UR Pride’s Queer Youth Group is for queer, questioning and allied youth between the ages of 14 and 24. Programming for such a large age range can be tricky! Here are a few programs that we have found to be successful for our youth group!
Click on the links for program description:
Let’s Talk About Gender
Here is a questionnaire that was compiled using questions from the book: “My Gender Workbook” by Kate Bornstein. Some of the questions are funny and some are serious. This is a great way to start talking about gender diversity with the group. It touches on the binaries that society is based on as well as just general expectations that people have of the Queer/Trans* community. It will probably come up in conversation that some of the questions did not have answers that the youth could identify with. This is a great lesson in understanding as many forms and questionnaires are not accessible for Queer and Trans* individuals. (i.e. check male or female)
Click the link below for the survey:
Let’s talk about gender quiz
*Ideal for 10 – 15 youth
The goal of this activity is to allow the youth to become more comfortable and familiar with terms used in the LGBTQ community!
-10-15 Bingo Cards (you can make these yourself with helpful websites like this (clickhere) for the bingo card generator.
-bingo dabbers (or if you want to use something less messy, use stickers)
-Prizes to hand out
Using the Bingo Card Generator, you can type in as many LGBTQ terms as you can think of. You can also type in the number of cards you would like as well as the title you want on the cards. The generator will then randomly place the terms on the cards for your use. Give it a try!
After you have made your cards, either write or print out the definitions (or fun facts about the term) on the individual cards and place on the back. When a term is called, the youth will place a sticker (or dab) that spot on their card and then read out the definition on the back for everyone to hear. Great way to start a conversation!
On the poker chips, you can write all of the terms that you used on the individual chips and place them in a bowl to pull out randomly and call out.
As for the prizes, you can hand them out when someone gets a line, and “X” or a blackout!
Below is an example of the front and back of the cards I made. If you are familiar with photoshop or other digital design software, you can jazz up the cards yourself.
Back of card:
Not all of the definitions were on the back of this card** Some of the terms show up on several cards so I only placed the definition once**
This is a fun, artsy activity. If you have never heard of Post Secrets, check out the webpage and have a look at some of the examples. PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.
-postage to send to the U.S.A.
-collage materials, old magazines, markers, etc.
Once complete send to this address:
13345 Copper Ridge Rd.
Queers in the Media
It is really important to help your youth think critically about how queer and trans* folks are portrayed in the media. This topic also makes for a really great discussion. Here are some questions for the group to get you started.
Discussion Questions: Queer and Trans people in the media
1. What makes a show entertaining to watch? (Scandal, shock value, true stories, etc.)
2. How many of you watch tv/movies with Queer characters? Who are they? How do they act?
3. Do you find yourself reflected in any of these characters? Are you reflected in the media?
4. Can you identify with these characters?
5. Do the stereotypes portrayed in these shows affect the way people view who you are?
6. How are queer people portrayed in the news? What kinds of news events are these?
7. What have your parents, friends, people at your work or school expectations of you been since you came out? Have they changed?
8. Do you meet these expectations or do you feel the need to meet these expectations?
**Watch a movie or tv show with queer characters and analyse.
Ideal for at least 5 people. I found this to be a really good way to start a conversation with the group. Sometimes facilitating a talk with teens can be tricky.
-handout (see below)
You can also suggest a few topics to get the group started!
-Everyone say one thing about the queer community.
-Everyone has the chance to respond to something that was said about the queer community.
-Everyone share an experience that they had had where they learned an important lesson or knowledge that they can share with the group.