Trans* and Queer Liberation



Young People For knows that our movement is made stronger when we honor, celebrate and uplift the diversity of sexualities, gender identities, gender expressions, and family structures of our communities. Young People For believes that the act of living and loving unapologetically as trans* and queer people is itself an act of political, social, and cultural revolution. And while the Supreme Court has seen fit to sanction long-term monogamy among queer couples, we know that far too many trans* and queer people –– particularly trans* and queer people of color, immigrants, economically disadvantaged, and those who are differently-abled–– are still fighting for a future where #LoveWins. With that in mind, we strive to create a society in which trans* and queer people have full legal and social equality. In this process, we advocate for a framework of sexual and gender liberation informed by curriculum which reflects the spectrum of human sexuality and gender with medically and scientifically accurate comprehensive sexual health education grounded in a consensual sex positive culture. Fellows seeking to engage in this topic may provide direct services to trans* and queer youth, organize against the detention and incarceration of queer people –– particularly trans* people of color, and/or organize on college and university campuses for queer-affirming curricula

An example of LGBTQ+ rights and liberation activism is 2012 Fellow Alray Nelson’s work advocating for the equal treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals within the Navajo tribe of which he is a member.

Many thanks to Caitlinn Quinn ’13, Erik Lampmann ’11 and People For the American Way Foundation staff for their help in the shaping of this issue area. Photo of 2007 Fellow Paloma Ibanez and 2010 Fellow Ryane Ridenour at a LGBTQ equality rally.


Swarthmore API Network

Xinghua Wu envisions a campus that is an intellectually and spiritually stimulating place for both domestic and international students who
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Social Justice at USD

Sophia worked to increase the political engagement of University of San Diego students and create programs that fight against acts
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With the support of Young People For, Brett launched the Blueprint projectGUESS (Gay Uncensored Educational Supplement for Society), which provides
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Mississippi Pride Run

Devins Blueprint supported the 2nd Annual Mississippi Pride Run, which took place in the spring of 2014 in Jackson, Mississippi.
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LGBTQ+ SafeSpace Program

Zanes Blueprint calls for the development and launch of a campus LGBTQ+ SafeSpace Program. This program involves training students, faculty,
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Justice for LGBT Students

Steven’s Blueprint addressed school safety with specific regard to LGBT high school students. Because conservatism and closed-mindedness contributed to the
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Grrrls Night

Pop culture’s misrepresentation, lack of representation, and generally oppressive treatment of women, queer people, people of color, and other marginalized
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Down with Discrimination

John’s Blueprint adressed the problems of sexual assult, violence towards LGBT-indentified people, and discirmination based on gender identity and expression
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Diversity at Middlebury

Jay co-authored a thesis, The Analyst and the Activist: Discourse Surrounding Wall Street Recruitment and Resistance at Middlebury College, which
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Buying for Equality

Richmond Blake passed a campus resolution to exmpand his school’s non-discrimination policy to include gender-identity. To increase campus support, he
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Arts as Activism

Brandons blueprint addresses youth expression and empowerment through a group led creative writing workshop for queer youth of color during
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Ally Project

Joshuas Blueprint addressed the issues of bullying, dissmissal, and ignorance of LGBTQ bullying, harrassment and same-gender sexual assalt by campus
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