People packed a Central Fresno church Saturday with the goal of stopping violence against young people based on their sexual orientation.
Organizers say the majority of those who attended were 13 to 18 years old. Espii Gutierrez of GSA Network said, "holding it in and covering yourself up on who you truly are kind of gets really depressing and mental health issues start occurring by doing what we do here we are kind of defeating that and more youth can have a voice."
Organizers say about 200 people attended the event.
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FRESNO, 21 de febrero de 2013 – Más de cien jóvenes del Valle Central (Central Valley, en inglés) se reunirán este sábado en una conferencia anual para jóvenes de la comunidad lésbica, gay, bisexual, y transgénero (LGBT) y personas aliadas que buscan detener la violencia en las escuelas.
San Francisco, CA, February 19th, 2013—Nearly 200 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) undocumented young people have either received or are in the process of receiving two-year work permits and reprieves from the threat of deportation, thanks to a fund made possible by over three-dozen LGBT organizations, including Gay-Straight Alliance Network.
San Francisco, CA - On February 6, GSA Network joins lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight ally (LGBTA) students, adults and organizations across America to celebrate the second National Gay-Straight Alliance Day. A project of Iowa Pride Network (IPN), the day is meant to strengthen the bond between LGBT people and straight allies, and in particular recognize and honor student organizations called Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs). These student-led groups work to educate their peers to stop homophobia and transphobia in schools and colleges.
The Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network) is a national organization which links school-based Gay-Straight Alliances across the country with each other, to community partners, as well as aids in leadership development and activist training. Jill Marcellus, the Communications Manager at GSA Network based in San Francisco, explains how deeply involved youth are in their organization, “GSA Network is a youth-driven organization, and we operate on a model of youth-adult partnership.
On Jan. 10, a 16-year-old in Kern County brought a gun to his school and shot a student who had been bullying him. According to several reports, the bullied student had been suspended the previous year for making a “hit list” of his tormentors.
This week, the Gay-Straight Alliance Network released a new study evaluating the effectiveness of implementing LGBTQ-inclusive curricula in schools. Previous studies have already shown that having an inclusive curriculum helps make schools safer for LGBTQ students, but this study shows that other factors can impact just how effective the inclusive classes can be.
Gay-Straight Alliance Network releases “Implementing Lessons That Matter: The Impact of LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum On Student Safety, Well-Being, and Achievement,” including practical implementation action guide for advocates
The sunrise was beautiful as the large bus carrying me and 32 others made its way to the Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) at Mission High School in San Francisco on Saturday the 15th.