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: Panetta Joins Reintroduction of Equality Act as Original Co-Sponsor

“Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) joined Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI-01) and 192 of their House colleagues yesterday in reintroducing the Equality Act, which would provide explicit, permanent protections against discrimination for LGBT people in matters of employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education and jury service. It would also prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in federal funding and access to public places.” Read the full article at panetta.house.gov … [Read more...]

LGBTQ News: “A New Generation Overthrows Gender”

“At the Oakland School for the Arts, I talk about gender with principal Mike Oz and creative writing teacher Jordan Karnes, who also runs the school's Gender and Sexuality Club. Karnes says she has one or two transgender or nonbinary students in each of her classes. But many more have begun to reject the dichotomy of male and female, Oz says, simply to support their fellow students. That's not something he saw coming. "That's the most beautiful piece of this," he says.” Read the full article on NPR … [Read more...]

LGBTQ News: “The Power of Youth Voice to Shift Policy”

“The reality is that LGBTQ+ students are playing an important role in shifting local and state policies by lifting up their experiences and making their presence felt. Last week, trans and queer youth demonstrated the power of their voice at the Free Our Dreams Statewide Advocacy Days in Sacramento where they called attention to several statewide bills, including the Pupil Discipline bill (SB 607), which would prevent educators from suspending or expelling students based on "willful defiance". The bill, which was seen as a measure to help … [Read more...]

Local LGBTQ News: “Queer Youth Leadership Awards celebrates 20th anniversary in Santa Cruz County”

“...at Pajaro Valley High School, the Queer Youth Leadership Awards will be presented for the 20th consecutive year. The annual event, which was established in 1998 by Cavanaugh and a grassroots team of volunteers, honors queer youth across the county for outstanding leadership. In addition, the awards recognize outstanding allies to queer youth and organizations that have made significant contributions to benefiting queer youth.” Read the full article in Santa Cruz Sentinel … [Read more...]

Pajaro Valley Pride Scholarship – Deadline Extended Through May!

Part of our efforts include providing resources to our community in the form of scholarships to local LGBTQIA+ and allies that aspire to pursue higher education. We want to foster our leaders and provide them with the support, confidence, and resources needed to help them aim for long-term goals.  We are reaching out to you to inform you that we will be awarding two scholarships to senior students with in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District.  We would appreciate your assistance in getting the word out about this opportunity. In order … [Read more...]

LGBTQ+ Pride Across the Bay!

Santa Cruz Pride “we are indivisible”, June 4 Santacruzpride.org When: Sunday, June 4th, 2017 Parade @ 11am on Pacific & Church Festival @ 12pm Cathcart & Cedar The Equality March for Unity and Pride, June 11, San Jose EqualityMarchSJ.org When: Sunday, June 11th, 2017 Where: Downtown San Jose March @ 11am Rally @ 1pm San Francisco Trans March, June 23 Transmarch.org When: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 2pm - 6pm Where: Mission Dolores Park ***Youth & Elder Brunch (hosted by LYRIC & Open House) @ 12pm - … [Read more...]

[Reminder] Subjects to Change -SMASH the Stigma, May 4

Come join Subjects to Change to smash stigmas surrounding sex, drugs, (rock and roll) and mental health and take part in an open mic! This is a free event open to all teens and featuring three teen run "lightning" workshops on the topics above with a focus on the stigma surrounding them and harm reduction, looking to spread information and educate in an entertaining and down to earth, safe setting. Explore the larger museum with your friends and take a break from the event in our cozy space to drink tea, eat snacks, and chill … [Read more...]

LGBTQ News: “Someone Chained A Cross To Gay Street In NY. What Happened Next Was Beautiful.”

“Latter posted daily Instagram updates of the cross’ location and tried to seek help for its removal from authorities, which was unsuccessful. So, she had an idea: Why not turn the cross into a symbol of love and acceptance and take the power back from its owner?” Read the full story in The Huffington Post: Queer Voices … [Read more...]

LGBTQ Local News: “Community Leader Dr. Jennifer Hastings Honored as 29th Assembly District Person of the Year for 2017”

“Dr. Jennifer Hastings, a physician and professor at the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine, is a trailblazer in the field of transgender care and reproductive rights including abortion care.  Jen, who identifies as non-binary, is founding Director of the Transgender Health Care Program, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, and works to increase medical access and understanding about the gender journey.” Click Here to read the full article … [Read more...]

Santa Cruz Queer Youth Meet Up & Trans Youth Support Groups (Ages 12 – 18)

Watsonville Queer Youth Meet Up - Fridays 3:30 pm — 6:00 pm @ First Christian Church, 15 Madison St, Watsonville, CA Santa Cruz Queer Youth Meet Up - Saturdays 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm @ The Diversity Center (unless there is a special field trip), 1117 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Transmasculine Support Group - 1st and 3rd Saturday @ 4:00pm - 5:30pm Where:  Diversity Center Santa Cruz County, 1117 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Transfeminine Support Group - The Trans Feminine Youth Group is currently on hiatus. Stay tuned for more … [Read more...]