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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LGBTQ News: “Our Silence Will Not Protect Us: Supporting Black LGBTQ Youth”

“As a community, we must advance a policy agenda that prioritizes safety, home and community for black LGBTQ youth.” Read the full article in The Huffington Post: Queer Voices … [Read more...]

[Reminder] South Bay Youth Pride Festival, May 13, San Jose

The LGBTQ Youth Space and local LGBTQ+ youth leaders have partnered to host the first ever South Bay Youth Pride Festival!  This is a FREE event for and by queer and trans youth in the South Bay! Join us for music, entertainment, food, games & activities, a resources fair, guest speakers, and more! #SBYPF17 was developed by teens looking to unify LGBTQ+ students/GSAs (Gender & Sexuality Alliances) from high schools throughout our county. This event is intended for LGBTQ+ and ally teens. Families/adults supporters of youth are … [Read more...]

Trans Youth – Truth Project Video Collab Project, Deadline April 29

Video submissions for the video collab project is still open but not for long! Please submit your video by April 29th. Step 1: Make a 30 second to a minute video response to one of the prompts. Why is it important for bathrooms to be safe and accessible for trans folks? Have you faced any violence or harassment for being a trans youth? How was your safety affected when you were using a public facility? Step 2: Email to truth@gsanetwork.org Visit Trans Youth - Truth Project on Facebook for a special video about how … [Read more...]

New – Applications are due Thursday, April 20 at Noon. APPLICATION EXTENDED DUE DATE TO: Tuesday, April 25 at Noon — Special thank you to UCSC for the extension.

DUE APRIL 25 at Noon Dear Queer & Trans Students of Color, An opportunity to invite a limited number of high school students to the annual Queer and Trans People of Color Conference has been recently extended to queer and trans high school Sophomore, Junior and Senior students in Santa Cruz County. This year the conference will be held at UCSC on May 5-7, 2017.  This is a college conference that is making space for high school students and would be a wonderful experience for our local high school students to … [Read more...]

Dear Queer & Trans Students of Color,

An opportunity to invite a limited number of high school students to the annual Queer and Trans People of Color Conference has been recently extended to queer and trans high school Sophomore, Junior and Senior students in Santa Cruz County. This year the conference will be held at UCSC on May 5-7, 2017.  This is a college conference that is making space for high school students and would be a wonderful experience for our local high school students to witness. With the theme of “Healing and Resistance,” this conference aims to … [Read more...]

[Reminder] Day of Silence 2017, April 21

“GLSEN's Day of Silence is a student-led national event organized in thousands of schools, bringing awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBTQ behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBTQ students and those perceived to be LGBTQ.” When: Friday, April 21st, 2017 GLSEN has developed several of … [Read more...]

LGBTQ Video: Parents and Transgender Children Read Powerful Affirmations

For this video, we asked parents to give affirmations to their transgender children. #ProtectTransKids Visit The Scene to view the whole video … [Read more...]

LGBTQ News: Gender Warriors – Growing up transgender and gender nonconforming in San Francisco.

“But just because battles have been fought doesn’t mean the war for queer rights is over. The city may be a mecca for some — particularly the white and wealthy — but there is still a population in dire need of support as they fight on the front lines for acceptance. Through the hard work of past generations, non-heterosexuals have won some much-deserved freedoms, but those without traditional gender orientations are still struggling, even in San Francisco.” Read the full article in SF Weekly … [Read more...]

[Reminder] Breaking the Silence Rally! April 21, Watsonville

Join youth in Watsonville for a breaking the silence rally after Day of Silence. More information soon!  Organized by the Diversity Center Youth Program. When:  Friday, April 21st, 2017 Where:  Watsonville Plaza, Downtown Watsonville For more information contact: youth@diversitycenter.org or call (831) 425 - 5422 … [Read more...]

LGBTQ News: “Dear My Black, Bisexual, Freshman Self: You Are Enough”

“Realizing that you couldn’t feel at home in either the Black community or the gay community felt isolating. Being Black and gay enough constantly weighed on your mind, and you tried to fix it. Well, Bex, it’s hard to fix something that’s not broken. You weren’t doing anything wrong. Generalizations and stereotypes help make some complex things more understandable to people, but they can be damaging. Grouping people together because they’re all supposed to act one way, or talk one way, or like the same things, leaves little room for … [Read more...]