Vermont Queer & Allied Youth Summit
Outright Vermont is excited to announce its fifth annual Vermont Queer & Allied Youth Summit on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Outright has re-named this event, formally known as the GSA Conference, to encompass all of the weekend activities and to include all youth who are invested in celebrating queer and allied youth in Vermont. The event, hosted by the Brattleboro Union High School Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA), will bring youth together from all corners of the state.
Students attending the Vermont Queer & Allied Youth Summit will engage in a day long event that positions LGBTQ youth in a positive light, allows LGBTQ youth to serve as role models, identifies adult allies throughout the state, and helps educate all youth on how to advocate for themselves and for school change. This conference is often the first time LGBTQ youth meet other LGBTQ youth, and reduces social isolation by identifying supportive adults and other LGBTQ youth in different communities across the state.
According to Executive Director, Melissa Murray, “Vermont’s Queer and Allied Youth Summit is Outright’s most important event of the year. We expect over 200 youth from across Vermont to join us in Brattleboro for the GSA Conference, the Queer Youth Pride March and SpeakOUT, Queer Prom, and an overnight stay at the Boys and Girls Club. This is a chance for Vermont’s queer and allied youth to come together, build community, and positively effect change in their own schools and communities.” Saben Littlefield, Outright’s Education and Statewide Field Manager, adds “the scale of this event grows each and every year – and with more groups forming in all corners of the state, the likelihood that this summit will attract an even larger crowd this year is huge! Queer and allied youth from all across the state are out there, wanting to connect with other youth like them, and wanting their voices to be heard.”
While there is a lot of hype around the conference portion of the day, one youth points out, “Yes, I’m excited about the conference, but really, I can’t wait to DANCE at Queer Prom!” The theme for the prom this year is “True Colors” so youth are encouraged to wear an outfit highlighting their true color, something that is their favorite color, or the color they think they look best in.
The Mission of Outright is to build safe, healthy, and supportive environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth (ages 13-22). Our goal is to make Vermont the safest, most supportive and empowering state for queer youth in the United States of America.
Note: Online Registration for this event is now closed. If you would like to attend, please join us in Brattleboro at Brattleboro Union High School for the Youth Summit on Saturday, May 14th. Registration opens at 10a.m. Conference portion of the day begins at 10:45a.m. Hope to see you there.
You MUST also print off permission slip and BRING it with you on Saturday! Click HERE for permission slip!