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CeCe McDonald Talks About the Bullying That Pushed Her Out of School

Around fourth grade, CeCe McDonald realized that she was trans. “There was this fierce little diva inside me and she wanted to be free,” McDonald recently told a crowd at the Gay-Straight Alliance Network’s (GSA) national gathering.

But that diva had to fight for her freedom.

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LGBT groups respond to Ferguson

The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri has prompted LGBT organizations across the country to join others in raising questions around the circumstances of his death in the almost three weeks since the incident.

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National Youth Council Statement on #Ferguson

Two weeks ago today, a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri.

People and organizations have responded with shock, outrage, and solidarity, especially as the police have met the community’s nightly protests with rubber bullets, tear gas, and assault rifles.

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GSA Network Founder Carolyn Laub to leave after 16 years as Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Gay-Straight Alliance Network announced today that the organization’s Founder and Executive Director, Carolyn Laub, will transition out of the organization at the end of August.

The announcement comes as Laub concludes a 3-month sabbatical, which she used to reflect on her 16 years of leadership at GSA Network and her future.

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Leaders of Gay-Straight Alliance youth movement to unite in Minneapolis for 9th annual national gathering

CeCe McDonald, Kenyon Farrow, Jay Toole, Yordy Cancino and other LGBT activists will address participants at GSA Network’s conference focused on educational and economic access

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GSA Network Welcomes Benson Wong as Interim Executive Director

San Francisco, CA – Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network), the national youth leadership organization that empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and ally youth to create safer schools, has appointed Benson D. Wong as the organization’s interim executive director. Carolyn Laub, the organization’s founding executive director, began a three-month sabbatical earlier in June.

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GSA Network Receives Grant from New LGBT Racial Justice Fund

New York, NY: The LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund (“The Fund”), a collaborative philanthropic initiative that envisions a United States where LGBTQ people of color can safely and vibrantly pursue full authentic lives, announces $780,000 in inaugural grants supporting efforts in the Southeastern United States.

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Undocumented GSA leader Yordy Cancino freed

After months of advocacy by thousands of immigrant and LGBT youth, Gay-Straight Alliance leader Yordy Cancino has been released from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center where he was being held. Yordy was dropped off late Wednesday night in downtown San Diego, where he was welcomed with hugs by Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement organizer Ronnie Veliz, his lawyer from South Bay Immigration Attorneys Nanya Thompson, and the teacher who supported him just a few years ago in starting the Gay-Straight Alliance club at Animo Jackie Robinson High School, Natiya Guin.

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LGBT and immigrant youth unite for White House action

LGBT and immigrant youth unite to demand immediate release of GSA alum Yordy Cancino and all youth in ICE detention

3 national organizations to deliver petition to the White House on Thursday while youth rally outside ICE office in Los Angeles

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Young Latino leaders hold press conference in support of local LGBT DREAMer facing deportation on GLSEN's National Day of Silence

What: Press conference calling on self-proclaimed allies of LGBT and immigrant communities Democrats Nancy Pelosi, Eric Swalwell, and Mark Takano to release young gay Latino DREAMer Yordy Cancino. Latino activists are also urging Democrat Janice Hahn to join community members in calling ICE to grant discretion on Yordy’s case, so he can reunite with his family and community.

When: Friday, April 11, 10:30 AM

Where: BIENESTAR Hollywood Center, 4955 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

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