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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“Miss Utah 2020 Rachel Slawson on Being the First Openly Bisexual Miss USA Competitor” – Teen Vogue

“As she prepares to compete in the Miss USA pageant, Rachel said she's excited to be the first openly bisexual woman in the pageant to show others that queer people are beauty queens, too. But she also said she wants to represent people with bipolar disorder, to show that mental illness isn't something to be ashamed of — but rather something that's one part of a beautiful person.” … [Read more...]

“Read the speech a gay college football player gave to an LGBTQ campus forum” – Out Sports

“The message I wish to leave today is this: we live in a society that is slowly embracing the LGBT+ community, but it all starts up front with us; it starts with us being able to show our true colors and unapologetically be ourselves. When you love yourself, nothing can hurt you. A year ago, my sexuality was a sword that threatened to end my life; today it is my armor that strengthens who I am.” … [Read more...]

“Outdoor Educators Work to Be More Inclusive on Queer Issues” – Good Times

“Kippen says Sea Odyssey educators will spend the spring season implementing what they learned from a recent Diversity Center training. Ideas for possible larger changes going forward have come up as well. Those concepts include raising a rainbow flag on the catamaran, introducing all-gender bathrooms, and using scientific examples of diversity like hermaphroditic nudibranchs to illustrate a range of representation. “ … [Read more...]

Youth Speaks: Queerosity

Queeriosity is one of the longest-running programs at Youth Speaks. This LGBTQIA+ centered performance features young queer poets reimagining sexuality, identity and belonging in their own voice and on their own terms. It is a place for a diverse population of queer youth and their allies to come together and declare themselves present and unafraid. Visit youthspeaks.org/queeriosity to see past performances and get updated on future events! … [Read more...]

Frameline: Youth in Motion – Free LGBTQ+ Youth Movies for Your GSA!

Since 2008, Youth in Motion has provided free LGBTQ+ films and curriculum guides to Genders & Sexualities Alliances (formerly known as Gay-Straight Alliances) and educators in schools nationwide. Youth in Motion now supports more than 28,000 students in over 1,400 schools in all 50 states! Frameline Youth in Motion: K-12 School Registration Form 2019 … [Read more...]

GSA Network: GSA Day for Racial Justice, February 21

For #GSADay4RJ on February 21, 2020, the National Youth Council calls on GSA clubs and our partners across the country to HONOR Trans Youth of Color who are LEADERS in their communities DESPITE their experiences within the school-to-prison pipeline (STPP). Visit GSA Network for a tool kit and resources on how to take action in your GSA for this yearly event. … [Read more...]

Triangle Speakers Training, April 14

Triangle Speakers is a Diversity Center program that works to eliminate fear, prejudice, and hatred against LGBTQ+ people through diverse and engaging panels of LGBTQ+ individuals. Sign up for our next Triangle Speakers training! tinyurl.com/trianglespeakertraining Registration is free and breakfast and lunch will be provided. When: Sunday, April 14th, 2019 @ 9am - 5pm Where: Community Foundation, 7807 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA Click here for more information or email trianglespeakers@diversitycenter.org … [Read more...]

Queer Youth Updates: Statement of Support from Congressmember Jimmy Panetta on National Day of Silence

Congressmember Jimmy Panetta has spoken out on the floor of Congress today to support LGBTIQ/Ally Youth who were silent on the National Day of Silence. Please watch Congressmember Panetta's National Day of Silence speech. Congressman Panetta’s floor speech is also available on his YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter pages. We are grateful to Congressmember Panetta and his congressional staff for their support of the LGBTIQ/Ally youth community.   … [Read more...]

“Gay high school football player and swimmer boyfriend dance night away at prom”

“For seniors Jake Bain and Hunter Sigmund, it was their final high school dance together. And the two openly gay St. Louis athletes made the most of it this weekend. “Prom this year was amazing,” Sigmund, a swimmer and water polo player told Outsports. “It was my fourth school dance with Jake and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to spend our last high school dance.” Out Sports … [Read more...]

“Aptos teacher pioneers inclusive sex-ed curriculum”

Jamie Cutter isn’t shy about sexual health. She teaches sexual education at Delta Charter High School to a generation that’s breaking traditional gender expectations. But when she started teaching it four years ago, there weren’t many books helping her navigate the waters of intersex, transgender and other non-traditional gender norms in an inclusive way. So she wrote the book herself — titled “Inclusive Sex Education: A Comprehensive Sex Ed Curriculum Guide for Teachers” — aimed at helping other teachers. The spiral-bound text of less than a … [Read more...]

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