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Oct. 18 Drop In: Drag Workshop

cfabd944009d8825be2ec00790502d59We will be hosting a Drag Workshop, with special-guest facilitators,  at our October 18 Drop In.  This workshop is an introduction to the elements of drag performance.  Participants will be able to design a number during the workshop, or simply engage with the information.
Drag is a performance art where people experiment with and explore gender in creative ways.  This can involve performing as a gender different than what the performer normally identifies as, or performing as a dramatized version of any gender.
So this is your chance to learn about Drag, or experiment with your own style.  We will also be hosting an actual Drag performance show for VYP participants in November, so if you wish, you will have a chance to practice your own Drag performance in front of a welcoming audience. Even if you’re not interested in doing Drag yourself, join us to see what it is all about, as Drag has a vibrant history in Queer culture.
Drop In happens from 6:30-8:30, in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex in New Minas.  If you need a ride, send us a Transportation Request, by 3:30 PM on the Monday before Drop In.

Sept. 20: Drop In Returns

9016_A-rainbow-leaf-on-the-grass-with-rain-dropsFall is on it’s way, and so is the return of Drop In. Beginning Wednesday September 20, we are back to our regular schedule of the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.  The details remain the same – 6:30-8:30 pm in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.

We’ll catch up with your stories of Summer adventures, have some snacks, hang out, and maybe play some of our games. All LGBTQ+ folk, 25 years and under are welcome.

If you need a ride from Annapolis, Kings, or Hants Counties, to Drop In, submit a Transportation Request, a couple days before Drop In,  and we’ll arrange a free ride for you. We hope to see you soon!

June 21: Guest Drop In

Valley Youth Project rainbow heart logoWe are hosting a special Drop In on June 21, just for those who are not our usual participants.  If you are curious about what happens at our Drop In, here is a chance to meet the facilitators, and experience what we do. We’ll follow our usual format, opening with a review of our participant guidelines, and a check-in with introductions. Then we’ll have our library, games, and activity supplies on display for you to try out.

Guest Drop In is 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Wednesday, June 21. In Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St., New Minas.  Once inside, follow the signs to the room with the rainbow flag on the door. It’s okay to show up after 6:30, or leave before 8:30.

So if you’re a parent, a supporter (or would like to be), a GSA advisor, wanting to volunteer,  someone who works with youth, or would just like to sit in a safer queer space for a bit, we want to meet you, and have you experience our Drop In as a participant.

We will be accepting donations at our Drop In, but donating is not required to participate – participation is always free of charge.  We use our donations of cash to pay for activity supplies, snacks and drinks, and transportation to Drop In and other VYP events.

If you need a ride to and from Drop In, please submit a Transportation Request  and we will arrange a ride for you.  Instructions for making request are on the Transportation Request page.

 

June 7 Drop In: Picnic

stock-vector-children-playing-at-the-park-162678797June 7 is our last Drop In of this season so we are kicking off Summer with a bit of outside play.  We’ll start Drop In with the usual check-in at 6:30 in Room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, and then we’ll go out on the lawn for some fresh air, (weather permitting).

If you need a ride, send us a Transportation Request.  Giving us at least 2 days notice of a request works best for us.

All LGBTQ+ youth 25 years and under, and your friends are welcome to participate in our activities.

Horton High GSA Conference

The Horton High GSA is hosting a conference for LGBTQ students and their friends on Saturday, June 3. The conference is FREE and open to any student between and including grades 8 and 12 (you don’t have to be in a GSA to attend). Don’t worry about the deadline on the poster; registrations are still being accepted. To secure a spot email Rachel at br401648@gnspes.ca now!

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May 17 Drop In: Sex Talk

We’ll be celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia at the May 17 Drop In, with a discussion about sex and sexuality, lead by guest facilitators Max and Tessa Janes.

Do you feel like you’re missing out on sex ed that speaks about the LGBTQ+  experience? Join us for this workshop that will focus on filling in the gaps between gossip and Google searches about how to stay safe, be kind to yourself, and learn the “Dos and Don’ts” of sex and sexuality.

Max and Tessa Janes are two trans, queer sex educators who have worked with peer support groups at Acadia University, creating awareness, and collecting resources, for women and LGBTQ+ folks. Together they aim to provide evidence-based, accessible education on gender health, relationship health and sexuality with a queer spin.  Max and Tessa also own a feminist bookstore and sex shop in Wolfville that provides education and resources for LGBTQ+ folks in the Annapolis Valley.

Drop In happens from 6:30 -8:30 pm in room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex, 9489 Commercial St, New Minas.  You can request a ride to and from Drop In using the Transportation Request button.  Our Drop In runs on the guiding principle of good faith cooperation amongst all participants.

Bored? Games!

It’s game night time! Join us for your choice of air hockey, cards, Jenga, Pandemic, Monopoly, Apples to Apples and more. If you have a favourite that you’d like to share, be sure to bring it along.

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Drop-in runs from 6:30 – 8:30 in room 128 of the Louis Millet Community Complex at 9489 Commercial St. in New Minas. Follow the signs to the door with the rainbow flag and you will find us. The multi-stall washrooms at the LMCC are gendered; together with the centre’s staff, we support you in using the washroom of your choice.

We welcome all queer youth (and their pals) 25 years and younger. You don’t have to self-identify and there is no membership required. Just show up anytime during drop-in and stay for as long as you’re able. If getting there and back is a problem, check out our transportation request page on the website. If you live in Annapolis, Kings, or Hants County we can arrange a FREE ride for you.