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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.

Lend a Hand: Needs Assessment Survey for Make it Better

Make It Better 4 Youth has endeavored to provide safe, open, and fun events and opportunities for LGBTQ identified students and their allies. We need your input going forward. Please take a few minutes to helps us by participating in a short survey. We need to know what we already do for you and what we can do for you going forward.
Three different surveys can be taken from these links: one for parents, one for students, and one for concerned community members and educators.

STUDENT SURVEY

PARENT SURVEY

COMMUNITY SURVEY

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Are you an adviser to a GSA in your school or institution? Do yo know someone who is? Do you want to start one and wish to talk to others who have some experience? Our network of GSA leaders and advisers are available for your questions and to lend a hand. Give us a shout:
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Do you have an idea for an event that will benefit LGBTQI students? Are you a business or individual who would like to donate products or services for upcoming events? Please let us know!
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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