LGBTQ Safe Spaces

 

The CAMHD Safe Spaces Committee (SSC) is a council of CAMHD staff and community members whose mission is to create and maintain an LGBTQ+ affirming system of mental health care for youth, that advances inclusive practice, urges accepting attitudes, operationalizes diversity, and provides education to the larger community. The SSC is dedicated to examining and improving policies and practices of the CAMHD, its contracted providers, and the broader system of care to promote best and promising practices related to mental health treatment of LGBTQ+ youth and their families.
 

Events

Hawai’i International Summit on Preventing, Assessing, and Treating Trauma – IVAT
Thursday, March 31, 2022 | 8:30 AM

Robin Lee and Kimberly Allen present on “Creating Safe Spaces for Sexual and Gender Minority Youth,” during which they will debut “Let Her Play,” followed by a discussion of the important role that sports play in the lives of some transgender youth.
Join us at the Summit >> | Watch our presentation promo >>
 

Groups

LGBTQ+ and Ally Hangout
For teenagers 13+ who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community, an ally, or looking for a safe place to socialize and join a community. Monthly Zoom – First and third Wednesday 4:00 to 5:00 pm.
Hosted by the YMCA | Download flyer >> | Sign up >>

Visit Nuuanu YMCA Linktree
LGBTQ+ Ally Hangout SM Flyer (1/11/22)
 

Programs

All programs are for cis, trans girls, gender-expansive, and non-binary people who are comfortable in a space that centers on the experiences of girls/women. Age 12-19.
Hosted by the Hawai’i Women in Filmmaking | Download flyer >> | Register >>

Youth Video Lab
Youth Video Lab
Starting on December 7, 2021 – Ongoing / Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Free – Online – Drop-in No long term registration needed Instructor: Noa Helela

The Youth Video Lab is a virtual space for youth participants to get help for any film projects, ask filmmaking questions, and/or start film-related discussions. One or more mentor(s) will be present to answer questions, engage in discussions, and provide assistance to the best of their knowledge and ability. Like office hours, the video lab is open for drop-ins on zoom any time between 4 pm and 6 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Like Breath
Like Breath
December 22 – January 26, 2022 / Wednesdays 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Free – Online – Limited seating / Instructor: Ngaio Simmons

In Like Breath, we explore different forms of poetry to tell our stories. By the end of this 6-weeks program, participants will gain a solid understanding of the large expanse that is the poetry genre, the ability to convey thoughts within a wide range of poetic styles and subjects, and an online publication distributed through the HWF website.
Making Media That Matters Spring #1
Making Media That Matters Spring #1
January 22 – March 7, 2022 / Saturdays 10:00 – 2:00 pm
In-person @ Waiwai Collective, 1110 University Avenue, Honolulu, 96826
Free / Limited Capacity

Making Media That Matters (MMTM) is a filmmaking program to develop filmmaking and critical-thinking skills by examining issues in our communities. The program provides a platform for our young women and girls to explore issues that matter to them, learn about filmmaking, tell their stories and be agents of social change through film. MMTM is filmmaking for civic engagement and social justice.
Making Media That Matters Spring #2
Making Media That Matters Spring #2
March 26 – May 7, 2022 / Saturdays 10:00 – 2:00 pm
In-person @ Waiwai Collective, 1110 University Avenue, Honolulu, 96826
Free / Limited Capacity

Making Media That Matters (MMTM) is a filmmaking program to develop filmmaking and critical-thinking skills by examining issues in our communities. The program provides a platform for our young women and girls to explore issues that matter to them, learn about filmmaking, tell their stories and be agents of social change through film. MMTM is filmmaking for civic engagement and social justice.
Youth Wellness Reel Camp for Girls
Youth Mental Wellness Reel Camp for Girls
March 14 -19, 2022 / Monday to Saturday 1-5pm
In-person @ Waiwai Collective, 1110 University Avenue, Honolulu, 96826
Free / Limited Capacity

The Reel Camp for Girls is a one-week long filmmaking program where participants discuss youth mental wellness and working with real equipment, write, direct, edit, and produce a short film on the issue.
 

Videos

Safe Spaces Committee members, Kimberly Allen and Robin Lee and Youth Peer Partners Tiffany Darragh and Billie-Ann Bruce will present a training on the basics of working with LGBTQ youth. They will cover relevant terms, the LGBTQ-specific impacts of prejudice, discrimination, and oppression on mental health, and how to make a safe space for LGBTQ youth.

Let Her Play (animated video)

Let Her Play video now available – click to watch
The ABCs of LGBTQ (webinar recording)

The ABCs of LGBTQ Webinar recording now available – click to watch | Presentation
The ABCs of LGBTQ (animated video)
 

Resources

Education
Comprehensive College & Scholarship Guides for LGBTQ Students

Hawai'i Resources
CAMHD Safe Spaces Committee (SSC)

Department of Human Services (DHS)

Harm Reduction Services Branch (HRSB)

Hawai’i Health & Harm Reduction Center (HHHRC)

Hawai’i Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE)

Legislation & Policy
  • §577-29: Mental health services relating to minors; diagnosis, counseling, and related activities
  • §431:10A-118.3: Nondiscrimination on the basis of actual gender identity or perceived gender identity; coverage for services
National Resources List for LGBTQIA+ Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults Living in Non-Affirming Environments
Queer Resources

Transgender & Gender Diverse Specific Resources

Phone Support & Crisis Resources

Pronouns
Videos & Games About Pronouns

Safe Spaces Affirmation Clause

For questions about this page, training schedule and resources, please contact Kimberly Allen at [email protected].

 

Last reviewed on March 29, 2022