Rhina Ramos is the Director of California Programs at GSA Network. She is also an ordained minister and founder of the first Latino Immigrant Open and Affirming LGBTQ UCC congregation of Northern California, Ministerio Latino in Oakland, California. Trans and queer community leaders in Orlando asked Rhina to travel there last weekend to help community members process their grief and anger as well as help create a space for peace and understanding. Below is her account of her time in Orlando.
Nuestra existencia es resistencia - un reflejo del amor a los miembros de La Red de Alianzas de Géneros y Sexualidades
A response from the National TRUTH Council
Last Friday, the Obama administration stood behind a letter, addressed to every public school district throughout the nation, offering guidance in supporting transgender students.
As young transgender students ourselves, we heard him.
As young transgender people with access to social media, we also hear everyone else (including those strongly opposed).
Last Saturday, April 30, GSA Network youth wrapped up the third and final GSA Advocacy & Youth Leadership Academy (GAYLA) of 2016 in Los Angeles. GSA Network Youth Trainers Diana and Corey led many of the day’s sessions, and facilitated icebreakers and energizers between sessions.
(Oakland, CA) -- On Saturday, April 30th various youth-serving organizations came together in the East Bay to host The Time is Now, a LGBTQI youth of color summit. Destiny Art Center's QEAR artists Eshe Sukura, Jada Bean and Gabriel Christian opened the summit with performances before youth attended breakout sessions. These sessions covered many important topics for LGBT youth of color, including using writing as a tool for healing after experiencing injustice, creating healthy relationships, examining and exploring gender through art, and developing self-care practices.
Last Saturday, GSA Network youth leaders in the Central Valley came together for the Expression Not Suppression (ENS) conference in Fresno. This annual conference has become a part of LGBTQ youth life in the central valley, with many participants coming multiple years and some of them even volunteering to help run the event.
As a multi-racial, Black and Indigenous, Trans-Gender-Non-Conforming femme youth of color and advocate, I am immensely appreciative of the opportunity to have represented youth inclusion and movement at the announcement of Transform California on Monday, April 18 alongside Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, West Hollywood Councilwoman Lindsay Horvath, Transgender Law Center Executive Director Kris Hayashi, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur, TransLatina Coalition Member Maria Roman, and community activists and allies.
Transform California is an unprecedented public education campaign spreading awareness and equality for transgender and gender nonconforming Californians. Founded by the Transgender Law Center and Equality California and led in development by 30 organizations, including GSA Network, Gender Justice LA, Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement, TransLatina Coalition, ACLU of Southern California, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Transform California is at the vanguard of the growth, development, and wellness of our intersecting communities and in the intersecting movements of equality.
GSA Network evolves its name to be more inclusive of all LGBTQ+ youth leaders
This afternoon, Santee Education Complex in Los Angeles announced the opening of the first gender-neutral restroom in Los Angeles Unified School District. The youth-led campaign, “It’s Just a Toilet,” initiated the change, which Dean of Students Jose Lara supports.
Last Saturday we kicked off our first of GSA Advocacy & Youth Leadership Academy (GAYLA) of the year with our Northern California regional youth leaders. The day was focused on how youth can use their experiences and their voices to push for state policies that promote equity for trans and queer lives, especially for people of color.