Hi all!!
Well, I thought spring was here, but well, we live here in Ohio! I hope you are enjoying your day, even with snowflakes!!
Lots of news today! Here we go!
I’ll give you some OutSupport news first, because you’ll want to be aware of what’s going on!
First, hopefully many of you will join us Monday, March 26 for our Educational Program, Justice for All, with our special speakers Gwen Stembridge from Equality Ohio, and James Knapp from TransOhio to give us all important information about the law and LGBTQ Ohioans.
Flyer attached!
Secondly, please note!! Our May meeting will be changed from the 4th Monday of the month to the 2nd Monday, for May ONLY!! The 4th Monday is Memorial Day, and the church is available on the 14th. SO PLEASE CHANGE THE DATE IN YOUR CALENDAR! Happy Memorial Day, and the June meeting will resume our regular 4th Monday meetings. May 14    May 14   May 14   May 14    May 14!!!!!!!
Kent State’s Lavender Graduation will take place on Friday, April 13th from 6:00-8:30pm in the KSU Ballroom! This is a wonderful ceremony, honoring the LGBTQ Graduates in a very special way!! Also, for LGBTQ alumni, a reception will be held the hour prior to the LavGrad! Also! On April 7,  a drag competition with Akron U called Battle for the Wagon Heel (teehee) will be something to attend! Proceeds from this event will replenish the LGBTQ+ Emergency Fund.
Please register for these events at   www.ksu.convio.net/LavenderGraduation
TransOhio will be hosting it’s 10th Annual Transgender Symposium April 27-29 at THE Ohio State University Student Union. “Ten Years of Progress and the Challenges Ahead” is this years theme.  This is growing every year, and the place to be for Trans and GF information and education!  For further info and to register:   www.transohio.org
Our friends at CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) will also be having their fundraising weekend April 26-29 in Cleveland! Details at www.clawinfo.org   CLAW has been a generous donor to OutSupport since we formed 4 years ago…thanks to all our friends at CLAW!!!
This was fun to learn about…maybe for you too!  Ohio 4H LGBTQ+ Summit will also be held in Columbus April 27-28! There is a Professional Development Day on April 27, and a Youth Summit on April 28. Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center  2201 Fred Taylor Dr. Columbus 43210
Info call 614-292-3758
A fun sounding group to know about is the Blazing River Band! They perform at different events in NEO and want to get the word out! Check them out at www.blazingriverband.org or like them on facebook! Looks like a fun group!!
Our friends at the Gay Community Endowment Fund will be having their 2018 Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 19 from 5:00-7:30pm at the beautiful Akron Civic Theatre! This event will benefit the GCEF Scholarship Fund.  Cost $25 per person  RSVP by April 12!!
This organization is a generous one, financially supporting many LGBTQ+ organizations in NEOhio, including OutSupport! Thank you so much GCEF!!
Teen Pride Network and GLSEN NEOhio will be hosting BREAK THE SILENCE! MAKE SOME NOISE! on Friday, April 27, from 7:00-9:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Fairlawn. RSVP to TPN’s Facebook page! Day of Silence is a day to take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing of LGBTQ+ students.  www.glsen.org/day-silence  A great time after a day of silence! How fun!!
For Social workers, teachers, counselors, etc…2 CEU opportunities have crossed my desk you may be interested in. Both are through PESI. 1) LGBTQ Youth: Clinical Strategies to support Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity   Live Webcast  Friday, April 20   Register at www.pesi.com/webcast/61483
2) LGBTQ Clients: Clinical Issues and Treatment Strategies  Cleveland May 7   ( also in Erie and Pittsburgh, PA)  Register: www.pesi.com/express/62108
For LGBTQ+ Older Adults!! Housing for the LGBTQ Older Adult communities are becoming more and more available…just thought you may want to know about them…for yourself or a friend!
A Place for Us is a 55 and older senior apartment complex for LGBTQ+ seniors in the westside of Cleveland. www.apfuhousing.com
Rainbow Steps, Ltd is a new organization that are offering Residential Assisted Living Homes for LGBTQ+ folks who need special care. These are homes, and 5-10 seniors living in a home like setting, with varying degrees of daily living assistance and medication reminders, etc…    There are homes open in Hudson and Oberlin, and I understand they plan on opening several others around NEOhio. So glad to see these options!! Call 330-313-4403 for additional information.
A special artistic event will be held for LGBTQ+ folks who have experienced the loss of a loved one through the Hospice of the Western Reserve  at the Elizabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center on 2 Tuesdays (June 5 & 12). Healing Arts Program, Art Therapy Event: Mandela Plates. Participants are encouraged to bring your loved ones favorite food to share on the plates created the1st session. For more information, call Mollie Borgione at 216-486-6544.
Save The Dates for the play BENT at the Beck Center for the Performing Arts June 1-July 1, 2018. This is a play about the persecution of homosexuals by the Nazis. This play has helped to increase awareness and education about this part of that dark time. Adult Content.
Check out our website as we are trying to put all PRIDE 2018 events on our calendar of events! Lots of summer PRIDE to look forward to!! We also try to keep up on the events of our friends like Love on A Mission in Mansfield/Ashland! They are going to see the film Love, Simon THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 25! Check out details at www.loveonamission.org
Last, but not least, I was invited to attend the Plexus Annual meeting last week. What a great group of people!! They are always looking for new members, and are trying to reach out to “non-Cleveland” folks 🙂  If you are a business person, this is the group for you! ALSO…if you are a business person or have connections to a business, please check out Ohio Business Competes, and register as an LGBTQ friendly workplace!! www.ohiobusinesscompetes.org
Wishing our friends at Equality Ohio best wishes as they continue their hard work for equality in South Euclid. If you’d like to support their efforts, show up at the South Euclid Town Hall 6-9pm on Monday, April 9. Stay informed about HB160   www.equalityohio.org  Love these people!
OK…I think I mentioned everyone!! Wishing everyone well as spring will (eventually!) arrive!!
Kindest regards,