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Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network
My work with GSA started when I was in high school, I helped re-open my high schools GSA in West Sacramento and served as its president during my junior and senior year. I went on to attend the GSA Advocacy and Youth Leadership Academy where I had the opportunity to speak at the capitol and I learn to advocate for legislation I believe in at Queer Youth Advocacy day. GSA gave me a place to be myself, it taught me tools for advocacy and enacting change, and that I have the ability to fight for justice.
Even though I knew that I was bisexual when I was 15, it took me until 17 to come out to my family and friends. I feared both rejection and dismissal; that people flat out wouldn’t accept me, wouldn’t believe me, say it was a phase or that it didn’t matter. Being in GSA taught me that my identity and that of my fellow queer community does matter.
I’m happy to say that when I finally came out as more than an activist and ally, I was met with love and acceptance from my family and friends. Having the support of my family empowered me even more and knowing that being accepted is not always guaranteed inspired me to continue my activism and advocacy work throughout college and beyond.
My work with GSA gave me the skills I needed to be an effective organizer. I worked at the Center for Women and Gender Equity at Saint Mary’s College as a Gender Justice Leader and student organizer for V-Day. With my fellow students, we brought “End the Silence,” to life, a campus wide campaign that demanded more from the administration to better serve minority students.
I am a proud bisexual, Black and Mexican American woman. I come from a big, loving and endlessly supportive family, with parent’s who have always fought for me and who have taught me to advocate for myself and for others. I decided at a young age that I would dedicate my life to activism and advocacy work and I am so blessed to be able to continue that work as a young adult with GSA Network.
While life is not ever easy for queer folk of color, I recognize the privileges and opportunities I have that have allowed me to attend college and support myself working at an organization I love. I want to help provide others, especially youth, with the same stability, opportunities and resources that I've been blessed with. I hope that my experiences can prove as an example to those struggling with the wieght of oppression and mental illness that it does get better, that we can work to make it better. We can begin to dismantle systems that have created inequality in order make the world a more equitable place.
It’s my first Give OUT Day with GSA Network and I’m hoping to get at least 10 new donors for the organization and raise at least $100. This organization taught me so much and gave me a space to grow as a youth and I only continue to grow and learn from them as an adult and employee. I believe so much in GSAN and hope to help in keeping this organization alive so that other queer, black and brown youth can benefit in the ways that I did.