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Happy National School Counselor Week: Counselors, Not Cops


After the tragedy in Newtown, many public figures, including Senator Barbara Boxer, responded by proposing a violent solution to a violent problem: more police officers in schools. Instead of making schools safer by creating nurturing, supportive learning environments, they wanted to make schools safer by turning them into prisons.

2012 YES!


Epic.  That’s one way to describe the 8th annual Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) that took place on Saturday, December 15th.  YES draws hundreds of queer and straight ally youth, as well as their adult allies to San Francisco for one epic day of learning about safe schools, networking and fun!

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!

4 Year-Start Lessons from Activist Camp


This summer over 60 youth activists convened in San Francisco and Los Angeles for three jam-packed days of anti-oppression organizing and skills building at GSA Network’s youth-led Activist Camps. From workshops to small group discussions to simulations of school board meetings, youth activists learned cool new strategies, made awesome friends, and took away some key lessons to take back to their schools and communities. But if you missed it, don’t worry!

Saving the World one GSA at a Time: Pride Month Recap!


It’s official: last month was filled with an abundance of pride, sparkle, and cheer! With festivals and marches happening all over the state in June, GSA Network is excited to bring you the highlights from our regional Pride celebrations.

Farewell, Seniors: Our Playlist of GSA Memories


Queer playwright Tennessee Williams once said, “In memory everything seems to happen to music.”

Graduation Binary? Campaign for Gender-Inclusive Graduation!


Most seniors are excited for graduation, but for gender nonconforming and trans students, it can mean a choice between being themselves and walking across the stage to get their degree. Amanda Harris, GSA Network's NorCal Program Coordinator, talks to GSA alum Javi Pinedo about his campaign for a gender-inclusive graduation ceremony.

Keep the Good Times Rollin’ : Transitioning Leadership in Your GSA


Hey GSA leaders! If you’re anything like us, you’re shocked that the school year is almost up. This has been a jam-packed year for GSA activism, and spring is a great time to pause and reflect on these victories and prepare for next school year.

Day of Silence: End with a Roar!


Who’s ready for a fierce and fabulous Day of Silence?

Today, GSAs around the country will take a vow of silence to recognize and protest the silence that LGBTQ people face each day. GLSEN, which coordinates the event, has tons of tips for Day of Silence actions at, and we've got a resource guide to help, too.


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