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September, 2009
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Back to School Issue September, 2009
 tc button verticalGreetings!

Welcome to our first newsletter of the 2009/2010 academic year!  Wow, do we have a lot to tell you! There's conference updates; a whole lotta stuff for GSAs to know about getting money to attend the conference in March; a GAYLA open house event  for mentoring and foster parenting in Bridgeport on October 1st  (and across the state!), Coming out LAUGHING on October 17th and lots, lots more! Happy reading - and happy, happy fall!
The workshop proposal forms for True Colors 17: Focus on OUR Families are now available on line at www.ourtruecolors.org.  (look for Sharing Your Expertise on the Home page!) The conference will be held on March 12 and 13th, 2010 at UCONN, Storrs. Save the date and begin planning NOW!
Let's keep summer going a little longer! Join True Colors on Sunday, September 13th at 1:00 for our annual OUTING, this year at Elizabeth Park in Hartford (Asylum Ave entrance across from the Pond House). We'll bring the hot dogs/notdogs, the veggie and meat burgers, the fixins and water - you bring side dishes (salads, chips, dessert) and anything else you want to drink. Come meet our staff, mentors and mentees, and volunteers! Hope to see you then!
conference group shot GSA Updates:
Transportation and/or scholarship money for students for True Colors annual conference is now available!  With many thanks to Faith Middleton and the Fern Berman Scholarship, the Luke Ferrel Scholarship and GLSEN CT, True Colors is delighted to offer GSAs around the state the chance to apply for transportation or scholarship dollars to attend.  Click here for more information! 
Last year's pilot program youth activist institute was a huge success - This year we expect even more.  True Colors Activist Institute is now  accepting applications. Don't miss out!  Click here for your application

open house flyer You survived your adolescence. Time to help someone get through theirs!  True Colors Launches Fall Open House series

 Beginning with a huge GAYLA event on Thursday, October 1st, True Colors is partnering with Casey Family Services and Wheeler Clinic to talk with YOU about foster parenting and mentoring.  It's free, there's no obligation just a great opportunity to find out more about how you can change a child's life - and your own.  Come eat, win prizes (like tickets to the Shubert!), meet other LGBT foster parents and mentors, listen to some great music from Yale Students, get your questions answered and find out if foster parenting, group mentoring or one-on-one mentoring is for you!  For more information, call True Colors at 860.232.0050, ext 302. Check back in a week or two for a full list of open houses across Connecticut.

come out laughingComing OUT?  Might as well do it laughing!

Saturday, October 17th, 7:00 - 10:00 PM, Hartford (location TBD - watch for next week's enews for your update!).
Tickets: $25 benefits True Colors youth programming!  
If you came last year, you know that award winning comic Christine O'Leary was a HOOT!  She had people rolling in the aisles both during her gig and as the MC for the evening. 
There will be food, special drinks, surprises, and many, many laughs!  
Call Lea at 860.232.0050, ext 301 to reserve your tickets.  This event sells out fast - don't miss out! Call now.
Peterson Toscano Special Events!  You won't want to miss!

Transfigurations-Transgressing Gender in the Bible:
Friday, September 11, 2009. Charter Oak Cultural Center
(benefits the TransAdvocacy Coalition)
A new theatre piece written and performed by activist Peterson Toscano. Toscano unearths transgender Bible characters-those people who do not fit in the gender binary and who, in transgressing and transcending gender, find themselves at the center of some the Bible's most important stories. Hilarious and moving. www.petersontoscano.com. Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 seniors, Charter Oak and Let*s Go Arts! Members, $5 students. This play is a fundraiser for the Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition, transadvocacy.org
scott scoffieldScott Turner Schofield: Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps
Real Art Ways

 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

door price: $15/$12 for members
advance price: $12/$9 for members
"Like some sexually ambiguous Scheherazade, ... Schofield comes across more as a loveable neighborhood kid bursting with energy and insight than an agenda-waving political zealot. Bottom line: [Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps is] one of the year's most essential theater experiences." - Wendell Brock, Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

In This Issue
GSA 411
Me? Foster Parent?
Come OUT, come out!
Transgender Performances!
Radically Inclusive!
Radically Inclusive Weekend!
October 9 - 11th
United Church on the Green, New Haven!
Ever been wounded by a faith tradition that doesn't affirm or welcome you as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person?  Then consider it time to heal. 
Join Center Church, Amistad UCC
 New Haven Open and Affirming Congregations. City of Refuge, and Open Door Ministries for a weekend of celebration.
Fri. Oct. 9th, 6:00 PM Cocktail reception to benefit United Church on the Green Parish House ( 323 Temple St , New Haven ). 
Saturday, October 10th, 1:00 PM Revival @ United Church (Corner of Temple/Elm, New Haven ).  This is a full on, old-fashioned, new-Pentecost-style revival bearing witness to the radical inclusivity of God's love - regardless of regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, economic status or any other false barrier to truly meaning "all welcome". 
Sunday, October 11th, 10:30 AM Worship @ United Church on the Green (Corner of Temple/Elm, New Haven ) with Bishop Yvette Flunder, founder of City of Refuge UCC-San Francisco, Ark of Refuge HIV/AIDS ministry, The Fellowship (a nationwide coalition of historically African-American, historically Pentecostal ministries practicing radical inclusivity) .  FREE. 
For Fundraiser Tickets or more information
Call Robin at 860. 232.0050, ext 302

Quick Links
Upcoming Events
 check out our website for other events and open houses!
Watch for our October newsletter coming soon!
True Colors is launching a brand new FAMILY Project beginning in October asking and hoping to answer the question, "What do racially, ethnically, economically diverse families need when their kids come out?" Want more info on this project? Email director@ourtruecolors.org
Contact Information
Robin McHaelen, Executive Director                                860.232.0050, ext 302
Kamora Herrington, Mentoring Program Director               860.232.0050, ext 313
Lea Dantz, Office Administrator                                       860.232.0050, ext 301
Patrick DelVecchio, Group Mentoring Coordinator             860.232.0050, ext 306
Patrick McKenna, GSA Programming Coordinator            860.232.0050, ext 305
Daniel Hayes, Intern, Mentoring Program                         860.232.0050, ext 312
Kent Donovan, Intern Family Acceptance Project              860.232.0050, ext 304
Ashley Flagg, Intern Family Acceptance Project               860.232.0050, ext 304
Tom Poirier, True Colors Conference Intern                       860.232.0050, ext 303

SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE! Submit a workshop proposal for our annual conference!

Due Date: December 11, 2009 
True Colors 17th: Focus on OUR Families, March 12 &13th, University of Connecticut, Storrs. 
Proposal form now available at www.ourtruecolors.org