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Queer Youth Advocacy Day 2013

“GAYLA and Queer Youth Advocacy Day with GSA Network was an incredibly empowering experience for me. It's been a privilege to be able to train youth from all over California to become advocates for bills and policies that affect students statewide.” – Anthony Barros, Antelope Valley High School senior and Queer Youth Advocacy Day MC

Bills, Bills, Bills: Legislating Change in 2013

A new spring means a new slate of queer youth legislative priorities. And last week saw advances for three of the bills we're supporting this year!

Act now for school success!

Did you know that a single suspension in 9th grade doubles the odds a student won't graduate -- and that LGBT youth are 1.4 times more likely to be suspended than their straight peers?

Advancing Racial and Economic Justice

In case you missed it, last week saw a number of great advances for GSA Network's racial and economic justice work! The fruits of our work on school push out with our education rights partners manifested in a first-of-its-kind Senate hearing on the school-to-prison pipeline.

2012 Election Season: What’s at Stake for CA's Queer Youth?

It seems everyone in the California education world has taken a position on three propositions that will impact education funding: Proposition 30, Proposition 32, and Proposition 38. Next Tuesday, voters -- who, for the most part, have been out of school for some time -- will decide the fate of these propositions.

Breakthrough Conversations for Safer Education

GSA Network is part of a coalition of organizations participating in the Breakthrough Conversations Project, which encourages LGBT people and allies to have one-on-one conversations with their friends and family about how issues like marriage, bullying, and the FAIR Education Act matter to them personally.

Welcome the 2012-13 Statewide Advocacy Council!

“Our GSA Statewide Advocacy council trip was amazing :). We split up into legislative and administrative advocacy committees and spoke to different leaders and partner groups. We were all really nervous, but in the end it went really great. The part that touched me the most is when one of the ladies from the School Board Association said, ‘Your group coming here and talking to us really made a difference.’"
- Christian Capulin, Modesto, Johansen High School

Push Out Victories -- and More Work Ahead

Heading into this weekend’s fall Statewide Advocacy Council retreat, we’ve got some exciting updates from Sacramento. One of the bills we fought for at Queer Youth Advocacy Day, Assemblymember Ammiano’s AB 1729, has been signed into law by Governor Brown!

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