In this edition of LGBTQ Spotlight, host Scott Clapson has a lively conversation with Rachel Patterson, Jacob Patterson, Stephanie Wenning, and Kyle Clausen about their local Crescent City community group, Gender Talk.

Gender Talk Flyer

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Gender Talk’s mission is to promote gender and LGBTQ equality, and provide a safe space for representation, discussion, creativity, and expression.

Gender Talk was founded two years ago by Rachel and Jacob after they returned to their home town of Crescent City. Their goal was to create something that was missing when they were growing up: a support system for young women and LGBTQ youth, and a venue to educate youth on issues of equality.

Gender Talk has weekly meetings every Wednesday from 4:00 – 5:00 PM at Coastal Connections in Crescent City. Each meeting is focused on a piece of popular media. Clips taken from television, movies, music videos, commercials, etc., are used to initiate a discussion around familiar images demonstrating that issues of equality are everywhere. By showing the intersection of gender, sexuality, race, class, and ability, Gender Talk hopes to encourage open-mindedness and acceptance of diverse identities.

Building on their weekly meetings, Gender Talk has branched out to include a weekly radio show on KFUG (a community supported FM radio station in Crescent City), a quarterly publication, and a partnership with CASA of Del Norte County. This year they look forward to their first Summer Youth Media Campaign.

They welcome community involvement and invite anyone who wants more information or would like to participate to contact them at gendertalkcc@gmail.com or on their Facebook page, facebook.com/GenderTalkCC. You can follow them on Instagram and Twitter at gendertalkcc.

Don’t miss this lively conversation with these energetic young people who are making a difference in their community.


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