As Political Climate Changes,
So Does Queer Academy
“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”–Harvey Fierstein
Now in its 6th year, True Colors, Inc. in Hartford is hosting its six-week intensive Queer Youth Leadership Development Summer Camp. This year’s theme builds upon the annual True Colors Conference theme “Imagine A World” by inviting youth to “Take Control of Your World.” Queer Academy is comprised of 8-12 Queer and Ally youth between the ages of 15 and 20.
Youth will spend their summer exploring identity, Intersectionality, social justice, community, and LGBTQ+ history. Through personal interactions with queer activists and community members, film and facilitated discussions, fieldtrips, as well as a research project, youth will develop themselves as youth leaders, and challenge perceptions about the LGBTQ+ community.
Youth will make connections between different social movements, have opportunities to share their own stories and develop their research, presentation, and organizing skills throughout the program.
Here are some ways you can get involved:
Become a SPONSOR!
Vendors and Non-Profit Organizations are welcome to sponsor the Queer Academy Summer Program. Follow this link for the Queer Academy Vendor Sponsor Information or this link for Non-Profit Organization Sponsorship details.
Attend the Queer Academy Presentation of Learning on August 18, 2017 from noon until 3:00pm at 30 Arbor St. in Suite 203.
Numerous activities are planned throughout the summer program culminating in a Draguation at Theater Works in Hartford on the evening of August 20, 2017 where youth will perform a special piece designed to showcase their experience and learning. The community is invited to attend both events.
Become a Fairy Godparent!
Want to let Queer and Ally youth know that you care? Make a $10 donation to become a Fairy Godparent and your name will be printed in our Queer Academy Summer Program Guide. A copy of the guide will be available online and in print in August 2017.
Buy a Queer Academy/Fairy Godparent t-shirt for $25, get this year’s program t-shirt, and get listed in the Queer Academy Summer Program Guide here: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/ourtruecolors