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 Queer Youth Task Force is proud to announce the date & location for the 21st Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards (QYLA).

Saturday, May 12, 2018 5:30 PM Soquel High School, Soquel We hope you'll save-the-date and join us in celebrating 21 years (1998-2018) of honoring local queer youth, allies and organization's that have worked to make our community a safer place. Over the next year, we'll be sharing highlights of the last two decades as we prepare for a grand celebration. Youth Talent Search! Youth Emcee Auditions -- Winter 2018 Youth Talent (song, dance, music, etc) Auditions --Winter 2018 For more information, contact … [Read more...]


“What Is Spirit Day? The Anti-Bullying Event Encourages People To Stand Up For LGBTQ Youth” - Bustle “Inspired by Canada’s anti-bullying event Pink Shirt Day, McMillan encouraged her friends to raise awareness for the high rates of LGBTQ suicide by wearing purple. It wasn’t hard to get people interested in her cause. All she needed was a blog post, a few poster boards, and a willingness to ask people she knew to support and promote her campaign. And with that, Spirit Day was born. Now every year on the third Thursday in … [Read more...]

Workshop Proposals for YES 2017 – Deadline October 25

GSA Network is seeking workshops that include a broad range of topics that are relevant and exciting for LGBTQ & Ally middle school and high school youth at YES on November 18th! If you've presented a workshop at a local Summit or if you'd like to be a presenter for the first time, consider applying to lead a workshop! GSA Network strives to choose workshops and workshop presenters who reflect the diverse community of youth who attend YES. Info & … [Read more...]

Santa Cruz County “Creating Change” Youth Delegate Program


The Queer Youth Task Force is proud to announce the launch of the 2018 CreatingChange Youth Delegate Project. The project aims to bring 2-4 Queer youth leaders to the Creating Change conference in Washington, D.C. from January 22nd-28th. We are asking for your help to identify and encourage student leaders to apply for this phenomenal opportunity.  Applications Due: October 20 The Creating Change conference is the largest annual gathering of LGBT activists, organizers, and leaders in the United States. While this … [Read more...]


“The Best Tweets From Bisexual Visibility Day 2017” - Bustle “And during Bi Week, and especially on Bi Visibility Day, the bisexuals of the world gather together on social media to remind people that not only is being bi a valid and utterly common identity, but that bi folks being recognized and respected shouldn't just be a one-day — or one-week — phenomenon. Here are 11 of the best social media tributes to #BiWeek.”   “For LGBTQ Immigrants, Finding Community Is a Means of Survival” - NBC News “It took some time … [Read more...]

[Reminder] 8th Annual Salinas Valley Pride 2017, October 7

All Ages Welcomed Food, Drinks, Snacks Music, Performers, Art, Community Resource Info Booths & More! Where: The Epicenter, 20 Maple St., Salinas Ca. 93901 When: Saturday, October 7th, 2017 @ 1pm - 5pm Info: Salinas Valley Pride Festival In collaboration with: OUR GENTE & THE EPICENTER … [Read more...]

[Reminder] Queer, Trans* & Allied Student Summit Fall 2017, October 7

“Resist Oppressive Forces: Protect and Unite our Diverse Communities” All Middle School & High School LGBTQIA/Ally Students welcome! Meet students throughout Santa Cruz County and beyond — from Watsonville and Salinas to Scotts Valley — who are working to help create safer schools in their community! Lunch and Snacks Provided Experience workshops put on by fellow youth and community members Meet LGBTQIA/Ally Community Leaders Fruit Smoothie Party In collaboration with Gender Spectrum In partnership with … [Read more...]

GSA Network: Skylar Lee Leadership and Activism Award

“The Skylar Lee Leadership and Activism Award is open to LGBTQ Asian American and/or Pacific Islander high school students who are leaders in their GSAs and are organizing and engaging in activism at the intersections of gender and racial justice. Award recipients will receive $1000 disbursed in two payments of $500 over the course of two semesters, to support their continued leadership and activism.” Visit GSA Network to Apply Today … [Read more...]

October is LGBT History Month!

LGBT History Month: 31 Days. 31 Icons. LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources. GLSEN: LGBTQ History Month Includes free group educational history month activities. … [Read more...]


“Inside Danica Roem's Historic Campaign as a Transgender Woman in Trump's America” - Cosmopolitan “The Democratic candidate for Virginia's 13th district isn't running to rebuke Donald Trump. But given his anti-trans agenda, her victory would be that much sweeter.” “Gender Nonbinary In The Age Of Trump” - The Huffington Post “Like many of you, I was raised to treat everyone as I want to be treated ― including those who may seem different. We never know what someone else is going through until we have been in their shoes. … [Read more...]