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GSA Network News
December 2, 2009

empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia

In This Issue
1. 2009 Youth Empowerment Summit
2. South Bay/Long Beach GSA Leadership Summit 12/12
3. Central Valley Sign Up for Site Vistis Now!
4. Hidden Injustice: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in Juvenile Courts
5. Stories for LGBT youth documentary
6. Youth Perspectives Contest KQED
7. Research Study for Lesbian, Bisexual, and Questioning Women
8. School Climate GSA Advisor Survey!
9. The "All Families Welcome Project" Online Survey for LGBTQI Families
10. "2cFree: Stories From Behind The Walls" Five Keys Student Art Show 12/8 (S.F.)
11. Youth Activist Retreat! Bay Area Jan 15-17
11. DON'T HATE, ELEVATE LGBT Youth Fishbowl (San Mateo County)
13. The New Conservatory Theatre Center's YouthAware Educational Theatre Program Proudly Presents
14. Movie "WE" to Screen 12/4 (S.F.)
15. Youth Speaks' Living Word Project and YBCA Present: Left Coast Leaning Festival (S.F.)
16. Youth Calendar (S.F.)
17. Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays (Fresno)
18. Orgullo y Poder Latino| Latino Pride and Power
19. Study on Gay Males in Sacramento or Fresno
20. Community Link's Youth Meetings Every Friday (Fresno)
21. LifeWorks Holiday Party! Wed 12/16 6pm (L.A.)
22. "Opportunities for Learning" an LGBT Independent Charter School Enrolling! (L.A.)
23. Outspoken Open Mic...every 4th Friday (L.A.)
24. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)
25. Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship in 2010 Applications Available (Contra Costa)
26. Youth Activism Fellowship Announcement
Quick Links
for GSA Network's New Website

Get a Site Visit at YOUR GSA!
Represent your School on the Youth Council!

Contact your nearest Regional Coordinator to schedule a site visit (a personalized GSA school visit) or join your regional Youth Council.

Nor Cal:

So Cal:

Central Valley:

Donate to GSA Network

GSA Network is excited and proud to present our new website: .  We hope our new website will be a valuable resource in the amazing work being done to create safer schools across the state and the nation.

In San Francisco, this Saturday, Dec. 5th is the YES Conference! We encourage students to pre-regsiter for GSA Network's  Youth Empowerment Summit.

In Long Beach, next Saturday on Dec. 12th, GSA Network is hosting a South Bay/Long Beach GSA Leadership Summit!  Register online now.

In Solidarity,
GSA Network


NETWORK NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Training Youth Leaders throughout Southern California
GSA Network organizes regional GSA Leadership Summits throughout California in order to provide GSA activists with the skills and resources necessary to transforming their schools into safe and inclusive learning environments, as well as to connect youth to one another.  Current high school students trained by GSA Network staff to be peer educators, lead all workshops in our Leadership Summits.

In our Southern California region, GSA Network staff has organized Leadership Summits in communities ranging from the San Gabriel Valley to Long Beach to the Coachella Valley to Bakersfield to Southeast LA County. More Summits are scheduled for 2010 in Orange County, East LA, South LA, San Diego, the Antelope Valley, and Ventura County.

GSA Network Coachella Valley Leadership Summit, College of the Desert. Photo credit: Daniel Solis

Zach Gonzalez, GSA President at East Bakersfield High in Kern County, recently attended our Bakersfield GSA Leadership Summit. Even in the short month since he attended the Summit, Zach has been able to dramatically help his GSA. He says, "Taking what I learned at the summit, our GSA is much more structured and organized. We've really used the resource tools and packets that I was provided at the summit to help keep things in order and focused. Also, being able to examine how the youth summit leaders presented at the event really showed a great model to work towards becoming when addressing our GSA in meetings or otherwise. Rene, Glenna, Isaiah, and King were all fantastic leaders. I would love to work with all four of them again in the future! They were that great!"

Zach's enthusiasm is matched by the learning and growth experienced by GSA Network Youth Trainers. Isaiah Baiseri, GSA President at Glendora High in the San Gabriel Valley and SoCal Youth Council member, says of his experience as a trainer, "I've really learned the critical skills of improvisation and time management. Never before had I been asked to perform in such a manner where things can go completely right or utterly wrong. These skills have been growing exponentially with each new summit. With each summit come new challenges, some much more difficult to deal with than others. Despite this, I'm able to leave knowing I did the best job possible and have gained a great amount of tenacity unparalleled by any other experience out there."

In addition to the personal growth that Isaiah has had as a Trainer, he has also been able to directly contribute to the building of a grassroots, youth-led GSA movement throughout Southern California.

Isaiah shared that, "The best part of training at a summit would have to be witnessing the changes in the youth present. Many arrive totally unaware of what they're about to experience, but leave a much more empowered youth prepared to fight for what they believe in. It's as if I can literally see eyes opening and perspectives broadening throughout the day."

Beyond our usual one day Leadership Summits, GSA Network also partners with Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance (RPYA), a center for LGBTQ and straight ally youth based in San Bernardino, to provide a three day leadership camp called Q Camp for LGBTQ youth in the Inland Empire counties of San Bernardino and Riverside.

Participants and staff of Q Camp 2009, Camp de Benneville Pines.
Photo credit: Larissa Vasquez

36 youth from as far away as Victorville, San Bernardino, Rialto, Moreno Valley, and Thermal attended Q Camp that provided leadership training in many areas of GSA activism as well as workshops on developing positive self image, learning healthy communication skills, and how to get into college. In the far-flung Inland Empire, connecting LGBTQ youth with one another and resources is critical for their safety and development. Sakura Rangel, who attends Options for Youth Charter High, attended Q Camp searching for a community that accepted her for who she is. She says, "I attended Q Camp because I wanted to meet others like me. What I mean by 'others like me' are people who are experiencing similar difficulties in life, such as sexual orientation and gender non-conforming discrimination and family disownment. I also attended because I know a lot of people aren't very familiar with the transgender community. Me being a 16-year-old transgender girl and knowing few trans people my age that raise their voices, I feel it is my duty to attend and educate. Fortunately I accomplished just that."

Sakura's search for community was just one example of why youth attended Q Camp. Nik Castillo, Q Camp Trainer and GSA Network SoCal Youth Council member, was excited to help mentor his peers in learning about new and sometimes challenging issues. He says, "The most memorable experience I had while helping other youth learn something new was their reaction - seeing how they went from being super close minded and/or super uneducated on transgender issues to super open minded and supportive of it. Hearing them ask more about making schools safer for transgender or gender non conforming students definitely made my day."

Q Camp is part of GSA Network's commitment to supporting the growth and development of empowered youth activists throughout California. Organizing a camp for LGBT and straight ally youth in Southern California's Inland Empire is an important step in providing leadership opportunities for GSA youth activists outside of Los Angeles. Collaborations such as Q Camp present an opportunity for GSA Network to develop the skills of youth throughout California, connect them with local organizations that can provide day-to-day support, and create the structures needed to fight homophobia and transphobia in every school and community.




1. 2009 Youth Empowerment Summit Dec. 5th!
The 2009 Youth Empowerment Summit
is 3 days away!

YES 2009 Logo

Saturday, December 5 - San Francisco, CA

YES is a FREE conference for LGBTQQI youth activists and their allies who are dedicated to defeating homophobia and transphobia and creating safe supportive schools for everyone. The target audience is high school and middle school students, teachers, and GSA advisors, and the event is open to the community. The Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) is a chance for LGBTQQI and straight ally youth to network and enjoy free workshops on topics related to queer youth activism and safe schools.

This year, we'll have a huge range of workshops including legal rights, safer sex, gender and sexuality, how to have a kick-ass GSA, HIV/AIDS education, and much more!

Register NOW!

Pre-registration closes on Thursday, December 3rd.  On-site registration will be available on Saturday, December 5th.

Who: LGBTQQI youth activists and their allies
Where: Everett Middle School, 450 Church Street, San Francisco, CA
When: Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Cost: FREE, including breakfast and lunch!
What else: The after-YES booty shakin' dance, 5-8pm (for youth only) where there will be SPECIAL drag performances by local drag troupes!!

YES T-shirtT-SHIRTS: Fabulous YES T-Shirts will be on sale all day!  $10 for youth and $15 for adults. Remember to bring some money so you, too, can rock this awesome look!

VOLUNTEER:  It's not too late to volunteer for the Youth Empowerment Summit!  Email to sign up.  Volunteers get a free YES t-shirt!


2. South Bay/Long Beach GSA Leadership Summit 12/12
South Bay/Long Beach GSA Leadership Summit

Saturday, December 12, 2009
10am - 5pm
The Center, Long Beach
2017 E. Fourth St.
Long Beach, CA 90814

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
or register online!

Contact Daniel: or Joey:
or call the GSA Network SoCal Office 213-482-4021

Co-sponsored by: GSA Network and The Center, Long Beach



3. Central Valley: Sign Up for Site Visits Now!

Hey Central Valley!
My name is Julia Valle and I am the new Program Associate for the Central Valley.  I am really pumped to be working with everyone! I want to make sure everyone knows that I am here (along with our intern, Anthony) to do site visits!  If you want one of us to come out to your GSA, please email or call 209-559-6098 and let us know the dates and times you have in mind!



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.



4. 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:
An electronic version of the report is available here:
For additional information or to request training on these topics, please contact the Equity Project at


5. 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


6. Youth Perspectives Contest KQED

Tell your story and you could win an 8GB iPod Touch!

KQED Perspectives wants to hear from you!

We are looking for young people to share their Perspectives on two themes: "Coming Out" and "Friday Night." Perspectives may take the form of a short commentary, video, or a photo slideshow.

A grand prize will be awarded to the best overall entry for each theme.

Selected Perspectives will also air on KQED 88.5 FM and be published on throughout the months of January and March.

Entries for the "Coming Out" theme are due by Dec. 15 and "Friday Night" entries are due by Feb. 8th.

If you've got something to say (and we hope you do!) follow these steps found here:


7. 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 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).
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!
Dawn Szymanski, Ph.D.
Ph: 865-974-3302
Department of Psychology
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-0900


8. 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

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


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

Kris Varjas, Psy.D.
Associate Professor
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3980
Atlanta, GA 30302-3980
Phone: 404.413.8190



9. The "All Families Welcome Project" Online Survey for LGBTQI Families

The purpose of All Families Welcome, a project of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, Children, Youth and Family Services Dept., is to work with child and family- related organizations, agencies and professionals to help them become better at serving our LGBTQI families. The first phase of this project is to speak directly with prospective and established LGBTQI families to understand their experiences.

By sharing your story through this survey, you will help the All Families Welcome Project learn about what helps and what hinders LGBTQI families from getting the services, support, and information they need to take care of their children and family.  This project is funded by First 5 LA, an early childhood advocacy organization.

If you are a same-gender loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex or transgendered parent, co-parent, grandparent, partner of a parent, guardian, or any other adult caretaker, full or part-time, of one or more children, ages 0-15 years old, OR if you are in the process of trying to form a family with children, we would like to hear about your experiences.

The survey takes about 15-30 minutes to complete, depending on the amount of detail you wish to include.  There is a PRIZE DRAWING FOR COMPLETED SURVEYS: you can win FOUR (4) tickets to Adventure City, a child-focused theme park in Anaheim, CA.

To take the survey, simply follow the link below (or copy and paste it into your browser).  Further description and information about the survey is available once you enter the survey.  If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to contact any one of us for more information:
Amanda Litwin, Program Supervisor (
Dr. Lisa Blum, Project Consultant (
Dr. Joel L. Kushner, Project Consultant (

THANK YOU for taking the survey. Your assistance will help other LGBTQI families as they face the challenges and excitement of raising a family.




10. "2cFree: Stories From Behind The Walls" Five Keys Student Art Show 12/8 (S.F.)

"2cFree: Stories From Behind The Walls" Five Keys Student Art Show

GSA Work at Five Keys:
Due to the unique circumstances of our school (located inside SF county jails), we do not have a GSA in our school.  However, Five Keys Charter School has made a commitment to ending homophobia within our classrooms and in the jails.  We have purchased Liberation Ink posters for every teacher to hang in their rooms.  We have also designed a lesson for every teacher in the school to teach, analyzing and discussing the Liberation Ink posters and then having the students create their own "hate-free" posters.  In the women's facility, there was a guest speaker who came in to lead a workshop to educate our students Transgender issues.  This is just the start...

ART Work at Five Keys:

The Students of Five Keys are having an Art Show on December 8th
"2cFree: Stories From Behind The Walls"
Koret Auditorium, SF Main Library (100 Larkin St)
Tuesday, December 8th

Five Keys Charter Schools  (Charter School, Adult School and Independence High) are high schools for adults inside the County Jails and at post-release sites throughout San Francisco- the first of their kind in the nation. The schools serve over 480 students every day, but it is usually only the teachers who get the privilege of hearing the voices and appreciating the work students produce behind bars. This event, "2cFree: From Behind the Walls" will showcase artwork, poetry, film, writing, and voices of formerly incarcerated students as guest speakers.  Our goal is to build bridges of humanity between the SF jails and the SF community.



11. Youth Activist Retreat! Bay Area Jan 15-17
Youth Activist Retreat!
Fri-Sun, January 15 to 17, 2010

Still Accepting Applications!  Apply Now here!

During this FREE 3-day retreat you will...:

  • have fun & get to know the other young people  you'll plan the Youth  rights Conference with!
  • expand your thinking around current social justice issues that affect all our communities!
  • learn the Popular Education Model & how to build & facilitate Pop Ed.  workshops!  
  • develop your leadership & organizing skills!

Young Activists Unite!

Programming and lodging will be at the Center for Third World Organizing's Training and Retreat Center, a purple Victorian mansion in the San Antonio District of Oakland.
Retreat is free and open to anyone, ages 14 to 18, who is interested and committed.

For More info contact: Shamar



12. DON'T HATE, ELEVATE LGBT Youth Fishbowl Today! (San Mateo County)
The PRIDE Initiative and Youth Development Initiative present...

DON'T HATE, ELEVATE (San Mateo County)

LGBTTQI Youth and Allies talk about Safety and Empowerment

Youth Fishbowl Forum (For youth from San Mateo County)

December 2, 2009
Daly City, CA

A youth fishbowl forum is a specially designed conversation between young people that allows adults to experience with respect, active listening and open ears and hearts.

Why should YOUth come?

To be heard by the adults in the community that care and want to make a difference.

To help the community, professionals, teachers, and other youth to increase respect, understanding, and safety for all youth.

Why Should Adults Come?

To partner with youth and other adults on enhancing safety and empowerment for all youth.

To experience the profound effect that your respect listening has for youth, yourself and the Community.

RSVP to John Yap, or 650-401-8617 ext. 11
Please RSVP


13. The New Conservatory Theatre Center's YouthAware Educational Theatre Program Proudly Presents OUTSPOKEN Free Performance 12/7 (S.F.)

The New Conservatory Theatre Center's YouthAware Educational Theatre Program Proudly Presents

By Prince Gomolvilas         
Directed by Sara Staley
Starring Giovanna Arieta, Luisa Frasconi, Jesus Fuentes, Sal Mattos and Anthony Williams
Stage Management by Ted Crimy
You're invited!
Monday December 7th at 7pm
New Conservatory Theatre Center's Decker Theatre
(25 Van Ness Ave. at Market St in the Lower Lobby)
Tickets are FREE of charge and general admission
Please RSVP by emailing with your name and the number of seats that you would like to reserve.
For over two decades, New Conservatory Theatre Center's (NCTC's) YouthAware Educational Theatre program has been working to generate young peoples' understanding and respect for other people and to help them understand the impact of making healthy choices to transform a world full of negative influences into one full of potential and possibilities.  These programs reach over 20,000 young people annually both in house at NCTC in San Francisco and on tour to schools and communities all over Northern and Central California.
With the prevalence of violence and bullying in schools, OUTSPOKEN by award winning playwright Prince Gomolvilas asks teens to look at finding solutions to conflicts that stem from diversity and respect issues in their schools and communities. Created by the YouthAware program and based directly on the voices of young people, this play has been presented to thousands of Northern and Central California middle and high school students since 2004. Appropriate for grades 7-12, OUTSPOKEN examines the many reasons young people feel ostracized in school and in their communities; reasons that include differences in race, religion, sexual orientation, body type, etc. Each performance includes a discussion with the cast. Through OUTSPOKEN, teens also learn about the CA Student Safety Act of 2000 (AB537). This innovative program asks teens think about stereotypes and diversity from many unique perspectives, and helps open up a dialogue on labeling, acceptance vs. tolerance, harassment, bullying and school safety within their own communities.
Don't miss this opportunity to join us for a very special FREE community presentation of OUTSPOKEN during the fall 2009 tour on Monday December 7th at 7pm at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco. A chance for students, teachers, parents, community members, friends, family, and allies to see this unique and engaging theatre-in-education program. Tickets are FREE of charge and general admission. The performance will include a Q&A with the director and cast immediately following the 35 minute play.
Please RSVP by emailing  with your name and the number of seats that you would like to reserve.



14. Movie "WE" to Screen 12/4 (S.F.)

"We" a Film by Carl R. Jager is screening at The End Up which is located at 401 6th St., San Francisco, Ca at 7:30pm December 4th.

"We" is the story of two men trying to put their marriage back
together. Unsure why Adam left him in NY more than three months
earlier, Sam has flown across the country to San Francisco to see if
they can make their relationship work. It is clear that they love each
other, but is love enough? Once certain choices are made, can they be
undone?  Planning a few days drive across the country to spend some
much needed time together, will they be helped or hindered by what
they find in the middle of the country? In the end, will their friends
and family support them?

As many states across America struggle to make room for gay marriage,
"We" explores a few days in the lives of two men struggling to be

Admission $10 and includes food during the film.


15. Youth Speaks' Living Word Project and YBCA Present: Left Coast Leaning Festival (S.F.)

Youth Speaks' Living Word Project and YBCA Present
Left Coast Leaning Festival
Thu, Dec 3-Sat, Dec 5, 8 pm · YBCA Forum
$20 Regular, $15 Mem/Stu/Tea/Sr
$10 ages 24 & under*
$35 Left Coast Leaning Festival Pass!*
*Call or stop by YBCA Box Office for details. Sorry, these discounted tickets may not be purchased online.

Youth Speaks' Living Word Project and YBCA present a revolutionary three-day festival celebrating West Coast dance, theater and music. Curated by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Left Coast Leaning positions the West Coast, long celebrated as the progressive edge of the country, as the emerging center of a changing world. Each evening features a different line-up of urban-based movement, storytelling and music, showcasing performances and collaborations by some of the West Coast's most influential artists.

Thu, Dec 3: im'ij-re (Amy Seiwert), ODC/Dance, Headmistress (Urban Bush Women's Amara Tabor-Smith, inkBoat's Sherwood Chen, Eric Koziol), zoe | juniper

Fri, Dec 4: Rennie Harris Puremovement, Lauren Whitehead, Embodiment Project (Nicole Klaymoon), Steve Connell and Sekou (aka tha misfit)

Sat, Dec 5: Chinaka Hodge and Ambrose Akinmusire, Dennis Kim (aka Denizen Kane) and Sean San Jose, Holcombe Waller

YBCA Galleries now open until 8 pm Thu-Sat, 6 pm Sun.
FREE admission with same-day performance or film ticket!


16. Youth Calendar (S.F.)

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

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


Central Valley


17. 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.


18. 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,
                                                                Lisa Cisneros,
                                                                (831) 757-5221



19. Study on Gay Males in Sacramento or Fresno Who are 16-18 and in a GSA! 

Study on Gay Males in Sacramento or Fresno Who are 16-18 and in a GSA!

Receive $20 to be in a research study focusing on gay teenagers!
If you fit the following description, I would like to talk to you in a group format with other gay teens about your experiences with anti-gay discrimination, prejudice and stigma.

  • Self-Identified Gay Male
  • Age 16, 17 or 18
  • Current participant or leadership role in High School GSA

Participation in this research will involve one 90-minute confidential group interview with the researcher and five other gay male teenagers.

Each group participant will receive $20.
For more information, please email or call the researcher,
Peter Madsen:


20. 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 :



So Cal


21. 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:


22. Opportunities for Learning an LGBT Independent Charter School Enrolling! (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 obtain their high school diploma regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.

*Tuition Free
*WASC Accredited Program
*Obtain Your High School Diploma
*A Guided Independent Study Program
*Program to Open November 17,2009

For more information please contact Michael Ferrera at: 
(323) 860-7387,


(818) 506-5344
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038-1212


23. Outspoken Open Mic every 4th Friday (L.A.)
Box t-shirt
Outspoken Open Mic
a Safe Space for LGBTQ folks and straight allies 19 & under to express themselves!

6pm to 9pm
Friday, Oct 23

2170 W. Washington Blvd.


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

Check out these new calendars for LGBT Youth!
Los Angeles Youth

San Diego Youth





25. 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:
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:
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:
Fiscal Sponsor: Horizons Foundation, Bobby Griffith Fund,
870 Market St, Suite 728, San Francisco, CA 94102


26. Youth Activism Fellowship Announcement

Youth Activism Fellowship Announcement

Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 American Legacy Foundation Youth Activism Fellowship. This program provides an opportunity for young adults ages 18-24 to build leadership in the tobacco control movement through training, coaching, peer to peer networking, and direct action.  This program embodies and promotes Legacy's mission to build a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. Drawing on imaginative, practical and effective strategies to reach young people with their message, members sharpen their skills and organizing experience to work passionately as tobacco control and prevention advocates in their communities. To apply please click on the following link:  
A hard copy of the application is also enclosed in this email.

The application deadline is Monday, November 30, 2009.

Who Should Apply?

Young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 with a strong commitment to youth activism and organizing are invited to apply.  Applicants must be residents of the United States, the District of Columbia or U.S. territories. Eligible candidates must demonstrate a commitment to promoting healthy communities through tobacco prevention and control. We welcome applications from individuals with an emerging interest in tobacco control and prevention at the local, state, regional and/or national levels.


- Commit to full participation for the duration of the 18-month program. (January 2010 - June 2011)
- Attend mandatory trainings and events in Washington, DC and other locations:
      ■ January 2010 (Washington, DC)
      ■ June 2010 (Washington, DC)
      ■ January 2011 (TBD)
      ■ June 2011 (TBD)
- Actively engage in a local, state, or national advocacy effort focused on tobacco control and prevention
- Contribute to a group project designed to benefit the national movement of tobacco prevention and control
- Complete program assignments and reporting requirements
- Participate in regular conference calls and all in-person meetings.

Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2009 12:00 PM EST

If you have any questions regarding the program or application please call Amaka Obidegwu at 202-454-5586

For more information about Legacy visit:




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