Subject: strictly fyi: EVENTS in CA, KY, IL, OR, PA and television, Facebook, Twitter
From: "Reis, Beth" <>
Date: 10/4/2011 4:11 PM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:
(1) presentation about "Ex-Gay" programs (Oct 5; Corvallis, OR)
(2) United States Conference on AIDS (Nov 10-13; Chicago, IL)
(3) (dis)connected: a film by MTV's Digital Rights Project (Oct 10 on TV, Facebook, Twitter)      
(4) American School Health Association Conference (Oct 12-15; Louisville, KY … including "Movie Nite with Scenarios USA" on Friday, October 14)
(5) Healthy Teen Network Conference (Oct 11-15; Pittsburgh, PA … including a workshop and a plenary from Scenarios USA)
(6) Models of Pride conference -- FREE (Oct 15; Los Angeles, CA)
(1) presentation about "Ex-Gay" programs (Oct 5; Corvallis, OR)
'Ex-Gay' Lies To Be Challenged By Author and Activist Wayne Besen at Oregon State University
Corvallis, Ore. - Author and activist Wayne Besen will speak at Oregon State University to discuss the damage caused by programs that claim to turn gay people straight through prayer and therapy. Besen is the architect of a recent sting operation that proved that the clinic run by presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann's husband, Marcus, practices "ex-gay" therapy. The event will take place Wednesday, October 5, 6pm-7:30pm. (Memorial Union Journey Room)
"The message of this presentation is that you can't 'pray away the gay' and LGBT people are fine just the way they are," said Wayne Besen, founder of Truth Wins Out. "Organizations that claim they can change one's sexual orientation are committing consumer fraud and harming a great number of people."
Besen's multi-media presentation offers a unique, innovative, and entertaining look behind the mask of so-called "ex-gay" programs. Besen is the author of two books including the critically acclaimed, "Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth". He is also noted for photographing Exodus "ex-gay" poster boy John Paulk in a gay bar in Washington, DC and helping expose the late Rev. Jerry Falwell's personal "ex-gay" activist Michael Johnston. 
"The multi-media show will take the audience on a whirlwind tour of 'ex-gay' programs," said Besen. "Audiences will learn the history of these groups, the bizarre techniques they use, and the political players that finance these ignoble efforts."
In 2009, Besen was noted in Instinct Magazine's "Leading Men" issue. In 2006, he was recognized in the Advocate Magazine's "People of the Year" issue. Besen has appeared as a guest on leading news and political talk shows including: The Rachel Maddow Show, NBC Nightly News, ABC Nightline and Good Morning America, The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and the Advocate Magazine.
For additional information, please visit
(2) United States Conference on AIDS (Nov 10-13; Chicago, IL)
Apologies for not getting you info about youth scholarships (ages 18-24) to the event in time for an October 3 deadline. If you want to still try to apply, despite the late notice, submit your name and contact information to, please be sure to include your age. Don't know if there is still room.
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(3) (dis)connected: a film by MTV's Digital Rights Project (Oct 10 on TV, Facebook, Twitter)      
"The Collision of Life, Love and Digital Drama" 

(dis)connected is a movie that follows four youth whose lives become intertwined on the internet.  The movie illustrates how growing up digital can "complicate life and love, and was inspired by the true, tragic tale of Abraham Biggs - a 19-year-old who battled bipolar disorder and ultimately webcast his suicide after being egged on by a digital mob" (Digital Rights Project).  
Ernestine Heldring, Director of Education and Outreach at Scenarios USA, is writing a gender-based discussion guide to go along with the film which will be posted on MTV's and our website. Check out the discussion guide on October 10th here:
Our discussion guide for (dis)connected is based on our "What's the REAL DEAL about Gender, Power and Relationships?" curriculum. For more information about the curriculum, please contact Ernestine at  
Please let the youth you work with know that Scenarios USA's youth will be hosting a real-time Facebook discussion on (dis)connected's premiere night and on Twitter
(4) American School Health Association Conference (Oct 12-15; Louisville, KY … including "Movie Nite with Scenarios USA" on Friday, October 14)
Look for workshops on gender norms, sex ed, suicide, and sessions entitled "Exploring Bias, Bullying and Harassment Through the Lens of Differences: Strategies for Educators and Students" and "LGBT Bullying in the Schools: Will it Really Get Better?"
More info:
(5) Healthy Teen Network Conference (Oct 11-15; Pittsburgh, PA … including a workshop and a plenary from Scenarios USA)
All the plenaries address gender and look awesome.
More info:
(6) Models of Pride conference -- FREE (Oct 15; Los Angeles, CA)
University of Southern California (USC)
MOP 19 is a free one-day conference that focuses on the concerns and interests of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 12 to 24, and their allies. Words like camaraderie, safety and a strong sense of belonging have been used by hundreds of youth to describe this annual conference.
The Models of Pride conference is filled with workshops, a resource fair, exciting entertainment, food, a dance, and lots of new friends. By breaking the conference into tracks, there will be something for everyone! This year there will be a YOUTH TRACK and a COLLEGE TRACK for students. There will also be a PARENT TRACK where parents (including foster parents) and guardians can access information and resources, and ask questions in a safe and supportive environment. And for a nominal fee, MOP 19 also offers a PROFESSIONAL TRACK for service providers and educators looking to enrich their skills to support our community. Online registration for all tracks is now available.
Visit the web site for more information at
Produced by LifeWorks and the LA Gay & Lesbian Center.
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