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Nov 15: “The T-Word” Documentary by Laverne Cox

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.

Oct 4: Get-to-Know-You Bingo

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!

Interested in volunteering with Valley Youth Project?

Valley Youth Project rainbow heart logoThe Valley Youth Project is accepting applications from people interested in facilitating at our drop-in evenings.  If you enjoy working with youth and have a few hours per month to share, learn more about what we’re looking for and get in touch!

Dec 7: Valley-Wide GSA Night

Don’t forget that our next drop-in, on Dec. 7, is GSA Night! Participants are welcome from Pride Societies, Gender and Sexuality Alliances, and other groups that make the Annapolis Valley more awesome for 2SLGBTQI+ Youth. For this drop-in, we’re pulling out all the stops; we’ll have the button maker, gender-creative colouring pages, library books, and games available, in an open-format evening.  Try all or none of the activities, share snacks, catch up with old friends, and meet new people.  At least two adult facilitators are always on-site to introduce people, keep supplies and snacks topped up, help out, or just offer a listening ear.

Transportation (via van service or cab) is free from anywhere in Hants, Annapolis, and Kings county if you sign up by Friday, Dec. 2. Bring your whole group, or whoever can make it, and meet folks from far and near.

What: Socialize, read, colour, play, eat, and meet people from across the Valley

When: 6:30 -8:30PM, Wed. Dec. 7

Where: Room 128, Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St. New Minas.

If you can’t stay the whole time, that’s fine — you can arrive or leave at any time in-between. There is no membership or registration, just show up. If you’re new to the building, just follow the Valley Youth Project signs to the room with the Rainbow Flag on the door. We’ll have snacks and drinks for all.

GSA Night Is Coming Up


GSA Night at the VYP is Dec 7! In one way it’s a regular drop-in, but in another way it’s so much more. Is your GSA, SAGA, Pride society, or similar group looking for a fun activity you can do together? The theme of our Dec. 7 drop-in is celebrating Gender and Sexuality Alliances — in all their forms.

When: Dec 7, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Where: Rm 128, Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas

As always, all youth 25 and under are welcome — but GSA participants are the guests of honour. Bring your entire GSA and meet others from around the Valley for a relaxed evening of food, socializing, books, and games. We’re putting the word out early to give groups time to plan. Feel free to discuss carpool arrangements in the facebook event, but also keep in mind that we can provide free transportation if you let us know a few days in advance.

Also as always, there will be food, games, books from our library, and good conversation. Transportation is always free from anywhere in Annapolis, Hants, or Kings counties — just sign up in advance.

June 15: Last Drop-In of the Year

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.

May 18: Rock Band

Rock Band video game logoJoin us for Rock Band this week!  We’ve got a bunch of games, a bunch of controllers, and you can play or sing to your heart’s content.

Usual time and place: Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex (LMCC), 9489 Commercial St New Minas.  Drop in any time between 6:30PM – 8:30PM.  All age 25-and-under LGBTQ+/MOGAI youth, friends, and allies are welcome.

Sign up for transportation any time until 3PM on Wednesday.  See you then!