Stonewall Youth Queer Prom on Friday, May 13

emo prom rosesAdorn yourself with eyeliner and  your emo dancing get-up* and join us for our annual Queer Prom!

 

Emo Glitter Prom

 

Theme: ♥ EMO DANCE PARTY ♥

Who’s invited:  LGBTQQIA youth and their allies age 21 and under.

When: Friday, May 13 at 6 to 10pm

Where: The Co-Lab at 317 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

Important Details: This is a sober event with ADA accessibility and gender neutral restrooms. And let’s make it hate-free!

*Is emo not your style? S’alright! Dress how you want. And no need to dance if you don’t wanna…there’ll be video games, board games, a photo booth, a quiet room, snacks, karaoke, and general hanging out.

cute emo pony

Are you a youth who wants to help make the prom happen?  Stop by during drop-ins on:
Monday – May 9 4pm-6pm
Wednesday – May 11 3pm-5pm
Friday (day of) – May 13 4pm-6pm

Are you an adult who wants to get involved?  Please contact Amira at amira@stonewallyouth.org about being a volunteer chaperone or for donations of much needed food and beverages for the event.

QUESTIONS? Call us at 360-705-2738 or email info@stonewallyouth.or

Stonewall Youth Stands Up for Trans* Rights!

Stoneall @ Anti-Trans Counter Protest

(This article is from our Community Update. Click here to see the entire Update.)

For the last several months, Washington state has seen a host of anti-transgender legislation and lots of negative public attention opposing our current anti-discrimination laws that allow people to use a public facilities that match their gender identity. (This means areas such as shelters, locker rooms, and yes, bathrooms.) There were 6 heinous bills that would have undermined the current anti-discrimination law. A few came close to passing. As of now, none are moving forward thanks to the coordinated actions of a statewide coalition of trans* rights groups (including Stonewall!). However, a ballot initiative seems likely. Opponents of the anti-discrimination laws regarding gender identity have already filed several proposals for ballot measures, and will soon be gathering signatures. We’ll need to continue to actively and fiercely protect our current anti-discrimination laws. Let’s keep ourselves and each other safe during this season of intensified anti-trans* hate!

As an LGBTQQIA-serving organization, it was a unanimous decision to stand up for trans* rights. Two senate hearings were held at which Masa, one of our Co-Directors, brought written testimony to the hearing from community members, including youth from Stonewall, who were unable to attend. We are working with a coalition of groups to develop several other strategies to oppose the anti-trans* legislation. All the actions ramped up to the February 15th protest at which Stonewall Youth joined forces with 250-300 trans-rights activists at the Capitol.

Masa and several other community members spoke at the protest. Most notably, three of our very own youth spoke to the crowd of hundreds. On the same day, we got to visit Senator Bob Hasegawa and Senator Pramila Jayapal’s offices to let them know we appreciate their opposing stances on the anti-trans* bills. Youth shared stories and perspectives on how such bills could affect them and other youth. Visibility is a difficult thing for the LGBTQQIA community, so it was no small feat to speak that day!

Stonewall Youth is partnering with several other organizations and individuals in the creation of a Thurston County chapter of the WA SAFE Alliance to help stop the spread of these hate-based bills. For more information, go to WA SAFE Alliance

OMG: Costumes! Bowling! Diner Food! Music! Prizes!

Come out & play with us! 

We hope you’ll participate in Stonewall Youth’s Bowl-O-Rama fundraiser. This annual all-ages and child-friendly event takes place on June 4, 2016 at 6pm to 8pm at Westside Lanes.

SY Bowlarama-1There will be costumes, games, prizes, music and diner Food! Oh, and bowling! (But you can participate without bowling or even showing up!)

Ways you can participate:

~ Be a TEAM INSTIGATOR or TEAM MEMBER. Each team of 5 people fund-raises together, devises a team name and costume theme, and participates in the actual event. Team Instigators, well, instigate the team & help them organize!  Perhaps your business, workplace, organization, or group of friends would have fun organizing a team! We make it easy by providing several tools such our Facebook event page and our Bowl-O-Rama fundraising page where people can make online donations.

Click these links to get the rundown on how to be a Team Instigator or Team Member.

~ Individuals, businesses and organizations are welcome to SPONSOR the Bowl-O-Rama! We’ll promote your business to the greater Olympia LGBTQ* community and our supporters on our Facebook, website and at the event. Click here for more info.

~ DONATE! You’re invited to donate items that we could use as prizes at the event. You can also donate funds by visiting our Bowl-O-Rama event page.

sass betterWhy it’s important to support Stonewall Youth:  LGBTQQIA youth need a safe and sober place like Stonewall to talk about their experiences, and to get support, feedback, referrals, and mentorship to assist them to successfully navigate the difficulties they face. Along with being marginalized due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, many LGBTQQIA youth contend with homelessness, racism and other types of oppression, abuse or neglect from parents or guardians, hunger, mental health or substance abuse issues, poverty, bullying and disrespect at school, and other struggles. It’s estimated that approximately 40% of youth who are homeless in our community are LGBTQ+, and LGBTQ+ youth are four times more likely to commit suicide than other youth.

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Queer Art Heals Your Heart!

 11021224_10155163835420004_5740904706974905745_n.jpg?oh=8a80d86cd7f24d65f2f34ce9122158fb&oe=575C01ADWe started a new 10 week session of Queer Art a few weeks ago. Queer Art is a collaboration between Stonewall Youth and Partners in Prevention Education.
It’s an expressive arts support group for LGBTQQIA youth (21 and under) who have experienced hate, marginalization, and/or are survivors of a wide range of crimes.

Queer Art participants utilize a different art medium each week with a corresponding therapy theme. We strongly believe in self determination and encourage participants to dive as deep or as little into our themes as they feel comfortable doing. We hope to offer this in the future.

Gayla 2015!

Gayla Flyer jpeg 2015

Stonewall Youth’s Annual Winter Gayla Extraordinaire

Join us on December 5th, 2015 at 6-9:30pm at the Olympia Ballroom for a Fabulous Evening of Fine Dining, Live Entertainment, Games, & Auctions. Enjoy performances by Ashley Eriksson, Erica Freas, Vince Brown, and the Bangles!   Ok, not those Bangles but Eternal Flame, the Bangles tribute band that rocked the house at the Night of the Living Tribute Bands.  Engage in a lively silent auction and try your luck & skill at our carnival games and raffles. Dine on a luscious dinner catered by Nineveh with beer donated by Three Magnets Brewing Co., as well as an array of wine and non-alcoholic beverages. This year’s celebration will be a total high score! 

This isn’t one of those fancy events where it’s required that you dress all formally and either be a Table Captain or know ahead of time where you’re going to be seated.  Sure, it’s awesome when folks organize themselves ahead of time to either be a Table Captain (see below) or come with a group of folks to be seated together, but that’s not necessary!  Just come as you are and be fabulous with us.

The evening will be arcade themed…feel free to attire yourself as your favorite arcade game character!  Or not.  Dress in whatever way pleases you.

The Gayla is an all-ages event.  We provide childcare. The venue is ADA accessible. Ticket price includes full dinner and one drink ticket. Alcoholic beverages will be served to those 21+ with valid ID.

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Homocoming is Here!

Join Stonewall Youth for our Homocoming Dance on Friday, November 6, from 7 to 11:00pm in the Co-Lab space at 317 4th Ave East in downtown Olympia.

The theme this year is: PLANETS. Get your planetary costume on, or just your fabulous self worthy of a planetary description! This event is for LGBTQQIA youth and their allies aged 21 and under.

For adult folk who want to get involved, please contact staff about being a volunteer chaperone or helping out by donating much needed food and beverages for the event. Our email is: info@stonewallyouth.org

For youth who want to help out with photo booth and decorations, stop by during drop ins, on Friday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday Nov. 4!

Homocoming