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Friday, April 15, 2016

A Writing Opportunity

We were recently contacted by a website that has just started, looking for youth over the age of 18 that would like to write about LGBTQ+ issues.  

The site is called Odyssey, and its worth taking a moment to explore.  From their about page:
"Odyssey is a social content platform that discovers and shares a chorus of millennial voices, amplified organically through social media. The platform empowers its thousands of creators to contribute and share what matters to them, and enables content to find its most relevant audience organically. "

The articles about all sorts of topics, and you can see some examples here
It probably doesn't surprise anyone that I don't agree with all the opinions shared in these articles, but these are the examples given by the editor to demonstrate the range of topics.  My hope is that if yall start writing things I might be more interested in the content. 

Lindsey Taylor, the editor, reached out to us because she is trying to intentionally include the LGBTQ+ voice on the site.  She is a lesbian mom herself, and while she enjoys writing about her perspectives, there are a lot more out there! 

If you are an aspiring writer, this is a good opportunity to get some of your writing out there and start building a collection of places you have been published or featured.  Also the MOST SHARED article each week receives a stipend (aka money).

Get in touch with Lindsey at, and make sure to let us know if you decide to write an article so we can all read and share!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Video PSA Scholarship Oppertunity

Sponsored by The Spangenberg Shibley & Liber

So out of no where I stumbled on this scholarship opportunity, and its an interesting one!
Do you like to make videos?  Good at video editing?  

This scholarship has a deadline coming up fast on April 15th, so its going to take some hustle, but the video only needs to be 30-60 seconds. 

The Public Service Announcement needs to be about one of 4 topics. 
  • What can students do to help prevent bullying?
  • Elections: Why is voting important?
  • How can we help young people make healthier food choices at home and in school?
  • Distracted driving: What can young people do to help end this epidemic?
The first two could be very lgbtq+ related, the last two maybe not, but are still good issues to talk about!  

The first prize is $2,000, and second place is $1,000!  So if this is your forte, get cracking! 


  • Must be currently attending or planning to attend a college or university during the 2016-2017 academic year;
  • Must be in good academic standing at your current educational institution;
  • Must submit all required entry materials and supply all required information by the deadline;
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent U.S. resident;
  • Must have read and agree to the General Rules & Disclaimers
  • Employees of Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP and immediate family members are not eligible for this essay contest.

Camp Lightbulb

Camp Lightbulb 

Registration is open for Camp Lightbulb, a lgbtq+ camp in Provincetown, MA.  Here are awesome things about Camp Lightbulb that might make you want to do something with this information.

  • Camp Lightbulb is a camp for LGBTQ+ youth
  • Ages 14-17
  • Its a week long, overnight camp
  • Campers come from all over the country
  • About 40% of their campers receive full or partial scholarships!!
Yeah I know this isn't accessible to everyone, its far away and not everyone gets a scholarship.  But if you really love summer camp and want to make it happen, I wanna help you try!  The camp's policy is
"If you require financial assistance we will ask tat you help pay towards Camp by saving or fundraising towards a portion of Camp, travel expenses and / or pocket money. Please get in touch for more information."
so they seem very willing to work with folks. Let me know if there is anyway I can help you take advantage of opportunities like these!

Indy PFLAG Scholarship

Indy PFLAG Scholarship

This is definitely a scholarship you all should apply for!  Indy PFLAG is a chapter of the national PFLAG organization, and so this scholarship is separate from the National PFLAG scholarship.

There will be at least one $500 scholarship awarded for next school year.  Here's what you need to know.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a Resident of Indiana
  • Be a graduating High School senior or have a high school diploma already or a GED
  • Self Identify as a part of the lgbtq+ community
  • Demonstrate an interest in serving the lgbtq+ community
  • Have been accepted into college or other higher education (including trade school)
Is that you?  Well here's what to do.
So yeah, you need to already have registered for your school.  Luckily the deadline isn't until July 15th, 2016.  So you have a while.  But go ahead and get the rest done.  You'll have a handy essay on hand for other applications and you'll be ready to go when you do register.  Remember IYGers, staff that knows you well are happy to write recommendation letters.  

You do have to mail in your application and other stuff to 
Indianapolis PFLAG Scholarship
P.O. Box 502033
Indianapolis, IN 46250

Questions? More Info here, or you can email them at

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Indy Pride Scholarship!!

Indy Pride has released their scholarship application for this year!

Let's do this!!


  • You can get up to $2,000 
  • Deadline for consideration is Monday, February 29, 2016 at 11:59pm EST
  • You have to be going to an Indiana school
  • Open to everyone, including allies
  • You either need to be making (or planning to make) contributions to the LGBTQ+ community with what you are studying OR identify as part of the community and demonstrate a lack of other support in attending college
Guess who should be getting these scholarships?  LGBTQ+ Youth in Indiana (and our hardworking allies)!  Who are you?  Those people!  I know the application is due at the end of the month, but its not that long, so go do it!  You do need a letter of recommendation, something that staff at IYG are capable of writing for you... ask the staff member who knows you best to talk about how great you are!

Apply Here!

Internship Opportunities: Indiana Government and Campus Pride!

Hey Hey!  Who wants a job?? 

Well, not just a job, a good job, that pays and helps you work towards your future, and where you get treated with respect and integrity.  

It's a tall order for sure, but not impossible!  Check out these internship opportunities!  Internships are great because not only are you working, but they look great on resumes and can give you some solid references for the future.

Campus Pride Summer Fellow

Campus Pride is a great organization that works on college campuses to support lgbtq+ college students.

From their website:
"Campus Pride represents the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students. The organization is a volunteer-driven network “for” and “by” student leaders. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBTQ and ally students on college campuses across the United States"

Suffice to say they are great people and working with them is bound to be fun.

Some details:
  • Fellowship Dates:  Tuesday, May 17 through Sunday, August 14, 2016
  • 40 hours/week with a monthly stipend of $650 for the three months 
  • Works from the office in Charlotte, NC.  Yeah, that's not in Indiana.  So you have to move there for the summer.  But they provide housing!  But it does look like you'll need a car.  Wanna spend the summer in North Carolina?  Charlotte is nice, and the beach isn't far... 
The question I have... do you have to be in college?  It doesn't say!  So if you are really interested, make a case for yourself.  That's what cover letters are for! 

2016 Governor's Public Service Internship Program

So the statehouse is not the most fun place to work.  And they certainly are not (generally speaking) supportive of us lovely queers.  BUT working with the state government does give you some power to make change and learn more about government things so you can make change when you're grown.  It's a great opportunity!  

Also, there are a lot of different departments looking for interns, most of which wouldn't put you near the legislative action.  One of them might be right for you!  For example: the State Library, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Dept of Natural Resources, etc.  If you want to work in social services (I know a lot of you do, you caring individuals you), there are some good opportunities in here for you!

  • $11.30 / hr!
  • Have to have finished your first year of college
Unfortunately to apply you have to go to this annoying site, make a log-in, and search for the internship you are interested in.  It is not user friendly at all, which annoys me.  Maybe it is a test to see if you can handle frustrating government paperwork.  :P

Campus Pride's Online College Fair

So yall know about Campus Pride right?  If you don't, check em out real quick.  They have so many different great resources for queer college youth, or folks looking to go to college soon.

Campus Pride every year puts on an Online College Fair specifically for LGBTQ+ Youth!!  This year it falls on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th.  Here are the details:

  • Its totally free
  • You can chat with college reps from over 40 colleges all over the nation
  • These colleges are definitely queer friendly! 
  • Live Google+ Hangout 4:00pm EST
  • Chat with College Reps from 3:00pm – 9:00pm EST
It sounds great!  And apparently there are prizes too??

College Fairs are awesome oppertunities, not just because you can find out more about specific colleges you might be interested in, but also to get advice on applications, on how to narrow down your college search, or specifically at this college fair, how to make sure the school you are interested in is lgbtq+ friendly. I highly recommend checking it out!