As part of Trailblazers, Logo is honoring the youth groups that are making major strides in their hometowns and communities. The battle for equality is often fought at the local level. These Trailblazing Youth Groups are the future leaders of tomorrow. All 5 groups are chapters of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, a national youth leadership organization. Each group is making huge strides — but is there one youth group you'd like to particularly honor? Vote now — and tune in to Trailblazers on June 26th, to see which group got the most votes.
Parkway Central High School's GSA has worked extremely hard this year to advance racial and economic justice at their school. They have organized spaces to teach students about policies that are harmful to student development and that, eventually, push young people out of school, and have worked diligently to recruit new members affected by school pushout.
The Decatur High School GSA has collaborated to help put on many Georgia Safe Schools Coalition events, developed an LGBTQ Homeless Youth fact sheet together with the Atlanta Coalition for LGBTQ Youth (ACFLY), created the first queer prom open to high school students in Atlanta and shown amazing leadership creating safe and just spaces in their school.
Liberty Memorial Central Middle School was the first middle school in the area to have a GSA. For the past two years, the GSA has been working on having a safe place for students to be individuals as well as working on acceptance at the individual and group levels. This past year they had a gay pride week, and during this time they had a panel of young adults share their experiences being gay, lesbian, and transgender.
When Angel Garcia started at Roosevelt High School, he felt uneasy being open about his sexual orientation, and he wasn't the only one. This motivated him, with the support of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network of California, to start a GSA. As a social, activist, and support group for LGBT and ally youth, Roosevelt High School's club fund raised and started several campaigns to make the school safer, including an anti-slur campaign and an event for the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica High School's GSA was founded around 15 years ago with the help of Kelly Bates, a Spanish teacher who is now the school's GSA advisor. Santa Monica High School's GSA is known on campus for its focus on intersectionality and universal human rights. GSA has always been a beacon for equality, justice, and liberation, and as a club they've held movie nights, protests, festivals, panels, and changed school policies. All in all, GSA is an active club and has won awards at the school and district level.