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Bay Area spring Straightlaced training—free to local educators!

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Skirts for Sasha was a beautiful act of solidarity, courage and resistance.

str-cheerleaders-thumbNow what? What can we do the rest of the year?

Join GroundSpark’s Respect For All Project for a FREE one-day professional development workshop and help spark powerful, cutting edge conversations and action!


Calling all middle and high school teachers, counselors, health and wellness coordinators, student leadership advisors, GSA advisors, administrators. Public, religious, charter and independent school staff all welcome!


May 3, 2014, 9:30 – 4:00 Morning coffee and lunch provided.


At a beautiful conference center in Downtown Oakland, BART accessible &, wheelchair accessible.


We will explore how pressures around gender and sexuality are shaping the lives of teens—and how we can help create schools and communities that are safer, more equitable and more empowering for all.

The session will showcase GroundSpark’s powerful film and curriculum Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up, directed by award-winning Bay Area filmmaker, Debra Chasnoff. It showcases the wisdom, courage and humor of more than 50 high school students on topics like media and sexuality, “male” and “female” activities, gender identity, cultural expectations, anti-LGBTQ harassment, gender-based violence, and the courage to stand up for those who are different.

Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up is an outstanding resource. In fact, the schools in our study that yielded the most positive results used Straightlaced as one of their implementation tools.”

—Hilary Burdge, Gay Straight Alliance Network Research Program Director

A rare gem that provides a forum for young people to speak eloquently about the courage it takes to break out of the box, live authentic lives, and stand up for justice.

—Bruce Cohen, Producer, MILK

Straightlaced will be a jumping off point for

  • dialogue about gender role stereotypes, cultural and racial expectations, homophobia, and how all of these impact students’ ability to bring their full selves to school and community life.
  • strategizing individual and institutional level action plans.


COST: $0

Really! Thanks to the generosity of the San Francisco Foundation and individual donors, this training is FREE! Limited though, to no more than two participants from any one school site or community organization.

RSVP by April 19th. Register online.

Questions? Email info@groundspark.org or call 94150 641-4646 ext 302


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