Upcoming SASS!

Stonewall Youth is going to be putting on our bi-annual SASS in December, and we want to know if you and your organization would be interested in being a part of SASS. SASS stands for Stonewall Activism Saturday School, and in the past, we’ve hosted SASS at Stonewall Youth’s space in downtown Olympia. Our past two SASS’s have focused on mass incarceration and the prison system, and on migration and borders.  This year we are focusing on bringing SASS to organizations and communities in rural areas, and we are hoping to partner with several youth centered organizations in nearby rural areas like to put on a day full of rad workshops and panels. Also if you do not serve a rural population but are interested/have knowledge to share on the theme, we would also love to collaborate with you! This SASS’s theme will be:


Know Your Rights! + Harm Reduction for Queer Youth

Know Your Rights when dealing with the police, Social Services, and the Healthcare System, Harm Reduction 101: strategies to reduce negative consequences rather than uphold harmful zero-tolerance policies


This event is for queer youth and allies 24 and under.


We’re really excited about the new possibilities of collaboration with organizations outside of Olympia. If SASS sounds like something you’d like to plug in to, there are several ways:


-Helping us do outreach to youth in your area about attending SASS

-Connecting us with people who have experience pertaining to the theme to present a workshop at SASS.

-We are looking for somewhere to host the event. If your organization has a space that is accessible to people with a variety of accessibility needs and is interested in hosting SASS, please let us know.


CHECK OUT THE JOB DESCRIPTION AND APPLY! (hard copies of the application are in the Stonewall office):
Here is the link to the online application:

Position Overview:
-Attend Speakers’ Bureau meetings, and participate fully in the collective
-Attend and facilitate community workshops.
-Work with other Speakers’ Bureau collective members to create workshops.
-Organize and implement Stonewall Activism (Saturday/Summer) School
-Participate in outreach/tabling opportunities.
-Represent Stonewall Youth in community events.
-Attend up to two board meetings a year.
-Regularly attend Stonewall Youth staff meetings

Dine Out for Stonewall Youth Today!

Dine Out for Stonewall Youth is today! Local businesses will generously be contributing part of their profits today to benefit local LGBTQQIA youth! Be sure to get out in support of Stonewall today or tonight at one of these awesome local places:

The Brotherhood Lounge, Le Voyeur, The Urban Onion, Nineveh, Quality Burrito, Old School Pizzeria, Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art, Mercato, Darby’s Cafe, Eastside Big Tom, Meconi’s Italian Subs-Downtown Oly


Join us this Saturday for the Stonewall Youth Drag Showcase Extravaganza!

Its time again for our annual Stonewall Youth Drag Show sponsored by Jake’s on 4th and the Oly Hot Dog Company! Join us on Saturday August 30th at the Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia.  Take a journey with us as we re-visit childhood stories and re-tell them through a queer lens!  Folks 21 and under are free, for folks 21 and up admission is only $10! Doors at 6:30pm. Come out and help support LGBTQQIA youth!

Folks 21 and up, be sure to head to Jake’s after the show to use your Buy One Get One Free drink coupon good only for the night of the show!

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Stonewall Fundraiser

The First Christian Church is hosting a free event! The concert is on Sunday, Aug 10 at 3pm, and features Bobby Jo Valentine, a “hopeful pop” singer-songwriter from San Francisco:  http://www.bobbyjovalentine.com/  Bobby was the headliner for the San Diego Pride last year:  http://www.gay-sd.com/pride-2013-headliners-bobby-jo-valentine/   The event is free but the church will be accepting “Love Offerings”. Any money collected will be donated to Stonewall Youth!! Valentine-page1

SASS is Back! Register Here

SASS (Stonewall Activist Saturday School) is a Speakers’ Bureau program adapted from Stonewall Activism Summer School.  SASS is a day long youth conference that happens a few times throughout the year to keep youth activists learning/thinking/communicating/organizing all year long. May’s theme is Between Borders: Colonization, Violence, & Resistance.  Some of the groups that will be participating are:

Washington Incarceration Stops Here (WISH) discussing the school to prison pipeline with a focus on immigration, detention, and deportation

Students for Justice in Palestine teaching a workshop about pink washing and palestinian solidarity

Native Student Alliance

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Check out this flier for more info, and don’t forget to register!


Transformative Justice Workshop with

Shira Hassan

Register Here Now!!


Stonewall Youth is hosting a workshop with Shira Hassan in the PCAF Co-Lab. Shira is an amazing activist, organizer and skilled educator who has worked extensively on community empowerment and healing the effects of oppression. To learn more about her and the amazing work she is doing you can check out her website – http://www.shirahassan.com/about/

We are super stoked to have her here in Olympia and to have this amazing opportunity. There is plenty of space for folks to attend this workshop. It is open to LGBTQQIA youth and their allies 24 (updated!) and under. The workshop will be sliding scale, with no one turned away from lack of funds. To register just on the Register Here Now title.

What is Transformative Justice? “Transformative justice [is] a liberatory approach to violence…[which] seeks safety and accountability without relying on alienation, punishment, or State or systemic violence, including incarceration or policing.

Three core beliefs:

*Individual justice and collective liberation are equally important, mutually supportive, and fundamentally intertwined—the achievement of one is impossible without the achievement of the other.

*The conditions that allow violence to occur must be transformed in order to achieve justice in individual instances of violence. Therefore, Transformative Justice is both a liberating politic and an approach for securing justice.

*State and systemic responses to violence, including the criminal legal system and child welfare agencies, not only fail to advance individual and collective justice but also condone and perpetuate cycles of violence.

-“Towards Transformative Justice…”, p. 5 Section One

From Shira’s website – Transformative Justice and Community Accountability: How do we collectively work together to reduce our dependence on state systems and social services? How do we support each other to become accountable when we have caused harm? This workshop will explore the basic principles of Transformative Justice and engage in honest conversation about the challenges we face when using this model.

Stonewall is Starting a Queer Oral History Project!

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Do you identify as queer? Have you wondered about the experiences of queers from different generations? If you’re into intergenerational storytelling, then come to Speakers’ Bureau’s queer oral history event!

This workshop will be a jumping off point towards sharing and recording our experiences as queer people in groups in order to mix our stories onto CD’s as well as have a live stream from Bandcamp.com so folks can listen to our queer histories from the net!

There will then be another follow up event where we will begin compiling work to make into a zine. If you or someone you know is unable to attend the event, don’t worry! Speakers’ Bureau is also collecting art pieces (comics, drawings, poetry, etc.) to put into a Queer People’s History Zine! There’s a 1,000 word limit to written works and we also request that pieces can fit easily onto a rectangular page. There are a few ways you can submit your art: 1, you can physically drop stuff off at the Stonewall office (there is an envelope on the door). 2, you can email speakersbureau@gmail.com with your attached artwork. Or, 3, you can mail your work to Stonewall at P.O. Box 7383, Olympia, WA 98507

We’re so excited and hope you are too! See you on the 18th!

Gay Prom is Coming!!



Come dress up in your best Sea Creature evening wear and hang out, dance, eat snacks, sing your heart out in karaoke, take photos, and dance more! I hope to see you all there!!