Subject: strictly fyi: events in NY, GA, MA, Toronto, & WA
From: Nik <>
Date: 8/12/2012 9:50 AM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends: 

(1) Annual BBQ for LGBTQ Youth (August 17; Albany, NY)

(2) IGNITE 2012 Conference (September 14-16; Atlanta, GA)

(3) Trans Youth Summit (September 16; Cambridge, MA)

(4) Caring for our kids, Caring for ourselves Workshop (September 24-October 26; Toronto, ON)

(5) The Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites presents: Anti-Racist White Organizing Institute (October 7th – November 10th; Seattle, WA)

(1) Annual BBQ for LGBTQ Youth (August 17; Albany, NY)

Get ready for the Pride Center's Annual BBQ for LGBTQ and ally youth ages 13-18! This is a great opportunity to hang out with friends, meet new ones, enjoy food, good music, and be in a space where you can just be yourself! Plus the event is FREE!

Location: Pride Center, 332 Hudson Avenue, Albany, NY 12210

Time: 6:00-8:30PM

Cost: Free

Click here to view the Facebook event.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with the Youth Program Assistant, James Shultis at or (518) 462-6138


(2) IGNITE 2012 Conference (September 14-16; Atlanta, GA)

On September 14-16 2012, hundreds of queer and trans youth of color will gather from across the South to connect, learn, build, and organize towards a vision for justice and liberation at IGNITE 2012: Our Bodies, Our Communities, Our Futures: Building Our Networks of Survival. The first convening of its kind this convening will offer skill shares, workshops, resource swapping, cultural events, and relationship building to hundreds of queer and trans youth of color from the Southern region.The primary location of IGNITE 2012 is the Student University Center on the campus of Georgia State University. The address is 44 Courtland St. SE Atlanta, GA 30303 located at the corner of Gilmer and Courtland.

Click here to register. 


(3) Trans Youth Summit (September 16; Cambridge, MA)

The goal of this summit is for youth 22 and under from Massachusetts/New England that identify with, or could fall under, the label ‘transgender’ or youth who are in some way connected to the transgender youth community, such as partners/friends, to meet and connect with other transgender and gender variant youth. At the summit, youth will have the opportunity to share ideas, learn about their legal rights, the larger transgender community, participate in workshops and fun activities. There will also be a separate track with a full day of programming for parents and/or guardians of transgender and/or gender questioning youth. Parents/Guardians activities include such areas as: addressing legal issues and advocating for your child, health care with Dr. Ralph Vetters of Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center, and time for networking and guided support groups. This event is free and light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is open. This event is closed to the public and only registered participants will be admitted. For more information please contact MTPC at or 617-778-0519.

Details: Sunday, September 16, 2012, 9:30 am – 4 pm

Location: Microsoft New England Research & Development Center at One Memorial Drive, Kendall Square, Cambridge MA 02142

For Youth Registration Click Here!

For Parent/Guardian Registration Click Here!


(4) Caring for our kids, Caring for ourselves Workshop (September 24-October 26; Toronto, ON)

Raising an LGBTQ child can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming. Many of us struggle with hard questions; Will our children be ok? Will they get bullied? Will our communities accept us? How can we keep our families strong? Are we saying and doing the right things to support our children and families? This FREE workshop series will provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for parents and caregivers to explore the challenges and to celebrate the great things too! We will have a chance to share our experiences and learn from each other about how we care for ourselves and how we care for our kids. Workshops will meet once a week at 8:30pm from Septermber 24 to October 26 at  Delisle Youth Services, 40 Orchard View Blvd. Suite 255 Toronto, ON.

For more information call or email Enid Grant  at (416) 482-0081 ext. 227 and egrant(at)delisleyouth (dot) org 


(5) The Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites presents: Anti-Racist White Organizing Institute (October 7th – November 10th; Seattle, WA)
This six-week Anti-Racist White Organizing Institute will create a space for white people to:

We expect participants to attend all sessions, to participate in the potluck, and complete the assigned readings or work assigned between sessions. Expect 1-3 hours per week of homework  (e.g., readings, reflection journaling, meeting with other participants, etc.) as part of your commitment.  Cost is $200.Please be thoughtful about what you can afford and donate generously. No one should be discouraged to attend because of cost. A sliding scale fee of $5-$199 is possible if you are low income.

Dates: The OI will be held on the following dates:

OI Information Panel: August 21st from 6pm-9pm at the Downtown Seattle YMCA (at 909 4th Ave)

Preferred Application Deadline: August 30th, 2012 Click here for Online Application

Questions? We are happy to discuss any questions you may have over email, phone, or in person.
Phone: Becca (206) 802-8813



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