FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CALGARY- “Trans and gender diverse youth are too often alienated, rejected and isolated,” says Lindsay Peace, Vice-President of Skipping Stone, “This week is about changing that story and writing a new one that says there is space for you here. A space where they can know that people accept and are proud of them and all they’ve accomplished. We want these kids to know that we see them, how incredible they are and that we celebrate them for all for who they are.”

This is the guiding premise behind the Skipping Stone Foundation’s new initiative: Trans Youth
Awareness Week, which runs from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, June 4 and features 7 incredible events in 10 days.

The week is launched Friday night by a Scholarship Fundraiser event featuring a presentation by LGBTQ2+ youth advocate and award winning co-author of ‘I Am Jazz’, the story of a young transgender girl that spawned the hit television show on TLC.

“We are absolutely honoured to be able to bring Jessica Herthel to Calgary” says Amelia Newbert, President of Skipping Stone, “With her unique blend of intellect and humour, she creates an easy, open discussion of what it means to support the transgender and gender diverse youth in our lives. This is one of the questions we get asked the most and we’re so thrilled to be able to provide this perspective.”

The Scholarship Fundraiser is being held in the Jack Singer Lobby at Arts Commons on Friday, May 26 with a reception starting at 6pm and presentations at 7pm. It will be hosted by the incomparable, Mike Morrison.

The events continue on Sunday, May 28 with a free concert at the Palomino featuring Rae Spoon, The Wrong Kind of Girls, and other amazing guests.

The week continues with a youth dance party, workshops for parents and professionals, a movie night and then wraps up with a Tattoo Fundraiser on Sunday, June 4 at Immaculate Concept with all money from all tattoos and piercings done that day going directly to Skipping Stone.

“This week is an opportunity to educate and raise awareness of the challenges facing trans and gender diverse youth, most definitely,” says Newbert “but its also an opportunity to create some really positive and affirming messages to these youth around their gender identity. The importance and value of that can’t be overstated.”

“It’s going to be an amazing week with something for everyone so we’re encouraging community members, families, friends, allies, and just everyone, to come down, join us and above all just have a wonderful time.”