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Q Chat Space

Find and give support, have fun, connect around shared interests and get good information. Chat with like-minded peers in live chats designed for you & by you, facilitated by folks who care.

Q Chat Space provides online discussion groups for LGBTQ+ teens ages 13 to 19. It is not a forum. It is live and chat based; there is no video or audio. Everyone is chatting during the same pre-scheduled time.

Conversations are facilitated by experienced staff who work at LGBTQ+ centers around the country including Time Out Youth in Charlotte.

For more information visit their website: https://www.qchatspace.org/

Pride Month History: Stormé DeLarverie

King Stormé

Stormé DeLarverie is most well known for being the first person to throw a punch a stonewall. Although there is dispute over the validity of this assertion, his contributions to the queer community are indisputable. DeLarverie was a biracial he/him lesbian.* He was an entertainer, protector, and revolutionary. In the 50s and early 60s he traveled the country as a drag king with the Jewel Box Revue, North America’s first racially integrated drag revue. After Stonewall he worked as a bouncer at several lesbian bars in Greenwich Village and was known to patrol the whole area for any “ugliness,” his word for intolerance or abuse. DeLarverie was also a founding member of the Stonewall Veterans Association, and served as vice president for several years.

 

DeLarverie posing with the Stonewall car.

 

*Although many sources continue use she/her pronouns, the Stonewall Veterans Association has identified he/him as DeLarverie’s preferred pronouns.

Pride Month History: Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin was an openly gay leader in the civil rights movement. His career as an activist began at very young age. He grew up in a house where activists like W.E.B. Du Bois and James Weldon Johnson were frequent guests. Rustin was active in the socialist party. He organized freedom rides to protest the unconstitutional segregation of public buses. He is most well known for his collaboration with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Together they founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Although he was officially listed as the second in command, Rustin was the key organizer of the famous 1963 March on Washington. This march drew a quarter of a million people, and was the cite of King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. In the 1970s Rustin focused more of his energy on labor organizing. Although he wasn’t directly involved in the queer liberation movement until the 1980s, he was open about his sexuality throughout the majority of his tenure as an activist.

Although he was open about his sexuality, Rustin was not able to make that choice for himself. He was arrested in 1953 and charged with sodomy. Because his sexuality was made public after the arrest, his contributions to civil rights were primarily behind the scenes as many of his colleagues saw him as a “liability”. Throughout his career as an activist he was silenced, arrested, and beaten. His former partner from 1940, Davis Platt, described how Rustin never “felt any shame or guilt about his homosexuality. That was rare in those days. Rare.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pride Month History: Marsha P Johnson

 

The P stands for “Pay it no mind”

 

[CW mention of suicide]

Marsha P Johnson was a black trans activist. She participated in the Stonewall riots, and was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front. Johnson, along with Sylvia Rivera, was a co-founder of Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.). S.T.A.R. was a radical group that advocated for revolution not compromise. S.T.A.R. also operated as a social services organization that provided housing, food, and clothes to gay and trans street youth.

 

Sylvia Rivera (left) and Marsha P Johnson (right)

 

Both Johnson and Rivera were seen as radicals by many within the gay liberation movement. Johnson was constantly fighting against exclusion from within the movement, on the basis of her gender, race, and commitment to liberation over acceptance. She remained involved in street activism throughout her life, and was an active member of ACT UP during the height of the AIDS pandemic. On July 6th 1992 Johnson’s body was found in the Hudson River. The police ruled her death a suicide, but those close to her were confident that she had been murdered. There is no evidence that Johnson was ever suicidal, and those close to her cited an increase in harassment shortly before her death. She will be remembered for her kindness and bold conviction, in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Free Summer Workshops via The Future Perfect Project!

Three years ago the co-founder of the Trevor Project, James Lecesne started an arts initiative called THE FUTURE PERFECT PROJECT. Along with a small team of teaching artists, they traveled the country offering true storytelling and songwriting workshops to LGBTQ+ Youth and allies. In March when it became clear that they could no longer travel, they launched The Future Perfect Online Workshop (FPOW) which has been super successful with queer and allied youth around the country.  THIS SUMMER, they are expanding their programs to include on-going and one-time workshops on specific topics such as filmmaking, songwriting, photography and drag and facilitated by professional artists.
And the good news is –  WORKSHOPS ARE TOTALLY FREE!

Check out their website at www.thefutureperfectproject.com or check out FPP Brochure_SUMMER2020

LGBTQ+ Youth Focus Group…. Your Voice Matters!

We invite LGBTQ+ youth—especially LGBTQ+ youth who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color—to join SHIFT NC on Wednesday, June 17th, 1:00 – 3:00pm EST for a virtual focus group on Zoom. The LGBT Center of Raleigh is collaborating with SHIFT NC to listen to the school experiences and recommendations of LGBTQ+ students in Wake County Schools. This confidential discussion will last up to 1.5 hours, and every young person who participates will receive a $25 VISA e-gift card.

 

To participate, youth must be 14-19 years old and they must have attended grade school or high school in Wake County Schools. Youth under age 18 must be able to get a guardian permission form signed. Visit https://bit.ly/2TU5PSx to sign up, and send your questions to SHIFT NC LGBTQ+ Capacity Manager Tommy White (they/them, habla español) at [email protected] .

Time Out Youth speaks out and offers resources for queer youth!

Time Out Youth is currently offering virtual support to Queer Youth of color and resources to encourage/support allyship within queer youth during this time. Please check it out!

Time Out for Racism

Our response to racism in our community and our action plan for supporting black queer and trans youth at this critical time in our country. This is only the beginning of our work it's #TimeOutForRacism and #BlackLivesMatter

Posted by Time Out Youth on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Current Events #Blacklivesmatter

The LGBT Center of Raliegh’s Youth and Family Programs have been paying close attention to current events in our community and country as a whole. We stand with the family of George Floyd and those protesting the injustices experienced by Black people in NC and around the country everyday. In response we are working with local community organizers to offer a virtual space for youth of color to connect and process the events of the last week. We will also offer a space for all youth to come together and discuss how they can aspire to be allies in their communities. Please keep watch for more details coming soon!

Youth Coffee House is Back!

We are excited to announce Youth Coffee House has found a new home with our community partner Weaver Street Market! Located in downtown Raleigh’s warehouse district, our new partner has graciously offered to provide spacious accommodations to host one of the LGBT Center of Raleigh’s longest running youth programs. We cannot wait until we can safely come together again and share a cup of coffee with each of you at Weaver Street Market.

 

For now….. We are rebooting Youth Coffee House and meeting virtually! Come join us on June 17th from 4pm-5pm. To register for the meeting Click Here

 

We look forward to sharing a coffee with you soon!

LGBT Center of Raleigh Youth/Young Adult Leadership Team Applications Now Open!!!

Attention: The LGBT Center of Raleigh Youth/Young Adult Leadership team 2020-2021 applications are now open! This year we are excited to announce we’ll be expanding our programs and leadership team to include young adults ages 18-22.  If you are a high school student or young adult ages 14-22 we encourage you to apply for this amazing opportunity. For more information or to apply click here:

https://forms.gle/hMV9sRp3MSpN7XTm6