NEWS AT THE CENTER
Women’s Rap at Affirmations Revamped
The women’s rap group at Affirmations Lesbian andGayCommunity Center, in existence for over ten years now, has been revamped. The group is facilitated by Allison Fisher, an intern at the center, and is geared toward all women 18 years and older. The format of the group is open, with laid back discussion, and a chosen topic with questions prepared by the facilitator. Topics focus on issues pertaining to women and thus far have included: Relationships, Being Single, Lesbians in the Media, Butch/Femme, Hate Crimes and Coming Out. ÊFisher has restructured the program to make it stronger and bring in a wider audience. “I feel that a much richer discussion comes from a more diverse group of people,” says Fisher when speaking about the women’s rap group.ÊThe women’s rap group meets on Thursdays from7-9pmat Affirmations,195 W. Nine Mile Rd.inFerndale. For more information, email Allison at [email protected] or call the Center at 248-398-7105.
Tuesday, October 28
Help us make the Ferndale chapter of COLAGE a success! Affirmations will be kicking off a new season of COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) with great people, great activities, and fun times. If you are LGBT parents or the children of LGBT parents (aged 10-17), you are invited to attend. Ally families are also welcome. Check out the COLAGE website at http://www.colage.org for ideas. For more information about COLAGE, or to get on the mailing list for COLAGE activities, contact Cassandra Varner at x14.
Wednesday, October 29
Family Fun Night!
Bring your children and other young family members and join us at Affirmations on Wednesday, October 29th from 6-8pm. We’ll be trick-or-treating, watching a Halloween movie, get “Spooky” things and yummy treats. Activities are designed for children 12 and under. So put on your best costume and come join the fun. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, November 1
Downriver Youth Group Begins
What is there to do Downriver? How about the new LGBTQ youth group? Affirmations and PFLAG downriver have collaborated to form the downriver youth group. We will be kicking off the group Saturday, November 1st at Grace Episcopal Church, 15650 Reeck Rd., Southgate, MI 48195. The youth group will run from 1:00pm-4:00pm and will be open to youth ages 13-20. If you have any questions regarding the downriver youth group, please contact Cass Varner at (248) 398-7105 x14. We look forward to seeing you there!
WRAP – 325 Braun Ct.
(across from the aut BAR)
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
Hours; Mon. 5-7 p.m., Tues.-Fri. 3-7 p.m.
This week at WRAP
Thursday, October 23rd
•Papa-Dads Network (last mtg of the year) 7-8 p.m.
Friday, October 24th
•An Evening of Recognition and Remembrance at the Kerrytown Concert House 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, October 25th
•Game Night 7-10
Sunday, October 26th
•Free and anonymous HIV testing 9-11 p.m.
Monday, October 27th
•Free and anonymous HIV testing 3-5 p.m.
Thursday, October 29th
•Volunteer Social 7-9 p.m.
Wish List: New or Like New
•Office supplies or gift certificate to store
•Donations gratefully accepted
Volunteer to Help with WRAP
FRIENDS Alliance Announces a Cooking & Nutrition series to begin October 21st
A cooking and nutrition series began on October 21st at the Townsend Community Center meeting on 6 consecutive Tuesdays from 3-5 p.m. Participants will learn good shopping techniques, learn how to cook more efficiently, and receive a food box to take home each week. To register please call 586-759-5940 ext. 12 or email to [email protected].
Lansing Community College Gay-Straight Alliance
Meetings are held Tuesdays from 1- 2 p.m. in SPS 224 and Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. in SPS 223.Ê Everyone is welcome to attend meetings and events. For more information please contact the Club Advisor, Gina Beaudryat [email protected].
Youth Group-1st Saturday (November 1) of ever month at the St. Clair County Chapter of American Red Cross,615 Pine Street, Port Huron. Begins at 3 p.m. Open to 14-20 year old. Youth driven and adult monitored. Great opportunity for peer support and building appropriate social networks. For Further Details contact Scott Frazer, Chairman- Blue Water Pride at 810-364-1080 or [email protected]
Elves? Super heroes? Drag queens? It must be the Detroit Guerrilla Queer Bar’s Halloween Party! Join us on Wednesday October 22nd for a wickedly good time! For more party info, including location, visit http://www.detroitguerrillas.com! Don’t clone, colonize!
Get involved in the First Step program, the Western Wayne County Project on Domestic and Sexual Violence is looking for volunteers. First Step has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Call 734-416-1111 x202 for more information.
During the summer of 2003, the Division of HIV/AIDS-STD (DHAS), HIV/AIDS Prevention and Intervention Section (HAPIS) will be collaborating with the Michigan HIV/AIDS Council (MHAC) Needs Assessment Committee implementing comprehensive needs assessment activities for HIV/AIDS care services in the State of Michigan. These activities will seek to identify service needs, gaps and barriers for persons living with HIV/AIDS (PWAs).
The primary goal of this needs assessment is to ensure that the continuum of care services funded by MDCH/DHAS/HAPIS reflect the current needs of PWAs in all areas of the state. The open forums will be conducted in select areas of the state. For more information please contact Debbie Davis, at 517-241-5919.
A social-support group for Gay, Bi-sexual and transgender men is now available in the Port Huron area. The group will be meeting the 1st Tuesday of every month at the Port Huron Municipal Office Center, 100 McMorran Blvd., 4th floor conference room, Port Huron. All are welcome to attend for conversation and activities. The group is sponsored by Blue Water Pride, an education and advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in St. Clair, Sanilac, Lambton and northern Macomb counties. For more information, contact BWP Chairman Scott Frazer at 810-364-1080 or 810-333-5398 or e-mail [email protected].
Sunday Church services at 2:30 p.m. at Unity Fellowship Church Detroit, 20846 Reimanville Avenue in Ferndale. Rev. Darren McCarroll, Pastor, [email protected]. All are welcome.
Higher Ground is a new holistic/spiritual support group for HIV/AIDS positive gay men. The group will help develop healthy relationships, participate in social functions, unlock your inner strength, cope with change, release your past and heal your mind. For more information call [email protected] or call Rick at 586-427-1259.
GILDA’s Club of Metro Detroit, has a Gay and Lesbian networking group for anyone touched by cancer that meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at 3517 Rochester Road in Royal Oak. Call Chris at 248-577-0800 x24 for more information.
Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, “MotherPeace Drumming” at the Unity Church of Royal Oak, 2500 Crooks Road between 12 and 13 mile roads. Pot Luck at 7 p.m., open drum at 7:30 p.m.
Lansing Area AIDS Network (LAAN) is seeking emotional-support volunteers. People living with HIV and AIDS are in need of volunteers to provide emotional support and periodic assistance. LAAN is looking to train and assign these volunteers, called “buddies,” in the upcoming spring training. LAAN is seeking 20 new buddies who will participate in a two-session, six-hour training program and will then assigned to be a buddy to a person with HIV. The Saturday training programs are scheduled for February 8 and 15 and will be held in the LAAN offices at 913 W. Holmes Road, #115 in Lansing. Volunteers are asked to commit two to three hours per week for one year. For more information, call Patrick Lombardi at LAAN at 517-394-3719 x14.
The Detroit Hispanics Development Corporation is hosting the “Brother Of The Heart program,” “Her manos De Corazon.” This program is for the gay Latino community in Detroit. For more information call 313-967-4880 x 131. Don’t forget the Latino nite at R&R Saloon every Thursday.
Wayne State University’s LGBT Students of Color Organization and Karibu House are co-sponsoring Co-Gender Rap Sessions on the first Wednesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the Northwest Activity Center, 18100 Meyers at Curtis. Light refreshments will be available; just look for signs leading to the meeting. For more information call 313-865-2170 x3.
Full Truth Fellowship of Christ Church is meeting the spiritual needs of God’s LGBT community and friends. Come and learn of God’s love for all people. Monthly information workshops every 2nd Saturday at 10 a.m. Worship every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Full Truth Fellowship of Christ is located at 4458 Joy Road, Detroit. For more information, call 313-896-0233.
Downriver Rainbow LGBT Social Gathering
Meet others from the downriver area in this safe environment. We meet the first Sunday of every month from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Grace Episcopal Church, 15650 Reeck Road in Southgate.
New clients now being accepted for Mental Health Counseling Services. Stephanie Williams, MA, TLLP and Don Wilson MA, LLP are now accepting new clients for psychological counseling in their Warren, Michigan offices. Stephanie and Don are accepting new clients on a sliding fee scale. For more information please call FRIENDS Alliance at 800-350-7927 to speak with a counselor.