OQYS: Oregon Queer Youth Summit

OQYS: The Oregon Queer Youth Summit


Click here to Register for the 2012 Oregon Queer Youth Summit!

The first 150 registrants will be given a gift card to Fred Meyer for participating in this summit. If you are with a group that is coming from outside the Portland Metro Area, please let us know if you need help getting to the conference (assistance with gas/lodging). Send an email explaining this need to Ernesto Dominguez - edominguez@cascadeaids.org.

What is the Oregon Queer Youth Summit?

This is a conference held by and for queer & trans identified youth and their allies.  It will include educational and recreational workshops on topics ranging from “Drag 101” to “GSA Management: Starting, Supporting & Sustaining.” These workshops will all be facilitated by youth. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the summit at no cost and conference attendees are invited to SMYRC’s annual Queer Prom happening later that evening.

OQYS is a chance for us GLBTQ youth and allies from all over Oregon to talk about what we are doing, what we want to do, and how we can get there. This is about making our schools safer and our communities more accepting. This is about youth supporting youth to make things better for everyone. OYQC is by youth, for youth.

Who can come to the summit?

All youth under 23 who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allies who care about them. You do not need to be “out” in order to participate.

We will focus on youth under 18/middle & high school students, with some workshops relevant to older youth/college students. Youth from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, especially younger students, youth of color, trans teens, and students from small towns and rural areas. Adult allies are welcome to attend and give their support through volunteering, co-leading youth-empowering workshops, and learning to work better with youth.

Adults currently involved in supporting a specific group of youth (i.e. school staff acting as GSA co-facilitators coming with their students) are also welcome to attend to support those youth.

Where and when is the 2010 summit taking place?

OQYS 2012 will take place Saturday, May 12 at Portland State University’s Smith Memorial Student Union in downtown Portland at 1825 Southwest Broadway. The conference runs from 8:45am-5:45pm (meals and snacks are provided). PSU is accessible by multiple bus lines and max trains.

Register for the 2012 summit here!


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If you are a youth or adult interesting in serving on the planning committee for the summit, please email Ernesto Dominguez at edominguez@cascadeaids.org.


The Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition seeks to create safe schools and communities where every family can belong, every educator can teach, and every child can learn regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

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