Many, many thanks to Massabesic HS for observing their May 1 Day of Silence by hosting a GLSEN-Southern Maine GSA Night. What a beautiful celebration of the bravery of so many LGBT-and-allied youth and staff working to end harassment in school. Thank you, Massabesic!
Portland High GSA has stepped up to host TWO MORE REGIONAL GLSEN-GSA EVENTS before the Saturday, June 21 celebration of Southern Maine PRIDE!
Monday, June 2, 6:00 PM
Documentary film “Anyone and Everyone” (57 min.)
6:00 Supper – Portland High cafeteria
6:30 Film and discussion – Portland High auditorium
“Connected by having a son or daughter who is gay, parents across the country discuss their experiences in the documentary Anyone and Everyone. In it, filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz, depicts families from all walks of life. Individuals from such diverse backgrounds as Japanese, Bolivian, and Cherokee, as well as from various religious denominations such as Mormon, Jewish, Roman Catholic, Hindu, and Southern Baptist, share intimate accounts of how their children revealed their sexual orientation and discuss their responses. The parents also talk about struggling with the pain of their sons and daughters dealing with not being accepted by relatives or friends, and being ostracized by religious congregations.”
Parents from PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and other LGBT-friendly organizations will be guests.
Not a public event — GSAs, GLSEN volunteers, Portland school staff and other invited guests only.
Thursday, June 19, 11:00-3:00
SIGN-PAINTING PARTY for Saturday’s PRIDE march
Portland High School cafeteria
A GLSEN-GSA event only for GSA students whose school responsibilities have been completed. Wear your painting clothes and bring your positive, creative ideas for advocating safe schools for LGBT people!
This is Portland High’s first non-student day, but staff will still be working in the building. Painting will be supervised by Beth Reed (PHS GSA advisor), Betsy Parsons (former Deering GSA advisor) and other GLSEN adult volunteers.
SUPPLIES: Students are asked to bring a sheet of posterboard or foam core board for their own sign if possible. GLSEN will supply acrylic paint, wooden strapping for handles, staple guns and staples. We will have a modest supply of sign material for students who are not able to bring their own.
We’re looking into providing lunch, but for now, please bring your lunch — and your creativity! Signs should offer a beautiful and positive statement celebrating safe schools and the freedom to be authentic in school.
Finally, please join GLSEN-Southern Maine for:
2008 SOUTHERN MAINE PRIDE Parade and Festival
Saturday, June 21
11:15 AM, Monument Square, Portland
Gather at yellow GLSEN banner
on upper Preble St. by Portland’s Monument Square at 11:15.
Parade kicks off at noon — Monument Square to Deering Oaks.
Note: This is a truly exciting, joyous and well-protected celebration of the LGBT-and-allied community. Allies are very welcome and important — and many, many allies march. Elected government officials and a variety of faith communities are always well-represented. Generations of families often march together, including babies in strollers.
Friends and family are welcome to march with GLSEN. All signs in the GLSEN marching contingent must be consistent with GLSEN’s mission of safe schools for LGBT people.
All PRIDE images are fully public — videos, still photographs etc. — and may legally be broadcast or exhibited in any media form, including the Web.
Marching in PRIDE is joyful and empowering, but if you march, please be sure you feel ready to have your image be fully public. If you don’t feel ready to march yet, or it is not yet safe for you, you can still be part of PRIDE energy by helping to paint signs at the Portland High sign-painting party!
PRIDE Festival in Deering Oaks from 1-4 PM. Food, live music, vendor booths, community organizations, lots of fun! All are welcome. GLSEN will have an informational table, as always.