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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Santa Cruz LGBT News: Locals Rally in Solidarity Against Tragic Shooting in Orlando

“People told KION they are distraught over the shooting in Orlando, but they will not let it break them...they expressed their hurt, fear, but also hope and love.” Read the full article at KION … [Read more...]

[Reminder] Transgender Day of Visibility, March 31

What is the Transgender Day of Visibility? TDOV is a day to show your support for the trans community. It aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe while fighting cissexism and transphobia by spreading knowledge of the trans community. Unlike Transgender Day of Remembrance, this is not a day for mourning: this is a day of empowerment and getting the recognition we deserve! Visit Trans Student Educational Resources for ideas on participating this year! … [Read more...]

LGBT News: Seton Hall Makes March Madness History With First Openly Gay Player

“It’s going to be a March Madness for the history books, with Seton Hall’s Derrick Gordon set to become the first openly gay player to participate in the NCAA tournament.” Read the full story in The Huffington Post … [Read more...]

Local LGBT News: Project Charts a Trail Through Santa Cruz’s LGBTQ Rights History

“ ‘We’ve come a long way since then, since nobody liked us back then,’ said Diversity Center Santa Cruz County board member Pat Dellin, who identifies as queer, of the 1970s. Dellin has spent the past two years collecting decades of local LGBTQ history in an effort to document this era of history now known as the Trailblazers History Project. “ Read the full story in The Santa Cruz Sentinel … [Read more...]

Local LGBT News: Scotts Valley High School to Host Queer, Ally Student Summit

“Often, opportunities for discussion on positive relationships, overcoming various hardships and ways to manage the unique social hurdles that young LGBTQ people must negotiate as they grow older can be hard to come by...The Queer & Ally Student Summit, hosted at Scotts Valley High School, invites youth to congregate and learn about strategies for building strong, healthy and safe relationships — romantic, friendly or familial — equipping them with the fortitude to grow into strong, happy individuals.” Read the full article in The … [Read more...]

Queer & Ally Student Summit 2015


Ensuring Safer Schools, Building Student/Teacher Dialogues Saturday, October 24th, 2015 9:00 am – 1:30 pm Santa Cruz High School, Santa Cruz All Middle School & High School LGBTIQ/Ally Students welcome! Meet students throughout Santa Cruz County -- from Scotts Valley to Watsonville -- who are working to help create safer schools in their community! Lunch and Snacks Provided Experience workshops put on by fellow youth and community resources. Meet LGBTIQ/Ally Community Leaders Fruit Smoothie Party and … [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...]

LGBT News: Historic Ruling in ACLU Lawsuit: Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Violated State Law

“In the first-ever ruling on California’s 2003 sex education law, Judge Donald S. Black created a legal precedent that California students have a right to sex education that is complete, medically accurate, and free of bias. This historic ruling is the first to find that abstinence-only-until marriage instruction is unlawful on the grounds of medical accuracy and bias.” Read the full article in ACLU … [Read more...]

LGBT News: Annual Award Event Honors Queer Youth Leaders

“ The task force was founded in 1998 and the awards in 1999 as a way to put out positive stories about the queer community. ‘Sometimes it is difficult to relate to an issue if it doesn’t directly impact you. So the Queer Youth Leadership Awards help humanize an issue that can be very difficult for some people,’ Rosenstein said.” Read the full article in The Santa Cruz Sentinel … [Read more...]