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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Live Out Loud with “The Homecoming Project”

This project is meant to encourage successful LGBT adults to visit their High Schools in order to share their knowledge and experience with other LGBT students. Click Here to learn about Lance Black, who wrote the script for Milk (2008) and  his Homecoming Project. He returns to his High School in North Salinas, California. Click Here for lesson plans perfect for any GSA For general information about the project visit The Homecoming Project … [Read more...]

Would you like a GSA Network Regional Staff Member to visit your GSA?

Some topics of discussion are: How to run better meetings, plan events, have an organized GSA, what your legal rights are, support for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming students, and build safer school for LGBT students. Make sure to give the staff member two weeks or more advance notice if you are interested in scheduling a visit. Northern California Regional Staff Member Courtney Mummert (415) 552-4229 norcal@gsanetwork.org … [Read more...]

GSA Network: Conducting a School Survey

Are you curious about how the LGBT climate is at your school? The GSA Network has created  a guide to creating a survey, how to distribute it,  and other helpful information to get your GSA started. To learn more Click Here … [Read more...]

National Week of Action on School Pushout

September 28 - October 5 What is a School Pushout? A School Pushout is when schools implement policies that hinder student progress and discourage them from continuing their education.  These policies include “zero tolerance”, suspensions, harsh discipline, and punishing youth defending themselves against bullying.  LGBT youth, students of color, and ones with disabilities are more likely to be affected by these policies. To stand against these policies and get your campus involved in this week of action visit the GSA Network to get … [Read more...]

LGBT History Month October 2013: 31 Days, 31 Icons, 31 Stories

Each day of October this group focuses on a LGBT icon and shares their life achievements by creating a video, bibliography, biography, and downloadable photos.  By the end of the month 31 icons will have been recognized. To learn more about this event visit LGBT History Month To view previous icons featured Click Here If your Gay Straight Alliance is interested in creating an exhibit for your school the GSA Network has great tips to get started. … [Read more...]

QSA/GSA Updates

Does your Queer-Straight Alliance or Gay Straight Alliance have any feedback on an event they held at your school, want to promote an event, or share LGBT related stories? We want to hear from you! Send any updates your QSA/GSA has to QYUpdates@gmail.com … [Read more...]

Introducing New Queer Youth Updates Editor — Sarananda Osheim

Sarananda is entering her senior year at the University of California, Santa Cruz and plans to graduate with her B.A. in Psychology Spring 2013.  During her senior year at Harbor High School she was an intern for the Queer Youth Task Force (QYTF).  In Spring 2008 she received a Queer Youth Leadership Award and was the recipient of an E-quality Scholarship. This summer Sarananda has been working with the QYTF as an intern, and hopes this newsletter will allow LGBTQI events, peer groups, news, and activism opportunities more accessible to Santa … [Read more...]

National LGBT News: We’re not done yet.

What's next in the fight for LGBT rights? The first openly gay Representative in Pennsylvania  Brian Sims discusses the state of LGBT equality in his home state. “Not only that, but Pennsylvania does not provide a single LGBT civil right. Pennsylvanians may still legally be fired from their job, kicked out their apartment, or denied services at a diner or other business all because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. There are no protections from discrimination, no protections from hate crimes, no protections from predatory … [Read more...]

New NorCal GSA Network Program Coordinator & Resources

Hi Santa Cruz County folks! I'd love to introduce you to GSA Network's new Northern California Program Coordinator, Courtney Mummert.  Courtney is excited to get connected to community partners and continue the successful collaborations we have built. GSA Network has loved working with the Queer Youth Task Force in the past and we look forward to continuing our partnerships. As a reminder, some of the things GSA Network offers to GSAs and individual youth leaders: Site visits to GSAs during lunch or after school. To schedule a visit … [Read more...]

LGBT Radio Shows in Santa Cruz County

Stay informed! Listen in for news and local events. Out in Santa Cruz w/ Steph & Shaun (Tune in to KSCO 1080 AM) Every Sunday at 7pm Next airing: Sunday August 18th Closet Free Radio w/ DJ: Kai Dragon (Tune in to KZSC 88.1 FM) Every Monday 7pm - 8:30pm Next airing: Monday August 19th … [Read more...]