The 2016 GAYLAS were a great success. Stay tuned for the 2017 GAYLAS!
GAYLA participants will gain valuable leadership experience through a full day of training and advocacy activities to enhance their understanding on how legislation and policy affect our daily lives.
The trainings happen throughout the state during the month of April.
Details of location and time will follow if you accepted to attend.
1. A young person between the ages 14-18
2. Committed to creating statewide and local change for trans and queer youth and uniting for racial and gender justice, specifically with a focus on advocacy, policy change, and school climate.
Who should apply?
After being a leader at GAYLA, students are encouraged to continue advocating for trans and queer youth in schools by:
GAYLA 2016 in NorCal was held on Saturday April 9, 2016 in Oakland.
GAYLA 2016 in Central Valley held its Advocacy Training in conjunction with their annual youth conference Expression Not Suppression (ENS) on April 23, 2016.
Southern California held its Advocacy Training Day on Saturday April 30, 2016 in Los Angeles.
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.