GSA Network youth leader, Zachary Toomay, is featured in an AP story about a recent study showing that suicide attempts by LGBT youth, and straight youth, are more common in politically conservative areas where schools don't have anti-bullying or anti-discrimination protections.
Zachary told the reporter that the study “seems not only plausible, but it’s true.”
GSA youth leader and safe schools activist Irene Rojas-Carroll (pictured far left) was in Sacramento to advocate for 3 bills aimed at decreasing bullying of LGBT students as part of GSA Network's Queer Youth Advocacy Day on April 4, 2011.
Check out Irene's interview with CBS:
"Bay Area Students Ask For More Protection Against Anti-Gay Bullying"
Over 450 student activists from Gay-Straight Alliance clubs gathered at GSA Network's annual Youth Empowerment Summit in San Francisco this December where they made this inspiring video for the Make It Better Project.
A big thanks to Sam Haynor, Will Greene, and Laura Wadden for filming and editing - and of course to all the fearless LGBTQ and straight ally youth who are making it better in their schools every day.
Kayla Kearny, a senior at Maria Carrillo High School in Sonoma County, came out to her peers and faculty at a school assembly on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. She shared her story again on Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 at a fundraiser for GSA Network, where we had a chance to meet her whole family. Kayla is making it better for LGBTQ youth by sharing her story with her community and the world. Go, Kayla!