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FAIR Education Act’s 1st Victory!

I was so proud to testify this morning in support of the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act (SB 48), and I’m even more pleased to share the good news that in a vote of 6-3, the FAIR Education Act passed out of the California Senate Education Committee. This important bill addresses what State Senator Mark Leno, author of SB 48, called “the conspicuous absence of protection” when it comes to sexual orientation and gender identity in our education laws.

Passing the Torch: Getting Your GSA Ready for New Leaders

Spring is finally here! That means losing an hour of sleep, flowers blooming everywhere, and the end of the school year is right around the corner. It also means its time to start getting ready to hand over the leadership of your GSA to new students!

 

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.

Phyllis and Del: Honoring our Legends for Women's History Month

The day before Valentine's Day this year, I attended a benefit for Lyon Martin Health Services with my partner at Million Fishes Collective in San Francisco. We thought, what a better way to celebrate love than to be surrounded with our LGBTQ community and to be in service to a cause that makes sure all of our LGBTQ family has access to culturally competent healthcare.

Storytelling to Create Change: My Family’s Story of Acceptance

As my mother and I drove through the southern end of San Francisco along a congested Interstate 280, we gathered our thoughts for the oncoming forty minutes.  She and I were to record my coming out story and story of my activism for StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.”

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week - February 20-26, 2011

GSA Network is proud to co-sponsor National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and we encourage GSAs to participate!

Building the GSA Movement One Leadership Summit at a Time

Over 70 GSA activists, GSA advisors, and allies came together at GSA Network's Long Beach/South Bay GSA Leadership Summit, held at Long Beach City College on Saturday, January 22, 2011, to gain new skills, learn their legal rights, make new friendships, and help build a stronger GSA movement in Long Beach and the South Bay of Los Angeles County.

Black LGBTQ Unsung Heroes

Like many people, I thought I knew all that happened during the Civil Rights Movement. I mean, I went to a school named Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Experimental Laboratory School from kindergarten through eighth grade! I was taught about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and a tiny bit about Malcolm X. I thought I knew it all!

GSA Youth Stand Up for Immigrant Rights

GSA Network supports the DREAM Act, which has a chance to get passed in Congress right now, and President Obama has pledged to sign it.  The DREAM Act passed the House on Wednesday, December 8th and now it faces passage in the Senate.  This legislation would enable undocumented youth who grew up in the U.S. to access college and citizenship.  Call Congress today to tell them you support the DREAM Act.  Call the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your senators' office.  

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