The health and wellbeing of trans and queer youth of color is at the core of what we do every day in the GSA movement—whether that’s organizing for justice, creating safe spaces in schools, or practicing self-care so that young people can thrive.

By now you’ve likely already heard how COVID-19 is impacting people across the globe. At GSA Network, we feel a tremendous social responsibility to make sure that we do everything in our power to keep our families and communities healthy and united. As a result, we will postpone youth conferences and events to a later date when we can feel confident that youth activists and organizers can all participate without distractions. 

We will miss seeing you in person, but we want you to know that our collective work for trans and queer liberation will go on. We will be in touch very soon with updates on youth leadership events, discussions about organizing and LGBTQ+ inclusion in schools, and ways to give back. We will also announce new and innovative ways for you to connect with us virtually and keep building the trans and queer youth movement. In the meantime, you know what to do: 

Stay Healthy! Friendly reminder to follow common-sense tips, like step up your hand washing, touch your face less often, get tons of sleep, stay hydrated, and eat healthy foods to keep yourself feeling strong. 

Get Informed! Make sure you know what’s happening in your school or local community so that you can respond or change the way you do things—whether that means choosing which activities to participate in or opt out of, or adjusting transportation plans.

Keep In Touch! Check in with your network of friends and family, and anyone you talk to regularly to make sure they are doing ok. It’s always good to have a system of support and now is no different. And we will check on you, too, so make sure to open our emails and follow us on social media! 

We hope to see you online soon. 

In community,

GSA Network Staff