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:
For five years, GSA Network has been the leader and convener of the National Association of GSA Networks. Each year we bring the members of the National Association together for a national summit aimed at strengthening the GSA movement across the country. This year, we held the National Gathering in Providence, Rhode Island -- our first time meeting in the Northeast. Our amazing local host organization was Youth Pride, Inc, an LGBTQ youth center in Providence that coordinates a statewide coalition of GSA clubs.
When I read the news about Krista Blevins founding the GSA at Yucca Valley High School, I was so impressed. As the founder of my high school GSA, I remember how much courage it took. I wanted Krista to be able to share her story with GSA youth and supporters everywhere.
By Krista Blevins, GSA President/Creator, Yucca Valley High School
As a former GSA activist and GSA Network Alumni myself, I'm always interested to hear what my fellow GSA youth activists are up to now as adults. It's great to hear how people have been inspired by their GSA experience and continue to give back to the community. I'm happy to share Jennifer's story with you.
From GSA Youth Activist to GSA Advisor
Jennifer Pardini, who graduated from Carlmont High School in Belmont in 2001, got her start in LGBTQ activism through her GSA.