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Leah's Birthday Fundraiser for Missouri GSA

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There are so many forces working against queer people in this country but there are also forces working for positive change. Those positive forces have the potential to be stronger and more effective than the negative ones but that will only happen if we all join them. There's a lot of amazing work happening in so many arenas but these days I'm particularly motivated by the work being done by Missouri GSA. Their mission statement: "Missouri GSA Network (MGN) works directly with LGBTQA students to empower leaders and cultivate advocates who fight homophobia and transphobia in schools around Missouri and strive for social justice." Just this summer (my school is year-round) I started facilitating a GSA club at my school to provide a safe and empowering space for queer & questioning students and their allies. The amount of compassion and strength the members have is inspiring and I'm excited to connect with our state organization, Missouri GSA. Missouri GSA is doing the work that makes a difference all over the state. Some highlights of why this organization is so powerful and deserves our support: -They run a yearly youth empowerment camp, which is designed and driven by youth activists. -They work to fight the school push-out of students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities. -They hold summits and events to build school leadership. -They support local GSAs by providing mentorship for making lasting change. Homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny start young and run deep. Empowering students to make change and giving them a space to be their true selves has the potential to be revolutionary.

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