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Advancing Racial and Economic Justice

In case you missed it, last week saw a number of great advances for GSA Network's racial and economic justice work! The fruits of our work on school push out with our education rights partners manifested in a first-of-its-kind Senate hearing on the school-to-prison pipeline.

Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline Hearing Before Senate Judiciary Committee

On behalf of LGBTQ youth facing harsh discipline and school pushout, GSA Network has submitted written testimony for a hearing happening today before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights. The hearing is at 11 am PST and you can watch it here!

Breaking: Supreme Court to Review DOMA and Prop 8

The Supreme Court has decided to grant review in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case deciding the fate of California’s Proposition 8, the state constitutional amendment that denies loving, committed same-sex couples the right to marry. Proposition 8 was declared unconstitutional by District Judge Vaughn Walker in 2010, a decision subsequently upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Movement Building in the Midwest

Last month, I took a trip – and got to see the national GSA movement in action.

Stand in Solidarity – Fight the Pandemic

December 1st marks World AIDS Day, a day observed to raise awareness aroundAIDS Red Ribbon the AIDS pandemic, and to focus a globalized effort on HIV/AIDS prevention and education. World AIDS Day was conceived during the Global Programme on AIDS hosted by the World Health Organization in 1987. It is currently planned and promoted by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

Out For Change

I'm thrilled to be at the Ford Foundation's Out For Change event today for their incredible new Advancing LGBT Rights initiative, which sets aside $50 million over the next five years to advance LGBT equality.

Developing GSA Leaders in Missouri

Last month, Clayton High School hosted the 2012 Missouri GSA Leadership Summit in St Louis. This day of leadership development was a great first step in work that is starting by the newly formed Missouri GSA Network.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Brianna Luna is the GSA president at Woodlake Union High School and recently became a youth trainer for the Central Valley.

3 Ways for GSAs to Honor Transgender Day of Remembrance

Owen Aptekar-Cassels is a transgender high school senior from Davis, CA, who has been part of GSA clubs in school for 6 years now. He spends his free time helping people fix their bikes, doing activism, reading, and wishing he had more time for art.

Youth FTW: GSA Network Youth Councils

One thing is clear from last night: young people have found their voice and they are using it to change the country. Now that Prop 30 has passed, saving California schools from devastating budget cuts, we want to celebrate the young people who have, day by day, been working for change!