Archive for January 2011

No Name Calling Week
No Name-Calling Week was inspired by a young adult novel entitled “The Misfits” by popular author, James Howe. The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all too frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, and sexual orientation/gender expression. Motivated by the inequities they see around them, the “Gang of Five” (as they are known) creates a new political party during student council elections and run on a platform aimed at wiping out name-calling of all kinds. Though they lose the election, they win the support of the school’s principal for their cause and their idea for a “No Name-Calling Day” at school.

Motivated by this simple, yet powerful, idea, the No Name-Calling Week Coalition, created by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and consisting of over 40 national partner organizations, organized an actual No Name-Calling Week in schools across the nation during the week of March 1-5, 2004. This year, No Name-Calling Week will take place the week of January 24-28, 2011. The project seeks to focus national attention on the problem of name-calling in schools, and to provide students and educators with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities.

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We will be furthering their mission of anti-bullying this week in our discussions at the youth meeting. Please join us and give us your input.

Merci, do jeh, daw-dyeh xiè xie, d?kuji, tak, tahg, dank u wel, kiitos, merci, Merci beaucoup, danke, ?????????, mahalo, toda, köszönöm, go raibh maith agat, grazie, arigatô, kamsah hamnida, takk, dzi?kuj?, gracias… I wish I knew how to say thank you in every language! Thank you, Escape OKC!

It’s an EscapeOKC Party! Every other month they throw an amazing dance party. It promises to be an absolutely fabulous night. The hottest entertainment, great drinks, and an awesome night will all take place inside OKC’s sleekest and chic-est gay bar, Angles Dance Club. A silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting Oklahoma City Youth United will produce some hot items that you will kill to bid on! Come out, and let’s party for a fantastic cause. See you there! Our photographers will be there taking pictures of you and you friends as you enjoy a great time. Lets not forget the VIP section on the second floor, with a personal bartender, fancy finger food and a great view of the entire bar.

The drag show will begin around midnight. Silent auction should continue throughout the night.

Can’t wait to see you there!

If you are 21 or over and can come join us please do. OKCYU needs to be represented that night, and what a great opportunity to say thank you!

FRIDAY January 28, 2011 come to Angles around 10 or 11 pm.

Monday January 18, 2011- OKCYU will be marching with the First Unitarian Church group!

Spectators: Where you can see the parade:

The 2011 OKC Martin Luther King Jr. Parade begins at 2 p.m. from Broadway Circle and North Broadway, proceeding south to 4th street. It then angles over to E. K. Gaylord Blvd and continues south to Sheridan Avenue, turning left on Sheridan and proceeding east before ending at Sheridan and Stiles Avenue.

Want to march with us? (youth/ adult facilitators)

We will begin line up for the parade at 1 p.m. Monday January 17, 2011. Go to St. Paul’s Cathedral 127 NW 7th located at NW 7th and Robinson. There will be someone in the parking lot directing everyone where to go. Ask where the First Unitarian Church is meeting and join us at that location.

Please join us in marching or by viewing. We would love your support.

Not to boast, but many of the youth that attend OKCYU love to express themselves through art, and they are darn good at it too!
Here is a link to one of our talented artists collection.

Kit, thank you for the permission to share.

Youth, click the contact us link and submit your art, journal writings, or anything you want to share on the site. We look forward to celebrating each self expression!

Community- if there are any local OKC LGBT events or current news that you would like to share, please contact us with your story.

Happy New Year!!

OKCYU will be watching the movie “In and Out” this week.
Howard Brackett is a high school teacher in a small town in Indiana with everything going for him; a nice job, an attractive fiancé named Emily and respect from everyone. Everything changes in one night when a former high school student of his, named Cameron Drake, now a famous actor living in Hollywood, makes an acceptance speech after receiving an Academy Award for his portrayal of a homosexual army soldier and ‘outs’ Howard Brackett as his inspiration for his role. The media circus immediately begins as Howard desperately tries keep his life from falling apart by protesting that he is not gay and that the whole thing with Cameron’s speech is a simple misunderstanding. While most of the townspeople want to believe Howard, Peter Malloy, an openly gay TV reporter who arrives in town to cover the story, suspects that the teacher is in denial. Written by Matt Patay

Don’t miss it. And keep an eye on this website for all the fun stuff that OKCYU has in store this year!

“The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are.” Goldie Hawn