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.

Dec. 6: Fishes and Boulders

question-mark-460863_1280We want to know what you think about Drop In. What do you like? What would make it better for you? Guest facilitator Al Cusak will join us at the December 6 Drop In to help us with activities to share your ideas for making Drop In a more awesome space.

All 2SLBTG+ youth 25 years and younger are welcome to join us Dec. 6, at 6:30-8:30 in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex. We’ll have snacks and door prizes.  To help make it comfortable for everyone,  please don’t wear scented products.

If you need a ride, request one here Transportation Request , by 3:30 PM on the Monday before Drop In.

Please note that this is the last Drop In for 2017. We’ll be back on January 17, 2018.

 

Research Participants Wanted

We are sharing this information on behalf of Dalhousie Graduate Student Emma Van Rooyen (School of Health and Human Performance) who is looking for participants for her graduate research project. See the poster below for details. To learn more about Emma Van Rooyen and her research visit www.SexEdResearch.blogspot.ca  You can contact Emma directly by phone at (902) 300 3494, or by E-Mail at Emmav@Dal.ca.  This is not a VYP event, so please send any questions you have directly to Emma.

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Laverne Cox, host of “The T-Word”

Actress and trans advocate Laverne Cox made an eye-opening documentary about seven transgender youth ranging from 12 – 24.  They are “showing the world what it means to defy expectations and live their lives – and truth – as authentically as possible.”

The participants in the documentary talk about getting support and having success.  They also describe experiences of violence and rejection, and how they responded.

We’ll show the documentary, then have time for discussion. How well do you think the documentary represents transgender issues?  What are the best and worst media representations of trans lives?  If you were making a documentary, what would you put in it?

You can watch the documentary in advance if you want.  Also, here are are some interviews with the people in the documentary, talking about their lives 1 year later.

Note that the drag performance we were hoping to host is on hold for now — we will revisit that idea in the new year.

Drop In runs 6:30-8:30 pm in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.

We’ll have snacks and drinks, and Guiding Principles to help make the space welcoming for all Queer and Trans youth 25 years and younger.  Also to help make the space more welcoming, please avoid wearing scented products. The LMCC is not a scent free building, but we can try to make our Drop In space as comfortable as possible for all.

If you need a ride from anywhere in Kings County, Annapolis County, or Hants County, submit a Transportation Request, no later than 3:30 on Monday afternoon, and we’ll arrange a ride for you.

Nov. 1 Drop In: Buttons

1f7026101448c7e269a67d4c1b5ad00dWe’re breaking out the Button Maker at our November 1 Drop In. You can create your own image or use one of our templates to make wearable art. Join us if this sounds like an activity you want to do.

Drop In runs 6:30-8:30 pm in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.

We’ll have snacks and drinks, and Guiding Principles to help make the space welcoming for all Queer and Trans youth 25 years and younger.  Also to help make the space more welcoming, please avoid wearing scented products. The LMCC is not a scent free building, but we can try to make our Drop In space as comfortable as possible for all.

If you need a ride, submit a Transportation Request, no later than 3:30 on Monday afternoon, and we’ll arrange a ride for you.

cfabd944009d8825be2ec00790502d59We will be hosting a Drag Workshop, with special-guest facilitators,  at our October 18 Drop In.  This workshop is an introduction to the elements of drag performance.  Participants will be able to design a number during the workshop, or simply engage with the information.
Drag is a performance art where people experiment with and explore gender in creative ways.  This can involve performing as a gender different than what the performer normally identifies as, or performing as a dramatized version of any gender.
So this is your chance to learn about Drag, or experiment with your own style.  We will also be hosting an actual Drag performance show for VYP participants in November, so if you wish, you will have a chance to practice your own Drag performance in front of a welcoming audience. Even if you’re not interested in doing Drag yourself, join us to see what it is all about, as Drag has a vibrant history in Queer culture.
Drop In happens from 6:30-8:30, in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex in New Minas.  If you need a ride, send us a Transportation Request, by 3:30 PM on the Monday before Drop In.

getting-to-know-you-bingo-from-lets-get-togetherIt’s the season to meet new friends, get to know each other, and win prizes!  This week, we’ll have Get-To-Know-You Bingo, a scavenger hunt, and other games to get people introduced and learning about each other.  Fall-themed prizes are available, and everyone can be a winner!

The main goal of Drop-In is to make a more awesome Annapolis Valley for all LGBTQ+ people.  To do that, we all work together to make drop-in inviting for all.  Join us to learn about each other and create the kind of welcoming atmosphere we should have everywhere.  We’ll play some simple games that help us practice introducing ourselves to new people, setting the stage for everyone to feel comfortable talking, and supporting each person to be themselves.  First we take Drop-In… then we take the world!

All LGBTQ+ folk and friends, 25 years and under are welcome.

  • 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Room 128
  • Louis Millet Community Complex
  • 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.

If you need a ride from Annapolis, Kings, or Hants Counties, to Drop In, submit a Transportation Request by Monday at 3:30PM,  and we’ll arrange a free ride for you. We hope to see you soon!

Sept. 20: Drop In Returns

9016_A-rainbow-leaf-on-the-grass-with-rain-dropsFall is on it’s way, and so is the return of Drop In. Beginning Wednesday September 20, we are back to our regular schedule of the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.  The details remain the same – 6:30-8:30 pm in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.

We’ll catch up with your stories of Summer adventures, have some snacks, hang out, and maybe play some of our games. All LGBTQ+ folk, 25 years and under are welcome.

If you need a ride from Annapolis, Kings, or Hants Counties, to Drop In, submit a Transportation Request, a couple days before Drop In,  and we’ll arrange a free ride for you. We hope to see you soon!