Welcome to the It Gets Better YK website!


Here you'll be able to learn about what we do, who we are, and the events that are coming up!


You can also download our media following the resources link up top!


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We’re looking to start up a monthly hang out space for queer youth and their allies in Yellowknife (up to the age 19), but we’re worried about recruiting sponsors and partners and then not having anybody show up!

If you are in support of this concept, having monthly queer spaces for youth to hang out (and have fun) at, let us know so we can let possible partners know!

These spaces would most likely include some/all of the following:

  • food (pizza is delicious)
  • a queer adult or two to share some stories
  • movies
  • music
  • games
  • laughs
  • information
  • other queer youth
  • prizes (!!!!)

Let us know if you’re interested by either sending us a private e-mail, FB message or note on our website, or by commenting openly on any of our social media!

gaywrites:

Hey. This is important. 

(via projectqueer)

Here’s some information on how to help support your friends or children who’ve come out of the closet!

Contact us with any questions!

February 11th 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

IDENTITY AND ALLY WORKSHOPS OPEN TO PUBLIC IN YELLOWKNIFE, NT

YELLOWKNIFE – It Gets Better Yellowknife is an outreach program designed to support queer youth and their allies in Yellowknife. Throughout our work in Yellowknife, we have facilitated numerous workshops at schools and community events. 

Our workshops focus on creating a safer place for LGBTTQQIAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual) youth and their allies in Yellowknife by educating and creating awareness about queer issues and identities. Many community members have asked us to open these workshops to the public. 

We’re glad to announce that the Public Service Alliance of Canada, Northern Region, has graciously donated to us their boardroom in order to hold two workshops for the public.

On Monday, February 18th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, we will be facilitating a workshop titled “Identities 101” where you will learn about various queer issues and identities and how different parts of our identities relate (or don’t relate!) to one another.

On Tuesday, February 19th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, we will be facilitating a workshop titled “How To Be An Ally” where you will learn about how to be an ally to the queer community in both your personal and professional life.

To register, please visit itgetsbetteryk.org/events or e-mail us at itgetsbetteryk@hotmail.com. A registration fee of a minimum $10 donation is requested for those who can manage.

For additional information, please contact Jacq Brasseur, Co-Chair at 867-445-5878 or email itgetsbetteryk@hotmail.com

therainbowtimes:

It is the only time when happiness will reach you, because you are yourself and that’s all you should always be. 

(via projectqueer)

Get ready for our awesome workshops coming to you in February 2013!

For more information, check out itgetsbetteryk.org/workshops or itgetsbetteryk.org/events.

January 15th 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAFE SCHOOLS REQUIRE POLICIES THAT SPECIFICALLY ADDRESS LGBT*Q*A NEEDS

YELLOWKNIFE – It Gets Better Yellowknife is an outreach program designed to support queer youth and their allies in Yellowknife. Throughout our time spent with youth of many ages, cultures and identities, we have come to acknowledge that queer youth require unique social support in their school and work environments.

As Northern schools have recognized the unique needs of Aboriginal and Inuit students, of students living in poverty and of students with developmental or cognitive disabilities, It Gets Better Yellowknife proposes that Northern schools also have a responsibility to recognize the unique needs of queer youth.

In May 2011, Egale Canada, a Canadian Organization for the Equality of Gays and Lesbians everywhere, completed Canada’s first ever climate survey for LGBT*Q*A identified youth. According to this survey, 1 in every 7 students self-identified as LGBTQ or queer. 70% of youth (both queer and allied) reported hearing homophobic expressions daily and 90% of transgender youth reported hearing transphobic expressions daily. Almost 65% of queer students (and 61% of students with queer parents) reported feeling unsafe at school. In schools where specific anti-homophobia policies are in place, 80% of queer students reported never being physically harassed.
These statistics imply that the experiences of queer students in Canadian schools are definitely not what they should be. All students have the right to be taught in schools where they feel safe, loved and accepted for every part of who they are.

It Gets Better Yellowknife believes that if a school does not make a conscious effort to specifically address the social needs of queer and trans students, that they cannot appropriately refer to themselves as a queer-friendly or queer-inclusive environment.
If any schools are interested in creating safe, inclusive policies for their students of the LGBT*Q*A community, It Gets Better Yellowknife would be happy to help facilitate this project.

For additional information, please contact Jacq Brasseur, Co-Chair at 867-445-5878 or email itgetsbetteryk@hotmail.com

We had an absolute blast presenting to a few CALM classes at Sir John Franklin High School last week.

We heard some awesome questions, and a whole lot of laughs. We’re super glad we were invited, and can’t wait to come back in the middle of December for some more presentations.

Thanks so much, SJF!

If you want us to come do a presentation at your school, talk to a teacher and get them to contact us!

Our basic gender(identity)bread person to help you learn about the intersection of identities.

We know we’re missing stuff, and we’re working on an extended gender(identity)bread person. Suggest your identities to us here.

We’re also working on a glossary where we can define all of these words for you all!

transstudent:

Want to know more about your legal rights as an LGBTQ student? Click here for an awesome article by the Southern Poverty Law Center! To repost on Facebook, click here! To retweet, click here!