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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[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...]

“Meet the Openly LGBTQ Athletes Competing at the Winter Olympics” – HRC Blog

“More than 10 LGBTQ athletes from around the globe are in Pyeongchang to compete in the Winter Olympics, the most ever to participate in the Winter Games. At the 2014 games in Sochi, seven openly LGBTQ athletes competed, all of whom were women. Russia’s harsh anti-LGBTQ agenda made public expression of support for the LGBTQ community a risk for both Olympic athletes and attendees. Unfortunately, while there are many talented and successful transgender athletes around the globe, there are no openly transgender athletes competing in the … [Read more...]

“Here’s What It’s Like At The Headquarters Of The Teens Working To Stop Mass Shootings” – BuzzFeed

Just days after surviving a mass shooting, a team of teens are trying to start a revolution from their parents’ living rooms. “By Sunday night, as their names and movement trended worldwide, the teens regrouped in a makeshift “headquarters” in a living room. Some of the students hold leadership positions at their school, so they’re used to planning committees and meetings. (As people online tweeted that González should run for president, she joked that she already is president — of her school’s Gay–Straight … [Read more...]

October is LGBT History Month!

LGBT History Month: 31 Days. 31 Icons. LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources. GLSEN: LGBTQ History Month Includes free group educational history month activities. … [Read more...]

Help defend DACA

Help defend DACA Please consider calling the White House today at 202-456-1414 and urge the president to keep DACA until there is a permanent solution. Here is a sample script: "Hello my name is _____________ and I am calling on the president to keep DACA in place until there is a permanent solution. If terminated, nearly 1 million young people could lose their work permit, and could be vulnerable to enforcement. Please do the right thing and keep DACA in place." Here are other things you can do to save DACA: 1. Post a 1 minute … [Read more...]

Queer Youth Updates: Statement of Support from Congressmember Jimmy Panetta on National Day of Silence

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Congressmember Jimmy Panetta has spoken out on the floor of Congress to support LGBTIQ/Ally Youth who were silent on the National Day of Silence. Please watch Congressmember Panetta's National Day of Silence speech.  Attached, please find the text.Congressman Panetta’s floor speech is also available on his YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter pages. We are grateful to Congressmember Panetta and his congressional staff for their support of the LGBTIQ/Ally youth community. Thank you for sharing with students, families, … [Read more...]

[Reminder] Day of Silence 2017, April 21

“GLSEN's Day of Silence is a student-led national event organized in thousands of schools, bringing awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBTQ behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBTQ students and those perceived to be LGBTQ.” When: Friday, April 21st, 2017 GLSEN has developed several of … [Read more...]

LGBTQ News: How Transgender Students and Their Families Are Fighting For Their Rights

“The fight is far from over, but transgender rights advocates believe it could be years before Gavin’s case is heard by the Supreme Court. That enormous setback shattered the hopes of many trans students that this issue would be resolved quickly following the Trump administration’s rollback of their protections. But as trans students and their parents told Teen Vogue, they will do what they’ve been doing: advocate for their rights.” … [Read more...]

Gender Spectrum: “Choosing the Right College – Advice from Young Adults”

“We hosted a panel discussion with five young adults to learn more about their experiences finding a school or path after high school that is supportive of their gender. What do you look for in a school if you are trans, Non-binary, or Gender-expansive? How about if you are thinking about a gap year? Or trying to find a supportive community in a new setting? These are just some of the topics brought up in this program.” Visit Gender Spectrum to watch the video … [Read more...]

Day of Silence 2017, April 21

“GLSEN's Day of Silence is a student-led national event organized in thousands of schools, bringing awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBTQ behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBTQ students and those perceived to be LGBTQ.” When: Friday, April 21st, 2017 GLSEN has developed several of … [Read more...]