In April 2019, SDFTY held its first Leadership Retreat. The counselors from the previous fall’s youth retreat spent the weekend in Sandisfield, Massachusetts. It was an opportunity to relax and build community among the counselors and board members but also a chance to reflect on how SDFTY could best support trans teens moving forward.
There is a magnificent phenomenon in nature called a “Nursing Log": when a tree falls to the ground in a forest and dies, its trunk and limbs decay, creating rich nutrient filled soil where bright new seedlings grow. The added nutrients allow the new growth to flourish in a protected space.
On April 17, 2017, SDFTY held its inaugural event at Oberlin College. As part of Oberlin’s Queerfest, a week of LGBTQ activities, SDFTY brought in Christine Howey to perform her one woman show, “Exact Change.” A native Clevelander,