Our 2017-2018 Youth Council

Nov 30, 2017

We are so excited to have a new group of young people working with Gender Spectrum! Our Youth Council members come from across the country, and work with us throughout the year to create programs, tell their stories, and share how gender is affecting the lives of young people today.

We asked our Youth Council members to share a little about themselves – check out their bio’s below and see the videos they shared with us (check back to this link for more videos coming soon). We can’t wait to see what each of them bring to Gender Spectrum this year!

Sean

My name is Sean and I am a 14-year-old from Virginia. I identify as trans/genderfluid and prefer they/them pronouns. I am an activist for LGBTQ+ rights and run a magazine for LGBTQ+ teenagers, LGBTeen. I was on the 2016/2017 Youth Council last year and joined again because I loved the sense of community,  chance to educate people and provide support around gender.

 

 

 

Elliot

Hey there! I’m Elliot. I’m a 17 year old from Arizona, and I use he/him pronouns. I’m an actor, photographer, and an LGBTQ+ activist. I’m very passionate about gender education and awareness, which is why I wanted to be on the Youth Council! I hope to help cultivate a society that is more open about gender and the ways it affects everyone on a day-to-day basis.

 

 

Jasmine

My name is Jasmine and I am a 14 year old from California. I use she/her pronouns and I identify as pansexual. I grew up in a family with two moms and I was often bullied in school for it. I always stood up for my moms and their friends. I joined the Youth Council so that I could help people that often feel alone.

Jude

Hello love, my name is Jude I live in Texas.I enjoy public speaking, note  taking, taking part in academically inclined activities, and Gender expression. I’m a strong believer in the concept of clothes not gendering an individual and the way you dress is the way you express. I also believe that education is key and understanding different perspectives of different individuals is very important; that’s why I am so happy to be able to be apart of the 2017/2018 Youth Council. I can’t wait to see what amazing things will come from my time with Gender Spectrum and in the Youth Council.

 

Paola

Hey! I’m Paola and I’m 17 years old from Florida. I’m in my school’s Thespian Society, and I am editor in chief of my school’s yearbook. I use she/her pronouns and identify as queer. As someone who has struggled with finding the right ‘label,’ my goal as a member of the Youth Council is to help people learn and accept that not everyone fits into any certain box or stereotype.

Leia

My name is Leia, I’m 14 years old and I’m from California. I identify as Non-binary and use they/them pronouns. I’m very involved in performing arts and activism, and I first heard about the Youth Council when I went to the Gender Spectrum conference last summer. As a member of the Youth Council I want to help provide information and education about gender specifically from the perspectives of teenagers.

 

 

 

Elliot

Hello! My name is Elliot, I’m 16, and my pronouns are he/him/his. I identify as a trans man. Outside of Gender Spectrum I am very active in my regional church youth group and my school’s music program, as well as our QSA. I’m incredibly happy to be a member of the Youth Council and to have the opportunity to help build and experience this community!

 

 

 

Jordan

*Hi! My name is Jordan, I’m 15 and I use they/them pronouns. I identify as Genderqueer, and don’t necessarily identify with any gender specifically. I live in Maryland, and I go to an art school for trumpet. I love music, playing and listening, and I love playing soccer. I’m extremely honored to be a part of the Youth Council. I hope to help inform people about gender, give them a resource for their questions, and bring in an important youth perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

Tom

Hey! My name is Tom. I’m 16 and I’m from California. I identify as a trans man and use he/him pronouns. I am on a competitive climbing team and enjoy the outdoors a lot. I feel really passionately about self love and how central is should be in order to create confident and strong generations. I also care a lot about sexual education and teaching queer youth about safe sex, emotionally and physically. I hope to work with all of these teens to create more space for queer youth to learn and seek support.

 

 

 

Avery

Hi! I’m Avery.  I’m 14 and from Los Angeles,CA. I prefer to use she/her pronouns. I love to run even though I say I hate it. I ran for a club track and now I run for my high school. I also am in love with two arts which are drawing and playing the clarinet. I’m also very passionate about gender roles especially when it comes to how people dress because that’s always been big for me, so now more than ever I want to express that to people. Oh! And I also really really like animals, and am deathly scared of worms.

 

 

Brenda

Hey! My name is Brenda, I am 17 years old and I live in California. I use pronouns she/her pronouns and I identify as heterosexual. I am very passionate about making positive changes through activism and politics. I’m excited to be a part of the Youth Council because I believe that everyone has a responsibility to bring awareness to gender. I also think it’s necessary to break the gender norms that exist today and was drawn to the Youth Council to be able to bring awareness and voice to the impact gender norms have on young people.

 

 

 

Sutter

Hi, I’m Sutter. I’m 18 years old and I live in San Francisco, California. I identify as a trans guy and use he/him pronouns. Outside of school I make a lot of videos, am on a mountain biking team, and am an editor for my school’s newspaper. I want to spread awareness about issues regarding gender through art, particularly photography and writing. I wanted to join the youth council because it seemed like a great opportunity to create fun and helpful content that could help educate a lot of people about gender. I also wanted to meet and talk to other high school students who are interested in gender.

Ariel

Hey! My name is Ariel, and I am a Transgender activist and model. I’m 16 years old and I live in New Jersey. I identify as trans femme and use she/her pronouns. I am an avid reader, intersectional feminist, and social advocate. My mission is to spread awareness and to educate others on gender-related issues, which is what originally drew me to the Gender Spectrum Youth Council. I was on the 2016/2017 Youth Council last year am so happy to be back!