GLAAD is starting a weekly digital chat for LGBTQ youth to connect and share their stories while isolating during COVID-19. The chat, ‘AmpU,’ is amplifying the voices and experiences of LGBTQ young people on social media. The chat is an extension of GLAAD’s Youth Engagement Programming that works with LGBTQ young people to create change through media advocacy.
AmpU’s weekly, Wednesday Twitter takeovers will be hosted by young GLAAD supporters including youth activists and GLAAD Campus Ambassadors. The inaugural chat is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 22, and will be hosted by GLAAD’s Director of Youth Engagement, Clare Kenny.
“By telling impactful stories on GLAAD’s digital channels, our Campus Ambassadors have been able to reach and teach millions of people about LGBTQ youth issues,” says Kenny. “While they may not be on their campuses at this time, we know they are leaders and role models for their generation, especially in online spaces. AmpU provides LGBTQ youth with the opportunity to tell their stories, and connect with other young people who are isolating or away from their chosen families at school.”
Kenny with GLAAD Campus Ambassadors at a GLAAD youth summit, December 2019.
AmpU youth leaders will host conversations about adjusting to life changes during COVID-19, how to apply to a job, why self-care matters, LGBTQ identity and acceptance, the best new moments in pop culture, and much more.
AmpU will take place every Wednesday on GLAAD’s Twitter account. The host will invite fellow LGBTQ young people to tell their stories while sharing their own experiences and providing resources along the way. LGBTQ young people everywhere are invited to join the conversation and get connected to GLAAD’s network of passionate young people.
To join the first conversation, follow GLAAD on Twitter and tune in at 1pm ET!