Events

September 28, 2014 at the Myriad Botanical Gardens OKC.

Click here to get registered to walk! Find out more here.

Tonight is MOVIE NIGHT.

“Broken Heart Land” is a film which specifically deals with LGBT issues in Oklahoma and spotlights a case of a gay teen suicide in Norman, OK. The movie is playing TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. the OKC Museum of Art and is FREE.
Still Point Pictures
415 Couch Dr
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

If you want to RSVP follow this link.

The film centers on a conservative military family living in Norman, left to unravel the mystery behind their gay teenage son’s suicide. On an early autumn afternoon, in his parent’s ranch in Norman, Oklahoma, gay teen Zack Harrington killed himself with a gunshot to the head. One week earlier, Zack had attended a local city council meeting in support of a proposal for LGBT History Month in Norman, Oklahoma. When the floor was opened up for public comment, some community members made highly controversial and incendiary statements equating being gay with the spread of diseases such as HIV and AIDS.
Against the backdrop of a town divided on the issue of homosexuality, Zack’s grief-stricken parents, both conservative Republicans and military veterans, are forced to reconcile their own social and political beliefs with their son’s death. Determined to understand Zack, they discover a private diary, which paints a gripping portrait of a boy in crisis. Ultimately, they discover a chilling secret that Zack kept hidden for almost two years, which leads them to some painful conclusions about their son’s life and death.

When an outspoken conservative citizen runs for the town’s City Council, the Harringtons decide to join a politically active group called “MOMS: Mothers of Many” (mainly comprised of local mothers of LGBT youth). Over the course of the local election season, Zack’s family must decide whether to remain in the background or publicly honor their son’s legacy.

There will be an engaging QA with the filmmakers and subjects of the film after the screening. Hope you all can make it!

“Broken Heart Land” Trailer from Still Point Pictures on Vimeo.

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear the appeal of the case that overturned  Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage  in January by U.S. District Judge Terence Kern. This appeal hearing will take place on April 17, 2014.

Regardless of what ruling takes place on the 17th, it is inevitable that this case will be heard by the Supreme Court. It is just a matter of time.

Hear from the Tulsa Plaintiffs!

What an exciting time for marriage equality in Oklahoma!

4th Annual OKCYU prom

For LGBTQ youth and allies.

14 – 20 ID Required

Saturday, April 6, 2013

8 – 11pm

$5 at the door

First Unitarian Church

600 NW 13th Street

Oklahoma City


Theme: The Great Gatsby in Wonderland

Appropriate Dress Required

Security by OKC PD

www.okcyu.org

Email [email protected]

TEN Institute is hosting the 2013 Oklahoma LGBT College Summit! This exciting one-day meeting will give LGBT college students the knowledge and skills to do effective media messaging, start and sustain a GSA, advocate for LGBT issues, and much, much more! Panelists will include representatives from The Equality Network, Oklahomans for Equality, Cimarron Alliance, and students, faculty, and staff from universities around the state.The hosts this year are the amazing folks at SAFE (Student Alliance For Equality) at the University of Central Oklahoma.

The training and networking part of the day will be held on the UCO campus in Edmond from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, February 16th.  Then, we will network and socialize at an after-summit event organized by SAFE. Stay tuned for details!

Register for 2013 Summit here. Registration is free and includes lunch and a t-shirt. Be sure to register by February 13th!

Happy Holidays from everyone at OKCYU. We hope you can join us at our weekly meeting tomorrow. Bring a small gift to exchange and your holiday cheer! The gift can be something you already have or costs less than $5. Can’t wait to celebrate the season with you!

Ardmore Little Theatre is opening their production of “The Laramie Project”. They are trying to spread the message of tolerance and acceptance in their community. Get together with some friends this weekend to travel as a group to Ardmore to see the show.

Show dates are November 15-17 @ 7:00 p.m. and November 18th @ 2:30 pm.

Location:
401 1st Avenue Southwest,
Ardmore, OK 73401
(580) 223-6387
Tickets for adults are 10.00
Tickets for students are 5.00

http://www.ardmorelittletheater.com/

“In October 1998 a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, and others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of their reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences. THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.”
more info at http://www.ardmorelittletheater.com/laramie_project.html

It’s a beautiful story of acceptance and love conquering hate.

This Friday, Interweave will be hosting a free screening of the documentary Stonewall Uprising at 7:00 p.m., Friday night (November 9) in Daniel Hall. I hope that you will all be able to attend!


“”It was the Rosa Parks moment,” says one man. June 28, 1969: NYC police raid a Greenwich Village Mafia-run gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. For the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a 3-day riot that launches the Gay Rights Movement. Told by Stonewall patrons, Village Voice reporters and the cop who led the raid, Stonewall Uprising compellingly recalls the bad old days when psychoanalysts equated homosexuality with mental illness and advised aversion therapy, and even lobotomies; public service announcements warned youngsters against predatory homosexuals; and police entrapment was rampant.

A treasure-trove of archival footage gives life to this all-too-recent reality, a time when Mike Wallace announced on a 1966 CBS Reports: “The average homosexual, if there be such, is promiscuous. He is not interested in, nor capable of, a lasting relationship like that of a heterosexual marriage.” At the height of this oppression, the cops raid Stonewall, triggering nights of pandemonium with tear gas, billy clubs and a small army of tactical police. The rest is history.

– Courtesy of Film Forum”

Friday, November 9, 2012
7:00 PM
Daniel Hall
First Unitarian Church
600 NW 13th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

UCO’s student organization, S.A.F.E, is hosting a dance on

Thursday,

October 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM to benefit OKCYU.

Official Sponsors include the Hampton Inn & Suites in Bricktown and the Cambria Suites OKC!
FREE ADMISSION!
FREE FOOD!

COSTUME CONTEST!

FOOD CONTEST!

MUSIC BY DJ CHRIS GLITTER!

Come to SAFE’s Beloved Masquerade, a benefit for Oklahoma City Youth United (OKCYU) on Thursday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Ballroom B of the Nigh University Center! There will be tons of ghoulish treats and spooky activities!

Free Admission with various (and cheap) activities. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT OKLAHOMA CITY YOUTH UNITED!

::COSTUME CONTEST INFO::
Entry is $2.00. Prizes for 1st and 2nd Place. Judging panel will be compiled of UCO Faculty and Staff and other non-participating adults.

::FOOD CONTEST INFO::
Entry is FREE, you just need to bring a food item that you made! Prizes will be given to Best Tasting and Best Presentation. Judging panel will be compiled of UCO Faculty and Staff and other non-participating adults.

::SONG REQUEST INFO::
DJ Chris Glitter will be taking song requests for $1.00!

::GAMES AND ACTIVITIES::
There will be various games and activities to win prizes throughout the night. Each will cost $1.00.

::DOOR PRIZES::
Door Prize tickets are FREE! There will be various drawings throughout the night, with the biggest door prize being given away at the end of the night. You must be present to win!


SAFE

The Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE) is a registered student organization that provides support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, faculty, staff members, alumni, and allies at the University of Central Oklahoma, as well as for members of the surrounding communities.

SAFE sponsors educational programs and advocates tolerance and equality for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. SAFE promotes friendship and acceptance by sponsoring social events within a safe environment, and it serves as a liaison between the UCO campus and the wider community through its involvement in student government, campus committees, and off-campus activities and initiatives. SAFE also provides information on GLBT issues through forums, public speakers, a resource library, and support groups. In addition, SAFE sponsors the UCO Safe-Zone Ally Program, and it collaborates with community organizations on a variety of initiatives and programs.