Queer Youth Updates

A weekly e-newsletter resource for Queer/Ally Youth of Santa Cruz County. A program of the Safe Schools Project.

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Resources for Parents & Adult Allies of LGBT Youth

As LGBT students and allies head back to school, there are excellent local parent support groups that offer both youth and adults a safe space. Two examples are: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) - Founded in 1991, this local chapter meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Meetings begin with an hour devoted to discussion groups, followed by a unique program for that month.  Past programs have featured: community leaders, local LGBT organizations, government representatives, authors, and many other exciting … [Read more...]

2015 Pride Celebration!

Salinas - 6th Annual Salinas Valley Pride Ages: 16+ facebook.com/svpride … [Read more...]

[Reminder] Watsonville Pride – “Bridging Cultures, Hearts, and Thoughts”

Watsonville Pride 2015

When: Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 @ 11am - 6pm Where: Watsonville Historic Downtown Plaza … [Read more...]

Upcoming 2015 Pride Celebrations!

Watsonville - “Bridging Cultures, Hearts, and Thoughts” When: Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 @ 11am - 5pm Where: Watsonville Historic Downtown Plaza For more information visit facebook.com/WatsonvillePride2015   San Jose - “40th Anniversary - Looking Forward From Forty” When: Sunday, August 30th, 2015 @ 10am - 7pm * Parade begins at 10am followed by the festival from 12pm - 7pm. * Family Garden is Noon - 4pm Where: Downtown San Jose Cost: Adults = $10 - $15, Children 13 and younger are free with a paying … [Read more...]

STRANGE: A Program for Queer Youth in Santa Cruz County

“The goal of the STRANGE Program is to create a safe environment that fosters an experience of empowerment and full acceptance for all expressions of gender and sexual orientation. STRANGE also creates an opportunity for queer youth to obtain a positive and supportive group of peers.” For more information on this program visit the attached flyer. Weekly Meeting Schedule: Middle Aged Youth (12 - 14) - Every Friday 12:30pm - 4pm High School Aged Youth (14 - 18) - Every Sunday 12:30pm - 4pm Where: Youth Services Building, 709 Mission … [Read more...]

[Reminder] Out in Our Faith Presents “Call Me Kuchu”, Tonight, July 18

Join Temple Beth El, Ocean Gate Zen Center, and the Diversity Center for the Santa Cruz premiere of the film “Call Me Kuchu” with special Ugandan guest speaker John “Long Jones” Abdallah Wambere, and Dharma Rain Zen Center practitioner David Robinson, to share their experiences with Uganda’s anti-homosexual laws. Refreshments provided. **Youth are welcome to this event** When: Saturday, July 18th, 2015 @ 7pm - 9pm Where:  Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Rd, Aptos, CA 95003 Cost = $3 - $10 (Sliding scale, no one will be turned … [Read more...]

[Reminder] PFLAG of Santa Cruz County Presents: “Four Decades: Gay Beach Volleyball at the Boardwalk”

Please join us as participants, celebrating their 37th season this year, will be sharing about one of the oldest, continuous gatherings in our community, as well as about the ways in which they contribute to the community. When:  Tuesday, July 14th , 2015 @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm Where:  Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, 95060 For more information:  pflagscc@gmail.com, www.pflagscc.org or (831) 427-4016. … [Read more...]

Queer Youth Leadership Award Nominations NOW OPEN! Nomination Deadline: March 9

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 2015 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 … [Read more...]

Save The Date: GSA Summit, San Jose, Feb 6

Join the LGBT Youth Space for some informative workshops focused on successfully running and leading a GSA.  This is a great opportunity to meet other local GSA members and officers.  Don't miss out on this free event and the food that comes along with it! Friday February 6, at 4:30 PM to 8 PM at the LGBT Youth Space located at 452 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113. Questions? Comments? Visit youthspace.org for more information and future events … [Read more...]

Looking to make your Holidays a little more Gay? Make a donation, get an ornament, and support a good cause!

Soquel High School's Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSA) Club is spearheading a fundraiser to benefit Planned Parenthood's Trans Clinic scholarship fund. Between the 16th and the 23rd of December come by the Diversity Center, pick out your ornaments, and make a donation of $5 or more.  All ornaments decorated and donated by members of Soquel High's Gender and Sexual Diversity Club.  All proceeds to benefit Planned Parenthood's Trans Clinic scholarship fund. When:  Tuesday, December 16th @ 9:00AM - 5:00PM Where: The Diversity Center, 1117 … [Read more...]