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GSA Network News
April 28, 2010

From Sacramento to Fresno to San Diego, LGBT youth and allies are preparing for the first ever Harvey Milk Day on May 22, 2010.  You can learn more about activities in different regions below.  We encourage all GSAs to get involved and do something for Harvey Milk Day 2010. Let us know what you are doing so we can document this historic day. Send your events to:

Harvey Milk Day was signed into law in 2009, after queer youth from across the state rallied and lobbied hard for the bill at Queer Youth Advocacy Day 2009.  Well, those fierce advocates were at it again this week.  The GSA Network News highlight and blog will fill you in on the important bills from this year's Queer Youth Advocacy Day.

In solidarity,
GSA Network
NETWORK NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Fierce Youth Unite For LGBTQ Equality at State Capitol

Nearly 100 LGBTQ and straight ally youth from all over California helped make history at the 5th annual Queer Youth Advocacy Day on April 26, 2010.  They were fierce lobbyists, proud activists, and courageous youth leaders.

LGBTQ and straight ally youth from across California gather in Sacramento for the 5th annual Queer Youth Advocacy Day

During the weekend preceding Queer Youth Advocacy Day, the youth participated in the GSA Advocacy & Youth Leadership Academy (GAYLA), an intensive three-day training focused on the legislative process, policy and administrative advocacy, media activism, and other important leaderships skills for students fighting homophobia and transphobia in schools.

On Monday, April 26th, youth took to the hallways of the Capitol, and spoke with legislators about several bills that would improve student safety, health, and educational opportunities.

    · Mental Health Access for Youth At-Risk (SB 543) 
    · Hate Crimes Protection Act (AB 1680)
    · California Educational Opportunity Index (AB 2273)

Youth leaders spoke to the media during a press conference, which also featured Assemblymember Lori Saldaña, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, and Assemblymember Tom Torlakson

"GAYLA was an incredible experience - learning the skills to effectively advocate for safety, equality, and social change was invaluable. The entire experience was motivating.  Having the opportunity to work with my peers on issues I truly believe in and personally connect to really made me believe in my potential," said Lily Amodio, a junior at The Met Sacramento.

Tyler Beltran, a senior from La Quinta High School in Southern California said, "GAYLA was a great experience for me. I actually have decided to minor in politics [in college]."

"At GAYLA I learned about three bills that are very important for the safety of youth, and I went to the Capitol to lobby legislators about them," shared Karissa Doll from Oak Grove High School in San Jose. "Not only was it an amazing learning experience but an amazing bonding experience with many youth all over California. This was a weekend I will never forget."

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LGBTQ youth activists take action in the state Capitol

Andrew DeSoto, a senior from nearby Santa Teresa High School echoed the sentiment.  "I learned that I can be a part of making a change. I learned skills for speaking to legislators and how to lobby. GAYLA is a family, and we are all there for the same thing, which was to lobby for bills and talk to school administrators, to make change for everyone."
In addition to lobbying, a few students met with education officials at the California Department of Education and the California School Boards Association to talk about how to improve the implementation of existing school non-discrimination laws that protect students from harassment  based on gender identity and expression. 

"For the last four years I have worked with the California Department of Education in implementing laws already in place to protect students," shared veteran youth organizer, Molly Boyer from Sonoma.  "My story is like many others around the state, involving horrific things happening to youth on campus. Most youth don't even know they're protected or that they can take action and file a complaint. Together with the CDE we are hopeful to eliminate discrimination in schools across California."

Not only did students learn skills and advocate for policy change, they also learned the importance of having a voice to stand up for youth across California. "GAYLA reassured me of how important it is to share our stories. It feels great to know there are so many youth out there willing to stand up for the safety of queer youth in schools," shared Aja, a junior in Santa Rosa.

"GSAs across California now have even more students who can take their media and advocacy training back to their schools, supporting our movement for safe schools and LGBT equality across California. They also now have a network of fellow GSA activists and friends to support their work through the rest of their lives," said Alexander Tran, Advocacy Program Associate with GSA Network.
GSA Network organizes the annual GAYLA and Queer Youth Advocacy Day with Equality California Institute, Transgender Law Center, and BIENESTAR.  We are grateful for their support, along with many co-sponsoring organizations, individual donors, and volunteers who made the event possible.

1. GSA Summer Activists Camps! Save the Dates!
Coming this summer:
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NorCal GSA Activist Camp: July 30-August 1, 2010
SoCal/Central Valley GSA Activist Camp: July 23-25, 2010

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

UPDATE: NorCal Camp Applications are now open! Apply here.


Check out: for more info.
2. Harvey Milk Day Celebration in Fresno with the Gay Men's Chorus!
Join the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus in Fresno for a performance with full chorus of 80-100 men on Harvey Milk Day.

When: Saturday May 22, 1010
Where: Tower Theatre at 815 E. Olive Fresno CA 93728.

Tickets available online at for $35.00 reserved and $20.00 General Admission.

If seats are available students $5.00 day of event at door at 6:30pm. Beneficiaries are PFLAG and future LGBT+ community center.

GSA Network will host concession stand in the lobby as a fundraiser for the organization.  Anyone who wants to volunteer for GSA Network, contact Julia at or 209-559-6098
3. San Francisco Youth, Holla Back: Apply for a NEW Leadership Program!
You know you wanna apply for this NEW leadership program where you get a $200 stipend and FREE gifts!
Did we mention free Fast Passes?
Oh, and free food?

And don't forget that little Certificate of Recognition from District Attorney Kamala Harris when you successfully complete the program!

What is it, you ask?!

The Youth Hate Crime Prevention Peer Leadership Program is a collection of dynamic youth of different races and sexual orientations from San Francisco*. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and discuss issues of discrimination, harassment, racial violence, hate crimes, and tensions in their schools and communities.

Led by local experts, youth will participate in two hour workshops spanning eight weeks. You will learn to advocate for positive change in your schools by being role models. In effect, you will educate your peers about bigotry and acts of youth violence or intimidation based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or other differences.

Opportunities will be provided for you to set your own program goals relating to projects and to practice skills learned in real life settings. Food will be served at workshops. Fast passes will be distributed for transportation. Additionally, a $200 stipend and a Certificate of Recognition will be awarded to successful participants by District Attorney Kamala Harris.

Email for an application!

**Applications must be RECEIVED by Monday, May 17, 2010; 5:00 p.m.**

Mail, fax, or drop-off to:
District Attorney's Office
Attn: Jackson Gee (
850 Bryant Street, Room 322
San Francisco, CA 94103

The Youth Hate Crime Prevention Peer Leadership Program is a collaborative initiative between the District Attorney's Office, Bar Association of San Francisco., Department of Justice, Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Community Youth Center, United Playaz, Brothers Against Guns, Boys and Girls Club-Columbia Park, and other community organizations.

*Please note that this is for SF youth only who are currently in high school or middle school in San Francisco!

4. "La Mission" - a film we should all support by Peter & Benjamin Bratt
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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!!

"La Mission" -- a powerful film about the intense struggles  and deep love between a young gay Latino and his homophobic single father -- is now playing in theaters. I'm hoping you will see it and spread the word. Its success depends on as many people seeing it opening weekend as possible.


Peter & Benjamin Bratt describe "La Mission" as a love letter to the San Francisco neighborhood and community that inspires them, but it's a gift for all of us. The film focuses on Che, a deeply devoted father who controls his world through violence and intimidation, and Jes, his son, who is struggling to fully manifest himself and his sexuality.

As the Bratt brothers state below, "La Mission doesn't pull any punches. It takes a hard look at attitudes that still thrive and do damage within our communities." But at the same time, it reflects back the pride, humor and love that has enabled many of us to endure and grow.

The film engages the painful issues many of us face within our families, and pulls from that pain a realistic tale of triumph-- where transformation is possible and love, for others and yourself, has real power. Peter and Benjamin dig into our demons, but they also make sure to reflect back to us our love for the places, people, traditions and stories that we call home. And most importantly, they remind us of the power of our communities and our families to redeem us, if we'll let them.

Please see the film as soon as you can and spread the word about "La Mission" to your friends and family, and in your community. And if you have the time to do more,  become a fan of the film on Facebook and volunteer to help the filmmakers get the word out.

Volunteer Contact:

Theater Schedule:
Now Playing:  LA, NYC, San Francisco, San Jose, Berkeley, Ventura, Camarillo
April 23: Sacramento & Santa Cruz
April 30th: San Diego & Dallas
May 7th:  San Antonio & Palm Springs

PLEASE NOTE: This film is rated R and anyone aged 16 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Statement from the filmmakers, Peter and Benjamin Bratt

Dear Friends,

It is with great pride in the efforts of literally hundreds of people that we write to tell you that our film La MISSION will have its national theatrical release beginning April 9th.

La MISSION pays homage to the neighborhood and people we grew up around, and captures the vibrancy, cultural pride, flavor and sound of this ever-evolving barrio. At the center of the story is Che, an old school reformed bad boy and single father who has dedicated his life to raising his 18 year-old son. Jess is a UCLA-bound honors student who is hiding a deeply-held secret from his macho father: he's gay.

La MISSION doesn't pull any punches. It takes a hard look at some of the prevailing attitudes that still thrive and do damage within our communities. But La MISSION also celebrates the humor, the sense of pride, and the passion for life that exists alongside the everyday struggles.

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 are authentically representative of our experiences and our communities, we urge you to support independent filmmaking by showing up at the theaters and buying tickets. It's the only message exhibitors understand--they only run films that will bring in large crowds.

Please check our website ( and also become a fan of La Mission on Facebook. There you will find details on what cities and theaters we are playing in, plus photos and information on the film and its crew.

Thanks for supporting independent cinema, and a heartfelt thanks from us for your support of La MISSION.

Power to the people!

Peter and Benjamin
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:

   ·    Gender Matters: Expressions and Identities Beyond the Binary
   ·   Global Currents: Broadcasting Change in Latin America
   ·   In The Family: Marriage Equality and LGBT Families
   ·   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!
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!

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

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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.
7. 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!

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. 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 Magazine and 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:
9. Southern California LGBTQ YOUTH PROM (L.A.)
Coming soon!  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 626.577.4553 if 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!

10. Movie Night to Honor Milk (L.A.)
harveymilkmovienight Gabrielino High School GLSBA Club (Gay Lesbian Straight Bisexual Alliance) would like to invite you to a night at the Movies...

In Honor of Harvey Milk day of remembrance we are calling all High Schools aged LGBTQ Youth and Straight Allies to come to a Night of Free Popcorn,  Movie and Fun, Here at the Christopher Wahl Youth Center! (address below)

All advisors are welcomed too! :)    
It will be on Friday May 21st, from 4pm-7pm. Bring a friend.

If you would like me to mail you some flyers just email me back with your address and I'll be happy to do so!

Don't Let this opportuinty pass for you students! It is a great way for them to meet others and feel support throughout their community.

Any Questions Please Contact me!

Sherry Gonzalez
Christopher Wahl Youth Center
12401 Slauson Ave., Unit G
Whittier, Ca 90606
Phone (562) 693-2247

11. 11th Annual Queer Latin@ Youth Conference! (L.A.)

La Familia de UCLA (UCLA's Latin@ Queer Group) coordinately invites you
and your school's GSA or queer youth group to our 11th Annual Queer
Latin@ Youth Conference.

This conference is a one day FREE conference held on:

May 22nd at
from 9am to 5pm

With performances from Adelina Anthony and Cherrie Morraga as key note speaker.  Food will be provided as well as transportation. Registration opens at 8am.

We would be honored to host a delegation from you school and through
the conference's workshop provide them with useful tools and knowledge
as well as give them the chance to meet students from other high
schools and colleges.

Here are The Digital Registration Forms:



If you have any further question feel free to email us at:

12. GSAs support our community!
A Child's Dream will be presenting a charity Basketball game May 22 at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center.

A Child's Dream is an organization that puts together fundraising events for local children's charities. This year we have decided to fundraise for Camp Laurel.

Camp Laurel is a non-profit organization started by Margot Andrew-Anderson in 1992. Their mission is to provide educational and support programs to children, youth and families affected by or living with HIV/AIDS. For more information about Camp Laurel, please click on the link below.

All proceeds will go to funding Camp Laurel's children's summer camp this July.

- Any person participating will need to be between the ages of 18-35
- There are 5 male or female players per team
- Each player will need to pay $20 to enter the tournament
- Each team will receive a customized t-shirt with their team name and number
- There will be a great prize for the winning team

Food and Beverages will be there for purchase.

BEST OF ALL one lucky person in the crowd will have a chance to win a great prize in our raffle!!

We would love to have members of the GSA support us, by playing in a team or watching the games.

If you would like more information or would like to sign up please email us at

Or on our FaceBook Site!/event.php?eid=108016709219148&ref=ts

13. ¡YA BASTA! / Enough is Enough!: Summer Youth Organizing Institute (L.A.)
 ¡YA BASTA! / Enough is Enough!:
Summer Youth Organizing Institute
planting seeds through a concrete foundation

Hosted at Catalyst Space: 430 E. 1st Street, Long Beach, CA

The government that represents YOU engages in unprovoked wars for financial gain and power, imprisons and tortures innocent civilians without being charged with crimes or given a trial, cuts funding to your education while spending more on defense than any other nation in the world, bails out corporations while millions of homeless people starve and live on the streets, discriminates against queer/trans people, immigrants, poor people, women, people of color, and disabled people...

We say ¡YA BASTA! Enough is Enough!

This summer 2010, One Imagination offers ¡YA BASTA! / Enough is Enough!: Summer Youth Organizing Institute, a program building the leadership and power of youth ages 13-19 in the South Los Angeles, South Bay/Harbor, and Long Beach area. Through political education and organizing skills, youth will receive the resources and tools to exercise their power as leaders through campaign development, community building, advocacy, and direct action organizing.

¡YA BASTA! / Enough is Enough!: Summer Youth Organizing Institute is an intensive summer youth leadership and organizing program that provides local middle school and high school students with the skills necessary to resist injustice and oppression within their communities. Through nontraditional teaching methods including interactive workshops, group discussions, guest speakers, field trips, readings, and hands on experiences, youth will learn the basics of direct action organizing, community building, campaign development, and see how these tactics and strategies have been applied in movements all throughout the world present and past. ¡YA BASTA! / Enough is Enough! provides a historical foundation of U.S. and global resistance to key issues directly connected to young people and demonstrates methods of how to resist and organize alternatives.

Email Andres today at for an application TODAY! Or call us at (310) 614-4713. Deadline to apply is June 1st, 2010.

One Imagination

14. GSAs help Sponsor Youth Today: Walking for Equality (L.A.)
Equal Action is looking for queer and ally youth to help organize their 2nd annual queer high school youth march in LA this October. Our first march last year, Youth Today: Walking for Equality, was LA's first-ever queer high school youth march! It attracted around 300 people, a majority of which were youth, as well as various media outlets such as CBS and Univision. If you know of any youth who might be interested, please let them know. All Queer youth of all backgrounds are encouraged to participate. You can click here for more information.
More Info:
Stephanie Van
Equal Action, Co-founder
Equal Action is a youth-powered, anti-racist, multigenerational organization that mobilizes the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) community to join the fight for social justice. In organizing and supporting actions for change in overlooked communities, we collaborate with those who work to end oppression in all its forms.
15. Marmonte League of GSAs invite you to Network!

An association of 7 high school GSAs

A social network for Marmonte League Gay/Straight Alliance clubs at Agoura HS, Calabasas HS, Newbury Park HS, Oak Park HS, Thousand Oaks HS, Westlake HS, and Malibu HS (not in the Marmonte League). Discuss issues, plan and advertise local events, get connected, have fun.

1. All seven local high schools will have functioning GSA clubs.
2. GSA club members will plan and conduct frequent, local, social events: dances, film nights, hikes, bicycle trips, bowling, picnics, volleyball, etc.
3. GSA officers and members will have regular communication among the clubs.
4. GSA club advisers will communicate regularly.
5. GSA advisers, officers, and club members and community organizations will plan and conduct monthly activities together.
6. Traditional teen activity sponsors (teen centers, recreation centers, YMCA, Churches/Temples, Rainbow Alliance, PFLAG, LAGLC, etc.) will all be involved.

ACTIVITIES (information about all activities available on the Marmonte GSA Facebook page):

Saturday 5/8 GSA/PFLAG Family Bowling Night (you can attend without your family!)
Monday 5/10 - PFLAG Support Meeting - Church of the Epiphany, Oak Park 7:30pm
Monday 5/10 - GSA/PFLAG Youth Activity Planning Meeting - Church of the Epiphany, Oak Park 6:30pm
Friday May 14 - LAGLC Gay Prom
Saturday May 22 - Westlake GSA Dance - Thousand Oaks Teen Center - 7:30 - 10:00pm
Date TBA Harvey Milk Day Dance and Film - Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center

Saturday 6/12 -  PFLAG/GSA Outdoor Movie Night
Monday 6/14 - PFLAG Support Meeting - Church of the Epiphany, Oak Park 7:30pm

Saturday 7/10 - GSA/PFLAG activity
Monday 7/12 - PFLAG Support Meeting - Church of the Epiphany, Oak Park 7:30pm
Friday 7/23-Sunday 7/25 - GSA Activist Camp

16. 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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17. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)

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

San Diego Youth

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 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.
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 :
20. "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
21. Free Women's and Girls Self Defense Class, May 15 (East Bay)

In celebration of our anniversary, we invite you to a FREE One-Day Self Defense Class. The Saturday class is for middle school and high school girls. Women over 18 can attend a similar FREE class on Sunday, May 16.

Saturday, May 15, 2010
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Hand To Hand Kajukenbo Self Defense Center
5680 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA

Hand To Hand has been offering self defense and martial arts to the Bay Area community for THIRTY YEARS.

For more information, and to register online, please visit

More info Contact:
Vanessa Wilson
510 501-5231
22. LGBT Youth and Senior BBQ (East Bay)

PFLAG Fremont/East Bay will host a BBQ Jamboree for local GSAs and the Lavender Seniors!

Saturday, May 15th
WHY:    Meet fellow GLBTQs from another generation, and share stories. Enjoy swimming (brrr!), dancing (bring your favorite CD for the DJ), volleyball, croquet, and other games. Gorge yourself on hamburgers, veggie burgers, hotdogs and chips! Win lots of cool prizes! Meet fellow GSA members from the Tri-Cities and East Bay! Laugh until your sides hurt!

WHO:     PFLAG Fremont/East Bay

WHAT:    Host a pool party/BBQ for members of all local high school and college Gay Straight Alliances, their parents, and Lavender Seniors.

WHERE:    Cabana and Pool on corner of Spetti Drive and Spetti Court in Fremont, near Mowry and Mission.

WHEN:     Saturday, May 15th, 11 am - 4 pm.

An easy walk from Fremont BART.
 Or call for free shuttle from the station: (510) 684-6506

More info: Contact PFLAG East Bay
(510) 226-6816
23. GSA Students Volunteer to help other Youth!

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens in America.


Training begins May 20, 2010
Must be at least a freshman in high school to volunteer!

Do you know a teen that has always been a good listener and cares for others?  Has an interest in volunteering?  Or maybe you are that teen?

Do you want to be a chat room counselor?  The website was created for teens, by teens and features LIVE PEER COUNSELING!  Teens can chat anonymously to other teens about their problems and get advice from a trained peer counselor.  The chat room is open weeknights, 4:30-9:30 pm, when most teens are using their computers.  During our volunteer training we will give you the tools you need to help teens in crisis.

*Help teens around the country
*Gain counseling skills
*Looks GREAT on college applications
*Meets volunteer requirement for graduation
*Time to work on homework in between chatting
*Meet new and fun people

Visit for more info and to download an application!

Training session begins May 20, 2010 : Please apply now!!!

AmeriCorps BAYAC
Ashley Hopkins
650-579-0359, ext. 30
24. 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:
25. 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
26. 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
27. 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:
·    Self-identified as Asian/Pacific Islander and gay, lesbian, bisexual
or transgender; (at least 25% API ancestry); and involved in the GLBT
·    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;
·    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
·    United States citizen or legal resident;
·    Demonstrated financial hardship;
·    Demonstrated academic promise;
·    Minimum grade point average 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0);
·    Be between the age of 17 and 25 on 30 April 2010

Application Deadline
·    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:
28. 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:
29. 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.
30. 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


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. 
31. 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.


32. LGBT Activists Apply to be a Mass Promise Fellow
Are you looking transform yourself and your community through service? The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship can help you do just that.  Visit to learn more and apply to be a Fellow!

Learn The Skills

    * Develop your organizational and communication skills
    * Grow as a leader of your own project
    * Build on your passion for national and community service
    * Learn skills that will prepare you for the real world

Gain a lifetime of experience

    * Coordinate statewide mentoring partnerships
    * Conduct health insurance outreach
    * Lead after-school programming
    * Create and staff teen councils and coalitions
    * Develop and lead youth service programs

A Chance to receive

    * Develop your organizational and communication skills
    * Grow as a leader of your own project
    * Excellent training opportunities
    * Free courses at Northeastern University!
    * A $4,725 educational award

Fellows Need:

    * Excellent organization and communication skills
    * The ability to work independently and as part of a team
    * Proven leadership and project management abilities
    * A passion for national and community service
    * The desire to work with diverse constituencies
    * Flexibility and a good sense of humor
    * To be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien



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: Fierce Youth Unite For LGBTQ Equality at State Capitol
1. GSA Summer Activists Camps! Register & Save the Dates!
2. Harvey Milk Day Celebration in Fresno with the Gay Men's Chorus!
3. San Francisco Youth, Holla Back: Apply for a NEW Leadership Program!
4. "La Mission" - a film we should all support by Peter & Benjamin Bratt
5. FREE DVDS! It's been a while, but YIM is back in MOTION!
6. Tru Loved DVD now on Sale!
7. GSA Alumni - Join us on Facebook!
8. PARADE All America High School Service Team Award
9. Southern California LGBTQ YOUTH PROM (L.A.)
10. Movie Night to Honor Milk (L.A.)
11. 11th Annual Queer Latin@ Youth Conference!
12. GSAs support our community!
13. ¡YA BASTA! / Enough is Enough!
14. GSAs help Sponsor Youth Today: Walking for Equality (L.A.)
15. Marmonte League of GSAs invite you to Network!
16. OUTspoken Sessions (L.A.)
17. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)
18. Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays (Fresno)
19. Community Link's Youth Meetings Friday Night (Fresno)
20. "Girlfriend" GSA Student Matinee at Berkeley Rep Theater (East Bay)
21. Free Women's and Girls Self Defense Class, May 15 (East Bay)
22. LGBT Youth and Senior BBQ (East Bay)
23. GSA Students Volunteer to help other Youth!
24. Harvey Milk Day Student Essay/Art Contest (Nor Cal)
25. Hayward Gay Prom 2010
26. Youth Calendar (S.F.)
27. The Tang Scholarship up to $15,000/year for API LGBT youth
28. COLAGE Lee Dubin Memorial Scholarship
29. Hope Initiative 2010 Scholarship
30. PAID LGBT INTERNSHIPS...The R. Scott Hitt Foundation Internships for 2010
31. Models of Excellence Scholarship
32. LGBT Activists Apply to be a Mass Promise Fellow

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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 Network's events or announcements! 

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

Nor Cal:

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