Sunday, January 24, 2010

Gov. Culver to Proclaim Jan 27 Iowa GSA Day

Day to Celebrate Student Groups that Work to End Violence
and Harassment in Schools and Colleges

Governor Chet Culver will proclaim Wednesday January 27 “Iowa Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Day”.  The day, organized by Iowa Pride Network seeks to honor student GSA groups in high schools and colleges that work to end violence and harassment of students including those that are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). 

The night before, Media is invited to cover Iowa Pride Network’s “GSA Day Kick-Off Party” at Ritual Café  in downtown Des Moines.  Special Guest Lt. Governor Patty Judge will read the official Iowa GSA Day Proclamation signed by Governor Culver.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
GSA Day Kick-Off Party, 5-7 p.m.
Ritual Café, 1301 Locust Street, Des Moines

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Iowa GSA Day
On College and High School Campuses Statewide

GSAs decrease absenteeism, name-calling, harassment and assault. According to the 2007 Iowa School Climate Survey, in schools WITH GSAs:
· 25% of LGBT students are less likely to be verbally harassed because of their gender
· 23% of LGBT students are less likely to skip class
· 23% of LGBT students are less likely to be physically assaulted because of their sexual orientation
· 21% of LGBT students are more likely to report never having been sexually harassed at school
· 12% of LGBT students are less likely to be physically harassed or assaulted because of their gender expression

This is the fourth year of Iowa GSA Day. 
Iowa is the only state in the nation with such a day.

Iowa Pride Network
Iowa Pride Network empowers students to fight homophobia and transphobia in high schools and colleges by supporting gay-straight alliance (GSA) clubs and providing leadership opportunities and organizing projects centered on social justice. For more information call Iowa Pride Network at 515-471-8062 or by visiting Iowa Pride Network

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