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GSA Network News
April 14, 2010

Although they may be fabulous, of course dolphins aren't gay sharks!  But the GSA Network Staff loved the line so much from last night's GLEE episode, we had to ask again...

In this edition of GSA Network News, we are positively gleeful about the ACLU's Youth Rights Conference. And while we love it when a show choir sings out loud, don't forget that this Friday is the Day of Silence, during which students will take a vow of silence to draw attention to the everyday silencing of LGBT students. We encourage all students to stand up for equality and break the silence on April 16 for the Day of Silence.

The next day of action coming up is Harvey Milk Day  on May 22nd. Get your GSA ready to organize this historic first-ever celebration of Harvey Milk Day in California schools!

In solidarity,
GSA Network
NETWORK NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Queer Youth Have Rights?  You Bet They Do!

On Tuesday, April 13th, the ACLU of Northern California's Friedman Education Project, held its annual Youth Rights Conference at the Cesar Chavez Student Center at San Francisco State University.  This year the theme was "Fresh, Fierce + Fabulous!" because you know queer youth are the freshest, fiercest, and, of course, the most fabulous around!
aclu conference
The question for the day was: "How does discrimination and oppression of queer communities and individuals affect us all, and how do we envision and fight for a world that truly includes and honors us all?" Dang, ACLU, that's a deep question!

The conference organizers hoped to get participants thinking about this question with the workshops being offered, keynote speakers, youth presenters, and performances.

The morning kicked off with some beats by the Loco Bloco Women's Crew, followed by inspiring poetry from Lex, Yosimar Reyes, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. And what Youth Rights conference would be complete without some youth activist keynote speakers. This year, Alexander Adsit(a GSA Network alumni and board member!) and Cassandra Chaseshared their words. Finally, the last keynote speaker was Ms Major, an elder and long time organizer who was actually involved in the Stonewall Riots!

Karissa Doll, a senior at Oak Grove High School, had this to say about the conference: "I attended workshops called "If you're queer, come here, if you're straight, ally to fight the hate!" and "Uncle Sam says "SHHHH!": censorship & media" and both were very informative. The first was about how to be an ally and the proper terms of genders, and the second was about what the media would censor and to show why and how. I feel this conference was very well put together and I enjoyed myself."

GSA Network put on a legal rights workshop focusing on the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000 (AB 537) and the California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Act of 2004 (SB 71). Be real now, show of hands of who knows what those two laws mean? If you don't know about these laws and how they protect LGBTQA youth, then you should definitely give GSA Network a call or shoot us an email so we can tell you all about them! Heck, we'll even come to your school to do it! Just contact Kiely, Daniel, or Julia.

Not only did the conference focus specifically on queer youth issues, but also issues relating to all youth in general. David Carson, a senior at College Park High School (and who tore up the floor with his boss dance moves) said, "I learned that the police can not check your bag without your consent."

The ACLU Friedman Education Projecthas some amazing and educational youth programming. For more information, please contact Shamar Theus, Youth Outreach Coordinator, at (415) 621-2493 ext. 355or at

If any of this sounds interesting or fun to you, be sure to give GSA Network a holla!
1. GSA Alumni - Join us on Facebook!
Want to stay in touch with other GSA Network alumni and alumni events? Join our GSA Network Alumni Fan Page!
Go to and join.
Do you remember how much fun and great activism experience you had at camp, the Youth Empowerment Summit, leadership trainings, and more?
Our alumni fan page will provide you ways to stay connected to these awesome events and the youth that make them great through volunteer opportunities, events, and more in the future!
Who can join?
Any alumni of a Gay-Straight Alliance club and/or GSA Network programs can join. This includes anyone who has volunteered with us and wants to keep in touch with alumni opportunities.
Great pictures of GSA Network youth at camp, conferences like the Youth Empowerment Summit, and advocacy events like Queer Youth Advocacy Day. Invite your friends to join! Also, feel free to add pictures to our Fan Page! And tag yourself in the photos from your year!
Suggestions, comments?
Do you have great ideas for our alumni program? Contact Alex Tran, Program Associate at GSA Network, at!
2. "La Mission" - A film we should all see and support
la mission
GSA Network is proud to support "La Mission", a film written and directed by Peter Bratt and starring his brother, Benjamin Bratt.  GSA Network endorses this film and encourages you to use it to educate your GSA!!

This week, "La Mission"opens in theaters nationally. We are supporting the national theatrical release of the movie and especially encourage people in LA to see it starting April 9th, and in the S.F. Bay Area starting April 15th.

"La Mission"was filmed in San Francisco's Mission District and shows the struggle between a Latino father and his son when he learns that his son, a student at Mission High, is gay. This film has the ability to educate and empower.

Theater Locations:

GSA Activity:
Organize members of your GSA to check out the movie, and then discuss how you can use it to spark conversations within your club and/or school!

Opening weekend attendance is critical. The box office totals determine the life expectancy of the film, including its afterlife on DVD. If you, as we do, want to see more films that authentically represent our experiences and our communities, we urge you to support independent film-making by showing up at the theaters and buying tickets!
Breaking3. 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 ( or 213.482.4021)

Co-Sponsored by GSA Network, BIENESTAR, & Proyecto Orgullo


4. Clovis West Hosts Central Valley GSA Picnic!

Clovis West and GSA Network invite you to a
Central Valley GSA Picnic!

gsa picnic 2010

When: April 24th, 2010
Where: Lake View Shelter at Woodward Park
Time: 1pm to ???
Why: to have fun, make friends, and build community

Please RSVP as soon as possible if you or your entire GSA would like to be apart of the picnic.

If you have any questions at all, please contact me or my club advisor.
cell phone: 559-577-8689
Advisors email:

5. FREE DVDS! It's been a while, but YIM is back in MOTION!

YIM 2010

Frameline and GSA Network are proud to announce that due to the renewed support from the ever-generous Bob Ross Foundation we are to keep Youth In Motion moving forward!

First off: We are going to produce more copies of our current DVDs.

If your school didn't get any or all of the DVD series due to short supply, send an email to:, informing him of which ones your school still needs:

   ˇ    Gender Matters: Expressions and Identities Beyond the Binary
   ˇ   Global Currents: Broadcasting Change in Latin America
   ˇ   In The Family: Marriage Equality and LGBT Families
   ˇ   Visionaries & Victories:Early Leaders in the LGBT Movement

And the big news: We're creating two brand new DVDs, which will be ready this fall! Stay tuned for more information!
6. GSA Summer Activists Camps! Save the Dates!
Coming this summer:
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NorCal GSA Activist Camp: August 6-8, 2010
SoCal/Central Valley GSA Activist Camp: July 23-25, 2010

Online registration is open for SoCal/Central Valley Activist Camp. 
Apply Now.

Nor Cal Camp Applications will open soon. 
Check out: for more info.

Tru7. 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.

8. 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

9. PARADE All America High School Service Team Award

Service, by its very nature, is about finding the best in ourselves and in each other.  Everyone's effort is important.  Service, when we do it well is about growth and win-win.

Stories that touch and inspire students are often ones they hear from their peers.  

PARADE Magazineand The LEAGUE(a national youth service-learning organization which empowers young people to make a positive difference in their communities) are seeking nominations for a new form of award, The All America High School Service Team, to recognize students who have made exemplary contributions in the service areas of: health, education, environment, economics or community.  These students show service as a solution to solve community problems and the power of stories to inspire others to action.

All nominees will receive our thanks, those who are selected as final recipients will be invited to receive an award and accept the challenge of a task: developing their own ideas as a national group for promoting service and service-learning in schools nationwide.  Winners will be asked to share their stories, and help reach out to other youth towards finding the best in each of us.

To learn more and submit your nomination, visit:
10. 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 or call 626.577.4553if you or your organization would like to sponsor a young person. This is a tax deductible gift (tax id.#95-4080446).

Visit for more info!

11. 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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12. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)

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

San Diego Youth

13. 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 Saturdayof each month.  Time and location to be announced.  See calendaror call (559) 255-4075.

There is a Trans-e-motion business meeting on the third Saturdayof 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.
14. 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 :
15. Harvey Milk Day Student Essay/Art Contest (Nor Cal)

Equality Action Now and Contest Sponsor, Barnes & Noble at Arden Fair is hosting an essay and art contest to commemorate California's first Harvey Milk Day, Saturday May 22, 2010.
Harvey Milk Day was enacted and signed into law last October by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Under the measure, May 22 is officially Harvey Milk Day in California, coinciding with Milk's birthday. While it is not a state holiday, schools are encouraged to hold lessons "remembering the life of Harvey Milk, recognizing his accomplishments and familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to this state".
Equality Action Now is a local grassroots civil rights organization and is leading the way in organizing Sacramento's Harvey Milk Day events. For more information check out
 Harvey Milk Day Student Essay/Art Contest Rules:
1.     The Harvey Milk Day Student Essay/Art contest is open to the following age-groups (as of May 22, 2010):
a.    6 and under     (Art Contest)
b.    7 - 12 yrs old   (Art Contest)
c.     13 - 14 yrs old (Essay contest)
d.    15 - 18 yrs old (Essay contest)
2.     The Harvey Milk Day Student Essay/Art Contest is open to students in the Sacramento Capitol Region, which includes those who reside in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba Counties.

For a complete list of rules and guidelines visit:
16. Sacramento QUEER PROM - April 24th!

The Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center Presents
2nd Annual
Saturday April 24, 2010

"A Night of Hollywood Glamor"

The Pagoda Building
J & 6th St.
6pm to 11pm
Dress: Flashy or Glamorous

$10 cash only at the door
limited to 200 guests
no large bags or backpacks

more info:
17. "Girlfriend" GSA Student Matinee at Berkeley Rep Theater (East Bay)

Romance unfolds in a new musical wound around the tender love songs of Matthew Sweet's landmark album, Girlfriend. Meeting in homeroom. Cruising through town. Holding hands. Cheering from the stands. That awkward first kiss. In the world premiere of Girlfriend at Berkeley Rep, boy meets boy. It's an eternal story turned upside down, a dual-Romeo duet directed by Les Waters that's innocent-and Sweet. Fall in love with the boy next door at Girlfriend.

We invite GSAs and other school groups to join us for the Student Matinee for Girlfriend on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at noon. 

Berkeley Repertory Theater
2025 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704-1164

Student matinee tickets are $10 each, and a complimentary chaperone ticket is included with every ten student tickets purchased. Performances listed as "Student Matinees" are reserved exclusively for student groups, and include post-show Q&A sessions with the cast.

To learn more about the student matinee series or to book a group, please call Elissa Dunn at 510 647-2918 or e-mail
18. GET PAID $50 for SF Focus Group

GET PAID for joining a SF Focus Group and telling us why people don't get HIV Tests!
Are you:
18-24 years old?
African American or Latino?
A man who has sex with other men?
HIV negative?

Internet Sexuality and Information Systems is conducting focus groups and offering $50 cash to folks who join a group discussion for an hour and a half about the reasons people don't get HIV tests.

Email: focusgroup@isis-inc.orgor call 510-835-9400to schedule a time!
Please include your ethnicity, age and times you're available in your call or email
19. Hayward Gay Prom 2010
LGBTQQI and Allies, 20 and Under Bay Area and Beyond

It's Prom! Your Prom! Dress to Impress! Bring who you want to... there's a KING, KING, QUEEN, QUEEN Contest and Fabulous Raffle Prizes

It's Beautiful!  It's Fun!  It's Gay Prom!

How Much? $25 or ($20 with Current School Picture ID)
Where? Hayward High School, 1633 East Avenue, Hayward, 94541
When? June 12th, 2010, 7pm to Midnight, always the second saturday in June

Call 510/247-8200 or go to for more info!

Lambda Youth Project is a program of Project Eden, Horizon Services, Inc
20. 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.
21. "Building Bridges: Struggle, Solidarity, Equality" Conference, April 17-18

The mission of the Building Bridges conference is to build a grassroots network of LGBTQ activists & organizations in Northern California, as part of the broader struggle to win full federal equality. We believe that action in the streets and in our communities is necessary for social justice gains, & that youth play a central role in building this movement. Saturday will feature a full day of workshops on issues from "LGBTQ Youth, Art, & Activism," to "The History of Transgender Resistance," to "Immigration Reform & its Relevance to the LGBTQ Fight for Full Federal Equality," & will be capped off by a rally against the proposed Sit/Lie law in San Francisco, which will affect many communities, but is targeted specifically at homeless youth. Sunday will feature a town hall meeting where we can take the community building that happened on saturday, & work together to figure out how to put it into action in planning next steps for our movement. Help us build solidarity, connections, and momentum as move forward towards full federal equality!
415 305 9480

April 17-18
Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco CA 94110

$10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
21. 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
22. The Tang Scholarship up to $15,000/year for API LGBT youth
Application deadline is 30 April 2010
Are you an API GLBT youth going to college/university or know of one?  I established this scholarship in 2007 to provide financial assistance to
gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (g/l/b/t) Asian and Pacific
Islanders (API) for post-secondary Education. This scholarship is to help
GLBT youth proudly achieve educational pursuits and dreams without shame.
This scholarship awards up to two outstanding students annually, a
combined scholarships totaling up to $15,000. These scholarships are
renewable for a maximum of three more years (a total of four years)
provided each student annually meets the renewal requirements.

This is the 4th year this scholarship will be awarded.

Each applicant must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
ˇ    Self-identified as Asian/Pacific Islander and gay, lesbian, bisexual
or transgender; (at least 25% API ancestry); and involved in the GLBT
ˇ    Graduate from a high school in one of the nine Bay Area counties;
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara
County, Napa, Sonoma or Solano;
ˇ    Scholarship will be awarded for full-time (minimum 12 units for all
semesters/quarters) enrollment in an accredited two, four-year university
or graduate school; (college, university, community college or vocational
ˇ    United States citizen or legal resident;
ˇ    Demonstrated financial hardship;
ˇ    Demonstrated academic promise;
ˇ    Minimum grade point average 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0);
ˇ    Be between the age of 17 and 25 on 30 April 2010

Application Deadline
ˇ    Scholarship manager must receive the completed application packet
and allsupporting materials (such as personal statement, letters of
reference, transcripts, proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency and
financial documentation) by 5 p.m. on April 30, 2010

For more info:
Click here to download an application:
23. Hope Initiative 2010 Scholarship
Hope Initiative, Inc.

Since its inception, the Hope Initiative Scholarship Program has upheld
the aspiration to promote academic excellence and to provide an
opportunity for outstanding students with significant financial need to
reach their highest potential. Year after year, Hope Initiative awards
scholarships to qualified, full-time attending high school, college, or
graduate students in the United States. As a charitable organization, we
wish to recognize students with a demonstrated commitment to leadership and assist them in continuing their education. The recipients must be upstanding citizens, role-models for other students, and active members or leaders within their community.
This year, we are proud to announce that Hope Initiative, Inc. will award
tenscholarships of $1,500 each to students between the ages of 17 and 25 who demonstrate exemplary dedication to service in their communities. All applicants must be pursuing full-time study at an accredited undergraduate or graduate institution in the U.S. for Fall 2010. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to apply. Please visit our website at more information regarding instructions for the application process.

Download all documents from our website:
Read all instructions and requirements on our website carefully
Fill out the application form online, submit your personal essay online,
and have your letter of recommendation emailed directly by your
recommender to

Make sure HI will receive all the application materials by May 1st, 2010, CST. HI will begin receiving applications for the scholarship on January 15th, 2010. We look forward to reading your stories and offering you the possibility to further your educational dreams.
24. HRC awards Generation Equality Scholarships
Due April 16

HRC awards Generation Equality Scholarshipsfor LGBT and allied students who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the fight for queer equality. The three $2,000 scholarshipsare part of the HRC Foundation's Youth and Campus Outreach Program, which aims to provide tools, facilitate connections and empower young people to fight for LGBT equality on campus and beyond.
This year, we will be awarding one $2,000 scholarship in each of the following categories:
ˇ        First-year students
ˇ        Returning four-year school students
ˇ        Returning community college students
The application deadline for academic year 2010-2011 is April 16, 2010. Scholarship recipients will be announced in mid- to late-June.
To learn more and apply online for a Generation Equality Scholarship, visit
25. COLAGE Lee Dubin Memorial Scholarship
Our difference is our strength!

COLAGEwill award four scholarships to youth who have one or more LGBTQ parent/guardian through a fund honoring the memory of community member and gay father Lee Dubin. Each scholarship will provide $1,000 to post-secondary students who have one or more LGBTQ parent/guardian and have demonstrated ability and commitment to effecting change in the LGBTQ community and the community at large.

Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2010

Information & Application:
26. Scott Hitt Foundation 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.
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. 
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 more information and to download an application.



NEWS: Student Sent Home for "Lady Gay Gay" Shirt
By Julie Bolcer
April 7, 2010
Greenbrier High School in White House, Tenn. sent a student home Monday on the grounds that his "I (Heart) Lady Gay Gay" T-shirt caused a "disruption," prompting allegations of a free-speech violation. The shirt refers to gay icon Lady Gaga.

According to NBC affiliate WSMV-TV in Nashville, "Cole Goforth's mother said the school is violating her son's freedom of speech and expression rights because kids who wear religious shirts and rebel flag shirts aren't sent home. The school said a shirt he wore is a disruption."

Julie Gordon said she believes her 15-year-old son is being singled out.

"I think they are singling him out, I really do, and they've made statements that if he wore this in California, he'd fit in just fine," she told WSMV-TV.

To read the full story, visit:

For a video from WSMV-TV in Nashville, visit:

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.

In This Issue
NETWORK NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Queer Youth Have Rights?...You Bet They Do!
1. GSA Alumni - Join us on Facebook!
2. "La Mission" - A film we should all see and support
3. Join SoCal GSAs in Breaking the Silence Together!
4. Clovis West Hosts Central Valley GSA Picnic!
5. FREE DVDS! It's been a while, but YIM is back in MOTION!
6. GSA Summer Activists Camps! Register & Save the Dates!
7. Tru Loved DVD now on Sale! 10% of your purchase goes to GSA Network!
8. Day of Silence: Register NOW for FREE stuff!
9. PARADE All America High School Service Team Award
10. Southern California LGBTQ YOUTH PROM (L.A.)
11. OUTspoken Sessions (L.A.)
12. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)
13. Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays (Fresno)
14. Community Link's Youth Meetings Friday Night (Fresno)
15. Harvey Milk Day Student Essay/Art Contest (Nor Cal)
16. Sacramento QUEER PROM - April 24th!
17. "Girlfriend" GSA Student Matinee at Berkeley Rep Theater (East Bay)
18. GET PAID $50 for SF Focus Group
19. Hayward Gay Prom 2010
20. YouthAware Educational Theatre - The Other Side of the Closet Tour
21. "Building Bridges: Struggle, Solidarity, Equality" Conference, April 17-18
22. Youth Calendar (S.F.)
22. The Tang Scholarship up to $15,000/year for API LGBT youth
23. Hope Initiative 2010 Scholarship
24. HRC awards Generation Equality Scholarships
25. COLAGE Lee Dubin Memorial Scholarship
26. PAID LGBT INTERNSHIPS...The R. Scott Hitt Foundation Internships for 2010
23. Models of Excellence Scholarship
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...Hey Class of 2010...

Keep Your GSA In the LOOP!

Are you a GSA president who is graduating?

  Make sure you RE-REGISTER your GSA with the new student leader and advisor so that your GSA doesn't miss out on any of GSA Networks events or announcements! 

Get a Site Visit at YOUR GSA!
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Contact your nearest Regional Coordinator to schedule a site visit (a personalized GSA school visit) or join your regional Youth Council.

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