Queer Youth Updates

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2018 Queer Youth Leadership Awards Nominations — Open Until March 5

The Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County is seeking to honor local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth and their allies at the 2018 Queer Youth Leadership Awards (QYLA)!


Eligible awardees are those who have shown outstanding: leadership, academic excellence, or community engagement as an LGBTQ youth under the age of 18, or as an ally to LGBTQ youth.

Allies to LGBTQ youth may be a straight youth, or can also be a straight or LGBTQ adult.

If you know an LGBTQ youth who has made an effort to improve the lives of others, or an ally who actively supports LGBTQ youth, please consider nominating them for one of the 3 following awards categories:

  • Queer Youth Leadership Award: for LGBTQ youth,

  • Ally to Queer Youth Award: for non-LGBTQ youth or any adult who identifies as an ally to LGBTQ youth,

  • Organizational Ally to Queer Youth Award: for local organizations that support or actively organize on behalf of LGBTQ youth.

Online Nominations are easy to complete, and are due by March 5, 2018 at 5:00 pm! Awardees receive a $250 cash award as well as a $500 award to donate to an organization of their choosing. All nominees will be honored.