Monday, February 21, 2011

This week's meeting - DON'T MISS IT!

Hey everyone,

At this week's meeting Kristi Espinoza, an Outreach Coordinator from the LGBTQ Youth Space: A Collaborative of the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center and Family & Children Services, will be coming to speak with our GSA. This is a special meeting you don't want to miss.
Also, there will be treats and new members are always welcome.

If you want to actively help ensure and oversee our Safe Schools project, please contact ASAP. We need two people that want to see an end to bullying at LGHS who are willing to work closely with our principal on a day to day basis and make sure that law AB 537, The California Student Safety & Violence Prevention Act of 2000, is enforced.

I will also be handing out poster paper for who ever wants to make a poster for the GSA.

Options for posters:

1. Club Info
+ Gay Straight Alliance
+ Meetings every Friday at tutorial in room 201
+ Ideas for additional text... [you may use one or a combination of the following]
- Acceptance is Beautiful
- We are here to create a safe social environment for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation.
- Advocate, Educate, Support
- Equality for all

2. Anti-bullying / Anti-gay slur campaign
+ Take a stand, lend a hand
+ Spread the love, not the hate
+ Diversity, a colorful experience
+ OR any other clever anti-bullying ideas you come up with :)

3. Venue GSA Dance MIXER
+ Info regarding our fundraiser:

Come dance the night away to some awesome music at the Venue.

This dance is open to all youth under 21.

Tickets are $7 at the door which includes:


Doors open at 7:00 pm
Music starts at 7:30 pm
It ends at 11:00 pm

Remember: No alcohol or drugs.

For more information go to
Or email
Event hosted by the LGHS Gay Straight Alliance

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you all there this Friday,

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bracelets on sale this MONDAY 2.21.11

We will be selling purple bracelets that say, "Acceptance is Beautiful" with a peace sign before the words and a heart after.

They will be on sale this Monday until we sell out for only...


Bracelets will be sold at lunch in the main hall near the text book office.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Youth Dance 03.11.2011 SAVE THE DATE

Come dance the night away to some awesome music at the Venue...

All Youth welcome under 21.

Tickets are $7 at the door which includes:


Doors open at 7:00 pm
Music starts at 7:30 pm
It ends at 11:00 pm

Remember: No alcohol or drugs.

Facebook Event Page:!/event.php?eid=201764243171908

-food & drinks
-door guards

Please contact Liz at if you can help.

Friday, February 11, 2011

No School 2/12-2/20

Saturday Feb. 19th 8pm-12am

Outlet & De Ambiente present:


A semi-formal dance for LGBTQ & Ally Youth ages 13-24

**Featuring**- Free Food, Snacks & Drinks

- Hosted by MamaDora

- DJ Rapture

- Drag King Troupe

- Youth Performances

-Free Photos & Flipbooks by The Laugh Box

**This is an alcohol & drug free event**

More Details:

1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Inspirational Videos

Stand Up

Anti-Bullying Campaign

It Gets Better

I am Human

Personal Story - start at 1:49

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Open Letter To El Gato

Dear students and faculty of Los Gatos High School,

Would you call a black person the n-word? No, because it’s racist and unacceptable. In the spirit of anti-discrimination, we demand the end to using anti-gay slurs. When you say “that’s so gay” or “fag” or “dyke”, you don’t realize who hears it around you and who it is hurting. Its just the same as using the n-word. You’re discriminating against a person for something they did not ask for and cannot change—sexuality. Sexual orientation, whether it be gay, straight, or bisexual, is not chosen, just as the color of someone’s skin is not chosen. We will not stand for this discrimination and we will stop at nothing until our goal is reached—a safe school environment where no one has to avoid going to school in fear of harassment.

We’re not asking for your permission or your opinion. We don’t have to explain ourselves and we certainly don’t need your approval. It’s a right, not a privilege to be who we are.

We are sick of the hateful words and homophobic slurs. We are tired of the name calling and bullying that goes on right under the noses of school faculty. We will no longer stand by and let bullies have their way while we suffer in silence.

Who are we? We are the students of Los Gatos High School. We come from all groups and stereotypes: gays, straights, loners, jocks, bank geeks, theater kids, Asians, whites, Mexicans, Christians, Atheists, scholars, punks, emos, goths, and nerds united under one cause. Not an academic subject or a sport interest, but a passion—a passion for acceptance, equality, love, and respect for all people, regardless of their differences. We are here to be the change and make a difference.


Your Gay-Straight Alliance

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Are You Ready?

Hey everyone,

At my meeting with Mr. Autrey on Monday, a striking perspective enlightened me. Would you call a colored person the "N" word? No, you would not. We should no longer idly stand by and allow people to use gay, faggot, dyke, profanity. Its ridiculous that we have to say anything to people that its inappropriate. Its even worse that we have to explain ourselves. Sexuality is not something changeable, no one simply chooses to be "one way" or "another". As an individual, the only person you can be is yourself.

Its not a privilege, its a right. We're not asking for your permission, we don't have to explain ourselves, and we certainly don't need your approval to be who we are.

We are having our regular meeting this Friday @ tutorial, BE THERE! We'll be talking about ways we can stop bullying and the use of anti-gay slurs. We would like to start posting fliers in classrooms before the end of the month. Are you ready to stand up against bullying? Then take a stand and lend a hand.

If you have any slogan, fliers, poster, or shirt ideas, please bring them to this meeting!

Also, club day is this Thursday @ lunch so please stop by, say hi, bring some friends to sign up, and grab some cookies. Hope to see you there and at Friday's meeting! :)

Liz Gustafson

Friday, February 4, 2011

Today's Meeting

Hello all,

Today we have our regular meeting at tutorial. Unfortunately, many members were absent due to an unexpected mandatory freshmen assembly at tutorial. Also, for those who went to Respect Rx, I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and learned something. This is for all of you...

I gave a "homework assignment" which was making a blogger account (if you do not already have one) and following this blog so you can stay updated with us, even if you don't have a facebook. We also signed up new and old members who have not submitted contact information yet. Along with this was a sign up sheet for our fundraiser at the Venue on March 11. We still need help with set up, clean up, food, drinks, and door guards. If you would like to help, please leave a comment.

As a club, we talked about bullying at LGHS and how we can stop it. We had a special visitor, the president of the HPA Club, who helped lead the discussion. We came to the conclusion that bullying at LGHS is mostly verbal, in most cases directed at non-LGBT students, and typically goes unnoticed by teachers. For this reason, I am meeting with Mr. Autrey to find a resolution to end this harassment. We also decided that before the year is out, and sooner rather than later, we should find a way to speak to middle schoolers at both Fisher and CTE. This is where the harassment, both physical and verbal, starts. As highschoolers, we must be the example and set the tone so we can end bullying where it begins (and hopefully ends).

Thank you all for reading,

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

LGBT Youth Resources & News

Billy DeFrank Center

Project Outlet

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians And Gays

The Diversity Center

Gender Education

Make It Better Project

Amplify Your Voice

Think Before You Speak


Day Of Silence

Gay Rights News

The Trevor Project

Trans Gender Law Center

The Safe Schools Coalition

Marriage Equality USA

Human Rights Campaign

NOH8 Campaign

Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County
Queer Youth Leadership Awards of Santa Cruz County
Safe Schools Project of Santa Cruz County

*** If you have any resources to add, please comment with the link so I may add it to this list.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

For February

Woohoo, its February! This means the All GSA movie night on February 4...

* * * Friday February 11 we will have our regular meeting at tutorial in room 201 * * *
Please come enjoy the treats and drag some friends. The more the merrier. :)

Later that night is the all GSA Dance in San Jose...

I will be there all decked out in some awesome PJs and I hope to see a lot of you guys too! :D

There won't be a meeting February 18 because we don't have school that week, yay!


* * * FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25TH * * *

We will hold our regular meeting at tutorial in room 201...


...we will be having a guest speaker! so DON'T MISS THIS MEETING!