Conferences
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GSA Network hosts several conferences across California every year for GSA activists. Our conferences educate, empower, and unite trans and queer youth, straight allies, and GSA advisors.

GSA Network's conferences are planned by youth.  The workshops we present are conducted by youth.   

Expression Not Suppression (ENS), Central Valley

ENS is a free, annual conference in the Fresno area for trans, queer, and straight ally youth, ages 13-21, who are dedicated to creating safer schools and building the GSA movement in the Central Valley.

ENS is open to middle and high school students, teachers, and GSA advisors, as well as the larger community. ENS includes free workshops on topics related to queer youth activism and safe schools. ENS also includes a free dinner, a dance and a drag show.

 

ENS 2009 with Cleve Jones

ENS 2009 with Cleve Jones

Youth Empowerment Summit (YES), Northern California

YES is a free annual conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and ally youth activists who are dedicated to racial, economic, and educational justice for trans and queer youth. YES is youth-planned and youth-led. YES is youth-planned and youth-led.

YES is open to middle and high school students, teachers, and GSA advisors, as well as the larger community. YES allows participants to network while enjoying free workshops on topics related to queer youth activism and safe schools. YES also includes a dance party and drag show.

 Participants at YES 2011 Make It Better Video Shoot!



Participants at YES 2011 Make It Better Video Shoot!

 

Models of Pride, Southern California

Every fall, GSA Network helps plan Models of Pride, a free one-day conference that focuses on the concerns and interests of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth up to age 24, and their allies. GSA Network conducts workshops on GSA organizing at Models of Pride, and we can be found tabling at the outreach fair. 



Youth-Led Workshops At Conferences

In addition to hosting our annual conferences, GSA Network also trains youth leaders to facilitate workshops at conferences hosted by other LGBTQ organizations across the state. Our youth trainers lead effective and engaging workshops on topics ranging from fighting slurs to students’ legal rights to starting and running successful GSA clubs.

If you would like to invite a youth trainer to lead a workshop at your next conference, please contact the program coordinator in your region. Contact us now.