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#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.

Coming of Age: An Intergenerational Perspective on HIV/AIDS

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Today, on National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, two GSA Network staff members share their coming of age stories and perspectives about growing up in two very different generations--Millennial and Generation X--and different eras of the AIDS epidemic. And get tips to fight HIV in your communities.

What Showing Up For Trans Youth Means

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While national media has only recently begun to put a spotlight on the lives and experiences of  trans youth, our existence has always been revolutionary. We have always been at the forefront of the movement and have always needed you to show up for us, sometimes more than others.

Now is that time. Today is that day. Today we implore you to embody solidarity, push the boundaries of allyship and #ShowUp4TransYouth.

A Note of Encouragement For Trans Youth, From Trans Youth

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From the brick-throwers of Stonewall to the youth testifying about legislation that impacts them, the power of our movement is led by young people openly challenging gender roles and every other role set before us.

United Against Hate

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Incidents of hate in schools are on the rise. We’ve heard this directly from youth leaders: there is a strong resurgence of racist graffiti and vandalism on school property, and an increase in harassing language and physical aggression towards LGBTQ+ youth and youth of color.

Uplifting Our Victories and Our Lives

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Trans women have have historically been at the root of the women’s movement, whether recognized or not. From black and brown transwomen leading riots from Compton Cafeteria to Stonewall, it has been trans women who’ve put ourselves on the line for the liberation of all women, trans and not.

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