Queer Youth Take Over the World
Saturday, October 5, 2019
9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Watsonville High School — Watsonville
All High School & Middle School LGBTQIA/Ally Students welcome!
- Experience workshops put on by fellow youth and community resources.
- Meet students throughout Santa Cruz County & Monterey County — from Watsonville and Salinas to Scotts Valley — who are working to help create safer schools in their community!
- Breakfast, Snacks and Lunch Provided – Free
- Resource Fair
- and more
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Welcome from Watsonville High School Sexuality and Gender Acceptance (SAGA) GSA
Watsonville High SAGA would like to welcome you to Watsonville! We are a club that has an emphasis on intersectionality, especially racial justice this year. Our goal as a club is to gain visibility in Watsonville, and to work on making a safe space for queer identifying young people and allies. Thank you for helping make this a reality! — Watsonville High School Sexuality and Gender Acceptance (SAGA)
The Fall 2019 Summit theme is Queer Youth Take Over The World
For hundreds of years LGBT+ individuals have been silenced. We all know this. Today, media representation is almost never positive if existing, school curriculum censors LGBT+ parts of history, and has been known to represent us negatively in sex-ed. This makes it extremely difficult for youth to realize, accept, and express who they are, which often affects us negatively and leaves us suffering. We must end this cycle of invisibility. We, queer youth, must work to show the millions who are silenced that they, too, can be happy. They, too, can take over the world.
With the current state of politics, queer youth need to take back what was taken from us. We not only need to fight the patriarchy, but white supremacy and capitalism. When our community is under attack we must fight back.
— Queer, Trans & Allied Youth Council of Santa Cruz County
Call for Student Workshops!
Considering leading a workshop about something you are passionate in regards to the Queer and Trans community? Here are some suggestions from the Queer, Trans & Allied Youth Council of Santa Cruz County for workshops to lead and produce the day of the summit!
- Button Making
- Drag Makeup 101
- Film Making & Social Media
- Queer Theater
- Queer Writing Workshop
- Umbrella Terms
- LGBTQ History
Identities and Intersectionality
- Asexuality and Asexual Spectrum Identities
- Intersex Identities and Intersex Rights
- Trans, Non-binary, and Gender-expansive Issues
- Religion and the Queer Community
- Racial Justice
- Healthy Relationships
- Mental Health in the Queer Community
- Queer Safer Sex and Consent Education
- Coming Out 101
- How to be an Ally
- Life After High School for Queer and Trans Youth
- Life Skills & Self-Reliance
- Responding to Hate Speech/Intolerance
Workshop Proposals Due: Friday, September 20 at 5:00 pm
- 9:30-10:00 am: Check-in, Breakfast & Resource Fair
- 10:00-10:30 am: Opening and Ice Breakers
- 10:30-10:45 am: Snack Break
- 10:45-11:35 am: Workshop Session #1
- 11:35-11:50 am: Snack Break
- 11:50-12:40 pm: Workshop Session #2
- 12:40-1:15 pm: Closing Ceremony
- 1:15- 2:00 pm: Catered Lunch & Resource Fair
- 2:00 pm: End
Calling all Drag Performers to the stage!
Be part of the Student Summit stage!
Students are encouraged to submit a one minute video audition tape for the upcoming Queer, Trans, and Allied Student Summit at Watsonville High School.
The event is open to all currently enrolled high school and middle school students located in Santa Cruz County and Monterey County.
The chosen performers will be featured during the closing ceremony at the Henry J Mello Center at Watsonville High School the day of the summit, October 5, 2019.
One minute long audition tape lip singing, performing, dancing, etc!
Registration Open for Students
Save your spot at the Queer, Trans & Allied Student Summit Now!
Register by Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Early registration helps us with preparations for breakfast, snacks and lunch, plus printing name badges.
Community Service Hours for Students
Students who attend the Queer, Trans, and Ally Student Summit may be able to earn school credit for participating in the summit.
Summit participants engage in community building and help create a safer, more inclusive environment for LGBT+ and ally youth in Santa Cruz County. Participants also learn about a variety of topics related to the LGBT+ community that will help them gain a deeper understanding of LGBT+ experiences which will compliment school curriculum in the areas of history and health, among others.
Youth may also volunteer and present workshops which builds their interpersonal and communication skills.
If your school has a community service, volunteer, or similar requirement, talk to your school counselor to see if you can earn credit for attending the summit.
Be sure to bring any required paperwork or forms to be signed by Summit staff.
For more information contact Stuart Rosenstein, co-chair, Queer, Trans & Allied Student Summit, or Jamie Cutter, M.Ed., English and Health Teacher, QSA Advisor and Safe School Lead, Delta High School at Cabrillo College at (831) 427-4004 or email
A free conference for parents, guardians, and other adult allies who want a deeper understanding of gender and youth
Saturday, October 5, 2019
9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Watsonville High School — Watsonville
Light breakfast, snacks and lunch provided
Simultaneous Spanish Translation provided
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.
Call for Volunteers — Day of the Event
Please help us make the Summit run smoothly. We are looking for volunteers to help with a few aspects of the event and if you have an hour or two to spare during the day of the event between 7:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Watsonville High School in Watsonville, please contact Oliver Cantrell, Fall 2019 Volunteer Coordinator, at email or (831) 427-4004.
If you need credit for Community Service Hours, please share your address and any other details needed. We will mail out letters shortly after the event.
There are two Summits — The Queer, Trans & Allied Student Summit & The Parent/Guardian Summit — both on the same day and time. Volunteers are needed for both.
To learn more about the many volunteer opportunities, visit the Fall 2019 Summit Volunteer Page.
If you require anything accessibility related (e.g.: sign language interpretation, captioning, accessible parking, specific dietary requirements, or any other accommodations) please contact Wren Reeve, (831) 427-4004, email
Specific accommodation requests should be made by February 13, 2019.
More than one contact method is useful, or at least an email address since not everyone uses the same communication methods.
Welcome from Watsonville High School Principal Elaine Legorreta
LGBTIQA & Ally Youth Calendar — 2019-2020
- September: Welcome Back to School event
- September 15: Santa Cruz County Queer Youth Council applications due 11:59pm
- September 22-28: Bisexual Awareness Week
- September 23: Celebrate Bisexuality Day
- September 23-27: GLSEN Ally Week
- October 5: Queer, Trans & Allied Student Summit, Watsonville High School, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
- October 7: First Santa Cruz County Queer Youth Council Meeting
- October 11: National Coming Out Day
- October 12: Salinas Valley Pride, Salinas
- October 16: International Pronouns Day
- October 17: Spirit Day
- October 20-26: Asexual Awareness Week
- October 26: Intersex Awareness Day
- October 1-31: Queer History Month
- October 1-31: National Bullying Prevention Month
- November 13-19: Transgender Awareness Week
- November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance
- November: YES / Youth Empowerment Summit, San Francisco
- April: National Day of Silence
- April: Breaking the Silence Rally & March, Watsonville Main Plaza, Watsonville, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
- April: Breaking the Silence Rally & March, Clock Tower, Santa Cruz, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
- Spring: Queer Prom, Date & Location TBD
- Spring: Triangle Speakers Training for Youth & Allies
- May 1: Rainbow Tassels Project for graduating 8th grade and 12th grade students
- May 9: 23rd Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards, San Lorenzo Valley High School, Felton, 5:30-8:30 pm
- June: Santa Cruz Pride, Santa Cruz, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
- July: Monterey Peninsula Pride, Monterey
- July: Gender Spectrum Family Conference
- August: Queer Camp Out, Diversity Center
- August: Pajaro Valley Pride, Watsonville, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Superintendent Faris Sabbah, Santa Cruz County Office of Education
- Superintendent Dr. Michelle Rodriguez, Pajaro Valley Unified School District
- Superintendent Kris Munro, Santa Cruz City Schools
- Principal Dr. Rosa Hernández, Lakeview Middle School
- Trustee Adam Spickler, Cabrillo College
- Trustee Gail Levine, San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District
- Keith O. Johnson, M.A., Director of Student Equity & Success, Cabrillo College
- Celine Cuneo, GSA Advisor, Watsonville High School Sexuality and Gender Acceptance (SAGA) GSA
- Jen Salinas-Holz, Co-Advisor, Lakeview Middle School Queer Straight Alliance (QSA)
- Pamela Wool, Director of Family Support and Administration, Gender Spectrum
- Dr. Jen Hastings
- Trisha Herrera, Summit Co-Coordinator
- Andi Mellon, Summit Resource Fair Host
- Reyes Warne, Summit Social Media Coordinator
- Katé Wilson Designs, Summit Printed Program
- and many more community leaders, chaperones, resource fair participants & volunteers!
- Watsonville High School’s Sexuality and Gender Acceptance (SAGA) GSA
- Be Yourself Club, Alisal High School, Salinas
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County
- Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz
- Bread for the Journey
- Cabrillo College Trustee Adam Spickler
- California Rural Legal Assistance – CRLA
- Cherie Reveles in honor of Dan Gold and Pat LeCuyer
- County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)
- Digital NEST
- Diversity Center Youth Program
- Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network (GSA Network)
- Gender Spectrum
- Good Times Community Fund
- Jardines de San Juan Restaurant, San Juan Bautista
- Our Gente: A Program of The Epicenter
- Out In Our Faith
- Pajaro Valley Pride
- Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD)
- PFLAG Santa Cruz County
- Salinas Valley Pride
- Santa Cruz City Schools (SCCS)
- Santa Cruz County Office of Education (SCCOE)
- Santa Cruz Derby Girls
- Trans Teen Project of Santa Cruz County
- UCSC Lionel Cantú GLBTI Resource Center
- United Way of Santa Cruz County
- Watsonville High School
- and additional community organizations
Volunteer or Sponsorship Opportunities
Student Summit Flyer Download
Please help distribute flyers widely on campus and community. Thank you!
Download Student Summit — English Color Flyer
Download Student Summit — English Black/White Flyer
Download Student Summit — Spanish Color Flyer
Download Student Summit — Spanish Black/White Flyer
- 2019 Fall Student Summit
- 2019 Spring Student Summit
- 2019 Spring Parent/Guardian Summit
- 2o17 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.
- 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”