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.

Drop In Returns Sept. 21

9016_A-rainbow-leaf-on-the-grass-with-rain-dropsDrop In returns Wednesday September 21, 2016. We’re looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new folks.  Come tell us about your Summer adventures.  We’ll break out some games – maybe even the button maker. Bring along your ideas for more Drop In activities we can do.

The details remain the same:  Drop In runs from 6:30-8:30 in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.  Once inside the LMCC, follow the VYP signs to the door with the Rainbow Flag.

We welcome all LGBTQ+ / MOGAI youth 25 years and under, and your friends. There is no membership, or registration – just show up and join in. The facilitators take some time at the start of each Drop In to introduce and check in with everyone, and review our guidelines before we get into our activities.

If you’re taking Kings Transit, get off at the Ken Wo Golf Course, or the Flower Cart stops. The LMCC is a short walk,  between these two stops. We have bus tickets to get you back home. Make sure to check the Transit Schedule so you don’t miss the last bus home. If you’re not on the bus route, we offer free transportation.  Submit a request from our Transportation Request page, preferably two days before Drop In, and we’ll get back to you with the details of your ride.

Any questions? Use the Contact Us button or leave a comment. Looking forward to seeing you!

Want to support the Valley Youth Project, but aren’t sure how? By adopting a book for our fledgling library, you are directly supporting the youth who use our services. Our goal is to have all 16 books on our wish list adopted by the time drop-in starts again for the year in September. This collection of books will live at the drop-in room and be available to youth and their supporters to borrow.

Our wish list is hosted by The Box of Delights, located in Wolfville, so your donation works to support both the VYP and a great, local, independent resource for all things print. You can check out our  list here to adopt a book anytime: VYP Library Wish List

Come see us this Wednesday at the Market, and even if you can’t adopt a book, stop by to celebrate print culture by making your own queer lit themed button.

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The Wolfville Farmer’s Market is celebrating Pride at their Wednesday evening market, today, July 20, from 4:00 -7:00 pm. The VYP will be there – drop by our table and say “Hi!”

Here’s a list of other participants:
· Acadia PRIDE: Acadia Pride is an outreach organization that is a part of the ASU that aims to bring LGBT+ individuals in the student and Wolfville community together to create a strong community. We wish to share our resources and add to our list of resources to help LGBT+ individuals in need.
· Art by Bea / Artfulness – Painting for the soul: Beatrice Salsman was born and raised in the beautiful Annapolis Valley. In her earlier years, Bea enjoyed painting in oils and water colour. She has studied with various artists throughout Nova Scotia and British Columbia. Her creative energy directed her life’s journey through careers in carpentry and stained glass. Returning to her Nova Scotia roots, and to her love of painting, she now uses acrylics as her chosen medium of expression. The subjects of her work are diverse and her art is currently in galleries in NB and NS.
· Certified Travel Consultant – GowithHippo Travel: Karla is an avid traveller with a passion for helping everyone to discover the world! Karla is a Certified Travel Consultant with a unique focus on LGBTQ2S trips, as well as family vacations, and tours for solo travellers.
She offers personalized expertise (and payment plans!) to help find you a trip that’s the perfect match for you! Everywhere You Go, GO with HIPPO Travel!
· Halifax Pride: Halifax Pride has been producing events in Nova Scotia for 29 years that aim to be accessible to all, fiscally responsible, and honour and celebrate all parts of the LGBTQ+ community. One of the key features of Halifax Pride’s activities is a Pride Festival, happening now, in Halifax. Halifax Pride also aims to advocate for and mentor LGBTQ+ groups in rural Nova Scotia.
· Knitty Kitty Crafts: Knitty Kitty Crafts specializes in different geek fandom and Pride related goods crafted from yarn or threads through crochet, knitting and cross stitching.
· Let’s Get Belligerent and Talk: Collecting resources and building community for Canadian queers, Let’s Get Belligerent and Talk aims to create an easily navigable list of all LGBT-friendly and focused resources available to Canadians, including but not limited to: support groups, doctors, businesses, community events, therapists, websites, etc. We host LGBT+-empowering events in our communities and support the work of local activists. LGB&T is run from Atlantic Canada by Desdemona Shaw and Jesse Macmillan.
· Merritt Gibson Library: The books on the Diversity Bookshelf span many perspectives, with an emphasis on African Canadian, First Nations and LGTBQ experiences. The Library received financial support from the Municipality of the County of Kings through the Race Relations and Anti-Discrimination Committee to establish the Bookshelf. All books are examples of the goals laid out in the Action Plan for Ending Racism and Discrimination in the Municipality of the County of Kings.
· Mr.Bs Tees: Chief bottle washer, dryer ball maker, tie-dyer, play-doh maker, crayon inventor and owner of this incredible business is Brendon Purdy-Smith. Diagnosed as a young child with an intellectual disability did nothing to slow this young man down. After graduating from High School in 2010, together with CAPRE, he started his business and has been laughing ever since. Mr. Bs Tees allows Brendon and his employee to work daily running a small business. Enjoyable, meaningful work helps us all focus, have a purpose, feel valued and appreciate life a little more. Brendon is no different. Mr Bs Tees has supported The Valley Youth Project in the past and we would love to do that again by donating 15% of our sales from that market to that organization this year.
· Paradise Papercraft: Paradise Papercraft is wholly owned and operated by a work from home gay father.
· Wolfville Area Pride Group: The Wolfville Area Pride Group is an ad hoc group of volunteers who organize events and education/awareness activities for LGBTQ* community members and allies.

If you’re thinking of joining us for the Queer Prom in Halifax next Wednesday, and you need transportation, don’t forget to sign up!  All requests have to be received by the end the day this Friday.  We can pick you up and drop you off from home, the LMCC, or any other place that works for you in Hants, Kings, or Annapolis Counties.

Of course, you’re also welcome to make your own way there. The Valley Youth Project contingent will be strong!

Drawing of sun with smile and sunglassesWith any luck, tomorrow evening we’ll have some sun to enjoy so we can hang out on the lawn behind the LMCC.  We’ll have our picnic blanket, snacks, and outdoor toys.  After our usual round of introductions, you’re welcome to hang out and talk, play games.  Some people might want to head from there to the vigil in Wolfville — we can talk about it and arrange transportation there and home if people are interested.

You might want to bring:

  • your VYP library books (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! :))
  • a signed permission form for the Queer Prom (we’ll have blank ones to take home if needed)

And don’t forget that we will be at tonight’s vigil, 7pm in Kentville.  You can request transportation for either event.

We’ll meet inside at the usual time, 6:30  pm in room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas. Then we’ll go find a patch of grass to play on.

If you’re taking Kings Transit, get off at the Flower Cart or Ken Wo Golf course stops. The LMCC is in between these two stops. We have bus tickets to share, and you can also request free transportation.

Vigil Tuesday

Capture.PNGIf you’ve been following the news, you’ve heard by now about the shooting at a gay club in Orlando, Florida.

There is a vigil being organized for Tuesday night (tomorrow) that is intended to focus specifically on youth and students, by some of the same people who worked on the I Will Not Be Quiet Cabaret.

Where: Kentville Town Square

When: 7PM – 8:30PM, Tuesday, June 14

What: “Bring your voices and your hearts. Youth/students/and their supporters to commemorate the tragic losses in Orlando and come together as a community of peers. This event is meant to be child-friendly as well with parental/guardian support and presence/discretion. Candles will be provided, a sound system is in place, song lyrics, and facepainting.”

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/864220810388751/

Valley Youth Project volunteers will be there.  Want to join us?  As always, transportation is available to the event from anywhere in Kings, Hants, or Annapolis counties, for any youth 25 and under, who are GLBTQ+ or our allies.  Please help us spread the word, and hope to see you there.

 

Did you borrow something from the Valley Youth Project Library recently?  Please bring it to this week’s Drop-In so it can have a nice relaxing summer nap. Don’t worry, it will still be there in September when we start up again.

Also, if you have ideas for library items that we don’t own yet, you can fill them in here anytime.  We can’t promise that they’ll appear on our shelves, but we’re on the lookout for your suggestions!