Today, on National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, two GSA Network staff members share their coming of age stories and perspectives about growing up in two very different generations--Millennial and Generation X--and different eras of the AIDS epidemic. And get tips to fight HIV in your communities.
While national media has only recently begun to put a spotlight on the lives and experiences of trans youth, our existence has always been revolutionary. We have always been at the forefront of the movement and have always needed you to show up for us, sometimes more than others.
Now is that time. Today is that day. Today we implore you to embody solidarity, push the boundaries of allyship and #ShowUp4TransYouth.
From the brick-throwers of Stonewall to the youth testifying about legislation that impacts them, the power of our movement is led by young people openly challenging gender roles and every other role set before us.
Incidents of hate in schools are on the rise. We’ve heard this directly from youth leaders: there is a strong resurgence of racist graffiti and vandalism on school property, and an increase in harassing language and physical aggression towards LGBTQ+ youth and youth of color.
Trans women have have historically been at the root of the women’s movement, whether recognized or not. From black and brown transwomen leading riots from Compton Cafeteria to Stonewall, it has been trans women who’ve put ourselves on the line for the liberation of all women, trans and not.
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.