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GSA Network Staff Leaders at the Transgender Leadership Summit

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This weekend Danielle Askini and I were proud to attend the 5th Annual Transgender Leadership Summit, Capitol T: Growing a Movement for Transgender Equality, hosted at the University of California at Davis, and organized by our good friends at the Transgender Law Center. It was a packed weekend with over 20 workshops and 5 plenary sessions with some of the most influential transgender leaders in our movement.  The workshops were facilitated by activists on the front lines of efforts to change policies and laws to ensure equality for the transgender community.

Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies Programs - Who's Next?

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Earlier this week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law HB 2281 which would "ban schools from teaching classes that are designed for students of a particular ethnic group, promote resentment or advocate ethnic solidarity over treating pupils as individuals" according to the LA Times. The bill was specifically passed targeting ongoing efforts in the Tucson School District to provide students of color with culturally relevant history lessons.

Back at the Capitol -- Queer Youth Fighting for Quality Education

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GSA Network students were back at the Capitol just 3 weeks after Queer Youth Advocacy Day 2010 to put to usetheir legislative advocacy skills.   

Fierce Youth Unite For LGBTQ Equality at State Capitol

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Nearly 100 LGBTQ and straight ally youth from all over California helped make history at the 5th annual Queer Youth Advocacy Day on April 26, 2010.  They were fierce lobbyists, proud activists, and courageous youth leaders.


LGBTQ and straight ally youth from across California gather in Sacramento for the 5th annual Queer Youth Advocacy Day

Queer Youth Have Rights? You Bet They Do!

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On Tuesday, April 13th, the ACLU of Northern California’s Friedman Education Project, held its annual Youth Rights Conference at the Cesar Chavez Student Center at San Francisco State University.  This year the theme was “Fresh, Fierce + Fabulous!” because you know queer youth are the freshest, fiercest, and, of course, the most fabulous around!

Central Valley Comes Alive with ENS Pride!

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Central Valley Comes Alive with ENS Pride!

OC GSA Gears Up for Kick-Ass Day of Silence

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It’s that time of the year again! 
What time you ask?

Time to plan and hold the annual Day of Silence at your school!

Every year in the spring, GSAs across the country take a vow of silence to recognize and protest the silence that LGBT people face each day. GSAs in California and throughout the United States have organized around GLSEN'S Day of Silence as a way of raising awareness and fighting homophobia and transphobia in their schools.

GSAs Thriving In Rural America

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Like many states, Virginia has a history as a battleground state when it comes to LGBT rights.

Recently the Governor of Virginia repealed non-discrimination protections for state employees on the basis

of sexual orientation.  However, in rural parts of that same state, students like Timothy Rogers are 

Transitioning GSA Leadership

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 It's February.  Do you know where your new GSA leadership is?

Here at GSA Network, we hear and see what happens when current graduating GSA leaders don't have an action plan for when they leave.  One of the most frustrating things that could happen to your GSA is to do some amazing work and then not have anyone in place to keep it going next year. 

A Tale of Two Generations

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Today, on National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, two GSA Network staff members share their coming of age stories and perspectives about growing up in two very different generations--Millennial and Generation X--and different eras of the AIDS epidemic. This is their story.

Mourning Elders I’d Never Get to Meet

Tomas Rodriguez is a 25 year old, queer, latinx cisman and is the Project Coordinator of GSA Network’s Safe and Supportive School Project (SSSP)

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