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


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

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.

Screening: United in Anger

Monmouth County Library, Manalapan, shows film about ACT UP to commemorate World AIDS Day

On Thursday November 15th, the Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan will be hosting an evening screening of the film United in Anger, a History of ACT UP. The screening will begin at 6:30pm and conclude at 8:30pm.

The Monmouth County Library Headquarters are found at:
125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan NJ 07726
(732) 431-7220