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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR GALA'S PARTY ON LAKE LEWISVILLE

Bob Shimmin - Sunday, May 15, 2016

All-Inclusive ticket includes a fun-filled sail on Lake Lewisville aboard the 105-passenger Chaminox II party boat., lunch on-board the boat,. frozen margaritas. ice cold beer, sodas and bottled water. Plus, inflatables for playing in the lake. Music and karaoke by DJ Little Chalupa.



 

GALA PRESENTS: GEN SILENT - THE LGBT AGING FILM

Bob Shimmin - Sunday, May 15, 2016

Free Event: See the acclaimed film Gen Silent followed by a panel discussion on the Challenges of LGBTQ & Aging in Our Culture presented by Bridge Building Network and Ed-U-Care.

Thursday, June 30 at 6 PM - 8:30 PM

 

at Keller Williams Realty Frisco
4783 Preston Rd, # 100, Frisco, Texas

 

Heavy appetizers and drinks will be served.

Hosted by GALA in conjunction with Ed-U-CARE Dallas.  Ed-U-CARE's mission is to train providers of care in culturally responsive skills, attitudes and strategies that result in welcoming, safe and caring services and environments for older LGBTQ adults and their loved ones. educaredallas.com

 

GALA RELEASES FRISCO VOTER GUIDE

Bob Shimmin - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

 

GALA distributed questionnaires on equality issues to candidates across Collin and Denton counties.  The GALA Voter Guide for Frisco is now available for download below.  The voter guide gives you information on candidates that is not available anywhere else. 

Every voter interested in advancing LGBT equality in North Texas should take a few minutes to learn where these candidates stand on issues of equality.

 

                                           

Frisco Voter Guide 2016 Frisco Voter Guide 2016 (313 KB)


 

 

 

Time to THRIVE Recap

Admin User - Monday, April 04, 2016

 


Our own Jamie Jones represented GALA Youth February 12th – 14th in Dallas at the 3rd annual HRC Time to THRIVE Conference. Jamie attendedback-to-back conference sessions Friday, Saturday, and Sunday that were most relevant to the young people GALA Youth serves. She collected information to share with the group as well as with the adults who work with our GALA Youth program. One of the classes Jamie attended was Connect, Accept, Respond, Empower: How to Support LGBTQ Youth, presented by the TREVOR Project. One point of emphasis during this presentation was that the importance of support for the LGBTQ youth cannot be overemphasized. Youths who have support are at a far lower risk of considering suicide. The TREVOR Project provided the following statistics regarding suicide among LGBTQ youth:

  • 41 percent of transgender and gender non-conforming youths attempt suicide.
  • Youths who are LGB are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their non-LGB peers.
  • Youths are 8 times more likely to attempt suicide if their family is not accepting.
  • Youths who have 1 person in their lives who is supportive are 30 percent less likely to attempt suicide.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people 10-35 years of age.
  • On the Personal Side

    A Highpoint: One highpoint of Jamie’s conference experience was meeting and enjoying lunch with a 13-year-old who chose to attend the conference to learn, and to make connections in the LGBTQIA community. As of right now, 13 is still too young to become involved in most LGBTQIA Youth groups in the area. However, what was touching and encouraging was that this particular youth is looking forward to when they are old enough to join such groups, and in the meantime is lucky enough to have a very supportive parent and supportive family. GALA Youth focuses on middle and high school age youth but accepts all who need us on a case by case basis.

    A Poignant Experience: One of the most difficult sessions Jamie attended was a presentation by the Clementi Foundation, listening to Jane Clementi recount the details of her son's suicide and the events surrounding it. Although Jamie had heard her speak once before, Jamie found it to be an extremely difficult and heart-wrenching experience.

    In Her Own Words

    Jamie left the conference with optimism and hope for a better future for our LGBTQ youth. She felt that, all-in-all, the experience was positive and hopeful. In her own words:

    I've attended other events and conferences geared towards educators, but the attendance at those events was not nearly as good. There were so many sessions [at this one] to choose from that it was impossible to see and hear everything. I also learned that there were sessions for youths that were held on Sunday after the closing plenary for conference attendees. Such sessions might be of great interest to our youth should Time to THRIVE ever be held in Texas, or nearby, in the future.

    Check these out: 

    TrevorSpace.org: an international networking site that allows youths to make connections.

    Quist: an app that teaches LGBTQ history. Find more information or download the app here: http://www.quistapp.com/

    GALA Youth

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