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Expression Not Suppression (ENS) 2018

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This year, three young people formed a Youth Media Team and took over GSA Network’s Twitter and Instagram accounts to catch the action. If you missed #ENS2018 or if you just want to relive some of this year’s moments, check out their photo story below.

Leading With Our Heart

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The first time I got a sense of what a youth-led social justice movement looked like, I felt an instant connection to it. At the time, I was a youth trainer and active in my school’s GSA club. Making a difference in my school and in my hometown of Fresno had become part of my everyday life, but I didn’t really know what it felt like to be part of a movement. I definitely didn’t see myself as a ‘leader’.

Finding Power in Community, Power in Our TRUTH

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My journey with gender has been a wild ride. While I’ve been able to sculpt an intimate relationship with myself and my body, the reality of my lack of access to health care, community, and basic needs was always evident.

We Will Not Be Erased

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As you've no doubt heard by now, the Trump administration has forbidden the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from using the word "transgender" and a handful of other terms that are vital to our community. But what this administration doesn't seem to get is that we're not going anywhere.

We exist. We are here. We will not be erased, rescinded, forbidden, or forgotten.

Existing Outside the Gender Binary

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GSA Day for Gender Justice is an annual day of action for trans and gender nonconforming young people of color to bring a trans perspective to gender justice.

#GSADay4GJ: TQYouth Tell Us What Gender Justice Means To You

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GSA Day for Gender Justice, a youth-led national day of action, is taking place on November 17, 2017, giving trans and queer youth an opportunity to give their perspective on what gender justice means in our community.

#GSADay4GJ is a day for GSA clubs, LGBTQ+ youth and allies to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of trans and gender nonconforming (GNC) people, to honor those we've lost along the way, and to mobilize our communities to fight for gender justice.

#ResistMarch: No Floats Until the Fight is Over

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By: Charlie Montiel, Natalie Lee, & Stephanie Funes

“I am somebody and I won’t be stopped by anybody. I got my fist in the air, got movement in my feet, got love for my people, and it starts with me.”

These are just some of the words that we will chant at the LA Pride #ResistMarch this Sunday, June 11. They embody how we feel: prideful, progressive, powerful, and loving. They also encourage us to believe that change and direct action start with young people like us.

Trans and Queer Youth Celebrate, Grow, and Emerge Unified at Pride

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Pride is especially significant to me because I live in a region that is notorious for being conservative and closed off to the LGBTQ+ community. Those of you who live in smaller, rural areas can probably relate. Celebrating Pride in Fresno--in the heart of California’s Central Valley--is important to us because it allows us to be fearlessly out and proud, and educate people about our lives and experiences.

The Power of Youth Voice to Shift Policy

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Watching dozens of LGBTQ+ students march on the steps of California’s Capitol to rally in favor of laws that will help keep them in schools and improve their access to education and healthcare is inspiring. Watching them succeed in having lawmakers hear their voice is powerful.

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