Over 70 GSA activists, GSA advisors, and allies came together at GSA Network's Long Beach/South Bay GSA Leadership Summit, held at Long Beach City College on Saturday, January 22, 2011, to gain new skills, learn their legal rights, make new friendships, and help build a stronger GSA movement in Long Beach and the South Bay of Los Angeles County.
Like many people, I thought I knew all that happened during the Civil Rights Movement. I mean, I went to a school named Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Experimental Laboratory School from kindergarten through eighth grade! I was taught about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and a tiny bit about Malcolm X. I thought I knew it all!
GSA Network supports the DREAM Act, which has a chance to get passed in Congress right now, and President Obama has pledged to sign it. The DREAM Act passed the House on Wednesday, December 8th and now it faces passage in the Senate. This legislation would enable undocumented youth who grew up in the U.S. to access college and citizenship. Call Congress today to tell them you support the DREAM Act. Call the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your senators' office.
This past weekend, two GSA Network youth leaders and two of our staff attended the annual Statewide Gathering for the Campaign for Quality Education to strategize about our goals for education justice in California in the coming year. GSA Network has been a proud member of the Campaign for Quality Education (CQE) for the past two years. The weekend gathering re-energized us in our work for education justice for LGBTQ youth and communities of color and low-income communities across California.
Have you wondered what it takes to make your school safer and more accepting for LGBTQ students?
Has your GSA done the Day of Silence every year and the teachers in your school still don't stop students from using anti-LGBT slurs in class?
Are you out of ideas on how your GSA can educate other students on why it's such a problem to say, "That's so gay"?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need an Anti-Slur Campaign!
But wait, what's a campaign?
GSA Network Staff wore purple on Wednesday, October 20th as part of Spirit Day, a day to honor youth who have committed suicide after relentless anti-LGBT bullying at school.
"The Make It Better Project is a chance to do something about injustices in our schools. It's an opportunity to have a voice, to be known, to be understood, and to be accepted. It will NOT get better until we MAKE IT BETTER!"
- Buddie Sims, Pomona, California
In response to the tragic suicides by LGBT youth in recent weeks, GSA Network launched the Make It Better Project. We are excited to tell you about the project and all the ways you can get involved to combat bullying and make schools safer for LGBT youth right now.