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Queer Youth Leaders Mobilize for GSA Day of Racial Justice

In February 2018, Liberty Hill partnered with the Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Network of Southern California—one of our grantees fighting to empower and train young LGBTQ leaders—to call on Los Angeles County elected officials to address issues of disproportionate criminalization and abusive treatment of LGBTQ youth of color.

L.A.’s Queer Justice Leaders—Past, Present and Future

It was the kind of warm and sunny winter’s day that makes L.A. feel truly special. But for the donor activists and foundation partners attending Liberty Hill’s Queer Youth Power van tour, the day was about celebrating another side of Los Angeles: its powerful, and often pioneering, legacy as a launch pad for LGBTQ liberation.

Prop. 8 Found Unconstitutional—Disbelief, Then Joy

Moments ago, I saw a tweet that said: “PROPOSITION 8 FOUND UNCONSTITUTIONAL.” At first, I didn’t believe it. Seconds later, I saw other tweets that filled in more of the story. I shared the good news with my colleagues, and Liberty Hill’s offices were filled with shrieks of joy, high fives, and genuine excitement.
I thought of my grandmother.
Earlier this week, she asked me when I was going to get married. I told her that first I needed to find someone suitable to marry, and second, Proposition 8 needed to be repealed. She said that she’d gladly tell the powers that be to repeal Prop 8 but didn’t think they’d listen to an old Black woman. I thanked her and told her not to underestimate her power. In the mean time, she said she’d be on the lookout for a suitable husband.

The New LGBT High School

Today's L.A. Times has a story about a new school for LGBT teens. Many of our grantee partners who have worked to end harassment of LGBT teens don't see isolating young people as the solution. That's why Liberty Hill has invested in AB537 and other protections designed to protect all students, straight, questioning or queer in every school in California. What do you think? Leave a comment below.