What to know about COVID19
- Queer Youth Task Force: Thrive @ Home Resources and Activities for Queer Youth
- Queer Youth Task Force: What Trans people should know
- Trevor Project: How LGBTQ youth can cope with anxiety and stress during COVID 19
- HRC: Telemedicine and COVID19, Tips for the LGBTQ Community
- Santa Clara County: COVID19 Resources for all ages
- San Francisco Pride: COVID19 Resources and Support
Where are Santa Cruz LGBTQ youth hanging out?
- Instagram – @diversity.youth @diversitycentersc
- Twitter – @DiversityYouth – https://twitter.com/DiversityYouth
- Diversity Center: Youth Groups and Weekly Programs
- Google Classroom: Santa Cruz Queer Youth Hangout Space
- Q Chat Space: A Community for LGBTQ+ Teens (Ages 13 – 19)
- Gender Spectrum: Teen and PreTeen Online Discussion Groups
People to Check out on Social Media
@nicolemaines, @pinkmantaray, @jvn (Jonathan Van Ness), @pattiegonia
What if I’m feeling depressed or anxious or overwhelmed?
- Reach out to a trusted friend, adult or teacher
- See these LGBTQ support resources
- Text, call or email the Santa Cruz Safe Schools Project Director Ron Indra (831-566-7931 or email)
- Text, call or email the Santa Cruz Diversity Center Youth Program Coordinator Ashlyn Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org / @diversity.youth)
- Call, chat or text the 24-hour Trevor Project (Phone: 1-866-488-7386. Text: Text START to 678678
What can I stream or watch or read?
What to watch:
Santa Cruz County:
- Santa Cruz County LGBTQIA+ Graduation 2020
- Santa Cruz County 2020 Queer Youth Leadership Nominees
- Watch the 2020 Santa Cruz “Virtual” Pride Parade
- Santa Cruz MAH / Diversity Center: Santa Cruz Queer History Webinars
Outside of Santa Cruz County:
- Don’t Erase My History (2015): A group of Bay Area youth takes us on a quest for the very history that has “no name” in their schools.
- In my Shoes (2005): In a time when LGBT families are debated and attacked in the media, courts and Congress, from school houses to state houses across the country, five young people who are children of LGBT parents give you a chance to walk in their shoes.
Gender Matters Collection
- Eddie (2007): “Eddie” tells the story of a young Latina girl who is forced to deal with her sexuality as a result of an embarrassing mishap during a summer afternoon kickball game.
- Just Call Me Kade (2012): Kade Farlow Collins is a sixteen year old FTM (female to male transgender person) residing in Tucson, Arizona. Kade’s parents maintain a supportive and nurturing relationship to Kade regarding the many challenges facing their teenage child. However, it hasn’t always been easy.
- The Bond (2007): “How could you raise a transsexual child and not know it?” In this honest and compassionate documentary, the father of a transsexual child shares his family’s story – what it was like when his child came out. U
- Two Spirit People (1991): An overview of historical and contemporary Native American concepts of gender, sexuality and sexual orientation.
- Now We Can Dance (2011): The Story of the Hayward Gay Prom
The gay prom is the brainchild of the Lambda Youth Project, an LGBT (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender) support group. Yearly, hundreds of youth from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, come to the prom.
What to read:
- “30 Children’s Books with LGBT Characters” – We Are Teachers
- “15 LGBTQ affirming picture books for kids” – Rebekah Gienapp
Tween’s and Teen’s Books
- “LGBTQ Books for Middle Grade Readers” – Book Riot
- “Pride and Less Prejudice: 10 LGBTQ Books for Teens” – Brightly
- “What are the best LGBT books for children, teenagers and YAs?” – The Guardian
- “8 Awesome Queer Books for the Youth and Tweens in Your Life” – Autostraddle
- Stonewall Book Awards – Includes children and young adult book award winners.
- Lambda Literary Awards – Includes young adult and children’s books
- American Library Association – Rainbow Books List
- Trans Youth Podcast Library – each one has a transcript version as well. ourtranstruth.org/truthpodcastlibrary
- QT: Queer Teen Podcast – The reason I started Queer Teen Podcast was to give our Queer Youth a voice and to speak on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community. queerteenpodcast.podbean.com
- Making Gay History – Bringing the voices of queer history to life through intimate conversations with LGBTQ champions, heroes, and witnesses to history. Makinggayhistory.com
- Story Corps – LGBTQ Stories
Want to learn some LGBTQ History?
- Queer Santa Cruz Online Exhibit and Webinars @ The MAH – All about Santa Cruz Queer history that began in the 1970s.
- Podcast: Mattachine Podcast. All about the history of the Mattachine Society. (1950s and 1960s)
- Monthly LGBTQ History Stories from the Santa Cruz Safe Schools Project.
- LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons.
- Unheard Voices: Stories of LGBT History – an oral history and curriculum project
- LGBTQ History Coloring Books – A perfect activity for people of all ages and features leaders and groundbreaking events in American history that highlight people with LGBTQ identities.
Many of the above resources in a pdf – on the Queer Youth Task Force website.
These resources organized for you by the Santa Cruz Safe Schools Project, Queer Youth Task Force, and The Diversity Center Youth Programs.
Updated: June 23, 2020.