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Youth FTW: GSA Network Youth Councils


One thing is clear from last night: young people have found their voice and they are using it to change the country. Now that Prop 30 has passed, saving California schools from devastating budget cuts, we want to celebrate the young people who have, day by day, been working for change!

2012 Election Season: What’s at Stake for CA's Queer Youth?


It seems everyone in the California education world has taken a position on three propositions that will impact education funding: Proposition 30, Proposition 32, and Proposition 38. Next Tuesday, voters -- who, for the most part, have been out of school for some time -- will decide the fate of these propositions.

LGBT History Month: 10 Feet Tall


October is LGBT History Month, so we asked GSA leaders who, in Equality Forum's archive of LGBT icons, inspires them. Below Emery Cohen, a senior from San Mateo, CA, describes his how icon Allen Ginsberg has impacted him.

Breakthrough Conversations for Safer Education


GSA Network is part of a coalition of organizations participating in the Breakthrough Conversations Project, which encourages LGBT people and allies to have one-on-one conversations with their friends and family about how issues like marriage, bullying, and the FAIR Education Act matter to them personally.

9 Sports Heroes and One New Campaign


For LGBT History Month, I wanted to call attention to some of the LGBT, gender barrier-breaking heroes who mean the most to me: nine kick-ass athletes. And since it's National Coming Out Day, it's a good day to highlight a new campaign, The Last Closet, which seeks to end homophobia in men's sports. On their website, you can join the campaign asking league commissioners to take action on homophobia in their leagues.

Spirit Day 2012


On October 19, GSA Network will go purple for Spirit Day! Spirit Day is an annual day in October when millions of Americans wear purple to speak out against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.

Started by high school student Brittany McMillan, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) now coordinates Spirit Day every year. This year, GSA Network partnered with GLAAD to create a Spirit Day tool kit specifically for GSAs.

Welcome the 2012-13 Statewide Advocacy Council!


“Our GSA Statewide Advocacy council trip was amazing :). We split up into legislative and administrative advocacy committees and spoke to different leaders and partner groups. We were all really nervous, but in the end it went really great. The part that touched me the most is when one of the ladies from the School Board Association said, ‘Your group coming here and talking to us really made a difference.’"
- Christian Capulin, Modesto, Johansen High School

Push Out Victories -- and More Work Ahead


Heading into this weekend’s fall Statewide Advocacy Council retreat, we’ve got some exciting updates from Sacramento. One of the bills we fought for at Queer Youth Advocacy Day, Assemblymember Ammiano’s AB 1729, has been signed into law by Governor Brown!

Who inspires YOU? October is LGBT History Month!


Who inspires you?

Is it Gloria Anzaldua, queer feminist Chicana theorist? Glenn Burke, the first out Major League Baseball player? RuPaul?