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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Triangle Speaker Training, April 14

At Triangle Speakers we work to eliminate fear, prejudice, and hatred towards LGBTQ+ people so that a healthy environment exists where all members of our community can thrive and live full and healthy lives. When: Saturday, April 14th @ 9am - 5pm Training is at no cost and we will provide breakfast and lunch. Sign up here: http://www.diversitycenter.org/sign-up-for-triangle-speaker Check us out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/trianglespeakers/ … [Read more...]

Queer Youth Prom, April 7

The Diversity Center Youth Program's second annual Queer Youth Prom is around the corner! High School Youth ages 14-18 are invited to spend an evening under the stars with special performances, dinner, and a night of dancing. When:  Saturday, April 7th @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm Where:  First Christian Church, 15 Madison St., Watsonville Cost: Tickets = $5, at the door. *** Student ID Required. *** Email youth@diversitycenter.org or call 831-425-5422 x104 for more info. … [Read more...]

“The Extraordinary Inclusiveness of the March for Our Lives”

The New Yorker “Edna Chavez, a seventeen-year-old student from Manual Arts High School, in Los Angeles, led the crowd in chanting the name of her brother—Ricardo—who had been killed by a gun. She said she was there to “stand up with the Parkland students” and to “uplift my South Los Angeles community.” A strikingly self-possessed eleven-year-old named Naomi Wadler took the stage to, as she said, “represent the African-American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls … [Read more...]

March For Our Lives And Gay Activism:

‘They’re Definitely Linked For Me,’ Says Emma González -  Huffington Post “People soon tweeted that González should run for president. The 18-year-old noted that she already is president — of her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). She then told the Washington Post that she identifies as bisexual, and suddenly her fierce badassery just made that much more sense for a whole lot of people, particularly fellow LGBTQ folks and queer activists for whom self-identity and a willingness to stand up for justice have long been … [Read more...]

21st Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards, May 12

The Queer Youth Leadership Awards recognizes queer youth across Santa Cruz County for being leaders within their community. Being a leader encompasses many attributes and spans across all disciplines and activities. Volunteer Buy Tickets For more information visit QYLA.org When: Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 5:30 PM Where:  Soquel High School, Soquel … [Read more...]

GLSEN: Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) Stories

Trans students: we see you, and you are loved! For Trans Day of Visibility, we are sharing trans and gender non-conforming students' stories. More info on supporting trans students at your school glsen.org/trans GLSEN:  4 Ways to Support Trans Students of Color “I’m a 16-year-old brown, trans guy. As a visibly trans brown person, I face different and often more intense forms of both racial and gender discrimination. Through this discrimination I often feel like my identity is being erased. I often don’t see myself represented in LGBTQ … [Read more...]

[Save the Date] Day of Silence, Friday, April 27

National Day of Silence is a student-led national event where folks take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people at school. Visit glsen.org/day-silence for event planning tips, way to participate, and resources for students and educators. Past Day of Silence Events in Santa Cruz: 2017: Breaking the Silence Rallies were organized in both Watsonville & Santa Cruz featuring guest speakers, open mics, and public demonstration. 2016:  “Break the Silence Rally” - A video created by the Diversity Center … [Read more...]

Queer Youth Prom, April 7

The Diversity Center Youth Program's second annual Queer Youth Prom is around the corner! High School Youth ages 14-18 are invited to spend an evening under the stars with special performances, dinner, and a night of dancing. When:  Saturday, April 7th @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm Where:  First Christian Church, 15 Madison St., Watsonville Cost: Tickets = $5, at the door. *** Student ID Required. *** Email youth@diversitycenter.org or call 831-425-5422 x104 for more info. ------------- Want to support this delightful event? We need … [Read more...]

[Save the Date] 21st Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards, May 12

Please join us in honoring & celebrating Queer Youth Leaders and their Allies! Purchase Tickets  - Sponsor/Host a Table  -  Volunteer   When: Saturday, May 12, 2018 @ 5:30 PM Where:  Soquel High School For more information:  www.QYLA.org or call (831) 427-4004 or email us at info@QYLA.org … [Read more...]

[Video] “A Mother’s Promise: You Can Be Yourself” – Gender Spectrum Blog

A New York Times video series recently featured a short animation with Laurin Mayeno, a Bay Area parent, author and founder of Out Proud Families. Laurin previously joined with Gender Spectrum to record a “Story Time” reading of her children’s book, One of a Kind Like Me/Único Como Yo. Laurin’s “Story Time” videos are available for viewing in English and Spanish. The Times video tells Laurin’s moving story of her family and her Gender-expansive child, don’t miss it! Read the Blog & View the video at Gender Spectrum … [Read more...]