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7th Annual Gayla!

Please join us for the 7th Annual GAYLA!

Presented by Make it Better 4 Youth and our hosts Middletown High School South
900 Nutswamp Road, Middletown, NJ 07748
Friday June 9
7-10pm
Dinner and DJ
$20
Middletown High School South

Students are to be picked up no later than 10:15 pm.

Students attending MUST do both of the following:

1. Fill out the form below to let us know you are coming. We need this so we can plan our evening.
2. Fill in this permission slip and submit before or evening of dance. (Scan and email or print and fill out.) We can’t impress upon you the importance of this; you MUST have a signed form to enter.

Join us for a fun-filled evening with friends and allies around our region.. each year people show up with old friends, and leaving having met new ones!

Questions? prom@makeitbetteryouth.org

REGISTRATION:

All Gender and GNC Bathroom Signs

Recently, I happened across a wonderful company which was working with colleges and some other schools by manufacturing and providing all-gender or gender neutral signage for public restrooms. These ADA compliant signs help signify to our trans* and gender nonconforming community that the bathrooms are for all. They also come in many colors, allowing for schools to unify signage across an entire school building.

Thank you to mydoorsign.com!

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Notes from the Trans* Youth Forum

Make it Better 4 Youth checked out the 1st NJ Trans* Youth Forum held on April 18 on the Princeton University Campus. A terrific article in advance of the event shared some of what participants can expect. We’ll update this post with feedback, resources and media afterward!

SAVE THE DATE!

Save the Date! May 29th the 5th Annual GAYLA!
Where: Middletown South Regional High School, Middletown NJ
What time: 7-10pm
How much: $20

Questions? Info@makeitbetter4youth.org

One Day. One Cause. Five Locations.

NEW JERSEY AIDS WALK: May 4, 2014

The NJ AIDS Walk is a collaborative effort of the state’s leading HIV/AIDS service and support programs. On SUNDAY, MAY 4TH, 2014 in 5 locations across NJ, at exactly the same time of day, thousands of people will walk in solidarity in support of people living with HIV/AIDS in our area. There are more than 35,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in NJ. Please join us in fighting this pandemic by walking with us in the 2014 NJ AIDS Walk.  Start your own team or join an existing team. Let’s do this!

To this end, we share with you a letter from our community member Father Bob Kaeding:

Dear Friends,

PLEASE WALK WITH US! ORGANIZE A TEAM! SUPPORT A TEAM!

On May 4, 2014, thousands upon thousands of people will walk in solidarity across the state of New Jersey in an effort to raise funds and awareness for people living with HIV/AIDS. We are kindly requesting that you organize a team and join us for the NJ AIDS Walk. Our Team Leaders are the heart and soul of AIDS Walk New Jersey and last year, team fundraising accounted for 65% of the total raised AIDS Walk dollars!

Please organize a Team of friends, family members, coworkers, fellow students, or religious/civic organization members. Pre-register at njaidswalk.org and follow the simple directions below to raise money for 2014 NJ AIDS Walk.

Go online to njaidswalk.org and click on: get involved; Asbury Park; Register Here; Agree to Waiver/Agreement; Start a Team. After you have set up your team, choose to send your team announcement to one/all of your social medias.

PRIZES FOR THE TOP ASBURY PARK FUNDRAISERS: TWO Round Trip Airline tickets in the contiguous United States will be awarded to the Top Individual Fundraiser and the Top Team Leader Fundraiser.

Good luck and thank you for supporting the 2014 New Jersey AIDS Walk. Do not hesitate to call us at 732-774-3416 (x21) with any questions.

Sincerely,

Father Robert Kaeding

Executive Director

The Center in Asbury Park

806 3rd Ave.

Asbury Park, NJ 07712

 

RHS GSA’s Annual Poetry Jam

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover”

Wednesday, April 9th

6:30 – 9:00 pm

Raritan High School Cafeteria

Come enjoy a warm, engaging atmosphere where you can soak in the beauty and inspiration of poetry!

Tickets:

$5 in advance

$6 at the door

Poetry Readers Enter for FREE!

Open Mic Series for LGBTQ Youth at Two River Theater

Partners Two River Theater and Make it Better for Youth Host Monthly Event

The Two River Theater partners and hosts an upcoming youth open mic for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, and Queer youth. The series, once monthly, will be open to teens 13-19 who wish to read fiction, poems, or perform musical, theatrical or other artistic works. The open mics will be held on Tuesdays December 10, January 14, February 11, and March 11 from 7-8:30 in The Victoria J. Mastrobuono Library, located on Two River Theater’s second floor. There is no fee to attend or perform. Questions? Email info@makeitbetter4youth.org

Students Talk Back: Former Scarlet Knights Coach Mike Rice and Area Youth on 20/20

Local GLSEN student leaders and GSA members talk with Mike Rice, former Rutgers University Basketball coach this Friday night, November 8th 10pm on ABC’s 20/20. The discussion will cover leadership, the power of our words, and more. Please tune in to witness this important conversation. The former Scarlet Knight coach apologizes and

GLSEN Central Jersey chapter helped organize this event, and leader Carol Watchler had this to say to the youth present:
“I just want to tell you what a phenomenal group they were yesterday morning. Your questions and comments were insightful, well-stated and very to the point. Little did I know that you would also demonstrate some amazing skills on the basketball court, too.”

Broadcast information: Friday November 8th at 10pm (ET) on ABC affiliates nationally.

GSA Forum!

Screen Shot 2013-11-03 at 1.24.39 PMIt’s that time of year again, where students from all over New Jersey convene to listen, learn, and provide meaningful support to their LGBTQ peers and allies. The 10th annual NJ GSA Forum will be taking place on Saturday November 16th at the South Brunswick High School.

This year’s keynote is with Ash Beckham, LGBTQ activist, who was made famous for the talk given at IGNITE! Boulder. wWe are more than tickled to have such strong leadership and support with us this year.

We also have special guest James Clementi from the Tyler Clementi Foundation joining us.
Register yourself, your students and GSA! We will see you there!

Saturday, November 16, 9am-4pm
South Brunswick High School
Rutgers UBHC/Bridge Center
750 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction NJ

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Screen Shot 2013-11-03 at 11.16.30 AMThe Asbury Park Community Church and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation ofMonmouth County are cosponsoring a secular memorial for Transgender Day of Remembrance on Sunday, November 17th at 6pm.

The two congregations are providing space and organizing this to show their love andsupport for the Trans* community. The event will be held at The Unitarian Universalist Congregations facility at 1475 West Front Street, NJ.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.