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Wed May 17 2006
Young, Queer Latina Leader Comes Full Circle
2006 Queer Youth Leadership Awards
Mireya Gómez-Contreras of the Watsonville Brown Berets writes:
In 1998, I was one of four people to receive a Queer Youth Leadership Award for my activism around gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning (queer) issues. As a young, queer Latina, I was saved from falling into the hands of drugs, violence and total depression because I became involved in my community. Queer activism specifically helped me deal with the added pressure of feeling I had to conform to a heterosexual world. My message to Santa Cruz County community members today is to step it up and really support teens, where I feel it counts a great deal to young people, through recognition.

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