Subject: fyi: events in CA & online PLUS action items
From: "Reis, Beth" <>
Date: 5:45 PM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:
(1) Peas in a Pod: Free Cooking Class for LGBTQQ High Schoolers  (Aug 12; San Francisco, CA)
(2) API Equality Flash Mob!  (Rehearsal: Aug 14 OR 17 … Flash Mob: Aug 21; San Francisco, CA)
(3) Make It Better Project’s online activist camp(aign) (Thursdays; online)
(4) Calling all creative GSA leaders! Send your best event and activity ideas!
(5) Don't let your High School block LGBT websites! 
(1) Peas in a Pod: Free Cooking Class for LGBTQQ High Schoolers  (Aug 12; San Francisco, CA)
Come play in the kitchen with the guidance of young professional cooks! Baking is the theme of this class, which is the first in a series. Be ready to work with flour and meet great people! This class is run by volunteer LGBTQQ/supportive cooks.
RSVP for yourself and a friend!
Time: August 12, 2011 10am-1pm
Location: Kitchen @ First Unitarian Church of San Francisco
Space is limited and available first come, first serve.
(2) API Equality Flash Mob!  (Rehearsal: Aug 14 OR 17 … Flash Mob: Aug 21; San Francisco, CA)
Want to be in API Equality's Flash Mob?! We are looking for Queer Asians / Pacific Islanders and our allies to join us for this visibility project!  You don't need to be a dancing pro, but you gotta have heart!
As an organization, visibility remains one of our largest challenges in moving hearts and minds in the Asian and Pacific Islander community; this Flash Mob is an innovative platform to raise up our stories and our faces and thereby increase engagement and help to diversify and ultimately humanize our existence. We need dancers and anyone inclined towards justice and progress to join us in the fun summer blowout.
You must attend one of these rehearsals: August 14th, 2-4PM OR August 17th, 7:30-9:30PM at SF Dance Center (26 Seventh Street, 5th Floor)
You must be able to attend the actual Flash Mob: August 21st, 11:30-2PM in SF Chinatown
Please to join the Flash Mob!
(3) Make It Better Project’s online activist camp(aign) (Thursdays; online)
Dear Make It Better Project partners,
The Make It Better Summer Camp(aign) is going strong, and it’s all recorded -- so we're building up a wealth of resources for youth activists! Our third youth-led live session on telling your story as an activist is tomorrow at 4 pm PT/ 7 pm EST, and look out for contributions by the ACLU and We Are Straight But Not Narrow in the coming weeks! Session 1 (Orientation) and Session 2 (GSA clubs) are still available and are a great resource on the basics of LGBT bullying, the gender binary system, and GSA organizing. Make sure your youth members know about them!
Here are some sample Tweets, Facebook posts, and email/website language you can use to spread the word to your members:
Tweet: Join @makeitbettergsa for #MakeItBetter Summer live session to camp(aign) for #LGBT #youth! 7 pm EST Thursday
Facebook: Join the @Make It Better Project’s national Summer Camp(aign) for LGBT youth and allies! Live, interactive broadcasts air every Thursday at  7 pm EST/ 4 pm
PT: Also, join the Facebook group for youth participants!
Site language: Want to heat up your summer vacation with a little social change? Join the Make It Better Project’s online activist camp(aign) to Make It Better for LGBT youth!  Tune in on Thursdays at 7 pm EST/ 4 pm PT ( and meet youth activists across the country at the Facebook group ( Students should be able to take more than the summer off from bullying. As an online camp(aign)er, you can stay engaged over the summer and make it better come the fall!
Thanks, and I hope to see you live tomorrow!
Jill Marcellus
Communications Coordinator
Make It Better Project
Gay-Straight Alliance Network
(4) Calling all creative GSA leaders! Send your best event and activity ideas!
Help us build an EPIC list Do you have a great small activity for kicking off a GSA meeting? An awesome, school-wide event? A fun game to teach people about the gender binary? An action that you and your GSA club held one day in your school?
Help the Make It Better Summer Camp(aign)ers build an epic activity list for youth across the nation! Send your ideas to The person who submits the most ideas will get a prize to help them start off this year's GSA meetings in style!
(5) Don't let your High School block LGBT websites!
Check Your School's Web Filter! Don't let your High School block LGBT websites: Check Your School's Web Filter! 
Did you know that it's illegal for public schools to use their web filtering software to deny you access to positive, affirming information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues - especially if a school DOES allow access to anti-gay websites?
The American Civil Liberties Union's LGBT Project, along with the Yale Law School LGBT Litigation Clinic , is asking YOU to check out your high school's web filters and help us make sure you're not being blocked from information you have a right to have!
Learn more about how to take action in this YouTube video.
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