GSA Network has paused our in-person youth leadership training and events this year to keep our community healthy and united. Virtual GSAs In Action is a digital space where we feature virtual youth leadership events, online group conversations, and training in digital organizing. Sign up to get weekly e-news and keep in touch.
NEW! Virtual GSAs In Action: Digital Organizing Toolkit
GSA Network is extremely proud to launch Virtual GSAs In Action: Digital Organizing Toolkit–-a new resource inspired by, and designed for, trans and queer youth activists, GSA club advisors and educators, and grassroots organizations across the country.
Trans and queer young people of color want to build community in this moment. They are searching for places that affirm their identities and experiences, uplift their spirit, and promote self and community care. The Virtual GSAs In Action Toolkit was created to support them to start a Community GSA, take their existing school-based GSA clubs online, create new clubs, and above all, build virtual spaces that can restore our community.
Trans & Queer Youth Virtual Power! Training Series
Click on the green button at the top of the page to register for trainings
Out of the Closets and Into the Streets: Non-violent Civil Action and Safety Training for GSAs & Youth
Date/Time: Thursday, Oct 29th, 2020; 4:00-6:00pm (PST)/7:00-9:00pm (ET)
Please join us for a conversation with GSA Network, BlackOUT Collective, and the ACLU about the role of people during election week to help safeguard our democracy. We will go over what it takes to engage in direct action safely — including de-escalation, digital security, your rights as a protester, and more.
Co-hosted by Count Every Vote and GSA Network. This training will not be recorded.
This event is open to all students, youth, and advisors. For questions, email Cathy at email@example.com
Power and Wellness Grounding – Post Election
Date/Time: Thursday, November 5th, 2020; 4:00-5:30pm (PST)/7:00-8:30pm (ET)
It’s been two days since the 2020 Election. We know many have questions on what will come next. Join us as we find grounding in the current political movement. Together we can find ways to show up for one another and ourselves. GSAs have held space for trans and queer youth during these past troubling four years. Now more than ever is the time to build stronger power and wellness support in community. We will also highlight ways youth can take action.
This meetup is for youth in ages 13-18. You do not need to be a GSA member to attend, but there will be some discussion relevant to GSAs clubs. For questions, email Marinarde at firstname.lastname@example.org
Date/Time: Thursday, November 12th, 2020; 4:00-6:00pm (PST)/7:00-9:00pm (ET)
The goal of these monthly GSA Advisor trainings are to capacitize adult allies to continue supporting their GSA clubs or community LGBTQ+ youth groups during this time of physical distancing.
November Training Session includes:
- Review actions, scenarios and discussion points that will help GSA Clubs take action in this political moment.
- Understand how center racial and gender justice in GSA Clubs
This training is for current and aspiring GSA club advisors, or adult allies supporting a LGBTQ+ community youth space. For questions, email Tony at email@example.com
Centering Racial and Gender Justice in GSAs
Date/Time: Thursday, November 19th, 2020; 4:00-5:30pm (PST)/7:00-8:30pm (ET)
Join us for a training on how GSA clubs and other LGBTQ+ youth groups can center racial and gender justice. From the elections to community uprisings, the political climate calls for justice and liberation more than ever. Our goal is to provide youth a space to share experiences and together learn how to better uplift and center those most impacted. We will spend time building a foundation on these terms and highlight how you can be an ally in the movement. Register today and join the movement of GSA youth leaders!
This meetup is for youth in ages 13-18. You do not need to be a GSA member to attend, but there will be some discussion relevant to GSAs clubs. For questions, email Cielo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual GSA Resources
Download a variety of resources we’ve developed this year to support trans and queer youth as they transition to virtual GSAs clubs and digital organizing.
- How to Host a Virtual GSA Meeting
- Let’s Talk Genders & Sexualities
- Asian Pacific Islander Movements
- Trans and Queer Migration
- Trans and Queer Music Resistance
- HIV/AIDS Awareness
- The Power of Storytelling
- Trans and Queer Wellness
- Pride & Protest: Safety Tips for LGBTQ+ Youth
- Queer & Trans Wellness Pack
Past 2020 Events
- GSAs Organizing for Change (10/22)
- Advisors Unite! (10/17)
- Youth Building Community for the Future (10/8)
- Advisors Unite! (9/26)
- Leading GSAs & Owning It! (9/24)
- Virtual GSAs 101 (9/10)
- Virtual Pride Celebration (6/26 and 6/27)
- Final Meetup of the School Year (6/4)
- LGBTQ+ Immigrant Justice (5/28)
- Trans & Queer Music Resistance (5/21)
- Uplifting Asian Pacific Islander Movements (5/14)
- Trans & Queer Youth Wellness (5/7)
- The Story of the GSA Movement (4/30)
- Storytelling & Day of Silence (4/23)
- Climate Justice (4/16)
- HIV/AIDS Youth Awareness (4/9)
- Let’s Talk Gender & Sexuality (4/2)