- To come together to provide an accepting environment for LGBTQ youth and their allies. - To provide anonymous peer support and referrals. - Training youth to support other youth. - Providing resources so youth can make informed decisions. - Youth of all sexual and gender identities are celebrated and supported.
Purpose: - Provide a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTQ youth growth and community awareness. - To bring together youth of various ages, gender, religion, ethnicity, schools, and towns, to enrich our growth in society.
Goals: - Bring together awareness within our community of LGBTQ minorities. - Promote self esteem and integration of youth into the larger community. - Provide a safe space. - Interaction with peers/peer support. - Opportunities for leadership development. - Youth advocacy.
There is nothing inherently problematic with the asterisk but it’s often applied in inaccessible, binarist, and transmisogynist ways. It is unnecessary and should not be used. Claiming the asterisk itself is fundamentally oppressive denies accountability and ignores the culture of binarism and transmisogyny that affects the community. People also often misattribute its history to cisgender and binarist people. http://www.transstudent.org/asterisk/
LGBTQ+ and Allies are welcome! Ages 12-24 Know that there are others around you that will love and support you no matter what.
Never feel pressured to put a label on yourself or come out if you don’t feel ready to do so. We are committed to ensuring youth have a safe and inclusive environment where LGBTQ+ folk and Allies feel included, protected, and respected.
You Be You. The World will Adjust. 1A Fieldstone Drive, St Andrew’s United Church
How to be A Transgender Ally Coming Out! A Gender identity is personal. IF someone chooses to come out to you as transgender this means they trust you. Make sure to honour that trust by checking with them before telling anyone else as they may not want others to know. Just Ask! It is important to respect the names and pronouns that people prefer. If you are unsure, simply ask. “What are your preferred pronouns?” Show Your Support! Make sure to show your support for your transgender friends by challenging transphobia when you see it. Real Name? Asking someone what their “real” name is implies that their chosen name is in some way invalid or not real. In the same way, asking someone what their “real” gender is disrespects their own gender identity. Anatomy- Do not ask questions regarding anatomy. Or questions if they have transitioned or if they will be transitioning in the future. These are PERSONAL! Pictures- Do not ask to see pictures of a person before they transitioned. Do not show pictures! Names- Do not use a persons former name after they have transitioned. Be Inclusive! Don’t Segregate! Recognize that transgender people have as much right to use the same facilities as you do! Harassment in the bathrooms is very real. Offering to accompany a transgender person to use a bathroom is a good step. But respect their choice to accept or decline your offer.