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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[Reminder] Triangle Speakers Training, March 18

When: Saturday, March 18th, 2017 @ 9am - 5pm Where:  First Christian Church, 15 Madison St. Watsonville, CA 95076 Click Here to RSVP For more information, email: trianglespeakers@diversitycenter.org … [Read more...]

[Reminder] QYLA Nominations Now Open!! – Deadline March 10

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 2017 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 adult. Online Nominations are easy to complete, and are due by March 10, 2017! … [Read more...]

LGBTQ News: Meet The Transgender Teen Heading To SCOTUS To Fight For His Rights

“Gavin Grimm fought against the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia with representation from the ACLU after the governing body passed a discriminatory policy preventing him from using the restroom that corresponds with his gender identity. The Supreme Court is now slated to hear Grimm’s case on March 28, the ruling of which could have profound implications for the trans community for years to come.” Read the full article in The Huffington Post … [Read more...]

LGBTQ Youth News: Feeling right at home – Transgender student says transition has gone well at school, district

“Now when Finley logs onto the school’s website or when teachers call roll, Fynn is the name that appears on computer screens and is spoken in front of his peers.  School officials also let Finley use the boy’s restroom and boy’s locker room...The quick action of the district and school staff is also consistent with the School Success and Opportunity Act, also known as Assembly Bill 1266, which took effect in 2014...AB 1266 states that students cannot be discriminated against based on gender identity or expression and that all students … [Read more...]

“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...]

[Reminder] 2017 GSA Day for Racial Justice, February 24

This year, GSA Day for Racial Justice takes place on February 24, 2017. #GSADay4RJ is an annual day of action in February to mobilize for racial justice and celebrate the multiple identities we hold as trans and queer youth. In the past, participants have hosted teach-ins, direct actions, and online campaigns to show solidarity. Check out the Actions page for ideas your community can use, or visit our Past Campaigns page to learn more about how folks have joined the movement in past years. … [Read more...]

Local LGBTQ News: “South County Summit Empowers LGBTQ Youth”

“One of the larger focal points of the event was the political atmosphere. With President Donald Trump in office, many in the LGBTQ community are afraid the social progress made in recent decades could suddenly slide back. Empowering and teaching youth to fight for policies they believed in was a large part of the workshops. One workshop focused on how to design informative posters to hang around campus while another emphasized how to lead protests against injustice.” Read the full article in The Santa Cruz Sentinel … [Read more...]

Scholarships Open to Undocumented Students

Visit  My Undocumented Life for a list of available scholarships and opportunities. … [Read more...]