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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The 40 of the Forty – LGBTQQ Youth Speak Their Own Truths Concerning Homelessness

“The 40 of the Forty list gives lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth who have experiences with homelessness and/or housing instability a chance to speak for themselves. Youth are the experts of their own truths, and we aim to honor their voices and their stories. Our goal is to inspire hope and help reduce the stigma often associated with housing instability and homelessness.” See the entire list at truecolorsfund.org/forty … [Read more...]

LGBT International News: This Trans Teen Came Out To His Parents, And You’ll Never Guess How They Responded

“The Australian woman’s 19-year-old son, Kai Bogert, recently came out to her as transgender. To show her support, Yolanda took out a classified in the births section of The Courier-Mail to make a retraction of sorts.” Read more at MTV … [Read more...]

LGBT News: Trans Lifeline Provides Suicide Prevention by and for the Trans Community

“On November 1st, an integral resource was launched to help trans people in crisis—the Trans Lifeline, a free crisis and suicide prevention hotline that is managed and staffed by volunteers who are themselves members of the trans community.  The first of its kind, the San Francisco-based Trans Lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the wellbeing of transgender people. ” Read more at GLAAD … [Read more...]

Action Alert by Nov 25: LGBT History in CA State History/Social Studies

Dear Friend of LGBTQ & Ally Youth, We are asking community members, especially educators, to take a few moments to comment regarding LGBT history in California State History/Social Studies Framework draft prior to November 25, 2014. Please make your voice heard regarding the importance of LGBT history -- please forward this action alert widely! Thank you! ----- Action Alert – from the Safe Schools Project of Santa Cruz County Action Alert! Please take action prior to November 25, 2014 (Direct link to this memo … [Read more...]

[Reminder] LGBTQ Family Halloween Party, Oct 30

Bring your family for a spooky and fun time.  Dress up in your wildest costume for our fun fashion show! Treats! Prizes! Games! When:  Thursday October 30th, 2014 @ 4:30 - 7:30pm Where:  Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street. Santa Cruz Cost:  $5 requested donation. No one turned away. Questions: Contact Sharon Papo: (831) 425 - 5422 x101 spapo@diversitycenter.org Co-sponsored by The Diversity Center, Theta Pi Sigma, UCSC Cantu Center and Peace United Church of Christ … [Read more...]

LGBT News: Sixteen Years After Her Son’s Death, Judy Shepard Celebrates Marriage Equality In Wyoming

“As same-sex marriages begin in Wyoming this week, Judy Shepard speaks to BuzzFeed News about the changes that have occurred since she lost her son, Matthew Shepard, to a hate crime.” Read more at BuzzFeed … [Read more...]

[Reminder] GSA Network: Youth Empowerment Summit 2014, Dec 13, San Francisco

YES is a free annual conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and ally youth activists who are dedicated to racial, economic, and educational justice for trans and queer youth. YES is youth-planned and youth-led. When: Saturday, December 14th, 2014 @ 9am - 8pm (Youth only dance 5-8pm) Where: Mission High School, 3750 18th St, San Francisco, CA Cost:   FREE! Workshops, drag show, resource fair, plus free HIV testing.  *Breakfast and lunch provided* To register visit gsanetwork.org/yes Are you interested in … [Read more...]

[Reminder] LGBTQ Family Halloween Party, Oct 30

Bring your family for a spooky and fun time.  Dress up in your wildest costume for our fun fashion show! Treats! Prizes! Games! When:  Thursday October 30th, 2014 @ 4:30 - 7:30pm Where:  Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street. Santa Cruz Cost:  $5 requested donation. No one turned away. Questions: Contact Sharon Papo: (831) 425 - 5422 x101 spapo@diversitycenter.org Co-sponsored by The Diversity Center, Theta Pi Sigma, UCSC Cantu Center and Peace United Church of Christ … [Read more...]

Join Conexiones for Their Next Three Events! Oct 16, Nov 13, & Dec 11

Conexiones de Santa Cruz County

Conexiones is a program of The Diversity Center and part of Triangle Speakers, it exists for the Latino Intersex, Trangender, Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Queer, Questioning and Allies community of Santa Cruz County. Upcoming Events: Thursday, October 16th - Enjoy delicious chinese food and help us decorate our Day of the Dead altar! There will also be an optional haunted corn maze! Thursday, November 13th - Let’s give thanks with family and friends in this pot-luck themed social! Thursday, December 11th - We’ll be finishing off the year by … [Read more...]

LGBT News: Op-ed- They’re Trans, They’re Hispanic, and They’ve Changed This World

“Indeed, the diversity within the Latino population is striking. We trace our family lines to more than a dozen countries. Many of us share in the nation's rich immigrant tradition — past and present. And some of us, myself included, are trans.” Read more in The Advocate … [Read more...]