Students trained at GAYLA fight to protect and advance the rights of LGBTQ students and allies. GAYLA culminates in Queer Youth Advocacy Day , where students use their new skills to educate and engage lawmakers at the State Capitol in Sacramento.
This year, GAYLA will take place on April 26-28, 2013.
QYAD will take place on Monday, April 29, 2013.
To attend GAYLA, students must apply and be accepted. Applications are now closed.
GSA Network will review applications on a rolling basis, and will notify applicants about whether or not they're accepted over the course of the next three weeks. All decisions will be made by March 22nd.
Who should apply?
If you have any questions, please email Yvonna at firstname.lastname@example.org .
and Members & Staff of the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus:
Speaker John A. Pérez
Senator Mark Leno
Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal
Assemblymember Rich Gordon
Assemblymember Toni Atkins
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano
Assemblymember Ricardo Lara
Assemblymember Susan Eggman
Assemblymember Mariko Yamada
Assemblymember Cristina Garcia
PFLAG San Ramon Valley
PFLAG Oakland-East Bay
Gay Central Valley
Soroptimist International of Auburn
Thanks to the following organizations for their in-kind donations:
Food Not Bombs-Sacramento, Mr. Pickle, Costco, 524 Restaurant
After being a leader at GAYLA, students are encouraged to continue advocating for LGBTQ youth in schools by:
Read the blog from QYAD/GAYLA 2012 .
Read the blog from QYAD/GAYLA 2011 .
Read the blog from QYAD/GAYLA 2010 .
See quotes and photos from previous years below.
"I think the most valuable part was learning how to tell my story in a way that people outside the LGBTQ community could understand."
"The most valuable part was meeting all of the other LGBTQ youth. They really inspired me and reminded me of why I'm a straight ally."
--2009 GAYLA Participants
GAYLA Participants receive intensive training and skills for their meetings with legislators.
Student activists also gain media skills at GAYLA. Here Kyle Bodolay discusses LGBT youth issues with the local NBC TV station in Sacramento.