Supporting LGBTQ+ Students at a Distance
Dear Educators and School Staff,
While our schools are closed for the safety of our community, Odyssey Youth Movement is reaching out to be sure every student and educator has the support they need to move forward in these times, especially our LGBTQ+ youth.
LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning) young folks are at a greater risk during this time of isolation as they may be separated from supportive friends and adults in their life, unable to access the trusted network they've come to depend on. With that in mind, below are some digital and phone resources, ways for our LGBTQ+ youth across the Inland NW to connect and reach out.
Odyssey Youth Movement Goes Digital
Spokane's LGBTQ+ youth organization has shifted our drop-in programing to a digital format, keeping the metaphorical doors open for all young folks ages 13-24. Programming is facilitated by trained staff and volunteer mentors, and is open to current Odyssey participants as well as new youth who would like to join.
Room codes for the digital drop-in space are available by contacting Odyssey via e-mail or on any of our social media accounts.
Youth Ages 13-18: MWF from 3-5pm
Young Adults Ages 18-24: Thur from 5-7pm
More details on Odyssey's website HERE
24/7 LGBTQ+ Resources
The Trevor Project
A crisis resource for any LGBTQ+ youth in need with 24/7 call, text, and chat options available at TheTrevorProject.org and 1.866.488.7386
The Trans Lifeline
A resource run by Trans folks and for Trans folks of all ages. They can be reached at 1.877.565.8860 and TransLifeline.org
Thank you for becoming familiar with these resources and sharing them with your students, peers, and community. Together we can make sure ALL of our students weather these uncertain times.