Dear TRENDS Diary -
My name is David Breña (he/him) and I work for Boulder County Public Health’s OASOS program, which offers positive support and fun for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) youth. I also co-facilitate the Saint Vrain Valley Safe Schools Coalition with Mandy Blumreich. Saint Vrain Valley Safe Schools Coalition (SVVSSC) is important to me because it’s a space in which community members come together to seek solutions to the issues impacting LGBTQIA+ youth in our area.
As a transgender immigrant man, I’ve experienced prejudice, discrimination, and violence in my communities. I’ve also experienced the healing power of community support and community organizing. When I can navigate systems that already have figured out strategies to support transgender people, I feel supported because I know that those changes were made by people who advocated to make them happen. I want LGBTQIA+ youth in our school district to also experience that community support.