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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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...]

“When We Rise” Premieres February 27 on ABC!

“This mini-series event chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement, from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today.” Read more and see airing schedule at ABC … [Read more...]

News & Resources for Recent Title IX Protection Changes / Legal Resources for Transgender Youth

Gender Spectrum: Title IX and Transgender Students Q&A with Educational and Legal Experts Join Gender Spectrum’s Joel Baum and Asaf Orr, transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, for a question and answer session about the Trump Administration’s rescission of federal guidelines supporting transgender students at school. This program is for educators, parents, teens, and any other individuals that work with and support transgender and non-binary youth. Tuesday, February 28 – 1-2pm … [Read more...]

GLAAD: Black History Month Resource Kit

“For more than 85 years, Americans have set aside time in February to recognize the many accomplishments and contributions of African Americans. Originally founded by Carter G. Woodson as Negro History Week in 1926, Black History Month was officially expanded to a month-long celebration in 1976 by President Gerald Ford to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history." While the annual celebration has since expanded in reach to include festivals, … [Read more...]

Remember Your Power: A Statement From Transgender Youth on the Next Four Years

“Donald Trump is taking office and we are still transgender. As young people, we find it hard to comprehend what a world looks like without President Obama in the Oval Office. It is hard to understand what it could mean to have someone so openly anti-queer and anti-trans in the vice president’s seat. As young organizers, it is hard for us to accept that the progress we’ve invested most of our lives in could vanish come January. So we’ll be honest: we’re scared. But as young transgender and gender-nonconforming people, we know that if … [Read more...]