Help us send youth leaders to Creating Change in January!
Louisiana Trans Advocates wants to send our youth leaders to the 2019 Creating Change Conference in Detroit, but we need your help. Hear from our youth leaders Peyton, Elliot, and Alexander in their own words why investing in trans youth leadership is important:
INTERVIEWER: How old are you?
PEYTON: 20, Libra
ELLIOT: I’m 20 years old.
ALEXANDER: 21, cancer
INTERVIEWER: How old were you when you first got involved in trans advocacy?
PEYTON: Around the time I started transitioning, 17/18. It opened me up to a whole world of diversity and advocacy, which I fell in love with very quickly.
ELLIOT: I first started getting involved in trans advocacy at 17.
ALEXANDER: I was 17 when I first became involved in trans advocacy. I didn't know what it meant at the time, but I did know that I had to make space for myself and, by extension, make space for my peers. I was the first transgender nominee of a prom king at Lusher Charter High School and I paved the way for the next generation of trans kids to socially transition at our school.
INTERVIEWER: What does trans youth leadership mean to you?
PEYTON: My goal in life is to building up a platform through my modeling career, so that I can use my platform to shine some visibility onto the trans community and advocate for our rights.
ELLIOT: For me, trans youth leadership mean empowerment. As a youth leader, I have a direct way to help bring about much needed changes in the LGBTQIA+ community and in the state. I find myself, like many other queer and trans folx, having to be my own advocate.
ALEXANDER: Trans youth leadership takes transformation of the recent life experience, that we have gone through as trans youth, into change for the greater society. We've all been affected by hatred and bigotry, and I definitely don't want the next wave of trans kids to go through the rough times that I've gone through. Trans youth leadership in history has always pushed for social change; the ground we've made is tremendous, we just have to keep pushing.
INTERVIEWER: What are you hoping to get out of the 2019 Creating Change Conference?
PEYTON: Well, I’ve never been to a conference like this, so I think just being around so many queer people will be an amazing experience. Of course, I’m also very excited to learn some valuable knowledge and skills from the conference. But I’m most excited about the networking and friendship connections I’ll make with queer people from around the US.
ELLIOT: I’m hoping to network and get connected with activists across the country to do work on a larger scale. I’d also like to pick up any knowledge that I can use back home: I want to advance my skills in media work, community outreach, and fundraising. Louisiana needs all the resources it can get to uplift the next generation of activists.
ALEXANDER: This past year, I started getting trained in development / fundraising. Through that training, I have learned valuable skills that I have been able to apply at Louisiana Trans Advocates to make our organization more effective. I hope to learn more valuable skills at Creating Change so that I can bring those back to Louisiana to improve our organization to be a greater asset to our members.