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Welcome to the Orange County

LGBTQ and Allied

Youth Convening

MAY 10, 2014

Valley High School

Santa Ana, CA


our diverse and fabulous identities!

Youth Empowered to Act (YETA) invites Orange County

Youth, age 14 - 23, to join us as we build a powerful youth

movement in Orange County. As a YETA leader you can be

part of the campaign to create safe spaces for LGBTQ

youth in schools and beyond, and engage in the larger

social justice movement to create a better tomorrow.

Mondays 5:30 – 7:30, The Center OC

1605 N. Spurgeon St. Santa Ana, CA 92701


Contact Tony Ortuno: tony.ortuno@thecenteroc.org

714-953-5428 x205

YETA is a Program of The Gay and Lesbian Community Services

Center of Orange County



Dia De Las Madres Breakfast


Welcome and Key Note Address


Workshop Session 1


Workshop Session 2

11:50am 12:40am

Lunch and Resource Fair

12:40pm - 1:30pm

Transition back to the school Auditorium

1:30pm - 1:40pm

Dance Performance

1:40pm -1:50pm

Guest Speaker:

Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tempore Joe Shaw

1:50pm - 2:00pm

Closing Plenary Session

2:00pm - 2:50pm

Announce Safe Zone Competition Winners,

Raffle, and Closing

2:50pm - 3:30pm


Lori  Duron’s  memoir,  Raising  My  Rainbow:  Adventures  in  Raising  a  Fabulous,   Gender  Creative  Son,  was  recently  named  one  of  the  Best  Books  of  2013  by   Publishers  Weekly.  The  book  is  based  on  her  hugely  popular  blog,  

RaisingMyRainbow.com,  which  was  the  first  “mommy  blog”  to  chronicle  the  daily   joys,  struggles  and,  sometimes,  embarrassments  of  raising  a  gender-­‐creative  child.   Duron’s  Blog  has  had  more  than  two  million  readers  in  173  countries,  and  her   work  has  been  read  by  gender  studies  students  and  faculty  at  more  than  50   college  and  universities  in  the  U.S.,  Canada,  and  the  U.K.  She  and  has  twice  been   named  one  of  BlogHer’s  Voices  of  the  Year;  one  of  Ignite  Social  Media’s  “100   Women  Bloggers  You  Should  Be  Reading;”  one  of  Circle  of  Moms  “Top  25  SoCal   Moms;”  and  one  of  “Parents”  magazine’s  blogs  that  are  “Most  Likely  to  .  .  .   Change  the  World.”    

Special  Guest  Speaker:



Huntington  Beach  Mayor  

Pro  Tempore  Joe  Shaw  

Orange  County's  only  openly  LGBT  elected   official,  now  Mayor  Pro  Tem  Joe  Shaw  has   served  as  a  Huntington  Beach  City  

Councilmember  since  2010.  Mayor  Pro   Tempore  Shaw  will  speak  to  the  youth   about  being  Out  in  OC  Politics.    

Keynote  Speaker:  

Lori  Duron  





Creative  Storytelling:  Marilynn  Montano  from  Orange  County  Barrio  Writers  and   Youth  Empowered  to  Act    

Our  personal  stories  have  can  be  used  as  powerful  tools  for  self  and  community   empowerment.  This  workshop  will  teach  participants  how  to  share  their  stories   through  art  and  writing.  We  will  also  start  a  community  mural  that  will  be   completed  at  lunch  time!    


Creating  a  Safe  Space  Through  Language:  Youth  Empowered  to  Act  

The  goal  of  this  workshop  is  to  encourage  and  educate  people  on  respectful  and   inclusive  language.  We  will  focus  on  community  acronyms,  proper  terminology,   reclaimed/semi-­‐slurs,  slurs,  and  what  to  do  when  a  mistake  is  made.  This   presentation  can  be  helpful  for  both  LGBTQ  community  members  and  allies  due   to  the  depth  and  complication  of  language  and  the  degree  to  which  this  language   will  be  discussed.  


School  to  Prison  Pipeline:  How  LGBTQ  Students  are  Funneled  Out  of  School.     Joey  Hernandez,  ACLU  

Did  you  know  that  students  that  are  suspended  or  expelled  are  5  times  more   likely  to  drop  out  of  school?  Or  3  times  as  likely  to  interact  with  the  juvenile   justice  system?  Come  learn  about  the  School-­‐to-­‐Prison  Pipeline  to  identify   different  mechanisms  of  push  out,  have  a  dialogue  about  its  impacts  and  possible   solutions  to  remedy  the  problem.  


Parents  and  Youth:  Coming  out  in  the  Latino  Household:  La  Familia  

We  will  focus  on  a  Spanish  speaking  support  group  for  families  of  the  Lesbian,   Gay,  Bisexual,  and  Transgender  communities  in  Orange  County  named  La  Familia.   We  will  have  testimonials  from  parents  who  sought  help  in  coping  with  their   queer  son  or  daughter  coming  out  and  how  this  group  helped  them  not  only   understand  the  situation,  but  accept  and  proudly  embrace  their  queer  children.    

May  I  Kiss  You?  Understanding  Consent  and  Healthy  Boundaries  in   Relationships:  Michelle  Mar,  CSP  Inc.      

Come  and  learn  about  the  qualities  and  attributes  of  healthy  relationships.  This   workshop  will  explore  how  to  set  boundaries  in  relationships,  how  to  be  assertive,   as  well  as  how  to  communicate  effectively  with  partners.    





UndocuQueers:  Coming  OUT  Twice:  National  Queer  Trans  Latino  alliance   (NQTLA),  Jorge  Gutierrez    

The  workshop  will  utilize  storytelling  to  highlight  the  journey  of  LGBTQ  and   undocumented  communities  in  this  country.  Participants  will  learn  about  the   intersectional  organizing  happening  between  the  LGBTQ  and  immigrant  rights   movements  locally  and  nationally.    


Parents,  Families  and  Friends  of  LGBTQ  Youth:  PFLAG      

PFLAG  promotes  the  health  &  well-­‐being  of  LGBTQ  persons,  their  families,  &   friends  through  Support,  Education,  &  Advocacy.    Speakers  from  local  PFLAG   chapters  will  provide  the  opportunity  for  dialogue  with  members  of  the  LGBTQ   community  along  with  parents/allies  of  LGBTQ  persons.    Our  goal  is  to  provide  the   opportunity  for  dialogue  about  sexual  orientation  and  gender  identity  so  we  can   act  to  create  a  society  that  is  healthy  and  respectful  of  human  diversity.      

Progress  Built  on  Pride:  Vietnamese  Rainbow  of  Orange  County  (VROC)    

Organizing  can  be  difficult,  but  working  in  the  Asian/Pacific  Islander  community   can  be  even  harder.  Similar  to  many  other  cultures,  our  API  and  queer  identities   clash  .This  workshop  is  designed  so  that  you  can  communicate  and  organize  with   your  API  and  queer  community  while  also  being  culturally  sensitive.  Join  us  as  we   talk  about  how  we  marched  towards  equality  in  this  year's  Tet  Parade!  We,  as  a   community,  are  not  complete  without  each  other!    


Transgender  101:  Pat  MaGee    

Explore  and  learn  about  the  gender  spectrum.  Discover  the  diversity  of  those  who   cross  traditional  gender  boundaries  and  the  reality  of  trans  lives  and  life  


Restorative  Healing:  Boys  and  Men  of  Color  and  OC  Human  Relations,  Luis   Ramirez  and  Jennifer  Jones      

This  workshop  will  provide  you  with  an  opportunity  to  experience  a  healing  circle,   which  is  a  Restorative  Justice  practice.  A  healing  circle  is  a  practice  that  creates  a   safe  space  for  an  open  conversation.  Participants  will  have  an  opportunity  to   share  and  learn  from  each  other’s  experiences  in  a  structured,  supportive  and   confidential  environment.    


About Our Presenters

PFLAG  Speakers  will  each  share  their  individual  personal  story,  as  it  relates  to  the  LGBTQ   experience.    PFLAG  speakers  are  all  volunteers  who  bring  their  personal  experience  and   individual  opinions  to  the  panel,  along  with  a  wealth  of  knowledge  about  the  overall  LGBTQ   experience  and  community.    


Jorge  Gutierrez  is  the  national  coordinator  of  the  National  Queer  and  Trans  Latin@  Alliance   (NQTLA)  and  lives  in  Los  Angeles.  Jorge  has  been  organizing  at  the  intersection  of  both   LGBTQ  and  immigrant  rights  communities  for  over  6  years.  

Joey  Hernández  is  the  Community  Engagement  &  Policy  Advocate  working  on  the  LGBTQ   Student  Rights  Project,  which  focuses  on  stopping  the  unlawful  bullying  and  harassment  in   California  schools  and  creating  school  communities  that  promote  safety  and  respect  for  all   students.    


Michelle  Mar  serves  as  a  Victim  Advocate  and  Prevention  Educator  Specialist  II  at   Community  Service  Programs,  Inc.    (CSP)  -­‐  Sexual  Assault  Victim  Services.  As  Orange   County’s  sole  Rape  Crisis  Center,  CSP  assists  2,000+  survivors  of  sexual  violence  per  year.    


Jennifer  Jones  has  worked  for  OC  Human  Relations  as  a  Human  Relations  Specialist  since   2006.  She  is  native  of  Bolivia  that  moved  to  the  US  at  the  age  of  17.    She  conducts  

educational  workshops,  provides  certification  training  on  “Effective  Human  Relations  in  the   Workplace,”  and  facilitates  court-­‐specific  mediation  trainings.    Currently,  Jennifer  oversees   a  new  Restorative  Justice  program  which  her  agency  hopes  to  implement  in  schools  and   community.  The  ideas  of  creating  inclusive  communities,  eliminating  intolerance  and   prejudice,  and  building  bridges  of  understanding  have  always  been  a  way  of  life  for  her.        

Luis  Ramirez  is  a  member  of  Boys  and  Men  of  Color  and  community  activist  who  is  involved   in  creating  change  around  issues  that  affect  the  youth,  the  lgbtq  community  and  the   immigration.  He  engages  in  this  work  both  at  the  local  and  national  level.  Other   organizations  he  participates  in  are  DeColores,  Orange  county  Dream  Team,  NQTLA.    


VROC  is  a  community-­‐based  organization  that  focuses  on  advancing  the  quality  of  life  for   Viet  LGBTQ  community  members,  families,  individuals,  and  loved  ones  (allies).    


Pat  Magee  is  a  transman  who  lives  in  Orange  County  and  works  as  a  geriatric  medical  social   worker.  He  began  his  gender  transition  in  1989  and  has  been  involved  with  numerous  trans   activist  opportunities  throughout  the  SoCal  area  including  the  creation  of  OC's  female-­‐to-­‐ male  transgender  support  and  social  group  (OCFTM),  co-­‐founder  and  director  of  the   Orange  County  Transgender  Coalition  (OCTC),  and  as  a  PFLAG  speaker's  bureau  member,   TG  moderator  and  speaker  trainer.  


Save the date!

Queer Youth Prom in June!

Color Me Equal Campaign Boot Camp July 2014!


About  The  Center  OC  Youth  Programs  …  

The  mission  of  The  Center  OC’s  youth  program  is  to  provide  comprehensive  services  and   resources  which  promote  the  healing,  well-­‐being,  and  empowerment  of  LGBTQ  youth.    

We  envision  a  just  society  where  queer  youth  are  loved  and  celebrated.    

Rainbow  Youth:  The  Center  OC’s  Rainbow  Youth  Program  provides  spaces  for  fun,   educational  and  creative  activities  where  Lesbian,  Gay,  Bisexual,  Transgender,   Queer  and  Questioning  (LGBTQ)  youth  and  allies  are  safe,  supported  and   celebrated.  Monthly  speakers  conduct  youth-­‐focused  discussions,  youth  talk   about  sexual  orientation  and  gender  identity,  family  acceptance,  dating  and   relationships,  self-­‐care  and  risk-­‐reduction,  LGBTQ  affirmative  sex  education,   discrimination  issues,  safe  schools,  student  rights,  and  civic  engagement.  Social   activities  include  LGBTQ  movie  screenings,  Open-­‐Mic  Night,  Game  Night,  Arts  and   Crafts  (including  a  Queer  piñata  making  party),  attending  plays  and  concerts,  and   more.  We  attend  annual  events  including  Disneyland  for  “Gay  Days”,  Models  of   Pride  in  Los  Angeles,  National  Day  of  Silence,  Spirit  Day,  OC  Pride,  and  our  hugely   popular  Queer  Youth  Prom.  This  year  we  held  our  first  “Queer  Little  Homecoming   Dance  and  Resource  Fair.”  


Rainbow  Youth  Group  Meetings  

All  groups  meet  at  The  Center  OC  unless  otherwise  noted  

1605  N.  Spurgeon  Street,  Santa  Ana,  CA  92701    (714)  953  –  5428      

Rainbow  Youth  (ages  13  –  18):    Wednesdays,  6  pm  –  8  pm     (doors  open  at  3  pm  to  hang  out!)  


Trans*Fusion  (for  trans*  youth,  ages  13-­‐18):  Wednesdays,  4  pm  –  6  pm    


Young  Adults  Meetings  (YAMs  -­‐  ages  17-­‐23):    Thursdays,  5:30  pm  –  7:30  pm    

Rainbow  Youth  (ages  13  –  18):    Saturdays,  11  am  –  2  pm    

*South  OC  Rainbow  Youth  (ages  13  –  18):    Fridays,  5  pm  –  7  pm  

(*Friday’s  South  OC  group  meets  at  shanti  Orange  County:     23461  South  Pointe  Drive,  Suite  100,  Laguna  Hills,  92653)  


Follow  us  on  Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/rainbow.storm.youth    

YETA:  Youth  Empowered  To  Act  (YETA)    is  a  coalition  of  Orange  County  LGBTQ  and   allied  youth  leaders  between  the  ages  14  to  24  working  to  create  safe,  supportive,   and  nondiscriminatory  environments  for  ALL  youth  through  education,  organizing   and  advocacy.    YETA  meets  MONDAYs  from  5:30  to  7:30  pm  at  The  Center  OC.  


YETA’s  Color  Me  Equal  Campaign:    The  goal  of  the  Color  Me  Equal  Campaign  is  to   educate  and  train  Orange  County  students,  parents,  teachers,  school  

administrators,  and  elected  officials  on  the  rights  and  laws  that  have  been   established  to  protect  LGBTQ  and  allied  students  and  improve  school  climate  for   all  students  in  California.  YETA  youth  conduct  a  presentation  about  these  laws.   Teachers  and  school  administrators  sign  a  pledge  to  uphold  the  laws  and  post  Safe   Zone  signs  to  identify  that  their  space  is  safe  for  all  students  regardless  of  their   perceived  or  actual  sexual  orientation,  gender  identity  or  gender  expression.  This   year  we  have  distributed  over  1000  SAFE  ZONE  signs  in  schools,  district  offices,   and  social  services  and  health  agencies  across  Orange  County.    


Color  Me  Equal  Campaign  Boot  Camp:  In  the  summer  of  2013  we  held  our  first   “Color  Me  Equal”  Campaign  Boot  Camp  for  25  LGBTQ  and  allied  high  school  and   college  youth  from  across  Orange  County.  The  Boot  Camp  met  twice  weekly  and   focused  on  grassroots  campaign  development  and  explored  personal  

empowerment  and  social  justice  work  through  an  intersectional  lens.  Campers   travelled  overnight  to  Sacramento  for  a  day  of  advocacy  at  the  State  Capitol  with   policy  experts  and  State  legislators.  Boot  Camp  2014  is  coming  this  July!  


GSA  Outreach:  This  year  we  met  with  Gay  Straight  Alliances  at  over  30  OC  high   schools  and  middle  schools.  We  visited  at  least  one  high  school  in  12  out  of  the   county’s  15  school  districts.  Our  Orange  County  GSA  Mixers  provide  opportunities   for  GSA  youth  and  leaders  from  all  over  the  OC  to  connect  and  collaborate.      

Youth  Speakers  Bureau:  The  Rainbow  Youth  Speakers  Bureau  has  served  on   panels  hosted  by  The  Orange  County  Department  of  Children’s  Services,  The   County  Mental  Health  Services,  the  American  Academy  of  Pediatrics,  and  the   Orange  County  Department  of  Education.  They  will  soon  be  producing  their  own   digital  stories  and  teaching  other  youth  how  to  do  the  same.    


For  more  information  contact:  Laura  Kanter,  MSW,  Director  of  Youth  Services   (714)  953-­‐5428  x206      laura.kanter@thecenteroc.org  



A  Gender  and  Sexual  Orientation  Spectrum  Glossary

(Partially  adapted  by  The  Center  Orange  County’s  Youth  empowered  to   Act  from  Teaching  Tolerance:  A  Project  of  the  Southern  Poverty  Law   Center.)


Birth  Sex/Biological  Sex:    A  specific  set  of  genetic,  chemical  and  

anatomical  characteristics  that  we  are  either  born  with  or  that  develop  as   we  mature.  Types  of  birth/biological  sex  include  female,  male  and  intersex.


Gender  Identity:    One's  internal,  personal  sense  of  their  own  gender.   Many  people  believe  in  a  more  fluid  gender  identity  than  simply  “male”   and  “female.”


Gender  Expression:    The  external  manifestation  of  one's  gender  identity,   usually  expressed  through  behavior,  clothing,  haircut,  voice  or  body   characteristics.


Sexual  Orientation:    The  nature  of  an  individual's  physical,  romantic,   emotional  and/or  spiritual  attraction  to  another  person.  Gender  identity   and  sexual  orientation  are  not  the  same.  Trans  and  gender-­‐variant  people   may  identify  with  any  sexual  orientation,  and  their  sexual  orientation  may   or  may  not  change  before,  during  or  after  gender  transition.


Transgender:    An  umbrella  term  that  describes  people  whose  gender   identity  and/or  gender  expression  differs  from  the  sex  they  were  assigned   at  birth.  This  group  includes,  but  is  not  limited  to  cross-­‐dressers  and  other   gender-­‐variant  people.  Transgender  people  may  or  may  not  choose  to  alter   their  bodies  hormonally  and/or  surgically.


Assigned  Sex:    The  sex/gender  one  is  considered  to  be  at  birth  based  on  a   cursory  examination  of  external  genitalia.


Asexual:    In  its  broadest  sense,  asexual  describes  individuals  who  have   little  to  no  sexual  attraction  to  others  or  are  not  interested  in  sex.  Those   who  identify  as  asexual  may  still  be  romantically  attracted  to  others.


Bi-­‐Gender:    Describes  individuals  who  identify  as  having  both  a  “male”   and  “female”  side  to  their  personalities.


Bisexual:    Describes  a  person  who  is  attracted  to  both  males  and  females.   Because  bisexual  assumes  a  binary,  male/female  paradigm,  many  

individuals  now  use  the  term  pansexual.

Cisgender:  A  cisgender  person  is  someone  who  identifies  as  they  

gender/sex  they  were  assigned  at  birth.  For  example,  your  birth  certificate   says  female,  and  you  identify  as  a  female  woman.


Closeted  or  In  the  Closet:    Choosing  not  to  disclose  one’s  sexual   orientation.


Coming  Out:  Coming  out  is  the  process  by  which  LGBTQIA  people   recognize,  acknowledge,  accept,  appreciate  and  celebrate  their  sexual   orientation  or  gender  identity.


Gay:    Describes  a  person  whose  emotional,  romantic  and  sexual  

attractions  are  primarily  for  individuals  of  the  same  gender/sex,  typically   in  reference  to  males,  sometimes  used  as  a  general  term  for  gay  men  and   lesbians.


Heterosexual  Privilege:    The  benefits  and  advantages  that  heterosexuals   receive  in  a  heterosexist  culture.  Also,  the  benefits  that  LGBT  people   receive  as  a  result  of  claiming  a  heterosexual/cisgender  identity  and   denying  a  LGBT  identity.


LGBT:    An  acronym,  which  stands  for  “Lesbian,  Gay,  Bisexual  and  

Transgender.”  Other  versions  may  add  “Q”  for  Queer  or  Questioning,  “I”  for   Intersex  and  “A”  for  Asexual  or  Ally.  Some  may  prefer  to  list  the  acronym   as  TBLG  to  place  transpeople  in  a  position  of  importance  and  to  rectify  the   way  trans  has  historically  been  omitted,  devalued  or  excluded.


Genderqueer:    Describes  individuals  who  possess  identities  that  fall   outside  of  the  culturally/socially  prescribed  gender/sex  binary.


Gender  Role:    Clothing,  characteristics,  traits  and  behaviors  culturally   associated  with  masculinity  and/or  femininity.


Gender  Variant:    A  term  that  describes  individuals  who  do  not  conform  to   socially  prescribed  gender  roles.


Heterosexism:    The  societal/cultural,  institutional  and  individual  beliefs   and  practices  that  privilege  heterosexuals  and  subordinate  and  denigrate   LGBTQIA  people.  The  critical  element  that  differentiates  heterosexism  (or   any  other  “ism”)  from  prejudice  and  discrimination  is  the  use  of  

institutional  power  and  authority  to  support  prejudices  and  enforce   discriminatory  behaviors  in  systematic  ways  with  far-­‐reaching  outcomes   and  effects.


Heterosexual  Ally:    Heterosexual  people  who  confront  heterosexism  in   themselves  and  others  out  of  self-­‐interest,  a  concern  for  the  well  being  of   LGBTQIA  people,  and  a  belief  that  heterosexism  is  a  social  injustice.


Homophobia:    Literally,  the  fear  of  homosexuals  and  homosexuality;   however,  this  term  is  generally  applied  to  anyone  who  dislikes  LGBTIQ   people,  who  uses  derogatory  sexuality-­‐  or  gender-­‐based  terms,  or  who   feels  that  LGBTIQ  people  want  “special  rights”  and  not  “equal  rights.”   Homophobic  behavior  can  range  from  using  slurs,  telling  jokes,  verbal   abuse  and  physical  violence,  as  well  as  through  anti-­‐LGBT  legislation.


Intersex:    Intersex  people  are  born  with  physical  sex  markers  (genitals,   hormones  or  chromosomes)  that  are  neither  clearly  male  nor  female.


Lesbian:    A  female  identified  person  whose  emotional,  romantic  and   sexual  attractions  are  primarily  for  other  females.

Out  or  Out  of  the  Closet:    To  be  openly  lesbian,  gay,  bisexual,  transgender,   queer,  intersex  or  asexual.


Outing:    When  someone  discloses  information  about  another’s  sexual   orientation  or  gender  identity  without  that  person’s  knowledge  and/or   consent.


Queer:    Queer  is  a  term  that  has  been  reclaimed  by  members  of  the  LGBTQ   community  to  describe  people  who  transgress  culturally  imposed  norms   of  heterosexuality  and  gender  traditionalism.  Although  still  often  an   abusive  epithet  when  used  by  bigoted  heterosexuals,  many  queer-­‐ identified  people  have  taken  back  the  word  to  use  it  as  a  symbol  of  pride   and  affirmation  of  difference  and  diversity.


Sex  Reassignment  Surgery  (SRS):    A  procedure  that  physically   transforms  the  genitals  using  plastic  surgery.  SRS  is  a  single  surgical   alteration  and  is  only  one  small  part  of  transition.  Not  all  transgender   people  choose  to,  or  can  afford  to,  have  SRS.  While  this  procedure  is  often   referred  to  as  a  sex  change  operation  in  popular  culture,  SRS  is  the  

preferred  term.


Sexism:    The  societal/cultural,  institutional  and  individual  beliefs  and   practices  that  privilege  men  and  subordinate  and  denigrate  women.


Straight:    Slang  term  for  heterosexual.


Trans:    An  umbrella  term  that  describes  people  who  permanently  or   periodically  dis-­‐identify  with  the  gender/sex  they  were  assigned  at  birth.


Trans-­‐Friendly:    Describes  organizations  or  institutions  that  are  open,   affirming  and  accepting  of  transpeople  and  their  social,  political  and   cultural  needs.


Gender  Transition:    The  period  of  time  in  which  a  person  begins  to  live  in   a  gender  role  that  is  in  accordance  with  their  internal  gender  identity.   Transition  is  not  a  one-­‐step  procedure;  it  is  a  complex  process  that  occurs   over  a  long  period  of  time.  Transition  may  include  some  or  all  of  the   following  cultural,  legal  and  medical  adjustments:  informing  one's  family,   friends  and/or  co-­‐workers;  changing  one's  name  and/or  gender  on  legal   documents;  undergoing  hormone  therapy;  and/or  seeking  surgical   alteration  (see  Sex  Reassignment  Surgery).


Transphobia:    The  irrational  fear  and  hatred  of  all  those  individuals  who   do  not  conform  to  dominant  socially  prescribed  gender  categories.

GSA:  A  Gay-­‐Straight  Alliance  (GSA)  is  a  student-­‐run  club,  typically  in  a  high   school  or  middle  school,  which  provides  a  safe  place  for  students  to  meet,   support  each  other,  talk  about  issues  related  to  sexual  orientation  and   gender  identity  and  expression,  and  work  to  end  homophobia  and   transphobia.    


LGBTQ Resources

The Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange

County: The mission of The Center Orange County is to advocate

on behalf of the Orange County LGBT community, and to provide

services that ensure its well-being and positive identity.

The Center Orange County

1605 N. Spurgeon Street, Santa Ana 92701

714-953-5428 x206 www.thecenteroc.org


Meets 1st Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9pm (or later).

Orientation for newcomers begins at 7:15pm.

First United Methodist Church

161 S. Orange St., Orange, CA 92866





Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7-9pm

St. Georges Parish 23802 Avenida De La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA





Shift Happens: A place for parents, partners, and families of

Transgendered loved ones. We meet the first Sunday of each month

in the Santa Ana/Tustin area at 6pm. Email:

Shifthappensoc@gmail.com www.shifthappensoc.org.

National Organizations and Websites:

GSA Network: http://www.gsanetwork.org/

GLSEN Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network:


Resources for Administrators, Educators and School Personnel

American Psychological Association:


Human Rights Campaign Fund:


US Department of Ed: Ensuring Safe Schools for LGBT Youth:


Fair Education Act Website: http://www.faireducationact.com/

California Dept. of Ed. Bullying Resources: