Making the Annapolis Valley a better place for LGBTQ youth and our allies

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Welcome!  Below you’ll find news and events about the Valley Youth Project, an organization dedicated to connecting LGBTQ youth and our allies across the Annapolis Valley.  If you’re new, you might want to read more about who we are and why we’re here.

Sept. 17: Drop In Returns

Pride Salad

The salad days of Summer are waning… which means Drop In returns.  We are back to our regular schedule of the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, beginning on September 17.

Hopefully we’ll see some familiar faces and welcome some new ones. We’ll take the time to share our stories of  Summer vacations, pride parades, camping out, new jobs, back to school and whatever else is happening that you would like to share.  It’s also a safe space to try out your new wardrobe style, or get used to using a different name.  Perhaps a game of Foosball or air hockey might break out.

Drop In runs from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.  It’s a relaxed social space and we provide snacks and refreshments. If you need to know more about the VYP, check out the “New Here” tab above.  We hope to see there!

Can you lend a hand?

We could use some volunteers to help with a fundraising project.

Mr. B’s Tees is producing Tie Dye T-Shirts and rainbow coloured wrist bands for sale at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market  “Pride at the Market” event of July 23. Mr. B’s Tees has generously offered to donate a portion of their sales profits of these items to the Valley Youth Project. They could use some volunteer help producing the T-shirts and bracelets before the Pride Market. You don’t need any experience to help out. The team at Mr. B’s will teach you how to make the items in cooperation with their employees.

If you are able to help out, you can make arrangements by calling Tara Steadman at 582-1280, during their office hours of 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday – Friday, before July 23.

Mr. B’s Tees is located in Canning and works in partnership with CAPRE, an organization that helps adults with intellectual disabilities to operate their own business. Find out more at their websites www.mrbe.ca and www.capre.org.  The VYP is excited about this opportunity to cooperate with Mr. B’s Tees and CAPRE.

Aaaannnnnd… if you’re still looking for more after the Wolfville Pride Events, there are all kinds of things happening in Halifax.

Sadly, unlike in previous years, the Valley Youth Project will not be providing transportation to the parade!  This year, our volunteers have scheduling conflicts, so we won’t be organizing a van.  HOWEVER!  The Halifax Youth Project is decorating a float, and all youth 25 and under and invited to take part. If you want to ride the float or dance your way through the parade in style with other YP kindred spirits, meet at the Halifax office (2281 Brunswick) at noon on July 26, OR head to the marshalling area and hop on there.  You’ll see them… it will say “Youth Project” on the side in big letters.

Want to connect with other Valley youth to meet up, or carpool?  Use the VYP Facebook page to keep in touch.

 

Halifax pride logoThe Halifax Pride committee is organizing all kinds of events.   Their calendar includes:

 

  • Flag Raising and Mayor’s Reception
  • 4-night Theatre Festival
  • Drag Queen Bingo
  • Dog Show
  • Trans Connect’s All-Bodies Swim
  • Dykes vs. Divas Softball Game
  • Comedy Shows
  • International Vigil in support of GLBTQ rights worldwide
  • Noon-time lectures on trans identities, James Baldwin, queer story-telling, and “How Not to Be Offended”
  • Youth Dance
  • Parade and Community Fair
  • Dyke and Trans March
  • Family Picnic

 

Rad pride logoIf you like your Pride with a little more politics, check out Rad Pride Halifax (“Keep Loving, Keep Fighting”):

  • Glamboree Kick-Off Party
  • Head, Heart and Health of Queers Art Show
  • Skillshares including yoga, massage, haircuts and facials, meditation, empathic  listening, and non-violent communication
  • Peep Show: Queer and Feminist Porn Screening (18+ only)
  • Queer and Trans Self-Defense
  • Dyke and Trans Material Making Pary
  • Discussions: No Pride in Apartheid; Resistance to the Neoliberal Queer
  • Zine Launch Party: Baristas Rise Up
  • Queer Speed Dating
  • Bash Back! Queercore show
  • Full Moon Dance Party

Rainbow flagAre you ready for the Pride events coming up in Wolfville this weekend?  For the past several years, a dedicated team has been growing our local Pride one event at a time.  This year’s events start Saturday the 19th and continue until Wednesday the 23rd:

 

  • Flag-Raising and Picnic (Saturday)
  • Celebration of Spirit (Sunday)
  • Bob Stead Memorial Potluck (Sunday)
  • Rainbow Dinner and Market (Wednesday)
  • Movie Night, featuring My Prairie Home with Rae Spoon, and 52 Tuesdays (Wednesday)

 

The full details are on the Wolfville Area Pride Group‘s page.  See you there!

 

Here comes SummSometimes the Spoon Runs Away With Another Spooner and it’s time to get outside and play.  The Drop In on June 18 will be our last before our Summer Break.  We’ll just be catching up with each other with no planned activity. Feel free to bring a small snack of you choice that you wish to share with others.  We’ll have your creations from Clayground for you to take home.

We’re at the usual place, Room 128 in the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.

Drop In will return in late September. In the meantime follow our Blog and Facebook page for some events we’ll be taking part in over the Summer.

We are going off-site for our next Drop In. We will meet  at the Clayground Studio, at 348 Main St., Wolfville, on Wednesday, June 4 at 6:30-8:30.  Clayground is a paint-it-yourself pottery studio. You can read more about Clayground,  including directions to find it, at their web site www.theclaygroundstudio.ca .

We’ll have a selection of pottery to choose  from to paint in your own style.  It is a little gift from your VYP friends.  We’re booking the place for ourselves, so we will have our usual  respectful and safe place to meet with GLBT youth 25 years and younger.

Pottery items that you make that require firing, will be available for pick up at the next Drop In, on June 18,  in the usual place at the Louis Millet Community Complex in New Minas.  The June 18 Drop In will be our last Drop In before we break for the Summer.

Queer Prom Halifax 2014 PosterSo, you probably already knew that there is a Rainbow Prom happening at Horton High on Friday June 6, organized by the Horton High GSA.

But did you also know that there is a Queer Prom planned by the Halifax Youth Project?  It’s true.  So much dancing, so little time.  Here are the details:

  • June 30th, 8pm – 11pm
  • Atlantica Hotel, Halifax
  • $5
  • Ages 19 and under
  • Absolutely drug and alcohol-free

 

As we have in the past, the Valley Youth Project will be providing drives to and from the dance in Halifax. Departure times are approx. 5:30pm – 6:30pm, depending where you’re leaving from.

To sign up for the drive, leave us your contact info (below) any time until Friday, June 20.  We’ll let you know when and where the nearest meeting spot is.

You’re welcome to bring your fancy duds and change at the dance — an entire section of the hotel, including washrooms, is reserved.

As always, your contact info is 100% confidential. Make sure we can reach you by phone or email — we need contact info for everyone in case of last-minute changes.  If you are under 18, we will provide you with a consent form that must be signed by a parent/guardian.  We can mail or email you the form; or, you can download and print it. Make sure to bring it with you when we pick you up.

Let the fun begin!

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