You Are Not Alone: Creating a Community and Celebrating Identity at Pride Plus Summit

On April 23, 180 YES Prep students from across the district united at the Montrose Center for the second annual Pride Plus Summit. All students attended a session called “How to Be Someone’s ‘Reason Why Not'” on preventing suicide in LGBTQ youth. Participants then had the opportunity to select two choice sessions on the following topics:

  • Summits Create a Safe SpaceComing Out
  • Out Online: Internet & Social Media Safety
  • Queer in College Panel
  • Gender Beyond the Binary
  • So You Want to Start a GSA?
  • LGBTQ History
  • Know Your Rights
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Healthy Habits
  • Be a Beacon: Representation and Affirmation for LGBTQ People of Color

Throughout the event, students made connections with peers from other campuses through small group discussion, human bingo, a photo booth, face-painting, and a book raffle. At lunch, students attended a resource fair with representatives from HRC, Legacy Community Health, PFLAG, the ACLU, Crimestoppers, the Montrose Center, and Gender Infinity.

Head of Schools, Charlie Schmidt, closed the event with an affirmation: “You are beautiful, talented, creative, and courageous just as you are… Instead of thinking ‘what’s wrong with me,’ I hope you spend the rest of your days celebrating ‘what’s right with me.'”

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