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Award for Youth Activism

Megaphone GrapicThe Out In The Silence Award for Youth Activism was established in 2011 to honor courageous and unheralded young people who are leading the way in making schools and communities safe from bullying and welcoming for all, especially in places where silence and indifference have rendered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and their allies invisible, marginalized, fearful, and powerless for far too long.

You can learn all about the inspiring 2012 winners in an article on The Huffington Post

For a glimpse of the 2011 winners see this article in The Huffington Post

Who Inspires You in the Fight Against Bullying & Discrimination? Submit a Nomination for the 2014 Award!

We're now looking for powerful and inspiring young people, and youth organizations, to be considered for the 2014 Award for Youth Activism!

Nominees should be bold and dynamic individuals or groups leading important efforts to ensure that all youth are safe and free from bullying, harassment, and discrimination, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, and they should be based in places that don't get the kind of attention and support they need and deserve.

There are no specific guidelines for what might make the most successful nominee, and their activism could range from policy advocacy to protest to creative outbursts for justice and equality heretofore unimagined, unseen and unheard.

Nominees should simply offer inspiring examples of the change that is possible when silence is broken and action is taken at unexpected times in unexpected places. And we're counting on you to help bring such activism to our attention!

Submit a Nomination, or Apply Yourself, by the June 30 Deadline!

Just send a brief (one-page max) essay to make the case for yourself, or your nominee, to: QwavesJoe@yahoo.com

Be creative – links to articles, blogs, videos, etc. to support your nomination are welcome!

Nominees should be youth, or groups serving LGBTQ youth, between the ages of 14-21.

Winners will be announced in December 2014 and receive cash awards totaling $1,000. They will also be featured in The Huffington Post.

Speak Out for Justice & Equality for All!

Stay tuned, and watch for news and updates at: Facebook.com/OutintheSilence