Pride or BUSt!
Organized by: Cassandra Feeley
EVENT DATE Aug 28, 2015
With the recent developments in equality legislation in this country, it’s easy to forget that we have not truly arrived at the final destination of true equality and acceptance for everyone. This is especially true for LGBTQ+ youth, who often are surrounded by peers and even professionals who still seek to make them feel like lesser members of their own social circles, whether in schools, sports, churches, or even their own homes.
Qubed is a youth group exclusively for LGBTQ+ high school students and allies in Watertown, New York and the surrounding area founded with the goal of promoting positive images of LGBTQ+ lives and acceptance for youth searching for activities and events that are welcoming to them. The group was formed through a community collaboration between ACR Health (formerly AIDS Community Resource), Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York, North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council, Jefferson County Crisis Services, and the Social Justice Action Committee at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church.
Donations to this cause will permit members of Qubed the opportunity to attend the first official Pride Day at the New York State Fair. The goal is to be able to provide bus transportation and entrance tickets to thirty teens and up to ten chaperones. Not only would this trip be an uplifting experience to the teens, but it provides them an opportunity to witness a piece of New York and LGBTQ+ history. In addition, they will be able to attend a concert performed by Melissa Etheridge, who has been a well-known gay and lesbian activist since coming out in 1993. Through her lyrics, Melissa Etheridge has inspired, encouraged, and consoled a generation of the LGBTQ+ community.
Our fundraising goal is $1750. This will allow us to cover the following necessary expenses to conduct this activity:
• Chartering a bus for group transportation: $1000 (estimate)
• Fair admission for 30 teens and up to 10 chaperones: $240
• Food costs: $400 (estimate)
• Additional, unforeseen overages: $60
Costs for the concert are included in the Fair admission price. Any funds raised above and beyond our goal amount will allow us the ability to open the trip to more teens and hopefully provide money for additional fair activities, such as rides, that our members may not otherwise be able to afford on their own.
In her song "Silent Legacy", Melissa Etheridge sang about the shame, fear, guilt, and loathing inherent in the repression or "silence" of a person's sexual orientation. She asked her listeners to end the silence, for us to share the wonder of the world, and to encourage love in all its forms. Love has won a spectacular victory recently, but the road to true equality is still long and filled with obstacles. So help us to empower our teens and to show them the legacy of silence stops here.
"Mothers tell your children, be quick you must be strong. Life is full of wonder, love is never wrong. Remember how they taught you, how much of it was fear? Refuse to hand it down, the legacy stops here"
-Melissa Etheridge, from “Silent Legacy”