By Northern California Youth Council
Since the start of the new administration, we are noticing an uptick in hate speech, threats, and violence on our communities. We know that state-sanctioned violence will have devastating impacts on trans/queer youth and we want to be proactive in preventing harm in our communities.If we feel it, then we know other trans/queer youth are feeling this stress, too.
Non-binary gender identities have elicited a gut reaction in communities across the U.S.
Some allies who thought they fully supported the LGBTQ+ movement have found themselves on the fence when it comes to the simple but fundamental idea of gender-neutral restrooms. And when we start to talk about intersectional identities—the way in which gender identity intersects with race, sexuality, class, and immigration status—things get complicated.
Today we are on the cusp of a new administration--the least educated, least qualified, and whitest in recent history. From the Executive branch and cabinet nominees, through a Republican controlled Legislative branch, and to the potential nominees of the Judicial branch, there is a lot in this country that will change and impact our lives in extraordinary and harmful ways. It is very easy to succumb to fear in this environment.
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a radical leader in the history of racial justice, but isn't always depicted as such. There is much irony in the way our country remembers Dr. King (a national day of remembrance, a memorial on the National Mall) because he fought some of the most fundamental structures within this nation - systemic racism and economic inequality.
“Do you hate your body?” and other things adults asked me a lot when I was seventeen
October 26th is Intersex Awareness Day – marking the 20th anniversary of intersex protests outside the annual American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) conference in Boston, MA. That protest is considered the beginning of intersex activism in the U.S. and the beginning of a movement.
The first day back at school this fall, it was apparent that the gender neutral dress code—which we successfully advocated and mobilized to modify in Clovis Unified School District back in April 2016—had made it easier for transgender, gender nonconforming and non-binary students to exp