3/20/10

UD GLBT Stands Strong With Lt. Dan Choi


It was with much pride and support that members of the Upper Delaware GLBT group who marched on Washington for Equality Across America this past October, posed with Lt. Dan Choi.



On March 19, 2009, Lt. Choi came out on the Rachel Maddow Show, an act of bravery for which no military decoration was awarded. Choi, a West Point graduate and Iraq veteran is one of only eight in his class fluent in Arabic. In spite of his record and value, one month after appearing on Maddow's show he was notified that the Army began discharge proceedings.

The Cadet's prayer taught him to "choose the harder right over the easier wrong." Standing firm and following the Honor Code, Choi refused to lie about his identity.


Choi has since become an activist for GLBT rights and an icon for the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. On March 18, 2010 he handcuffed himself to the fence in front of the White House as part of his effort for this cause. Following his arrest Choi told the Judge "Your Honor, I plead not guilty and I am not ashamed." The chains around his waist and handcuffs were removed. While walking out he said "I feel dignified...to wear the chains others have been wearing but can't see."



The Upper Delaware GLBT Center stands with Lt. Choi in fighting for equal rights for gays and lesbians and for the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.









3/15/10

First Fridays at the Water Wheel!



The Upper Delaware GLBT Center will be hosting "FIRST FRIDAY...GLBT Style" at the Water Wheel Cafe in Milford, PA. Starting April 2, and every FIRST FRIDAY thereafter, we will be there enjoying live entertainment and the company of old and new friends. We are very pleased to have REGINA SAYLES kick off our first event. Once you hear her you will become a fan. She is amazing! See you on April 2!




3/9/10

The Trevor Project





Have you ever heard of the Trevor Project?


The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
Their mission?
The Trevor Project is a non-profit endeavor established to promote acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and to aid in crisis and suicide prevention among that group. The Trevor Project operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Each year, our helpline fields more than 30,000 calls from LGBTQ youth as well as their families, friends and educators.
The Trevor Helpline(866) 4-U-TREVOR(866) 488-7386Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a yearAll calls are toll-free and confidential

This is some of the history of this essential organization:
The Trevor Project was founded by writer James Lecesne, director/producer Peggy Rajski and producer Randy Stone, creators of the 1994 Academy Award®-winning short film, Trevor, a comedy/drama about a gay 13-year-old boy who, when rejected by friends because of his sexuality, makes an attempt to take his life.When Trevor was scheduled to air on HBO® in 1998, the filmmakers realized that some of the program’s teen viewers might be facing the same kind of crisis as Trevor, and began to search for an appropriate support line to broadcast during the airing. They discovered that no such helpline existed, and decided to dedicate themselves to forming what was, in their view, a much-needed resource: an organization to promote acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, and to aid in crisis and suicide prevention among that group. Thus, The Trevor Project was born, and with seed funding provided by The Colin Higgins Foundation, The Trevor Helpline was established and became the first and only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.Today, in addition to operating the crisis and suicide prevention helpline, The Trevor Project provides online support to young people through the organization’s Web site, and also provides lifesaving guidance and vital resources to educators and parents.
There is no minimizing the importance, especially for LGBT youths in rural areas, of having a 24 hour, 7 day a week crisis line for them to call for support.
The number: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)