A local organization is trying to raise awareness about what can be done to decrease the rate of suicides amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

The Windsor Pride Community and Resource Centre held a suicide prevention workshop July 17 in cooperation with Egale Canada Human Rights Trust as part of their plan to reduce the number of suicides in the LGBT community.  Approximately 70 people attended even though only 20 were expected. 

Over the last decade, there has been a dramatic shift in how the public and the courts view same-sex marriage. Much of the reporting on this issue focuses on the overwhelming levels of support for same-sex marriage from the millenial generation.

But as victories pile up for the marriage equality movement, less is known about how young people view the LGBT agenda, and whether young people of color believe the LGBT agenda best serves their communities. These questions are particularly important as LGBT organizations negotiate policies such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and prepare strategies around other important LGBT issues.

The Black Youth Project’s latest report provides answers to these questions using a nationally representative survey of 1,500 young people between the ages of 18 and 30 conducted during June 2014. 

2014 NYPS Regional Conferences & Retreats For Black LGBTQ Youth - “Your Time To Shine”

 (Registration to all our events always Free. Housing, if you need it, is always $50 or less a night).

 

South Region (August 8-10) Columbia, SC, Housing $50 - Registration Deadline July 15

Amplify Your Summer at the amazing lofts at the Claussen Inn. This conference breaks away from the traditional “conference” format and tries out our new “retreat” format. All work and no play leads to burn out. 2014 is Your Time To Shine! If you have been following our work this year, you already know what to expect from a NYPS event in 2014.

Register Today! Space is limited!

While others deal with HIV/AIDS, injustice and equality (and rightfully so) we are gearing up for an awesome, young adult themed retreat where we look at helping our people move from average to awesome. Most of your life you have to spend pleasing other people, ins’t it time for some self care? We bring our popular series “Born To Win” as well as “Dollars and Good Sense” to the south for a unique weekend. We guarantee, once you leave the south regional retreat you will be convinced that things are about to be awesome in your life and

2014 is truly “your time to shine” You will leave this retreat knowing how to:

Live your life on purpose.

Not on “default.” Be Proactive. Make conscious and deliberate choices.

When you don’t choose, circumstances choose for you and you are never

leading: you are following or catching up—or worse, living in “default” mode.

Utilize your full potential.

Give what you’re doing your best and fullest attention. Be here now.

Even if you’re not where you want to be, giving it half your effort doesn’t move you forward. Master what you have at hand, for the sake of mastering it, and something will shift.

Live in the question.

There is nothing you cannot be, do, or have, so do not impose limitations on yourself. Instead of saying you can’t get there, ask “How can I get there?” Live in the affirmation of possibility rather than the declaration of negativity.

There is always a way, and it is being presented consistently, but you have to live in the question to be on the lookout for the answer.

Learn to say “No.”

To live your best possible life, you need to learn how to say no to the things that aren’t serving you. The best barometer to measure this by is: if it isn’t a “hell yeah” (yippee, so fun, can’t wait!), then it is most probably a no. If you have to talk yourself into it, it’s a no.

Once you get comfortable saying no, everything becomes a matter of choice. Living a life of choice is a living a life of freedom.

Know your own value.

Others may be more educated, skilled, or talented in one or another area, but there is something magnificent and valuable about what you have to offer this world that, in comparison, is equal.

Do not allow yourself or anyone else to diminish it. You have a learning disability? So did Dr.King, and that’s what makes him the most powerful speakers. Joe Vitale came from homelessness. Look at him now. Stop idolizing anyone else’s gifts and dismissing your own.

East Region (September 19 – 21) Washington, D.C.** Housing $45

DuPont Circle will never be the same as some of the best and brightest young adults from the Eastern states take over. This is the last regional event of the year and that means this will be the best kickoff to your fall season ever. It’s Your Time To Shine! Join other like minded, successful people like yourself in one of DC’s  most historic houses. This retreat is unique as all attendees will be in the same house for a weekend. Additional video registration required.

*See South Regional for description

Scholarships available and register at:

http://nationalyouthprideservices.org/events/