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.

1987Valentine’s Day is approaching, but did you know that February 14th is also Pink Triangle Day? Pink Triangle Day is a Canadian holiday that celebrates queer love in all of its forms. The day was declared by the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Rights Coalition in 1979. You can find out more about the day here: http://pinktriangleday.com/

Come join us at drop in this Wednesday and make some Valentine’s Day or Pink Triangle Day cards for the special people in your life. We will have lots of supplies so you just need to bring your creativity.

Drop In is at the usual time and place: 6:30-8:30, in room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.

It’s okay to arrive later than 6:30, or leave before 8:30. We welcome queer youth and friends, 25 years and under.  There is no “membership” you need to join, just come on in.

Stephen Universe grows up in the town of Beach City living with three magical humanoid aliens called Gems, trying to save the world …

If you know them and you love them, show us your favourite clip and let us know what’s so great!  If you’re new to them, get some from other participants… or binge-watch them in preparation.

At our next Drop In, January 20, we’re inviting you to share a clip from Stephen Universe or Adventure Time.  No worries if you don’t have a clip to show — there will be lots to watch and discuss.  If you want to share a clip, please watch it in advance so you can tell us the basic storyline and why you like it.

Drop In is at the usual time and place: 6:30-8:30, in room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.

It’s okay to arrive later than 6:30, or leave before 8:30. We welcome queer youth and friends, 25 years and under.  There is no “membership” you need to join, just come on in.

A young human-like creature named Finn and his best friend, a dog named Jake, live in a future after the bombs have fallen and magic has come back into the world.

Oh, and if you’d like to vote for your favourite way to describe the shows to someone who’s never watched them, click on the polls below…

 

Happy-New-YearJoin us at our first Drop In of 2016  on Wednesday January 6.  We’ll be sharing stories of our holiday adventures and breaking out the board games.

We’re at the usual time and place, 6:30-8:30 pm, in Room 128 of the the Louis Millet Community Complex(LMCC),  9489 Commercial St. New Minas.  It’s okay if you come after 6:30, or have to leave before 8:30. All LGBTQ+/MOGI youth, 25 years old and under, are welcome. There is no membership to sign up for. You just have to show up.  And your friends are welcome too.

If it’s your first time to Drop In, once inside the LMCC, follow the VYP signs to Room 128 – the one with the big rainbow flag hanging on the door.  We start each Drop In session with a round of introductions, and give everyone a chance to catch up with what’s new with each other. Then everyone is welcome to join the activity, or to just keep chatting with each other if they wish.

If you’re taking Kings Transit , get off at the Flower Cart stop, we’re a short walk from there, across the street. We have bus tickets to help you get home.

 

rainbow_candy_canes_photo_sculptures-rd17b9e252ab94078958b6be7015f1cd3_x7saz_8byvr_324We’re getting into the spirit of the season with a special guest.  Sheena Jamieson, from the Youth Project’s Halifax  office will be joining us at the next Drop In, on Wednesday, December 16.  Sheena will bring along her card making supplies so we can make our own festive greeting cards. She’ll also have a supply of make-up that was donated to the Youth Project to share with participants.

We’ll also be drawing for the winner of the Rainbow Quilt!  You’ll have one more chance to put your name in for the draw, all you have to do is show up. And of course we’ll have refreshments.  Drop In runs from 6:30-8:30 in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex at 9489 Commercial St. in New Minas. Once inside the LMCC, follow the VYP posters to the door with the rainbow flag.   If you’re taking Kings Transit, you can get off at the Flower Cart. The LMCC is a short walk from there. We have a few free bus tickets if you need a ticket to get back home.

Unicorn Colouring

Uniunicorns are jerkscorns (who are jerks) will be joining us for colouring this coming Wednesday night.  As always, we will have snacks on hand, and lots of crayons, markers, and coloured pencils to work with. Drop-in starts at 6.30 and ends at 8.30, but feel free to come anytime and stay as long as you like–no membership required!

 

Drop-in is here again already and we are playing board games. We have several on hand including: Monopoly, Apples to Apples, and Pandemic. If you have a board game that you’d love to share with the group, please bring it along. And don’t forget, this drop-in is another chance to put your name in to win the beautiful rainbow quilt that we’ll be giving away at our Christmas Party in December, so don’t miss out!

We’re meeting at the usual time and place: 6:30 – 8:30 at the Louis Millet Community Complex. Hope to see you there.

This Sunday, November 15th, queer author and scholar Lucas Crawford will be visiting the VYP! Lucas will be reading from his recently published book Sideshow Concessions.

Sideshow Concessions is the first book from queer performer and scholar Lucas Crawford. A collection populated by the circus-like bodies and experiences of a narrator navigating rural pasts and urban presents, Sideshow Concessions is the unofficial story of someone who is both a bearded lady and the fattest man in the world.”

http://invisiblepublishing.com/product/sideshow-concessions/

Although Lucas now lives in Vancouver, he grew up in Kingston, NS. We are the last stop on his cross-country book tour. Lucas is a tremendous scholar and a talented author (and a potato chip connoisseur), and we are delighted to host him at the VYP.  You can find out more about Lucas here: https://www.sfu.ca/gsws/people/facultystaff/Ruth_Wynn_Woodward_Chair.html

The reading will take place on Sunday, November 15th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm in room 117 of the Louis Millet Community Complex in New Minas. The event is free and open to the public, so please bring your friends!

Sideshow-Concessions

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