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Delano Youth Conference to Address Bullying of LGBT Youth

Leading Legal and Youth Experts to Provide Community Members with Tools to Prevent Bullying


(Delano, CA, May 12, 2011)—This Saturday, May 14, 2011, a one-day community conference will be held to address the harm caused by the widespread harassment and bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in schools and communities.

Called Cultivating Power and Pride, the conference is designed to provide community members with the resources and tools they need to address bullying, and help prevent its toll on youth. Many students and families from California’s Central Valley, like those in other communities across the country, have experienced the harmful impact of bullying.

The conference will teach community members how to address the problem through a series of workshops, with topics that include starting the conversation about bullying, tragedy prevention, and students’ legal rights on campuses across the state. Speakers at the conference will include counselors, government and non-profit attorneys, as well as community representatives.

    WHAT: "Cultivating Power and Pride" conference to address to problem of bullying of LGBT youth in California’s Central Valley (it will be presented in both English and Spanish)
    WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011
    WHERE: 40 Acres, 30172 Garces Hwy, Delano
    REGISTER: Community members can register by contacting Angeles Jimenez of the California Rural Legal Assistance at 831.757.5221
    COST: Free (Includes a light breakfast and lunch)

The conference is organized by California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), ACLU’s California Affiliates, The Trevor Project, and Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network).


The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) is the largest affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a nationwide, nonpartisan organization with more than 550,000 members dedicated to the defense and promotion of the guarantees of individual liberty secured by state and federal Constitutions and civil rights statutes. ACLU-NC works on behalf of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered people to win even-handed treatment by government; protection from discrimination in jobs, schools, housing, and public accommodations; and equal rights for same-sex couples and LGBT families.

Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network) is a national youth leadership organization that empowers youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools by training student leaders and supporting student-led Gay-Straight Alliance clubs throughout the country. In California alone, we have brought GSA clubs to 53 percent of public high schools, impacting more than 1.1 million students at 850 schools. GSA Network's youth advocates have played a key role in changing laws and policies that impact youth at the local and state level. GSA Network is also the founder of the Make It Better Project, which aims to stop bullying and prevent suicide.

The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.

media contacts:



Erik Olvera
Director of Communications
National Center for Lesbian Rights
office: 415.392.6257 x324

Bethany Woolman
Communications Associate
National Center for Lesbian Rights
office: 415.392.6257 x305

ACLU California Affiliates

Rebecca Famer
Media Relations Director
Office: 415.621.2493 x374
Mobile: 415-269-6275

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Jill Marcellus
Communications Coordinator
Gay-Straight Alliance Network
Office: 415.552.4229

The Trevor Project logo

Laura McGinnis
Communications Director
The Trevor Project
Office: 310.271.884 x226
Mobile: 323.423.7405


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