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National Safe Schools Day: Take Action in TN!

It's bad enough when principals try to block a Gay-Straight Alliance from forming in their school, but one principal in Tennessee allegedly took his hostility towards LGBT youth further: he verbally and physically assaulted a student for supporting a GSA club. 

This Semester, Make It Better!

Quick quiz: What are the first words that come to mind as you head back to school?  Backpacks, binders, bells… and bullying?

From Auburn to Yucca Valley...Schools Ready to Implement FAIR Education Act

You've probably heard something by now about the FAIR Education Act –  and, if you heard it from school administrators, teachers, or students, you might well have heard: "it's about time!" As recent local news stories across California show, the folks actually affected by the FAIR Education Act are ready and excited to follow the new law, signed by Governor Jerry Brown earlier this month, which will end the exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history from California’s classrooms. 

Javi goes to Washington: Mr. President, Will You Make It Better?

Meeting at the White House

It’s been a high-powered week for LGBT youth. The White House held a two-day LGBT Youth Summit, the first of its kind.  Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a “Dear Colleague” letter affirming official support for Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in schools and colleges. And GSA Network youth leader Javi Pinedo shook President Obama’s hand and asked him, face to face, to Make It Better. Twice.

The White House called & asked how they could Make It Better!

“White House on line one” isn’t a phrase most high school students would expect to hear.  But on the weekend of May 14 and 15, youth leaders from Gay-Straight Alliance Network got together for two White House Youth Roundtable discussions, and spoke directly to government officials about the issues most important to LGBT and allied youth.

White House Summit on Bullying

Hi everyone! I just arrived at GSA Network as the coordinator for the Make It Better Project. I’m so excited that, in my very first week, the White House held a summit to address bullying – with a focus on LGBT youth leaders, like our very own GSA Network Board Member and summit attendee Kimiko Nishitsuji! She’ll fill us in later with her own report, but for those impatient to make it better NOW, I wanted to give a quick (livestream) recap.

BlackedOUT History

Friday, February 1st kicks off Black History Month -- and we have tools to help your GSA celebrate!

LGBTQ Black figures have made long-lasting contributions and have had a significant influence on U.S. culture. With GSA Network's BlackedOUT History resource, you can make sure the history of Black LGBTQ people is not erased at your school.

Activist Camp

"School prepares you for Activist Camp.  Activist Camp prepares you for life."
 - NorCal Activist Camp participant

Social Justice in Health Care: What the Supreme Court’s Decision Means for You

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 towards ending anti-LGBTQ discrimination within the health care system, and sets aside billions of dollars for preven

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Today, May 17, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). This annual event is especially important for youth this year, as it's focused on ending homophobia and transphobia through education. Late last year, GSA Network Board Member and youth activist Isaias Guzman went to Brazil for the first United Nations Consultation on Homophobic Bullying In Educational Institutions.

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