This summer over 60 youth activists convened in San Francisco and Los Angeles for three jam-packed days of anti-oppression organizing and skills building at GSA Network’s youth-led Activist Camps. From workshops to small group discussions to simulations of school board meetings, youth activists learned cool new strategies, made awesome friends, and took away some key lessons to take back to their schools and communities. But if you missed it, don’t worry!
The California State Assembly made history last week by passing a landmark bill that will ban psychological abuse inflicted on LGBT young people by deceitful mental health professionals who falsely claim to be able change their sexual orientation or gender expression.
Latreece Whitfield is the Network Program Coordinator at Ohio's Kaleidoscope Youth Center, which is part of the National Association of GSA Networks.
I hadn’t been Policy Manager at GSA Network for a full day when already GSA leaders scored another huge win for safe schools for all students. On Wednesday, August 8, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee heard testimony from youth from SoCal and the Central Valley about their schools’ failure to protect LGBTQ students.
Gay-Straight Alliance activists have a message for California schools: you cannot keep ignoring the rights and the health needs of LGBT students. If you do, you will be held accountable.
After countless hours of planning, conference calls and learning along the way, it finally happened: 70 youth and adult activists converged in Louisville, Kentucky on August 2nd for the 2012 National Gathering of the National Association of GSA Networks. Every year, the National Gathering brings the 37 statewide networks of Gay-Straight Alliance clubs from around the country together to learn from one another, build community, and share best practices.
UPDATE: Audit request approved in 9-4 bipartisan vote by Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
Brianna Navarro is a junior at Clovis East High School and a member of the National Association of GSA Networks Steering Committee.
For four days this week, Lousville, Kentucky will become the queer youth capital of the country as GSA activists come together for the 7th annual National Gathering of statewide networks of Gay-Straight Alliance clubs. The best part? I get to go!