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.

MicrophonesOur guest facilitator, Lis van Berkel, will  return on Feb. 18 with the recordings we made at our last Drop In.  We’ll practice  some editing skills using the recordings, and we’ll continue discussing how to interview people to create oral histories.  Maybe it’s time for the VYP to make some podcasts?

If you’re new to this type of documentary, and curious about it,  you can find some examples at Story Corps .

You didn’t have to be at the last Drop In to enjoy this one. (Okay grammar police, did I get my tenses right on that last phrase?)

 

Please join us Wednesday February 18,  at 6:30-8:30, in room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.  We welcome all LGBT / MOGAI youth 25 years and under, and your friends.  There is no membership to sign up for, just come on in.  We have snacks.

 

A guest facilitator, Lis van Berkel, will bring some audio recording equipment with her to our February 4th Drop In and demonstrate some techMicrophonesniques for creating oral histories by interviewing people and recording their stories. We’ll have a chance to play with the equipment to interview each other, record our own voices and edit them into stories. Lis will follow up with our results at the next Drop In on February 18.

If you’re new to this type of documentary, you can find some examples at Story Corps .

Please join us Wednesday February 4,  at 6:30-8:30, in room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.  We welcome all LGBT / MOGAI youth 25 years and under, and your friends.  There is no membership to sign up for, just come on in.  We have snacks.

 

There is a public talk on queer comics coming up on Thursday.  The talk is being given by Sfé R. Monster, a Halifax-based artist who writes, draws, scripts and designs — “with a focus on gender, queerness, genderqueerness, and a strong sense of all things Canadian.”

Details

  • Thursday, Jan. 29th
  • 1:30pm -2:45pm
  • Acadia University Campus (Main St., Wolfville)
  • Patterson Hall room 224

To find Patterson Hall, check the Acadia Campus map and look for building #24.

Sfé’s Work Online

Eth’s Skin  is a “(queer) weekly webcomic about mermaids, selkies, and sea monster living in the old growth forests of British Columbia.”

Seven Stories from the Sea is a “comic about growing up, coming out, and falling in love in Eastern Canada.”

Kyle and Atticus is a “(gender)queer comic about a kid named Kyle, and a robot named Atticus.”

Sfé also edits The Beyond Anthology, a queer sci-fi/fantasy comic anthology.

Sfé R Monster Public Talk Poster

The Celluloid Closet DVD coverIs it possible that GLBTQ characters were more represented in movies before 1935 than they have been since then?  On Wednesday, we’ll watch The Celluloid Closet, a documentary that chronicles the portrayal of queer themes in film.

What effect did Hollywood’s gay, lesbian, bi, and trans stereotypes have on our cultures?  What about on straight perceptions?  Were these tiny slices of representation a way of boxing people in?  Or did they help people reach out?  Check out clips from over 100 classic movies from as early as 1912, and the Hollywood heartthrobs who were in the closet — or very, very out.  It’s a whirlwind tour from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to Boys on the Side, The Color Purple to Rebel Without a Cause, James Dean to Humphrey Bogart by way of Whoopi Goldberg, Susie Bright, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, and dozens more.

Check it out on Wednesday, Jan 21,  6:30 – 8:30 in room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., in New Minas.  We’ll bring the popcorn.

Marlene Dietrich in a tux

Jan 7: Tumbling into 2015

tumblr logo wordle

By Studio Verox. Used with permission.

What’s social media to you?  Which platforms make it easiest to meet like-minded people, tell your story, have good conversations, or find content you want?  What about their privacy policies and content rules — helpful or harmful?  What resources would you recommend to young people who live in the Valley but can’t get to drop-in because they don’t have transportation, or their parents don’t support them?  Bring links for your favourite channels, tumblrs, and memes, share them with the group, and get new ideas for the best GLBTQ-positive content.

Tumblr has been in the media lately because of the death of Leelah Alcorn, a young girl who was trans and whose suicide note was auto-scheduled to appear on the site after her death.  Tumblr has a strong GLBTQ+ community, and the response to Leelah’s note has reached international news.

At our last drop-in, there was a suggestion that we should create a Tumblr.  We’ll brainstorm about how the VYP could use media, talk about what you like in a social media site, and make a plan for what we want.  (Want to create something on a another platform?  Bring your ideas and let’s talk!)  Bring an internet-enabled device of your choice, too, if you want — laptops or other devices with video output ports are best so that we can connect to the big-screen TV.

New to Tumblr?  Here are a few examples with a variety of styles and perspectives.  What are the pros and cons of the content, the visual design, or the way it promotes conversation?

To share your links in advance, click through to the VYP blog and leave them in the comments for this post.

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, Jan 7,  6:30 – 8:30 in room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., in New Minas.

Christmas-ReindeerAt our next Drop In on December 17, we’ll be enjoying some seasonal treats, and playing  silly reindeer games – well, maybe not silly, and you don’t have to be a reindeer – but we may see the return of “Apple to Apples”, our favourite guessing game.

Join us for a lead up to the holidays,  Wednesday December 17,  6:30 – 8:30 in room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., in New Minas.

If you could change anything… what would you do to make it safer, healthier, and happier for GLBTQ+ youth in the Annapolis Valley?  What about in your neighbourhood or school, in the province, in the world?

Tim will be giving a presentation in March to community leaders and interested members of the public.  He’s looking for your ideas about what they can do, change, or prevent to make our world a better place.  What would you say?  Who do you think needs to hear it?

We’ll also be joined by Louise Lyman from Heartwood, a Nova-Scotia-based organization that promotes youth-directed community development. Louise is a program co-ordinator for Leaders of Today and will fill us in on what the province is doing to make their sexual violence strategy respond to the needs of GLBTQ+ youth.

Have your voice heard, and your ideas used to create positive change in NS.  Enjoy some great company, conversation, and snacks at the same time.  See you then!

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