Subject: strictly fyi: events in WA, CA, NY, everywhere
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Date: 10/12/2011 3:20 PM

Dear Safe Schools Members and Friends,

1) Wear Purple for Spirit Day (Oct. 20; everywhere)
2) CPR for Romance (Oct. 22; Olympia, WA)
3) Spokane LGBT Film Festival Film “What do you know?” (Nov. 4; Spokane, WA)
4) VP Town Hall Meeting *changes* (Oct. 25; Seattle, WA)
5) Models of Pride Conference (Oct. 15; Los Angeles, CA)
6) Community Rally for LGBT Homeless Youth (Oct. 24; New York, NY)

1) Wear Purple for Spirit Day (Oct. 20; everywhere)
Wear Purple on Oct. 20 for Spirit Day -- Millions of Americans wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed annually on October 20, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy -- participants are asked to simply "go purple" on October 20 as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are. How can I participate in SpiritDay? First, sign the pledge


2) CPR for Romance (Oct. 22; Olympia, WA)
What does every romantic relationship need? CPR! Consent, Pleasure, & Respect. 
Youth driven performance arts based community event! Poetry, games, resources.
In honor of domestic violence awareness month so wear purple! 
For more info please contact Teen Council at 754-1556
When: Saturday Oct 22, 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: Sylvester Park, Olympia, Wa


3) Spokane LGBT Film Festival Film “What do you know?” (Nov. 4; Spokane, WA)
The new film is called “What do you know?”  The film interviews young children about “what they know” about lesbian and gay people.  It also interviews elementary level educators about their feelings and efforts to talk about LGBT issues with young children in the school environment. The film presents a strong case for encouraging the adult community to catch up to the students who are looking to them for answers, support and even safety in the classroom. The event is part of the Spokane GLBT Film Festival and will be shown:
Date: Friday Nov. 4th
Time:  7:00 PM. They will be showing the Welcoming Schools Film- What do you know
Place: The Riverpoint,  EWU Auditorium
Phase I Classroom Building,
668 North Riverpoint Blvd.,
Tickets are $8.00 for adult which include all the shows that evening or $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or on line before hand on our web site at


4) VP Town Hall Meeting *changes* (Oct. 25; Seattle, WA)
This meeting is part of Biden's awareness initiatives and is hosted by the agencies listed above. The meeting will be in a panel format. WCSAP will be a member of the panel of experts from our federal region (region 10) which includes Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. This is a unique opportunity to discuss sexual violence with federal officials and the community at large.
Date: Oc. 25
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Jackson Federal Building- 915 Second Ave, North Auditorium, 4th Floor, Seatle, WA 98174
Register Here


5) Models of Pride Conference (Oct. 15; Los Angeles, CA)
Models of Pride (MOP) is a free one-day conference that focuses on the concerns and interests of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth up to age 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, we’ve provided something for everyone! This year we have a YOUTH TRACK and a COLLEGE TRACK for students. We also have a PARENT TRACK where parents and guardians can access information and resources, and ask questions in a safe and supportive environment. And for a nominal fee, Models of Pride also offers a PROFESSIONAL TRACK for service providers and educators looking to enrich their skills to support our community.
When: Saturday, October 15, 8:00 am
Where: S Figueroa St & Exposition Blvd, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, FREE
Register Here:


6) Community Rally for LGBT Homeless Youth (Oct. 24; New York, NY)
On October 24, 2011, the Ali Forney Center – the nation’s largest organization working on behalf of homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth – will hold a rally advocating for shelter for these youth, who are among the most vulnerable in New York City’s homeless population. As LGBT youth come out at younger ages, thousands face homophobia from their families. Many are rejected by their families and driven from their homes. In New York City, an LGBT teen is eight times more likely to experience homelessness than is a straight teen. LGBT youths suffering homelessness on the streets face terrible risk of HIV infection, physical and sexual assault, and suicide. In 2008, a census of homeless youth in NYC found that every night almost 4,000 youths are without stable housing. However, New York City and New York State’s combined funds support fewer than 200 youth shelter beds. Despite this status quo, in 2011, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature cut funds for homeless youth by 50%, and Mayor Bloomberg sought to cut funds for homeless youth by 60%. In response to this crisis, on October 24th, the LGBT community will come together and rally to support its most vulnerable youth and demand that every homeless youth in NYC be provided with safe shelter. This rally’s goals are will to affirm the basic human value of all youth and to assert that they should not be thrown out of their homes, nor should they be left on the streets without shelter. New York’s elected officials to hear loud and clear that the LGBT population is a community that will seek to protect its teens.
WHERE/WHEN: October 24, 2011, 6 PM, Union Square Park

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