Until recently, I have had a tremendous amount of shame about the bullying I experienced as a child.
Whenever something would happen and my mother would find out, she would yell at me and say,
"Why didn’t you fight back?! What are you doing to make them treat you like that?"
So I felt like it was my fault.

Her face in that fourth gif broke my heart.  I love this woman.

We’re so happy for you, Laverne. Sending you and your mom lots of love. Keep rocking!

Having a hard time with your family or friends because you’re trans* or gender nonconforming? Our Lifeline is always here for you, too: 866-488-7386.

Thanks to the Trevor Project for sharing this amazing .gif series! WE LOVE LAVERNE COX!!!!

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ICE CREAM SOCIAL at the Pacific Center! Sept 28th, 3:30- 6:30 pm

Hella ice cream and cute queers

Part of the LOUD Youth Group, for LGBTQQIA youth ages 12-21

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BEYOND IDOL is coming!!!!

AUDITIONS are September 22, 2012

Seeking talented Alameda County Foster Youth

Prize Winners in each category will receive:

  • $250.00 CASH
  • Two Hours of Studio Recording Time in a Professional Studio
  • CD Pressing of 25 CDs with Simple Artwork
  • Photo Session with Professional Photographer/ CD
  • Gift Certificate from Guitar Center
  • Professional Video produced by Suga-T
  • Hip Hop Classes – New Style Motherlode

Important Dates:

September 10, 2012Registration Forms (ages 16 & 17) DUE

September 12, 2012Registration Forms (ages 18-24) DUE

September 22, 2012 – AUDITIONS @ Laney College – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

October 9, 2012 – FINALS @ The New Parish – 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Buy Tickets Online»

October 15, 2012 – GALA DINNER  @ Oakland Marriott – 6:30 pm Buy Tickets Online»


Beyond Idol will spotlight the talents of current and former foster youth in Alameda County. This event will raise awareness about and funds to support the development and expansion of Beyond Emancipation’s dynamic programs to help youth make safe and healthy choices as they transition out of foster care. Read more»

Youth can audition in four talent categories– You Must Register to Audition»

Finalists will perform for celebrity judges at the Finals/Club Night and the winners will headline a Gala Dinner in October.

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Former Alameda County Foster Youth Wanted!

WestCoast Children’s Clinic is currently seeking former Alameda County foster youth (ages 18-21) to become Youth Advocate Fellows in the Youth Advocate Program (YAP)! YAP is an incredibly dynamic 3-year employment program that provides training, on-the-job support, and a unique opportunity for young adults to work in partnership with current foster youth and the Alameda County Department of Children & Family Services to improve outcomes and services through direct advocacy, meaningful policy input, and project implementation. 

If you know a young person that is a former foster youth of Alameda County, has a passion for working directly with systems-involved youth, and a commitment to their own professional development and growth, please forward them the attached job description and encourage them to submit their cover letter and resume to We look forward to hearing from them! 

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Help us launch Oakland’s only Friday night LGBTQIQ youth hangout spot!

Are you an LGBTQIQ- identified young person?

Help us create a new Friday nightdrop-in space in Oaklandfor LGBTQIQ Young people!

We need your opinions!

Come join us for a fun, informal planning session at4 pm on Thursday, September 13th, and earn a $10 gift card- plus snacks, and (most importantly) the chance to create the queer hangout space of your dreams!

1924 Franklin St @ 19th, 3rd floor

Please RSVP to Pike at, or by calling (415) 274. 1970 ext. 0036. 

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Free 8-Week Psychotherapy Group for LGBTQQ Youth at the Pacific Center

In an effort to expand its services for youth, the Pacific Center will soon be starting a psychotherapy group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ) youth ages 12-17. The group will be run by two supervised interns and run for 8 consecutive weeks beginning Tuesday, September 18, with meetings taking place at the Pacific Center in Berkeley every Tuesday from 5:30-7:00pm.

This group is a great opportunity for LGBTQQ youth to discuss issues such as:
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Identity
  • Trauma
  • Gender
  • Cutting/self-harm
  • Relationships
  • Substance (ab)use
  • Family dynamics and abuse
  • School pressures
  • (and other topics) 
The Pacific Center provides a culturally-competent and safe group setting in which youth have opportunities to learn from each other, reduce isolation, and develop coping skills. We ask for an 8-week commitment, and an intake is required.The group is free of charge.

If you or someone you know might be interested, or have any questions, please contact either Cat Maness at 510-548-8283 x 117 or Jesse Whittle-Utter at 510-548-8283 x 127.

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Study: Teen access to Plan B uneven

By Amanda Gardner,
updated 3:20 PM EDT, Mon March 26, 2012

Since 2009 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has mandated that Plan B and other emergency contraceptives be available without a prescription to women age 17 and up. In reality, a new study suggests, a 17-year-old’s access to these drugs can be uncertain.

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The Absurd Myths Porn Teaches Us About Sex

Young people who have learned about sex from watching porn have a treasure trove of sadly mistaken beliefs and misconceptions about sexuality.

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How the Right’s Using Women of Color to Shame Abuse Survivors

by Akiba Solomon Monday, April 9 2012, 8:48 AM EST

Since the mid-March madness of those senate judiciary Republicans who voted no on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) because it would extend a few more U-visas to abused immigrant women, cover people in same-sex relationships and enhance funding for community-based programs that directly address people of color, I’ve been suffering from an acute case of cognitive dissonance.

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