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GSA Network News
February 17, 2010

In this edition of GSA Network News, we share words and pictures from the candlelight vigil honoring Lawrence King on February 12.  We are so thankful for the youth leaders who organized the event, and for all GSA activists who are fighting to make our schools safer.

We also announce our upcoming events for GSA youth across the state.  Enjoy!

In solidarity,
GSA Network

Youth Keep Lawrence King's Memory Alive

On February 12, 2010, the second anniversary of the shooting of Lawrence King, over 40 GSA activists and allies from throughout Southern California gathered at Los Angeles City Hall to hold a candlelight vigil in memory of Lawrence King and share their stories of harassment and bullying, as well as to call for an end to the violence in our schools. The vigil was organized by Isaiah Baiseri (Glendora High), Glenna Colerider-Krugh (South Pasadena High), Charisse Delk (Arrow High), JT Mendoza (Santa Susana High), Marissa Minnick (Torrey Pines High), Giuliana Pe Benito (Westlake Hig), Pablo Ramirez (Lincoln High), and A. Robin (Granada Hills High), all members of GSA Network's Southern California Youth Council. The vigil featured youth speakers as well as teacher allies.


We asked some youth who attended why they were at the vigil and what Lawrence King meant to them. This is what they shared:


With sass and charisma, Lawrence King stood taller than many LGBTQ individuals have ever done so in the generations that have gone by. We gathered to mourn, to pay tribute, to lend our hearts to brothers and sisters, but most importantly, to stress an awareness that the LGBTQ community stands together, united and strong with hope and pride.
- King Chan, Reid High


I am here to listen to the story of Lawrence's life. He touched so many people.
- Branne Demongigny, Whitcomb High

LK5I'm here because I support the LGBT Community 100%! I was so sad about Lawrence's death. He will never be forgotten.
- Sonia Rivera, Lincoln High

I came to bring awareness about harassment and violence and to increase my knowledge about this increasingly powerful and strong community.
- Tiffany Tan, Lincoln High

Tonight, we were all as one, joining together to express who we truly are with no hate and discrimination. We promoted acceptance for everyone tonight.
- Faith Tabayoyong, Hoover High

I came in remembrance of a brave human being, and because all of these amazing youth inspire me.
- Diana Bui, community member


Lawrence's death was wrong. No one deserves to die for being who they were born to be. That is what tonight is about.
- Billie Barragan, Hawthorne Math and Science Academy


Why does it take someone's death to make the world lift a finger against the violence in our schools that we live through everyday?
- Manuel Cuevas, Belmont High


The Vigil allowed me to look back at Lawrence King's struggles and realize that even though his death sparked some change, we still have a long way to go.
- Marissa Minnick, Torrey Pines High

Photos by: Marrissa Minnick 2010
1. GSA Network and DeFrank Center Leadership Training! (San Jose)

You are invited to a GSA NETWORK and DeFrank Center LEADERSHIP TRAINING!

This FREE event will be held on
Saturday, March 6th from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
It includes breakfast and lunch!
Register Here!

activist pictureSo what is a GSA Network Leadership training?
Youth from various GSAs come together for a FUN, interactive, peer-to-peer training that provides students with the skills to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools. Led by other GSA leaders from around Northern California, the training will show students how to start and run a kick-ass GSA.

Topics include
* How to run a GSA meeting
* Outreach, membership building, and diversity
* Understanding gender and sexual orientation
* Understanding laws that protect LGBTQ youth in schools
* How to take action against slurs, harassment, and discrimination in your school.

Young people become activists because they respect themselves and other people too much to let anyone be treated like a second-class citizen. They believe in the basic worth of all human beings, including themselves. That's why so many students, including straight allies, are coming together to fight sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination at their schools. The goals of a student activism group include winning concrete improvements in people's lives, making students aware of their own power, and altering the relations of power. GSAs in California are leading the fight on social change and justice.

This is a great opportunity to network with other GSAs in your area while learning some new skills to strengthen your club.

WHO: GSA members, potential members, and GSA advisors
WHEN: Saturday, February 20th from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Billy DeFrank Center
938 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
COST: Free!

GSA Network values the participation of adult allies in our fight against oppression and injustice in schools, and thus welcomes GSA Advisors and other adult allies to the leadership training. That being said, we ask that they help us to maintain the youth focus of this training.

Register for the Leadership Training here.

For more information please contact
* Kiely Hosmon, GSA Network Northern California Program Coordinator, at 415-552-4229 or
* Cassie Blume, Youth Programs Director, Billy DeFrank Center, at 408-293-3040 X 111 or
ENS2. Expression Not Supression March 20th! (Fresno) 
Registration Now OPEN

Gay-Straight Alliance Network

and Community Link

Expression Not Suppression

ENS is a FREE conference for LGBTQQI youth activists and their allies who are dedicated to defeating homophobia and transphobia and creating safe and supportive schools for everyone. The target audience is high school & middle school students. Teachers & GSA advisors are welcome.

This event will be held on Saturday, March 20th
from 12pm-9:30pm.

The location of the event is 2131 N Van Ness Blvd, Fresno, 93704

The conference will help you be comfortable with who you are, how you want to express yourself, who you want to be, and the world around you. The day features workshops and speakers.  After the workshops, there is a free dinner, dance and drag show!

If you'd like more info or would like to help with planning,
please call 209-559-60980 or email

QYAD 3. GSA Advocacy & Youth Leadership Academy (GAYLA) and Queer Youth Advocacy Day (QYAD) 2010!
Are you a high school or middle school student passionate about social justice? Do you want to the tools to fight for equality for LGBTQ and allied communities? Apply to go to GAYLA/QYAD!

GAYLA/QYAD (April 23rd - April 26th) is a weekend of intensive training on the legislative process, policy and administrative advocacy, media activism & other important skills that culminates with Queer Youth Advocacy Day. Students will have an opportunity to talk directly to their legislators about being LGBT and other issues impacting LGBT youth at Queer Youth Advocacy Day on Monday, April 26, 2010.

Not only will you be able gain incredible activist skills, but you'll also make great friends from all over California who share your passion for LGBTQ rights.

People of color, low-income folks, and transgender and gender non-conforming individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apply Here to be a participant till March 1st.

Adult Allies - Sponsor a youth and help bring them to the Capital!

Apply Here to be a College Mentor!

What is a college mentor? A committed college junior or senior who lives in Northern California. Are you willing to attend, be a role model, oversee the evening activities, and provide supervision at night.

This opportunity will require you to participate in 8 hours of training in March during one of the first 3 weekends. You must be able to participate fully in the training and be able to be in Sacramento from the afternoon of Friday, April 23rdth through Monday, April 26th.  We will work to help you make arrangements for mentors who need assistance with travel to Sacramento. This means, yes, we will pay for you to get to Sacramento if you can't get there yourself! We will pay for your meals and housing.  While you will not be paid, you will be loved and appreciated by all!

When:      April 23th - April 26th
Where:     Sacramento
For more info, visit:
or contact:
Alexander Tran, Advocacy Program Associate at ph: 415.552.4229 or

Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Equality California (EQCA), BIENESTAR, and Transgender Law Center (TLC) sponsor GAYLA/QYAD.
4. Campus Pride (L.A.)

USC's LGBT Resource Center, Campus Pride, & GSA Network present:

Campus Pride
College Prep Day & Fair
for LGBT & Ally Students and Families

Saturday, February 27, 2010
11am to 4pm
University of Southern California

This free & open to the public fair & college prep day allows students & their families an opportunity to interact with colleges & universities from across the country that value LGBT students. There will also be college prep sessions for students & families. Students should register to attend by emailing:
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Tru5. Tru Loved DVD now on Sale! 10% of your purchase goes to GSA Network!

Own the only movie about forming a Gay-Straight Alliance!

Sixteen-year-old Tru is uprooted by her lesbian moms from her comfortable gay-friendly home in San Francisco and moved to a conservative, suburban community in Southern California.

Tru's only friend is a closeted football player, and even that friendship is jeopardized when she starts the school's first Gay-Straight Alliance.

With: Jane Lynch, Alec Mapa and Nichelle Nichols

tru loved poster

Buy DVDs, T-shirts, and more at and 10% of the purchase price will support the organizations that support you!!
Buy your DVD from Brown Bag Productions and
be sure to select GSA Network as the beneficiary.

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.

6. Day of Silence: Register NOW for FREE stuff!

What will YOU do to end the silence?
It's time to get ready for the 15th annual Day of Silence, Friday, April 16th.

We expect this year's DOS to be the biggest ever, with hundreds of thousands of students taking a vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) bullying and harassment in America's schools.

Here are three things you can do to make your Day of Silence a success:
1. REGISTER and get FREE products! Sign up your Day of Silence activities soon and GLSEN will send you a packet that includes buttons, stickers and more for your DOS activities. But you should hurry, because supplies are limited. Go NOW!

2. Get organizing tools at to help make your Day of Silence a success.You can download action tools, sticker templates, banners and buttons for your webpage and more! Check them out.

3. Join the conversation! Lots of people are already talking about Day of Silence onFacebook, MySpace and Twitter. Log in and friend us today!
If you have any questions, need additional support or want to tell us the great things you're doing for Day of Silence, contact us at We love to hear from you.

Best of luck, and happy organizing,
The Community Initiatives Department

7. 18-24 yo LGBTQI Tobacco Use Survey - Win $$

Help gather valuable information and win valuable prizes!
If you are 18-24 years old, and LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, or intersex) you are eligible to win up to $150 for doing a survey about tobacco use.  You don't have to be a smoker or live in California to participate.  This survey will help to gather important information about tobacco use and attitudes about tobacco that will help guide public policy.
Visit for more information and to take the survey.

For more info contact:
Brian Davis
BUTT OUT Project Coordinator
2171 Junipero Serra Blvd., Suite 720
Daly City, CA 94014
Office: (650) 994-1903 x304
Cell: (415) 902-1599
Fax: (650) 994-4601
8. Remembering Stuart-Stopping Suicides (Los Altos)

Sunrise Memorial followed by a day-long vigil in Los Altos to raise awareness/stop suicides of GLBT youth and young adults.

stuart memorial

Memorial Ceremony - Feb. 25, 2010, 6:30 a.m.  Cuesta Park, Mountain View (615 Cuesta Drive), meeting near the parking lot at the corner of Grant and Cuesta.  Join us for a candlelight ceremony of prayer, song and inspirational thoughts before we walk to the church building.

Walk to the Building - Around 6:50 a.m. we'll leave the park and head South along Grant Road to the LDS church at 1300 Grant Road, Los Altos.  The walk is about 3/4 of a mile.  Flowers, candles, pictures, stories, poems, etc. are welcome to be added to a memorial in front of the church building.  Signs with messages of hope, love, and support are also welcome.  After an inspirational benediction, individuals will have time to linger or leave the memorial at their leisure.

Vigil - Will continue throughout the day until about 8:30 p.m.

More information -

9. Winter Wonderland Dance (Palo Alto)

A Semi-Formal Queer & Trans-friendly Youth Dance featuring bay area's best: DJ Olga T, FREE photos by The Laugh Box, and performances by Drag Queen MamaDora and De Ambiente Youth!
This event is open to LGBTQQ and Straight Ally Youth ages 13-20 years old. Please bring I.D. This is a drug and alcohol free event.

*Optional Dress Code: Semi-Formal Attire*

Contact: or Dulce Garcia at

Date: Friday, February 26th, 2010
Time: 8:30pm-12am
Location: Mitchell Park Teen Center
3800 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA
Cost: *FREE EVENT!!*
winter wonderland
10. YouthAware Educational Theatre - The Other Side of the Closet Tour

Touring Northern California schools since 2000, The Other Side of the Closet by Ed Roy supports a safer school curriculum wherein students, teachers, and parents can learn about diversity and acceptance in an innovative and engaging format. Set in and around a high school, this hard-hitting play tells the story of five teens who are grappling with issues of peer pressure, youth violence, homophobia, behavior norms, expectations, discrimination, and identity. . The Other Side of the Closet also educates students and staff about the CA Student Safety Act AB-537, and this is a great performance for your GSA or other diversity based club to sponsor on campus. This program will tour to Northern and Central California middle and high schools Mondays through Thursdays from April 12th - May 7th 2010.
YouthAware touring programs may be presented up to two times a day at your school site in any theater, gymnasium, or other multi-purpose room. We travel with our own set and sound equipment and do not require any special lighting. We prefer to see between 100-500 students per performance. Each 60-70 minute program includes the play and a facilitated post-show discussion with the cast. Pre and post-show handouts are provided for teachers including discussion questions, community resources, etc.
The Other Side of the Closet is approved and sponsored by SFUSD Student Support Services for Grades 7-12. Performances are free of charge for SFUSD. A small donation is requested to cover touring costs for performances outside of San Francisco. YouthAware is part of a non-profit organization, and we do not like to turn away schools for lack of funds, so please contact us to discuss possible underwriting by our YouthAware funders. We have funding in place to bring performances FREE of charge to middle and high schools in the Central Valley in 20010.
The Other Side of the Closet will tour Mondays through Thursdays from April 12th - May 7th 2010.
Contact Sara Staley, YouthAware Program Director, (415) 694-6149 with any questions.  
To bring The Other Side of the Closet to your school, email your top three choices in dates in order of preference and please let us know if you would prefer one or two performances and what time you'd like the show(s) to start.
Visit the YouthAware homepage: for more program info and to download scripts for preview.
11. First Annual GSA Winterfest (Tahoe)


First Annual GSA Winterfest
Rockstar Lodge at Kirkwood for GSA High School Clubs

One Day or Weekend Trip to Tahoe!

For more info contact: Xtremetours 209-612-4600
gsa ski
12. Who You Callin' Queer? (S.F.)
An interactive art exhibit on gender & nonviolence

Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 6:00-8:00 pm

(The show will be open through March 6, 2010)


San Francisco LGBT Center, 3rd Floor
1800 Market St. @ Octavia

Learn more:

UAV is thrilled to present our first - and a first of its kind - art exhibit, Who You Callin' Queer? Twelve interactive stations invite the visitor to examine what's really happening in those moments when we police gender. Each station helps us find nonviolent options to ensure our safety and self-expression. The exhibit is presented in both English and Spanish.

Many thanks to our co-sponsors, the San Francisco LGBT Center and Queer Cultural Center.

Many thanks also to our station sponsors: A Fein Mess Productions, A Home Within, El/La Program Para Trans Latinas, Gay-Straight Alliance Network,, Lyon-Martin Health Services, Poor News Network and 

February 27-May 16, 2010

Join Frameline and TILT for a FREE intergenerational video production workshop for LGBTQ Youth and Elders.

This is the perfect workshop for beginning filmmakers-no experience necessary!

Over 12 weeks, you will:
>Learn how to make a movie from beginning to end.
>Have your group film screen at the SF International LGBT Film Festival!
>Receive a guest filmmaker pass to attend all screenings and events at the film festival.
>Receive a stipend for full participation in the workshop.


Days/Times:Saturdays 1PM-4PM & some Sundays 10AM-6PM
Location: Ninth Street Independent Film Center, 145 9th St. @Mission St. San Francisco (near Civic Center BART station)


For More Information or Application:

Jennifer Morris, Frameline Festival Director **415.703.8650 x310

Bernadette Montez, TILT Youth Program Coordinator ** 415.863.4690
14. Annual Dice 5000 Party (Bay Area)
To benefit the Bobby Griffith Scholarship Fund

WHEN:      Saturday, March 13, 2010  3:00 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE:     Concord Police Association Hall, 5060 Avila Road, Concord, CA.  Directions:
Refreshments and dinner will be served.
* Special Guests: The Griffith Family *

SUGGESTED DONATION:$35 per person (tax-deductible)
Make your donation online at
or make check payable to "Horizons Foundation" and mail to:
Horizons Foundation, Bobby Griffith Fund,
870 Market St, Suite 728, San Francisco, CA 94102
R.S.V.P. to your hosts Rich & Marni Berendsen
at 925-876-0272 or
dice party

Since 1990, the Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to a Contra Costa County high school senior who contributed to improving the environment for GLBTQ youth.

15. 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

16. 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.
17. Community Link's Youth Meetings Friday Night (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 :
18. An Educational Forum for LGBTQ Youth and Allies: Making Our Communities Safer (South Bay/Long Beach)

This is an event, the first of its kind, where LGBTQ youth and allies from South Bay/Long Beach can get together to learn about hate crimes that occur and how the education department/police task force are on our side to prevent such things. Hear testimonials about other queer youth in high school making a difference, why GSA clubs are crucial, ally principals and counselors who support the GSA movement, and etc. It's also a place to gather resources and learn about organizations who are there to make a difference, such as GSA Network and CCEJ.

February 18, 2010 from 5 to 8 pm at 3215 E 3rd Street, Long Beach, CA 90814


Questions? contact:
King Chan

19.Make Something!! Invites LGBT Students to ManifestEquality (L.A.)

Make Something!! Art Workshops invite GSA Network members to ManifestEquality. Join us for an art workshop and gallery event which supports full and equal rights for all American with no exceptions.

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Signups are first-come-first-serve at:

The password is: LOVE

20. 'Haram Iran' premiers on West Coast,  March 2010, at the Celebration Theater (L.A.)
Jay Paul Deratany's 'Haram Iran' premiers on West Coast,  March 2010, at the Celebration Theater in Los Angeles

More info: Gnosis Arts Multimedia:
Link to Now Public Media article:

haram iran

Haram Iran, written by Jay Paul Deratany and Directed by David Zak,  is based on the true story about the trial of two Iranian teenagers in Mashad, Iran in 2005.

Haram Iran tells the story of two boys coming of age, and struggling with their identities as Arab Iranians, and as typical teenagers longing to discover their place in the world.  Ayaz Marhouni and Mahmoud Asgari, two fifteen year old boys who may have been gay or may have been experimenting with their sexuality-- like many teenagers do, however, they get caught in a compromised position, publicly humiliated and tried in the Iranian legal system.  The story follows the boys' passions--one for literature and the other for sports--and both for each other.  The play takes the audience into the complexity of their relationship, and then the horrifying ordeal of being tried by an unforgiving Iranian legal system which misinterprets the Muslim law of Sharia.
Movie website:
21. Help Organize YOUTH PRIDE 2010 (L.A.)

Dear Gay Straight Alliances,

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Christopher Street West, also known as Gay Pride! Being that this is such a momentous occasion, we are organizing Hollywood's first YOUTH PRIDE, designed to provide young people the opportunity to participate in queer celebrations. The event is slated to take place on August 13-15, 2010.

Our mission is to create a safe space for queer youth to be empowered and express themselves. With limited means and age-restrictions, youth are often overlooked and unaddressed by the greater community.

The vision...
We would like to work with you in a collective effort to serve queer youth by providing life assistance- with college representatives, job placement, rapid HIV/AIDS testing, safer-sex materials, and voter registration- as well as community building opportunities- with cooperative vendors and community organization booths, displaying what is available in the surrounding areas.

We need you!
We will be discussing several things and need your input! This event cannot take place without you!

A few things that we'll be discussing:
Film Festival Submissions & Fashion Show Ideas
Dance Themes & Entertainment
Job Opportunities, College Representatives
Radical Organizations
Sex-positive Tools and Materials
Food and Beverages

If you are interested, we would like to meet from 12-4pm on Sunday, FEBRUARY 28th to begin a dialogue about what the youth in each area would like to see/have access to a PRIDE. Please RSVP to  with the number of students and friends that will be attending.

We will be meeting at My Homie Safe Space, located at 546 1/2 Harvard Blvd, Los Angeles 90004. And we'll provide delicious snacks!

Thank you in advance for your assistance,

Hollywood Youth Pride Team
On Facebook: Hollywood Youth Pride

P.S. If you cannot attend, please consider taking some time during your meetings to discuss these topics with your students, encourage them to discuss the event with their friends, and please send us the feedback. We'd greatly appreciate it!

22. 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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23. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)

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

San Diego Youth
The R. Scott Hitt Foundation Internships for 2010

The R. Scott Hitt Foundation is offering funding for qualified candidates with the vision to be future leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement.
The pro-LGBT sponsoring organization that you choose apply with will receive funding to compensate your internship position while you strengthen your resume and gain valuable skills towards becoming a leader of the future.
Application Deadline: May 7, 2010 
  • Post graduate students with strong academic record
  • Duration: 7-9 months, 40 hour week - $20,000 Grant
  • Location: An established 501(c)3 nonprofit with a commitment to the advancement of LGBT equality
  • Applicant contacts host organization they want to work at and co-develops a successful curriculum encompassing these key elements: communications, fundraising, board development and grassroots policy
  • 2-4 recipients per year

Application Deadline: April 16, 2010
  • Current undergraduate students with strong academic record
    Duration: 8 weeks, 40 hour week - $4000 Grant to sponsor 501(c)3
  • Location: An established 501(c)3 nonprofit in Southern California with a commitment to the advancement of LGBT equality
  • Applicant contacts host organization they want to work at and co-develops a successful curriculum encompassing key elements of non-profit operations and program development
  • Named for the nonprofit ANGLE (Access Now for Gay & Lesbian Equality) which inspired and provided the funding for these internships
  • 3-5 recipients per year


1. Visit for details.
2. Choose a pro-LGBT 501(C)3 non-profit organization to sponsor your internship.
3. Agree to the terms of your internship and scope of work with your sponsoring organization. Construct sponsor agreement in cooperation with your chosen 501(c)3.
4. Submit your cover letter, personal essay, résumé and sponsor agreement by the above deadline to
5. Check for grant award dates. 
25. Bulldog Pride Fund and GSA Network Award 

Fresno State LGBT Scholarships

The Bulldog Pride Fund at Fresno State expects to provide three $2,000 scholarships ($6,000 total) for the 2010-11 academic year.

The BPF scholarship criteria is that a Fresno State incoming or returning student with good academic standing that has demonstrated pride in the community be selected as its recipient(s). The BPF also bestows the GSA Network Award.

The deadline to apply for the Bulldog Pride Fund, as well as all scholarships at Fresno State, is Feb. 28, 2010.
For more info:
26. PFLAG Scholarships - $2000 for Students in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties 
 PFLAG San Jose is offering four $2000 scholarships to High School seniors in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties whose educational history, personal plans, and activities demonstrate support for justice and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons.
All information and application forms are located on our web site

Applicaiton deadline: March 27, 2010
27. PFLAG National scholarships available for 2010: $5000, $2500, $1000 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:
28. Women on the Move (WOM): Lavender Scholars Program 
Women on the Move (WOM): Lavender Scholars Program

One $500 scholarship is available to an Inland Empire high school senior seeking financial assistance to pursue a post-secondary education or an Inland Empire Community College senior who is seeking financial assistance to continue his/her education as an upper classman. The program is open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT), an Ally or students with LGBT parents.

Applications are available with Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Advisors in local Inland Empire high schools; Community College Guidance offices; Financial Aid offices; Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance (RPYA); and, on the Lavender Scholars website. The cost to submit an application is free.

Students can mail completed applications to:
The Chicago Business Center,
C/O of the Unity Center - Women on the Move: Lavender Scholars Program, 2
025 Chicago Suite A20, Riverside, CA 92507.

The application deadline is March 1, 2010.  Late applications will not be considered.  For additional information and to submit questions, students can visit

29. Gay and Lesbian Armenian Society (GALAS) Scholarship

· Students from all fields of study are encouraged to apply.
· $1000 renewable scholarship (must reapply to renew scholarship)
· Applications accepted from: September 1st of each year
· Application deadline:  February 28th of each year
· Applicant notification:  April 1st of each year
· Awards given out at the annual GALA (May of each year)
Recipient is highly encouraged to attend GALA to receive award.  One complementary ticket will be
given to recipient.

· For undergraduate and graduate studies
(High School Seniors and College students who are accepted/enrolled in accredited colleges/universities)
· Armenian descent (1st /2nd /3rd  generation Armenians)
If parents or grandparents are Armenian, names will have to be provided.
· Active involvement in an organization that benefits the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT)
· Must attend school in California
· GALAS scholarship award recipient selection committee members are not eligible.

· School acceptance letter/class registration
· Transcripts:
 For high school seniors: grades 9- 11
For college/university: current transcripts
· Minimum GPA 3.0 (special circumstances taken into consideration)
· Letters of recommendation (at least 2)
-     (1) from an instructor/academic setting
-     (1) from the organization that benefits the GLBT community
-     (optional) From a non-relative
· Autobiography including statement of intent (500 word minimum)

All completed applications and supporting material must be received by February 28.
All material must be sent to:
Gay and Lesbian Armenian Society
8721 Santa Monica Blvd.
Box #654
West Hollywood, CA 90069-4511

 The application packet must be complete to be considered by the review committee.

Applicants will be notified of award by April 1 of the application year.

To download an application form, go to:


30. S.F. school board OKs new gay support program
by Jill Tucker
San Francisco Chronicle
February 10, 2010

(02-09) 21:43 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco school board added to the district's massive $113 million shortfall over the next two years by voting Tuesday night to fund a substantial increase in instruction and services related to gay and lesbian issues.

The resolution calls for adding a district position to manage "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning" youth issues. It also requires the district to keep tabs on harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation and distribute educational packets every year to parents encouraging them to discuss sexuality, gender identity and safety with their children.

The measure, sponsored by the city's Youth Commission and Human Rights Commission and the district's Student Advisory Council, requires district staff to seek outside funding to cover the costs, but guarantees at least a half-time position and other services regardless.

About 13 percent of San Francisco's middle school students and 11 percent of high school students self-identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, according to a district survey.

Despite San Francisco's reputation as a gay-friendly city, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students more frequently experience harassment and are more likely to consider suicide, district officials said during the meeting.

In addition, 43 percent of those middle schools students - 430 children - said they didn't go to school because they didn't feel safe compared with 11 percent of heterosexual students.

"It's the data that's driving my decision," said board member Norman Yee, his voice filling with emotion as he wiped away tears.

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