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Pride and Joy Foundation

Elena Joy Thurston




The Pride and Joy Foundation Announces Our Back to School Virtual Event: “SAFE at Schools: What Parents of LGBTQ+ Youth Need to Know for this School Year”

[Queen Creek, Arizona, August 9, 2022] — In keeping with the Pride and Joy Foundation’s mission to prevent suicide in our LGBTQ+ community, we will be hosting an event to support parents and adults advocating on behalf of their youth.

The SAFE at School Zoom event will empower parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ youth with the knowledge they need to support their children and youth in three key areas:

● Legal support- learn your rights as a parent and your child’s rights in the classroom. Josh Covington of The Advocates Project will lead the panel

● Emotional support – discuss ways how to support your LGBTQ+ youth during this school year effectively will be led by Jennifer Boudrye from Parent with Care

● Physical support – learn ways to hold safe spaces in your home and at school this school year and will be led by Mo Bailey.

Executive Director, Elena Joy Thurston said “As parents of LGBTQ+ youth, we are very concerned about the safety of our children in their schools, this year in particular. The anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric has been loud and scary for our kids. The best way we can protect our next generation of LGBTQ+ leaders is to support their parents in learning how to be their child’s first line of defense.”

SAFE at School: what parents of LGBTQ+ youth need to know for this school year will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, September 13th at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET. You can register for the event by visiting

The cost to attend this live virtual event is $0 but we do ask for a suggested donation of $10. All donations go directly to The Pride and Joy Foundation. Our mission is to reduce the rate of suicide and homelessness in the LGBTQ+ community by fostering allyship, advocacy, and creating opportunities to increase the visibility of LGBTQ+ people.