Santa Cruz County LGBTQIA+ High School, Junior High, and Middle School Students
The Safe Schools Project of Santa Cruz County is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Celebration of LGBTQIA+ High School, Junior High, and Middle School Graduates, this year in-person at Watsonville High School.
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Watsonville High School, Watsonville
Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Graduates right before the 25th Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards at Watsonville High School
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The Safe Schools Project of Santa Cruz County is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Graduation Ceremony to honor LGBTQIA+ High School, Junior High & Middle School Students. Through this LGBTQIA+ graduation, we wish to acknowledge the amazing achievements and contributions many students have made towards their campuses across Santa Cruz County. We are honored to continue this celebration and commencement of LGBTQIA+ and allied students who are graduating and acknowledge the unique struggles many have faced on their path to graduation. We encourage all graduating students to register and participate in this meaningful event.
There Is Strength In Unity
We all know the importance of joining hands and coming together as a community to lift each other up. Unity teaches us that community support and togetherness are vital to the lives, wellbeing, and health of LGBTQIA+ students and people. Throughout the pandemic, when many social issues have been exacerbated, we have discovered that together, we are stronger. Thus, we believe there is strength in unity.
Registration Extended! Students graduating can sign up today to be part of the 3rd Annual Celebration of LGBTQIA+ High School and Middle School Students and secure their Rainbow, Bi, or Trans Tassels, a Santa Cruz County tradition.
LGBTQIA+ Keynote Speaker
- Rachel Morales Warne (She/Her), Founder of the Annual Celebration of LGBTQIA+ Graduates
Rachel Morales Warne is a local activist who has a long history of stepping up to interrupt oppression, from protesting with ACT UP during the AIDS epidemic to advocating for LGBTQIA+ youth today. In 2020, Rachel had a vision of an LGBTQIA+ graduation celebrating all of our local queer and trans graduates. Rachel is both a fierce activist and the mom who makes sure all the young people around her are seen, affirmed, and loved for who they are.
LGBTQIA+ Student Speakers
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Sponsored, in part, by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (SCCOE) — thank you!