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The White House called & asked how they could Make It Better!

“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.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2011 eQuality Scholarship!

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. 

AIDS Walk San Francisco

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!

Empowered to Make It Better

Brandon Serpas is a sophomore at Schurr High School in Montebello, CA, and he is the President of his Gay-Straight Alliance club.

Harvey Milk Day 2011

Do you know which LGBT rights activist’s birthday is a California state holiday, celebrated all over the world and less than a month away? 

Making School FAIR, One Class at a Time

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.

Youth Activists Rally to Make it Better for All California Students

FAIR Education Act’s 1st Victory!

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.

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