Until recently, California law required sex education classes to discuss abstinence from sexual intercourse - this approach focused specifically on heterosexual abstinence and pregnancy prevention and excluded LGBTQ youth. Fortunately, due to SB 71, the law was revised in 2004 to make sex education more inclusive. That’s the good news! But seven years later, what’s really happening in California sex education classes?
Where can you learn about the school-to-prison pipeline, watch awesome performance artists, attend a workshop on trans inclusion in sports, and meet some amazingly courageous LGBTQ youth activists? Mississippi, of course!
Tomorrow is Spirit Day -- a day for you to show your support for LGBT youth simply by wearing purple! GSA Network and the Make It Better Project are joining with GLAAD in asking you to wear purple tomorrow and take a public stand against the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.
GSA Network’s Safe and Healthy LGBT Youth Project team just returned from exciting meetings in Atlanta, GA with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where they convened with other CDC funded organizations such as Advocates for Youth, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the National Association of STD Directors, and the AIDS Alliance.
Aside from blasting “Born This Way” over your PA system for today’s LGBT History Month icon, Lady Gaga, we have a few ideas for how you can celebrate LGBT History Month AND make it better in your school!
GSA Network is thrilled to introduce the five new National Association of GSA Networks Steering Committee members who will bring a variety of experience, energy and fresh ideas to the national GSA movement. This year’s Steering Committee members are from all corners and middle of the country, including Colorado, Pennsylvania, Arizona, California and New York.
It's bad enough when principals try to block a Gay-Straight Alliance from forming in their school, but one principal in Tennessee allegedly took his hostility towards LGBT youth further: he verbally and physically assaulted a student for supporting a GSA club.
Do you remember the last time you learned about LGBTQ people or issues at school? If not, this year promises to be different! Starting in January, you and every other California student will learn about LGBTQ people or issues in class. It’s the law, all thanks to the Fair Accurate Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act!
To find out how your school has planned to meet the new FAIR Education Act requirements, talk to your teachers today! Here’s an example discussion:
What do Sylvia Rivera, Cherrie Moraga, Pedro Zamora, Deadlee, Frida Kahlo, Yosimar Reyes, Chavela Vargas, and John Perez all have in common?