This piece was originally posted at the South Lawn, a Southern grassroots progressive blog.
One year ago, I met with Secretary Arne Duncan and asked him to support LGBT youth by collecting data about our experiences and challenges in school.
Today, the Supreme Court threw out DOMA and restored the freedom to marry in California. Or, in the words of my 21-month-old daughter:
We can all celebrate that. Remembering the intense hostility GSA youth faced during the Prop 8 battle, it’s a relief and a joy to finally close that painful chapter of California’s history. More youth can now dream about starting a family and a future with someone they love.
This morning, the California Senate Education Committee passed AB 1266, the School Success and Opportunity Act, by a vote of 5-2. It now heads to the Senate floor. 16-year-old Manteca High School student Ashton Lee (left in photo), joined by his mother (right), testified in support of the bill.
We've got some swag with your GSA's name on it. All you have to do: tell us, honestly, how'd we do this year?
At the end of each school year, GSA Network asks you what worked, where you had challenges, and how GSA Network can help your GSA do even more next year.
“GAYLA and Queer Youth Advocacy Day with GSA Network was an incredibly empowering experience for me. It's been a privilege to be able to train youth from all over California to become advocates for bills and policies that affect students statewide.” – Anthony Barros, Antelope Valley High School senior and Queer Youth Advocacy Day MC
I’m sure that to a bystander, 70 young people standing on the steps of the capitol screaming “we’re here, we’re queer, we’re fabulous; don’t mess with us” is quite an interesting site. But to me, it’s just another day of activism.