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Camp Tawonga, a Jewish summer camp located near Yosemite National Park, has been a safe haven for Jonathan, who was bullied at their former school. Next summer will be Tawonga sexual meeting special because, for the first time, the camp is officially testing two all-gender cabins. Jonathan can't wait to rock climb, paddle board and kayak on the lake, see the camp's unofficial cat, Outlaw, and, of course, enjoy the new all-gender cabins created to welcome nonbinary campers. At the request of campers, and with overwhelming Tawonga sexual meeting of families, the camp is deating two all-gender cabins this summer.

The cabins will operate July 28 through August 13, one for fifth and sixth graders and one for seventh and eighth graders. There will be a strict no nudity policy in the all-gender cabins. Campers will have the option to change in the bathroom or in changing rooms, similar to dressing rooms in clothing stores. Taking the new generation's lead Campers had already informally renamed the cabins to AG and EG-5 for the last three seasons to help their fellow nonbinary campers feel safe and welcomed, said Rebecca "Becca" Meyer, camp director.

Our campers include those with both Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds, as well as many interfaith families," she wrote in an. Meyer, a year-old ally, has worked at the camp for 11 years. First as associate director, for the last three years she has run the more than year-old camp that sits on acres in the Stanislaus National Forest. Nancy Brunn, the twins' single lesbian mother, said she felt the action taken by the young people sent a message.

She also credited the camp's leadership for taking the steps to embrace gender-nonconforming kids by creating a positive and safe environment and experience for them. To her, the all-gender cabins al one more step in the camp's tradition of welcoming all kids and families.

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Financial assistance is available. For nonbinary campers, Brunn believes, "it feels really good to have their gender affirmed by offering a housing option that is deed to accommodate them.

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The "existing paradigm" of girls-only cabins and boys-only cabins that work for a majority of campers, doesn't work for everyone, she noted. The all-gender cabins are not only embracing what is already organically happening at Camp Tawonga, but are an evolution from the camp's policy to place "children in the cabins according to their preferred gender identity" as they are following what they see as an increase in nonbinary campers and their friends who want to bunk with them.

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To verify what they were witnessing anecdotally, the camp conducted a survey of its 1, families and spoke to a select group of parents about the possibility of creating the all-gender cabins this past spring. Over 13 percent of respondents "said that they wanted us to offer this," said Meyer. Additionally, Meyer reached out to experts at Gender Illumination, Gender Spectrum, and Keshet, which all encouraged the camp to take the leap.

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Ariel Vegosen, founder and director of Gender Illumination, is glad that Camp Tawonga took the initiative. Vegosen began working with Camp Tawonga in April with a gender inclusivity training for staff and then began consulting with them about the all-gender cabins.

Newbrun, a year-old lesbian, never fully left Camp Tawonga. She still works part-time at the camp serving as a senior Jewish facilitator and director emeritus. She also continues to co-lead the Keshet camp with Jamie Simon, the camp's executive director.

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Her gender-nonconforming stepchild, who is a senior at Stanford University, is also a camp staffer, she said. They've led the staff all-gender campfires and cabins for the past two to three years. She and Brunn said that the all-gender cabins are an evolution of the queer family camp.

Newbrun said that she's also noticed straight families with nonbinary children also starting to attend the Keshet camp. Camp registration is now open. Contact the reporter at heather heathercassell. Want the top daily stories delivered to your inbox? In Register. Subscribe Contribute.

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