LGBT Teen Bullying Forum, May 26th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Big Picture High School, 44 Griffin Road, Bloomfield, CT
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and especially Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming youth are among the most frequent targets of bullies - in school, in the community - and even on the job. True Colors high school intern, Tessa, has created an intergenerational community conversation on LGBT youth bullying.
Is it just a teen on teen problem? What role do adults play in confronting - or condoning -- harassment? Come add your thoughts, ideas, hear from LGBT youth and their allies and together we will make a difference!
Two more Pride Proms!
Friday, June 11th, 7:00 - 10:30 PM, $10 cover charge
The Madison Arts Barn, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT
As reported by Daniel Hand Student, Jacob Griffith Gardner, "On June 11th, from 7:00pm-10:30pm the Daniel Hand High School GASP (Gay and straight people) club will be hosting our every-other-year pride prom! The theme is outer space (we thought calling it "under the stars" wasn't good enough. As LGBTQ and allied people we are the stars, we aren't under them). "
"People may come in either formal wear or space themed clothing, we don't care, as long as everyone's special parts remain covered. This is also a drug and sex free space. Not that they are free, but we are free of them (Thank you Robin from True Colors). And that does mean that anyone who brings bags are subject to bag checks."
"This is a high school only event, so students must have a valid student ID (or if someone doesn't have one please tell us when you RSVP and we can come up with another way to verify your highschoolyness)."
People who are interested in coming can please contact us at DHHS.GASP@gmail.com with their name, any allergies (we shall have snacks and beverage), and an contact number (we like to be over prepared). Also, there will be a Lip Sync contest (optional of course) and a "chill zone" for people to sit and be.
Friday June 17th, 8:00 - Midnight, Rainbow Ball, $40 cover charge
Italian Center, 1620 Newfield Ave, Stamford, CT
Can Zip Lines Save Lives?
They can, if you are on them on Saturday, June 18th, 2011! That is mentoring day at Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park. Half of all proceeds benefit the DCF One-on-One mentoring programs in Connecticut. (True Colors LGBT mentoring program included!) The more you zip, the more lives we save! The more you swim, the more we rescue kids thrown in the river! The more you, well, you get the idea! Grab your friends and family and join us!
Shoreline Church to offer LGBT Film Festival Series
For the third year in a row, Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society is offering an LGBT film series this June, to celebrate Gay Pride Month. The screenings are on Friday evenings at 7:30pm, followed by discussion. This year, the selections cover a wide range of topics from the closeted, repressed life of a gay man during the early 1960's, to the tragic events that occur as the result of bullying by students, to the rather normal yet complicated family life of a lesbian couple raising their two teenage children. The films are free and open to the public, and made possible by a grant from the Fred Keefe Endowment Fund.
June 3: A Single Man,
June 10: Bullied, a documentary, is scheduled for June 10 and is appropriate for all ages. It chronicles one student's ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today. Robin McHaelen, Executive director of True Colors will lead the discussion afterwards. True Colors is a nationally recognized organization in Connecticut that works within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met.
June 17: The final film will be shown on June 17; The Kids Are All Right, (rated R) starring Annette Bening and Juilianne Moore, in a brilliantly acted comedy/drama that shows a smart, vibrant modern American family dealing with common and not so common every day issues about love, life and friendship. The evening's discussion will be led by the Greater New Haven PFLAG chapter (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays). PFLAG, is a national organization that promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.
Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society is located at 297 Boston Post Road in Madison, CT. All films are free and open to the public. For information and details call the SUUS office at 203-245-8720 or go to: Shoreline Unitarian (rated R) directed by Tom Ford,with Colin Firth and Juilanne Moore will be shown on June 3. Based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood, this emotionally intense film takes place in Los Angeles in 1962. A college professor struggles with his grief and attempts to find meaning in his life after the death of his longtime partner. Rev. Claudia Elferdink and Jason Smith will lead a discussion after the film.