In this edition of GSA Network News, our highlight focuses on the Day of Silence. If you are a Los Angeles GSA, consider attending the Breaking the Silence
rally in downtown LA. We encourage all GSAs in California to participate in this national day of action.
If you are in the Central Valley we hope to see you at the Expression Not Suppression
conference this Saturday, featuring workshops, a dance and a drag show!
NETWORK NEWS HIGHLIGHT:
OC GSA Gears Up for Kick-Ass Day of Silence
It's that time of the year again!
What time you ask?
Time to plan and hold the annual Day of Silence at your school!
Every year in the spring, GSAs across the country take a vow of silence to recognize and protest the silence that LGBT people face each day. GSAs in California and throughout the United States have organized around GLSEN'S Day of Silence as a way of raising awareness and fighting homophobia and transphobia in their schools.
To help GSA activists plan the best possible Day of Silence on April 16, 2010, we decided to go to the experts themselves - GSA activists like you!
We caught up with the busy leaders of the GSA at Garden Grove High School (GGHS) in Orange County and picked their brains on what makes a truly successful Day of Silence. They were able to share what they've got planned for this year and how they went about making it work.
Gianna Mocorocco, an officer of the GSA, explained their ambitious plans, not just for the Day of Silence, but also for the whole week leading up to it. Gianna said, "We have decided to call the week leading up to the Day of Silence Support Love Week. We are going to publicize Support Love Week two weeks prior to it - in early April- with flyers. The goal is to get students educated, motivated, and participating to help spread knowledge about harassment and discrimination against LGBT people around the whole school."
Bay Nguyen, GSA President, went on to describe the various activities they have planned throughout the week. Bay explained that, "Monday is 'Wear Your Support Love T-Shirt.' Tuesday, we're going to show a video that explains how anti-LGBT slurs make schools unsafe for all students. We're going to show it during our regular GSA meeting. Wednesday is the Club Food Fair (a.k.a. "support GSA by buying our food"). This will help us raise money for our events next year. Thursday is 'Stop A Slur Day' where the GSA challenges all students to not say any slurs and to check other people's use of slurs for a day. Lastly, Friday is the Day of Silence. Students will be taking the vow or helping support those that are. We'll also have a Breaking the Silence Rally after school."
In order to increase the number of people participating in the Day of Silence, Garden Grove High's GSA plans on making and passing out two different types of ribbons. Bay explained that the purpose of the ribbons was to show who was actually taking the vow of silence and who was supporting it as a Speaking Ally. Bay said, "The week before Support Love Week, the GSA is going to prepare orange and yellow ribbons to pass out during lunch on the days leading up to the Day of Silence. The orange ribbon signifies that you're taking a vow of silence and the yellow ribbon signifies that you support the purpose of Day of Silence but are not taking a vow of silence. Along with ribbons we plan on passing out additional resources such as an informational sheet about DOS and ways to get more involved."
Having many ways for students at your school to support the Day of Silence is a good way to increase the number of people participating. Having Speaking Allies who can talk during the day and explain what it's all about can really help you get your message across and make the Day of Silence have a deeper impact at your school.
We next asked Bay and Gianna about how they've worked with their administration to get such an ambitious Day of Silence planned. Bay responded, "Our school's administration helps our planning process by approving the event details to make sure everything will go smoothly. The GSA notifies teachers of the Day of Silence and that some students will take a vow of silence. However, we also make it clear that the GSA doesn't encourage students to not participate during class, and that they risk lowering their grades. By reaching out to teachers with information beforehand we hope that most, if not all, of the teachers are supportive and understanding."
Reaching out to teachers and administrators ahead of time is critical to having a kick-ass Day of Silence. Teachers and administrators like to know what's going on at school, and the more you communicate with them, the more at ease you can put them. Sharing information with teachers and administrators weeks before your Day of Silence also helps to clear up any rumors or wrong information that they might have about the event.
What also helped Bay and Gianna in organizing such a jam-packed week of events was the coalition they built with a human rights club at their school, called BRIDGES. Gianna said of their involvement, "The BRIDGES program is immensely supportive and has offered to help us carry out Support Love Week with volunteers to pass out ribbons and helping publicize."
At Garden Grove High, BRIDGES is a very popular club and respected by teachers, administrators and students alike. By getting that club to help with Support Love Week and the Day of Silence, the GSA was able to gain valuable allies that can encourage more of the school to respect and support the Day of Silence.
Gianna and Bay also shared the importance of educating fellow students about what the Day of Silence is and what it isn't. The Garden Grove High GSA has been helped by the fact that they have been holding the event for years now. Gianna explained that, "The Day of Silence has become a tradition at GGHS, so most students are talking about it by the time April rolls around." Additionally, Bay and Gianna also plan on heavily promoting the day along with their Support Love Week throughout the school. Bay described that, "We're going to put flyers in classrooms and hallways; announcements on the school intercom; classroom announcements by individual GSA members; word of mouth; information in teachers' mailboxes to share with students. We do everything we can so everyone at our school knows what we're doing and why we're doing it."
By thinking ahead, making coalitions with other student groups, communicating with their teachers and administrators, and being creative with how they do the Day of Silence, Garden Grove High's GSA has ready for a fierce Day of Silence that will educate their school about the daily struggles LGBTQ students go through in our nation's schools.
For more ideas on how to plan a kick-ass Day of Silence check out our Day of Silence Resource Guide: gsanetwork.org/dayofsilence
You can also contact your local Program Coordinator for support and ideas. They are there to help you!
Central Valley - Julia Valle, firstname.lastname@example.org or 559.268.2780
NorCal - Kiely Hosmon, email@example.com or 415.552.4229
SoCal - Daniel Solis, firstname.lastname@example.org or 213.482.4021
And be sure to register your event with http://www.dayofsilence.org where you can also get more ideas to help you plan Day of Silence.
GSA NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENTS
|1. Central Valley GSA Conference: Expression Not Suppression March 20th! (Fresno)
Gay-Straight Alliance Network
and Community Link
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
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 email@example.com
2. 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!
Registration closes Friday, March 19th at 5pm!
|3. 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
4. Join SoCal GSAs in Breaking the Silence Together!
Come to Pershing Square in Downtown LA and take part in a rally to speak out against homophobia and transphobia in our schools.
Rally will feature youth sharing their stories and experiences dealing with anti-LGBT harassment in schools.
When: Friday, April 16th, 6pm - 7pm
Where: Pershing Square, Corner of 7th and Hill - Off Pershing Square Metro Red Line Station
If you would like to join us as a speaker, or for more info, please contact Daniel Solis (firstname.lastname@example.org or 213.482.4021)
Co-Sponsored by GSA Network, BIENESTAR, & Proyecto Orgullo
|5. Tru Loved DVD now on Sale! 10% of your purchase goes to GSA Network!
|Own the only movie about forming a Gay-Straight Alliance!
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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 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 email@example.com. We love to hear from you.
Best of luck, and happy organizing,
The Community Initiatives Department
|7. We ALL Count -- Queer the Census
|It's crazy - the U.S. Census Bureau wants an accurate count of everyone in the country - but there's no question in the survey that asks if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
You read that right: LGBT people are basically invisible in the survey that is supposed to reflect the diversity of America's population - and that's a big problem.
The data collected impacts issues critical to every American - like our health care, our economic stability, and even our safety. And when LGBT people aren't counted, then we also don't count when it comes to services, resources ... you name it.
What can you do? Go to http://www.queerthecensus.org/ for more information; talk to your parents, teachers and friends; post it on facebook; write letters; and get the pink sticker to put on the back of your family's census form.
8. The Cooking Gene, a new short play for LGBT youth
|The Cooking Gene, a new short play by Jonathan Dorf that looks at the issue of gay marriage through a high school lens, is now available. In a sentence:
A gay teen shakes things up in his home ec class when he wants his boyfriend to be his "husband" for a family budget assignment.
The play, which was an official selection of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights / City of West Hollywood Lesbian & Gay Playreading Festival and premiered as part of NativeAliens Theatre Collective's Short Stories 10 during NYC Pride, is available for production through YouthPLAYS (www.youthplays.com) for a nominal royalty ($25 first performance/$15 each additional). The playwright is a noted author of plays for teens, including such titles as After Math, Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions, 4 A.M. and High School (non) Musical, with productions worldwide.
To read a free electronic perusal copy, visit its YouthPLAYS order page:
For more information, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|9. Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project
We are pleased to inform you that applications for the 28th Annual Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP) Sacramento Leadership Conference are now being accepted. Open to current 10th and 11th grade California high school students, the week-long conference will take place in Sacramento at the California State University, Sacramento campus from July 24th - July 31st, 2010. One hundred twenty (120) applicants will be selected to participate in the conference. Students selected to participate attend at no cost to themselves or their families. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2010.
Founded in 1982, the CLYLP is a volunteer-run, non-profit, non-partisan organization, which receives major support from the California Latino Legislative Caucus, the University of California system, the California State University system, the California Community Colleges, and over 50 private foundations and organizations. More than 3,000 California high school students have participated in the summer conference with over 90% of CLYLP participants going on to attend college. Through the training and tools provided at the conference, CLYLP alumni become successful leaders in both the public and private sector, becoming, among other things, successful educators, policymakers, business persons, doctors and attorneys.
Our application for the summer program is intentionally modeled after college applications, so we ask that you assist your students in any way that you can to complete their entire applications. Please note that there is no GPA requirement or GPA cut-off to be selected to participate in the summer conference. Moreover, we strongly encourage students with leadership potential to apply. To be considered, students must submit their postmarked application materials no later than March 31, 2010.
The student application materials can be downloaded on the internet by visiting our website at www.clylp.org under the Programs section. Students now have the option of completing and submitting the application portion of the process online and then submitting supporting materials by mail. Additional information about the online application can be found on the website.
Please encourage students to apply and become part of "California's Future Leaders!"
The Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, Inc. is a non-profit tax-exempt organization. (Tax ID # 94-3069819)
Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project PO Box 161566 Sacramento, CA 95816
|10. The Family Acceptance Project is now serving families in Contra Costa
The Family Accpetance Project is the only program of its kind that helps families learn to support their LGBT children. The Family Accpetance Project will work with families from all ehtnic, religious and cultural backgrounds and can meet families in their homes, neighborhoods or at community agencies.
The services are free, confidential and are provided in English, Spanish, and Cantonese.
415-522-5558 or 1-888-354-4222 or write us at
|11. Center Women Present Speak Up! (S.F.)
|Come Join Us on April 10th for a Free spoken word performance by some amazing queer artists.
When: April 10 230-530
Where: LGBT Center, Rainbow Room, 1800 Market St, Sf.
12. 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 email@example.com (415) 641-2815
BRINGING QUEER YOUTH SERVICES INTO DA MISSION !!
13. Empowerment: A Panel Discussion Focusing on Youth & Teens of the
LGBTQQI Community and the Issues They Face (Daly City)
"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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.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. Youth Calendar (S.F.)
|San Francisco's LYRIC Youth Center hosts events almost everyday for LGBTQQ youth. |
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
|17. 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)
is a Trans-e-motion
business meeting on the third Saturday of each month at 5:00 p.m. to
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
California, 93728, U.S.A.
|18. Community Link's Youth Meetings Friday Night (Fresno)|
|19. 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 email@example.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!
|20. OUTspoken Sessions (L.A.)|
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
|21. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)|
|Check out these new calendars for LGBT Youth!|
Los Angeles Youth
San Diego Youth
|JOBS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND GRANTS
|22. 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.
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
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.
|23. 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
|24. Local PFLAG Scholarships - $1000- $2500 for students in select 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
PFLAG San Diego
is offering scholarships to LGBT students in San Diego. Awarded amounts are $1000 to $2500 and applications are available at our website: pflag.com
More info: email@example.com
858-483-8310Applications are due by March 26, 2010.