I want some opinions about some events for a GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) group I'm in

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    Feb 14, 2013 11:15 PM GMT
    So I joined this Gay-Straight Alliance club at my college and they asked us to come up with some ideas that we can do as a club. Here's some I came up with I just basically want your opinions on how interested you would be in this event:

    LGBT Speed Dating- Since we are a Gay-Straight alliance straights would be allowed too and I see everyone wearing little badges next to their names with a G, L, B or S next to their name signifying what their into.

    A Seminar on LGBT Domestic Violence

    A Seminar on the Legal Protections for Gays in the Workplace

    Coming Out Festival- I see this being like a three day thing with different events and probably the two seminars above would be incorporated along with maybe something about an instructional seminar on gay sex. And I see like a ceremony where 20 already openly out people tell their story for five to ten minutes and then afterwards anyway else who wants to speak can. I'd like ten gays, ten lesbians, five bisexuals and five transgender people.

    Networking Luncheon- This would be an event where LGBT college students can basically get to know local gay friendly businesses and organizations and adovacy groups that are looking for employees, partners, volunteers, etc.

    Various types of support groups for in closet youth, recently open older people, in transition or questioning transgenders, bisexuals and sexual abuse victims, etc.

    Also I wanted to do this on campus campaign and possibly maybe even off campus where we took maybe six or seven students and/or local people of varying professions and lifestyles and photographed them holding a sign saying 'This Is What a Lesbian Looks Like' or 'This is What a Gay Man Looks Like' and so on. And we could make posters out of these and hang them up around campus and related campuses and maybe in surrounding businesses around town. So like we could take a nursing student or out and out nurse and have her in a hospital setting with the sign saying 'This is What a Lesbian Looks Like' with the hospital setting behind her. I thought this would be a really good way of 1) getting word out about our group and 2) breaking the stereotypical notion of what non-heterosexual or non-cisgender people are and can be.

    So if you guys were students which one of these events would you be most interested in?

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    May 07, 2013 2:31 AM GMT
    Since I've been back at the college we've been planning on what we are go am do. If anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear them.
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    May 07, 2013 2:34 AM GMT
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    May 07, 2013 2:36 AM GMT
    The people telling their own stories one is good. We have found that when LGBT people are willing to share who they are, those who had not had experience with us but are at least willing to engage start to see us as people and not "an issue".

    There are a number of films you can show for free, there's one called "Bullied" which is pretty enlightening to people who aren't familiar. I just heard of a new one which is supposed to be really uplifting... I'll try to find it again. Films may be good events for a new group because they will give folks a common experience to dialogue about to help break the ice.
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    May 07, 2013 2:57 AM GMT
    NJShiftyJK saidThe people telling their own stories one is good. We have found that when LGBT people are willing to share who they are, those who had not had experience with us but are at least willing to engage start to see us as people and not "an issue".

    There are a number of films you can show for free, there's one called "Bullied" which is pretty enlightening to people who aren't familiar. I just heard of a new one which is supposed to be really uplifting... I'll try to find it again. Films may be good events for a new group because they will give folks a common experience to dialogue about to help break the ice.


    Ooh you know a gay movie night is a good idea! I'll have to start looking for movies of that order we could show. I wanna avoid anything sexually suggestive. I think Chely Wrights documentary 'wish me away' would be great to show.
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    May 07, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    not sure if it was just my college (small community college) but college GSA's are like a gathering of weirdos and social outcasts, im gay, but im not a freak. Why is this?
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    May 07, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    You also need to make sure it's something you are allowed to screen publicly without paying licensing. Documentaries are often a good bet because they want as many people as possible to see them.
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    May 07, 2013 3:02 AM GMT
    NJShiftyJK saidYou also need to make sure it's something you are allowed to screen publicly without paying licensing. Documentaries are often a good bet because they want as many people as possible to see them.


    That's true. There's a few movies I like that I'm not sure we could show without paying up. I think documentaries serve the purpose of our message more anyway.

    You know what I'm thinking? We often have community outreach through the YMCA since its on our campus. We could do the movie night for the local youth and their parents. Also maybe have a night where LGBT youth come together and get to meet other people like themselves.
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    May 07, 2013 3:07 AM GMT
    You could have a "make your own glory hole" session. All you need to do is provide some plywood and drills and saws.
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    May 07, 2013 3:21 AM GMT
    Pontifex saidYou could have a "make your own glory hole" session. All you need to do is provide some plywood and drills and saws.


    Lol considering the state of some of the bathrooms I think they already figured out how to do that.
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    May 07, 2013 6:13 AM GMT
    crystalballer saidnot sure if it was just my college (small community college) but college GSA's are like a gathering of weirdos and social outcasts, im gay, but im not a freak. Why is this?


    I think what you're describing is a result of people like us often being social outcasts. They may come off as weirdos because they are trying to find a way to express themselves in a different way to reclaim the power they feel was stolen for them. For some people being gay is simply not being attracted to the same sex. And that could be a personal choice or its because society won't let them.
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    May 07, 2013 6:32 AM GMT
    Dump the straights. Then you won't have to figure out who to fuck.
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    They always bring the party down with their "oh-im not gay" then why the FUCK are you here!?!
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    May 07, 2013 6:35 AM GMT
    Lustolove saidDump the straights. Then you won't have to figure out who to fuck.
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    They always bring the party down with their "oh-im not gay" then why the FUCK are you here!?!


    Lol that's not really why I'm there.

    But at one point I was a little annoyed with how there were more straights in the group than actual gay people.
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    May 07, 2013 7:17 AM GMT
    But at one point I was a little annoyed with how there were more straights in the group than actual gay people.QUOTE GOES HERE


    I was half j/k. Seriously though, about more straights, they are too comfortable in our lives. Went to a gay bar, saw a cute guy, flirted w him, girlfriend came up "hi honey? Making friends !?! I wanted to scream: WHY ARE YOU HERE!?! He totally wanted me...haha, no he didn't.
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    May 07, 2013 7:22 AM GMT
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    But at one point I was a little annoyed with how there were more straights in the group than actual gay people.QUOTE GOES HERE


    I was half j/k. Seriously though, about more straights, they are too comfortable in our lives. Went to a gay bar, saw a cute guy, flirted w him, girlfriend came up "hi honey? Making friends !?! I wanted to scream: WHY ARE YOU HERE!?! He totally wanted me...haha, no he didn't.


    Yeah I've seen that. That annoys me. I'm sorry but there's a reason why we have separate bars. That way I can hit on a guy and not worry about whether or not he's actually gay. And yet there are some people who want orientation integrated bars. That wouldn't fly for several reasons, lol.

    But the group is called the gay straight alliance so we have to include straights but what annoys me is that we have some gays in the group who are too afraid of making it seem like a gay only group. Constantly I keep hearing 'what about our straight allies?' I'm almost like 'fuck em'. This isn't their safe place. No one is gonna harass them for being a straight ally. They can meet other people like them anywhere. For some people out GSA is the only way they ever meet other gay people.