In 2011, CeCe McDonald was incarcerated in a men's prison for defending herself from a racist and transphobic attack.
But the criminalization of her identity started much earlier.
Watch the powerful story CeCe shared with LGBTQ and ally youth activists at our National Gathering about growing up, growing into herself, and trying to get an education. [UPDATE: Watch the full interview with CeCe here].
As the youth who heard CeCe know too well, the issues she faced in school are still happening today. And those young people who were inspired by CeCe at National Gathering are taking action. Prompted by Ferguson, they've written a statement against the criminalization of youth.
And they're asking your GSA to join them.
We must keep stories like CeCe's at the heart of our work in GSAs. We must keep working for justice. Commit your GSA to working against criminalization this school year.
Mustafa Sullivan is the Director of National Programs at GSA Network.