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Colorado Queer Youth Summit offers place for gay teens to connect, find support
Denver Post ^ | 2/14/10 | Heather McWilliams

Posted on 02/14/2010 9:42:36 AM PST by Libloather

Colorado Queer Youth Summit offers place for gay teens to connect, find support
By Heather McWilliams
The Denver Post
Posted: 02/14/2010 01:00:00 AM MST

For Josh Scott, being gay and out in his Elizabeth high school didn't mean teasing just from other students.

"When it moved to the staff, I really didn't feel safe," Scott said.

Scott, now 18 and a student at Metro State College, wished an event like Saturday's Colorado Queer Youth Summit had been available to him at the time.

"With an organization like this, I'd have known how to deal with it a little better," Scott said.

Denver's second annual Queer Summit — so named to reclaim the pejorative term and as an umbrella word meant to encompass all in the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) community — hosted 150 people ages 12 to 24 from as far away as Durango. Organized by area GLBT groups such as Rainbow Alley, the day included dancing, art creation, group activities and workshops, said Andie Lyons, Rainbow Alley program coordinator.

Gay youth, or those questioning their sexual identity, often feel isolated and fearful, she said, which can lead to trouble with grades, drugs and alcohol, or even suicide.

"You can see youth really internalizing the homophobia around them," Lyons said.

Such was the case for Scott, who feared telling his parents about the harassment because it meant telling them he was gay. His grades suffered and he eventually dropped out of high school to get his GED.

Gay youth face suicide rates two to three times that of their peers, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For 16-year-old Ayub Hirsi, the summit offered him a chance to connect with people who share his experience and to express himself.

"I want to let people know people can't change you," Hirsi said. As a Somali Muslim, Hirsi faces an added dimension of discrimination from his community for "cultural reasons," he said, including intense pressure from his family to change his sexual identity.

Free, on-site, rapid-result HIV testing was offered throughout the day by a Children's Hospital program. Trained counselors attended to provide follow-up care if needed.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: colorado; gay; homoagendaalert; homosexualagenda; pedophilia; queer; teens
Throw in a few pedophile public 'educators' and you've got a real hootenanny.
1 posted on 02/14/2010 9:42:36 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

As long as it’s not the Boy Scouts. Because they’re exclusionary.


2 posted on 02/14/2010 9:46:20 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: Libloather

Round em up and send them to Nigeria.


3 posted on 02/14/2010 9:51:23 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy is little more than a quota boy.)
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To: Libloather
Nothing says you're in the right place like Free, on-site, rapid-result HIV testing.
4 posted on 02/14/2010 9:51:53 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Joe Boucher
Round ‘em up and forcibly deprogram them!
5 posted on 02/14/2010 9:54:39 AM PST by proudofthesouth (Zero should spend all his time playing golf & keep his Marxist, Muzzie, Homo hands off our country)
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To: Libloather

“”When it moved to the staff, I really didn’t feel safe,” Scott said.”

He should have (a) reported whoever it was that molested him; and (b) refrained from advertising his resulting compulsion to engage in sodomy.


6 posted on 02/14/2010 9:55:41 AM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Libloather

It’s like a free dating service for NAMBLA!!!


7 posted on 02/14/2010 10:13:32 AM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: Eaker

Relevant to your interests ping.


8 posted on 02/14/2010 10:14:50 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: Libloather

Taking these guys for a hike in the woods will look like Mardi Gras! lol


9 posted on 02/14/2010 10:19:23 AM PST by Dem Guard
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To: Libloather

Was this Summit funded by the CO Dept of Health ?


10 posted on 02/14/2010 10:22:41 AM PST by Red Boots
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To: Joe Boucher

Is there a Straight Summit’?


11 posted on 02/14/2010 10:26:38 AM PST by max americana
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To: Libloather
NAMBLA DAY Pictures, Images and Photos
12 posted on 02/14/2010 10:35:18 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: Libloather
We were just lectured by our gay son ( my step ), he went off on some damned tirade about our ego and not being of sound mind.

Then he sent his mother pictures of models of phallic symbols.

I'm done the i phone is off,the rent is off, and he is on his own.

I will not tolerate, in your face gay any more..........be what you want but be civil, polite and pay your own bills.

That rant feels better!

13 posted on 02/14/2010 10:36:34 AM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Snickering Hound

Nambla mambers should be chained and drug behind pick up trucks.


14 posted on 02/14/2010 10:41:41 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy is little more than a quota boy.)
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To: Kakaze

Prepare for the lawsuit.


15 posted on 02/14/2010 10:43:26 AM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: philetus
Prepare for the lawsuit.

Nah he doesn't have the balls for it..........I really am done I shutoff all funding.

I Love him but I can not condone this anymore, breaks my heart too.

16 posted on 02/14/2010 10:47:50 AM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Libloather

Where is the barf?


17 posted on 02/14/2010 10:51:08 AM PST by gedeon3
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To: Kakaze

You got my prayers.


18 posted on 02/14/2010 10:52:07 AM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: philetus

Thank you, he is truly talented..........


19 posted on 02/14/2010 10:53:22 AM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: dsc

EXACTLY!


20 posted on 02/14/2010 11:10:54 AM PST by Republic (I love Rush)
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To: max americana
Is there a Straight Summit’?


21 posted on 02/14/2010 11:35:41 AM PST by Libloather (Tea totaler, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
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To: Kakaze

Tolerance for me, but not for thee!

My stepbrother isn’t gay, but he didn’t like my dad’s house rules and he treated the rest of us like it was our fault that he couldn’t be a freak. Finally after he graduated from a tech school (paid for by my dad), he asked to borrow my step mom’s Audi to take it to a Korn concert 3 hours away. My dad had just given him $5,000 to buy a used, but reliable car. Instead he bought 12 non-working Volkswagon Bugs and Vans, then he expected to be able to use my parents cars.

My step mom told him no, and he stopped talking to the family. He visited the family at Christmas for the first time in 9 years. It caused my step mom a lot of grief, but it was the right decision.


22 posted on 02/14/2010 11:50:58 AM PST by Skenderbej (No muhammadan practices his religion peacefully.)
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To: Libloather

To try and socially engineer young impressionable kids like this is criminal in my opinion. At that age, they are far too young to be recruited into such an unhealthy lifestyle. I believe their parents should all be notified of the disgusting agenda of this ‘summit’. I really respect Laura Ingraham when she reported the homo students who were meeting at a college without their parents knowledge. If you are going to pursue an alternative lifestyle choice, then you need to own up to it.


23 posted on 02/14/2010 1:10:47 PM PST by DesertRenegade
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To: Libloather
Colorado Queer Youth Summit offers place for gay teens to connect, find support get laid.
24 posted on 02/14/2010 1:58:45 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: Kakaze

You did the right thing. The less you do for him the more he’ll do for himself.


25 posted on 02/14/2010 6:32:22 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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