Happy January, all!
Your GLSEN chapter is hoppin' in 2011! There's a full calendar of programs, events, meetings, volunteer opportunities and general happenings. Last weekend the board and leadership team held an all-day retreat to talk plans for the year, and we're excited about all that is to come. Here's to a year full of advances for safe, respectful schools for all.
Lots to tell you about for January, so let's get started:
- First, get out your calendar and mark it for Saturday, May 7. Write down "PROM." We'll tell you more later!
- Looking for something to do this weekend? Miss Roberta Bigg will entertain you this Sundayevening and raise money for Safe Space Kits for local schools. See below.
- January is a perfect time to take in some award-winning theatre, and we have the thing for you: apay-what-you-can-and-half-the-proceeds-go-to-GLSEN Greater Cincinnati-preview of NEXT FALL at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati on January 24. Details below!
Safe Space Training for Educators Network on January 20
GLSEN believes that in every school there need to be a few identifiable educators or staff to whom students can turn when they feel unsafe or bullied. If you desire to be one of those teachers, please consider attending the Safe Space Training on Thursday, January 20.
The training is designed for anybody who works with youth, since young people need safe spaces both in their schools and the larger community. All attendees will receive a free Safe Space Kit. The training will cover the most asked questions from educators:
- How can I be an ally to students if they reach out?
- How to respond when a student says "that's so gay" in class?
- How can I make my school a Safe Space?
- What resources can I direct to young people if they are not feeling safe?
The training will also feature a youth panel. Local students will share experiences and highlight what answers teachers gave them to the above questions that have been most helpful. We will have food and drinks on hand, so come learn, network and help us build safer schools in 2011!What: GLSEN's Safe Space Training
When: Thursday, January 20 at 6:30 - 7:30pm
Where: Pleasant Ridge Branch - Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
(6233 Montgomery Rd Cincinnati, OH 45213 - 2 blocks North of the Ridge Rd/Montgomery Rd intersection)
Contact: Shawn Jeffers, Education Chair (email or phone: 513.404.8191)
Bullying is a Drag: Roberta's Review at Shooters THIS SUNDAY
Bullying is a drag, so Roberta Bigg of the Imperial Sovereign Queen City Court of the Buckeye Empire is hosting a show to help GLSEN Greater Cincinnati buy Safe Space Kits for local schools. Expect BIG eyelashes, BIGGER wigs and one of the BIGGEST drag shows this side of the Mississippi! That's just how Roberta rolls.
This event follows Roberta's very successful fundraiser late last year, and we are so grateful for her support!
Shooters @ 927 Race Street, Cincinnati, 45202; Food at 8 PM, show at 9 PM. Please note that this event is for ages 21+.
NEXT FALL preview at Ensemble Theatre on Monday, January 24 at 7 PM
Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati generously welcomes GLSEN for a pay-what-you-can preview performance of NEXT FALL by Gregory Nauffts. This 2010 Tony-nominated best play explores issues of faith, gay partnership, familes and what it means to love in a world that is trying to come to grips with new ways of defining who we are.
You decide your admission price, and half goes to GLSEN! Note that phone reservations are not accepted for this preview night. (If you can't make it on the 24th, come Tuesday the 25th and support STOP AIDS.) NEXT FALL contains mature themes and may not be suitable for all audiences.
Ensemble Theatre @ 1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, 45202. Doors at 6 PM, show at 7 PM.