Rating: 4.43 stars   14 reviews


Location: 1550 Bryant St Ste 800 San Francisco CA 94103 USA

Mission: Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources. Through peer support, leadership development, and training, GSA Network supports young people in starting, strengthening, and sustaining GSAs and builds the capacity of GSAs to: 1. create safe environments in schools for students to support each other and learn about homophobia and other oppressions, 2. educate the school community about homophobia, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues, and 3. fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools.
Results: In the past ten years, GSA Network has: ...Grown the network of GSA clubs in California from 40 clubs to over 7000 clubs, representing over 50% of the state's high schools. ...Provided training and support to over 10,000 youth activists and organizers across the state. ...Played a leadership role in grassroots organizing for the passage of ground-breaking, statewide legislation, AB 537: The California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. ...Achieved a critical victory as plaintiff in the first lawsuit filed under AB 537; the three-year settlement agreement required the Visalia schools to enact sweeping reforms including mandatory teacher and student trainings. ...Helped build the GSA Movement nationwide by coordinating the National Association of GSA Networks, providing technical assistance and support to GSA organizers across the country.
Target demographics: We train and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexed, queer, questioning and straight ally youth in middle schools and high schools to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools! We serve GSA activists of every race, income, ability, religion and background.
Geographic areas served: USA
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Rating: 5 stars  

My 21 year old daughter grew up at GSA Network. As a teen (after coming out to us) she got involved with the many wonderful programs offered by GSA Network. She was a summer intern and member of their youth councils, She helped as a trainer, attending the national gathering of GSA-related organizations, and ended her amazing tenure as a youth board member. Through the leadership opportunities and from the mentorship of the incredibly talented staff, our daughter flourished. She is now a happy, confident senior in college--in large part because of GSA Network's warm and steady support. Our family is forever grateful. I now serve on the board as a proud mom of a GSA Network alum :o)

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Even as a little girl, I knew that I was attracted to females, and not to males, but I also knew that it wasn't accepted with my family. Years I hid that fact that the boys I would speak about to my mom, were never boys at all. I would have to listen to my parents and brother go on about how much they loath the LGBTQ community, and it got so bad that I wasn't even allowed to listen to my favorite group, Tegan and Sara, just because they were proud lesbians. My father burned shirts and broke CD's just because it was related to them. 15 years of hiding who I was, was beginning to break me down. I felt like no one was going to be there for me. No one would ever accept me for who I was. No one would ever love me. I fell into a deep depression, that my mother couldn't understand. I was yelled at and threatened each day to reveal what was wrong with me, but the fear of losing my family was too much for me, so I was not able to tell them, instead i kept it a secret for another 2 years. The day I turned 18 I knew I had to change. I was considered an adult in my parents eyes, so I decided they would be able to listen and talk to me in a adult manner. It was a Sunday in late January of this year, I sat my parents down and told them, they had to listen to me, let me finish, and then they could object or do whatever they would like to do. What happened, was not at all what I had even expected. My father was so filled with rage that he kicked me out of the house. My mother fought to keep me, but she lost. Alone and depressed, I walked around my city till I grew tired and ended up sleeping on a park bench. There I met the sweetest guy ever. He to was gay, but the difference was his family not only accepted it, they were proud to say he was gay. Well anyways, his name was Danny Garcia, he offered me a place to stay and to this day I'm still living with him. He also introduced me to our school GSA, and there although it took some time, I was able to accept my fate, and instead of being a mopey mope, I made friends, I shared my story with other club members, and Danny began to tell me all about the GSA network, and how they fight for what we have the right to have, and not only are they adults, they're students from all over the place. They put themselves in positions that people like me, from a small little city, appreciate so much, because they speak up, not only for themselves, but for the entire LGBTQ community. They give hope, they give love, they give life to people who are gay, bi, lesbian, transgender, they gave ME my life back. All it was, was a small group of guys and girls that couldn't even have gathered together to help, had it not been for the GSA network.

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This agency struggles with oppression in the internal workings and the board refuses to take action. Many ex-employees have written to the board to change the leadership of this organization and they still do not take action.

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I believe that GSAs in schools have helped me the most. I never understood how much hatred and discrimination there was against gays until I joined GSA in my high school 2 years ago. After becoming president of it last year and having to deal with many issues head-on, I realized that we all need to be more proactive in encouraging equal rights and protection to all.

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my school

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

work my ass off =)

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

making people aware

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

my club advisor

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

conquer =)

Ways to make it better...

my straight friends were more supportive

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

discrimination, hatred, getting people to join/donate

One thing I'd also say is that...

i wish i could be in high school longer just to serve GSA...but because i cannot, i hope i have more contact with this organization in the future!

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