Queer Youth Updates

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[Updated Story] LGBT News: Fifty Years Pass Since Seminal Dewey’s Sit-ins

“... But the staff took that order further and started denying service to diners whose appearances did not conform to gender norms, which led to about 150 people amassing at the diner April 25 in protest. All were turned away but three teens — two boys and a girl — who refused to leave and were arrested on disorderly conduct charges.” Read the full article in PGN … [Read more...]

[Reminder] PFLAG Santa Cruz County: “Creating Families Through Local Adoption and Foster Care”, April 14

Please join us as we discuss adoption and foster care as a way to create warm and loving families in the  LGBTQ  Community.  The first hour is dedicated to discussion groups and the second will feature first hand stories of adoption and foster care. When: Tuesday, April 14th 2015 @ 7pm - 9pm Where: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA Questions? Contact PFLAG at pflagscc@gmail.com, pflagscc.org or call (831) 427-4016. … [Read more...]

[Save the Date] 2015 Day of Silence, April 17

“The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.” Click Here for a step by step guide to help your GSA plan for this event! Visit dayofsilence.org for more resources, tools, and to register your GSA … [Read more...]

Santa Cruz LGBT News: Faith Groups Reach Out to LGBTQ Community

“A 10-year-old coalition of religious congregations is reaching out with its message of welcoming the gay, lesbian, transgender and queer communities into their churches and temples.  Out in Our Faith, which includes 24 faith institutions from across Santa Cruz County, is planning four events in 2015 to expand awareness and provoke discussion.” Read the full article in The Santa Cruz Sentinel … [Read more...]

LGBT News: St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York Includes Gay Group, but Protests Persist

“Organizers announced last September that the group OUT@NBCUniversal, whose members work at the television network that broadcasts the parade, would be added to the parade's lineup, ending a ban on gay and lesbian participation in the city’s largest celebration of Irish American heritage. But the decision to admit just one group failed to quell calls for wider inclusion of gays.” Read the full article in The LA Times … [Read more...]

LGBT News: Oregon’s Next Governor Is a Powerful Inspiration to LGBT Youth and Hundreds Gathered in Portland

“As Oregon welcomes the nation’s first openly-bisexual governor, more than 750 teachers, counselors and other youth-serving professionals are gathering in Portland for the HRC Foundation’s annual Time to THRIVE conference devoted to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.” Read more at The Human Rights Campaign Blog … [Read more...]

LGBT News: Undocumented, Gay, and Excluded: Jose Antonio Vargas

“As a gay, undocumented person of color — who has not only a college degree but an illustrious career — Vargas explains that his experience of America has been one of connecting the dots of his seemingly disparate identities. That's what led him to launch his nonprofit group, Define American, which he describes as an organization ‘challenging media and creating media in hopes of changing culture.’” Read more in The Advocate … [Read more...]

LGBT History: Supreme Court Faced Gay Rights Decision in 1958 Over ‘Obscene’ Magazine

“The road to gay rights at the U.S. Supreme Court began not in San Francisco or New York, but in a small downtown Los Angeles office, where volunteer writers and editors in 1953 launched a new ‘magazine for homosexuals...’” Read more in the LA Times … [Read more...]

LGBT News: Keep Up With the LGBT-inclusive Nominees This Awards Season

Take a look at all the LGBT-inclusive nominees for: The People’s Choice Awards, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Grammy Awards, and the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Visit GLAAD to see the full list … [Read more...]

LGBT Voices: To Be Black, Trans and Brilliant – Sasha Alexander

“I am a non binary, mixed race, black trans artist, organizer, healer, educator and the founder of Black Trans Media. I am deeply committed to transformative justice, the power of the people, arts for liberation, the gifts of our own spirit medicine and I come from a youth organizing background. In 2000 I founded a GSA in my high school and got heavily involved in GLSEN student organizing and anti-oppression facilitation, this saved my life. Through LGBT/student of color organizing and community building I developed a language, a reason, and … [Read more...]