Expression Not Suppression Conference

About ENS 2017 

ENS brought together 50+ trans and queer youth who   are dedicated to creating safe schools and healthy communities in the Central Valley. Participants attended empowering workshops that address topics like:

  • Learning about LGBTQ+ rights youth have in schools 
  • Grassroots organizing
  • Disrupting the gender binary
  • Comprehensive and inclusive sex-ed
  • How to have a kick-ass GSA club
  • Intersectional feminism
  • Transgender 101
  • #ReportTheHaters: Responding to Hare in Trumps America, and much more! 


GSA Network Youth Leaders

Keynote Speaker: Justin Kamimoto

Justin has been volunteering since he was 11 years old. His involvement in numerous achievements center empowering youth and strengthening the local community.

He also started his school’s first GSA club, and three not-for profit organizations: MY LGBT PLUS, Fresno’s MEAL, and COMMON SPACE. Each organization serves the community and continues to grow!

ENS aims to promote a deeper understanding of racial, gender and sexualities issues in a fun, yet respectful, environment. 

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Past Events

Expression Not Suppression 2016

ENS 2016 was one of our most successful conferences yet! Amazing guest speakers, empowering workshops, and unforgettable performances, we can't wait to share the fun with you at the next one. Link coming soon. 

Expression Not Suppression 2013

Expression Not Suppression 2013 was a huge success for Central Valley youth! Click here to read a recap of the day.

Expression Not Suppression 2012

Expression Not Suppression 2012 was held on Saturday, March 24th at Big Red Church in Fresno and was a wonderful success for Central Valley youth! Click here to read a full recap of the day's events.


The featured speaker was Yosimar Reyes, a two-spirit poet/activist based out of San Jose, Ca. His style has been described as “A brave and vulnerable voice that shines on the issues affecting queer immigrant youth and the many disenfranchised communities in the U.S. and throughout the world.” Click here to visit Yosimar Reyes' website!


Expression Not Suppression 2011

Expression Not Suppression 2011 was a huge success! Link with recap coming soon.