boots on the ground.
HEARTS ON OUR SLEEVES.
In our first year alone we:
testified on inclusivity of NJ Bill A1335, requiring schools to incorporate contributions of folks with disabilities & of our LGBTIA community
advocated for individual LGBTQIA students, helped establish numerous Gay Straight Alliances, ran professional development on identity, gender, & classroom best practices for schools & administration, educated law enforcement & court personnel on Transgender Rights, & arranged the statewide GSA Forum, which celebrated over 500 kids, their families, friends & allies!
organized the Families Belong Together Rally, which brought out over 850 folks to speak with one voice supporting our immigrant families.
helped to name an elementary school in Maryland after Bayard Rustin, allowing all students there as well as the greater community to look up & feel recognized & respected.
co-sponsored the Conference for Peace with the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
spoke at Princeton University, taught at the Ellarslie in Trenton, represented at the Governor's Mansion during the inaugural Pride Reception, coordinated communal outreach with numerous faith-based groups & affirming churches, moderated at the Trans-Youth Forum, entertained families with Drag Queen Story Hours, held screenings of "Voices Beyond The Wall", & threw a brunch with outstanding TRANSGENDER youth activist Gavin Grimm!
hosted an incredibly inspirational open house on Christmas Day, welcoming dozens of our friends, allies, & family, new & old, multi-generational, & from varied backgrounds, neighborhoods, & communities!
opened the doors to our new Princeton HQ- a safe-space, both literally & figuratively, for all our kids, all our families, our entire community of friends, allies & partner organizations.
In our second year we have already accomplished so much:
building connections with local & national partners, co-sponsoring community dances, potlucks, panels, & protests, presenting at conferences, hosting regular events to empower teens, young adults, families & supporters of all ages, screening films & celebrating the diversity of our intersectional communities in oh-so-many ways indeed!
starting an Urban Gardening & Food Education program
encouraging citizens to vote by presenting successful elected officials from across our divergent communities
hosting a weekly safe-space hangout for teens & young adults
establishing our burgeoning Library of Social Justice & our Read the Rainbow Book Club for LGBTQIA folx, friends & allies
teaching our social justice action-class for teens ¡La Lucha!
welcoming our communities with First-Friday Breakfasts @ HQ each month
paneling with Gay Liberation Front activists
archiving the materials from Princeton’s first gay rights organization Gay People Princeton
collaborating with Girl Up! a national organization dedicated to empowering girls & women
engaging queer history with author Hugh Ryan
helping to organize “Lights For Liberty” rally to end the the illegal & immoral detention of immigrant families
offering free weekly Counseling & therapy Drop-In for LGBTQIA youth
& of course, organizing Princeton’s first-ever Pride Parade which drew thousands to march, roll, & sashay in celebration & solidarity!