Each year we ask that all GSA advisors and student members participate in taking the GSA Hawaii survey. This information will be used in generating our annual grant report and will provide insight as to how GSA Hawaii can improve direct services.
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GSA Hawaii is currently seeking LGBTQA youth for a role in our National Coming Out Day PSA.
PSA production will be held on the Saturday September 28 at Kaka’ako from 10am – 2pm. We will be meeting at Life Foundation then head down to Kaka’ako.
Here are 3 things youth will need:
- Signed parental consent form (which we will provide and needs to be submitted before the shoot)
- Youth must identify within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Ally (LGBTQA) spectrum
- Youth need to be comfortable saying that they are “out”
What you will be doing:
- Youth will be dressed in an all-white outfits. White T-shirts will be provided, but we ask that you provide your own outfit for the bottom half. (Please keep in mind this is a PSA that will be viewed by the general public therefore we are asking to use appropriate attire)
- We will be using color dyed powder, therefore anticipate getting dirty. Please bring an extra change of clothes to change after the shoot.
If you have any questions or would like to inquire more information please contact Michael, GSA Hawaii Coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (808) 521-2437 ext. 276.
For more information on National Coming Out Day, visit GSA Hawaii’s website at www.gsahawaii.org
What is National Coming Out Day?
Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or as an ally.
In the Beginning, There Was a March:
On Oct. 11, 1987, half a million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It was the second such demonstration in our nation’s capital and resulted in the founding of a number of LGBT organizations, including the National Latino/a Gay & Lesbian Organization (LLEGÓ) and AT&T’s LGBT employee group, LEAGUE. The momentum continued four months after this extraordinary march as more than 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists from around the country gathered in Manassas, Va., about 25 miles outside Washington, D.C. Recognizing that the LGBT community often reacted defensively to anti-gay actions, they came up with the idea of a national day to celebrate coming out and chose the anniversary of that second march on Washington to mark it. The originators of the idea were Rob Eichberg, a founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O’Leary, then head of National Gay Rights Advocates. From this idea the National Coming Out Day was born.
To this day National Coming Out Day continues to promote a safe world for LGBT individuals to live truthfully and openly.
Information above was taken from the Human Rights Campaign, http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/national-coming-out-day
What is Ally Week?
GLSEN and students across the country, often as members of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) or similar student clubs, will celebrate Ally Week on October 15-19 in schools and communities nationwide.
Ally Week is a week for students to identify, support and celebrate Allies against anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language, bullying and harassment in America’s schools.
What is an ally?
We refer to Allies as people who do not identify as LGBT students, but support this community by standing against the bullying and harassment LGBT youth face in school. Allies can be straight or cis gender identified youth and adults, or LGBT identified adults! Anyone who takes a student against anti-LGBT bullying and harassment can be an ally.
If you would like to nominate an ally to recognize during Ally Week, click here!
For more information visit GLSEN Hawaii or click the logo below!
At our first GSA Hawaii Meeting the Awesome Foundation presented us with a check donation.
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For more information on the Awesome Foundation, simply click on their logo above!
Mahalo nui loa to all those who can make it out to our 1st GSA Meeting.
We had an awesome productive time and wonderful turn out. It was nice to meet all of you and finally put some names to people’s faces.
Special thanks to the Awesome Foundation for a wonderful check presentation!
Shout out to Farrington, Iolani, Chaminade, Moanalua, Punahou, and Hawaii Community College GSAs for coming out and for those who shared a snack with everyone.
Stay tuned for pictures! ^____^