Harvey Milk Youth Voices Contest
Perhaps you participated in a social justice program, marched in a Pride parade, experienced or witnessed bullying, struggled with coming out, or have been active in your GSA and encountered struggles with LGBT student’s freedom of expression. We are giving you the chance to share your story about your experiences and perspectives in front of hundreds of people at the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast!
Please submit your application to win this opportunity by April 21. We will accept written essays, spoken word, rap or poetry submitted in writing; or your own video about this topic. Details about how to apply for this exciting opportunity are below.
The Harvey Milk Youth Voices Contest is sponsored by Greater Palm Springs Pride, which uses the power of student stories to build greater support for LGBT youth in schools, create safe and affirming youth programs, and support youth activities that promote equality for all.
Two sets of Prizes Awarded in Two Categories: Written Essays and Digital Essays
1. First Prize: Opportunity to present your story at the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast (with an estimated 650 people), and Free registration to the breakfast. $150 cash and $100 Gelson’s gift basket.
2. Two Second Prizes: $50 cash. Free registration to the breakfast. Opportunity to have essay presented at the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast.
Additionally, the winners will receive their awards at the Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on May 19, 2017, and must be able to attend the event in order to win.
“All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.” Harvey Milk
Identify some of the challenges for LGBTQ youth and propose a few specific solutions that would help make your school and community a safer and more supportive environment for LGBTQ students.
Written essays and videos are acceptable. Essays must be between 300-500 words in length. Spoken word, poetry or essay videos must be between 90 and 180 seconds long.
All authors must be students ages 13-22 in Coachella Valley schools.
All participants are required to attend the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast May 19, 2017.
The winners of the contest will be notified via email.
Contest deadline: 5pm April 21, 2017
Stories must be accompanied by a relevant photo of the author.
To submit a video entry, create a short video that answers the essay question below, upload it to YouTube, and email the video link to [email protected] along with the completed, signed application. Please note: You must upload video to an empty YouTube account that does not have other videos associated with your account.
Once essays and videos are submitted, they become the property of Greater Palm Springs Pride to determine prize notifications and publication. If an essay or video is selected as a prize winner, Greater Palm Springs Pride reserves publishing rights. Greater Palm Springs Pride reserves the right to publish or display essays and videos online, within the community and at the breakfast.
SUBMIT YOUR ESSAY
All applicants must fill out the Application and Release Consent Form and submit their completed application (signed by your parent or legal guardian) to your GSA Advisor or sent to [email protected] or snail mailed to Palm Springs Pride, 329 W Mariscal Rd., Palm Springs, CA 92262.
For Questions, please contact: [email protected]
(All participants must sign the release section of the application. Please note: for participants under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must also sign the Application form.)
If you are under 18, please ensure the consent form is completed, printed, signed by your parent or legal guardian and returned to your GSA Advisor or sent to [email protected] or mailed to Pride, 329 W Mariscal Rd., Palm Springs, CA 92262.
A symbol for the struggle for human rights and freedom of expression
Harvey Milk, a U.S. Navy Veteran who served during the Korean War, was the first known openly gay man elected to public office in the United States. In 1977 Milk won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors thanks to a canny political combination of immigrant, elderly, minority, union and gay voter support. His vast grass-roots based campaign and subsequent victory signaled a coming-of-age for San Francisco’s LGBT population. Affable and shrewd, politically adept and a skilled negotiator, Milk was destined to enjoy a bright future both within San Francisco’s political realm as well as on the national stage. But it was not to be. On November 27, 1978, a mere 11 months after taking office, Harvey Milk was assassinated along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. Disgruntled former City Supervisor Dan White was ultimately convicted, not of first-degree murder, but of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter – a verdict that triggered riots in the gay community. White served five years, only to commit suicide a year after his release from prison. Despite Milk’s short career in politics, he became an icon in San Francisco and “a martyr for gay rights” world-wide. Activist Cleve Jones observed “Though we tend to see our heroes as these mythic people, Harvey was an ordinary man, who faced challenges, defeats and humiliations like the rest of us …but he took the heart of San Francisco.” Milk was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. He remains the most famous openly gay person ever elected to office – an inspiration to the hundreds of men and women who can trace their own courageous forays into public service back to the historic election of Harvey Milk.