The Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County, the Safe Schools Project, & the LGBT Collaborative of Monterey County are proud to present a supportive space for LGBTQIA+ and allied youth in Monterey, San Benito, & Santa Cruz Counties.
We’re Here, We’re Queer
Saturday, October 9, 2021
12:00 – 3:15 pm (11:45: DJ and Music)
Free / A Live Stream Event
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- Summit Announcement on Virtual Decision
- Keynote Speaker
- Workshops & Caucuses Announced
- T-shirt Design Announced
- Digital Divide
- Confidentiality & Creating a Safe Space to Access Zoom
- Zoom Resources
- Community Service Hours
- Accessibility Information
- Learn About the Summit Organizers
- LGBTQIA+ Youth Programing in Monterey, San Benito & Santa Cruz County
- LGBTQIA+ & Ally Youth Calendar
- Parent/Guardian Virtual Summit — “Understanding Gender”
- Partners, Supporters, & Sponsors
All High School & Middle School LGBTQIA/Ally Students Welcome!
The Queer, Trans, and Allied Student Virtual Summit of the Central Coast is a free summit that is led by youth leaders from the tri-county area. This upcoming summit will provide students the opportunity to:
- Experience workshops created by fellow youth and community organizers.
- Virtually meet students throughout Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, and San Benito County — from Watsonville, Salinas, Soledad, Monterey, San Juan Bautista to Scotts Valley — who are working to help create safer schools in their communities!
- Have access to a virtual resource fair which provides useful support for LGBTQIA+ youth, allies, and families.
- Empower and liberate lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, questioning, and allied youth.
- Each student who registers will receive a personalized goodie bag and free t-shirt with a custom design!
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For questions, contact:
- Monterey County: Jacob Agamao / he/she/they / LGBTQ+ Services Coordinator, Our Gente, The Epicenter, Salinas / email@example.com or (831) 272-4295
- Santa Cruz County: Trisha Herrera / she/her/hers / Co-coordinator, Queer, Trans, & Allied Student Summit of the Central Coast / CoordinateSummit@gmail.com or (831) 427-4004
Summit Announcement on Virtual Decision
After much consideration, and after speaking with students and advisors, the Queer, Trans, and Allied Student Summit Planning Committee have decided to hold the summit virtually again this year to ensure the safety and inclusion of all of our participants.
We did not make this decision lightly, as we know how much folks would like to meet in person. However, there are several things we needed to take under consideration: The Delta variant is causing a surge in cases nationwide and folks under 18 cannot get vaccinated without their guardian’s permission, and the safety measures we would need to put in place would limit attendance and prevent youth from across the central coast from attending, including some local closeted youth who would not be able to have a guardian pick them up from the event if they tested positive during COVID-19 rapid-testing which would be required for entry.
For these reasons we have decided to hold the event virtually so we can have the largest impact on the most youth and stay true to our commitment to amplify queer and trans youth voices and uplift community love. We are still committed to hosting an amazing event that will include workshops, space to interact with your peers virtually, delivered goodie bags for all participants, and much more!
We can’t wait to see you on Saturday, October 9th!
The Fall 2021 Summit theme is “We’re Here, We’re Queer”
About the Theme: Students have chosen the theme as “We’re Here, We’re Queer”
The chant “We’re here, we’re queer” has political roots in LGBTQIA+ based protests, riots, and marches, and now marks the long history of queer and trans activism, resistance, and celebration. As many of you know, the month of October is a particularly important time to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community since October is Queer History Month and October 11th is National Coming Out Day. Thus, we want to create a brave and safe space for youth to celebrate, honor, and explore their identities as well as build community with other queer youth. It is beautiful to see an emergence of rich queer youth activities, support networks, and spaces to empower, create, laugh, and engage in self-expression, especially after an emotionally exhausting and demanding year of quarantine. We are committed to amplifying queer and trans youth voices, creating support forums for us to be unapologetically ourselves, and uplift community love. We are here, we are queer, and we are unapologetic about it!
Save your spot at the Queer, Trans, & Allied Student Virtual Summit of the Central Coast – Fall 2021! Registration helps us stay prepared for on-time delivery of goodie bags, t-shirts, and more! Early registration has closed! If you register after Monday, October 4th at 12:00 pm, then your goodie bag will be delivered to you after the summit. Thank you for understanding.
Registration closes on Friday, October 8th by 11:59 pm.
Registration Closed — See you next year!
Schedule for Student Summit
- 11:45-12:00pm: Pre-program Mixer with DJ Ayumi Please
- 12:00-12:30pm: Welcome + Keynote speakers
- 12:30-1:00pm: Caucuses
- 1:00-1:45pm: Session 1 Workshops
- 1:45-2:00pm: Community Chat & Break
- 2:00-2:45pm: Session 2 Workshops
- 2:45-3:00pm: Community Chat & Break
- 3:00-3:15pm: Closing ceremony and Q&A
Summit DJ Ayumi Please
Summit Keynote Speaker
The Safe Schools Project is proud to announce Lex as the Fall 2021 Summit Keynote Speaker.
Lex is a transgender speaker, artist and educator based in Santa Cruz, CA.
The Queer, Trans, & Allied Student Virtual Summit of the Central Coast is proud to announce the workshops & caucuses for the Fall 2021 summit taking place on October 9th:
- Queer/Un-Labeled Caucus
- Lesbian and WLW Caucus
- Multi Gender Attraction Caucus
- Trans/Non-Binary/Gender Fluid Caucus
- Chill Space / Main Room
Workshop Session # 1
- Being openly LGBTQIA+ and Becoming an Elected Official
- Digital NEST Intro: What skills & roles does it take to create a music festival?
- Owning Our Voice – A Youth Theatre Workshop
- Representation Matters
- Chill Space / Main Room
Workshop Session # 2
- Growing and Protecting Your Identity
- How to Advocate for Inclusive Sex Education in Schools Through Storytelling
- Queer Healing Justice
- The Purple Sticker Project: Making books and other media with positive LGBTQIA+ representation more accessible to K-12 students
- Chill Space / Main Room
Students and community members under 18 were encouraged to submit a design for the upcoming Queer, Trans, and Allied Student Virtual Summit of the Central Coast — Fall 2021.
The design contest was open to all currently enrolled high school and middle school students located in Santa Cruz, San Benito, or Monterey county. All entries needed to incorporate the summit theme “We’re Here, We’re Queer.”
We are pleased to announce the winner of the Fall 2021 t-shirt design contest and offer a warm congratulations to Nico Olmstead! Scroll down to meet the artist behind the wonderful winning t-shirt design for our upcoming Queer, Trans, and Allied Student Virtual Summit of the Central Coast!
The winning designer will receive a hoodie with the design and a $25 gift card.
About the Artist
My name is Nico Olmstead and I am 14 years old. From a young age, I was fascinated by drawing, and now enjoy making digital art and many other art forms. I live with my Mom, my Dad, my brother, and the endless expanse of plush toys in my room.
The Safe Schools Project would like to honor and celebrate all middle and high school students from the Central Coast who took great time and dedication to create a t-shirt design for the 2021 Queer, Trans, and Allied Student Virtual Summit. We thank each artist for submitting their work and hope they all continue creating artwork they are proud of. We also thank all of the adult leaders, advisors, and teachers for encouraging young artists to share their talent and artistry with the world. Please note, some students wish to remain anonymous due to safety reasons. All viewers are encouraged to browse the honorable mentions below.
School districts are providing free technological resources for students.
Help bridge the divide — There are students in Monterey, San Benito, & Santa Cruz Counties who do not have access to computers or cell phones — please forward to teachers, families and community members who might reach students. For more information, contact us at CoordinateSummit@gmail.com
Confidentiality & Creating a Safe Space to Access Zoom
We recognize and understand that not everyone has a safe and affirming home life, and that it may be a challenge to attend this summit from where you live. Below are some tips to make your virtual summit experience safer and to help protect the confidentiality of attendees:
- Consider using earbuds or headphones
- If possible, join us from a room or space in your house that is in a quiet place away from other people
- Use a free virtual background on Zoom
- Mute your microphone when you’re not speaking to limit background noise and the voices of other people who may be in your house.
- Learn more at Confidentiality & Creating a Safe Space
- How to create a Zoom account
- How to rename yourself or change your photo and add your pronouns
- How to reduce the background noise on Zoom
Community Service Hours for Students
If you require anything accessibility-related (e.g.: sign language interpretation, captioning, or any other accommodations) please contact us at CoordinateSummit@gmail.com
Specific accommodation requests should be made by October 1, 2021.
The Safe Schools Project, a program of the Queer Youth Task Force, is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact us to request accessibility accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.
Learn About the Summit Organizers
Student Planning Committee
Lucia Umeki-Martinez (they/them, she/her, he/him) is an intern of the Safe Schools Project and ASB Co-President of Watsonville High School, Lucia is passionate about serving their community, they also enjoy playing on their school’s volleyball team as well as a defense attorney on their Mock Trial Team. In their free time they like to make art.
Raquel Jacinto (she/her, they/them) is president at Watsonville High School’s SAGA club where she has helped build community and engagement during the pandemic. In October 2020, Raquel helped organize a socially distanced meet-up of SAGA and ASB students to create a video for National Coming Out Day which was shared widely on social media, she has helped organize fundraisers for the SAGA club including advertising at local businesses. Raquel also helped with a sweatshirt distribution where club members designed sweatshirts. Raquel has lead virtual club meetings with patience and kindness for students having difficulty with the virtual format and has brought the club members together during this difficult time.
Trisha Herrera (she/her/hers) is an incoming senior at UCSC, majoring in Sociology and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. She has been working with the Safe Schools Project for three years and helped produce three summits thus far. She is committed to cultivating spaces that are affirming, healing, resourceful, and supportive for all LBGTQIA+ youth. She is thankful to help present the Queer, Trans, and Allied Student Summit this fall!
Jacob Agamao (he/she/they) is the LGBTQ+ Services Coordinator at The Epicenter, a youth resource center in Salinas. Their background in empowerment for queer youth began in high school as President of one of the first GSA programs in Monterey County, and continued with work at the Monterey County AIDS Project and with Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations. They hope that as we navigate the unique challenges shelter-in-place has dealt us all, we continue to foster safe and inclusive spaces for our young queer people to develop into healthy and impactful adults.
LGBTQIA+ Youth Programs in Monterey, San Benito & Santa Cruz Counties
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LGBTIQA+ & Ally Youth Calendar — 2021-2022
Parent/Guardian & Adult Allies Virtual Workshops
A free bilingual online conference for parents, guardians, adult allies, and educators who want a deeper understanding of gender and youth in Monterey, San Benito, & Santa Cruz Counties.
Saturday, October 9, 2021
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
A Live Stream Event
Simultaneous Spanish Translation provided
About the Parent/Guardian & Adult Allies Virtual Summit
Understandings of gender are changing rapidly and it can be challenging to keep up! Parents might believe that they only have to pay attention to their child’s gender if it falls outside of traditional gender norms. While it is true that transgender, non-binary, and otherwise gender-expansive children are particularly at risk, every child is limited by traditional gender roles and stereotypes. Parents and ally adults play a crucial role in creating a safe and supportive environment for all young people around their gender.
We hope you’ll join us for a day of learning, conversation, and reflection about youth and gender.
Questions? Contact the Parent/Guardian Summit organizers at Gendersummitsc@gmail.com or call (831) 427-4004.
Creating gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens
Summit Partners, Supporters, & Sponsors
Sponsored, in part, by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (SCCOE), Gender Spectrum, and additional community organizations in Monterey, San Benito, & Santa Cruz Counties. Please check our complete list of partners, supporters, and sponsors — thank you!
San Benito County
Santa Clara County
Santa Cruz County
National LGBTQIA+ Organizations
Thank you Bay Federal Credit Union!
- Special thank you to Bay Federal who assembled and distributed over 120 summit goodie bags for the Fall 2021 Queer, Trans, & Allied Student Virtual Summit of the Central Coast! Their continued support of the Summit, both in person helping with registration pre-COVID and in 2021 with the virtual summit, is a tremendous boost and support.
- And, thank you for the Rainbow Bay Federal sunglasses included in the summit goodie bags!
Student Summit Flyer Download
Please help spread the word by sharing via social media to your followers and fellow community members — help us reach students in Monterey, San Benito, & Santa Cruz Counties! Thank you.
- Infographic Summit Poster for Instagram — JPG & PDF
- 2021 Fall Student Virtual Summit
- 2021 Fall Parent/Guardian Virtual Summit & Español
- 2020 Fall Student Virtual Summit
- 2020 Fall Parent/Guardian Virtual Summit & Español
- 2020 Spring Student Summit
- 2020 Spring Parent/Guardian Summit & Español
- 2019 Fall Student Summit
- 2019 Fall Parent/Guardian Summit
- 2019 Spring Student Summit
- 2019 Spring Parent/Guardian Summit
- 2017 Fall Student Summit
- 2017 Winter Student Summit
- 2016 Spring Student Summit
- 2015 Fall Student Summit
- Hear about the 2019 Spring Summit on KZSC’s Closet Free Radio: Learn more about the Summit from Trisha Herrera, Assistant Summit Coordinator, who was on the Feb 25 Closet Free Radio Show, one of the oldest LGBTQ radio shows in the United States. Stay tuned to Closet Free Radio every Monday night, 7:00-8:30 pm on KZSC at 88.1 FM.
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- Read about the 2017 Winter Summit in the Santa Cruz Sentinel “South County Summit Empowers LGBTQ Youth”
- Read about the 2016 Spring Summit in the Santa Cruz Sentinel “Santa Cruz County LGBTQ youth meet at Queer & Ally Student Summit“
- Read about the 2016 Spring Summit in the Santa Cruz Sentinel “Scotts Valley High School to host Queer, Ally Student Summit”