Episode 10: Camp Brave Trails ft. Jessica Weissbuch and Kayla Weissbuch


Queer History Lesson of the Day

Bayard Rustin played a pivotal role as an American leader in socialism, civil rights, employment rights, and LGBTQ rights. He is sort of an unsung hero as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States.

According to the documentary film BROTHER OUTSIDER, “Despite these achievements, Rustin was silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten, imprisoned and fired from important leadership positions, largely because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era.” It is thought that Rustin educated leaders to adopt nonviolence as an approach to the bus boycott in Montgomery, AL in 1956.

“Rustin’s biography is particularly important for lesbian and gay Americans, highlighting the major contributions of a gay man to ending official segregation in America. Rustin stands at the confluence of the great struggles for civil, legal and human rights by African-Americans and lesbian and gay Americans. In a nation still torn by racial hatred and violence, bigotry against homosexuals, and extraordinary divides between rich and poor, his eloquent voice is needed today.”

Sources

BROTHERS OUTSIDER: The Life of Bayard Rustin

In Newly Found Audio, A Forgotten Civil Rights Leader Says Coming Out 'Was An Absolute Necessity'


Introduction

Imagine a camp that affirms all parts of you. Not only does it empower you to be confident and self aware, but also gives you the leadership tools and resources to create positive social change. Camp Brave Trails is more than just your average summer camp. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer (LGBTQ) youth are found to be resilient, innovative individuals. When given a safe and supportive environment, these youth are natural leaders with the capacity to thrive and create change! Today, we sit down with the co-founders and co-executive directors of Camp Brave Trails, Jessica Weissbuch and Kayla Weissbuch, to discuss how they use summer camp and innovative programming to transform LGBTQ youth and families into leaders.



Audio



Fifth Annual Camp Out

Saturday, April 6th, 2019


Special thanks to Camp Brave Trails