#GSADay4RJ: GSA Day for Racial Justice

GSA Day for Racial Justice (#GSADay4RJ) is an annual day of action to mobilize for racial justice & celebrate multiple identities that you hold as LGBTQ+ youth. It is hosted by the National Youth Council.

For #GSADay4RJ on February 21, 2020, the National Youth Council calls on GSA clubs and our partners across the country to HONOR Trans Youth of Color who are LEADERS in their communities DESPITE their experiences within the school-to-prison pipeline (STPP).

The STPP is a system of policies and practices used by school districts—zero tolerance discipline, policing and surveillance in schools, suspension and expulsion for willful defiance—that push youth of color, queer youth, undocumented youth, lower income youth, and visibly and non-visibly disabled youth out of schools and into the juvenile justice system.

The STPP must be abolished! Until that day, impacted Trans Youth of Color will continue to lead in traditional and non-traditional ways. #WeHonorThem and will make sure they get their roses of recognition and commemoration NOW

Get Inspired

Check out the National Youth Council’s #StillWeRise Series, a 4-part interview series featuring trans and queer youth of color leaders in their communities:

Yante posing for #GSADay4RJ Adrian posing for #GSADay4RJ Rachel posing for #GSADay4RJ Marco posing for #GSADay4RJ

Meet Yanté: Going Against the Grain to Live Authentically

Meet Adrian: Advocating for Intersectionality in Brown Spaces

Meet Rachel: Leading Resiliently in the Face of Racial Injustice 

Meet Marco: Educating Others to Inspire Change

Take Action

1. Use this #WeHonorThem Toolkit to uplift Trans Youth of Color Leaders, as well as share and archive their stories.

2. Join the #GSADay4RJ Twitter Townhall with members of the National Youth Council on Thursday, February 20th at 5-6pm PST / 7-8pm CST/ 8-9pm EST. Topics include: trans youth of color leaders, why it’s important to honor them NOW, the school-to-prison pipeline, and how to better support trans youth of color in schools! How to participate: We’ll ask a series of questions labeled Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. on @gsanetwork. Start your replies with A1, A2, A3, followed by your answers. Be sure to use the hashtags #GSADay4RJ and #WeHonorThem so your followers can read and join the conversation, too!

3. Encourage LGBTQ+ young people and allies in your school and community to get involved! Post about #GSADay4RJ on social media using these flyers for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

4. Send your #GSADay4RJ questions to nationalyc@gsanetwork.org.

5. Follow GSA Network on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for updates!


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