2013 Queer Youth Advocacy Day

May 1, 2013 By Guest Contributor

By Sam Alavi

I’m sure that to a bystander, 70 young people standing on the steps of the capitol screaming “we’re here, we’re queer, we’re fabulous; don’t mess with us” is quite an interesting site. But to me, it’s just another day of activism.

This year’s Queer Youth Advocacy Day was especially meaningful for me. Not only did I get the chance to train a group of inspiring youth on the ins and outs of advocacy, but we were also given the opportunity to meet with senators and assembly members about AB 1266 and AB 420, two bills that directly impacted us as students.

The event came with the usual emotions of empowerment, excitement, and pride, but also with a feeling of nostalgia. This weekend marked the end of my work as a youth trainer with GSA Network, and as a high school activist as a whole. With graduation almost 3 weeks away, I say goodbye to being a youth trainer after many years and hundreds of workshops, and say hello to my upcoming adventures as an activist in college. I am incredibly humbled and inspired to have spent the weekend advocating for justice on behalf of all marginalized students alongside my fellow activists, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the year.

Sam Alavi is a senior at Aragon High School and the president of her school’s Gay, Straight Alliance. In previous years, Sam has helped lead the GSA through many successful events and campaigns including Ally Week, Harvey Milk Day, and the annual GSA Castro Field trip. A board member of GSA Network and Deputy Director of Bay Area Youth Summit (BAYS), Sam is a tireless straight ally and a force to reckon with.

One Response to “2013 Queer Youth Advocacy Day”

May 04, 2013 at 11:07 am, Ken Pierce said: I am a volunteer with BRAVE Society who is sponsoring SB 231, a bill that just passed the Education Committee and is headed to the Appropriations Committee. AB 231 will establish a bullying and peer abuse hotline for those whose schools have turned a blind eye to bullying and those who are looking for help outside of their school. I also volunteer and am an Adult Advisor to Sacramento LGBTQ Youth Task Force, led by Spencer Douglas. Spencer and his crew is working diligently here in the Capitol city fighting for the youth. Queer Youth Advocay Day is important and teaches young people to stand up and speak out and even affect how our legislatures vote on law that directly affects all of us. On behals of BRAVE and the Task Force, I tip my hat to the efforts of GSA.

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