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Amanda Arkansassy Harris 10/3/84 - 9/23/16

To the GSA Network community,

We are incredibly saddened to announce that Amanda Harris, an incredibly important member of our GSANetwork family, is no longer with us and passed away on Friday September 23, 2016. 

Build Community With Us This Fall


The first day back at school this fall, it was apparent that the gender neutral dress code—which we successfully advocated and mobilized to modify in Clovis Unified School District back in April 2016—had made it easier for transgender, gender nonconforming and non-binary students to exp

Reflections on My Weekend in Orlando


Rhina Ramos is the Director of California Programs at GSA Network. She is also an ordained minister and founder of the first Latino Immigrant Open and Affirming LGBTQ UCC congregation of Northern California, Ministerio Latino in Oakland, California. Trans and queer community leaders in Orlando asked Rhina to travel there last weekend to help community members process their grief and anger as well as help create a space for peace and understanding. Below is her account of her time in Orlando.

We Hear Obama, We Hear You


A response from the National TRUTH Council

Last Friday, the Obama administration stood behind a letter, addressed to every public school district throughout the nation, offering guidance in supporting transgender students.

As young transgender students ourselves, we heard him.

As young transgender people with access to social media, we also hear everyone else (including those strongly opposed).

Youth Leaders Learn the Power of Storytelling and Advocacy at SoCal GAYLA 2016


Last Saturday, April 30, GSA Network youth wrapped up the third and final GSA Advocacy & Youth Leadership Academy (GAYLA) of 2016 in Los Angeles. GSA Network Youth Trainers Diana and Corey led many of the day’s sessions, and facilitated icebreakers and energizers between sessions.

The Time is Now LGBTQI Youth Summit


(Oakland, CA) -- On Saturday, April 30th various youth-serving organizations came together in the East Bay to host The Time is Now, a LGBTQI youth of color summit. Destiny Art Center's QEAR artists Eshe Sukura, Jada Bean and Gabriel Christian opened the summit with performances before youth attended breakout sessions. These sessions covered many important topics for LGBT youth of color, including using writing as a tool for healing after experiencing injustice, creating healthy relationships, examining and exploring gender through art, and developing self-care practices.

Expression Not Suppression 2016 Lives Up to Its Name


Last Saturday, GSA Network youth leaders in the Central Valley came together for the Expression Not Suppression (ENS) conference in Fresno. This annual conference has become a part of LGBTQ youth life in the central valley, with many participants coming multiple years and some of them even volunteering to help run the event. 

This year, ENS featured workshops on topics like how to improve your GSAs, fighting the gender binary, health and sex education access for queer and trans youth, how funding happens in schools, and why students should be involved. The day concluded with a youth dance and drag performance where ENS lived up to its name; one youth in particular who participated in the drag show blew everyone away, flying through the air and showering themselves with bottled water on the dance floor. We were all suprised to learn it was their first performance ever.

Shear Avory: We Can Transform California


As a multi-racial, Black and Indigenous, Trans-Gender-Non-Conforming femme youth of color and advocate, I am immensely appreciative of the opportunity to have represented youth inclusion and movement at the announcement of Transform California on Monday, April 18 alongside Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, West Hollywood Councilwoman Lindsay Horvath, Transgender Law Center Executive Director Kris Hayashi, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur, TransLatina Coalition Member Maria Roman, and community activists and allies.

Transform California is an unprecedented public education campaign spreading awareness and equality for transgender and gender nonconforming Californians. Founded by the Transgender Law Center and Equality California and led in development by 30 organizations, including GSA Network, Gender Justice LA, Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement, TransLatina Coalition, ACLU of Southern California, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Transform California is at the vanguard of the growth, development, and wellness of our intersecting communities and in the intersecting movements of equality.


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