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Hats off to Humboldt County


Last weekend, GSA Network took an epic 3-day road trip to Humboldt County to train youth leaders and adult allies on how to make schools safer. I, along with youth trainers Alexa Lopez, K. Boucher, and Nick Penland, traveled over 550 miles round trip to Eureka for the Humboldt County GSA Leadership Summit.

Lead Your School's Celebration for Women's History Month!


It’s March, which means schools and communities everywhere are celebrating Women's History Month – and there's no better year for GSAs to step in and lead these efforts! Now that the FAIR Education Act has gone into effect, school social studies classes are required to teach the historical contributions of LGBT and people with disabilities. Since social movements don’t exist in a vacuum, this is a great opportunity to explore the role of LGBT people in women’s history!

Arkansas Roots Create a Revolution


Imagine this: Me at nineteen years old, very young, new-to-activism (and much more punk) approaching a table full of pamphlets and colorful rainbows at a queer event at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. 

Amanda and CAR Youth

Make A New Year’s Revolution


Welcome back to school GSA members! The end of one year and the beginning of a new one can be a good time to pause and reflect. We can take a moment to look back on our previous year and decide what we want to build in our next year. For GSAs, this is a great time to think about what you want to do for the rest of your school year.

A lot of people start off the New Year with resolutions.  For your GSA, this could be:

Making Schools FAIR For All! Youth Empowerment Summit 2011


Imagine starting your day off in an auditorium with YES 2011 - YAYenergetic LGBTQA youth and adult allies, listening to speakers talk about the safe schools movement, and even doing a little jig that we here at GSA Network call the “fruit salute”?

Start Your School's GSA? CHECK!


The new school year is here and it's time to get your GSAs ready for a year of activism and fun!

Take a look at our Year Start Check List for California GSAs to see what steps you can take to get ready for the best school year your GSA has seen yet!

NorCal Activists Hit the Beach and Make Social Justice Waves!


Activists! Dolphins! And S’mores! Oh My! On August 12—14, twenty Northern California and Central Valley youth activists hit the beach at Marin Headlands Institute in Sausalito, California. The eager activists packed their sunscreen and sleeping bags and embarked on a 3-day skills-building journey to learn about activism and organizing their GSAs.

GSA Youth Make It Better at AIDS Walk


Bright and early on the morning of Sunday, July 17th, 25 eager youth from Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) all over Northern California showed up at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco to march with GSA Network’s team in the 25th Annual AIDS Walk San Francisco. Decked out in their GSA gear, the youth bravely carried their banners, and walked for a great cause.

Youth Make Strides with Pride Across the State!


GSAs covered lots of ground in California's Pride celebrations this year -- read the recap from your region!

Central Valley

AIDS Walk San Francisco


On July 17, GSA clubs across Northern California will walk together as part of one big and (clearly) fabulous GSA Network Team. Are you interested in being a part of the AIDS awareness action? GREAT!


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