Students trained at GAYLA fight to protect and advance the rights of LGBTQ students and allies. GAYLA culminates in Queer Youth Advocacy Day, where students use their new skills to educate and engage lawmakers at the State Capitol in Sacramento.
This year, GAYLA will take place on April 25-28, 2014.
QYAD will take place on Monday, April 28, 2014.
GAYLA is an annual, 3-day training in Sacramento for youth leaders from GSA clubs across California, followed by Queer Youth Advocacy Day on the steps of the state capitol. Youth from outside of Sacramento who are accepted to GAYLA will be provided with travel and housing. To attend GAYLA, students must apply and be accepted.
Who should apply?
and Members & Staff of the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus:
Speaker John A. Pérez
Senator Mark Leno
Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal
Assemblymember Rich Gordon
Assemblymember Toni Atkins
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano
Assemblymember Ricardo Lara
Assemblymember Susan Eggman
Assemblymember Mariko Yamada
Assemblymember Cristina Garcia
PFLAG San Ramon Valley
PFLAG Oakland-East Bay
Gay Central Valley
Soroptimist International of Auburn
Thanks to the following organizations for their in-kind donations:
Food Not Bombs-Sacramento, Mr. Pickle, Costco, 524 Restaurant
After being a leader at GAYLA, students are encouraged to continue advocating for LGBTQ youth in schools by:
Read the blog from QYAD/GAYLA 2012.
Read the blog from QYAD/GAYLA 2011.
Read the blog from QYAD/GAYLA 2010.
See quotes and photos from previous years below.
"I think the most valuable part was learning how to tell my story in a way that people outside the LGBTQ community could understand."
"The most valuable part was meeting all of the other LGBTQ youth. They really inspired me and reminded me of why I'm a straight ally."
--2009 GAYLA Participants
GAYLA Participants receive intensive training and skills for their meetings with legislators.
Student activists also gain media skills at GAYLA. Here Kyle Bodolay discusses LGBT youth issues with the local NBC TV station in Sacramento.