Expression Not Suppression Conference

Expression Not Suppression (ENS) 2016

Registration for ENS 2016 is now closed.

What is Expression Not Suppression (ENS)?

Expression Not Suppression (ENS) is a Fresno-based annual conference for LGBTQ youth and straight allies who are dedicated to creating safer schools and building the GSA movement in the Central Valley. ENS is youth-planned and youth-led.

Every year, ENS brings together more than 100 LGBTQ youth activists and straight allies from around the Central Valley who are dedicated to creating safe schools and defeating homophobia and transphobia in the Central Valley.

We encourage high school and middle school students, teachers, school administrators, parents, GSA advisors and organizations working in support of LGBTQ youth, to join us and learn about youth activism, leadership and how to make our Central Valley schools safer for all!

ENS aims to promote a deeper understanding of LGBTQ issues in a fun, yet respectful, environment. All attendees are expected to maintain a respectful attitude towards each other and be sensitive to the issues presented at the conference. By registering online, or at the event, you understand and agree to help make the conference fun, yet respectful, for everyone.

Saturday, April 23rd from 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
The Big Red Church
2131 North Van Ness Blvd
Fresno, CA 93704

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Past Events


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 held on Saturday, March 26, 2011. The youth conference included speakers,workshops and a youth dance and drag show. Featured Speakers Included: Andrew McIntosh, openly gay collegiate athlete, featured in “The Advocate” and “OUT” magazines.

Robin McGehee, LBGT Rights Activist, co-founder of, and one of “The Advocate” magazines people of the 2010 year. Tabling Organizations Included:       Peter Robertson,The Bulldog Pride Fund

Caitlin Ryan, Family Acceptance Project

Matt Mazzei, The Rainbow

      The Trevor Project

      Planned Parenthood


Youth Workshops Presented Included:

  • How to have a kick-ass GSA by GSA Network
  • Fight for your rights by GSA Network
  • Campaigns and Days of Action by GSA Network
  • An LGBT Survival Guide by The Trevor Project
  • A Safer Sex workshop for youth by Planned Paren thood
  • Healthy Relationships by Community Link
  • Quistory, Our Own LGBT History in the Central Valley
  • Coming out 101
  • LGBT Spirituality
  • OMG, I’m GAY...fitting in
  • Getting it together....Creating LGBT Youth Happenings

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