Meets 1st Saturday of every month from 2-3:30pm in the Utah Pride Center's Multi-Purpose Room.
The Utah QSA Network is a youth-led program of the Utah Pride Center that connects Queer-Straight Alliance clubs (QSA or GSA) from around the state of Utah to each other and community resources. Through peer support, leadership development, social gatherings and trainings the QSA Network supports young people in starting, strengthening, and sustaining QSAs and equivalent clubs statewide.
Utah QSA Network empowers students to advocate for safe school policies, mobilize their peers to stand up for safety and equality, and trains teachers to stop bullying. By providing in-depth leadership and activist training for youth, the Utah QSA Network is building a generation of leaders for LGBTQ rights and social justice in Utah.
As a youth-driven network, the Utah Pride Center brings the voices and perspectives of youth to the forefront of the LGBTQ movement.
Check us out on Facebook! Check out our page for Utah QSA Network Updates, upcomming events, and opportunities for student advocacy!
Survey Closes on Sunday February 26th. Please take a few minutes (only takes 10 minutes!) to complete this survey and help the Utah QSA Network better understand the needs of QSA's in Utah. Open to all current high school/middle school students in Utah QSA's.
Survey closes on Tuesday, February 2nd. All youth and students in Utah are encouraged to participate in this brief survey. This survey will be used to help the Utah QSA Network develop new trainings and presentations, as well as help us plan for student conferences in the future!
QSA Network Mentors – Peer Resources
QSA Media Attention
Utah Pride Center – A non-profit that offers programs, services and resources for the LGBTQ community statewide including a youth center and coordinates collective activities and leadership opportunities for LGBTQ youth.
PFLAG – Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – support for the entire family.
Equality Utah – Legal Advocacy for LGBTQ rights and social justice
VOA –Volunteers of America is a non-profit with many community resources including a homeless youth drop in center – day resource for homeless youth.
OUTreach Ogden - Offers an open, safe, comfortable haven where you can come to be free of charge, judgement, harassment and discomfort that is a fixture in many of our lives. We offer a drug, alcohol, tobacco, hate & violence free zone.
Trevor Project – The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
Family Acceptance Project – A project that promotes family acceptance and educates on the dangers of rejecting behaviors on LGBTQ youth
GLSEN – GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
GSA Network – A California based organization that coordinates training, networking and capacity building of youth involved in school based clubs for LGBTQ youth and their straight allies.
NCLR– The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.
Lambda Legal - Offers research and resources about LGBT issues including information for GSA groups and for youth in out of home care.
Day of Silence - Official Day of SIlence webpage. Offers resources and downloadable content for GSA groups and student leaders. Sponsored by GLSEN and Lambda Legal.
GSA Day - Official GSA Day website! Offers information about GSA Day, event ideas, and resources for GSA groups. Sponsored by Iowa Pride Network & National Association of GSA Networks.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 4, 2010
Contact Valerie Larabee, Executive Director
801.539.8800 x 10 or cell: 801.403.1038
UTAH PRIDE CENTER SPEAKS OUT ABOUT SUICIDE CRISIS AND THE LDS CHURCH,
AND WORKS TO SAVE LIVES AND FAMILIES
Salt Lake City, UT: In recent months, there have been six high profile stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth who have taken their lives due to bullying and hostile environments. The Utah Pride Center is working with tireless dedication and with both local and national organizations to deal with this issue head-on here in Utah.
“Saving lives is part of our charter at the Utah Pride Center, “ said Executive Director, Valerie Larabee. “We find these recent events particularly alarming, and we are ramping up our efforts to overcome the messages that leads LGBTQ people to feel hopeless by providing messages of love, acceptance, affirmation, and hope.”
In addition to the string of suicides, the Utah Pride Center is alarmed and heavy-hearted by Mormon Church leader, Boyd K. Packer’s sermon from the Mormon Church’s General Conference on Sunday, October 3, 2010. Packer, the second highest ranking leader in the Mormon Church, referred to being LGBTQ as “impure and unnatural”, and broadcast egregious misinformation about how people can and should change their sexuality.
“We hold the LDS Church accountable for giving Packer the worldwide platform and access to literally millions of families who have LGBTQ loved ones. Their statements are antithetical to current scientific research and to the work of the Utah Pride Center,” Larabee said.
A resolution published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and posted on its website says, “APA is concerned about ongoing efforts to mischaracterize homosexuality and promote the notion that sexual orientation can be changed and about the resurgence of sexual orientation change efforts.”
The seventh point of the APA’s resolutions states, “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Psychological Association advises parents, guardians, young people, and their families to avoid sexual orientation change efforts that portray homosexuality as a mental illness or developmental disorder and to seek psychotherapy, social support and educational services that provide accurate information on sexual orientation and sexuality, increase family and school support, and reduce rejection of sexual minority youth.”
The Utah Pride Center is hosting two upcoming events this weekend to address these very issues. The first is a suicide prevention workshop put on by the Trevor Project, and is being held at the Utah Pride Center from 1-5P. The Trevor Project Lifeguard Workshop Program addresses topics around gender identity, sexuality, the impacts of language and behavior, and what it means for young people to feel different. Through the workshop, people learn to recognize the warning signs of depression and suicide, and thus become “lifeguards” to keep their friends and peers safe.
The second event is the groundbreaking Family Acceptance Regional Conference being held Oct. 8-10 at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel. Dr. Caitlin Ryan, whose research indicates that LGBTQ youth in highly rejecting families are eight times more likely to attempt or complete suicide, will be the conference keynote. Her address will not only speak to the findings of her research, but will also provide solutions to keeping LGBTQ youth safe.
“We will overpower negative messaging and discriminatory attitudes, and I look forward to our events this weekend, especially the Conference which aims to illuminate the risks of rejection to youth’s well-being and to provide strategies for keeping families united,” Larabee said.
For more information on the work of the Utah Pride Center, the Trevor Project workshop, or the Family Acceptance Regional Conference, please visit www.utahpridecenter.org.
# # #
Do you want more info on hormones or changing your name and gender legally? Do you want more info on what being Trans means? Has your child come out as Transgender or are they exploring their gender?
Do you need more information?
Below are links to various resources for anyone that has these questions, and more! Feel free to dip into any of the resources on topics like health, legal issues and media lists.
Youth Resource Packets
Other Resource Packets
Below are links to various information pages for young transgender individuals in our community. Feel free to read through these resources!
Queer Prom will be held on Saturday, April 20th. Queer Prom invites LGBTQ and allied youth, 14 to 20 years, to enjoy an evening of dancing and celebration. With more than 600 youth in attendance, the event is not to be missed.
Check out info for 2013 Queer Prom: CLOSER via the event on Facebook.
Life is grand in GENDERLAND!
Thursday nights from 3pm to 5pm the Youth Activity Center opens its doors for Genderland.
Watch movies, play games and talk about everything related to gender!