This month's Teen Pride Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) meeting will be held TODAY, July 23rd, from 2:00-5:00pm at the OutCenter. Come join us in discussion about discrimination in schools and how GSAs can make a difference. We'll have fun ice breakers, leadership exercises, and other LGBTQ+ folks #JustLikeYou and their allies! We look forward to seeing you there!
Our Lake Effect Pride Celebration is just around the corner. We just hired our talented music coordinator for the event (check out more about DJ Koolguy here!), and we're finalizing all of the details. If you still haven't bought your ticket, you can head here to snag one before you miss out on great food, music, and people! And if you still haven't claimed your chance to win up to $10k in our 50/50 raffle, call us ASAP!
To be honest, I'm upset. I'm upset that Bernie Sanders most likely will not win the Democratic primary. I'm upset that Trump is running, and, honestly, that he exists in the first place. I'm upset that just a few weeks ago, 49 queer and trans people lost their lives, and the media continues to focus on how the shooter was a person of color. I'm upset because we're currently in a very tense political climate, and change is desperately needed but so seemingly slow to arrive. And I'm most upset because I feel like I can't do anything to change all of this. I feel helpless, too young to be taken seriously but too old to avoid the responsibility of it all. So I hide from reality by playing video games.
Last month's Teen Pride Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) meeting was held on May 21st, the day before Harvey Milk Day. Meeting at the Phoenix Cafe in Benton Harbor, the teens were led in a variety of activities, one of which was an educational conversation about Harvey Milk and his contribution to the LGBTQ+ movement. Participants discussed Milk's leadership and learned lessons about how to apply his bravery to their own lives. Other activities included a group conversation about mental health as it affects the LGBTQ+ community, as well as a craft project where everyone turned an old T-shirt into a bag without the use of a sewing machine.
In the wake of the Orlando massacre, many of you might be struggling with understanding that violence and are looking for ways to help the LGBTQ+ community.
Trust us--we understand that sometimes the violence going on in the world is just too much to take. Trust us also when we say we need your help to stop the violence. We need you to help us #DisarmHate. We need you to take action in order to save our lives.