Benji Delgadillo is a junior at San Juan Hills High School, and he is a trainer on the Southern California Youth Council, a member of the Statewide Advocacy Council and serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for GSA Network. His story, below, was referenced in The New York Times article on the FAIR Education Act.
I was so proud to testify this morning in support of the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act (SB 48), and I’m even more pleased to share the good news that in a vote of 6-3, the FAIR Education Act passed out of the California Senate Education Committee. This important bill addresses what State Senator Mark Leno, author of SB 48, called “the conspicuous absence of protection” when it comes to sexual orientation and gender identity in our education laws.
Spring is finally here! That means losing an hour of sleep, flowers blooming everywhere, and the end of the school year is right around the corner. It also means its time to start getting ready to hand over the leadership of your GSA to new students!
Hi everyone! I just arrived at GSA Network as the coordinator for the Make It Better Project. I’m so excited that, in my very first week, the White House held a summit to address bullying – with a focus on LGBT youth leaders, like our very own GSA Network Board Member and summit attendee Kimiko Nishitsuji! She’ll fill us in later with her own report, but for those impatient to make it better NOW, I wanted to give a quick (livestream) recap.
The day before Valentine's Day this year, I attended a benefit for Lyon Martin Health Services with my partner at Million Fishes Collective in San Francisco. We thought, what a better way to celebrate love than to be surrounded with our LGBTQ community and to be in service to a cause that makes sure all of our LGBTQ family has access to culturally competent healthcare.
As my mother and I drove through the southern end of San Francisco along a congested Interstate 280, we gathered our thoughts for the oncoming forty minutes. She and I were to record my coming out story and story of my activism for StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.”