GSA’s Guest Speaker Reply

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Kelsey Bisetti

Stacey’s GSA, or gay-straight alliance, an after-school club, recently introduced it’s participants to a guest speaker from the LGBT Center OC.

The speaker, Stephanie, mentioned that the Center hosts a variety of fun events throughout the year. In fact, on July 14, they’ll be hosting their annual Queer Prom. Whether you’re gay, straight, bi, trans, et cetera, feel free to stop by to enjoy some dancing and make some memories.

They also host an “Inbetweeners” soiree on the first Friday of event night for LGBT youth, ages 10-13. As for you eighth graders, the Center will be hosting a Lavender Graduation for the graduating class of 2018 on June 9th, complete with catering, dancing, and anything else you’d expect from a typical teenage dance. We hope to see you there!

Their Rainbow Group is open to anybody and everybody between the ages of 13 and 18. Here, you can play video games, watch movies, listen to music, and meet new people. Similarly, they have a Trans*Fusion group for genderqueer teens to discuss their gender identities and issues surrounding them.

Stephanie also shared other information that may be helpful to some students. For example, The Center runs free HIV screenings, so if you feel you may be at risk, take advantage of this offer. And to prevent the spread of such diseases, the Center offers both male and female condoms free of charge.

They also offer free name and gender marker changes, though you’ll have to come with a parent if you’re under eighteen.

For a minimal cost, licensed medical professionals will prescribe you testosterone or estrogen, as well as any other hormones you may need to complete your transition.

The Center also offers an array of counselors for issues concerning gender, sexuality, or just life in general. The first session is free and each one thereafter costs twenty dollars, unless covered by insurance.

Visit their site for more information: https://www.lgbtcenteroc.org/

Special gratitude to Stephanie. She made the students feel very comfortable to ask questions and be true to themselves. We hope to have her back soon.

That’s all for now, Cougars, but remember, be proud of who you are. There is absolutely no reason to hide it.

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