The Gender and Sexualities Alliance Network (GSA Network) is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities. Their work focuses on leadership development and activism that prioritizes building alliances not only across sexual orientation and gender identity lines, but also across race, ethnicity, and class lines, with resources and trainings that are designed to facilitate coalition building.
The LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund supports GSA Network’s in its relationship-building with local youth, racial, economic, gender, LGBTQ justice organizations in New Orleans as well as in Louisiana more broadly and throughout the Southeast. GSA Network’s base-building in New Orleans has been led by LGBTQ youth of color, many of whom have been pushed out of school and into alternative educational settings. The GSA Network in New Orleans is bringing its long-term expertise to create spaces where LGBTQ youth and allies can convene, work together on urgent issues, and develop youth leadership within their communities. With this funding, GSA Network was able to hire its first-ever Southeastern Regional Organizer and launch a field office in New Orleans. GSA Network Southeast provides technical-assistance and capacity-building support to youth organizers in five Southeastern States: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. GSA Network’s Regional Organizers’ Convenings (ROCs) and annual Queer Youth Leading the South are vital opportunities for leadership development and regional strategizing amongst LGBTQ low-income, rural, young people of color.