, 55 high school students came to Sacramento for three days of intensive leadership training, followed by the 7th annual Queer Youth Advocacy Day (QYAD).

BULLY: In theatres nationwide now!

You've heard about BULLY, the movie that, through personal stories, sheds light on the emotional and physical toll of bullying. Tons of people - and we encourage you to join them - will see the movie when it opens nationwide this weekend.

Make Your GSA a White House Champion

Do you think GSA youth activists are changing the world? Yeah, we do, too -- now let's convince the White House!

The White House just announced its LGBT Pride Month Champions of Change Video Challenge, which calls for videos about "unsung heroes" working to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

Dear President Obama

For National GSA Day, we asked you to call your Senator in support of the Student Non-Discrimination Act, an important bill that will give LGBT students the federal right to be free from discrimination, harassment and bullying based on a student's actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Today, we joined 70 other national and statewide organizations to take that message to the President.

Straight Ally PSA with Avan Jogia, Josh Hutcherson, and GSA Network youth!

We're so thrilled to announce that our PSA with Straight But Not Narrow has been released!

The 5-minute “GSA PSA” features SBNN founder Avan Jogia and SBNN supporter Josh Hutcherson, star of the upcoming film Hunger Games, in conversation with Gay-Straight Alliance Network youth leaders:

Senator Franken Wants YOU to Make It Better!

How do you spend a day celebrating the work of GSA clubs? Through activism, of course!

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