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GSA Network News
June 9, 2010

Happy Pride Month!

GSA Network congratulates the class of 2010!  You did it!

The school year is winding down and pride celebrations across the state are gearing up...

Before you get too far into your summer vacations we hope you will help us out at GSA Network by taking our Year End Survey and be entered to win $100 for your GSA!

Happy Pride!
GSA Network will be marching in regional pride celebrations and we hope you can march with us!

We hope everyone has a happy and safe summer.  Continue to check out our website to keep up to date with GSA happenings with our blog and spotlight.

In Solidarity,
GSA Network

NETWORK NEWS HIGHLIGHT: GSA Youth Leaders Win $5,000 College Scholarships

GSA Network offers our congratulations to the thirteen high school seniors who won an eQuality Scholarship this year!  The high school students will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship from the eQuality Scholarship Collaborative, which awards students in Northern and Central California who have promoted understanding of and equality for the LGBTQ community.  Additionally, one nursing student will receive a $5,000 scholarship and one medical student will receive a $2,000 scholarship.  GSA Network is a proud member of the eQuality Scholarship Collaborative.

Among the high school seniors, nearly every winner was the president or founder of their school's GSA club, a testament to the importance of GSA organizing in shaping LGBTQ activism among youth today.

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The scholarships were given out at an awards dinner, the 21st Annual eQuality Scholarship Awards Event on Friday, June 4, 2010 in San Francisco.  Every year, this special awards ceremony brings hope and inspiration to the recipients, their families, and the hundreds of supporters who attend the dinner.  Each scholarship recipient is introduced by someone meaningful to them, who helps tell a bit about why the award winner is so deserving.  The stories are incredibly moving.  Some choose a family member, such as Taylor McElroy who was introduced by her amazingly supportive father, who shared how proud he was of his activist daughter after she got outed in middle school in a small town near Redding, CA.  Another student who was not out to her parents wasn't able to share this honor with them, but received encouragement from the audience that someday she would feel ready to come out and her parents would be proud of her and her work as an LGBT youth radio journalist.

Other recipients choose a teacher or GSA advisor to introduce them, such as Lauren Alexander from Las Lomas High School, whose teacher compared her to Wonder Woman based on her heroic efforts to transform her school through peer education and GSA leadership.  This year one student, Parmita Choudhury, was introduced by a local pastor in Clovis who praised her for being a straight ally leader in the GSA in such a conservative community.  This was similar to the story of Olivia Garrison, who founded the GSA at Frontier High School in conservative Bakersfield, when no one thought it could be done, but she explained, "They hadn't met me yet."  Some have a friend or even their boyfriend or girlfriend introduce them, such as Terra Cheney from De Anza High School in Richmond, who inspired us all with her story of courage to do peer education at school after experiencing a physical attack earlier in high school, or Erin LaJeunesse, whose friend praised her for helping win a campaign to establish unisex bathrooms at Anzar High School in the Salinas Valley.

For every scholarship winner, the scholarship funds and the dinner itself serve as an affirmation of their dedication and perseverance throughout high school to stand up for what they believe in.  

The dinner also featured a keynote address from Michael Kyle, a scholarship winner from 2001 who now leads the LGBT employee resource group at Wells Fargo and serves on the board of GSA Network.

This year also marked the 20th anniversary of the Bobby Griffith Memorial scholarship award, one of the named eQuality Scholarships.  The Bobby Griffith Memorial scholarship is given to an LGBTQ or ally student from Contra Costa County each year.  The initial scholarship was $500, and it has grown to its current level of $5,000 through the support of the Griffith family, whose experience of losing Bobby Griffith to suicide was the subject of an award-winning documentary "Prayers for Bobby," as well as a dedicated group of educators and PFLAG members in Contra Costa County.  The 2010 Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to Jason Yuen, who is graduating from Monte Vista High School in Danville and will be attending UC Riverside.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Erin LaJuenesse, Anzar High School, San Juan Bautista
Frank Nguyen Le, Alameda High School, Alameda
Jason Yuen, Monte Vista High School, Danville
Jesus Juarez, Woodlake High School, Woodlake
Ken Savage, University High School, San Francisco
Lauren Alexander, Las Lomas High School, Walnut Creek
Mika Sasaki, Raoul Wallenberg High School, San Francisco
Olivia Garrison, Frontier High School, Bakersfield
Parmita Choudhury, Buchanan High School, Clovis
Phuong Tseng, Abraham Lincoln High School, San Francisco
Taylor McElroy, Anderson New Technology High School, Anderson
Terra Cheney, De Anza High School, Richmond

The students plan to study everything from math and pre-law to biology and political science.  Stanford, Mills, Grinnell, McGill, and San Francisco State University are just a few of the universities that will welcome the students this fall.

The eQuality Scholarship Collaborative is the joint effort of LGBTQ employee groups at PG&E, Kaiser Permanente, Genentech, and KPMG, and nonprofit organizations Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and Gay-Straight Alliance Network.  To date, the Collaborative has given over $450,000 to more than 190 youth. 

To learn more (or apply next year!) visit:

1. Fill out the GSA Network Year End Evaluation - Win $100 for your GSA

Calling all GSA advisors, presidents, and active members! We want your feedback.

At the end of each school year, GSA Network asks you to tell us what worked, where you had challenges, and how GSA Network can help your GSA more in the 2010-2011 school year.

Please fill out the survey online or you can download the survey off our website at

If you fill out the survey by June 30th, your GSA will be entered into a drawing to win $100 to use to have an event, buy supplies, or snacks for your meetings!
2. March with GSA Network in LA Pride! This Sunday!

GSA Network will be marching in LA PRIDE this Sunday June 13th and we want you to join us and dozens of other LGBTQQ Youth and GSA Activists!

We will meeting at 9:30 am at the Bank of America Parking Lot.

The address is:

Bank of America
8025 Santa Monica Blvd.
LA, CA 90046

We also have free tickets for the Festival after the Parade!

To reserve your free tickets, contact Ariel at with the number of tickets you need and what school you're coming from.

See you this Sunday at LA PRIDE!
3. FREE tickets to LGBT film festival for GSA youth!
It's time for Frameline34: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival!
The renowned LGBT film festival is back for its 34th installment from June 17 - 27 at the following four venues: the Castro Theatre, Roxie Theater and Victoria Theatre in San Francisco; and the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkeley.

GSA Network has received an insane number of tickets from Frameline for YOU, the YOUTH!  Check out all the films we have FREE TICKETS for below!

Contact us ASAP if you want tickets to any of the showings below. Email Yuri, our Administrative Assistant, at with the name of the film, the number of tickets you'd like to have, and your mailing address. First come, first served!


GSA Network has not screened these films and cannot attest to their suitability for minors.

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Friday, June 18, 12:00 PM The Real Anne Lister (4 tickets available)
Click here for a description
Friday, June 18, 4:30 PM Sasha (4)
Click here for a description

Monday, June 21 11:00 AM Dzi Croquettes (4)
Click here for a description
Monday, June 21 2:00 PM Swimming with Lesbians (4)
Click here for a description
Monday, June 21, 4:00 PM Off World (8)
Click here for a description
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Tuesday, June 22 11:00 AM The Motionless (4)
Click here for a description
Tuesday, June 22 1:15 PM Sex in an Epidemic (8)
Click here for a description
Tuesday, June 22 3:45 PM Is It Just Me? (4)
Click here for a description

Wednesday, June 23 11:00 AM Thy Will Be Done (4)
Click here for a description
Wednesday, June 23 Madchen in Uniform (4)
Click here for a description
Wednesday, June 23 4:00 PM The Golden Pin (4)
Click here for a description
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Thursday, June 24 11:00 AM Deep Red (4)
Click here for a description
Thursday, June 24 2:00 PM Says Who? Gender V  PANEL-Free! No tickets required.
Click here for a description

Friday, June 25 1:30 PM Gay Days (4)
Click here for a description
Friday, June 25 4:00 PM Worldly Affairs (4)
Click here for a description

4. March with GSA Network in the 2010 SF Pride Parade!

GSA Network invites GSAs all over CA to participate in the 2010 Pride Festivities

Do you have visions of being adored by screaming fans?  Do you want people cheering for you?  Does the sound of clapping make you want to dance in the street?

Sunday, June 27th is the day for you to experience all that and more!

You and your GSA are invited to come march with us in our GSA Network pride contingent. It's totally free, you can bring as many of your GSA members and adult supporters that you want, and we have snacks and water for you!

But that's not all! The first 50 GSA members to show up to the Pride Parade will get a free whistle to use and keep. There will also be hundreds of beaded necklaces to pass out to that adoring crowd while walking down the parade route.

Youth who want their GSA recognized in a sign should either make it themselves or email/call me to let me know they want a sign made for them. Then just show up and we'll have a sign waiting for you.

San Francisco Pride Parade, Sunday, June 27th
Check for exact location and time when it gets closer to the June 27th date.

Questions? Contact Kiely Hosmon, Northern California Program Coordinator at 415-552-4229 or
5. GSA Summer Activist Camps! Register NOW! SoCal/CenVal Application Deadline 6/18
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 until June 18th at 5pm. 
Apply Now.

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


Check out: for more info.
6. San Francisco Youth, Holla Back: Apply for a New Leadership Program! (NEW DEADLINE!)
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 July 2, 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!

7. 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!

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. Gender Spectrum Family and Teen Conference, Berkeley Labor Day Weekend
Gender Spectrum Family and Teen Conference:

gender spectrumCome join other transgender, gender bending, gender nonconforming teens, children and families for three days of celebrating individuality, making friends, and having fun.

Meet other trans and genderqueer teens and adults, hang out, and explore topics on gender: workshops about school, medical and legal issues, privacy and much more!

This year's conference is scheduled to take place in Berkeley, CA over Labor Day Weekend, September 3 - 6, 2010, and promises to be an unforgettable experience for all. You will leave with fresh ideas, new friends, and great resources and support!

To learn more or register, please visit us at or call us at 877-809-4159.

Teen Conference: $25;
Individual Family Conference: $175;
Family Tickets $325.
Scholarships Available!
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 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:
10. Trans Party Picnic in the Park (L.A.)
After a brief hiatus, TUFF is back! It's for transgender people and gender variant individuals (newly out, youth, adults, out for many years, pre transition, post transition, mtf, ftm, genderqueer, etc.).

Right now it's a social group, where we can gather a few times a month to just enjoy the company of each other. We can ask each other questions, have discussions about things that might be bothersome in the community, and just get a sense of belonging.

It's a new launch picnic party Saturday June 19th at Plummer Park, which is VERY LGBT friendly.

For more info go to or contact:, (213) 973-8833
11. Sing Out! Join the GSA Youth Chorus! (L.A.)
GSA Youth Chorus
Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles is creating a GSA Youth Choir ages 16 -24. Singers will rehearse from June - August with interim Artistic Director Dominic Gregorio.

This GSA Youth Choir will perform alone and with the 150+member GMCLA at the Disney Concert Hall on August 21, 2010. Rehearsals will take place at Immanuel Presbyterian Church near the Wilshire/Vermont Red Line Metro Stop/

All LGBTQQ youth and Allies are welcome! You will be auditioned, but none turned away.

If you are interested, please email Dominic at
12. 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.
13. 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 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
14. 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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15. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)

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

San Diego Youth

16. Gay Male GSA Members, Participate in a research study! Make $40!


Receive $40 to be in a research study focusing on gay teenagers!

If you fit the following description, I would like to talk to you in an individual interview or group format about your experiences with anti-gay discrimination, prejudice and stigma:

-Self-Identified Gay Male
-Age 15, 16, 17 or 18
-Current participant or leadership role in High School GSA
-Live in Sacramento, the Central Valley, or the Bay Area

Participation in this research will involve one confidential individual or group interview with the researcher.

Each participant will receive $40.

For more information, please email or call the researcher,
Peter Madsen:
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) 255-4075.

There is a Trans-e-motion business meeting on the third Saturday of each month at 5:00 p.m. to about 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Equality California office,  Van Ness Towers office Bldg., 1055 N. Van Ness Ave. "C", near Alhambra (South of Olive), Fresno, California, 93728, U.S.A.
18. 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 :
19. Queertopia! San Francisco Queer Youth Prom 2010, June 11th

You are cordially invited to... Queertopia!

Get ready to tear it up on the dancefloor!

On Friday, June 11th, The Youth Program @ the Center invites you and your friends to the 4th annual San Francisco queer youth prom: Queertopia! From 8pm to midnight there will be dancing, DJs, performances, prizes, and a whole lotta fierceness!
This party is strictly for youth 14 to 24 years old. Leave those jeans at home and come dressed to impress. $5 suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds will benefit the Youth Program @ the Center. Light snacks and refreshments are provided. This event is located at San Francisco LGBT Community Center, located at 1800 Market Street, San Francisco, Ca 94102.
See you there!!
Youth Program Staff

For more info:
(415) 865-5640

20. 6th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival!  June 11-13 (S.F.)
QWOCMAP is thrilled to world-premiere 34 new films this year.  Our Festival Focus on queer Native American, Indigenous, First Nations women not only allows us to showcase filmmakers, but to also celebrate with Two Spirit poets, singers, dancers and drummers.  Join QWOCMAP and our fantastic Community Partners as we bring you new films that ring with tender humor, rock with mutual attraction and rumble with poignant discovery.

All 2010 Queer Women of Color Film Festival screenings and performance take place at the
2789 24th Street,
San Francisco, CA

Opening Night
Romantic Resonance

Centerpiece Screening
Reverberating Roots

Closing Night
Radical Relations

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All Films:

21. 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

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

Lambda Youth Project is a program of Project Eden, Horizon Services, Inc
22. 6th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival Features: Two-Spirits: Reclaiming Remembrance (S.F.)
June 12, 7pm.  Free.

Our Festival Focus includes a Featured Screening that will showcase nine films that explore the fierce vitality of Native spirituality and prayer, the tragic legacies of colonialism, and the powerful thrum of culture and ritual.  The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with filmmakers who will speak about their creative journeys, cultural joys and justice for their communities.

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Drumming to an ancestral beat, new songs harmonize tradition, spirituality and sexuality to shatter colonial myths as well as modern conventions.
CON UNA LENGUA QUE NO ES MIA a woman mourns the loss of language and legacy. The generations born after 1932 know that TO BE SALVADORIAN IS TO BE HALF-DEAD. Ascending prayer vibrates with the pitch of earth in RENACIMIENTO DE UNA BRUJA. The lyrical SAGRADO echoes the balance and harmony found in nature. WILD STRAWBERRIES honors the filmmaker's Cherokee elder who recently passed away. Encounters with European Christians change the measure of Two-Spirit ambassadors in TWO EMBRACE. Spiritual connections in TWO SPIRITS: BELONGING frame the Bay Area urban reservation. KILLING THE 7th GENERATION strikes a powerful lament against the history of forced sterilization. TRADITIONAL INDIGENOUS VALUES counter the dissonant frequencies of colonization and Prop 8.

Running Time: 70 minutes
Followed by Q&A Panel with Filmmakers
A clean & sober event.

All 2010 Queer Women of Color Film Festival screenings and performances take place at the
2789 24th Street,
San Francisco, CA

Featured Screening

23. Santa Cruz GSA Picnic- June 13!

Anzar High School is hosting a GSA picnic

on June 13

at San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz!

We want as many GSAs as possible to join us, so if you are interested in getting your GSA involved, please email Anzar GSA's president, Erin LaJeunesse at

The picnic will be potluck-style, and completely FREE!

More information will be provided when you contact Erin.

Erin LaJeunesse
24. Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Proclaim June as LGBTQQ PRIDE Month!

East Bay Queer Youth Activities at RYSE

RYSE PRIDE "Edutainment" - June 2010
                  In collaboration with Rainbow Community Center

Drag King & Queen Battle #1
June 9th 6:00 - 7:30 pm @ RYSE

Movie Night
June 11th 6:00 - 7:30 pm @ RYSE

LBGTQ Pride Picnic and BBQ
June 13th1-5:00 pm @ Heather Farms Park

Drag King & Queen Battle #2
June 16th 6:00 - 7:30 pm @ RYSE

RYSE Prom and Drag King & Queen Finalist Battle
June 18th - 7:00 pm @ RYSE

San Francisco Pride
June 27th - 9:00 am **To march with RYSE, sign up with LaShonda Williams @ RYSE

For more info: 205 41st St, Richmond CA 94805   (510) 374-3401

25. Queeriosity XIII:  Legends on the Map - June 18, 2010 (Bay Area)
Celebrating Pride, Youth Speaks Inc. is proud to present our 13th Annual Queeriosity.
Friday, June 18, 2010 at 7:00pm
Location: SF LGBT Center
1800 Market San Francisco, CA

Hosted by Simone Bridges aka Nina Saraphina, with DJ Delrokz
Featuring: Mariama Lockington, Justin Chin, Josh Healey, Thea Hillman, Yosimar Reyes and The Bay Area's Most Dynamic Youth Poets.

On train tracks and light rails, bus routes and skateboards, underground and in airplanes, we are making tracks, paving paths. Moving toward moments and places near and far, familiar and otherwise.
Marking the sites of loss and triumph, life and death.
·    Uganda: where legislation may make homosexuality punishable by death.
·    Jamaica: where queer people marched openly for the firrst time without fear.
·    Mississippi: where a high school canceled prom to prevent two girls from dancing.
·    California: where 11,000 same sex couples took city halls by storm with marriage in mind after years and years of waiting.

This is about space. This is about time, and it's about time we put ourselves on the map.
Queeriosity and The Bringing The Noise Reading Series is made possible through the generous support of The Hearst Foundation, The Lurie Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, The Walter & Elise Haas Fund, SF DCYF, Grants For The Arts/Hotel Tax Fund, The Stuart Foundation, The Lia Fund and by individuals like YOU, who believe that the passion, intelligence, creativity, and voices of young people can change the world.
26. LGBT Historical Film Premier "On These Shoulders We Stand" - San Francisco
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The documentary film ON THESE SHOULDERS WE STAND is premiering in San Francisco at Frameline34, June 2010.

A favorite of high school and college students throughout California, the film will be screening Sat June 19th at the Roxie Cinema at 1:30pm.  

Tickets are available at

To see a trailer of the film or to find out more about California LGBT History, please visit:
27. Hey GSAs, wanna be a part of a FLASH MOB for Pride??
We are hoping you and your local GSAs would be interested in participating in a Flash Mob at SF PRIDE.  If so, please share with everyone and anyone you think might be interested.

We are looking for dancers for a fun, exciting and meaningful flash mob for SF Pride.

A few details:
-You must be available for rehearsals in June: Thursday evenings (8:30pm - 10:30pm) and Sunday mornings (9am - 12pm) at Studio Gracia: 19 Heron Street, SF 94103
-You must be available to perform June 27th (specific time announced at rehearsals).

ALL races, genders, ages, shapes and sizes encouraged!

If interested, please contact us at

We'll happily give you more details.
Rehearsals start the first week of June, so contact us today.
28. 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
28. Auditions for PAID Poet-Mentor positions: Submit by July 1, 2010 (Bay Area)
Youth Speaks Inc. is currently HIRING for additions to our School Visit team and Poet Mentors for the 2010-2011 school year!

We are seeking Bay Area-based poets, spoken word artists, emcees, teaching artists, and hip-hop educators who are interested in joining us to help young people find, develop, and share their voice through the written and spoken word.

To join the team, you must attend the audition on Thursday, July 1, between 4:00-8:00pm. Come prepared to perform 1 piece, and to talk about why you want to work with Youth Speaks.

To learn more about the opportunities, positions, guidelines visit
29. 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


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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

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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: GSA Youth Leaders Win $5,000 College Scholarships
1. Fill out the GSA Network Year End Evaluation
2. March with GSA Network in LA Pride this Sunday!
3. FREE tickets to LGBT film festival for GSA youth
4. March with GSA Network in the 2010 SF Pride Parade!
5. GSA Summer Activist Camps!
6. San Francisco Youth, Holla Back: Apply for a NEW Leadership Program!
7. FREE DVDS! It's been a while, but YIM is back in MOTION!
8. Gender Spectrum Family and Teen Conference
9. PARADE All America High School Service Team Award
10. Trans Party Picnic in the Park (L.A.)
11. Sing Out! Join the GSA Youth Chorus!
12. GSAs help Sponsor Youth Today: Walking for Equality (L.A.)
13. Marmonte League of GSAs invite you to Network!
14. OUTspoken Sessions (L.A.)
15. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)
16. Gay Male GSA Members, Participate in a research study! Make $40!
17. Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays (Fresno)
18. Community Link's Youth Meetings Friday Night (Fresno)
19. ˇYA BASTA! / Enough is Enough!
20. Be a Teen Chat Room Counselor!
21. Hayward Gay Prom 2010
22. Volunteer for GLAAD Media Awards
23. Santa Cruz GSA Picnic
24. 24. Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Proclaim June as LGBTQQ PRIDE Month
25. Queeriosity XIII:...Legends on the Map - June 18, 2010
26. LGBT Historical Film Premier "On These Shoulders We Stand"
27. Hey GSAs, wanna be a part of a FLASH MOB for Pride?
28. Youth Calendar (S.F.)
28. Auditions for PAID Poet-Mentor positions: Submit by July 1, 2010 (Bay Area)
29. LGBT Activists Apply to be a Mass Promise Fellow

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