top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Wed Apr 25 2012
Community Members "Break the Silence" at LGBQT Youth Rally in Santa Cruz
Wed Apr 25 2012
National Day of Silence to Support LGBTQ Youth and "Bully" Movie
In downtown Santa Cruz on April 20, LGBQT community members from the Diversity Center's Youth Program and their family members and allies held a "Breaking the Silence" rally in front of the Del Mar Theatre before a showing of the film "Bully". People held signs and shared stories. There was a group shout out, and many involved with the youth program wore tape x'd over their mouths to both symbolize the silencing effect of bullying on the LGBQT youth community, as well as to be an expression of solidarity with those who could not attend the rally in person for many different reasons of privacy.

Michelle, who is 15, attended the rally to, "support and to advocate just how horrible bullying can be," which she described as an act of, "condemning other people for something that they should not be condemned for, if we are to be called a free society." Michelle notes how bullying often happens between people who do not know each other, and is something that is a regular occurrence in her life and the lives of her friends. "It has happened most often to me and my friends in schools where groups of students they, I guess, who knows why they do what they do, but they look at us and they roll their eyes, or they they have this attitude that they are entitled to make fun of us for whatever we may doing, whatever we are. They look at us and they laugh," she said.

The next big event in Santa Cruz for LGBQT youth is the 15th Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards on May 12, which is put on by the Queer Youth Task Force. The QYLA recognize queer youth around the county, as well as allies to queer youth; both individual adult allies and organizational allies.

imc_photo.gifimc_video.gifimc_audio.gifRead More, with Photos, Video and Audio

Previous Coverage: 12th Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards for Santa Cruz County
01/18/18 Israeli Strategic Affairs Ministry Compiles Blacklist of Groups that Support BDS Tactics Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | International | Government & Elections | Palestine01/11/18 Superior Court Overturns Portions of Monterey County Fracking Ban Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | California | U.S. | Santa Cruz Indymedia01/11/18 Reclaim MLK 2018: 96 Hours of Non-Compliance with the Trump and Schaaf Regimes Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Labor & Workers | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | LGBTI / Queer | San Francisco | East Bay | Government & Elections | Immigrant Rights01/04/18 Social Justice Organizations Continue Partnership with Police Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Santa Cruz Indymedia01/04/18 Pacifica Radio on the Ropes; Could Be Out of Existence by Middle of January Front Page | Indymedia | East Bay | California | U.S.12/15/17 Keep It In the Ground: Protesting Governor Brown in Bonn Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | California | U.S. | Government & Elections12/13/17 Palo Alto March on Verizon Starts at Site of Censored Political Art Front Page | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Arts + Action | Peninsula | Government & Elections11/30/17 Oakland Has Fastest Pace of Gentrification and Displacement in Bay Area Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | East Bay | California11/29/17 Big Oil Spent More Lobbying in First 6 Months of 2017 Than in All of 2016 Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections11/22/17 Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans Say "No War on Korea" with Peace Walk on Armistice Day Front Page | Racial Justice | Anti-War | Labor & Workers | East Bay11/20/17 "Censorship Committee" of Palo Alto Banishes Public Art Piece Front Page | Anti-War | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Arts + Action | Peninsula
Related Categories: Santa Cruz Indymedia | Education & Student Activism | LGBTI / Queer | Front Page
Cold Temperatures Prompt Inmate Rebellion in Santa Cruz Jail Santa Cruz Police News (1 comment) Thursday Jan 18th 11:44 PM
Protect Our Coast March and Protest Rally Surfrider Foundation Santa Cruz Chapter Thursday Jan 18th 9:25 PM
Northern California's Delayed Crab Season Opener Threatens Whales Center for Biological Diversity Thursday Jan 18th 9:09 PM
The Fate of KPFA The KPFA Management (1 comment) Wednesday Jan 3rd 11:16 AM
Demands of the New Police Chief and His Initial Response Robert Norse (3 comments) Saturday Dec 30th 1:07 PM
Protect Monterey County to Appeal Decision on Measure Z's Ban on Harmful Oil Industry Practices Center for Biological Diversity (1 comment) Friday Dec 29th 8:53 PM
More Local News...
[ × close ]
Court Ruling Moves Orcas Closer to Protection from Oil Tankers Earthjustice Thursday Jan 18th 11:08 PM
Struggles of Using Legal Recourse as a Path Toward Better Prison Conditions National Lawyers Guild Thursday Jan 18th 10:38 PM
Feds Halt Idaho Oil, Gas Lease Sale After Conservation Groups Protest Center for Biological Diversity Thursday Jan 18th 9:13 PM
Statement on Israel's Blacklist Palestine Legal Thursday Jan 11th 8:02 PM
Lawsuit Challenges Development That Could Doom California's Santa Ana Mountain Lions Center for Biological Diversity (1 comment) Thursday Jan 11th 7:34 PM
Outing the KKK and more fascist David Duke campaign contributors Lynda Carson (4 comments) Saturday Oct 7th 12:04 AM
Private Security patrols for artwork in Kansas City, Missouri The Jones/Skelton Report Sunday Aug 27th 5:51 PM
More Global News...
[ × close ]
ICE Raids Cause Minority Women to Live in Fear Steve Pleich Saturday Jul 29th 9:12 AM
Local law enforcement and government protect TBSC gang stalkers John Cohen-Colby (1 comment) Tuesday Jul 25th 9:15 PM
Are We Ready for Body-Worn Cameras in Santa Cruz? Steve Pleich Sunday Apr 16th 4:12 PM
Californians Against Fracking Responds to EPA’s Methane Regulation Announcement via Californians Against Fracking Friday Mar 17th 6:01 PM
Final Property for HWY 17 Wildlife Crossing Protected via Land Trust of Santa Cruz County (3 comments) Saturday Mar 4th 3:33 PM
KKK, other hate groups showing up in Bay Area San Francisco Chronicle (1 comment) Tuesday Feb 28th 9:51 PM
Open Newswire...
[ × close ]