This past weekend, two GSA Network youth leaders and two of our staff attended the annual Statewide Gathering for the Campaign for Quality Education to strategize about our goals for education justice in California in the coming year. GSA Network has been a proud member of the Campaign for Quality Education (CQE) for the past two years. The weekend gathering re-energized us in our work for education justice for LGBTQ youth and communities of color and low-income communities across California.
Have you wondered what it takes to make your school safer and more accepting for LGBTQ students?
Has your GSA done the Day of Silence every year and the teachers in your school still don't stop students from using anti-LGBT slurs in class?
Are you out of ideas on how your GSA can educate other students on why it's such a problem to say, "That's so gay"?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need an Anti-Slur Campaign!
But wait, what's a campaign?
GSA Network Staff wore purple on Wednesday, October 20th as part of Spirit Day, a day to honor youth who have committed suicide after relentless anti-LGBT bullying at school.
"The Make It Better Project is a chance to do something about injustices in our schools. It's an opportunity to have a voice, to be known, to be understood, and to be accepted. It will NOT get better until we MAKE IT BETTER!"
- Buddie Sims, Pomona, California
In response to the tragic suicides by LGBT youth in recent weeks, GSA Network launched the Make It Better Project. We are excited to tell you about the project and all the ways you can get involved to combat bullying and make schools safer for LGBT youth right now.
Columnist Dan Savage launched "It Gets Better," a video message in response to recent youth suicides to tell LGBT youth that life gets better after high school.
Since August we've had two amazing youth join us as interns. Meet Aaron and Isobel: