This Spring and Summer PSKS has been all over the Puget Sound area. Take a look at the pictures below to see our experiences hiking, seeing the amazing work of Kehinde Wiley at the SAM, having art class and visiting the Pacific Science Center.
Ebo, who works in the Arts Department at GayCity, has been doing spoken word and poetry slams for 10 years, and just got back to Seattle after a national competition in Georgia. As someone who identifies as a part of many marginalized communities, they fell in love with spoken word because it got people to listen to them.
For the past two weeks Ebo has been volunteering their time bringing Spoken Word to PSKS. It started as a way to bring together marginalized communities that wanted to write, who wanted to put their experiences, thoughts, and ideas on paper.
In each of the last two workshops our participants have found inspiration from each other. Some wrote for a bit before they talked, some talked and then tried to channel their thoughts onto paper. Either way, the results were immediate: more empathy, awareness and compassion.
Ebo wants to continue bringing spoken word to PSKS. Keep an eye out for more announcements about scheduled workshops!
The participants, staff, and board at PSKS are shocked and saddened by the attack in an Orlando nightclub early this morning. We stand in unity with our LGBTQ friends, family, and the broader community as we mourn this horrific act. As Seattle celebrates Pride this month we renew our belief that love and unity will overcome hate and fear.
A vigil is planned at Cal Anderson Park at 8PM tonight. Please join the community by coming together in response to this tragedy.
“Hi my name is Mari (or Märi). I am one of the new interns at QYCO at PSKS. I am glad to become involved with any organization that helps and promotes peace to queer youth, especially queer youth who are on the streets. So far, I really like my internship. I’ve met a lot of good, kind, and supportive people. I love how this opportunity has helped bring regularity to my schedule. It feels really good to finally be working on something, especially something so important. Queer youth spaces are entirely beneficial to any community and we need there to be more of them and more people becoming involved in organizing and doing outreach for them.”
Mari doesn’t have dreams or aspiration. And she likes it that way. She believes that when you remove those words from your long-term plans, the things that can and will happen become limitless.
Mari is thinking in the now. She’s focused on being a leader in her community, knowing that the 50% of PSKS participants that identify as LGBTQ need specific resources in a queer oriented space.
More importantly, Mari wants to see the queer people in her community feel safe, accepted and to know they have a place to look to where people are going to look out for them.
Mari is one of our Queer Youth Community Organizing (QYCO) interns as part of our LEAP employment program. She found out about QYCO while staying in the PSKS shelter.
She applied, knowing she could use her experience as a leader in the community and familiarity of the sensitivities facing the queer community. The internship is only 2 weeks old and, whether it’s planned or not, Mari is already looking at how to make an impact in their community with their culminating project.
But whether focused on the short-term or the long-term, Mari succinctly states that her only goal is to go about themselves graciously.