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Local leaders want Fox Valley to embrace LGBT community

Jan. 23, 2013
 
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Fox Valley Events

Feb. 7
“Should Faith Families Include LGBTQ Folks?”
7 p.m., Appleton Public Library community room C
A panel will explore this question and where faith communities fall on a continuum regarding their relationships to LGBTQ people.
Feb. 21
Jamie Nabozny community presentation
7 p.m., University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley student union
Nabozny grew up in Ashland, Wis. and is the first person to successfully sue a school district for failing to protect him from harassment.
March 7
“What’s the Bible Say about Homosexuality?”
7 p.m., Appleton Public Library community room C
A panel of faith community leaders will explore what the bible says about this question.
April 9
Zach Wahls: Son of Two Lesbian Mothers
11:30 a.m., Fox Valley Technical College Appleton campus room A170
The 20-year-old University of Iowa student had no idea his testimony before the Iowa legislature would go viral and land him on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
April 19
Day of Silence
It is a national youth-run effort that uses silence to protest the silence of LGBT people due to harassment, bias and abuse in schools.
April 20
Night of Noise – Hip Hop Against Homophobia
Details are developing for the evening of celebration featuring Guante, a two-time National Poetry Slam champion, hip hop artist and social justice activist and educator.

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APPLETON — Local leaders want the Fox Valley to embrace the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

In a packed room Wednesday morning, the ThedaCare-led Community Health Action Team launched its four-month initiative INCLUDE, which is designed to make the Fox Valley a more welcoming and safe place for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

ThedaCare’s Paula Morgen said the initiative started as one of the team’s day-long events in December 2011 where 60 community leaders gathered to better understand the challenges faced by the LGBT community in the Fox Valley.

The topic was chosen in response to an increase in suicides by local LGBT youth, Morgen said.

The initiative will feature a series of presentations on faith, science, bullying and community support. It will culminate at the end of April with the national Day of Silence on April 19 and the Night of Noise celebration on April 20.

Holly Meyer: 920-993-1000, ext. 426, or hmeyer@postcrescent.com; on Twitter @hollyameyer.

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