Geoffrey Winder's blog

Visions for Liberation: Then and Now


When I started my GSA club, our dreams of liberation consisted of being able to go to school free from violence, bullying or harassment, perhaps make some similar friends, and just have one safe space to grapple with our identities.  I don't think any of us had an idea the movement would grow to be as big--or as socially impactful--as it has, or that it would unleash the power of queer and trans youth.

My GSA club had just become the 40th to join the GSA Network a year after the organization got started in 1998. As I traveled with my fellow Youth Council members from the San Francisco Bay Area down to Fresno and Los Angeles to host youth-led trainings, I met dozens of young people. Some had already started clubs and some had come to learn how to do GSA organizing for the first time.

Join #GSAs4Justice & push back against school pushout!


Have you ever been bullied for being gay -- and then suspended for standing up for yourself? LGBTQ youth, youth of color, immigrant youth, and youth with disabilities are more likely to face harsh discipline and hostile climates -- and get pushed out of school.

For NYC GSAs, in unity there is strength


While I was in New York this past December, I had a chance to host a meeting with a group of activists and youth organizers from across New York City that were working with GSA activists in NYC schools doing amazing GSA and safe schools organizing.

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!

Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right


I’m so excited to announce the release of a groundbreaking new report on school discipline from GSA Network, Advancement Project, and Alliance for Educational Justice, Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right: Why Zero Tolerance is Not the Solution to Bullying.

Illinois Safe Schools Coalition: Bullying & the School-to-Prison Pipeline


A big kudos from GSA Network to National Association member Illinois Safe Schools Alliance on their groundbreaking work to de-link punitive discipline from bias-based harassment.  Building school policy at the intersections of issues that impact LGBTQ and students of color for many years in Illinois, ISSA just narrowly lost a vote on IL House Bill 5290, which would have built on current state law to address not just bullying, but the number of youth of color caught up in the school-to-prison pipeline.

Preparing CA Students for College, Not Prison


GSA Network’s Racial and Economic Justice Manager, Geoffrey Winder, recently testified before the CA Senate Select Committee on the Status of Boys & Men of Color. In its partnership with the California Endowment and six other youth development organizations, GSA Network represents the needs of young gay-bi and trans young men of color in Los Angeles as they try to address the systemic issues that are setting them up to be pre-prison, not pre-college.

Mississippi: A Hotbed of GSA Activism!


Where can you learn about the school-to-prison pipeline, watch awesome performance artists, attend a workshop on trans inclusion in sports, and meet some amazingly courageous LGBTQ youth activists? Mississippi, of course!


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