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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“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...]

Dear Next President – Sign a Letter to the Next President

“The next President will lead our country for at least the next four years. They will set Department of Education policy and push forth legislative ideals that will have a direct impact on the lives of LGBTQ students -- most of whom will be too young to even vote in the election. What progress will be made towards ensuring LGBTQ students have safe and affirming schools? What specific proposals is each candidate offering for LGBTQ young people?” Read the letter at GLSEN … [Read more...]

LGBTQ News: 18 Tips For LGBT Teens In High School, From People Who Have Been There

“We asked LGBT members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what they wish they had known in high school (because being an LGBT teenager can be, well, confusing). Here’s the advice they gave to their younger selves” Read the full list on BuzzFeed … [Read more...]

LGBTQ News: A Record 49 Out LGBTI Athletes Competed In Rio Olympics (Updated)

“The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio will have a record number of publicly out lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex athletes.” See the full article and list in The Huffington Post … [Read more...]

Back to School Resources for LGBTQ+ Youth & Adult Allies

Gay Straight Alliances Interested in starting a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)? or need organizing ideas for one that is that is already established? The GSA Network has a step by step guide to creating a GSA, ideas for group activities, fundraising, how to facilitate a meeting, legal rights, group and school wide event planning, what to do if you're experiencing harassment, recruiting members, and much more! Legal Resources Transgender Law Center - transgenderlawcenter.org Lambda Legal -  lambdalegal.org GSA Network - Student … [Read more...]

LGBT News: Lambda Legal Program Aids LGBT Youth

“...There he found his way to the city's LGBT community center, which referred him to Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and its Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project. The program aims to improve the lives of LGBTQ youth across the country in foster care, the juvenile justice system, are homeless, or dealing with immigration issues...The Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project launched 12 years ago with the aim of training youth-based agencies to work with LGBTQ youth. It also directly assists a handful of youth each year; Cook said he was working … [Read more...]

LGBT News: A Record 34 Out LGBTI Athletes Already Set To Compete In Rio Olympics

“The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio will have a record number of publicly out lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex athletes.  With three weeks to go before the Opening Ceremony, Outsports — along with Olympic andLGBT historian Tony Scupham-Bilton — have identified at least 34 out athletes who will compete, as well as three coaches. Several out athletes have also qualified for the Paralympics…” See the full list and read the article in The Huffington Post … [Read more...]