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1.) Article: They're Just Children - Portland Nonprofit Leads the Nation in Helping Transgender Kids
2.) Community Action: Hate Violence Part 2 of Northwest Network's Community Discussion Series - Seattle, WA - November 19
3.) Training: Safe Schools Coalition Speaker's Bureau Training! Seattle, WA - December 7th
4.) IMPORTANT: Safe Schools Coalition's next meeting is Tuesday, November 19th in Seattle!
5.) Help Needed! Safe Schools Coalition needs a Co-Secretary!
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1.) Article: They're Just Children - Portland Nonprofit Leads the Nation in Helping Transgender Kids

They're Just Children 
Portland Nonprofit Leads the Nation in Helping Transgender Kids 
by Jake Thomas | October 30, 2013

JENN BURLETON still remembers the moment it clicked-the moment she knew what needed to be done.

She'd heard about a transgender child in Florida who-with support from her family-had transitioned to a girl and was attending kindergarten.

She remembered the attacks from conservative media-and how few advocacy organizations had really stood up to keep the girl's family from feeling so alone. She also remembered her own painful experiences after coming out. And, so, she got to work.

That was seven years ago. Today Burleton is running TransActive-a Portland-based nonprofit organization that seeks to make the world a more accepting place for not only transgender and gender-nonconforming youth, but also their families.

Over the past few years, it's helped as many as 1,000 kids and families across the US-and even a few in Europe-with educational outreach, counseling, and advocacy services.

"You won't find another organization like it in the country," says Carol Blenning, a family doctor at OHSU's Richmond Clinic who has worked with TransActive.

Burleton, speaking from her office in an East Portland basement, says the work has been difficult.

The climate for transgender individuals hasn't improved much since she came out, at age 12, way back in 1966.

She also says traditional gay-rights groups have shied away from working with youth-amid concerns they'd help fuel the myth that LGBTQ advocates actively seek to "recruit" children.

The school year-which started last month-is TransActive's busiest time. It's when transgender youth tend to face the most harassment. A 2011 survey by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality found that more than half of transgender respondents reported being bullied in school, with 15 percent leaving school because of it.

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2.) Community Action: Hate Violence Part 2 of Northwest Network's Community Discussion Series - Seattle, WA - November 19

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Please join The Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse for the second installment of our Community Action: Hate Violence discussion series. In this installment we'll be discussing specific recommendations and resources in response to anti-LGBT hate violence in our communities.

Community Action: Hate Violence
Recommendations and Resources

Tuesday November 19th from 6:30-8:00

Queer Youth Space- 911 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA

This event is free, all ages, wheelchair accessible and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend any part of this series even if you haven't attended previous discussions.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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In communities across the country, we are seeing an increase in reports of hate & bias attacks and harassment against LGBTQ people. Not only do these reports show an increase in the number of incidents, but an increase in intensity of violence and harm, especially against transgender people. We believe that it is important for our communities to come together to engage with each other about our experiences and our visions of communities free from violence.

Brought to you by The Northwest Network's Voices in Power Program, supporting LGBT youth (13-24) around issues of violence, crime and healthy relationships skills. For questions about any of these events or to find out how you can get involved please contact The Northwest Network of LGBT Survivors of Abuse at 206-568-7777 or or check out our website at

Shannon Perez-Darby
Youth Services Program Manager

The Northwest Network of Bisexual,
Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse

P.O. Box 18436 Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 568-7777
(206) 325-2601 fax
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3.) Training: Safe Schools Coalition Speaker's Bureau Training!  Seattle, WA - December 7th

This speakers bureau training (below) is oriented toward adults rather than youth telling their stories to continue to change hearts and minds. We are hoping to generate a variety of speakers that can address a variety of issues and perspectives related to anti-bullying, safety and inclusion across diverse communities in ways that are inclusive of LGBTQA voices.

Please share with your networks. Flyer in PDF format here.

Tracy Flynn
Educational Consultant for Welcoming Schools

You're Invited to a Speaker's Bureau Training!

Saturday, December 7th, 8:30am - Noon
Rainier Beach United Methodist Church
5500 S. Roxbury Street, Seattle, WA 98118

PFLAG, Welcoming Schools and Safe Schools Coalition are partnering to provide free training for community members interested in sharing their
personal stories as part of a speaker's bureau.  Purpose is to educate othersin order to end bullying, reduce discrimination, and create a more
welcoming & just society.

Training participants will learn how to:
  • Effectively and succinctly share your personal experiences   
  • Establish the right tone and convey information that will be heard
  • Focus on your audience and manage difficult situations
  • Adopt best practices and avoid common pitfalls
  • Find resources and data to strengthen your presentation
  • Work as part of a panel
  • Develop a follow-up plan for implementing what you just learned!
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4.) IMPORTANT: Safe Schools Coalition's next meeting is Tuesday, November 19th in Seattle!
The next Safe Schools Coalition meeting is Tuesday, October 19th from 3-5pm at Planned Parenthood on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA.

Contact Matthew Wilson, the lead chair if you have agenda items to suggest or if you need instructions about attending in person or calling in by conference call.
Use this contact form on our website or call: 253-671-2838. 

All are welcome! You do NOT need to be a Coalition member to attend.

For more information, see this page:

5.) Help Needed! Safe Schools Coalition needs a Co-Secretary!
The Coalition is in need of a Co-Secretary to record minutes at our monthly meetings. 

Because this position requires little time outside of the meetings, it is a great way to volunteer without a huge time commitment. You would need to be at the meetings in Seattle.

If you would consider volunteering, please contact us here.

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  • Lead Chair -- Matthew Wilson (Oasis Youth Center): send a message or call 253-671-2838   
  • Back-up Lead Chair -- Seth Kirby (Oasis Youth Center): send a message or call 253-671-2838  


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