At Queer Youth Advocacy Day, GSA youth activists meet with representatives from their districts to educate them about important issues facing LGBT youth. During these meetings, youth leaders advocate for laws and policies that will make schools safer.
Through events like Queer Youth Advocacy Day, GSA activists played a leadership role in passing ground-breaking, statewide legislation including, The California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000, AB 537, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the law establishing Harvey Milk Day in California, the Mental Health Access for At-Risk Youth law and the FAIR Education Act.
This year, Queer Youth Advocacy Day took place on April 29. Read all about it here!
Please check back next spring for information about Queer Youth Advocacy Day 2014.
Last year's Queer Youth Advocacy Day was in Sacramento on May 1, and focused on school discipline. Read about it here!
Queer Youth Advocacy Day 2011 took place on April 4th, 2011 in Sacramento.
GSA youth advocates were in Sacramento to fight for three groundbreaking laws:
GAYLA 2011 was sponsored by Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Equality California Institute,
Transgender Law Center and The Trevor Project!
GSA Advocacy and Youth Leadership Academy and Queer Youth Advocacy Day 2011 were made possible by the following individual donors and organizations: Kaiser Permanente, PFLAG North Bay, California Teacher's Association, Southwest Airlines, Speaker John A. Pérez, Senators Christine Kehoe and Mark Leno, Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano, Toni Atkins, Mike Gatto, Rich Gordon, Bonnie Lowenthal and Nancy Skinner.
Read the blog from QYAD/GAYLA 2010
Read the blog from QYAD/GAYLA 2009