Attic Youth Leader Receives National LGBTQ Task Force Youth Leadership Award

1/23/2017 12:06pm

On Janurary 22, 2017 at the National LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change Conference, Attic youth leader Hazel Edwars was presented with the Task Force's Youth Leadership Award.

Each year, the National LGBTQ Task Force presents these awards recognizing the hard work and dedication of colleagues in our LGBTQ movement. These awards are presented collaboratively with the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals; the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund; and Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE).  

Hazel Edwards is a Philadelphia proud trans community advocate and youth leader. She conducts research and analyzes data to improve the school climate for transgender and gender nonconforming students in the Philadelphia School District. In 2016, Hazel co-authored the School District’s Policy 252, establishing protections for transgender and gender nonconforming students and has led trainings for teachers and administrators on how to best implement the policy. Hazel is an intern at The Attic Youth Center with the Justice League program, mobilizing LGBTQ youth of color to address systems that have negatively impacted their lives. As part of this work, Hazel has presented and led workshops across the Philadelphia region for hundreds of people on gender, sexuality, racism, and anti-oppression. Hazel also co-facilitates GenderRevolution, The Attic Youth Center’s support group for transgender and gender non-conforming youth. She is the only out transgender young person on the Mayor’s Youth Commission in Philadelphia, where she regularly speaks to the issues that impact LGBTQ youth of color in Philadelphia. Hazel is a member of the Youth Leadership Housing Advisory Committee which advises the City of Philadelphia on how to address youth homelessness. Hazel has been recognized for her work and advocacy with the awards and titles: the keynote speaker for Philadelphia Trans March 2016, the Girls Rock Philly 2016 PhillyRising Award, the Youth Rising Star Award at Philadelphia Trans March 2015, and Youth Grand Marshall for the 2014 Philadelphia Pride Parade.