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Gay-Straight Alliance allowed to gather at Chamberburg school until next week's board vote

The Chambersburg Area School District board has until 5 p.m. Wednesday to reverse its denial of a Gay-Straight Alliance student club or go to court with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Witold Walczak, legal director of the Pennsylvania ACLU, said three previous cases in Pennsylvania -- in Waynesboro, Franklin County, and Hermitage, Mercer County in 2009, and a third in Brownsville, Fayette County in 2012 -- stand as examples of what the school board should do.


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Bill Will Ensure the Success and Well-being of Transgender Students

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Tom Ammiano has introduced the School Success and Opportunity Act, Assembly Bill 1266, co-authored by Senator Mark Leno and Senator Ricardo Lara. The bill will ensure that California public schools understand their responsibility for the success and well-being of all students, including transgender students, and will allow transgender students to fully participate in all school activities, programs, and facilities.  

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Calif. lawmaker seeks rights for transgender students

A California lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at guaranteeing transgender students the right to use public school restrooms and participate on the sports teams that correspond with their expressed genders.

The bill reflects the accommodations that a number of U.S. schools are being asked to make as Americans start identifying as transgender at younger ages.

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Church hosts gay and lesbian anti-violence event

People packed a Central Fresno church Saturday with the goal of stopping violence against young people based on their sexual orientation.


Organizers say the majority of those who attended were 13 to 18 years old. Espii Gutierrez of GSA Network said, "holding it in and covering yourself up on who you truly are kind of gets really depressing and mental health issues start occurring by doing what we do here we are kind of defeating that and more youth can have a voice."

Organizers say about 200 people attended the event.

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FRESNO, 21 de febrero de 2013 – Más de cien jóvenes del Valle Central (Central Valley, en inglés) se reunirán este sábado en una conferencia anual para jóvenes de la comunidad lésbica, gay, bisexual, y transgénero (LGBT) y personas aliadas que buscan detener la violencia en las escuelas.

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Special Fund Helps LGBT Dreamers Get Work Permits and Relief from Deportation

San Francisco, CA, February 19th, 2013—Nearly 200 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) undocumented young people have either received or are in the process of receiving two-year work permits and reprieves from the threat of deportation, thanks to a fund made possible by over three-dozen LGBT organizations, including Gay-Straight Alliance Network.

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Today is National GSA Day

San Francisco, CA - On February 6, GSA Network joins lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight ally (LGBTA) students, adults and organizations across America to celebrate the second National Gay-Straight Alliance Day. A project of Iowa Pride Network (IPN), the day is meant to strengthen the bond between LGBT people and straight allies, and in particular recognize and honor student organizations called Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs). These student-led groups work to educate their peers to stop homophobia and transphobia in schools and colleges.

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The 2012 YES Conference

The Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network) is a national organization which links school-based Gay-Straight Alliances across the country with each other, to community partners, as well as aids in leadership development and activist training. Jill Marcellus, the Communications Manager at GSA Network based in San Francisco, explains how deeply involved youth are in their organization, “GSA Network is a youth-driven organization, and we operate on a model of youth-adult partnership.

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It Doesn’t Inevitably Get Better: Implement the FAIR Education Act

On Jan. 10, a 16-year-old in Kern County brought a gun to his school and shot a student who had been bullying him. According to several reports, the bullied student had been suspended the previous year for making a “hit list” of his tormentors.

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