Queer & Allied Youth Summit
Each May, Outright VT and a Vermont middle and/or high school GSA host the annual Queer & Allied Youth Summit. This statewide extravaganza includes a GSA Conference, Youth Pride March, SpeakOUT, Open Mic, Queer Prom, and SleepOUT. The summit draws 150+ students and educators together for a full day (and night!) of networking, skill building, strategizing, and celebration of queer and allied youth in Vermont. The Summit is free to all Vermont youth!
This year’s Summit is being hosted by the amazing Harwood Union High School on May 20th-May 21st!
If you need to contact a youth at the Summit, please call or text us at 802-391-0601.
A wonderful opportunity for queer and allied youth and their adult supporters to gather in community for:
- Youth led interactive workshops ranging from queer sex ed to queer 101, coming out, creative cross-school collaborations and more.
- Youth Town Hall with Statewide Priorities and dialogue
- A QSA advisor track
- Lunch provided
The open mic is an opportunity for youth talent to be shared and celebrated — be prepared to be inspired! It is acoustic-style, so keep that in mind. Sign-ups available day of.
What more can we say? Wear what you want to wear, dance with whomever you want! The outfits, the lights, the music, oh my!!
The SleepOUT, along with all Summit events, happens at the host school. The SleepOUT is chaperoned by 2 adults all night (rotating shifts so everyone stays awake)! If you need transportation or are staying for the SleepOUT, you must have a permission slip signed.
More on Permission Slips
All youth taking the bus and/or sleeping over must have a permission slip filled out and sent in to us before the start of the Summit. Youth under 18 must have it signed by a parent/guardian, youth over 18 can fill it out themselves. Permission slips will be e-mailed to you once you register.
Got questions about the Summit? Check out this FAQ’s list and see if we’ve got you covered!
10-10:25am Welcome & Conference Opening!
10:30-11:20am Workshop Session 1
11:30-12:20pm Workshop Session 2
1:15-3pm: Art, Activism, and Affinity Spaces!
4pm-5pm: Youth Town Hall
6-7pm Open Mic
7-7:30pm Prom Prep
8-10:30pm Queer Prom!
11pm SleepOUT Begins
7am (the next day) Wake Up!