8/28/09

Join us as we March on Washington

On October 11, 2009, The Upper Delaware GLBT Center will proudly join thousands of Americans when we march on Washington, D.C. to let our elected leaders know that NOW is the time for full equal rights for LGBT people. This march will kick start the national grassroots Equality Across America campaign (http://equalityacrossamerica.org). We will gather. We will strategize. We will march. And we will leave energized and empowered to do the work that needs to be done in every community across the nation.

This march marks a shift in strategy that will secure full equality in all 50 states. Similar to the historic civil rights movement, which in 1963 and 64 made its transition from fighting local battles to winning national victory with the passage of the civil rights act, it is time for that passage for LGBT Americans. Let your voice be heard along with others who believe that our time is NOW.

The Upper Delaware GLBT Center (UDGLBT) will have a chartered bus leaving Milford, PA and making a stop in Newton, NJ to pick up individuals who want to be a part of this historic event. SEATS ARE LIMITED, SO GET YOUR TICKET NOW. You can order your bus tickets online by clicking the “Buy Now” button on this blog. Tickets can also be purchased by mail. Checks should be made payable to the Upper Delaware GLBT Center and postmarked by October 1. Tickets are $50 each. All sales are final – there will be no refunds for unused tickets. Specific details about departure and arrival times will be posted as they become available. Your confirmation page will serve as your ticket.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share in an amazing experience and be a part of making LGBT history.

8/6/09

Show a fundraiser for new gay/transgender group



From the Times-Herald Record, August 6, 2009
Milford, Pa. — What could a transgendered woman, a feminist breast cancer survivor, a Texas redneck and a 90-year-old Southern belle have in common?
They're characters portrayed by Karen MacIntyre, who presented her one-woman show "Crazy Good Luck" at Mount Haven Resort on Log Tavern Road recently as a fund and awareness raiser for a newly formed gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender group.
MacIntyre will be performing the one-woman show at the New York International Fringe Festival Aug. 14-30. The show is inspired by her own life experiences.
MacIntyre is the ex-wife of a transgendered woman, and her best friend had a mastectomy around the same time her husband said he was getting gender reassignment. As time has allowed her to quip, "She was losing her breasts while he was gaining his."

The Upper Delaware GLBT Center was created to fill a crucial need for social and support networks within the tri-state area's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. The group grew out of founder Patty Tomaszewski's observation that there were "really no services to speak of in the area."

"It's hard for gay people not just to get together for social reasons, but to give support to one another," she added.

Aside from support and discussion groups, the GLBT Center hopes to offer services for teens, programs for families, teen groups, recreation and entertainment events, and referrals to GLBT-friendly businesses and professionals.
Youths — both GLBT teens and children being raised by same-sex couples — are among the most overlooked members of the community, Tomaszewski said.
"One of my friends said her and her partner are always trying to explain to their kids that there are other children out there who have two moms or two dads, but they never get to meet any of them," she said.

Another goal is to help educate the community at large, such as businesses who want to become more socially competent, or school guidance counselors who need information on dealing with children who are bullied because of their gender identity.
It's the kind of support system that MacIntyre, who is from Denton, Texas, would like to have had when she was coping with her husband's transition into a woman.
"Where we were living, there wasn't enough," she said, although she was grateful that Peter, who is now Petra, found a helpful support group in New York. "I'd just moved back to Texas from up here, and I had good support of friends. But for organizations to go to, I just didn't know of any."
The Upper Delaware GLBT is trying to change that for those struggling with their sexual identity, and members of the younger generation. According to Tomaszewski, the mission has just begun.
"These are all futuristic goals," she said. "But I was thinking the other day that we just got incorporated in May, and we've just had our second event, and we have three more planned. Not bad for a two-month-old organization."
For more information, write to: Upper Delaware GLBT Center, P.O. Box 1295, Milford, Pa., or e-mail UDGLBT@gmail.com.