LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum Summit

In partnership, Garden State Equality, Make It Better For Youth and GLSEN Central NJ are seeking volunteers to assist in the creation of an LGBT inclusive curriculum model to be used in New Jersey schools. The first step is attending the LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum Summit slated for March 2018. We are seeking attendees who are passionate about the addition of LGBT inclusive curriculum in the following subject area: English, History, Social Studies, World Language, Arts, Sciences, Math and Health/Sex education. We are seeking volunteers who have experience as educators in all subject areas, curriculum designers and administrators who can provide their time as a panelist and/or work on the development teams.

For the Summit: The LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum Summit will take in Monmouth County, NJ and is slated for sometime in late March 2018. We are seeking panelists who are experts in their field and can bring an LGBT inclusive lens to help New Jersey’s LGBT students see themselves in educational content.

Summit Volunteer Attendees: We are seeking educators in all subject areas, curriculum designers and administrators who would like to attend the summit to brainstorm, develop and plan LGBT inclusive educational content.

LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum Development Project: We are looking for individuals who are committed to this project post summit. We expect volunteers to participate in quarterly meetings, conference calls and via email regarding planning and project completion. We anticipate this project will last 12-18 months.

Please fill out the following form if you are interested or share with those that are.

Notes from the Trans* Youth Forum

Make it Better 4 Youth checked out the 1st NJ Trans* Youth Forum held on April 18 on the Princeton University Campus. A terrific article in advance of the event shared some of what participants can expect. We’ll update this post with feedback, resources and media afterward!


Save the Date! May 29th the 5th Annual GAYLA!
Where: Middletown South Regional High School, Middletown NJ
What time: 7-10pm
How much: $20

Questions? Info@makeitbetter4youth.org

Open Mic Series for LGBTQ Youth at Two River Theater

Partners Two River Theater and Make it Better for Youth Host Monthly Event

The Two River Theater partners and hosts an upcoming youth open mic for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, and Queer youth. The series, once monthly, will be open to teens 13-19 who wish to read fiction, poems, or perform musical, theatrical or other artistic works. The open mics will be held on Tuesdays December 10, January 14, February 11, and March 11 from 7-8:30 in The Victoria J. Mastrobuono Library, located on Two River Theater’s second floor. There is no fee to attend or perform. Questions? Email info@makeitbetter4youth.org

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Screen Shot 2013-11-03 at 11.16.30 AMThe Asbury Park Community Church and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation ofMonmouth County are cosponsoring a secular memorial for Transgender Day of Remembrance on Sunday, November 17th at 6pm.

The two congregations are providing space and organizing this to show their love andsupport for the Trans* community. The event will be held at The Unitarian Universalist Congregations facility at 1475 West Front Street, NJ.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.