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The Time is Now LGBTQI Youth Summit


(Oakland, CA) -- On Saturday, April 30th various youth-serving organizations came together in the East Bay to host The Time is Now, a LGBTQI youth of color summit. Destiny Art Center's QEAR artists Eshe Sukura, Jada Bean and Gabriel Christian opened the summit with performances before youth attended breakout sessions. These sessions covered many important topics for LGBT youth of color, including using writing as a tool for healing after experiencing injustice, creating healthy relationships, examining and exploring gender through art, and developing self-care practices.

Using Policy to Empower Trans and Queer Youth: GSA Network’s First GAYLA of the Year


Last Saturday we kicked off our first of GSA Advocacy & Youth Leadership Academy (GAYLA) of the year with our Northern California regional youth leaders. The day was focused on how youth can use their experiences and their voices to push for state policies that promote equity for trans and queer lives, especially for people of color.

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