GSA Network

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Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network aka "GSA Network"
GSA Network logo.png
GSA Network logo
Motto Trans and queer youth uniting for racial and gender justice
Founded 1998
Headquarters Oakland, California
Area served
United States
Key people

Carolyn Laub
(founder and former executive director)
Ginna Brelsford
(current co-executive director)

Geoffrey Winder
(current co-executive director)
Website gsanetwork.org
Formerly called
Gay-Straight Alliance Network
GSA Network supporters marching at San Francisco Pride 2013

GSA Network is a nonprofit organization that assists students with starting gay–straight alliances (GSA) to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools. GSA Network originally focused on supporting youth in California, and still has its headquarters in Oakland, California, but is now active nationwide.

History[edit]

GSA Network was founded by Carolyn Laub in 1998 working with 40 GSA clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area. The organization expanded and in 2001 GSA Network became a statewide organization. In 2005, GSA Network began operating programs nationally. In 2008, GSA Network incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Prior to that, GSA Network was a fiscally sponsored project of The Tides Center.[1][2][3]

In 2015, Ginna Brelsford and Geoffrey Winder assumed the roles of co-executive directors of GSA Network.

In the spring of 2016, GSA Network changed its name from "Gay Straight-Alliance Network" to "Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network" to better reflect the diverse range of identities of the youth participating in its programming. At the same time, the organization adopted its current tagline of "trans and queer youth uniting for racial and gender justice."

GSA Network currently has staff based in Oakland, Fresno, and Los Angeles, California, as well as New Orleans, Louisiana, and Chicago, Illinois.

Programs[edit]

GSA Network activities and programs currently active include:[2][4]

Supporting GSAs
Helps students start GSA clubs and provides resources and opportunities for GSAs to network and receive support. As of 2012, there are over 880 GSA clubs in California alone.[3]
Student leadership training
Provides students with training on most effective ways to operate a GSA club.
Safe schools advocacy
Helps GSA clubs become activist clubs that can educate teachers and students to improve the school climate.
Public policy advocacy in California
Youth-led advocacy of non-discrimination laws. The organization supports the youth by providing resources to help address issues related to creating safer schools.
Supporting the national GSA movement
Helps build the capacity of organizations in the United States to network and support GSAs in states other than California. As of 2012, 37 states have organizations in the National Association of GSA Networks.[3]
#GSAs4Justice campaign
Supports student advocacy for school districts to adopt recommendations around restorative justice and push back against punitive discipline policies that create a "school-to-prison pipeline" for youth of color, youth with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History and Accomplishments". GSA Network. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network)". Philanthropedia. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "30 Days Of Holiday LGBT Giving: GSA Network". Huffington Post. December 18, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ "What We Do". GSA Network. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "GSA Network joins teachers, advocates in calling for restorative practices, not suspensions". San Diego LGBT Weekly. March 25, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014.