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GSA Network News
March 3, 2010
Greetings!

In this edition of GSA Network News, we announce our Springtime GSA Network events.
March 6 - San Jose Leadership Summit
March 13 - Animo GSA Pride, South LA GSA Leadership Summit
March 20 - Expression Not Suppression GSA Conference in Fresno
March 20 - Antelope Valley GSA Leadership Summit
April 23-26 -  GSA Advocacy & Youth Leadership Academy and Queer Youth Advocacy Day in Sacramento.  NorCal and Central Valley Youth, last chance to apply!

In solidarity,
GSA Network
NETWORK NEWS HIGHLIGHT:
GSAs Thriving In Rural America

Like many states, Virginia has a history as a battleground state when it comes to LGBT rights.  Recently the Governor of Virginia repealed non-discrimination protections for state employees on the basis
of sexual orientation.  However, in rural parts of that same state, students like Timothy Rogers are taking the bold and brave step to form Gay-Straight Alliances to fight discrimination.

When asked about forming a GSA at his own school, Timothy said, "Our county has two Gay-Straight Alliances. Some schools are more welcoming to them than others. Our principal at first seemed really opposed to the idea."

Every week, students outside of California call GSA Network to get more information about their rights and what they can do to start a Gay-Straight Alliance.  Last week, Timothy in Virginia reached out to GSA Network's National Program Manager Danielle Askini to get information about his rights, and specifically how to talk to his Principal.

Timothy shared, "Our Principal wanted us to call the group 'Spectrum'. When we first talked to her about starting a gay-straight alliance, she seemed completely opposed to the idea of having the word 'gay' in our
title. She also said she needed to approve everything our club did. It left me feeling like we weren't going to be able to do much but have a support group.  We really wanted to start the Gay-Straight
Alliance to tackle the homophobia at our school."

"I get lots of calls like Timothy's," says Danielle. "Students from around the country call me when they face an administration that is initially opposed to having a GSA. I always encourage students to read the legal rights section of our website, as well as to locate local legal organizations in their area.  I help students come up with a solid plan of what their GSA will do to engage their school administrator in a conversation about their GSA goals as well as their legal rights."

Timothy, his fellow students, and club sponsor found that after giving their principal more specific legal information and asking her what her concerns.  By engaging in a dialogue, they learned that what she was really concerned about was how parents would react.

"She was afraid about what she would do if a student's parents called to find out if they were in the Gay-Straight Alliance. We reminded her that it is made up of both gay and straight students.  So, being involved could mean you just want to stop harassment in school.  We also talked to her for a while about the need for safety in our school," shared Timothy, who also learned that his principal felt reassured after talking to other schools in the area that have a GSA.  "After we spent time talking about the issues, she really opened up and seemed to be much more willing to let us call the group the Gay-Straight Alliance.  Having the legal resources, the information from the ACLU and GSA Network really helped us to make our case. She has come around to being very supportive."

Timothy offered other students advice. "I think that students who want a GSA should fight for it.  However, they should go about it peacefully and follow the school's procedures. Get together with your friends and others and go as a group to peacefully show them how much support the group has. I feel the best thing to do is to be as kind as possible and not rude."

As for his GSA's plans this year, Timothy shared, "We plan to get together and help make our school safer for all LGBT students. We are planning some fun activities to enjoy ourselves, such as going out to the movies together and having some discussions about ourselves and sharing our experience with others."

Across the country there are nearly 4,500 GSAs with over 760 registered in California alone. Each region has its own unique challenges, but all students across the country are protected under the Federal Equal Access Act. States in the South Eastern part of the US represent some of the fastest GSA growth according to statistics from the National Association of GSA Network's annual survey. Courageous students like Timothy are the leading reason for that growth. Currently there are four thriving GSA Networks in the South East United States.  You can learn more about staring a GSA on our website.  You can learn more about those networks through our National Directory. GSA Network coordinates the National Association of GSA Networks.  If you are interested in starting a GSA Network in your state, please visit our website or email Danielle Askini, National Program Manager at danielle@gsanetwork.org
  GSA NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. SanJoseDeFrank Center GSA Leadership Training this weekend! (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!

So 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.

leadership training

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 kiely@gsanetwork.org
* Cassie Blume, Youth Programs Director, Billy DeFrank Center, at 408-293-3040 X 111 or cassieb@defrank.org
 
SouthLA 2.  Animo GSA Pride: South LA Leadership Summit March 13th!
 
Saturday, March 13, 2010
9am - 6pm
Animo Ralph Bunche Charter High
1655 E. 27th Street - 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90011
Off Metro Blue Line Washington Station

Co-Sponsored by: GSA Network, Animo Ralph Bunche Charter High's GSA, BIENESTAR, & Proyecto Orgullo

Come and be part of a fun and FREE day of learning and activism!

Workshops will include:
  • Having a Kick Ass GSA!
  • Safer Sex!
  • Life as an LGBT College Student!
  • Coming Out Stories!
  • AND MUCH MORE!

Registration closes Friday March 12th at 5pm!

south la

Please contact Daniel Solis (daniel@gsanetwork.org) or Joey Hernandez (joey.h@gsanetwork.org) if you have any questions. You can also reach us at 213.482.4021.
ENS3. Central Valley GSA Conference: Expression Not Supression March 20th! (Fresno) 

Gay-Straight Alliance Network

and Community Link
present...

Expression Not Suppression 2010

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 julia@gsanetwork.org


 Antelope4. Antelope Valley GSA Leadership Summit!

Saturday, March 20, 2010
10am - 5pm
Tierra Bonita Elementary School
44820 27th Street  East
Lancaster, CA 93535

Co-Sponsored by: GSA Network and the Antelope Valley GLBT Community Center

Come and be part of a fun and FREE day of learning and activism!

Workshops will include:
  • Having a Kick Ass GSA!
  • Fighting for Your Rights!
  • Understanding Gender & Sexuality!
  • Fighting Homophobia & Transphobia in YOUR School!
  • AND MUCH MORE!

To sign up, register here.

Registration closes Friday, March 19th at 5pm!
av leadership training

Please contact Daniel Solis (daniel@gsanetwork.org) or Joey Hernandez (joey.h@gsanetwork.org) if you have any questions. You can also reach us at 213.482.4021.
 
QYAD 5. GSA Advocacy & Youth Leadership Academy (GAYLA) and Queer Youth Advocacy Day (QYAD) 2010!
Are you a NOR CAL or CENTRAL VALLEY 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? Last Chance to apply to go to GAYLA/QYAD!

QYAD LogoGAYLA/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 8th for NorCal and Central Valley Students.

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: www.gsanetwork.org/gayla
or contact:
Alexander Tran, Advocacy Program Associate at ph: 415.552.4229 or alex@gsanetwork.org


Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Equality California (EQCA), BIENESTAR, and Transgender Law Center (TLC) sponsor GAYLA/QYAD.
Tru6. Tru Loved DVD now on Sale! 10% of your purchase goes to GSA Network!

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

TRU LOVED:
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 TRU LOVED ON DVD TODAY From BROWN BAG PRODUCITONS.
Buy DVDs, T-shirts, and more at www.brownbagprods.com 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.
OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.
 
CALIFORNIA - STATEWIDE

7. 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 DayofSilence.org 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 info@dayofsilence.org. We love to hear from you.

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

 
8. 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 http://www.nyacyouth.org/pages.php?id=21 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
www.Butt-Out.org
 
NOR CAL
9. Second Annual Self Love Fest for LGBTQIQ Youth March 13 (S.F.) 

LGBTQIQ YOUTH IN SAN FRANCISCO: Join us for the 2nd annual SELF LOVE FEST, a health and community resource fair for LGBTQIQ youth 25 and younger, taking place at Eureka Valley Rec Center Saturday, March 13th from 12:30-5pm in San Francisco!

Come connect with other LGBTQIQ youth around health and community wellbeing, learn about services and community resources, and enjoy tons of fun activities like haircuts, makeovers, massages, acupuncture, HIV testing, music, live performances, food, a smoothie bar, yoga, self defense demnostrations, and healthy relationship workshops.

Come early to play raffle bingo and win great prizes! The event is all free and hosted at 100 Collingwood in SF
Contact: adele.new.leaf@gmail.com with questions and spread the word!
 
10. Empowering Gay Bisexual and Questioning Men by providing Support, Advocacy, and a safe place to be YOU! (S.F.)
Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. & Rec Connect present...

AQUELLOS LOCOS -- A Queer Men Group
Where: Jose Coronado Clubhouse (Between 21st & 20th Folsom)
(Inside the Building)
Time: Starts at 6:00pm
When: Every Tuesday
Snacks are provided

For more information Please contact: Jose Romero j.romero415@yahoo.com (415) 641-2815

BRINGING QUEER YOUTH SERVICES INTO DA MISSION !!
11. San Jose State University's Transgender Awareness Week, March 8-11, 2010

San Jose State University's Transgender Awareness Week, March 8-11, 2010.  This collaborative event will feature national renowned Trans experts along with local activists to educate the SJSU campus and local community about Transgender people.

Feature events for the week will include an award-winning photodocumentary, "Transfigurations" by Jana Marcus; film screening of "Diagnosing Difference," followed by a panel including the filmmaker, Dr. Annalise Ophelian and Cecila Chung, Chair-San Francisco Human Rights Commission; and a Cabaret Benefit Performance by Calpernia Addams.

More info: http://www.sjsu.edu/transweek
 
12. GSA RENT Sing-A-Long (San Mateo)

Written in the 90's, Johnathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize winning musical rentRent addressed the AIDS virus, which was, at the time, something misunderstood and feared.  Today, Rent is an iconic part of LGBT culture and continues to bring AIDS awareness to the general public.  In order to celebrate LGBT culture and to further AIDS awareness, the Aragon High School Gay Straight Alliance will be hosting the second annual Rent-Sing-a-Long on March 11, 2010 at 7:00.  Baked goods will be free, and pizza will be for sale.  This event is free, and there is a $5 suggested donation.  Bring your friends, your family, and your GSA members/advisor!  Singing is highly encouraged, but not required!

What: The Rent-Sing-A-Long
When: March 11 at 7:00-9:00
Where: Aragon High School Memorial Theatre.  900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA
Why: Celebrate LGBT culture and further AIDS awareness
Cost: FREE ($5 Suggested Donation)
For More Information: email at ahs.gsapresident@yahoo.com 
13. Empowerment:  A Panel Discussion Focusing on Youth & Teens of the LGBTQQI Community and the Issues They Face (Daly City)

empowerment

"Empowerment" is aimed at uplifting the teens of our community by tackling teen issues.

A facilitator will carry on a guided and informal discussion before an audience and a panel of 8 distinguished guest speakers -- touching on issues like gender identity, depression, dealing with discrimination, and stereotypes.

Local organizations and service providers will also be present to offer information and resources.

FOR PERFORMANCE AND EVENT UPDATES as well as GUEST SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES,  go to www.facebook.com/DCTeenServices

Event info:

Date:  Friday, April 16, 2010
Time:  5:30 - 9:30pm (Discussion Panel @  6:30pm)
Location:  Merced Room, 145 Lake Merced Boulevard,  Daly City, CA 94015

Fundraiser:  $5-$10 sliding scale (SPECIAL GROUP RATE AVAILABLE.  Contact Gabriel Dela Cruz.)
This event is a fundraiser for teen programming in Daly City.

For more information contact:
Gabriel Dela Cruz
Teen Services - Daly City Parks and Recreation Dept
gdelacruz@dalycity.org
tel.: 650-991-8001
vmail:  650-991-8234
14. NEW RESOURCE: Not In Our Town Project Launches NIOT.org to Combat Hate
On April 6th, the Not In Our Town project will launch a social networking site for people fighting hate and working to create safe, inclusive communities and schools where everyone is respected.



NIOT.org connects people everywhere into a vital network and leverages local stories of success and innovation to educate and inspire others to stand up in their own towns. GSA Network members and friends are invited to participate before the April 6th public launch by visiting the preview site now at http://preview.niot.org and sharing information about what you are doing locally.  This is an opportunity to connect people currently active with your GSA's work with others at the local level committed to a common mission.

Here's how you can take action now:
Together, we can map a path to a more inclusive future.

 
15. 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. http://www.nctcsf.org/other.html . 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, sara@nctcsf.org (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: http://www.nctcsf.org/YouthAware.html for more program info and to download scripts for preview.
16. 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: http://www.concordpoa.org/contactus.php?#map
Refreshments and dinner will be served.
* Special Guests: The Griffith Family *

SUGGESTED DONATION:$35 per person (tax-deductible)
Make your donation online at http://www.horizonsfoundation.org/griffithfund
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 GriffithFund@aol.com
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.

 
17. Youth Calendar (S.F.)

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

LYRIC
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
http://lyric.org/calendar.html
CENTRAL VALLEY

18. 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.
19. 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 :http://www.fresnorainbowpride.com/youthalliance.html
SO CAL
20. Southern California LGBTQ YOUTH PROM (L.A.)
Southern California LGBTQ YOUTH PROM
Save the Date!  MAY 14, 2010!

This year's LGBTQ Youth Prom is scheduled for Friday evening, May 14, 2010, from 8 PM to 12 midnight, at the Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

YOUTH, AGES 14 TO 20, ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. Prepay tickets (due no later than Monday, May 10, 2010) for students is $40 per person. Tickets at the door are $50 per person.

Adult Chaperones (adults accompanying youth) must pay the full ticket price of $60 per adult.

*We are looking for individuals and community organizations who would like to sponsor a student ticket (for youth who are unable to pay the student price). The cost of the full ticket is $60.

Contact Friends of Project 10 Inc. at project10@hotmail.com or call 626.577.4553 if you or your organization would like to sponsor a young person. This is a tax deductible gift (tax id.#95-4080446).

Visit www.modelsofpride.org/prom to for more info!

 
21. GSA and Student Rally against anti-LGBT Legislation in Uganda

You are invited to join students across the state in speaking out.
In SoCal, High school senior Laura Smyth is organizing a demonstration and speak-out against the anti-LGBT legislation currently being considered in Uganda.
The bill in question, if passed, would give Ugandan citizens sentences ranging from seven years in prison to death for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. It would also target anyone (or organization) who supports LGBT folks.
Join us! Come take a stand against this atrocity!

A Stand for Justice
Los Angeles City Hall, South Entrance
Wednesday, March 24th / 6 pm

Contact: Laura Smyth
Phone: 213-482-4021
E-mail: AStandForJustice2010@gmail.com

 uganda demonstration
22. 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: www.makesomethingworkshops.com

The password is: LOVE



 
23. '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:  kovalinsky03@gmail.com
Link to Now Public Media article:
http://my.nowpublic.com/culture/deratanys-haram-iran-moves-los-angeles-stage


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:  http://www.haramiran.com/
24. 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: info@equalaction.org


Outpsoken
outspoken 2
 
25. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)

Check out these new calendars for LGBT Youth!
 
Los Angeles Youth
http://lalgbtcalendar.pbwiki.com/
http://www.virsil.com/

San Diego Youth
www.ourlgbtevents.org/
ScholarJOBS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND GRANTS
26. PAID LGBT INTERNSHIPS 
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.
 
* POST-GRADUATE*
THE SCOTT HITT INTERNSHIP IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
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

* UNDERGRADUATE *
THE A.N.G.L.E. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERNSHIP
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

TO APPLY:

1. Visit www.scotthittfoundation.org 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 www.scotthittfoundation.org.
5. Check www.scotthittfoundation.org for grant award dates. 
27. Models of Excellence Scholarship

It's that time, once again, for eligible senior high school students, living in Southern California, to apply for the Models of Excellence Scholarship (MOE).

Awards of $500 and $1,000 are given annually to graduating seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to LGBTQ civil rights issues (i.e., participate in a GSA, school and community activism, school project).

Applications must be submitted no later than May 15, 2010. Winners MUST be present for the awards ceremony which takes place the last weekend of June, 2010 (exact day and time TBA).

 Visit www.modelsofpride.org/scholarships for more information and to download an application.

MAY 15, 2010 DEADLINE


 
28. 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 www.pflagsanjose.org.

Application deadline: March 27, 2010
 
29. PFLAG National scholarships available for 2010: $5000, $2500, $1000 scholarships!

Online link to all information:    http://community.pflag.org/Page.aspx?pid=370

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: https://www.pflag.org/scholarship/process.php?newapp=1
 
NEWS

 






GSA Network
Gay-Straight Alliance Network

National & Statewide Headquarters:
1550 Bryant St., Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-552-4229
Fax: 415-552-4729

Southern California Regional Office:
1145 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-482-4021
Fax: 213-482-4027

Central Valley Regional Office:
Phone: 559-268-2780
Mail for the Central Valley office may be sent to our headquarters in San Francisco.

http://www.gsanetwork.org


In This Issue
NETWORK NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Youth Keep Lawrence King's Memory Alive
GSA NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. GSA Network and DeFrank Center Leadership Training! (San Jose)
2. Animo GSA Pride: South LA Leadership Summit March 13th!
3. Central Valley GSA Conference: Expression Not Supression March 20th! (Fresno)
4. Antelope Valley GSA Leadership Summit!
5. GSA Advocacy & Youth Leadership Academy (GAYLA) and Queer Youth Advocacy Day (QYAD) 2010!
6. Tru Loved DVD now on Sale! 10% of your purchase goes to GSA Network!
OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
NATIONAL
7. Day of Silence: Register NOW for FREE stuff!
8. 18-24 yo LGBTQI Tobacco Use Survey - Win $$
NOR CAL
9. Second Annual Self Love Fest for LGBTQIQ Youth March 13 (S.F.)
10. Empowering Gay Bisexual and Questioning Men (S.F. Mission)
11. San Jose State University's Transgender Awareness Week, March 8-11
12. GSA RENT Sing-A-Long (San Mateo)
13. Empowerment: A Panel Discussion Focusing on Youth & Teens of the LGBTQQI Community (Daly City)
14. NEW RESOURCE: Not In Our Town Project Launches NIOT.org to Combat Hate
15. YouthAware Educational Theatre - The Other Side of the Closet Tour
16. Annual Dice 5000 Party (Bay Area)
17. Youth Calendar (S.F.)
CENTRAL VALLEY
18. Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays (Fresno)
20. Southern California LGBTQ YOUTH PROM (L.A.)
21. GSA and Student Rally against anti-LGBT Legislation in Uganda
22.Make Something!! Invites LGBT Students to ManifestEquality (L.A.)
23. 'Haram Iran' premiers on West Coast
24. OUTspoken Sessions (L.A.)
26. PAID LGBT INTERNSHIPS...The R. Scott Hitt Foundation Internships for 2010
27. Models of Excellence Scholarship
28. PFLAG Scholarships - $2000 for Students in San Mateo and Santa Clara
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