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.

Origami-craneJoin us for paper-related activities this Wednesday. We’ll be doing origami, colouring, drawing, and button-making.

The festivities are happening at the usual time and place: Room 128 of the the Louis Millet Community Complex (LMCC), 9489 Commercial St. New Minas. Drop-in any time between 6:30 – 8:30PM. All 25-and-under LGBTQ+/MOGAI youth, friends, and allies are welcome, whether it’s your first time or hundredth time.

And don’t forget to sign up in advance for transportation if you need it!

old-typewriterAre you working on your own story, fan fiction, or graphic novel, or just trying to get something started?  Do you want to share your work? Want some help?  Sophie Bérubé, of the Valley Community Learning Association  will be visiting  our Drop In on April 20 to share her writing and publishing experience to help us move along our own writing projects.

So wether you’re just putting pencil to paper, ready to self publish, or want to hear what others are doing, bring your questions and ideas to the usual time and place: Room 128 of the the Louis Millet Community Complex (LMCC), 9489 Commercial St. New Minas. Drop-in any time between 6:30 – 8:30PM. All 25-and-under LGBTQ+/MOGAI youth, friends, and allies are welcome, whether it’s your first time or hundredth time.

And don’t forget to sign up in advance for transportation if you need it!

For more information on Sophie, view her profile at the Writers’Federation of Nova Scotia.

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Max Janes wasn’t able to join us two drop ins ago, so we’ve invited them back and we’re looking forward to following up on the hot topics of queer and trans health.

Max is a student at Acadia studying to become a certified sex and gender educator, focusing on consent-based education.  They wrote to us:

“Knowing what is important to you as a young queer person is an important step in self care. I would like to have a discussion on queer-focused personal values, and how you can integrate that into a healthy and regular self-care routine.”

What do you think: What does self-care mean to you?  What do you wish you knew more about?  Are there things you don’t feel like you know how to say about your values, your health, your body?

Bring your questions and ideas to the usual time and place: Room 128 of the the Louis Millet Community Complex (LMCC),  9489 Commercial St. New Minas.   Drop-in any time between 6:30 – 8:30PM. All 25-and-under LGBTQ+/MOGAI youth, friends, and allies are welcome, whether it’s your first time or hundredth time.

And don’t forget to sign up in advance for transportation if you need it!

 

kptpHave you ever wanted to go to drop-in, or another VYP event, but couldn’t find a way to get there?  From now until the end of June (or until our budget runs out!), we’ve got you covered.  Free transportation is now available to and from all VYP events through M&G Cab and Kings Point-to-Point van service.  Full details of our policy are available by clicking on the Transportation Request tab at the top of the page.

This is an experiment for us, so please help us make it better.  If it works for you, what did you like and what could make it better?  If it doesn’t work for you, what have to be different?  We’ll review over the summer and, if there is a demand, try to find a way to continue next year.

Please bear with us as we iron out the wrinkles for our first few months.  To minimize the chances of something unexpected happening, please book as early as you are able.

For now, simply place your request using the online form on our Transportation Request page.  We’ll get back to you to confirm.  And if you need more info any time, remember that you can always email us.

 

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Acadia education students from a course called Human Sexuality and Gender in Schools are presenting a public event called Defying Labels: A Portrait of Gender Inclusivity.  The Valley Youth Project has been invited to set up an information table.  These education students are your future school teachers; come meet them and let me know what you want to see in schools of the future! Would you like to help us represent the project and answer questions?  All drop-in participants are welcome to join us at the table. Or, you can just attend the event and check out the displays.

Details

  • Thursday, Mar 24, 3pm – 4:30pm
  • Acadia Campus, Seminary House Rm 242

Campus Info

The closest public parking is at the Student Centre (aka Student Union Building, #30 on the map).  From there, walk toward the chapel (the spire is easy to see from a distance).  Seminary House (#22 on the map) is the large white building next to the chapel.

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Need Transportation?

Our new transportation policy allows us to offer free transportation to VYP participants coming from Kings, Hants, or Annapolis counties. To sign up, please use the web form to place your request, any time until 12 noon on Tuesday, March 22. (NOTE: we can’t take same-day requests for this particular event).

More Info from the Organizers

There will be a multi-media exhibition in which Bachelor of Education students, local high school students, and community gender inclusive organizations (Red Door, Valley Youth Project) bring gender issues to centre stage. This exhibit aims to move the dialogue forward in schools and create more critical and deeper understandings of how youth experience their gender and sexuality. As such, the exhibit encourages schools and school partnerships to have authentic conversations with youth about identity, hypersexualization of children and youth in media, and the ongoing requirement to support gender non-conforming identities in schools. As one student group exhibition claims, “Don’t put me in a box, my gender cannot be defined”.

Representations might include, but not limited to:

  • A poster
  • Art
  • A collage
  • Sculpture
  • 3D visual representation
  • Community Booth
  • Photography
  • Other visual

For more information, email Professor Sarah Reddington

A few items from our library

A few items from our library

This week’s drop-in is our chance to show off our brand new library collection.  You can check out the books and even take some home.  Bring your suggestions for what we should acquire next, and we’ll start a wish list, too!  There are books about people who are boys and girls and both and neither, dykes and gay guys and gender-non-binary queers, books about transition, and books about trans characters that aren’t about them being trans.  Graphic novels, literary fiction, memoirs… well, see for yourself: our whole catalogue is online.

We’ll also bring our proposed new transportation plan, so you can let us know your ideas and suggestions.  Starting in April, we’ll be providing free transportation to Drop-In for those who need it, using either M&G cabs or Kings Point-to-Point.  Come to drop-in to hear all about it, and let us know how to make it work for you before it starts.

Drop In runs from 6:30 – 8:30PM, in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex (LMCC), at 9489 Commercial St., New Minas. If you’re new to the LMCC, once inside you can follow the VYP signs to the room with the rainbow flag hanging over the door. If you’re taking Kings Transit, you can get off at the Flower Cart or the Ken Wo golf course. The LMCC is a short walk between these two bus stops. Check the bus schedule here http://Kings Transit.  We have free  bus tickets you can pick up at Drop In, if you need them.  If you have any questions use the Contact Us button or leave a comment and we’ll get back to you with an answer.

All LGBTQ+, and MOGAI youth, 25 years old and under, and your friends are welcome. There is no registration or membership to sign up for. Just show up for fun, food, good company and conversation.

Sheena Jamieson, the illustrious Support Services Co-Ordinator at the Youth Project’s provincial office in Halifax, has graciously shared her favourite books about gender expression and gender identity with us.  Whether you’re a teen looking for main characters you can relate to, a teacher stocking up your shelves, or a parent shopping for a birthday gift, you should find something on the list.

A lot of these are available to borrow from the Halifax Office’s library.  They’ve got movies too.  They even lend by mail!  You can search their whole catalogue, which also includes resources about sexual orientation, here.

One title that’s not listed here is a great resource on the history of gender and sexuality. Transgender Warriors : Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman, was written by Leslie Feinberg in 1997 and is still an invaluable resource if you want to learn where our current ideas come from.

AND!  In exciting news, the Valley Youth Project also has our own (small) lending library.  You can borrow these books during any drop-in.  Check out our catalogue.

Or buy/borrow from your local library.  These should get you started.  Thanks Sheena!

Children

10,000 Dresses 10,000 Dresses (Marcus Ewert)

My Princess Boy My Princess Boy (Cheryl Kilodavis)

When Kathy Is Keith When Kathy is Keith (Wallace Wong)

I Am Jazz I Am Jazz (Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings)

Be Who You Are Be Who You Are (Jennifer Carr)

Backwards Day Backwards Day (S. Bear Bergman )

The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy The Adventures of Tulip: Birthday Wish Fairy (S. Bear Bergman)

Goblinheart Goblinheart (Brett Axel)

The Princess Knight The Princess Knight (Cornelia Funke)

Young Adults (Fiction)

I am J I Am J (Cris Beam)

Luna Luna (Julie Anne Peters)

Parrotfish Parrotfish (Ellen Wittlinger)

Beautiful Music for Ugly ChildrenBeautiful Music for Ugly Children (Kirstin Cronn-Mills)

Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other OutlawsHello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws (Kate Bornstein)

Being Emily Being Emily (Rachel Gold)

Freakboy Freakboy (Kristin Elizabeth Clark)

First Spring Grass Fire First Spring Grass Fire (Rae Spoon)

Every Day (Every Day, #1)Every Day (David Levithan)

If You Believe in Mermaids... Don't Tell If You Believe in Mermaids, Don’t Tell (AA Phillips)

Graphic Novels

Wandering Son, Vol. 1Wandering Son (Takako Shimura)

Young Adult (Non-Fiction)

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out (Susan Kuklin)

Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition (Katie Rain Hill)

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen (Arin Andrews)

One in Every Crowd One in Every Crowd (Ivan E. Coyote)

Letters for My Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in RetrospectLetters for my Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect (Megan M. Roher & Zander Keig)

Letters For My Sisters: Transitional Wisdom In Retrospect Letters for my Sisters: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect (Andrea James & Deanne Thornton)

For Parents

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families (Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper)

Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children (Rachel Pepper)

Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers (Cris Beam)

Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming ChildrenGender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender Non-Conforming Children (Diane Ehrensaft)

Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son Raising my Rainbow: Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son (Lori Duron)

Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for ParentsHelping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents (Irwin Kreiger)

Health

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender CommunityTrans Bodies, Trans Selves (Laura Erickson-Schroth)

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