This past weekend, over 30 youth from the Central Valley and Southern California joined forces at the University of Southern California for three days of learning, fun and movement building at GSA Network's Activist Camp!
As you may have heard, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights are currently investigating incidents of harassment and discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and perceived LGBT students in the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota. Anoka-Hennepin's policy mandates that staff "remain neutral on matters regarding sexual orientation" and prevents staff from acknowledging the existence of LGBT people or providing support to LGBT students.
You've probably heard something by now about the FAIR Education Act – and, if you heard it from school administrators, teachers, or students, you might well have heard: "it's about time!" As recent local news stories across California show, the folks actually affected by the FAIR Education Act are ready and excited to follow the new law, signed by Governor Jerry Brown earlier this month, which will end the exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history from California’s classrooms.
Bright and early on the morning of Sunday, July 17th, 25 eager youth from Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) all over Northern California showed up at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco to march with GSA Network’s team in the 25th Annual AIDS Walk San Francisco. Decked out in their GSA gear, the youth bravely carried their banners, and walked for a great cause.
GSAs covered lots of ground in California's Pride celebrations this year -- read the recap from your region!
It’s been a high-powered week for LGBT youth. The White House held a two-day LGBT Youth Summit, the first of its kind. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a “Dear Colleague” letter affirming official support for Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in schools and colleges. And GSA Network youth leader Javi Pinedo shook President Obama’s hand and asked him, face to face, to Make It Better. Twice.
“White House on line one” isn’t a phrase most high school students would expect to hear. But on the weekend of May 14 and 15, youth leaders from Gay-Straight Alliance Network got together for two White House Youth Roundtable discussions, and spoke directly to government officials about the issues most important to LGBT and allied youth.
A proud member of the eQuality Scholarship Collaborative, GSA Network is excited to congratulate the fourteen high school seniors who earned a 2011 eQuality Scholarship! The winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship, which is awarded each year to students in Northern and Central California who have promoted understanding of and equality for the LGBTQ community. The collaborative also awards a $5,000 scholarship to one nursing student and a $2,000 scholarship to one medical student.
On July 17, GSA clubs across Northern California will walk together as part of one big and (clearly) fabulous GSA Network Team. Are you interested in being a part of the AIDS awareness action? GREAT!
Brandon Serpas is a sophomore at Schurr High School in Montebello, CA, and he is the President of his Gay-Straight Alliance club.