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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:

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!

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

May 5th: Walk for the Cure, Join the NJ AIDS Walk

The NJ AIDS Walk is a collaborative effort of the state’s leading HIV/AIDS service and support programs. On SUNDAY, MAY 5TH, 2013 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 2013 NJ AIDS Walk. (Visit NJAIDSWalk.org for more information)

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2013
Time: Registration: 11:00 am
Walk Starts: 1:30 pm
Location: The Center in Asbury Park
806 Third Ave,
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

May 15: Raritan HS’s GSA presents the 4th Annual Poetry Slam!

Get ready to jam at Raritan H.S. GSA’s
4th ANNUAL Poetry Slam!

May 15th @ 6:30 pm
Only $6/person

Listen to cool poems! Listen to cool readers!

Chill with words that:
• Wrap around you
• Warm you
• Crack you up
• Move you to tears
• Bring out our humanity

Raritan H.S. Cafeteria, 419 middle road, Hazlet
(contact lskop@hazlet.org for more info)

Sponsored by the Gay Straight Alliance at RHS

May 10th 2013: GAYLA! 3rd Annual GSA Prom

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The 3rd Annual GSA Prom
May 10, 7-10pm
Location: Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School
74 Ridge Road, Rumson NJ
$20, payable in advance or at the door
Cash, Check or Money Order to Make it Better for Youth

Check us out on Facebook!

Event information or questions?
Contact Kate Okeson, prom@makeitbetter4youth.org

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

Students attending please do one of the following:
Fill in the form below and submit or follow GAYLA permission slip to fill out, sign and bring to the dance.

Breaking the Silence : Celebrating our Voices

breaking-silence-imageJoin Make it Better for Youth on Friday, April 19th as we “Break the Silence” together. All across the country, youth in schools participate in GLSEN’s Day of Silence, which is a student-lead initiative to bring attention to and end bullying, name calling and other egregious acts against LGBTQ youth. This April, to end Day of Silence, we invite everyone – students, parents, community members – to break the silence together and to lift up LGBTQ voices!  Please join us and welcome performers who have crafted a special program as we celebrate together.

Event: Breaking the Silence, Celebrating Our Voices
Featuring performance by the NJ Gay Men’s Chorus, a reading with poet Kailynn Barbour, and more! Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, Lincroft 7pm, $5 suggested donation.

Two River Pride

LEADING CIVIC, ARTS, AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS PARTNER TO LAUNCH TWO RIVER PRIDE, RED BANK’S FIRST ANNUAL OFFICIAL PRIDE EVENT, ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 FROM 6-9 PM AT TWO RIVER THEATER

A community event that will be open to all, Two River Pride will focus on supporting the voices of youth and will include an “open mic” and a proclamation read by Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna
RED BANK, NJ— On Wednesday, June 20, leading civic, arts, and social organizations will partner to launch a new annual event, Two River Pride, Red Bank’s first annual official Pride event. Two River Pride is co-sponsored by the Borough of Red Bank Council Members Kathy Horgan and Ed Zipprich; the Borough of Red Bank Human Relations Committee Chair David Pascale; Two River Theater Company; and Make It Better for Youth, the Monmouth County Consortium for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Youth.
June has been officially declared the nation’s Pride month by Presidents Clinton and Obama. Each year, thousands of Pride events around the country celebrate the achievements and commemorate the struggles of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. A community event that will be open to all, Two River Pride will focus on supporting the voices of youth, who will have opportunities to share their own stories and hear from adult role models.

Two River Pride will be held at Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., on Wednesday, June 20 from 6-9pm. The mayor of Red Bank, the Honorable Pasquale Menna, will read and formally sign a special Pride Proclamation. The event will also feature performances and remarks in the Marion Huber Theater, with JP Nicolaides as MC. These will include an “open mic” for participants to share spoken word, songs, poems, or any expression of their personal stories. There will also be a performance by the Giving Voice Choir directed by Penny Gnesin.

Guest speakers will include community advocates Detective David L. D’Amico, who investigates bias crimes for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, and Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton, Executive Director and co-founder of Knights Out, an organization of LGBT West Point graduates and their supporters, and a founding member of OutServe, which represents actively serving LGBT military personnel.

In the Two River Theater lobby, personal stories from youth will be filmed and edited for a video that will be shared peer-to-peer as part of anti-bullying efforts in local schools. In addition to the performance elements noted above, Two River Pride will include a reception for all members of the community, with food donated by local restaurants including Dish, Sugarush a Sweet Experience, and Via 45; a screening of the documentary film Stonewall Uprising; and more.

Councilman Ed Zipprich says, “I am proud to be a founding member, together with Councilwoman Kathy Horgan, of the first Pride celebration in Red Bank. Over the years, many members of our community have asked why Red Bank does not sponsor a Pride event. This thought has propelled us to take action, and we are grateful for the rapid response by our elected officials, our Human Relations Advisory Committee, Two River Theater, and the Make It Better for Youth organization to make this event a reality in 2012. Red Bank is an inclusive community and we are celebrating LGBT Pride appropriately—not only with a proclamation declaring June Pride month, but also with a live celebration that will let young LGBT people know that we support their success as contributing members to society.”

Says Kate Okeson, an artist, teacher, and activist who is a co-founder of the Make It Better consortium, “Over the last year, in large part because of statewide Harassment, Bullying, and Intimidation legislation, attention to the rights of our community’s youth are at the center of the conversation, and remain especially close to the hearts and minds of many due to the coverage of the tragedies surrounding LGBTQ-identified youth nationwide. Two River Pride intends to make a place for youth and community voices to join together to discover LGBT history, use their voices to tell their stories, and help make change—and make it better—for future generations.”

“We are very pleased to be partnering with so many local civic leaders to present this event,” says Two River Theater Artistic Director John Dias. “Theater is an essential part of an inclusive and democratic society. Two River Pride will create a space for our community, especially young people, to gather together and share conversation and stories, and stand up for equality. We are excited to be part of this event.”

Two River Pride is open to the public; a $5 contribution is suggested, which will support Make It Better for Youth, http://makeitbetter4youth.org/.

For more information, please contact pride@makeitbetter4youth.org or visit http://www.facebook.com/events/234446559995279/.

Two River Theater Company is supported in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division within the Department of State and a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Hickory Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Monmouth University, Durso Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, OceanFirst Foundation, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation, and many other generous foundations, corporations and businesses.

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TWO RIVER THEATER COMPANY is under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst. Founded in 1994 by Joan and Dr. Robert M. Rechnitz, Two River Theater is a member of the League of Resident Theaters (LORT), Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the New Jersey Theatre Alliance,  and ArtPride New Jersey, and has been designated a “Major Arts Institution” by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. For more information, visit www.trtc.org.