Friday, June 10, 2011

Today's Meeting - Last One!

I hope you all enjoyed the cake!

For the 2011-2012 school year, here are the election results...
Wade Wallerstein & Rachel Stabb Co-Presidents
Summer Vance Treasurer
Sarah Johnson Secretary
Good luck to you all!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tomorrow - Last GSA meeting for the 2010-2011 school year!

This will be the last Gay-Straight Alliance meeting of the 2010-2011 school year so let’s make it a good one!
I will be bringing some yummy treats. Everyone else is welcome to bring tasty snacks as well.

To start off the meeting, we will do a quick vote for positions next year.
Positions include:
■ President: Runs and plans meetings, events, social outings, campaigns, fundraisers, etc. Also oversees club email, blog/website, facebook group, etc.
■ Vice President: Helps President with the above. Writes school announcements, posters, and spreading the word about GSA events, campaigns, etc.
■ Treasurer: Coordinates and oversees fundraisers and most importantly the funding behind it.
■ Secretary: Runs meeting sign-in sheet, completes club monthly minutes, sums up meetings for website/blog, and keeps track of the GSA schedule.
■ Baking Committee Leader: Signs up GSA members to bring snacks and coordinates meeting snacks (who brings what when).

Next we will go over the events for next year:
■ LGBT History Month – October
■ Ally Week – October 18-22
■ Transgender Remembrance Day – Sometime in November
■ No Name-Calling Week – January 23-27
■ Black History Month – February
■ Remembering Lawrence King – February 12
■ National Eating Disorder Awareness Week – Feb 20-24
■ Women’s History Month – March
■ Day of Silence – around 4/15
■ No Bullying Week – around D. of S.
■ Harvey Milk Day – 5/22
■ Pride (in who you are) Month – June

Then, we will eat cake!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Today's Meeting: Thank you gsanetwork!

At today's meeting, we had two special guests from the gsanetwork.

Amanda lead us through a GSA "tree" activity to show us areas in which we can improve. She also gave us ideas for next year.

She also told us about activist camp! If you;re interested in getting more involved apply at

For more information, go to!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Presidential Proclamation--Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month


The story of America's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community is the story of our fathers and sons, our mothers and daughters, and our friends and neighbors who continue the task of making our country a more perfect Union. It is a story about the struggle to realize the great American promise that all people can live with dignity and fairness under the law. Each June, we commemorate the courageous individuals who have fought to achieve this promise for LGBT Americans, and we rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Since taking office, my Administration has made significant progress towards achieving equality for LGBT Americans. Last December, I was proud to sign the repeal of the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. With this repeal, gay and lesbian Americans will be able to serve openly in our Armed Forces for the first time in our Nation's history. Our national security will be strengthened and the heroic contributions these Americans make to our military, and have made throughout our history, will be fully recognized.

My Administration has also taken steps to eliminate discrimination against LGBT Americans in Federal housing programs and to give LGBT Americans the right to visit their loved ones in the hospital. We have made clear through executive branch nondiscrimination policies that discrimination on the basis of gender identity in the Federal workplace will not be tolerated. I have continued to nominate and appoint highly qualified, openly LGBT individuals to executive branch and judicial positions. Because we recognize that LGBT rights are human rights, my Administration stands with advocates of equality around the world in leading the fight against pernicious laws targeting LGBT persons and malicious attempts to exclude LGBT organizations from full participation in the international system. We led a global campaign to ensure "sexual orientation" was included in the United Nations resolution on extrajudicial execution -- the only United Nations resolution that specifically mentions LGBT people -- to send the unequivocal message that no matter where it occurs, state-sanctioned killing of gays and lesbians is indefensible. No one should be harmed because of who they are or who they love, and my Administration has mobilized unprecedented public commitments from countries around the world to join in the fight against hate and homophobia.

At home, we are working to address and eliminate violence against LGBT individuals through our enforcement and implementation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. We are also working to reduce the threat of bullying against young people, including LGBT youth. My Administration is actively engaged with educators and community leaders across America to reduce violence and discrimination in schools. To help dispel the myth that bullying is a harmless or inevitable part of growing up, the First Lady and I hosted the first White House Conference on Bullying Prevention in March. Many senior Administration officials have also joined me in reaching out to LGBT youth who have been bullied by recording "It Gets Better" video messages to assure them they are not alone.

This month also marks the 30th anniversary of the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which has had a profound impact on the LGBT community. Though we have made strides in combating this devastating disease, more work remains to be done, and I am committed to expanding access to HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Last year, I announced the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States. This strategy focuses on combinations of evidence-based approaches to decrease new HIV infections in high risk communities, improve care for people living with HIV/AIDS, and reduce health disparities. My Administration also increased domestic HIV/AIDS funding to support the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and HIV prevention, and to invest in HIV/AIDS-related research. However, government cannot take on this disease alone. This landmark anniversary is an opportunity for the LGBT community and allies to recommit to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and continuing the fight against this deadly pandemic.

Every generation of Americans has brought our Nation closer to fulfilling its promise of equality. While progress has taken time, our achievements in advancing the rights of LGBT Americans remind us that history is on our side, and that the American people will never stop striving toward liberty and justice for all.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2011 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


June is PRIDE (in who you are) Month

For the month of June... BE LOUD AND PROUD!

We all have needs. We all have wants. We are all different.
We are all human. We are all imperfect.
We are all beautiful!

What makes us unique makes us beautiful.
This is a time to celebrate people for who they are. :)
Peace, love, unity, respect!

You do not have to do anything to participate in this event, this is a reminder to all people that you are beautiful just they way you are.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

This Friday - Get your FREE rainbow bracelet!

Come join us for our weekly meeting this Friday during tutorial and get a free rainbow bracelet from! Show that you are safe and supportive of LGBTQQI youth.

We will also have popcorn and guest Amanda from the gsanetwork! We will be doing a basic training session to strengthen our GSA and give us the tools necessary to continue rocking next year. :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

“Give ‘em Hope” David E. Watters

"In these times of increased bullying and the rise in suicide ideation amongst those who identify as LGBT, author of the inspirational NEVER BLEND IN and Director of NBI Associates, David E. Watters, is launching a video campaign to inspire, encourage and uplift those who may feel disenfranchised or who may lack self-belief.

He is seeking individuals, couples and groups to share their stories in a bid to provide support and encouragement to anyone doubting their validity.

These stories of living authentically, with dignity and unlimited by labels will become a powerful toolkit to help others understand how self esteem determines the path they choose and that life need not be a self fulfilling prophecy when they improve self-concept, drive out fear and embrace new challenges as opportunities to learn and grow, eliminate self imposed limitations and cease dependence on others to provide validity.


Whether you are L.G. B or T…or ANY other letter of the alphabet, make and send your video to:



You can be as creative as you like and the only criteria is that you encourage, as you already do, others to feel confident in living the life that they were born to live.


-David Equality Walters

Friday, May 27, 2011

Spreading the love with free hugs

GSA members Dasha and JC share an enthusiastic hug

Treasurer Rachel Stabb surprise hugs LGHS GSA Advisor Mr. Porush

Vice President Wade Wallerstein and Treasurer Rachel Stabb share a hug

GSA members practice hugging

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Ready for Free Hugs Day this Friday?

Well, Thursday during tutorial in room 201 is your last chance to finish your free hugs shirt and pick up your finished shirts up for FREE HUGS DAY this Friday!

We will be meeting in room 201 at the beginning of tutorial to do practice hugging and kick off Free Hug Day!

Let's spread the love with lots of hugs

Friday, May 20, 2011

Today's Meeting - Harvey Milk!

Harvey Milk
May 22, 1930- November 27, 1978

Harvey Milk became the first openly gay person to be elected to a significant public office when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He served eleven months before he was assassinated.

Harvey Milk was a New Yorker who migrated to San Francisco in the 1970's, when an influx of gay immigrants from across the country was changing the Castro neighborhood into the city's gay village. Milk opened a camera store and founded the Castro Valley Association of local merchants. His willingness to represent the interests of local merchants with city government earned him the unofficial title of "the Mayor of Castro Street." Milk discovered that he had a natural flair for politics.

Milk was a political outsider and a populist who made his own rules. From his shop in the Castro, he ran grassroots campaigns based on relentless meetings, door-to-door canvassing, and media interviews. His supporters formed "human billboards" by standing along major thoroughfares holding placards. Milk's first three tries for office were unsuccessful, but they gave him increasing credibility with the electorate.

When Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, a lesbian wrote, "I thank God I have lived long enough to see my kind emerge from the shadows and join the human race."

Milk was shot to death in his City Hall office on Nov. 27, 1978, by Dan White, a conservative anti-gay former supervisor who also murdered Mayor George Moscone. White was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years imprisonment. City-wide violence erupted in San Francisco when White's sentence was announced.

Harvey Milk had forebodings of his assassination. He left a tape-recorded "political will" naming his preferred successor on the Board of Supervisors. On that tape he said: "If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door."


Sunday, May 15, 2011

This Week - All about Harvey Milk!

As per usual, this Friday, we will have our meeting (but not just ANY meeting) during tutorial in room 201.

May 22 is Harvey Milk Day so in honor of this we will be learning about Harvey Milk and his significance to the gay rights movement.
Bring yours friends and enjoy the snacks!

Later in the evening, we will be hosting a free movie night dedicated to Harvey Milk!
We will be watching "The Times of Harvey Milk" in honor of his life's work.
Before we start the movie, our special guest, Simone Campbell, is going to talk about Harvey Milk and his significance today.
There will be pizza, snacks, and drinks for free.
Bring your friends for a fun time! :)


Time: 6pm-9pm (may go past 9pm)
Location: Room 201 - Los Gatos High School, 20 High School Court, Los Gatos, CA
Campus Map:

Friday, May 13, 2011

Today's Meeting: Free Hugs Shirts

Today we made shirts for FREE HUGS DAY (May 27).

If you were unable to attend, feel free to make your own Free Hugs t-shirt or you can simply google "Free Hugs T-shirts" and buy one. If neither of these options appeal to you, you can always make a sign or write on your arms.

Please help us increase participation by inviting your friends and encouraging them to give free hugs too!

Anyone may participate in this event from any location so don’t be discouraged just because you do not attend Los Gatos High School.

Let's spread the love with lots of hugs

Friday, May 6, 2011

Today's Meeting 5/6

GSA members 5/6/11

Anthony, the Director of Outlet, joined us today to tell his personal story about being transgender. His story was very eye opening and certainly dispelled many misconceptions about the transgender community. This also helped us realize how we can make a difference by educating others to stop hate and violence directed at the transgender community.

Guest Speaker Anthony from the Outlet

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Gay-Straight Alliance

What you don’t see in the dash is everyone we stand for. Everyone who has been picked on, pushed around, put down, and felt like they don’t fit in.

We are those who don’t fit into society’s expectations. We are every person who has fallen through the cracks and broken down because society cannot see the beauty we see.

We fear nothing because we know and love ourselves and others for who we are. There is no fight too great to win or too small to bother because together we are strong and together we are one.

We are the Gay-Straight Alliance and we are here to fight for equality and stand against every injustice that dares cross our path.

It's not just a dash. It’s our core and our meaning. It's not “just for gays” or “just for straights”, but rather, everyone who falls somewhere along those lines and between…. everyone.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

NO H8 Photoshoot??

How do you feel about doing a NO H8 photoshoot?

Check out their website and tell me what you think! :)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Today's Meeting 4/29

Dulce Garcia, from The Outlet, spoke at our meeting today about the Outlet services and did a gender workshop with us in preparation for our meeting next Friday.

Schedule for May

Friday May 6, 2011
GSA Meeting @ Tutorial room 201
Trans Speaker: Anthony, the Director of Outlet

Saturday May 7, 2011
South Bay Gay-Straight Alliance Leadership SummitLearn essential GSA skills, make new friends, share your stories and experiences, and build the GSA movement in the East Bay!

Friday May 13, 2011
GSA Meeting @ Tutorial room 201
Rachel Staab will be leading a special meeting in which we will make our own t-shirts for Free Hugs Day!

Friday May 20, 2011
GSA Meeting @ Tutorial room 201

Harvey Milk Movie Night 6pm-9pm
The LGHS GSA will be hosting a free movie night to celebrate the life and impact of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician. We will be watching "The Times of Harvey Milk" in honor of his life's work. Before we start the movie, our special guest, Simone Campbell, is going to talk about Harvey Milk and his significance today. There will be pizza, snacks, and drinks for free!


Room 201 - Los Gatos High School
20 High School Court
Los Gatos, CA

Sunday May 22, 2011
Milk Foundation

Friday May 27, 2011
GSA Meeting @ Tutorial room 201

We're meeting up really quickly before we go out around campus in a mass to hug people for FREE HUGS DAY!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Plans for next year...

■ LGBT History Month – October
■ Ally Week – October 18-22
■ Transgender Remembrance Day – Sometime in November
■ No Name-Calling Week – January 23-27
■ Black History Month – February
■ Remembering Lawrence King – February 12
■ National Eating Disorder Awareness Week – Feb 20-24
■ Women’s History Month – March
■ Day of Silence – around 4/15
■ No Bullying Week – around D. of S.
■ Harvey Milk Day – 5/22
■ Pride (in who you are) Month - June
■ Anti-Bullying Campaign
■ Peer Mediation (CASSY)

If you have any suggestions, please share them!

CASSY - Peer Mediation Group

CASSY is starting a Peer Mediation program called SCORE, which stands for Student Conflict Resolution Experts. Their "mission" is to find creative solutions to transform conflicts into understanding and learning opportunities. Conflict is a natural part of the learning process and they believe that students are responsible and capable of solving their own problems when given the opportunity.

If someone wants to get involved, they can come by house 1 or email Darin Conway at: She will be in touch with training details at the beginning of next year.

If someone has a conflict to report, fill out a form in House 1 or email Darin. Students can report a conflict they've witnessed anonymously or a conflict they themselves are struggling with.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

GSA & Shifting Perceptions

During lunch today, the GSA met with Shifting Perceptions to collaborate on plans for the rest of this year and next.
Here's what we went over today....

The GSA is going to do a Free Hugs Day May 27 which will be the last day of our Bully-Free Week. We are following a general plan from (which will we adapt appropriately to LGHS).

Along with this, we want to speak to CTE and Fisher Middle School about bullying during this week.

The GSA and Shifting Perceptions are going to meet again Next Wednesday 5/4 during lunch in room 201.
Feel free to join us and share your ideas for Bully-Free Week.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Today's Meeting 4/22

Today we reflected on the Day of Silence.

Unfortunately, this day did bring up some harassment so remember...

Harassment is against the Law!

Are you being harassed because of your actual or perceived race, ethnicity, gender, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, or gender identity?

Harassment is “conduct based a protected status that is severe or pervasive, which unreasonably disrupts an individual’s education or work environments or that creates a hostile educational or work environments”. The protections cover any program or activity in a school, including extracurricular activities and student clubs.

If you or someone you know is being harassed, report this illegal activity to Mr. Autrey immediately! You may also tell a teacher, counselor or administrator.

By law, the School District is required to investigate your complaint, come up with a solution, and send you a written report no more than 60 days after they receive your complaint.

California Schools receiving state funding have a legal responsibility under law AB 537 to protect students and school employees against discrimination and harassment.
Complaints can be filed through us at:
All reports will be directly sent to Mr. Autrey!

Please gin up and share your Day of Silence story at:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Day of Silence = SUCCESS

The Day of Silence went really well! I think we all deserve a pat on the back for raising awareness of LGBT related bullying.
Thank you everyone for partcipating! I'd like to give a special thank you to all of the supportive staff who explained the Day of Silence and really helped make this happen!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bay Area Youth Summit THIS SATURDAY

The Bay Area Youth Summit (BAYS) is an event hosted by Aragon High’s Gay/Straight Alliance in San Mateo, CA on Saturday, April 23, 2011.
The main topic of this important summit will be about bullies, and the many ways you can effectively stand up to them and make sure your school is a safe one. The organizing committee, mostly comprised of youth, will offer up other important information such as running an effective Gay-Straight Alliance club but the focus will be how you can help perhaps save the life of your friend.

The Bay Area Youth Summit is committed to giving each individual the power to make a difference. Youth come in all different colors from a myriad of backgrounds, and every individual deserves to have a voice. BAYS can provide youth with the driving force needed to overcome challenges they face in their individual communities, whether they be an unsupportive school administration, bullies, or misunderstanding from their peers. Rather than speaking to the LGBTQ youth community as a whole, the Bay Area Youth Summit will serve to empower each unique individual with the tools and knowledge needed to combat their troubles.

While plans are still in the making, the BAYS organizing committee is excited to announce the first two major speakers who are tentatively scheduled to participate.

Cleve Jones is an outspoken AIDS and LGBT and civil rights activist. He conceived the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt that has become the world’s largest piece of community folk art still today.

Jones career as an activist began in San Francisco during the turbulent 1970’s when pioneer gay rights leader Harvey Milk befriended him. He worked as a student intern in Milk’s office while studying political science at San Francisco State. In 1979, Milk was assassinated and Jones to this day carries on his legacy by speaking out about equality and standing up to injustice, including bullying in our schools and in the community.

Joe Wilson is a filmmaker and producer who won numerous awards for his documentaries about social activists on human rights issues. His latest film, Out In Silence, captures a remarkable chain of events that unfold when the announcement of Wilson’s wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy in his small town Pennsylvania hometown.

It was a desperate mother’s pleas for help for her gay teen who was being tormented at school in his hometown that make Wilson go back to the town he grew up in and make the film. His friendship with the gay teen and his mother made him realize that he had to finally stand up to the hate he was running away from, both in his past life and the hatred that still existed for this youth.

Youth and adult allies from within and outside of the Bay Area are encouraged to attend this important conference. Those who attend this summit can expect an afternoon and evening of informative content, lively interaction, and serious discussions relevant to issues facing youth, parents and administration of schools and communities everywhere. There will also be plenty of time for socializing with others and of course – a fabulous and fun dance to close the day!

The summit is scheduled from noon to 8:00pm. Beginning at 8:00pm an optional dinner/dance will conclude the day’s events.

For more information, offer donations, or register as in individual or GSA group, contact BAYS Executive Director and President of Aragon High School GSA, Jason Galisatus at
Good luck tomorrow everyone!

Wear red to show your support.
If you can't stay silent the whole day, stand up to harassment and let people know that it not okay.

Remember, we are trying to make a peaceful statement that a problem exists and action must be taken to fix it.

Silence commencing in 3... 2... 1...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Important things this week...

4/19 - Don't forget to grab your t-shit tomorrow @ tutorial in room 201.

4/21 - HUSH! The Day of Silence will be taking place at LGHS all day.
A silent lunch will take place on the front lawn (if it rains, room 201).

4/22 - GSA Meeting @ tutorial in room 201

Don't forget to sign up for the GSA Leadership Summit @ the Billy DeFrank Center 5/7

Please participate in the 2010-2011 school climate survey!

Get the word out!

Day of Silence THIS THURSDAY 4/21!!!

Don't forget to pick up your t-shirt and speaking cards tomorrow @ tutorial in room 201.
Also, ask your teacher ASAP to briefly explain to your class what the Day of Silence is BEFORE Thursday. Encourage your friends to participate and if you can't stay silent for the whole day, be loud and stand up to harassment instead! If you hear someone saying negative things about the Day of Silence or hateful things such as "that's so gay", "fag", "dyke", etc...

The Day of Silence is a moment to open the conversation on the issue of bullying. Through your participation on the Day of Silence, a message will be sent that bullying and harassment faced by LGBT and ally youth affects you, your school, and the community.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

South Bay Resources

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) works to make schools safe for all students. We work to support diversity, equity and the right of every student to learn in a safe and accepting environment. We also provide networking and support for gay, bisexual, transgender and straight ally teachers, parents and administrative staff.

GLSEN Peninsula/SouthBay Email: Voice: (650) 361-0292 (408) 920-1735 Mail: PO Box 4092, Mountain View, CA 94040 GLSEN National at GLSEN Colorado at

OUTLET offers a safe, supportive, confidential drop-in support and social group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth age 18 and under at the Palo Alto YWCA. Call (650) 494-0972, ext. 301 for more information, or visit

GSA Network (Gay-Straight Alliance Network) assists students in forming gaystraight alliances at their schools, and assists those clubs once formed. Contact Carolyn Laub at (415) 442-4726 or visit

PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) offers a monthly support group for parents, families and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. There are four meeting locations in the Bay Area: San Mateo, Menlo Park, San Jose, and Gilroy. Call (650) 857-1058 or (408) 270-8182 for more information, or visit

The Billy DeFrank Lesbian and Gay Community Center is a community center in San Jose provides social and support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. (408) 293-2429 The Crisis Center offers 24-hour crisis support over the telephone. Call (650) 692-6655

 Colage (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) offers support for children with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents. Call (415) 861- 5437.

Reconciling Ministries Network provides information on faith-based programs for gays and lesbians.

Sexual Identity Forum (the SIF Group) offers safe, supportive and confidential support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 12- 23. Meets Wednesdays 7:30-9 p.m. at the Redwood City Youth Health Center. CAPE (California Alliance for Pride and Equality) lobbies to ensure basic rights for lesbians and gays in California.

GLBT National Hotline serves callers of all ages.
Monday thru Friday from 1pm to 9pm

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of civil rights to lesbians and gays.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Responses from last meeting

At the last GSA meeting, I asked members to write a short response to the following question...
What is one thing that you wish every teacher knew about the LGBT experience or bullying at LGHS? (Answers are anoynmous and re-typed exactly as the original written response)

I wish that teachers would understand that “fag” or “gay” is as offensive as “retard.”

It doesn’t matter if I’m the victim or just a bystander – hearing someone get called a fag hurts. It’s wrong, and I feel powerless to stop it. The only thing I can do is tell them it’s not right. And at what cost? I get ridiculed, which I can handle but I know most people can’t.

Just because you put out this “super liberal, I-wear-birkenstocks-and-I-went-to-Santa Cruz” persona and you tell yourself “oh, I totally voted no on 8, I believe in equal rights” does NOT mean it’s okay to make snide, homophobic jokes to get a rise out of your biology class and make them like you!!! I guarantee that for every person that you make laugh, two more people lose respect for you. (On back of card in capital letters: teacher's name)

I’m sick of people using names like fag or gay. I have friend who have been called this, and they’re secretly gay. It makes it much harder for them to come out and be themselves. It leaves them depressed. It leaves them in so much pain.

It makes me fuming mad whenever I hear derogatory terms used against people. It makes me angry when I try to stop the people and all they do is repeat the words. And it makes me sick when I try to talk to people about it and theysay if they had gay kids, they’d disown them.

When a teacher hears a slur and doesn’t correct it or call it out, they are promoting the behavior and more so giving their seal of approval.

It would be nice if people would get to know somebody before they even consider judging them. Almost everyone I have met is different on the inside than they appear to be on the outside.

I’m sick of hearing people calling each other gay because, even though I’m not gay, some of my best friends are gay and because of all the hate they hear, they feel as if they can’t tell their friends in fear of being judged. It’s not just the students either, some teachers unknowingly offend the gay community.

People beat on others because others have beat on them.

I am so tired of hearing the terms “that’s (so) gay” and “faggot.” It is so pathetic that people can’t even think of a better insult so they default to these terms. The insults at all are worthless, and they prove nothing but weakness.

I wish that people would stop using those terms and if said that a teacher would do something.

I wish teachers would notice the derogatory names people call each other and try to put a stop to it L.

I wish people would watch what they say. Just in general. They never know who might be listening.

I wish people would actually THINK before they speak or call somebody something, even jokingly. I wish people would not assume things like “this guy’s gay” or “that one’s not.” I realize it’s still a long time before there wouldn’t be an awkward pause after I say something “gay” but for now could you please not classify things as much?

I wish people would understand that those words are hurtful to people because usually people think it’s no big deal.

Teachers need to stand up against bulling. ANY bullying. Everyday I see teachers let students get away with insulting others, or using the phrase “that’s so gay.” It needs to be stopped!

I would like teachers to know that being gay is ok. It’s your own life and you should be able to live your life the way you want. I am straight and I support everyone.

These terms are not okay.

Everyday I watch people say hurtful words, ad I wish it would just stop.

I think it’s disgusting that the word gay can be used as an insult. It used to mean happy! I just think its absolutely ridiculous this still goes on.

I’m sick of hearing a personality trait as a derogatory term.

I wish teachers would stand up for kids when they hear the word “fag” or “that’s so gay.” They always seem to ignore it.

That the term “fag” is used more than any other insult I hear, its used more and hurts more people than most insults.

I wish people wouldn’t say hurtful things. It’s mean.

If you really want someone to blame for all this, blame the Vatican. Enough said.

I wish people would understand how hurtful any name-calling is. Even if it is joking, many people take it seriously.

I wish people would stop judging others. School should be a place that is safe for people to be themselves without being scared of reactions.

“I want the world to be a place where ‘I’m gay’ invokes the same response as ‘I’m a virgo.’” ~ P!nk. I wish the world could be a place like this where everyone is accepted and valued for who they are.

I wish people at the school were more kind and had more sympathy and understanding. I wish there was less ignorance and more acceptance. I wish everyone would believe that derogatory terms are hurtful to anyone and everyone.

If you witnessed the looks I get when I walk down the hall, you would say something. If you heard every kid who says “faggot” when they see me, in the hall or in class, you would say something. At least, I hope that you would. Sometimes I have the courage to say “fuck off,” but not always.

Every time someone says, “that’s so gay,” it’s taken as a derogatory remark. I wish I had the confidence to tell them it’s wrong to say that. If the teachers told them it was inappropriate, I’d definitely have the nerve to tell them myself.

I wish teachers would realize that prejudice goes beyond racism. We spend weeks on African American stories and issues. Why have they never mentioned gays?

I feel like the people who say derogatory terms against not just gay people but other minority groups are not necessarily mean and cruel, just ignorant and don’t understand the severity of their words. If people become more informed there will be less verbal abuse.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

No meeting this week...

Ask your teacher...

+ To talk about the Day of Silence +

+ What is law AB 537? +

+ Start a discussion on harassment +

Friday, April 1, 2011

Today's Meeting 4/1

GSA members write what they wish every teacher knew about the LGBT experience.

What do you wish every teacher knew about the LGBT experience in school?

How can teachers help? How can students make a difference? Can parents help too? How can we (the GSA) make he change? What works? What doesn't?

Please submit answers here on the blog, facebook group, or via email to

We want to know what you think!

Teachers are welcome to submit input as well.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Schedule for April

Friday, April 1, 2011
+GSA Meeting @ tutorial in room 20 Topic: What can we do?

Friday, April 15, 2011

+Day of Silence March with the Billy DeFrank Youth Center

The Billy DeFrank Center will be meeting at 4:45pm at the Billy DeFrank Youth Space. The march will start at 5:15 pm.

For more details:

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
+GSA Meeting @ tutorial in room 201

We will talk about our participation in the Day of Silence, pass out t-shirts, distribute speaking cards, & go over any questions.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

+LGHS's Day of Silence

The National Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Each year the event has grown, and now hundreds of thousands of students participate to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior. Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

"Under the Constitution, public schools must respect students' right to free speech. The right to speak includes the right not to speak, as well as the right to wear buttons or T-shirts expressing support for a cause."

Friday, April 22, 2011
+GSA Meeting @ tutorial in room 201

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
+GSA & Shifting Perceptions Meeting @ lunch in room 201 The GSA will be sharing with Shifting Perceptions, don't miss this meeting!

Friday, April 29, 2011

+GSA Meeting @ tutorial in room 201

We will have a guest speaker, Dulce Garcia from The Outlet, to give us a gender workshop in preparation for our trans speaker!

+Field Trip to the LGBT History Museum with the Billy DeFrank Youth Center

The Billy DeFrank Youth Center will be taking a trip to the San Francisco LGBT History Museum. Space is limited so sign up at the Youth Center now!

* * Teachers are always welcome to join us at our weekly meetings every Friday during tutorial (unless otherwise posted) in room 201.

President Obama Says "Things Will Get Better"

"Thank the President for His Message to LGBT Youth!
President Barack Obama has just issued a video message speaking directly to young people, offering reassurance and hope to those suffering because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, or simply because of being different. The President’s empathy and concern, so clearly and directly expressed, is an historic contribution to the outpouring of support for LGBT youth we have seen over the past few weeks."

Four lessons to create a safe school - California Teachers Association

Four lessons to create a safe school - California Teachers Association
After reading this the other day (when Mr. Porush pointed it out to me in his issue of California Educator), I realized that every student, staff member, teacher, and administrator should read this article. Its full of useful, accurate information! It also talks about everything the GSA has been working so hard to accomplish, making LGHS a safe school.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This Week's Topic: What can we do?

What can we do to make our school safe?

At our meeting this Friday at tutorial in room 201, we are going to talk about how we can make our school safe and bully-free.

Questions you should consider:

How can teachers help? How can students make a difference? Can parents help too? How can we (the GSA) make he change? What works? What doesn't?

Here are some good ebsite you might want to look at:





We will also talk about our special upcoming meeting with Shifting Pecptions in room 201 on April 27 during lunch.

Please bring ideas!

* * * NOTE * * * If you plan to buy a DAY OF SILENCE T-SHIRT you MUST turn in your $10 and size to Liz Gustafson by the end of this meeting or to Mr. Porush before 2:00 pm 4/01/11.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Lunch Time with the GSA

Today's meeting was successfully held at lunch.
We talked about questions, concerns, and comments about the club.
It was a lot of fun! :)
For those of you who have yet to turn in your money or sign up for a t-shirt, you need to do so ASAP (by this Friday)!
Find Liz Gustafson, Wade Wallerstein, Rachel Stabb, or Mr. Porush to sign up and pay the $10 for a Day of Silence t-shirt.
Please refer to the previous post to see what they look like.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day of Silence T-shirts $10 ORDER ASAP!

Day of Silence t-shirts are $10. If you'd like one, please contact Liz at with your t-shirt size.
Bring your $10 to the next GSA meeting
(Friday @ LUNCH in room 201)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Today's Meeting: John Forrett

John Forrett and two GSA members.

John Forrett
8th District
Department of California
The American Legion

Thank you John Forrett for speaking to us today!
John's presentation was quite insightful and well received.
If you have any questions you may email John at

General GSA Announcements:
-Next Meeting 3/25/11 at LUNCH in room 201
-Day of Silence April 21, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Making LGHS a Safe School

Today Mr. Porush and I met with Ron Idra, the Coordinator of Safe Schools Project Santa Cruz County who will be assisting us in making LGHS a safe school.

There is much to be done before next year but one step at a time, LGHS will become a safer school for all students through simple and educational methods.

"The mission of the Santa Cruz County Safe Schools Project is to raise awareness of the harsh atmosphere queer youth face on school campuses in Santa Cruz County, advocate for the enforcement of AB 537, The California Student Safety & Violence Prevention Act of 2000, and be a catalyst for action in each Santa Cruz County school district to make schools safer for all youth."

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Venue GSA Dance Mixer = Success!

We had a good turn out and the night went smoothly. I am glad so many kids showed up to have a good time. Also, the LGHS GSA now has a substantial amount of money to do things like get club t-shirts with, yay!
Thank you DJ Quintessence for the wonderful music!
Thank you Teezy for the great pictures (more on facebook)!

Hopefully we will be able to do another event like this in the future (May or June) before school is out.
If you know DJs who play EDM (including trance, electro, dubstep, drum & bass, etc) please contact me at

Friday, March 11, 2011

Today's Meeting - Pye Project

At today's meeting we watched an education video from the Pye Projec called "Coming out in the 1950s".

Watch it at:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Schedule for March

Here's a brief overview of all the fun and exciting things we have in store for everyone this month.
Thursday, March 10, 2011

+ Shift is having a meeting this Thursday and all GSA members are invited. They will be talking about bullying posters and would like our help, so be there!

Friday, March 11, 2011
+ GSA Meeting @ tutorial in room 201. We will watch a short educational film and talk about the protest last Friday.

+VENUE GSA DANCE MIXER @ The Venue from 7pm-11pm

Come dance the night away to some awesome Electric Dance Music at The Venue! This dance is open to all youth under 21 Tickets are $7 at the door which includes food, drink, and music. Attendees are encouraged to wear white or neon colors since there will be black lights. This event is all about peace, love, unity, respect, and equality!

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Music starts at 7:30 pm

DJ Quintessence 8:00-11:00

Ends at 11:00 pm

This is a drug, alcohol, and drama free event! Violators will be asked to leave.

Friday, March 18, 2011

+GSA Meeting with GUEST SPEAKER @ tutorial in room 201 We will have a special guest speaker that you don't want to miss!

All GSA members, friends, and supporters are encouraged to come.

Friday, March 25, 2011

+GSA Meeting @ lunch in room 201

We will be having a special "share time" meeting.

* * Teachers are always welcome to join us at our weekly meetings every Friday (unless otherwise posted) during tutorial in room 201.

Announcement to the LGHS Staff

Last week, Mr. Autrey made an announcement to the staff on my behalf. In this statement, I talked about the use of anti-gay slurs and the necessity to stop people from using them.

Its hard enough to stand up for yourself and even harder when the adults around you won't even stand up for you.

I mostly talked about the difficulties of being out at school and why teachers need to stand against homophobic behavior. Its not a suggestion, this is a reminder of law AB537.

“No person, whether or not acting under color of law, shall by force or threat of force, willfully injure, intimidate, interfere with, oppress, or threaten any other person in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him or her by the Constitution or laws of this state or by the Constitution or laws of the United States because of the other person's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation, or because he or she perceives that the other person has one or more of
those characteristics.

Schools are also responsible for ensuring that students are free from harassment and discrimination from any source while at school. This includes parent or community volunteers, and sports team coaches.

Like any other violation of the California Education Code, schools and school districts can be sued for not complying with AB537. Schools are responsible for ensuring that students are not victims of harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation. If they fail in preventing or stopping that type of behavior, they can be sued. In addition, administrators, teachers and staff may be personally liable as well.

Complaints of sexual orientation or gender discrimination must be handled in the same manner as other discrimination complaints. Students can file a complaint with the school board, with an investigation and written response due in 60 days. If a student is not happy with the response, they can appeal to the California Department of Education. Students are also free to file a civil action for injunctive relief (an order to stop prohibited behavior) or for compensatory damages."

Its my plea to the LGHS staff that teachers talk to their students about the use of homophobic and other hateful words that should and will not be tolerated.

I also ask that any teachers interested in becoming a teacher ally of the LGHS Gay Straight Alliance please email me at

Thank you all for reading,
Liz Gustafson

Monday, March 7, 2011

This Week's Meeting

At the meeting this Friday @ tutorial in room 201 we will be doing a few things:

-Watching a short educational video from the Pye Project

-Going over the counter-protest that took place last Friday

-Giving last minute details for our event on Friday (Venue GSA Dance Mixer)

This is going to be a lot of fun, especially with some cup cakes for everyone! :D

Bring your friends and good vibes!

Info for Venue Dance Volunteers

For everyone who signed up to help at Friday's event and has cleared your "duty" with me...

Set-up crew, be @ The Venue at 5pm!

If you can bring any pride flags, laser lights, strobe lights, black lights, or any other awesome decorations, BRING THEM! :D

All other volunteers, be @ The Venue at 6pm! I need volunteers to get there early to talk over duties, set up, and get settled before guests arrive.


Clean-up crew, we will start clean up @ 11pm and will hopefully be done by 11:30 pm. Plan to be picked up then!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Coutner Protest @ Gunderson High School

Thank you everyone who came out to support Gunderson high school tonight! The protest was awesome! I ran into a surprising number of LGHS kids here which was cool. :) People from all sorts of groups came out. The signs and supporters were phenomenal! I got to meet a lot of people and am proudto say that we will be having more guest speakers in the near future includding a veteran!