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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Nominations Open!

2016 Queer Youth Leadership Awards Nominations Open Until March 7! The Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County is seeking to honor local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth and their allies at the 2016 Queer Youth Leadership Awards (QYLA)! Eligible awardees are those who have shown outstanding leadership, academic excellence, or community engagement as an LGBTQ youth under the age of 18, or as an ally to LGBTQ youth. Allies to LGBTQ youth may be a straight youth, or can also be a straight or LGBTQ … [Read more...]

“Out in Santa Cruz” Radio Show Features QYLA Nominees!

Tune into KSCO 1080 AM Saturday May 3rd from 7pm  to 8pm to listen to the LGBTQ youth and allies nominated for the 17th annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards! … [Read more...]

Looking for Nominations

Nominate a Local LGBT Youth, Adult Ally, or Local Organization for the QYLA! Deadline Mar 10 For more information about each category and how to access and submit a nomination form online Click Here For questions email nomination@QYLA.org or call (831) 427-4004 … [Read more...]

[Save the Date] 17th Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards

SaveDate QYLA 2014

QYLA was created in 1998 to shift the conversation about queer youth from risk to leadership. This county-wide, collaborative event serves to honor and celebrate queer youth leaders and the ally’s that support and empower them.  Stay tuned for more information at QYLA.org May 10, 2014 New Brighton Middle School, Capitola Community Resource Fair - 5:30pm Catered Buffet Dinner - 6pm Awards Ceremony - 7pm Community Dance to Follow To volunteer contact Joe Cosentino at volunteer@QYLA.org … [Read more...]

GSA Summit


Santa Cruz County LGBTQ youth meet to network, encourage one another SANTA CRUZ -- Heather Turley and Anissa Balderas stood face to face Saturday during an ice breaker at the Gay-Straight Alliance Summit. "Remember your first coming out day?" said Turley, 16, a student at Watsonville High School. "There were really awkward moments and no one was talking." Balderas, 16, who was also a student at Watsonville High School, smiled and the two laughed. They were two of 20 middle school and high school students from across the county attending … [Read more...]

International LGBT News: Russian ‘Gay Games’ Planned For Moscow After 2014 Olympics

“Viktor Romanov, the chairman of the board of the Russian LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Sport Federation, said the event -- which will be for Russian amateur sportspeople -- was set to open in February 2014 after the closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics.” Read More in The Huffington Post … [Read more...]

Anti-Bullying Public Service Announcement with GLSEN Students

In recognition of National Bullying Prevention month, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has created a video - Click Here … [Read more...]

DreamActivist: If You Are Queer and Undocumented, You are NOT Alone!

“This short segment is just a start to documenting the lives of thousands of undocumented students who were brought to the United States through no choice of their own and are now forced to live in the shadows of society, in the only country that they consider home.” To read more about the lives of youth affected by this issue visit DreamActivist: LGBT Student Caucus   … [Read more...]

Local LGBT News: Local Groups Support Queer Youth!

“2011, Rosenstein noticed Home Depot had a float in the local Pride Parade, so he contacted the company about any possible donations they could spare. The result is a freestanding door, painted black on one side and rainbow on the other that students and teachers can walk-through to “come out” in support of equality for all.” To read more visit SantaCruz.com … [Read more...]

Bullying Awareness Prevention Month

October 2013 “ This month serves as a reminder that bullying prevention must be addressed, and one way to accomplish this is through educating ourselves, our communities and the youth in our lives.” - Katie Gorscak, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services To learn more about bullying and ways to prevent it visit stopbullying.gov … [Read more...]