#Love is Love! LGBTQ+ Youth in California and Baden-Württemberg
Eureka! Ländle Meets California
Location: Zoom Admission: Free Language: English Registration: Please register here
Adolescence is a complicated time for all young people, but it can be especially challenging for LGBTQ+ youth: as they are developing into who they truly are and trying to find their place in the world, they are also facing discrimination, harassment and even violence based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. A support system, role models, and community can make all the difference during this time.
As June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we will address these issues for our EUREKA – Ländle Meets California series and bring together two organizations in Baden-Württemberg and California that work with queer youth. Our guests will give us a valuable insight into their respective work, including the challenges and obstacles they face on a daily basis, and talk about best practices for empowering LGBTQ+ youth as well as fighting for acceptance and equality.
The event is part of an event series initiated by the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg to enhance the relationship between the two sister states California, USA, and Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The virtual discussion will be moderated and will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Justin began his professional career in 2009 as an employment specialist helping young people in Nicaragua before working as an educational specialist at the DREAM Project, a nonprofit school in the Dominican Republic. In 2012, Justin was recruited by Teach For America (TFA) and became a bilingual (English-Spanish) teacher in an elementary school in San Antonio, Texas.
With the help of an It Gets Better video shared by a group at his graduate alma mater, Justin came out that same year and has since built a career around empowering LGBTQ+ youth. He began working for the It Gets Better Project in 2014 where he has expanded the organization’s Global Affiliate Network to 20 countries and created It Gets Better EDU, the arm of the organization that helps facilitate the introduction of LGBTQ+ stories into educational settings.
Justin has a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) in Global Health Promotion and a Bachelor’s degree in International Area Studies (Latin America) with a minor in Political Science.
June Wahl has been on the board of Lambda Baden-Württemberg for six years. Lambda Baden-Württemberg (BW) is an umbrella organization that supports LGBTQ+ youth groups throughout the state. Lambda aims to empower the new generation of LGBTQ+ to help make their voices heard and to provide them with a safe and inclusive community. The non-profit organization also hosts interactive events and networking opportunities for group leaders. In 2020 and 2021 Lambda BW launched an ongoing movie viewing project that promotes LGBTQ+ visibility in rural area theatres.