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We’re so ridiculously close folks. Pre-register to make sure there’s space for you! Scholarships are still available to cover housing. Visit ignite.sparkrj.org for more information!

And remember! The IGNITE 2012 Queer & Trans Youth of Color Convening is for LGBTQ youth of color age 14 - 24 rooted in the Southern region. These experiences are being prioritized in all decision making.


Looking for something to do to cap off your summer?

The IGNITE 2012 Queer and Trans Youth Convening will provide an opportunity for LGBTQ youth of color (14-24) from across the Southern region to engage in dialogue, political education, skill shares, networking, and to begin to organize state level action plans on the issues that most impact their lives. This one of a kind convening seeks to bridge the gap between rural and urban LGBTQ communities of color in Georgia by:

  • Building the knowledge and consciousness of queer youth of color around LGBTQ youth of color issues;
  • Providing opportunities for queer youth of color to convene, explore, and learn more about their bodies, lives, and their community as it relates to reproductive justice;
  • Fostering sustained community involvement around reproductive justice and LGBTQ youth issues and other social justice interests;
  • Connecting dynamic queer youth of color to each other and to organizations that serve LGBTQ youth to build out and enhance their network of survival;
  • Providing opportunities for LGBTQ youth of color to access resources and information that allows them to make informed decisions about their bodies, lives, and relationships; and,
  • Breaking down the stereotypes often associated with rural and urban LGBTQ youth of color to build community and lessen the isolation faced by both communities.

We intend to mobilize a minimum of 150 LGBTQ youth of color within the convening’s first year, with at least half of those individuals coming from small rural communities. We are offering three different tracks under which activities and workshops may take place based on our theme “Our Bodies, Our Communities, Our Futures: Building Our Networks of Survival”.

“Our Bodies” will focus on health and wellness. “Our Communities” will focus on community education and activism. “Our Futures” will focus on creating the world we wish to live in, specifically addressing career building, family planning, and building out networks of survival.

Download the IGNITE 2012 Flyer (pdf)
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[i will be in the opening plenary & co-faciliating a workshop & ready to look at beautiful fierce qtpoc]

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Disconnected Youth

Testimony: A Living Exhibition of Queer Youth opens today at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in Soho. 

“Testimony began as a community storytelling project, launched by the Coalition for Queer Youth in October 2011 as a platform for self-expression and connection –- to create space for stories that often go untold.  While young LGBTQs have greater access to communication, many still experience a sense of invisibility, isolation from community, bullying, and lack of support.” 

Photographers in the exhibition include: Samantha Box, Gerard Gaskin, Amos Mac, Valerie Shaff, Michael Sharkey, Brian Shumway and Molly Steadman.

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, July 18th from 6–9 PM
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster Street, New York

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"“Roman’s Revenge,” which is arguably one of Nicki’s most confrontational and hostile songs, is a prime example of the way Nicki uses Roman to say things she would not ordinarily. However, Nicki revealed in an interview on Lopez Tonight that Roman is “a gay boy,” which greatly complicates the purpose he serves. I argue that Nicki’s dependence on an imagined queer youth to “say what [she] can’t say” empowers actual queer youth and places them in a position of authority. Given the marginalized status of LGBT youth in society, Nicki’s use of a young homosexual alter ego as a vehicle for honest expression serves a counterhegemonic purpose. Nicki, through Roman, reverses the traditional power structure in which heterosexual norms prevail. Consequently, she challenges heteronormativity by portraying queer youth as authoritative rather than marginal and provides a model of empowerment for these youth.
Is that what makes Nicki Minaj “The Flyest Feminist?” April Gregory says yes, and offers several other reasons, too, at the R today.

I most recently noticed the impact that the openness of artists like Nicki Minaj to sexual ambiguity is having when I returned to my neighborhood in the Bronx after a two year stint living in Costa Rica. In that brief period away I realized much had changed: men in the hood were wearing tight jeans, 80s style had come back in full effect, and there was a growing visibility of what I dubbed “neo-soul Black hipsters.” I also noticed an abundance of pretty teenage girls on the 4, 6, and D trains to the Bronx with their equally handsome boyfriends who on second glance, and sometimes fourth and fifth, I realized were actually two beautiful girls unabashedly holding hands, in the midst of quiet embraces, or giving voyeuristic displays passionate kissing.

A friend recently asked me: “Remember back in the day when there were no gay youth?” And I had to agree that I shared that memory. Of course it wasn’t that there were no gay youth, rather it was that they weren’t as visible, especially in our predominately Black and Latino neighborhoods. It was clear to me that a shift had occurred while I was away. Gay openness was becoming not only a thing of adult men and women in the West Village but also of urban Black and Latina youth in inner-city New York.

All in the same moment of my return, Nicki Minaj hit the scene hard. It may seem a little late to bring up Nicki Minaj and sexuality; however, I am not concerned with questions of Minaj’s own sexuality rather the way in which she reflects the openness towards diverse sexual orientations, ambiguity, gender play, and androgyny that I see around me, and growing, on inner New York City streets.