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GSA Network News
January 6, 2010

empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia
In This Issue
NETWORK NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.--Jumpstart Your GSA's Work
1. Inland Empire GSA Advisors Summit (& potluck)
2. FREE Orange County GSA Leadership Summit 2/6
3. FREE Latina/o LGBT Youth Leadership Summit (L.A.).
4. Call for Youth Journalists/LGBT History Video Project (Bay Area)
5. Brave People Self Defense Courses for LGBTQ Youth (Bay Area)
6. LGBTQ Studies! A new course offered for SFUSD High School Students!!
7. New parent/teen communication workshop (East Bay)
8. Youth Calendar (S.F.)
9. Orgullo y Poder Latino/a Pride and Power
10. Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays (Fresno)
11. Community Link's Youth Meetings Every Friday (Fresno)
12. OUTspoken Sessions (L.A.)
13. Alternative High School at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center/LifeWorks is enrolling now (L.A.)
14. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)
5. eQuality Scholarships - Apply Now!
16. PFLAG National scholarships available
15. Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship in 2010 Applications Available (Contra Costa)
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Happy New Year!

In the last edition of GSA Network News we confused some dates and want to make sure that everyone in SoCal knows that the Orange County GSA Summit is on January 30th, and the Latina/o Youth Conference is on February 6th.

In this issue we highlight the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and encourage all GSA activists to get involved.

In Solidarity,
GSA Network
NETWORK NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.--Jumpstart Your GSA's Work to End Racism and Other Oppressions

Monday, January 18th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Honoring our nation's most famous civil rights leader gives us the opportunity to reflect on and step up our own work to fight injustice.

Do you believe GSA clubs should fight racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and other oppressions?  Does yours? 

At GSA Network, we believe that GSA clubs can and should fight not only homophobia and transphobia, but other oppressions as well.  Why?  Recall what Martin Luther King, Jr. said:  "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."  When one form of oppression goes unchallenged in our schools or our society, it threatens all of us.  Furthermore, addressing multiple forms of oppression is a powerful way to build our movement and incorporate all members of our diverse, multiracial community.

Gay-Straight Alliance clubs are effective vehicles for fighting all types of oppression because the GSA movement was founded on the belief that we can end oppression by building alliances.  GSA activists can use their leadership and organizing skills to ensure that everyone can go to school free from harassment and discrimination.

There are numerous ways that your GSA can fight injustice.  Check out these ideas and add your own ideas to our blog!

1.    Create an Inclusive GSA Visit this section of our website to find out what you can do to build an anti-racist GSA, address transgender issues, and incorporate straight allies, students with LGBT parents, and adult supporters.

2.    Speak up when you hear derogatory comments or jokes that put down people of color, women, people with disabilities, or other groups.  As Dr. King said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

3.    Build Coalitions: Visit this section of our website to learn the basics of coalition building, discover why immigrant rights is a queer issue, and find out what you can do to combat harassment and discrimination against Arab and Arab-American students since 9-11.

4.    Fight for Inclusive Curriculum:  When asking teachers to include the contributions of LGBT people in their lessons, take a step back and consider who else's history is not being taught.  Form partnerships to ensure that none of our histories are erased.
5.    Expand Your Day of Silence: Unite with students of color and other groups to highlight the silence, harassment and discrimination faced by many communities every day.  Join forces to break the silence. 

6.    Follow the lead of kick-ass GSA organizers like Lea and Michael, who suggested: "Have a joint meeting with the BSU (Black Student Union) at your school and talk about the connection between different types of anti-oppression work. Also, show this film called Brother Outsider about Bayard Rustin, who was influential in the civil rights movement, but got little recognition because of his sexual orientation."

7.    Increase your personal understanding and commitment to anti-oppression work by attending a Leadership Training or Summit or coming to GSA Activist Camp this summer.

If you have questions or need ideas, contact your local Program Coordinator!

Northern California - Kiely:
Central Valley - Julia and Anthony:
Southern California - Daniel:

"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."
                                    - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1. Inland Empire GSA Advisors Summit (& potluck) 

Inland Empire GSA Advisors Summit (& potluck)

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 5-7pm

Location: Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance
860 East Gilbert Complex (Gilbert at Paseo)
San Bernardino, CA 92404

***NOTE: This address does not come up correctly on MapQuest, Yahoo Maps etc! 
We are in a complex of County of San Bernardino buildings off of Gilbert. Please call if you need directions: 951-833-1329 (cell).

This will be a potluck dinner, so bring your favorite dish, salad or bag of chips. We will provide drinks.

Tentative Agenda: Report back of Q Camp & Slideshow, Check-in of IE GSAs' activities, Legal Rights Overview, Discussion of proposed Inland Empire Safe Schools Collaborative, IE Resources for GSAs

To RSVP, add topics to the agenda, or ask questions, please contact Daniel Solis: or 213-482-4021.  Thanks!
2. FREE Orange County GSA Leadership Summit 1/30

FREE Orange County GSA Leadership Summit

For youth ages 13- 24

Saturday, January 30, 2010
10am - 5pm
The Center Orange County
1605 N. Spurgeon St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Come Learn About:

  • LGBT Activism!
  • Using Community Resources!
  • Expanding your GSA!
  • Your Legal Rights!
  • Networking with local GSAs!
  • And much more!

For more information and to sign up, message us at
or register online!

Contact Daniel: or Joey:
or call the GSA Network SoCal Office 213-482-4021

Co-Sponsored by: GSA Network, The Center Orange County, Anti-Defamation League, OC Human Relations, GLSEN, Orange County Equality Coalition,  PFLAG, and Planned Parenthood

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3. FREE Latina/o LGBT Youth Leadership Summit 2/6 (L.A.)

FREE Latina/o LGBT Youth Leadership Summit

For youth ages 13- 24

Saturday, February 6, 2010
10am - 5pm
Self-Help Graphics
3802 E. Cesar Chavez Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90063

Learn About:

  • LGBT Activism!
  • Using Community Resources!
  • Expanding your GSA!
  • Your Legal Rights!
  • Networking with local GSAs!
  • And much more!

For more information and to sign up, go to:

Co-Sponsored by: GSA Network, HONOR PAC, & Self Help Graphics


GSA Network News is a publication of Gay-Straight Alliance Network. Events, resources, and news items listed under "Other Announcements" are not sponsored or written by GSA Network, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of GSA Network.


4. Call for Youth Journalists/LGBT History Video Project (Bay Area)


A documentary crew is looking for young journalists to serve as on-camera talent for a video series on GLBT History.  We are looking for up to four young people with natural curiosity who will work along side the creative team to develop the look and content for a ten-part series about the movement towards GLBT equality since 1900.  The young journalists will interview historians, organize presentations and help in writing content to appeal to the youth market.

We are casting the first of the journalists to appear in the pilot, which will shoot in either January or February. 

This is a rare opportunity for the right candidate(s) to actually work on the pre-production, serve as on-camera talent and assist in post-production for a series that will have national on-line distribution.

There is no compensation for the pilot, however, we are looking to include a stipend for the fully funded project.

 * Young Journalists between the ages of 15-25 (Those under 18 will need a parent's signature)
 * People who feel comfortable in front of the camera
 * GLBT youth who want to research history and tell stories to their peers
 * Creative young people interested in GLBT history

In small groups, candidates will interview a GLBT historian.   Each will then report on-camera what they learned in their own words.  We are looking for energy and organization skills.  In addition, we would like to hear suggestions on how to make the material most visually interesting for our target audience.

Email with AUDITION in the subject line.  We will contact you with the date of the casting call, to be held in Oakland.

5. Brave People Self Defense Courses for LGBTQ Youth (Bay Area) 

Helping Youth and the LGBTQQI Community Live Safe, Healthy Lives

BRAVE People is an innovative grassroots organization founded to stop violence and its impact on our citizens and our society. We created a comprehensive course to address the challenges that the LGBTQQI community faces and to ensure that our students can live safe, healthy lives. A BRAVE Course includes:

Safety and self-defense; discussions about self esteem and body image; a checklist for creating a healthy lifestyle; techniques to improve their relationships and to become a better advocate for themselves; tools to understand the media and it's impact on them; and economic skills.

A BRAVE Course is held every Tuesday at the Eureka Recreation Center's Youth Center room in the Castro  from 3 - 4:30 pm.

The Rec Center is located at 100 Collingwood Street San Francisco, CA 94114

Donation of $15-$20 is suggested but no one is turned away for lack of funds.

If you have any questions please contact me at, 707 640 2116.
6. LGBTQ Studies! A new course offered for SFUSD High School Students!! (S.F.)


Explore identity and History!
Read literature addressing LGBTQ topics!
Earn 5 credits spring semester. Starts week of Jan 19.!
Will be held either weekday evenings or Saturdays at a central (non school) location!
For more information or to register Contact Pete Hammer:!
7. New parent/teen communication workshop (East Bay)

The Pacific Center for Human Growth is excited to announce the creation of a Parent/Teen Communication Workshop through our Clinical Youth and Family Programs.

In this six week group we will work towards increasing healthy communication between LGBTQ youth and their families. Through this hands-on workshop we will offer families tools, support, and a safe space to explore and improve their relationships. This is will be a curriculum-based support group incorporating psycho-social education, therapeutic interventions and community/peer support. We hope to serve youth ages 14-22 and their parent(s) who are having mild to moderate problems in their communication and who seek to enhance their relationships.

Time:  Wednesdays, 5-6pm .  Starting in February.  6 weeks.

Place: Pacific Center for Human Growth, 2712 Telegraph Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705

Cost: $5-10 per group, sliding scale.

For more information please contact Rachel Kadner, Youth Program Manager at  (510) 548-8283 ext.514 or

8. Youth Calendar (S.F.)

San Francisco's LYRIC Youth Center hosts events almost everyday for LGBTQQ youth. 

LYRIC's mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.

Calendar of Events
Central Valley

9. Orgullo y Poder Latino/a Pride and Power Jan. 23!  Register Now! 

Orgullo y Poder Latino | Latino LGBT Pride and Power Conference
Saturday, January 23
9 am - 5 pm

First Congregational Church of Fresno (Big Red Church)
2131 N. Van Ness Blvd, Fresno
Free Admission
Spanish and English

Orgullo y Poder
California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) is hosting a leadership conference to train LGBT people and their allies, in particular those who speak Spanish, to build understanding and support for LGBT people and their families in the Central Valley. We are encouraging as many LGBT youth and their families to attend.  The "Orgullo y Poder Latino" Leadership Conference will be held on Saturday, January 23, at the First Congregational Church of Fresno (Big Red Church) at 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd.  Admission is free.  This conference is also endorsed by the ACLU-NC and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). The conference will be held in Spanish and English.

For more information, or to register, go to or call 800-677-5221. You can also find us on Facebook by searching for "Orgullo y Poder".  Scholarships are available to help cover the cost of hotel and travel. The Registration deadline is January 15, 2010.

To Download the Applicaiton click here.
 Contact Information:    
(831) 757-5221
Angeles Jimenez,
Lisa Cisneros,

10. Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays (Fresno)

Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays.
Trans-e-motion has a social meeting on the first Saturday of each month.  Time and location to be announced.  See calendar or call (559) 255-4075.

There is a Trans-e-motion business meeting on the third Saturday of each month at 5:00 p.m. to about 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Equality California office,  Van Ness Towers office Bldg., 1055 N. Van Ness Ave. "C", near Alhambra (South of Olive),  Fresno, California, 93728, U.S.A.
11. Community Link's Youth Meetings Every Friday (Fresno)

Meets Every Friday Evening
7:30pm -9:00pm

Fresno's GLBTQ Youth group's weekly meeting is every Friday evening.

1584 N. Van Ness Ave. Map to event

More info :
So Cal

12. OUTspoken Sessions (L.A.)

OUTspoken Sessions

an open mic for queer youth and straight allies 19 and under

Every 4th Friday from 6:30-9:30 pm.

2170 W Washington Blvd., 90018

for more info or to reserve your spot email:

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13. Alternative High School at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center/LifeWorks is enrolling now (L.A.)

Opportunities for Learning and LifeWorks are partnering to bring a safe learning environment to LGBT and LGBT Friendly youth at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center. We are enrolling students NOW! This program was created to assist youth in obtaining their high school diploma regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. Class will be held two days a week here at the LifeWorks office.
*Tuition Free
*WASC Accredited Program
*Obtain Your High School Diploma
*A Guided Independent Study Program
*Program to Open in January 2010
For more information or to enroll, contact the teacher for this program, Molly Sircher at (818) 506-5344 or You can come to LifeWorks to meet Molly and discuss the program Tuesday 12/8 or Thursday 12/10 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, please let us know you're coming in advance if possible.

Located at:
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038

14. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)

Check out these new calendars for LGBT Youth!
Los Angeles Youth

San Diego Youth

 15. eQuality Scholarships - Apply Now!

 eQuality Scholarships - Apply Now!

"I just started my first day of college today, and I have my first Diversity (GSA) meeting on Friday. College is really expensive, and I was thinking how hard this would have been if I hadn't received the scholarship. I just want to thank everybody again for making this happen for me. I am so grateful for what you have given me. I wouldn't be where I am emotionally and educationally without you and everybody else." -- 2009 eQuality Scholar

The eQuality Scholarship Collaborative awards scholarships to honor and encourage northern and central California students for their service to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community.

Scholarships may be used for post-secondary education at approved institutions - colleges, universities, and trade schools. Some of the scholarships are specifically for nursing or medical school.

How many?

In 2009, 12 $5000 scholarships were awarded to graduating high school seniors, four $5000 scholarships were awarded to nursing students, and one $2000 scholarship was awarded to a medical student. A similar number of scholarships are expected to be awarded in 2010.

Who is eligible?

In general, eligible students fall into one of these categories:
  • Resident of northern or central California who completed or expects to complete high school or equivalent between 1 Jul 2005 and 30 Jun 2010;
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited ADN or BSN RN program in California; or
  • Attending an accredited medical school in California or be a California resident attending an accredited medical school elsewhere in the United States.
For complete eligibility requirements, see the How to Apply page.

About the eQuality Scholarship Collaborative:

The Collaborative is the joint effort of a group of organizations based in the San Francisco Bay Area. It began in 1989 as a scholarship program by PG&E's lesbian and gay employee association, now PG&E PrideNetwork. The following year, the Bay Area Network of Gay and Lesbian Educators (BANGLE) joined the effort. Additional members have joined the Collaborative over the years, and more are always welcome.  Over the past 20 years, the Collaborative has awarded over 160 scholarships totaling more than $360,000.  The current organizational members of the Collaborative are: PG&E PrideNetwork, KP Pride, Genentech Out & Equal, KPMG, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, and GSA Network.

16. PFLAG National scholarships available for 2010: $5,000 scholarships, $2,500 scholarships, $1,000 scholarships! 

Online link to all information:

PFLAG National scholarships available for 2010: $5,000 scholarships, $2,500 scholarships, $1,000 scholarships!

Review the following eligibility requirements:

  • You are a graduating senior entering higher education for the first time in 2010 (if you graduated in 2009 and took a year off you are still eligible to apply).
  • You self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or as a straight ally
  • You demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBT community.
  • You have applied to an accredited higher education institution.
In order to be considered for a scholarship, you will need to submit: 

        A complete application form
        A one page essay
        A high school transcript
        One letter of reference
        A complete the release form

Application Process: 

Send your high school transcript, letter of reference and the release form in one packet to PFLAG National (see address below).

PFLAG National
1726 M St. NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Submit your application and essay online (if you prefer, you may submit a hard-copy of your application and essay). For online submissions, you will be assigned a reference number; this number needs to appear on the cover of your packet containing the reference, transcripts and release form that you send to PFLAG National.

The deadline to apply for the PFLAG National Scholarship is March 12, 2009.

Click on this link to submit an application:

17. Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship in 2010 Applications Available (Contra Costa)

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the
Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship in 2010

To Apply Visit:
Since 1990, the Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to a Contra Costa high school senior who contributed to improving the environment for GLBTQ youth.  The scholarship was established in memory of Bobby Griffith, a gay youth from Walnut Creek, California, who committed suicide in 1983.

Deadline: Feb. 16, 2010
The Lifetime TV movie Prayers for Bobby dramatizes Bobby's life and his mother's growing understanding after his death.
Watch it online:
Our 2009 Scholarship Recipient was Jennie Drummond, from San Ramon Valley High School, now a freshman at Chapman University majoring in Graphic Design.  
Support the 2010 Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship Fund:
Fiscal Sponsor: Horizons Foundation, Bobby Griffith Fund,
870 Market St, Suite 728, San Francisco, CA 94102

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