In the best of all possible worlds, summer camp is an opportunity for kids to escape the pressures of school, forge new friendships, explore new activities, and find a “home” that will have a lasting and positive impact.
For all kids going to a new summer camp can be a scary endeavor.
- “Will I have friends?”
- “Will people like me?”
But for many LGBTQIA+ youths those worries are compounded with, “Will I be SAFE?”
There is no question that the political and social climate in many states is increasingly unsafe for LGBTQIA+ people, and youth are being specifically targeted by legislatures and school boards. As an ally, one small thing I can do is share opportunities for LGBTQIA+ youth to find safe spaces. Camps that make it clear they are safe, affirming, welcoming, and supportive of LGBTQIA+ youth offer a unique opportunity for many who may need that in their lives.
If you know of any programs that I’ve missed, please do let me know!
If you have questions about how to support your LGBTQIA+ teen, absolutely schedule a free call with me.