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Complacency is Not An Option

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I wear many shirts. If you look in my closet, you’ll find student, ambassador, advocate, leader, organizer, and activist, with limited, yet available space for newer additions. Most times of the year, it’s cold. My love for being warm, especially in coldness, makes me don multiple shirts and layer them on top of each other, often wearing all of them at the same time. During the school year, it seems that my primary goal is to be a student, I soak in all the information I can from my teachers and I study my hardest. As much as I would like “student” to be the only shirt I wear, it seems that the chill is unrelenting. If I don’t put on a shirt or recruit people to do the same, the coldness will eventually catch up to me and everyone else.

Pride Across the Country

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Pride month is a celebration of community, family, and the fight to defend our lives and our selves. Marches, parades, dinners, and conferences are just a few of the ways in which our community comes together to celebrate. While June is the nationally recognized (link is external) month for LGBTQ+ Pride, the timing varies as much as the location. Here are a few of the prides we’ve been watching, taking part in, or uplifting.

Expression Not Suppression (ENS) 2018

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This year, three young people formed a Youth Media Team and took over GSA Network’s Twitter and Instagram accounts to catch the action. If you missed #ENS2018 or if you just want to relive some of this year’s moments, check out their photo story below.

Visions for Liberation: Then and Now

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When I started my GSA club, our dreams of liberation consisted of being able to go to school free from violence, bullying or harassment, perhaps make some similar friends, and just have one safe space to grapple with our identities.  I don't think any of us had an idea the movement would grow to be as big--or as socially impactful--as it has, or that it would unleash the power of queer and trans youth.

My GSA club had just become the 40th to join the GSA Network a year after the organization got started in 1998. As I traveled with my fellow Youth Council members from the San Francisco Bay Area down to Fresno and Los Angeles to host youth-led trainings, I met dozens of young people. Some had already started clubs and some had come to learn how to do GSA organizing for the first time.

Queer API Youth Show the Strength of Their Activism

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Two years ago, we launched the Skylar Lee Leadership and Activism Award to uplift or elevate the activism of LGBTQ+ Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) high school students because we knew that there is a vast community of GSA club members across the country who understand and live at intersections of oppression...

How Educators Can Keep Supporting Youth

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This month the world has watched as young people all over the United States walked out of their schools and into the streets, protesting the lack of action being taken by elected officials and educational agencies to ensure that their schools are safe.  By the news and social media response, it would seem like these historic events were unprecedented.

Decoding the Rhetoric: Trans & Queer Youth and the #NationalSchoolWalkout

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It’s been one month since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.  Four years and two months since Sandy Hook, and nearly 19 years since Columbine. We know that in the wake of campus shootings, collectively we mourn those lost but also hope to find some way of “fixing” the problem.

Abel Cedeno and the Bronx Zoo School

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Urban Assembly for Wildlife Conservation, nicknamed the Bronx Zoo School for its dangerous climate, has had three principals in five years and is currently at the center of FIERCE’s fight to stop violence and bullying against LGBTQ youth of color in the Bronx. 

ICYMI: Bi-weekly Roundup for February 16, 2018

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) Bi-weekly Roundup for February 16, 2018, highlights the work of GSA Network and our partners over the past two weeks. Including our biggest stories, recent blogs, past events, and upcoming activities. Make sure you follow GSA Network on our social media platforms.

ICYMI: February 2, 2018

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) Bi-weekly Roundup for February 2, 2018, highlights the work of GSA Network and our partners over the past two weeks. Including our biggest stories, recent blogs, past events, and upcoming activities. Make sure you follow GSA Network on our social media platforms.

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