"School prepares you for Activist Camp. Activist Camp prepares you for life."
- NorCal Activist Camp participant
On Thursday June 28, young people across the United States celebrated a somewhat unexpected decision from the United States Supreme Court upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act –more commonly known as President Obama’s health care reform law. This historic law is arguably the most beneficial federal legislation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people we have ever had. It expands health insurance coverage for our communities, works towards ending anti-LGBTQ discrimination within the health care system, and sets aside billions of dollars for preven
Today, May 17, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). This annual event is especially important for youth this year, as it's focused on ending homophobia and transphobia through education. Late last year, GSA Network Board Member and youth activist Isaias Guzman went to Brazil for the first United Nations Consultation on Homophobic Bullying In Educational Institutions.
Each year, GSA Network works with a core group of committed GSA activists and leaders who help lead our programs and shape how we can best meet the needs of LGBTQ and allied youth. These leadership groups include our regional Youth Councils in Northern and Southern California and our Statewide Advocacy Council. Through GSA Network’s councils, youth leaders grow their leadership abilities, build kick-ass GSAs, and help make schools safer for all California students.
Gay-Straight Alliance Network is joining with MTV and the Online Music Awards to help stop the bullying of LGBT students and make schools and communities safer for LGBT youth. We're participating in an epic party that will help raise money and awareness throughout October, which is National Bullying Prevention Month. So we're calling on you to help us beat the Guinness World record for longest dance party!
Fresno, Santa Ana, Ripon, Santa Rosa, San Diego, San Francisco, Hanford, Los Angeles, Coachella, Dinuba, Salinas and Concord - These are just a few of the communities across California represented at our annual GSA Activist Camps held this summer.
An inspiring crowd of LGBT students and allies rallied at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Monday, April 20th, 2009 to demonstrate their support for key legislation to honor Harvey Milk and to increase access to mental health services for at-risk youth. Youth activists traveled from as far as San Diego to attend the annual event, many traveling by bus through out the night.
What do rainbow elephants, dancing penguins in tutus, and glittering fairies all have in common? They were NOT at the Youth Empowerment Summit that took place Saturday, December 5th. But you know who was? Approximately 400 youth and adults who came to Everett Middle School to learn about youth activism, leadership, and empowerment!
GSA Network organizes regional GSA Leadership Summits throughout California in order to provide GSA activists with the skills and resources necessary to transforming their schools into safe and inclusive learning environments, as well as to connect youth to one another. Current high school students trained by GSA Network staff to be peer educators, lead all workshops in our Leadership Summits.