Trans, queer, and gender nonconforming youth of color are changing the national conversation around racial and gender justice —
one school at a time.
Here's how we are building a youth-led movement:
And we know that youth-led organizing is a powerful expression of the vision that trans and queer young people have for their own liberation.
This past year, we have witnessed a resurgence of youth-led organizers who boldly speak out and reclaim their power to transform schools and community spaces: from creating inclusive environments for trans and queer youth to fighting for freedom from criminalization and policing.
Trans, queer, and gender nonconforming youth leaders have become vocal activists for racial and gender justice. They have redefined the conversation on school safety. And GSA organizing continues to emerge as a platform to amplify and strengthen their voice.
Direct actions over the past year, like the March for Our Lives and National School Walkout, have reinvigorated new and existing GSA clubs across the country and given them an opportunity to organize, support, and connect to a broader national youth-led movement.
Here are a few things they did this year:
800+ trans and queer youth of color were trained as community organizers, social justice advocates, and storytellers. They have shaped and uplifted authentic narratives about their lives and experiences in schools.
TRUTH launched the Nine Point Manifesto that will guide its future work as part of their collective, continuous journey towards liberation. The National TRUTH Council expanded its reach into 9 states and now has 25 members who launch powerful storytelling campaigns to build community, find inspiration & transform society.
Student leaders in California facilitated workshops about fighting gender norms and exercising your rights in hostile school climates, stressing the need to organize using an intersectional approach. GSA youth activists in the Midwest and Southeast embraced that approach in rural and urban communities--work that we will expand to the Southwest.
Countless students throughout California demanded trans and queer inclusion in their social studies and history curricula citing their rights and protections under the Fair Education Act. In their continued fight for more visibility, these youth challenged long-standing power structures that have tried to erase them and influenced similar campaigns in New Jersey and Illinois.
Trans and queer young people refuse to be silenced.
They will continue to reclaim their power.