Archive for February, 2013

Registration for the Summit is Now Closed!

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

GSA Summit is only one day away! We have now closed registration with over 400 other GSA advocates; we hope our attendees are ready to be energized and encouraged. Here is some more info on what to expect from the day.


Event Information:

Agnes Scott College (Letitia Pate Evans Hall, Building 25)

141 E. College Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030

8:00 am – 5:30 pm; 7:00-9:00 PM (talent show)


Arrive at 8:00 for registration check-in and breakfast. If you are not traveling by MARTA (there is a stop nearby), then here are some parking directions.  Here is a link to the campus map so you can find the location for the event and parking.

We ask that you park in the Parking Deck (P2), but if that space is too crowded when you visit us, please feel free to park in the East Parking lot (P8).



During lunch you will have a chance to connect with other people from around the state. This time has always been an important part of the Summit. There will also be a Resource Fair of LGBTQ organizations and supports groups to share info with you. In addition, many colleges will have tables sharing about their school and the GSA community there. For many high school students, this can be a key resource!

Keynote Speaker: T.J. Jourian

T.J. Jourian was featured in the 2005 Sundance docu-eries TransGeneration, which depicts the lives of four trans* college students during an academic year. Since then he has spoken and provided trainings at over 50 campuses, conferences, and community-based organizations all over the country. His passion lies with supporting, learning from, and participating in   social justice work that is intersectional, empowering, and dynamic – much like what he aspires to deliver through his blog and in person.

T.J. currently serves as the Co-Chair of the GLBT Issues Knowledge Community for NASPA, a leading association for student affairs administrators in higher education, and is the Program Coordinator for the Office of LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt University. As a lifelong learner, he will soon begin to pursue his PhD in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago.



In addition to exciting opening and closing sessions, a College Forum, a resource fair, networking and socializing opportunities, breakfast and lunch, and a talent show, we will have multiple breakout sessions for you.

There are sessions on LGB issues, trans issues, religion, race, fundraising, ally support, taking care of yourself, parent support, advisor support and much more.

Here are the titles of sessions we are currently preparing for you:


  • Advocacy in Georgia
  • Aspiring Allies
  • Becoming Radical: Christianity and Queer Activism
  • Campus Crossroads: Balancing the Social and Political on Campus
  • Civil Rights and Activism
  • College GSA Advisors and Student Leaders
  • Expanding Your Circle: Community Building and Social Networking for LGBTQQ Youth
  • Fundraising 101: Show Me The Money
  • Garbo, Garland, and Gaga:Pop Culture and the Queer Community
  • GSAs and Social Justice
  • High School Advisor Roundtable
  • How to be a successful Student Leader
  • Intersexion
  • LGBTQ and People of Color
  • LGBTQ Health Issues
  • LGBTQ in the Latino/a Community
  • LGBTQ Issues in Mental Health
  • LGBTQ Youth: Bullying and Coming Out Against Push Out
  • Maximizing Your GSA’s Exposure
  • Myths that Mark Our Souls
  • Parent Session
  • Queer U
  • SLAM Self Defense
  • Starting and Developing a GSA
  • The Bible: “Words of Eternal Life” or “Texts of Terror”?
  • Trans Youth Caucus
  • What is Trans Justice?
  • What is Trans Justice
  • What’s the T? A Look at Contemporary Gay Culture
  • Who Am I: Poetry Session



This year’s summit is going to conclude with a showcase of fierce young LGBTQ activists and their talents, and we want YOU to be the star! Are you a DJ? A drag performer? A magician? Can you stack plastic cups really, really fast? We know that you have a talent, and we want to see it! All you have to do to sign up and perform is fill out this form! If you have any questions, send them to



  • Lunch: We will provide lunch (free). (Thank you to our sponsors). At lunch, there will also be a Resource Fair and opportunities for you to connect with people from other GSAs
  • Dinner: Dinner will be on your own. Decatur has many eating places in walking distance from the college for the many of you who will be staying for the Talent Show that begins at 7:00. We will have light snacks at the talent show.