| We hope everyone is enjoying their summer. We encourage everyone to sign up for our Blog and News RSS feeds to keep updated throughout the summer.In the San Francisco Office we are gearing up for SF Pride! Come march with us June 27th! For more info or to see the pictures from Fresno and LA Pride at www.gsanetwork.org/prideGSA Network's Statewide San Francisco Office will be closed Monday June 28th.In Solidarity,GSA Network
NETWORK NEWS HIGHLIGHT: A Year in Reflection - A
Conversation with GSA Network's Public Allies
|In the fall of 2009, GSA Network made the strategic decision to participate in the Public Allies program and invite two Public Allies to join our staff. Public Allies is an organization that matches youth leaders who are interested in working in non-profits with organizations who are seeking new talent. For GSA Network, the partnership with Public Allies made complete sense as both organizations are striving to develop young leaders. This year, we were joined by Alex Tran who worked as a Program Associate at our San Francisco office while Julia Valle served as our Central Valley Program Associate. |
We sat down with Julia and Alex to ask them to reflect on their year at GSA Network.
GSA Network: Julia and Alex, what are some of your favorite memories from this past year?
Julia Valle (JV): Probably my favorite was the whole day of Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) in San Francisco. The summit had my adrenaline pumping - seeing so many youth there, so many young people running workshops that I had helped to coordinate. YES was really the first big conference that I had helped plan. Seeing YES come together successfully was really amazing.
Alex Tran (AT): My favorite memory was doing a legal rights workshop with another GSA Network staff member at the Expression Not Suppression conference in Fresno. We presented to a packed room of youth who were really energized and excited to advocate for themselves in creating safer schools. I really drew off their energy. I left feeling reenergized after having come so far in my time at GSA Network. Having successfully led the workshop made me feel prepared for anything.
GSA Network: Could you highlight one moment working with a young person that captured what it was like working with youth?
JV: I visited a GSA at Ripon High School, which is in a really conservative town, and a student came up, after what I thought was a very boring site visit, and said "I really appreciate the work that you're doing, even if it means that you have to come out here and talk to us for 45 minutes it is really meaningful and gives me the knowledge of how I can protect myself and my friends." For so many students, just knowing about AB 537, the student non-discrimination law, and who the administrators and teachers in the school were that supported her revolutionized her school experience. It really hit me, that the work I was doing was changing lives.
AT: While helping with a Northern California Youth Council meeting, I was really impressed by a student, Max, and his presence and input. Max is a trans-identified middle schooler who really stood up for LGBT equality in his middle school and his GSA there. And whenever I have to think about what inspires me to do this work, and our time as a Public Ally, I think about the bravery that Max displays and his willingness to always give input even though he's not the most outgoing person at Youth Council.
To read the rest of the interview, visit GSA Network's website.
GSA NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENTS
|1. March with GSA Network in the 2010 SF Pride Parade!|
GSA Network is
contingent #86 in the Pride Parade this year.
order to march with GSA Network you MUST arrive, by 10:30am, at our meeting spot which is location J. We
will be meeting at Beale St between Market and Mission. Look for
signs that say GSAs, or GSA Network. You can get there from the
Embarcadero stop on BART or Muni.
Everyone who is marching with
GSA Network needs to be at our location by 10:30am or sooner. The
parade starts at EXACTLY 10:30am.
The first 50 youth to show up will get a FREE
whistle and everyone will get colorful beaded necklaces to pass out (not
throw!) to the crowd!
GSA Network Youth Council members
made signs. However, there may not be enough for everyone. Feel free
to bring and/or make your own. The earlier you arrive, the more likely
you'll get a sign to carry in the parade!!
Bring your boas,
noisemakers, whistles, signs, and wear your GSA Network t-shirts!
do not have to sign up! Just show up at the meeting spot, find Kiely,
and tell us what GSA you're from. And start warming up your voices for
If you have any questions, please email or
call Kiely at 415.552.4229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share the info and see
pictures from LA and Fresno Pride: www.gsanetwork.org/pride
Come show your PRIDE with your GSA and GSA
|2. GSA Network Presents: "Out in the Silence" and "FIT"|
|It's time for Frameline34: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival!|
will be presenting 2 youth films at the LGBT Film Festival!
are invited to join us for Out in the
Silence on June 25th and FITon June 26th for two films that focus on issues relating to teens,
bullying, school and identity.
FIT on June 26th is FREE for youth
We hope to see you there.
Out in the Silence
Friday, June 25
They say you can never go home again. But in "Out in the
Silence," Joe Wilson decided to make a brave pilgrimage back to his
home community in the rust belt of Western Pennsylvania, this time as an
out gay man, documenting his experience with his partner Dean.
there, they meet CJ, a teenager forced to leave his high school due to
constant abuse, abuse that has escalated as every school official turns a
blind eye. Despite feeling threatened in his community, CJ makes the
courageous choice to be himself. Joe, Dean, CJ and CJ's amazing mother,
Kathy, support each other as they find the empowerment to begin creating
the change they seek.
Across the country and the world, brave
people are fighting for their right to simply be who they are, and they
often have to fight twice as hard to belong to their community. And yet
they accept this challenge. Out in the Silence is a truly inspiring
portrait of a community that is just beginning to open its eyes to the
wonderful diversity hidden in its midst.
Learn more: http://www.frameline.org/festival/film/detail.aspx?id=2004&FID=47
Saturday, June 26
This film is FREE for
youth 24 and under!!!
"You're so gay." "That's so gay."
What do these words mean? When a teenager spews them, it's usually an
insult. Writer/director Rikki Beadle-Blair attacks these words head-on
in this powerful, moving and hugely entertaining narrative feature.
with infectious energy, colorful characters and positive messages about
the importance of self-image, FIT focuses on the everyday lives of six
diverse British teenagers who are brought together by an enthusiastic
dance teacher, played by Beadle-Blair. The film's engaging, easygoing
structure allows us to spend time with each character as they struggle
with questions about sexual identity, repressed feelings and how to fit
into "normal" society.
Beadle-Blair brilliantly fuses elements
of contemporary music, fashion and dance to create an emotionally honest
film that turns stereotypes upside down and humanizes a group of people
who are too often labeled as outsiders by peers. Culled from
anti-bullying workshops around the UK, FIT is a perfect mix of humor and
drama that resonates and charms.
Learn more: http://www.frameline.org/festival/film/detail.aspx?id=1975&FID=47
|3. OUTFEST Film Festival: "Out in the Silence" in collaboration with GSA Network (L.A.)|
|As a member of GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE NETWORK you are eligible to receive a $1 discount on each ticket purchased for this film!|
To purchase tickets: 213 480 7065 or www.outfest.org/fest2010
OUT IN THE SILENCE
SUNDAY, July 11 @ 12:00 PM
The battle for gay rights hits small-town Oil City, PA when filmmaker Joe Wilson announces his same-sex marriage in the local newspaper. A woman whose gay teenage son is being abused at school reads the announcement and seeks help from Wilson. By reaching out to Oil City residents on both sides of the issue, this documentary explores what makes us different and whether there's any common ground on this hot-button issue.
Outfest is a leading showcase for diverse, international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) film and video. Since 1982, Outfest has presented more than 4,000 film and video titles for audiences of well over half a million people. Outfest 2010 features 125 films and videos from 22 countries and runs from July 8th - July 18th.
|4. 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 www.gsanetwork.org
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!
|5. GSA Summer Activist Camps! Register NOW for NorCal Camp! |
|Coming this summer: |
NorCal GSA Activist Camp: July 30-August 1, 2010
|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 Kiely@gsanetwork.org for an application!
New EXTENDED DEADLINE! Apply now!
**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 (Jackson.Gee@sfgov.org)
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!|
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: email@example.com, 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: |
Come 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 www.genderspectrum.org or call us at 877-809-4159.
Teen Conference: $25;
Individual Family Conference: $175;
Family Tickets $325.
|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: http://www.parade.com/news/all-america/2010/all-america-high-school-service-team-nominations.html
|10. Out of the Closet & Into the Street: STENCIL WORKSHOP (L.A.)|
| Saturday June 26, 2010, 1-5 pm|
Join Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG),
local artists & activists to make stencils for LGBTQ rights!
Selected stencils from the workshop will become a part of the exhibition.
At the Peace Building
8124 West Third Street Los Angeles, CA 90048
This workshop is being held in conjunction with CSPG's upcoming exhibition Out of the Closet & Into the Street: Posters of LGBTQ Struggles & Celebrations, premiering July 3 - September 26, 2010 at the ONE Archives & Museum.
This workshop is funded in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles
11. Open Enrollment for LGBTQ Youth Summer School at LifeWorks 7/1 (L.A.)|
|High School Diploma Program for LGBTQ Youth and their Straight Allies|
Summer School Enrolling Now
Safe, Positive, and Supportive Environment
July 1st 10:00-11:30, 11:30-1:00 (call for appointment)
In 2010, The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center's LifeWorks program and Opportunities For Learning Public Charter School came together to offer a high school diploma program specifically for LGBTQ youth and their allies who were struggling at their traditional school. Located at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center's The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, the vision of this collaboration was that students would find success when placed in a safe and nurturing environment free from social distractions and/or daily harassment and cruelty.
For more information or to make an appointment for July 1st enrollment, please contact Molly Sircher at (818) 506-5344 or firstname.lastname@example.org
12. L.A. Black Pride|
|L.A. Black and Gay Pride Film Festival Friday, July 2nd at the Radisson Hotel at LAX (6225 West Century Blvd. L.A., CA 90045). |
The Los Angeles Black Pride and GLO TV are proud to kick-off Black Pride Weekend 2010 with an amazing celebrity filled day of films and fabulousness.
More info at http://www.atbla.com/
|13. Sing Out! Join the GSA Youth Chorus! (L.A.)|
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 email@example.com
14. GSAs help Sponsor Youth Today: Walking for Equality (L.A.)
YOUTH TODAY: WALKING FOR EQUALITY
|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.|
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!
MARMONTE LEAGUE GAY/STRAIGHT ALLIANCE (SoCal)|
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 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.)|
an open mic for queer youth and straight allies 19 and under
Every 4th Friday from 6:30-9:30 pm.
2170 W Washington Blvd., 90018
for more info or to reserve your spot email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|17. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)|
|Check out these new calendars for LGBT Youth!|
Los Angeles Youth
San Diego Youth
|18. Gay Male GSA Members, Participate in a research study! Make $40!|
|ATTENTION GAY MALES WHO
ARE 15-18 YEARS OLD|
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:
-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.
participant will receive $40.
For more information, please email or
call the researcher,
|19. Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays (Fresno)|
| Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays.|
Trans-e-motion has a social meeting on the first Saturday of each
month. Time and location to be
announced. See calendar or call (559)
is a Trans-e-motion
business meeting on the third Saturday of each month at 5:00 p.m. to
p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Equality California office, Van Ness
Towers office Bldg., 1055 N. Van Ness Ave. "C", near Alhambra (South of
California, 93728, U.S.A.
|20. Community Link's Youth Meetings Friday Night (Fresno)|
21. City of Fremont seeks marchers for their Pride Contingent|
|First Ever Fremont Contingent, seeking youth and activists from Fremont to show their pride.|
We are organizing a contingent from the City of Fremont. Our
contingent will include members of the City Council, Commission and
Board members, a School Board member, teachers residents etc.
I hope to get the word out to as many as possible groups in the Fremont area, including GSAs. This is the first time our city has officially entered the parade, so it is a very important step!
Anyone who is interested in attending or needs more information can
contact me at email@example.com.
|22. 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
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 www.rysecenter.com
|23. Youth Calendar (S.F.)|
|San Francisco's LYRIC Youth Center hosts events almost everyday for LGBTQQ youth. |
mission is to build community and inspire positive social change
through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and
leadership development with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer,
and questioning youth, their families, and allies of all races,
classes, genders, and abilities.
Calendar of Events
|JOBS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND GRANTS
24. 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 http://youthspeaks.org/word/2010/06/08/youth-speaks-auditions-for-paid-poet-mentor-positions-july-1-2010/
25. 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 www.masspromisefellows.org 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
* 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
Antibullying Bill Passes N.Y. State Senate
By Julie Bolcer, Advocate.com
The Dignity for All Students Act, which would protect LGBT students from
bullying and harassment in schools, has passed the New York state
senate after years of effort. Gov. David Paterson is expected to sign
the bill into law, which would mark the first time gender identity and
expression are included in state law.
Senators approved the bill
by a bipartisan vote of 58-3 late Tuesday night after some 90 minutes
of speeches. All three no votes came from Republicans.
assembly passed the bill in May for the ninth time since 2002.
to the Empire State Pride Agenda, the statewide LGBT advocacy group,
"The bill creates tools for school administrators, teachers, parents.
and students to address bullying and bias-related behavior of all kinds
that interfere with student safety and learning. Key provisions include
developing rules to prevent and respond to discriminatory harassment and
hate violence; establishing teacher, staff, and administrative training
guidelines; incorporating discrimination awareness into civility and
character education curricula; and required reporting of incidents of
bias harassment to the state education department."
legisalation marks the first time gender identity and expression would
be included in New York state law. The approval arrives two weeks after a
state senate committee rejected the Gender Expression
Non-discrimination Act, which would add "gender identity" and
expressions of such identity to state human rights laws.
senator Thomas Duane, the bill's chief sponsor in the senate, will hold a
press conference Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. to discuss the victory. Tune
into the New York state senate channel
or watch the video below.
New York state assembly member Daniel
O'Donnell, who sponsored the act in the assembly, said in a news
release Tuesday, "The bill's enactment will be a major victory for the
LGBT community. When fully implemented, DASA will afford all public
school students an environment free of harassment and discrimination.
The law will cover but is not limited to the broadest categories of
students who are the victims of bullying based on actual or perceived
race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion,
disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex."
New York city
council speaker Christine Quinn, who advocated strongly for the act,
released a statement late Tuesday that recognized the long drive to pass
"I want to thank the lead sponsors of this bill -
senator Thomas Duane and assembly member Daniel O'Donnell - for their
tireless leadership on this important legislation," she said. "I applaud
senate majority leader John Sampson and assembly speaker Sheldon Silver
for their leadership on this issue in Albany. I also thank the
advocates who worked for so many years to reach this point as well as
the thousands of New Yorkers who called, wrote, and met with their
senators about this bill year after year."
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