LGBTQ+ Youth Support Project

Central Oregon Disability Support Network, Matthew Dawson and I are teaming up to support young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer LGBTQ+ or are questioning their sexuality and gender.

Through online learning opportunities rural people under the age of 26* will connect with others like themselves to talk about finding their people and explore real time stress management activities. The first 50 to register will get a free self-care kit. Parents and the community will be invited to a meeting in which they learn how they can help the LGBTQ young people in their lives.  The series will end with an online resource fair.

Matthew Dawson (they/them) is a recent college graduate focusing their studies on neuroscience.

“Early in my life it became apparent that typical gender roles just weren’t for me. Although full of bumps and turns, my path led to a supportive and understanding community around me.”

Their degree in neuroscience allows for a deeper comprehension of the importance of brain states and how trauma can be held in the body. Matthew is particularly excited about connecting with LGBTQ+ youth and listening to their stories.

I grew up in rural towns. Living in small towns can magnify the feelings of being accepted or rejected because differences are more visible in a tight knit community.  Both of my children now identify as queer. When my daughter first came out, stigma was the basis of what I knew about LGBTQ issues. All I had ever wanted was for my children to be safe, healthy, happy and connected to family. Their sexuality/gender did not affect that. I am grateful for those who shared with me so I could care for my kids in the way they needed. I look forward to working with the young people and parents alike.

Trainings October 13 and 27, 2020 6-7:30 PM

Parent/Community Member Meeting October 19, 2020 6:00-7:00 PM

LBGTQ+ Resource Fair October 22, 2020 12:00-1:00 pm

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**All ages are welcome