Youth leaders pose during their retreat in Southern California
Trans and queer young people are energized and reinvigorated. GSA clubs are helping them survive the harshest political climate in recent history, reaffirming their position as revolutionary vehicles for change.
Here is a snapshot of what they achieved in 2019:
For the first time ever, clubs in every state registered with us for the 2019-2020 school year, including a record number of clubs in middle schools. This is a clear sign that students across the country are mobilized to create safer schools and local communities.
Nearly 1,000 LGBTQ+ young people gained activist skills through our leadership trainings in communities of color based in Albuquerque, Chicago, Detroit, Fresno, Indianapolis, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Louisville, and Oakland.
The National TRUTH Council led an inspiring campaign on GSA Day for Gender Justice that included a 4-part podcast series and zine-making toolkits encouraging trans and nonbinary young people to organize for self determination. They also partnered with Forward Together to give free art to 800+ GSAs nationwide.
Youth leaders testified before the State Board of Education in Sacramento and advocated for the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA)—a comprehensive, LGBTQ-inclusive sex education framework—and won! The CHYA will be the main focus of our youth organizing and advocacy strategy in the new year.
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