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Queer Graduate Student Conference UCLA

QGRAD (LGBTQ Studies) – Welcome to UCLA’s 2017 Queer Graduate Student Conference – the oldest, interdisciplinary queer research conference in the United States. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of LGBTQ Studies at UCLA, the 2017 QGrad Conference will focus on how LGBTQ Studies and trans and queer art and activism have transformed the world in the last 20 years. How have undocumented, Black and Brown, Indigenous, Afro-Latinx, Muslim, Fat, Disabled, incarcerated, Transgender and Gender Non-conforming communities/scholar- activists impacted LGBTQ studies? How are all of us systematically attacked and disempowered under the 45th presidential administration? UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; Oct 27, 2017

Queer Graduate Student Conference UCLA


Seasons of Pride is pleased to present the Gay Pride or LGBTQ Pride Calendar for 2017.  You will find Gay Pride events, LGBT Film Festivals, and the Gay Travel Events like Gay Ski Weeks. We do our best to try and keep up with all the events, but sometimes we miss one or two.

If your event is not listed, just drop us an email to info@seasonsofpride.com

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2017 Pride Calendar

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Queer Graduate Student Conference UCLA

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Connecting Queer Communities

Often, we have ideas rattling around in our brains. It’s the thing they always resurface in quiet moments.  It’s the “I should…” thing that nags you. As a business owner, I am always looking for ways to grow my business. Smart ways to grow my business, not “Build a million followers in a week” kind of stuff, but serious strategies and best practices to build a true business network.

Connecting Queer Communities

I’ve been doing this Marketing thing for close to 15 years, and here is what I’ve learned so far.

  • Most local B2B business happens via word of mouth. As a rule, accountants do get business because they tweet, but because one of their customers was happy with their services and referred them to a business colleague.
  • Social media, websites help reinforce the brand to those who already know the provider.
  • The best networking happens face to face one on one.
  • Networking is work, and most of us would rather dream of Facebook followers than actually go meet real people and make small talk.

OK, so another online network is counterintuitive to all those points.

Well, yes and no. Sometimes, we all need a place to meet like minded folks. A place to share. A place to get started. Our goal is to address the challenges of Queer business networking online to help you in our the real world.  A safe place to share what worked, commiserate over what didn’t and to be inspired to get up and do it again.

This isn’t just our journey. Our job isn’t to tell you to do this, don’t do that.  Our job is to create a place where you can share your challenges and get various feedback from different perspectives.

Will you join us? Q – The Network

Wonder how to grow a network? Follow the behind the scenes story – The Journey

Connecting Queer Communities

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Did we vote for the “queer” thing and I missed it?

I am here, I am queer…

OK, you know the rest.  When I talk about our community, I tend to use the umbrella term “Queer.”  Using Gay seems too limiting and trying to figure out which part of the alphabet to use to be all inclusive gets tedious and I’m bound to leave someone out.  So for me, it’s Queer.

Did we vote for the "queer" thing and I missed it?

GLAAD recently moved from LGBT to LGBTQ. Better, but inevitably there are those who feel left out.     Not wanting to offend I decided to use queer feeling it was more inclusive.  What could go wrong? Wait for it….

Yup, I pissed a few people off.  On Facebook, naturally. I had made a list introducing our new Queer Business group on LinkedIn (yes, a not so subtle plug – join us). Most of my posts tend to go ignored (thanks for the love folks), but not this one.  The respondents were opposed to the business group concept, but they took exception to the use of the Queer identifier. Queer is offensive. Queer is derogatory.  Many had fought to overcome this schoolyard taunt. And here I was calling my group Queer. Apparently, I had sold out the brotherhood. Who knew?

Good on the LGBT, but why does it have to be “queer”? That word is very offensive to those of us over 45 and the ones that work hard in the 70s to get us where we are now (not to even start on the AIDS work). Just my feeling and my friends have been warned, call me that and they will have a black eye and I want to go running off crying like before. Did we vote for the “queer” thing and I missed it? 

I agree with you. Younger people claim they are “taking back” the word queer, but I have painful memories of a schoolyard game called “Smear the Queer.”

I get it, sort of. And I also realize that no matter what I do, I’m bound to piss someone off.

GLAAD recommends the use of LGBTQ. We have many followers who don’t identify as LGBor T, but something else. There can be a whole alphabet of trying to be inclusive LGBTQIAPK – you see where it’s going. Yes, based on a younger demographic who are more comfortable with an overreaching queer label as opposed to a gay business or lesbian business. No matter what we choose, we risk upsetting someone. So for those of you that haven’t embraced Queer as the solution – understand our intent was never to offend but simply to find an umbrella term that captures and embraces all those who wish to identify as LGBTQI or whatever suits you and know that we welcome regardless of which letter you choose.  http://time.com/4544704/why-lgbtq-will-replace-lgbt/

Over the years, I have been a fag, queer, gay, top, bottom, boy, Sir, bear and even have an official lesbian card. So I’m good no matter what you call me because it’s not your labels that matter but how I choose to self-identify to the world at any given moment. 

And it’s not just us – how about you don’t use the word queer to describe LGBT!!! it’s a fucking slur!

What do you think?

Did we vote for the “queer” thing and I missed it? 

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Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

Recently, we sat down with Brody Polinsky in Berlin.  We talked about his journey as a queer, clean & sober tattoo artist.

Originally post on Bear Riker’s Berlin

Why did you feel the need for a queer safe space?

I have tattooed in a lot of other dynamics and spaces, even gay, yet never been totally comfortable in my own skin. Most were conventional tattoo studios, which can be hyper masculine and party environments. The personal dynamics between everyone in a studio sets the tone for the day and the outcome of the tattoo, in my opinion. It’s hard to leave your shit at the door and it really affects everyone around you.

Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

Thus the clean and sober tag line?

Yep, I’ve been sober for 13 years, but only working my program the last 4 years, which makes all the difference. It is a super important part of who I am – tattooer, queer, skateboarder, traveler, motorbiker, cyclist, vegetarian, musician, blah blah blah.

Brody Polinsky Queer Clean & Sober

And the queer part?

Most of the gay identified tattooers I know aren’t blatantly out publicly, just by word of mouth. I can understand that apprehension, but for me being visible is important. Realizing that I was still insecure after 13 years being out was humbling, in many other cultures it’s just not possible. Even if you work in cities like San Francisco or Berlin it can negatively impact your career. I started to publish more about my life transparently last summer, it was tricky and have had some disappointing backlash. I felt that if I could reach out to one other human who could identify, that would be worth whatever happened.

Instagram is the current platform that tattooers use to publish their works, so I posted several video clips of me skating. I wrote my insecurities and sincere intentions to challenge others’ boundaries and my own. Initially I felt like I wanted to throw up, and for me that usually means I’ve made the right choice. I have lost a fair amount of public momentum, with some surprising support from other tattooers.

Berlin Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

I realized that so many other folks can not be out in their chosen working environments which really blew my mind. So, I decided to build a queer tattoo  Instagram, with satellite friends helping curate from thier perspectives. It’s a safe online space for queer clients to see where they can get tattooed called @queertattooers /www.queertattooers.tumblr.com

Tell us about UNIV ERSE

UNIV ERSE is my heart, representing my life, of which was built from scraps essentially. Physically, it was formerly a bubble gum pink spätkauf that we gutted, then arduously brought back to life. As we continue to evolve here and I go forward personally, UNIV ERSE produces more ongoing projects. It is where I feel the most grounded, motivated and grateful.

However you identify and why is up to you, come as you are, everyone is welcome. The normative box we are supposed to fit into keeps most queer folks out of tattoo studios. Unfortunately the most common vibe walking into popular tattoo studio is exclusivity not inclusivity, this is the antithesis of UNIV ERSE.

We often invite close friends for guest spots to keep up the critical new energy exchange. I intend to connect my cultures by drawing a line between them to manifest a radical community.

Trial and error has taught me that my energy works best in a private space where the creative process is more fluid. No one gets the same pattern twice, I often draw in that moment, I know where they want to get tattooed and my partner handles the admin side to keep my head together. Clients arrive, we drink tea, listen to good music, eat something, then we are ready. Each human’s form is sacred.

The ritual of tattooing for me is an intimate exchange  between the client and the tattooer. They put their trust in you, exposing their body to you, a raw human canvas. They’ve come seeking something to permanently change, consciously or subconsciously, it’s an honor for me every time.

Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

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Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

Recently, we sat down with Brody Polinsky in Berlin.  We talked about his journey as a queer, clean & sober tattoo artist.

Originally post on Bear Riker’s Berlin

Why did you feel the need for a queer safe space?

I have tattooed in a lot of other dynamics and spaces, even gay, yet never been totally comfortable in my own skin. Most were conventional tattoo studios, which can be hyper masculine and party environments. The personal dynamics between everyone in a studio sets the tone for the day and the outcome of the tattoo, in my opinion. It’s hard to leave your shit at the door and it really affects everyone around you.

Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

Thus the clean and sober tag line?

Yep, I’ve been sober for 13 years, but only working my program the last 4 years, which makes all the difference. It is a super important part of who I am – tattooer, queer, skateboarder, traveler, motorbiker, cyclist, vegetarian, musician, blah blah blah.

Brody Polinsky Queer Clean & Sober

And the queer part?

Most of the gay identified tattooers I know aren’t blatantly out publicly, just by word of mouth. I can understand that apprehension, but for me being visible is important. Realizing that I was still insecure after 13 years being out was humbling, in many other cultures it’s just not possible. Even if you work in cities like San Francisco or Berlin it can negatively impact your career. I started to publish more about my life transparently last summer, it was tricky and have had some disappointing backlash. I felt that if I could reach out to one other human who could identify, that would be worth whatever happened.

Instagram is the current platform that tattooers use to publish their works, so I posted several video clips of me skating. I wrote my insecurities and sincere intentions to challenge others’ boundaries and my own. Initially I felt like I wanted to throw up, and for me that usually means I’ve made the right choice. I have lost a fair amount of public momentum, with some surprising support from other tattooers.

Berlin Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

I realized that so many other folks can not be out in their chosen working environments which really blew my mind. So, I decided to build a queer tattoo  Instagram, with satellite friends helping curate from thier perspectives. It’s a safe online space for queer clients to see where they can get tattooed called @queertattooers /www.queertattooers.tumblr.com

Tell us about UNIV ERSE

UNIV ERSE is my heart, representing my life, of which was built from scraps essentially. Physically, it was formerly a bubble gum pink spätkauf that we gutted, then arduously brought back to life. As we continue to evolve here and I go forward personally, UNIV ERSE produces more ongoing projects. It is where I feel the most grounded, motivated and grateful.

However you identify and why is up to you, come as you are, everyone is welcome. The normative box we are supposed to fit into keeps most queer folks out of tattoo studios. Unfortunately the most common vibe walking into popular tattoo studio is exclusivity not inclusivity, this is the antithesis of UNIV ERSE.

We often invite close friends for guest spots to keep up the critical new energy exchange. I intend to connect my cultures by drawing a line between them to manifest a radical community.

Trial and error has taught me that my energy works best in a private space where the creative process is more fluid. No one gets the same pattern twice, I often draw in that moment, I know where they want to get tattooed and my partner handles the admin side to keep my head together. Clients arrive, we drink tea, listen to good music, eat something, then we are ready. Each human’s form is sacred.

The ritual of tattooing for me is an intimate exchange  between the client and the tattooer. They put their trust in you, exposing their body to you, a raw human canvas. They’ve come seeking something to permanently change, consciously or subconsciously, it’s an honor for me every time.

Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

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Kingston Pride 2015

June 11, 2015toJune 14, 2015

Kingston Pride – We exist to inspire, educate, commemorate and celebrate our diverse community.

Kingston, like any other city, has a significant Gay population. We work in all sorts of organizations; in Businesses, our Schools, Colleges and Universities, our Hospitals, our Prisons, the Police service, the Military and, of course, the City of Kingston. Despite recent legislation many *LGBTTIQQ2SA people in Kingston live in fear of discrimination and prejudice. Kingston Pride is our opportunity to confront that fear, to gather as a community and to be out and proud to ourselves, and to those around us. We really are everywhere. * Including, but not limited to: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2 Spirited, Allies Kingston, Ontario.

Pride Parade

Join us for our 26th annual Pride Parade! Leaving City Park at 1pm sharp. Interested in having your organization/business in the parade? Fill out and send us the application below!

Kingston Pride 2015

Kingston Pride 2015

 

For 25 years, Kingston has celebrated the diversity of the LGBTTIQQ2SA* community in Kingston and the surrounding area. Kingston Pride coordinates a wide range of activities, including: an annual Pride parade, social gatherings, dances, sporting events, educational workshops, speaker events, film showings, theatrical performances, art exhibitions and more.

Pride gives us the opportunity to be willingly visible in our community; to show the world our diversity; to give thanks to those before us who have campaigned for our rights, and to give voice to our ongoing quest for equality. Despite government legislation, many within the LGBTTIQQ2SA* community of Kingston still live in fear of discrimination. Kingston Pride is our opportunity to confront those fears, to gather as a community and to be out and proud to ourselves and those around us.

* Including, but not limited to: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2 Spirited, Allies.

Kingston Pride is a grassroots organization established in 1989 that works to promote awareness and inclusion of the LGBTTIQQ2SA* community.

Kingston Pride 2015

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Kingston Pride 2015

June 11, 2015toJune 14, 2015

Kingston Pride – We exist to inspire, educate, commemorate and celebrate our diverse community.

Kingston, like any other city, has a significant Gay population. We work in all sorts of organizations; in Businesses, our Schools, Colleges and Universities, our Hospitals, our Prisons, the Police service, the Military and, of course, the City of Kingston. Despite recent legislation many *LGBTTIQQ2SA people in Kingston live in fear of discrimination and prejudice. Kingston Pride is our opportunity to confront that fear, to gather as a community and to be out and proud to ourselves, and to those around us. We really are everywhere. * Including, but not limited to: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2 Spirited, Allies Kingston, Ontario.

Pride Parade

Join us for our 26th annual Pride Parade! Leaving City Park at 1pm sharp. Interested in having your organization/business in the parade? Fill out and send us the application below!

Kingston Pride 2015

Kingston Pride 2015

 

For 25 years, Kingston has celebrated the diversity of the LGBTTIQQ2SA* community in Kingston and the surrounding area. Kingston Pride coordinates a wide range of activities, including: an annual Pride parade, social gatherings, dances, sporting events, educational workshops, speaker events, film showings, theatrical performances, art exhibitions and more.

Pride gives us the opportunity to be willingly visible in our community; to show the world our diversity; to give thanks to those before us who have campaigned for our rights, and to give voice to our ongoing quest for equality. Despite government legislation, many within the LGBTTIQQ2SA* community of Kingston still live in fear of discrimination. Kingston Pride is our opportunity to confront those fears, to gather as a community and to be out and proud to ourselves and those around us.

* Including, but not limited to: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2 Spirited, Allies.

Kingston Pride is a grassroots organization established in 1989 that works to promote awareness and inclusion of the LGBTTIQQ2SA* community.

Kingston Pride 2015

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Director of Programs & Outreach LGBT Elder Initiative

LGBT Elder InitiativePhiladelphia, PA

The Director of programs and outreach directs the development, planning, organizing and implementation of all programs and outreach efforts for the organization. The Director of programs and outreach is responsible for effectively managing the financial and human resources of all programs and will be responsible for recruiting and managing EI volunteers as well as developing and expanding the volunteer program.

Director of Programs & Outreach LGBT Elder Initiative

Director of Programs & Outreach LGBT Elder Initiative

The responsibilities of the Director of Programs and Outreach include but are not limited to:

  • Develop and implement annual program plans, including goals and strategies, long and short-term work plans, performance measures and evaluations.
  • Work with board and finance committee to develop, monitor and report on organizational and programmatic budgets.
  • Collaborate with Development committee to develop annual and long-term grant-seeking strategies and assist with grant writing as needed.
  • Work with Policy and Advocacy Committee to formulate and implement strategies around coalition building and advocacy efforts.
  • Oversee collection and analysis of programs including participant/consumer evaluations.
  • Monitor and ensure administrative and programmatic compliance with funding requirements.
  • Coordinate LGBTEI education and community outreach programs.
  • Expand outreach efforts to all members of LGBTQ communities, service organizations and community groups, aging service network providers and advocacy organizations.
  • Focus on at-risk, harder-to-reach populations within the LGBTQ communities (e.g. transgender individuals, people of color, people living with HIV).
  • Attend community events to build and maintain positive relationships.
  • Attend Board and committee meetings.
  • Serve as media spokespersonsfor the EI and its programs; speak publicly on behalf of the EI; present program area knowledge in a variety of settings.
  • Testify before legislative groups/committees and public policy hearings.
  • Work with Communications committee to develop and implement marketing and outreach to LGBT older adult communities.
  • Work with Communications committee (marketing, public relations and community outreach) to develop and implement community information dissemination and marketing campaigns, materials and documents as needed.
  • Responsible for recruiting, management of qualified EI volunteers as well as developing and expanding the volunteer program.
  • Establish strategies to enhance volunteers’ engagement, cultural competency and deep knowledge of LGBTQ community resources.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field (i.e. human services, health, education) strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in project management, communications, grant administration and reporting, program evaluation.
  • Knowledge of aging services and LGBT communities.
  • Excellent analytical, project management, communication (oral and written and public speaking) and relationship-building skills.
  • Highly skilled in communication, community organizing and collaboration.
  • Excellent writing and reporting capacity.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural context.
  • Ability to design and manage culturally inclusive programs and services.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects and responsibilities with consistent follow-through.
  • Independent and self-motivated with strong interpersonal skills
  • Available for routine and occasional evening and/or weekend hours.
  • Ability to use technology to maintain meticulous documentation
  • Must have fluency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Working knowledge of graphic and contact management software is preferred.
  • Highly skilled in using CRM software to manage volunteer and non-profit fundraising activities.

Send cover letter and resume to JOBS@LGBTEI.ORG


The LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI) is a grass roots, volunteer-driven, community organization dedicated to ensuring that LGBT older adults have every opportunity to age successfully. Our mission is to foster and advocate for resources, services and institutions that are competent, culturally sensitive, safe, welcoming, and understanding of the unique needs and issues facing LGBT people as we age – at every point along the lifespan.

The LGBTEI advances its mission through advocacy, education, information dissemination, and referral.

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TriPride Festival 2015

May 30, 2015toJune 6, 2015

Tri-City Pridetri-Pride is the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) Pride Festival celebration in Cambridge, Kitchener & Waterloo, Ontario.

TriPride Festival 2015

tri-Pride brings together events, networks, resources and people to create a vibrant, collective Rainbow culture in Waterloo Region.

We envision a Waterloo Region where Rainbow persons are positive, visible and fundamental, and where the Rainbow Community sees itself reflected in our shared community mosaic.

Q. Is tri-Pride for everyone? Is it suitable for families?

A. tri-Pride is for everyone. We strive to make it possible for all kinds of people to come together to enjoy the festival. Some events are adults-only (usually these are held in nightclub venues, or otherwise posted), but most of our events are family-oriented. We’re families, too!

TriPride Festival 2015Q. I’m not gay or lesbian. I am not sure I would fit in at pride.

A. While pride is about celebrating diversity, it’s about inclusivity. Not only do we encourage anyone and everyone to attend, we honestly think you can be yourself and not worry too much about your sexuality or gender. We estimate 25% of attendees to our events and festival are allies, friends and families of pride, and not necessarily lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or queer-identified. In fact, tri-Pride even has a long, rich history of persons on the organizing committee who are not LGBTQ!

Q. Is there a fee to attend tri-Pride?

A. There is NO fee to attend the public tri-Pride Live Music Festival. Food, beverages, some activities and other merchandise are often available for purchase at our events, at your discretion. Some other individual events may have a ticketed entry fee. At fundraisers, we encourage you to empty your pockets for a good cause!

Q. How can you throw so many events?

A. The tri-Pride board of directors doesn’t throw all of these events. Events indicted as ‘tri-Pride’ events are indeed organized and deployed by the organization. However, tri-Pride is also about many independent events which happen during the tri-Pride Festival week and beyond — sometimes these events donate proceeds in support of tri-Pride, and sometimes they are simply grassroots events that wish to benefit from levering tri-Pride’s extensive networks and brand – as long as they are non-profit, or profit-sharing in nature. If you’re interested in partnering with tri-Pride on an event, let us know.

Q. Why do the gays need a festival/parade?

A. This is always a question of topic. tri-Pride believes that homophobia exists, that it negatively affects us all, and that one way of doing something about it is once a year creating a strong, positive venue where sexual and gender orientation, homophobia, and community-building are the focus. Popular media has generated a perception of what the rainbow community looks like, stereotypes persist, and many still live in fear, in silence, and invisibility. tri-Pride is about being visible, and seeing the rainbow community reflected in the broader community in which we live and work. It’s where LGBTQ persons meet, create bonds, make friends, express themselves, forge leadership, and participate together in a safe space. It’s grassroots, it’s community-led, it’s by for and of rainbow people and allies. Without pride, rainbow people would be more isolated, less likely to encounter one another, and less confident in the understanding of our shared experience.

 

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Gay-Straight Alliance Network Specialist

SMYALWashington, DC

The GSA Network Specialist is a part-time position working with the Leadership Programs Manager to coordinate and support the DC Regional GSA Network program. The GSA Network Specialist is a hands-on/on-the-ground position and will support our work in building youth power for the GSA movement by assisting and connecting local school GSAs and LGBTQA student clubs, facilitating the sharing of best practices, and developing youth leadership. The DC Regional GSA Network is a member organization of the National Association of GSA Networks, and this position may also include coordinating with the National Association and implementing materials from the GSA Network National Program.

This part-time position will require being in the office a total of 24 hours per week. It may include some weekend or evening hours and may require some flexibility in schedule. The position hours per week may increase based on need and availability, and positions hours may be flexed if appropriate.

Gay-Straight Alliance Network Specialist

Gay-Straight Alliance Network SpecialistRESPONSIBILITIES

Curriculum Development and Facilitation- 50%

  • Facilitate anti-oppression and leadership workshops based on GSA Network curricula
  • Assist in developing and adapting curricula for leadership development and GSA capacity building to meet GSA Network program needs
  • Coordinate and facilitate GSA Youth Council
  • Conduct site-visits with GSAs in the DC region (including Maryland and Virginia) and provide technical assistance to GSA Network members (including students, advisors/teacher sponsors, and school staff) in building their GSA clubs
  • Assist in planning GSA Network special events and awareness campaigns
  • Assist with planning annual Summits, Conference and Activist Camp and regional advocacy campaigns

Outreach – 25%

  • Coordinate outreach, recruitment, and communications (online and in-person) for the network
  • Coach and develop working relationships with youth leaders participating in the network

Community Partnerships and Engagement 15%

  • Bring and amplify GSA Network youth voices and issues in relevant community spaces and event
  • Assist in maintaining and developing relationships with community partners and organizations, including but not limited to DC Public Schools (DCPS), DCPS LGBT Steering Committee, and campaign partners
  • Keep up with safe schools issues related to LGBTQ youth and LGBTQ youth of color, including the school to prison pipeline and other educational justice issues

Administrative 5%

  • Maintain contact database of GSAs and GSA members
  • Assist with ongoing resource development for GSA clubs, including the documentation and dissemination of best practices and activity plans

National Association 5%

  • Participate in National Association monthly calls and initiatives including National Gathering

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Previous experience participating in a school GSA or LGBT youth group is strongly preferred; experience in a leadership role in a GSA is a plus
  • Background in schools-based or grassroots community organizing is strongly preferred
  • Experience in implementing youth leadership development programs strongly preferred
  • Ability to relate to LGBTQ youth and straight allies, particularly youth of color; and knowledge of LGBTQ youth issues
  • Must be sensitive to and conscious of diverse identities and marginalization of groups, including those based on age, race, class, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, anti-oppression work, and LGBTQ rights
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Experience with and knowledge of social media tools
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (particularly Excel) and computer literacy
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities well and excel in a fast-paced environment
  • Available to work nights and weekends
  • Driver’s License with a good driving record is a plus
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English) is a plus
  • LGBTQ individuals, women, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@smyal.org or mail to: GSA Network Specialist Search, SMYAL, 410 7th St. SE, Washington, DC 20007. Please indicate job title in the subject line of your search. Resumes and cover letter must be in Adobe Acrobat (*.pdf) or Microsoft Word (*.doc) format. No phone calls, please.

This position will be filled as soon a great candidate is found. Please submit your materials at your earliest convenience but no later than March 27, 2015. The ideal start date is April 6, 2015.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will receive a response.

SMYAL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibility, ability, or political affiliation.

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