“GAYLA and Queer Youth Advocacy Day with GSA Network was an incredibly empowering experience for me. It's been a privilege to be able to train youth from all over California to become advocates for bills and policies that affect students statewide.” – Anthony Barros, Antelope Valley High School senior and Queer Youth Advocacy Day MC
A new spring means a new slate of queer youth legislative priorities. And last week saw advances for three of the bills we're supporting this year!
Did you know that a single suspension in 9th grade doubles the odds a student won't graduate -- and that LGBT youth are 1.4 times more likely to be suspended than their straight peers?
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.
It seems everyone in the California education world has taken a position on three propositions that will impact education funding: Proposition 30, Proposition 32, and Proposition 38. Next Tuesday, voters -- who, for the most part, have been out of school for some time -- will decide the fate of these propositions.
GSA Network is part of a coalition of organizations participating in the Breakthrough Conversations Project, which encourages LGBT people and allies to have one-on-one conversations with their friends and family about how issues like marriage, bullying, and the FAIR Education Act matter to them personally.
“Our GSA Statewide Advocacy council trip was amazing :). We split up into legislative and administrative advocacy committees and spoke to different leaders and partner groups. We were all really nervous, but in the end it went really great. The part that touched me the most is when one of the ladies from the School Board Association said, ‘Your group coming here and talking to us really made a difference.’"
- Christian Capulin, Modesto, Johansen High School
Heading into this weekend’s fall Statewide Advocacy Council retreat, we’ve got some exciting updates from Sacramento. One of the bills we fought for at Queer Youth Advocacy Day, Assemblymember Ammiano’s AB 1729, has been signed into law by Governor Brown!
In New York last weekend, I experienced my first School-to-Prison-Pipeline Action camp.