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Fresno LGBT Youth Conference Addresses Educational Justice

FRESNO, March 15, 2014 - On Saturday, more than one hundred young people from the Central Valley joined together at Edison High School in Fresno for an annual youth-led conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and straight ally youth pushing for educational justice. The 2014 Expression Not Suppression conference, hosted by Gay-Straight Alliance Network, builds students' and adult allies' skills through workshops and a resource fair, empowering youth to push back against harassment and practices that target youth based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Experts, officials address concerns over transgender student athletes

On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, the Azusa High girls softball team took the field for its first preseason game. It wasn’t perfect, with all the excitement and errors that come from first-game jitters. But a lopsided score — 22-2 — gave the Aztecs’ and their friends and family members plenty to cheer about.

But more importantly Principal Ramiro Rubalcaba was reassured that — for what was a history-making first game — girls were allowed to be girls.

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GSA Network lauds President Obama's young men of color initiative

Today, President Obama announced the launch of "My Brother's Keeper," an initiative to support young men of color and ensure all youth in this country have a chance to succeed.

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Attempt to Repeal the School Success and Opportunity Act Fails

(San Francisco, CA, February 24, 2014)—Today, the effort to repeal the School Success and Opportunity Act—California’s new law ensuring that all children have opportunities to do well in school—failed to qualify for the ballot.

The law—also known as Assembly Bill 1266—went into effect on January 1st, ensuring that schools have the guidance they need to make sure all students, including those who are transgender, have the opportunity to do well in school and graduate.

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New Model Policy For the School Success and Opportunity Act Helps Schools Support All Students

(San Francisco, CA, February 13, 2014)—Today, the Support All Students campaign—including a broad coalition of nearly 100 state and national organizations backing California’s law that ensures all schoolchildren have a fair chance to do well—applauds the California School Boards Association’s (CSBA) new model policy to help districts comply with the law.

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Students and Families Optimistic That School Success and Opportunity Act (AB1266) Will Remain Law


CONTACT: Carolyn Laub

PHONE: 415.552.4229 ext. 100



Students and Families Optimistic That School Success and Opportunity Act (AB1266) Will Remain Law

Referendum Did Not Qualify on Raw Count and Now Moves to Full Count

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Referendum did not qualify on raw count, moves on

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

CONTACT: Jesse Melgar, Equality California
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CONTACT: Cameron Valderrama, Senator Lara's Office
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Senator Lara Introduces Legislation to Improve Safety and Prevent Bullying in California Schools
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Proposed bill addresses shortfalls in existing law

Bay Area Education Leaders Support the School Success and Opportunity Act

Marin County Board of Education and Berkeley Unified School District Pass Resolutions Supporting the Implementation of the School Success and Opportunity Act (AB1266)

Local school boards and communities this week continued their progress towards implementing the School Success and Opportunity Act, which Governor Brown signed earlier this year.  The new law, AB1266, restates existing anti-discrimination law to ensure that all students, including transgender students, have the opportunity to fully participate and succeed in schools.

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LGBT Youth Conference Prepares Hundreds of Students to Change their Schools

Gay-Straight Alliance Network’s 9th annual Youth Empowerment Summit focuses on educational opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth

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