GLSEN Central New Jersey &
the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice
are proud to Present the
15th Annual GSA Forum
Saturday 17 November from 9am – 4pm
Middletown High School South
900 Nutswamp Road, Middletown, New Jersey
The Forum brings together high school & middle school students, their advisors, allies,
parents & supporters for a day of
celebration, education, & networking.
More than 500 participants are expected to join together to express their pride & to gain renewed strength for themselves & their communities.
“We are pleased to bring outstanding youth activist Gavin Grimm as keynote speaker for the conference,” stated Carol Watchler, co-coordinator of the Forum event. “As a high school student Gavin brought a critical legal challenge to his school board rebuking their decision to disallow him to use bathroom facilities that comported with his gender identity. He courageously took a groundbreaking step that inspires us all.” His case moved through the federal court system all the way to the Supreme Court, which sent it back to the lower court in Virginia which then denied the school district's request to dismiss the case, agreed with the ACLU that the school violated the rights of transgender students under Title IX, & ordered a settlement conference. Gavin is still waiting to find out whether the school will try to appeal or settle the case.
Forum workshop topics will be targeted to the needs of high school & middle school students as well as school staff members, parents & other supporters. Included in the workshops are diverse subjects such as Youth leadership, GLSEN Days of Action, Planning your Future, Knowing your Rights, Middle school GSA’s, & specific workshops for GSA advisors, all school staff, & parents. Certificates of attendance for educators will be available.
“The very existence of Gay Straight Alliances saves lives every day, both literally & figuratively. Sometimes, oft-times, this is what allows some students to get up in the morning, traverse those very intimidating hallways & make it through their sometimes, oft-times, very difficult days,” espouses Robt Seda-Schreiber, Chief Activist of the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice, “GSA’s are love & love is contagious.”
featuring room 13!
This year we are also thrilled to present
an after-party following our inspirational day
to allow all attendees to enjoy a
concert by BRCSJ house band, room 13