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Transgender High School Students Gain Admission to Sports Teams

Not so long ago, Toni Bias dreamed of playing in the W.N.B.A. But after starring on the girls’ junior varsity basketball team as a high school freshman, Toni came out as transgender last summer, began going by the name Tony and started transitioning to male.

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New York Times

LGBT Students Take the Fight to Sacramento

The promise of “opportunity” is embedded in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  But the opportunity to enjoy life freely, to pursue happiness, to better one’s self and one’s circumstances is not self-evident to people for whom certain forms of discrimination are an unassailable tradition.

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Frontiers LA

LGBTQ Youth Meet Legislators, Rally to Demand Opportunity to Succeed in School

April 29, 2013, Sacramento – Dozens of high school students are in the state capitol today advocating for two bills to help ensure all youth—including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth—have the opportunity to stay in school and succeed. The youth are gathered for the 8th annual Queer Youth Advocacy Day, which unites LGBT and straight ally youth activists from Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs across state.

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Gay High School Swim Captain Makes A Splash Standing Up For Rights

It has been one year since I raised my hand in a U.S. history class during a lecture on gay rights, and came out as gay to 40 of my peers and my favorite teacher.

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School Success and Opportunity Act Passes Assembly Education Committee

The School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266), authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, has passed the Assembly Education Committee by a vote of 5-2. 

The bill, which is co-sponsored by Equality California, Transgender Law Center, GSA Network, Gender Spectrum, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, addresses the exclusion of transgender students from classes and activities, and clarifies existing anti-discrimination law to provide clear protections to transgender students. 

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Obama Administration Sends Clear Message of Support for Trans Students

Media Contact for GSA Network: Brittaney Carter, Communications Manager, (415) 612-2402,


Washington, D.C.-- Transgender students in public schools have the right to use gender-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity. That is the message that the Obama administration delivered to all public school districts today in a joint letter from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice. Specifically, the letter states:


“When a school provides sex-segregated activities and facilities, transgender students must be allowed to participate in such activities and access such facilities consistent with their gender identity.”

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GSA Network Statement on Obama Administration's Support of Trans Student Rights

Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network (GSA Network) is heartened by the clear, unequivocal support the Obama Administration—via the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Civil Rights—has shown to transgender students in US public schools.

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Senator Lara Introduces Legislation to Improve Safety and Prevent Bullying in California Schools

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Senator Lara Introduces Legislation to Improve Safety and Prevent Bullying in California Schools
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New state bill on transgender students

California public schools would be required to allow transgender students to use school facilities and participate in activities and on sports teams that match their gender identity under a bill introduced at the Capitol.

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San Francisco Chronicle