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day of silence stuff [Mar. 12th, 2006|04:40 pm]

uh so i just registered hayfield for the day of silece but uh it turns out that i was supposed to register before march 3rd to be eligable for materials. :-/ so i guess what's happening is, like the past three years, we're gonna go to kinkos and print out a million of those little pieces of paper. so uh spread the word and if you're feeling saucy you could even help me out and make a poster advertising the day of silence! i'm gonna talk to the announcements peeps and stuff so we can figure all that stuff out. um yeah.
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(no subject) [Nov. 11th, 2005|04:15 pm]

so i just got this email from mr. rigby and i thought since i'm like VP and stuff i'd post it here since we haven't used this journal in forever.

in other news, Karma Amos will be coming some time this week. She's a minister at the Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia and she'll be talking about her churches stance on stuff like gay marriage, homosexuality in the bible, her experience as a lesbian minister, and religious resources that are gay friendly. she'll probably have some other stuff up her sleeve as well.

I promise to bring snacks this week. so everyone should come.

Alex Sanchez, well-known author of the Rainbow Boys trilogy, bill be speaking and reading at the Pimmit Hills Library in Fairfax County on November 12 at 3 p.m. Please call the library and let them know you will be coming (though if you just show up they won't mind).

An opportunity not to be missed. I bet he'll sign books, too.

An Afternoon with Alex Sanchez
Saturday, November 12, 3:00 PM

Join the bestselling, award-winning local author of Rainbow Boys, Rainbow High, and So Hard to Say for a reading from Rainbow Road, his brand new conclusion to the Rainbow trilogy

Alex will also take questions and sign copies of all his books.
(books for sale courtesy of Borders –Tysons Corner)

Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike,
Falls Church, VA Call 703-790-8088 for reservations


that's all for now.
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It's All Good [Oct. 29th, 2005|03:22 pm]

[mood |bouncybouncy]

Gay dance gay dance who's going to the gay dance?!?! The annual It's All Good dance will be held TONIGHT at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington (1300 N. Quincy St.) from 6:30 to 11 PM.

Program: GSAs and Crystal Meth
Dress: Costumes or Casual
Music: All types of dance music; if you want a CD of dance music played, bring it and the DJ's should be able to fit it in.
Sponsored by: Youth Pride Alliance, Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry, Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League, with Program by the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
Metro Directions: Take Metro to Ballston on the Orange Line (from Springfield, get off at Rosslyn and go to the lower level platform and catch the Orange Line train toward Vienna). Check the map to orient yourself. At the top of the escalator, go left (east) along Fairfax St. Go a few blocks to Quincy and turn left. Go past the library and see the high school. Circle around the building to the left and enter from the parking lot into the cafeteria.
Driving Directions: MapQuest Directions
Weather: High 56°, Low 36°, Wind: NW at 15 mph, Humidity: 39%

...Yeah, I know this is short notice if you're just finding out now.

(Info from a group email from Robert Rigby, Jr.)
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Events Coming Up Soon... [May. 12th, 2005|01:09 am]

There are some things coming up over the next few weeks that I had planned to share with you all at the GSA meeting today, but as it turned out, the meeting died due to a lack of people showing up. So, yeah... Here's the list:
May 18, 2005: GSA Officer Elections for Next Year!!
May 20-22, 2005: GenderPAC's 5th Annual National Conference on Gender
May 20, 2005: 10th Annual Gender Lobby Day - Capitol Hill
May 21, 2005: The Great Big International Drag King Show V - 9:30 Club [U Street Metro Station, Green Line] - Doors @ 6pm
May 29, 2005: Black Pride @ The Washington Convention Center - $10 Admission - 12-5pm - Mt. Vernon Square Metro Station [Yellow/Green line]
June 2-4 or 3-5, 2005 (Dates seem to be a little blurry): The National Youth Advocacy Coalition's Youth Summit
June 4, 2005: Youth Pride Day (rescheduled from April 23) - Rock Creek Park (Corner of P & 23rd Streets NW, WDC) - Dupont Circle Metro Station [Red Line]
June 10, 2005: Passing the Torch Dinner - The Annual GSA Dinner @ MCC NoVA, 10383 Democracy Ln, Fairfax - RSVP with me by May 18 if you're coming.
June 11, 2005: Capital Pride: Gay Pride Parade @ Dupont Circle [Dupont Circle Metro Station, Red line]. 5-7p
June 12, 2005: Capital Pride: Gay Pride Street Festival - Pennsylvania Avenue, [Navy Memorial Metro Station, Yellow/Green Line]
July 16, 2005: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Dance) - Takoma Park Presbyterian Church - 310 Tuplip Ave, Takoma Park, MD - Near the Takoma Park Metro Station [Red Line]
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Reminder of Upcoming Events [Apr. 29th, 2005|01:08 am]

[music |The B-52's - "Good Stuff"]

Don't forget about the Smoke-out BBQ this Sunday.

ALSO: There's a student activist/organizer workshop and dinner TOMORROW, Saturday, April 30, 2005 from 6:30-8:30p at the Old Town Alexandria Embassy Suites Hotel (1900 Diagonal Rd, Alexandria - Across from the King Street Metro Station). If you plan on going, don't forget to RSVP-- Contact Katie Gorum [email me for her info - jon at gsa dot cc].

OTHER THINGS COMING UP: GSA officer elections for next year will take place on May 18. BE THERE... please?
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Smoke-OUT BBQ - SUNDAY! [Apr. 25th, 2005|10:18 pm]

Come to the fantabulous barbecue THIS SUNDAY (May 1, 2005) at Virginia Highlands Park in Pentagon City (1600 S. Hayes St., Arlington)! A smoke-free environment with LGBT youth from around the area awaits you! Starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. BE THERE!!! Because... um... yeah. Metro to Pentagon City, exit via the escalators BEFORE you get to the mall's entrance. Walk about a block, the park is the first thing across the street. We'll probably be in the BBQ area (makes sense, eh?), which you'll see if you walk to the right after crossing the street.
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THE DAY OF SILENCE IS UPON US! [Apr. 12th, 2005|11:31 pm]

[mood |touchedtouched]

It's that time of year again-- The day when we demonstrate the silence forced, faced, and feared by so many of our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and otherwise fabulous people; the day we zip our lips in memory of those we've lost to hate crimes and suicides; the day we put aside our differences inside our amazingly diverse community and try to show those who don't understand what it's like having to deal with such a painful silence just how it feels, but for a much less painful time: One day.

Of course, there are those who don't share our views. Most of these people just don't understand, and need to be enlightened. Sadly, however, many of those who do not understand are also unwilling to try. Some try to break our silence with intimidation, others try to keep it in place permanently by any means available... But we are strong, we are brave, we are resilient, and most important of all: WE ARE UNITED.

We at Hayfield are fortunate to have a very diverse educational and administrative staff. Of course, this has potential for problems as well, but hopefully none will occur this year. I am pleased to be able to say this year that we have the support of our principal, Dr. William Oehrlein, as well as many of the teachers and staff members, including Director of Student Activities Steve Kewer. I do wish to make clear that the school is not sponsoring the Day of Silence at Hayfield, nor is it endorsing or otherwise making any official declaration of involvement, but there is supposed to be school-wide notice of the event made to teachers via the principal's email briefing.

Also, it's important to keep in mind that FCPS and Hayfield policies are not changed just because you're participating in this demonstration. If a teacher, principal, or other FCPS employee demands a verbal response, you are required to respond or face disciplinary actions-- But, keep in mind that many people will respect your desire to remain silent if you make it clear that your intent is not simply be defiant.

So, when we go to school tomorrow, may we be strong, may we be brave, may we be resilient, and may we remain united in our cause.

-Jon Nosrati
President, Hayfield GSA

P.S. I had an additional 420 speaking cards printed this evening, so if you need some tomorrow and didn't request them in the beginning, they're available on a first come, first served basis. Just come to me and figure a way to get the point across to me.

P.P.S. After school Wednesday, a Breaking the Silence event will be taking place: LGBT Youth Speak-Out at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, 2300 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA. To get directions on how to get there, try Mapquest or Metro's Trip Planner, or just go with me-- Email me for details. My email address is jon at gsa dot cc

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(no subject) [Jan. 27th, 2005|10:57 pm]

[mood |pissed offpissed off]

What the Virginia Legislature is doing to strip you of your
civil rights - and what you can do before they legislate again!

GLBT and Allies Urgent Town Hall Meeting
Monday, January 31st, 7 p.m.
Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia
10383 Democracy Lane, Fairfax City

The 2005 General Assembly session is targeting our community
like never before with legislation that aims to strip gay,
lesbian, bisexual and transgender Virginians of the few civil
rights we have.

There are now five versions of an anti-gay marriage amendment
before the Legislature. And, as if that were not enough, two
other discriminatory bills have been filed, one to ban gays and
lesbians from adopting, and one to ban Gay Straight Alliances in

After the passage of H.B. 751 last session, which calls into
question the right of same-sex couples to enter into contracts,
the GLBT community in Virginia is clearly under attack.

Equality Fairfax along with the Metropolitan Community Church of
Northern Virginia and Equality Virginia is sponsoring a Town
Hall meeting with guest speakers who can lend some perspective
on the battle for civil rights and provide some tactical
information on what we can do.

Speakers include:

Jay Fisette, Chair, Arlington County Board of Supervisors and
Virginia Board Member
Gerry Connolly, Chair, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Please come out and learn about what you can do, and forward
this to all of your friends, families, co-workers, church
members, and anyone you know who is fair-minded and wants to

Please RSVP to info at equalityfairfax dot org.

From an email received from HRC on Thursday, January 27.
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GPAC's National Conference on Gender [Jan. 6th, 2005|12:18 am]

Every year GenderPAC has its National Conference on Gender in Washington, DC (well, technically, just outside of DC). I'm organizing a group of people to go to the conference and thought it might be a good idea to post this here. So, if anyone's interested in going, here's the deal:
The conference is from Friday, May 20, 2005 through Sunday, May 22, 2005 at the Crystal City DoubleTree Hotel in Arlington, VA. Friday is National Gender Lobby Day while Saturday and Sunday are the main part of the conference. Saturday night is the Great Big International Drag King Show V at the 9:30 Club. Tickets are $20 with registration or $25 from the 9:30 Club or Tickets.com (tickets will be available for purchase without registration later this year).

If you're from out of the area and will need a room, there's a package deal available. It includes a shared room (3 room mates, one of which you'll have to share a double bed with) and registration for the conference.
For 1-7 people, it's $200 per person; for 8-11 people, $185 per person; for 12-15 people it's $180 per person; for 16-19 people it's $175/person; and for 20 or more people it's $170/person. Youths/students/people with limited income get $50 off.
If you don't need a room, you can just join the registration only group (prices in brackets are the reduced rates for students, youths, and people with limited income.)
For 1-4 people, it's $100 [$50] per person; for 5-9 people it's $75 [$40] per person; for 10-19 people it's $65 [$30] per person, and for 20 or more people it's $55 [$25] per person.

So, if you're interested in going to this conference, please comment on this or email me at jon@ncog.info. I will soon be setting up an online registration form to help make things easier, including the ability to pay for the conference via PayPal. That site will be at www.ncog.info.

So yeah... That's all.

Happy New Year, everyone.

[Cross posted: gsa, gsa_lj, hayfield_gsa]
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film festival news [Dec. 15th, 2004|04:36 pm]

ok so my mom says it's ok for us to have one day of film festival stuff at our house. we've decided that tuesday the 28th is a good time to do some movies so be sure to come to my house then!!

but we still have 6 movies that we'd like to see and we need someone else to volunteer their hospitality in order to watch them. if you are available on monday dec. 27 or thursday dec. 30 and can help us out by hosting the film festival, please say so!


ps here's the address for the stuff at my house for those who need to mapquest it

7232 lensfield court
alexandria, VA
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