The ACLU of West Virginia in partnership with Amizade is thrilled to announce the first Appalachian Queer Youth Summit, a weekend camp for LGBTQ+ youth and children in LGBTQ families in West Virginia.


As one of the nation's oldest defenders of liberty, the ACLU strives to extend the promise of the Bill of Rights to each and every person.  Historically, the ACLU has focused much more of its work on marginalized communities including LGBTQ+ people.  Since the ACLU took its first LGBTQ case in 1936, we have been at the forefront of this struggle in the courtrooms, in the legislatures, and in the streets.  In rural states like West Virginia, queer youth often find themselves feeling isolated and cut off from the LGBTQ community.  The primary goal of the Appalachian Queer Youth Summit is to break down those barriers of isolation and enable the next generation of activists to come together.  Participants will spend time with others from their community, learn tools for advocacy and organizing, and meet groups and individuals doing important advocacy work throughout the state.

The Appalachian Queer Youth Summit will be held at Camp Virgil Tate, located just outside of Charleston, WV on July 31st through August 2nd.  The summit is open to West Virginia high school incoming juniors and seniors (students who will be juniors/seniors in the 2020-2021 school year) who identify as LGBTQ+ or those in LGBTQ families and have a desire to learn how to advocate for their community and others in West Virginia.  The summit is FREE for all participants, with all lodging and meals provided.  

All those interested are encouraged to apply hereApplications must be completed by March 5, 2020 to be considered for the summit. 

Interested in volunteering?  Fill out our volunteer interest form and we'll be in touch!  Deadline for volunteer forms is March 15, 2020. 

Please see our FAQ sheet below for more information and follow our facebook page for updates.  If you have further questions, please contact ACLU-WV Community Outreach Director Mollie Kennedy at or (304) 290-4484

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