Leaders of Gay-Straight Alliance youth movement to unite in Minneapolis for 9th annual national gathering

CeCe McDonald, Kenyon Farrow, Jay Toole, Yordy Cancino and other LGBT activists will address participants at GSA Network’s conference focused on educational and economic access

Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network) will hold its 9th annual national gathering from July 31- August 3rd in Minneapolis, bringing together youth and adult ally GSA leaders from across the country for four days of workshops, trainings, and plenaries focused on strengthening the national GSA movement. CeCe McDonald, a young transgender woman and activist who was incarcerated for defending herself from a racist and transphobic attack, will keynote the opening ceremony.

Themed “GSAsUnite! Access and Economic Justice for Trans* and Queer Youth,” the conference will also feature a plenary with prominent activists including former Queers for Economic Justice leaders Kenyon Farrow and Jay Toole, activist Victoria Villalba, and Yordy Cancino, a GSA alum recently released from a border detention center after thousands of GSA and immigrant activists rallied behind him.

The 2014 national gathering, presented by GSA Network, will take place from July 31 to August 3 at the University of Minnesota. Out4Good, a program of Minneapolis Public Schools serving LGBT students, families, and staff, is the host of this year’s conference.

Use the hashtag #GSAsUnite to follow along with the conference on social media.


Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network) is a national youth leadership organization that empowers youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools by training student leaders and supporting student-led Gay-Straight Alliance clubs. GSA Network operates the GSA Network of California and the National Association of GSA Networks, which unites 39 statewide networks of GSA clubs.

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