I hadn’t been Policy Manager at GSA Network for a full day when already GSA leaders scored another huge win for safe schools for all students. On Wednesday, August 8, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee heard testimony from youth from SoCal and the Central Valley about their schools’ failure to protect LGBTQ students.
Gay-Straight Alliance activists have a message for California schools: you cannot keep ignoring the rights and the health needs of LGBT students. If you do, you will be held accountable.
After countless hours of planning, conference calls and learning along the way, it finally happened: 70 youth and adult activists converged in Louisville, Kentucky on August 2nd for the 2012 National Gathering of the National Association of GSA Networks. Every year, the National Gathering brings the 37 statewide networks of Gay-Straight Alliance clubs from around the country together to learn from one another, build community, and share best practices.
UPDATE: Audit request approved in 9-4 bipartisan vote by Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
Brianna Navarro is a junior at Clovis East High School and a member of the National Association of GSA Networks Steering Committee.
For four days this week, Lousville, Kentucky will become the queer youth capital of the country as GSA activists come together for the 7th annual National Gathering of statewide networks of Gay-Straight Alliance clubs. The best part? I get to go!
After 22 years and President Barack Obama's 2009 announcement lifting the travel ban on people living with HIV, the International AIDS Conference returns to the U.S.! From July 22-27, more than 20,000 delegates from 200 countries will gather in D.C. to attend the International AIDS Conference, which is the premier conference for individuals working in HIV/AIDS services, advocates and policymakers, HIV-positive people and anyone invested in ending the epidemic. Aside from breakout sessions, daily plenary sessions, and professional development workshops, they also have a Youth Program.
From the west coast to the south to the midwest, GSA Network youth and staff are coming together to change punitive discipline in schools through groundbreaking Action Camps. These camps focus on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, a set of policies and practices used by school districts that indirectly push out or exclude youth of color, queer youth, and low-income youth.