December 16, 2009
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GSA Network News
December 16, 2009

empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia

In This Issue
NETWORK NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Youth Empowerment Summit Report Back
GSA NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. FREE Orange County GSA Leadership Summit 2/6
2. FREE Latina/o LGBT Youth Leadership Summit (L.A.).
OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
CA STATEWIDE
3. Hidden Injustice: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in Juvenile Courts
4. Stories for LGBT youth documentary
5. Research Study for Lesbian, Bisexual, and Questioning Women
6. School Climate GSA Advisor Survey!
NOR CAL
7. Youth Calendar (S.F.)
CENTRAL VALLEY
8. Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays (Fresno)
9. Orgullo y Poder Latino/a Pride and Power
10. Community Link's Youth Meetings Every Friday (Fresno)
SO CAL
11. LifeWorks Holiday Party! Wed 12/16 6pm (L.A.)
12. Holiday Party/Michael Jackson Tribute (THIS Saturday!) (L.A.)
13. Alternative High School at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center/LifeWorks is enrolling now (L.A.)
14. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)
JOBS, SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS
15. Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship in 2010 Applications Available (Contra Costa)
NEWS
16. Judge's Ruling Favors AUSD on Recal
17. Family Acceptance Project -- Helping LGBT Youths
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This will be the last edition of GSA Network news in 2009.  Our next edition of GSA Network News will be on January 6, 2010.

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NETWORK NEWS HIGHLIGHT: YES 2009 a Major Success!
YES 2009 LogoWhat 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!

This was the 6th annual YES conference and what a conference it was!  Youth from all over the Bay Area and Northern California came to educate themselves on issues relating to their legal rights, coming out, and safer sex.

There were three amazing keynote speakers who all touched on important topics that anyone in the audience could potentially relate to, from coming out and family acceptance to finding your voice as a youth activist and artist to celebrating our LGBT heroes and the historic victory of Harvey Milk Day being established in California.  Shout out to Sandra Fewer, Kirk Read, and State Senator Mark Leno for making the journey to come speak to the youth!

And a HUGE shout out goes to the YES Steering Committee members.  Youth were a MAJOR part of organizing this conference.  From attending meetings and calling in weekly, to facilitating workshops, to leading discussion spaces the day of, to dancing up a storm on and off the stage, these youth were an integral part of organizing the YES conference.

AJ Fiel, a student at Merrill F. West in Tracy and a youth steering committee member, reflected that, "It was nice to see so many activists our age that actually care for our community. . . I learned new things. . .and there is a lot more to be learned on the way towards being a stronger activist."

What was particularly fun and inspiring was seeing alumni from the past YES steering committees come back to contribute their skills and knowledge.  Rigo Machado, a YES steering committee member from 2007, came back to facilitate a workshop and to put on an amazing performance that would put Lady GaGa to shame.  Rigo, now a student at Diablo Valley College, says "YES was great!  It was cool to see youth learn skills they can use at their high school to fight homophobia."

Many youth and adults wrote that they can't wait for the next YES conference.  We hope to see you there next year!  And be sure to be on the lookout for those rainbow elephants.
 

 

GSA NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

1. FREE Orange County GSA Leadership Summit 2/6
FREE Orange County GSA Leadership Summit

For youth ages 13- 24

Saturday, February 6, 2010
10am - 5pm
The Center Orange County
1605 N. Spurgeon St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701




Come Learn About:

  • LGBT Activism!
  • Using Community Resources!
  • Expanding your GSA!
  • Your Legal Rights!
  • Networking with local GSAs!
  • And much more!
For more information and to sign up, message us at
http://myspace.com/socalgsanetwork
or register online!

Contact Daniel: daniel@gsanetwork.org or Joey: joey.h@gsanetwork.org
or call the GSA Network SoCal Office 213-482-4021

Co-Sponsored by: GSA Network, The Center Orange County, Anti-Defamation League, OC Human Relations, GLSEN, Orange County Equality Coalition,  PFLAG, and Planned Parenthood

  Box t-shirt

 

2. FREE Latina/o LGBT Youth Leadership Summit (L.A.)
FREE Latina/o LGBT Youth Leadership Summit

For youth ages 13- 24

Saturday, January 30, 2010
10am - 5pm
Self-Help Graphics
3802 E. Cesar Chavez Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90063

Learn About:

  • LGBT Activism!
  • Using Community Resources!
  • Expanding your GSA!
  • Your Legal Rights!
  • Networking with local GSAs!
  • And much more!

For more information and to sign up, go to:

http://gsanetwork.org/events/trainings-and-summits

Co-Sponsored by: GSA Network, HONOR PAC, & Self Help Graphics
 

 

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

GSA Network News is a publication of Gay-Straight Alliance Network. Events, resources, and news items listed under "Other Announcements" are not sponsored or written by GSA Network, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of GSA Network.
 

CA STATEWIDE
 

 

3. Hidden Injustice: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in Juvenile Courts

Release of Equity Project Report on LGBT Youth in Juvenile Delinquency Courts

The Equity Project, a collaboration of Legal Services for Children, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the National Juvenile Defender Center, is pleased to announce the release of
 

Hidden Injustice:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in Juvenile Courts

 
Hidden Injustice is the first comprehensive report to examine the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in juvenile courts nationwide.  LGBT youth comprise a significant portion (up to 13%) of youth in detention, according to a recent study by Ceres Policy Research.  Despite this compelling statistic, LGBT youth remain invisible to many juvenile justice professionals and are often treated unfairly and harshly in the justice system.
 
Drawing from first-hand accounts of more than 50 LGBT youth and in-depth interviews of more than 60 juvenile court judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, probation officers, and detention staff from across the country, this groundbreaking report sheds light on the numerous barriers to fair and effective treatment of court-involved LGBT youth.  The report also provides juvenile justice professionals, policymakers, and advocates with detailed practice and policy recommendations to help them address these problems head on.
 
Hidden Injustice is an invaluable resource for anyone who is committed to pursuing a fair and just juvenile delinquency system in which the constitutional rights of all youth are upheld and all youth are treated with dignity, fairness, and respect.
 
To order a free hard copy of Hidden Injustice and view a press release about the report, please visit: http://www.equityproject.org/
 
An electronic version of the report is available here:  http://www.equityproject.org/pdfs/hidden_injustice.pdf
 
For additional information or to request training on these topics, please contact the Equity Project at info@equityproject.org.
 
 

 

 

4. Stories for LGBT youth documentary 

Stories for LGBT youth documentary

Bill Brummel Productions and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) are creating a documentary film for SPLC's Teaching Tolerance program.  Although we don't yet have a title, the film's topic is the bullying and harassment of LGBT middle school and/or high school students, as mainly told through the powerful personal story of someone who was regularly harassed in school.
 
Teaching Tolerance is one of the nation's leading providers of anti-bias resources - in print, online, and film. Teaching Tolerance has earned accolades from a variety of organizations, including three Oscar nominations, two Academy Awards, and more than 20 honors from the Educational Press Association of America - including the Golden Lamp Award, its highest honor. Most of all, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children.
 
The documentary, along with an extensive teaching guide, will be distributed to about 50,000 Middle and High Schools and will be seen by millions of students. Thanks to the generosity of the Southern Poverty Law Center's many donors, the film is offered to schools completely free of charge.
 
We are searching for personal stories of LGBT youth and harassment, bullying, violence and discrimination for a powerful, thought provoking film.  We look forward to crafting a story that will help American youth recognize the struggles of their LGBT peers, as well as inspire LGBT students. We're currently accepting ideas for story and encourage anyone with ideas to contact us.
 
Please call me directly with any questions and/or story suggestions. Thank you again for your assistance.
 
Jamie Hebert
Bill Brummel Productions
818-754-0575

 

 

5. Research Study for Lesbian, Bisexual, and Questioning Women 

Dear Participant,
 
I am a lesbian researcher conducting an empirical study examining attitudes, feelings, and experiences associated with being a woman who experiences attraction to members of the same sex. Historically, researchers have neglected the lives of lesbian and bisexual women, and very little research has looked specifically at attitudes and experiences that sexual minority women have based on both their sexual orientation and gender. This online survey will ask questions about feelings, thoughts, and experiences you may have had as a sexual minority person and as a woman, ways you cope with life's challenges, psychosocial well-being, and demographics. If you are a woman who is at least 18 years old and has experienced same-sex attraction, I would greatly appreciate your participation in this study.
 
The survey is confidential, and takes about 45 minutes to complete. After you have completed and submitted your survey, you will be eligible to enter a participant raffle awarding a $100 Amazon.com gift certificate to one randomly selected participant. If you would like to participate in this research study, please click on the following hypertext link (you may need to copy and paste the link into your browser).

http://d1606.psysurvey.com
 
This will take you to the consent form and questionnaire. This research has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board for protection of human subjects at the University of Tennessee.
 
Please feel free to forward this e-mail announcement to eligible friends/colleagues and other lesbian/bisexual related listservs. Thanks in advance for your help with this project!
 
Sincerely,
 
Dawn Szymanski, Ph.D.
dszymans@utk.edu
Ph: 865-974-3302
Department of Psychology
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-0900

 

6. School Climate GSA Advisor Survey!

Are you a Gay/Straight Alliance Advisor? If so, we are seeking GSA advisors to complete our survey on strategies to address school climate for LGBT youth. Participation is voluntary and should take no more than 30 minutes. Participants who complete the survey will receive a $5 gift card to Amazon.com.

If you would like to participate, please click on the link provided below. You will be directed to a Web site that contains the consent form and a link to the survey. Thank you for your time and consideration!

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board at Georgia State University.

Link to Study & Survey Here!

Password: gsa advisor

Sincerely,

Emily Graybill, Ed.S.
School Psychology Doctoral Student
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3980
Atlanta, GA 30302-3980
Phone: 404.493.2989
E-mail: Emily.graybill@gmail.com

Kris Varjas, Psy.D.
Associate Professor
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3980
Atlanta, GA 30302-3980
Phone: 404.413.8190
E-mail: kvarjas@gsu.edu

 

 

NOR CAL

 

7. Youth Calendar (S.F.)

San Francisco's LYRIC Youth Center hosts events almost everyday for LGBTQQ youth. 

LYRIC
LYRIC's mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.

Calendar of Events
http://lyric.org/calendar.html

 

Central Valley

 

8. Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays (Fresno)

Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays.
 
Trans-e-motion has a social meeting on the first Saturday of each month.  Time and location to be announced.  See calendar or call (559) 255-4075.

There is a Trans-e-motion business meeting on the third Saturday of each month at 5:00 p.m. to about 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Equality California office,  Van Ness Towers office Bldg., 1055 N. Van Ness Ave. "C", near Alhambra (South of Olive),  Fresno, California, 93728, U.S.A.

 

9. Orgullo y Poder Latino/a Pride and Power 1/23/2010

Orgullo y Poder Latino| Latino Pride and Power
 
On Saturday, January 23, 2010, Fresno will host Orgullo y Poder Latino| Latino Pride and Power - a leadership conference to empower LGBT people and allies, in particular thoes who speak Spanish, to build understanding and support for LGBT people and their families in rural California. 

The central theme of the conference is "Your voice is your power."  The conference will inspire and train leaders to share their stories and build peer support networks throughout the Central Valley, Central Coast, and rural Southern Califonia.  Personal story-telling and social networks of LGBT people and supportive friends and family members can dispel anti-LGBT myths and stereotypes to promote greater inclusion and respect for LGBT people and their families.  All trainings will be in English and Spanish.  Allies are welcome.
 
 Conference Date & Time: 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday, January 23th
 
 Conference Location:    First Congregational Church of Fresno,
                                                                2131 N. Van Ness Blvd.
                                                                Fresno, CA 93704
 
 Contact Information:     Angeles Jimenez, orgulloypoder@crla.org
                                                                Lisa Cisneros, lcisneros@crla.org
                                                                (831) 757-5221

 

 

10. Community Link's Youth Meetings Every Friday (Fresno)

Meets Every Friday Evening
7:30pm -9:00pm

Fresno's GLBTQ Youth group's weekly meeting is every Friday evening.

1584 N. Van Ness Ave. Map to event

More info :http://www.fresnorainbowpride.com/youthalliance.html

 

 

So Cal

 

11. LifeWorks Holiday Party! Wed 12/16 6pm (L.A.)

LifeWorks Holiday Party! Wed 12/16 6pm

Don't miss the last Wednesday meeting of the year! We'll have an extra-special get together with dinner and a dance party, as well as various Xmas/Hanukah/Kwanza holiday crafts so you can make something fun for your Mom/Dad/cousin/boyfriend/Mentor/whoever! Save the Date, Location TBA!

 Email Dan for more info: ddumont@lagaycenter.org

 

12. Holiday Party/Michael Jackson Tribute (THIS Saturday!) (L.A.)

Dear Friends,
 
We would like to extend an invitation for our upcoming holiday social for LGBTQ youth and their allies (14-24). This will be a big party in which youth will pay tribute to "The King of Pop" through performances, spoken word, and other special surprises.
 
EVENT INFO
Event Name: The MJ Holiday Tribute
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2009
Location: WEST HOLLYWOOD PARK AUDITORIUM
Address: 647 N. San Vicente (1 block south of RAGE)
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Colorful Flyer Attached
Event Web Site: http://www.cityx1.com/mj
 
 
ATTRACTIONS
Live DJ & Dance, Laser Light Show, MJ Costume Contest, Live Performances, Holiday Treats & Goodies, Giveaways, Community Resources, Free Rapid HIV Testing, Special Guests, and more!
 
 
PASS ON THE WORD!
Attached you will find a copy of our ALL-NEW flyer. Please pass this info along to interested youth & parties.
 
 
 
Thank you,
 
The C.I.T.Y. x1 Youth Group
Web: http://www.cityx1.com
E-mail: webmail@cityx1.com
 

13. Alternative High School at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center/LifeWorks is enrolling now (L.A.)

Opportunities for Learning and LifeWorks are partnering to bring a safe learning environment to LGBT and LGBT Friendly youth at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center. We are enrolling students NOW! This program was created to assist youth in obtaining their high school diploma regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. Class will be held two days a week here at the LifeWorks office.
 
*Tuition Free
*WASC Accredited Program
*Obtain Your High School Diploma
*A Guided Independent Study Program
*Program to Open in January 2010
 
For more information or to enroll, contact the teacher for this program, Molly Sircher at (818) 506-5344 or msircher@emsofl.com. You can come to LifeWorks to meet Molly and discuss the program Tuesday 12/8 or Thursday 12/10 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, please let us know you're coming in advance if possible.

Located at:
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

 

 

14. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)

Check out these new calendars for LGBT Youth!
 
Los Angeles Youth
http://lalgbtcalendar.pbwiki.com/
http://www.virsil.com/

San Diego Youth
www.ourlgbtevents.org/

 

 

JOBS, SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

 

15. Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship in 2010 Applications Available (Contra Costa)
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the
Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship in 2010

To Apply Visit: http://www.horizonsfoundation.org/griffithfund
 
Since 1990, the Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to a Contra Costa high school senior who contributed to improving the environment for GLBTQ youth.  The scholarship was established in memory of Bobby Griffith, a gay youth from Walnut Creek, California, who committed suicide in 1983.

Deadline: Feb. 16, 2010
 
The Lifetime TV movie Prayers for Bobby dramatizes Bobby's life and his mother's growing understanding after his death.
Watch it online: http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/movies/prayers-bobby
 
Our 2009 Scholarship Recipient was Jennie Drummond, from San Ramon Valley High School, now a freshman at Chapman University majoring in Graphic Design.  
 

Support the 2010 Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship Fund: http://www.horizonsfoundation.org/griffithfund
Fiscal Sponsor: Horizons Foundation, Bobby Griffith Fund,
870 Market St, Suite 728, San Francisco, CA 94102
griffithfund@aol.com

 

  NEWS

 

16. Judge's Ruling Favors AUSD on Recall

by Dennis Evanosky
Alameda Sun
December 3, 2009

Alameda County Superior Court judge Frank Roesch issued a temporary ruling Nov. 25 saying that the Alameda Unified School District's anti-bullying lessons do not fall under the category of health education. The ruling is a victory for AUSD and a defeat for the parents who sued the district hoping to keep their children out of the lessons.

Alameda County Superior Court judge Frank Roesch issued a temporary ruling Nov. 25 saying that the Alameda Unified School District's anti-bullying lessons do not fall under the category of health education. The ruling is a victory for AUSD and a defeat for the parents who sued the district hoping to keep their children out of the lessons.

The motion to allow the petitioners to have their children excused from a portion of "health instruction" entitled Safe School Curriculum Lesson 9 for the 2009-2010 school year, as well as subsequent school years as per Education Code Section 51240 is denied, Judge Roesch said.

AUSD's board of education adopted the teaching of the Lesson 9 curriculum, which teaches children to respect others regardless of their sexual orientation, on May 26 by a 3 to 2 vote. An organization calling itself SERVE Alameda sprung up and began to circulate petitions to recall the three board members who voted for the measure: Tracy Jensen, Ron Mooney and Niel Tam.

To read the full story, visit the Alameda Sun article here.

 

 

17. Family Acceptance Project -- Helping LGBT Youths
Dec. 9, 2009
News Article
Social Work Today
Christina Reardon

Vol. 9 No. 6 P. 6

A California social worker's research into how family behaviors affect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youths may soon transform how social service professionals promote these youths' health and well-being.

Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW, directs the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) at San Francisco State University. The project has attracted international attention in recent months after the publication of an article by Ryan and her colleagues this year in Pediatrics that discussed an FAP study showing that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths whose families reject their sexual orientation and gender expression were at higher risk for several health problems as adults.

Observers say the work of the FAP has groundbreaking implications for social workers and other professionals serving LGBT youths and their families. It provides hard data to support the conventional wisdom that family rejection increases the risk of poor health and mental health outcomes for LGBT children and adolescents. It also shows the importance of taking a family-centered, systems-based view of the environment in which LGBT youths live.

"It's absolutely critical that we understand the role of the family in promoting the well-being of LGBT young people," Ryan says. "This is a uniquely social work approach to doing research and implementing it in the world."

Read the entire article at http://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/112309p6.shtml

 


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