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Bullied to Death: GSA Activists Mourn Youth Suicides and Call for Action

Students and staff from Gay-Straight Alliance Network mourn the tragic death of 13-year-old Seth Walsh, who died yesterday after relentless anti-LGBT bullying at school drove him take his own life.  Officials at Jacobsen Middle School in Tehachapi, California failed to put a stop to the bullying.

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Since August we've had two amazing youth join us as interns. Meet Aaron and Isobel:

Building the National GSA Movement One State at a Time

For five years, GSA Network has been the leader and convener of the National Association of GSA Networks.  Each year we bring the members of the National Association together for a national summit aimed at strengthening the GSA movement across the country.  This year, we held the National Gathering in Providence, Rhode Island -- our first time meeting in the Northeast.  Our amazing local host organization was Youth Pride, Inc, an LGBTQ youth center in Providence that coordinates a statewide coalition of GSA clubs.

Yucca Valley Youth Victory

When I read the news about Krista Blevins founding the GSA at Yucca Valley High School, I was so impressed.  As the founder of my high school GSA, I remember how much courage it took.  I wanted Krista to be able to share her story with GSA youth and supporters everywhere.

My Story

By Krista Blevins, GSA President/Creator, Yucca Valley High School

From GSA Youth Activist to GSA Advisor

As a former GSA activist and GSA Network Alumni myself, I'm always interested to hear what my fellow GSA youth activists are up to now as adults.  It's great to hear how people have been inspired by their GSA experience and continue to give back to the community.  I'm happy to share Jennifer's story with you.

From GSA Youth Activist to GSA Advisor

Jennifer Pardini, who graduated from Carlmont High School in Belmont in 2001, got her start in LGBTQ activism through her GSA. 


Yesterday, GSA Network won $20,000 through the Chase Community Giving Challenge on Facebook!  We did it with your help. Thank you!

Illinois Passes Safe Schools Law

GSA Network congratulates our colleagues at the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance who championed a safe schools bill that just became law in Illinois.  On June 27, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law Senate Bill 3266, the Prevent School Violence Act, which defines bullying for the first time in Illinois law and explicitly prohibits bullying based on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, as well as other personal characteristics.

Taking it to the Streets! GSAs Celebrate LGBT Pride Across California

During the month of June, GSA activists took to the streets of California’s cities, towns and communities to celebrate 40+ years of the LGBT civil rights movement. Forty-one years ago, on June 28, 1969, queer youth, drag queens, and transgender folks fought back against a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a queer bar in New York City. For three days afterwards, the LGBT community of New York City rioted against the long-standing homophobia and transphobia they faced everyday.

GSA Activism Brings Awareness to a Closeted Orange County Community

 It was late September of 2009, when a student told me, “I don’t think a lot of people are going to join that group, something like that.” I had just started collecting signatures to form the first Middle College High School Gay-Straight Alliance. I was more nervous than I have ever been. Asking for people’s signatures was hard enough, but now I had to actually run this club.  Despite how hard it might be to get people excited about a new club or speak in front of large audiences, I knew that I had to start the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at my school. It was a matter of life and death.