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Join #GSAs4Justice & push back against school pushout!

Have you ever been bullied for being gay -- and then suspended for standing up for yourself? LGBTQ youth, youth of color, immigrant youth, and youth with disabilities are more likely to face harsh discipline and hostile climates -- and get pushed out of school.

A Night of Candles

Marcel Neergaard, an 11-year-old gay activist who made national news for standing up to a bullying lawmaker, attended Southeastern Activist Camp, put on by GSA Network, Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition, Georgia Safe Schools Coalition, and Southern Poverty Law Center. This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post.

Accountability after 13 years

It’s been 13 years, an entire generation of students, since California originally passed non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Now, with the state auditor's report on School Safety & Non-Discrimination Laws, we're finally getting some accountability -- and the news isn't good.

Governor Brown signs transgender student success bill!

Ashton Lee is a 16-year-old transgender boy from Manteca, California. He began advocating for AB 1266 after attending GAYLA and Queer Youth Advocacy Day.

Back from the Governor's Office

Ashton Lee is a 16-year-old transgender boy from Manteca, California. He began advocating for AB 1266 after attending GAYLA and Queer Youth Advocacy Day.

I asked a question, and the U.S. Department of Education acted

One year ago, I met with Secretary Arne Duncan and asked him to support LGBT youth by collecting data about our experiences and challenges in school.

Bye bye Prop 8

Today, the Supreme Court threw out DOMA and restored the freedom to marry in California.  Or, in the words of my 21-month-old daughter:

We can all celebrate that. Remembering the intense hostility GSA youth faced during the Prop 8 battle, it’s a relief and a joy to finally close that painful chapter of California’s history. More youth can now dream about starting a family and a future with someone they love.

Standing with my son

This morning, the California Senate Education Committee passed AB 1266, the School Success and Opportunity Act, by a vote of 5-2. It now heads to the Senate floor. 16-year-old Manteca High School student Ashton Lee (left in photo), joined by his mother (right), testified in support of the bill.

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