Archive for April 2012

OKC PRIDE Parade is on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

The next few weeks at youth group we will be discussing ideas for our float! The theme of Pride this year is Proud. Strong. United. Try to think of some exciting decoration ideas.

Check out more details on the parade at their facebook page.

Ways to Participate with OKCYU

  • March in the Parade! The parade will lineup at 4:00pm. Judging will start at 5 and the Parade will step off at 6:00pm
  • OKCYU Float! There will be a decorating party for the youth at 1:00 the day of the parade at the church to decorate the float and have fun!
  • OKCYU’s booth- We will have the booth open from 11a.m.-7p.m.  The schedule will be set up in two hour increments for volunteers.  Two adults and two youth will be needed for each shift. Let us know at youth group what times you are available to volunteer.
  • Bring consent/ release forms- these can be obtained at youth group meetings on Thursday nights.
  • Remember to wear sunscreen and bring water to march,
  • Wear appropriate clothing, it will be warm and you’ll want to be comfortable. Wear an OKCYU shirt if you have it, or maybe rainbow-wear accessories, you’ll all look great!

The White House Champions of Change series is “launching the LGBT Pride Month Champions of Change Video Challenge to explore the stories of unsung heroes and local leaders who are leading our march towards a more perfect union.

If that sounds like you or someone you know, then they want to hear from you — and they want to see you in action!

Here’s how it works. You have until Friday, May 4 to submit video entries online. A panel will review submissions and select a group of semi-finalists. Then, in early June, the public will have a chance to weigh in and help identify finalists that will be featured as Champions of Change at an event at the White House.

Each video should fit one or more of the following categories, some of which may be used to organize semi-finalists and finalists:

  • Storytelling (stories of coming out or overcoming adversity)
  • Culture & Identity (interesting intersections with race, national origin, religion, and disability)
  • Unsung Heroes (individuals and organizations that haven’t been recognized for their contributions)
  • The Arts (music, art, photography, poetry, and prose that inspire courage and acceptance)
  • Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation (individuals and organizations that are testing new approaches and demonstrating results)
  • Community Solutions (local initiatives that are solving local challenges)
  • Friends & Allies (family members, teachers, faith leaders, and other allies in the fight for equality)

Videos will be accepted in any form (including music video, PSA, short film, video blog, and interview) but must be no longer than 3 minutes. Essays no longer than 750 words will also be accepted if video production is not possible. Submissions should be creative, innovative, and inspiring and must be submitted by Friday, May 4, 2012.

Submit your video today!

OKCYU has heard about this challenge through the White House email updates for the LGBT community.

Feeling sad, feeling misunderstood, feeling like no one will ever get you? Know that life will get better. Watch this inspirational story of a life that got better. Joel Burns, from Fort Worth Texas, will be speaking at OU in Norman on April 6th at 6:30. If you are able to, this would be a great opportunity to be cheered up and be reminded that it really does get better.

If you need directions or more information, click on “contact us” and let us know what info you need.

On April 5, 2012, the United Students at the University of Oklahoma College of Law is proud to present Ft. Worth City Counilman Joel Burns.

Councilman Burns will be speaking in the Dick Bell Courtroom at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. OU Law is located at 300 West Timberdell Road Norman, OK 73071. His remarks begin at 6:30 pm with a reception to follow.

This event is open to the public!