A roundup of local resources and opportunities related to queer mental health. Gender Journey Teen Therapy Group at Mandala House This online therapy group offers support and skill building for teens (ages 14-19) who are transgender, nonbinary, gender expansive, or questioning their gender. Topics covered include assertive communication, self-advocacy, coping skills, peer and family relationships, and accessing gender affirming healthcare. Much of group’s content comes from The Gender Quest Workbook, and individuals joining the group are encouraged to have access [...]
Louisville Metro Government offers a free savings program that connects you to a financial coach who can help you to achieve your goals. Not ready to save? Behind on bills? Stuck at step one? AcceLOUrate Savings can help! Contact a coach to work with you on your financial plan. Offices are at South Central Neighborhood Place, Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place, and Ujima Neighborhood Place, but coaches can serve anyone. All appointments are virtual during COVID-19. Learn more about Accelourate savings [...]
Do you need help managing your money or accessing public programs because of COVID-19? Louisville Metro Government, in partnership with The Louisville Housing and Opportunities Micro-Enterprise Community Development Loan Fund (LHOME) has launched a no-cost Financial Navigator Program. You can receive assistance and guidance over the phone to help you manage the financial impact of COVID-19. Trained Financial Navigators are available to help you manage financial issues, identify actions steps, and make referrals to other programs and services. To sign [...]
Scientific American debunks the argument that trans girls should not be allowed to play on girls teams. From the article: "There is no epidemic of transgender girls dominating female sports. Attempts to force transgender girls to play on the boys’ teams are unconscionable attacks on already marginalized transgender children, and they don’t address a real problem. They’re unscientific, and they would cause serious mental health damage to both cisgender and transgender youth."
There is too much hate and violence in America, and the Louisville Pride Foundation joins others in our community in honoring the victims of the Atlanta shooting. Violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (often abbreviated as AAPI) has seen a massive increase during COVID-19. Violence against women remains a major problem that society won’t fully recognize and address. Violence against people who are (or who are perceived to be) sex workers is unacceptable and targets some of the most [...]
Parkar Stock on Scopio The Department of Housing and Urban Development is now looking at complaints and inquiries from the last year to see if they warrant further investigation. Anyone that experienced discrimination in housing in 2020 can still take action to have their cases heard. Complaints can be filed here: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/online-complaint or by calling 1-800-669-9777 or 1-800-877-8339. Examples of what constitutes discrimination are: Shelters refusing access because of gender identity or forcing someone to stay in a sex-segregated shelter that [...]
All Peoples is a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Louisville, formerly known as Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church. All Peoples describes itself as a "Welcoming Congregation," meaning, "we affirm and include people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer at every level of congregational life—in worship, in program, and in social occasions—welcoming them as whole people." All Peoples talks about this commitment on their website, which includes upcoming events and a resource list. In addition, the Unitarian Universalist church hosts an [...]
Two Ways to Connect Every Month As we enter 2021, we've decided to make a little change to the way we approach our work. Our goal is to be productive and keep people connected without contributing to Zoom fatigue. So instead of having multiple smaller committees, we are going to have two, large meetings a month. You are invited to join us at one or both meetings! Monthly Community Meeting This is the place for networking, making connections and catching up, [...]
There is a new group forming for Black trans people in Louisville! Black Trans Louisville is conducting a Community Needs Survey and also has created a Discord server for a virtual community. Click here to take the survey and request an invitation to the server. You can also find the group on Facebook.
Trivia and Game Night returns February 1st! There will be a mix of trivia and games, and of course fun, community, and prizes! Join us on the live video on our Facebook page at 7pm to register yourself or your team, and then we will provide you with the forms to submit your answers! Follow the Facebook Event to stay updated.
To submit news and events, email firstname.lastname@example.org Help is Available The Courier Journal has an article on how to get assistance during the pandemic. Help is available for people facing eviction, struggling to get enough food, or having trouble paying their rent or utilities. Community Engagement Meeting Tonight Tonight at 6:30 PM is the first meeting of the Louisville Pride Community Engagement committee for 2021. If your new years resolution is to get involved, this is the perfect place to start! 6:30-7:30pm. JOIN BY [...]
The Louisville Pride Foundation Board of Directors has expressed support for the following state-wide initiatives: Ending no-knock warrants (House Bill 21) Banning conversion therapy (House Bill 19; Senate Bill 30) Making bars safer for all patrons (House Bill 173) We encourage you to contact your State Representative and State Senator to express your support for these bills. Individual contacts from voters carry a lot of weight, and you should never assume that your legislator is for or against a certain [...]
With your help, we can finally open the Community Center that LGBTQ+ people in Louisville need and deserve. We need a Center that is safe and welcoming for all people. We need a Center that supports our community through programs, events, classes, and more. We need a Center that brings people together and connects them with the resources they need. Help us make this dream a reality. Please make a Day One Donation as we launch our Community Center Campaign [...]
The Louisville Pride Foundation and the Fairness Campaign coordinate the Louisville LGBTQ+ Community Response Network. The Community Response Network is a monthly conference call between LGBTQ+ organizations, social service providers, and other community leaders to share information and resources regarding the challenges facing our community. The began in March 2020 in response to COVID-19, and we see it as a permanent resource for the community. We hope to build relationships that will be beneficial in tackling future problems. [...]
The Louisville Pride Foundation and the Transgender Wellness Coalition are raising money to honor the memory of Amirage Saling, who passed away unexpectedly last month. Amirage graduated from the Kent School of Social Work and worked as a Social Worker for Volunteers of America. Her family has asked that donations be made to the Kent School Trans* Champion Scholarship, which has been created in her memory. To start the ball rolling, the Louisville Pride Foundation and the Transgender Wellness Coalition [...]
Jess Reese interviews Sonja Wilde-de Vries about Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice. Sonja is a documentary filmmaker, photographer and poet. Her films include "Out: The Making of a Revolutionary" and "Gay Cuba", her most recent publications include an anthology "The Junkie Who Loved Horses" and her own work "The Hour of Departure" She has been an anti-racist activist since she was 17. Jess Reese JESS: We’re going to be talking about the role white LGBTQIA people can [...]
The Louisville Pride Foundation is excited to join the the first-ever nationwide LGBTQ+ virtual 5k/10k event to commemorate National Coming Out Day! The event is not a race, and anyone can participate. Choose 5k or 10k and then run, walk, dance, prance, or roll at your own pace, anytime between now and Oct 31. Registrants will receive an official Pride Stride race bib, swag bag, and other cool stuff, and a portion of your Pride Stride registration fee will help support the Louisville [...]
The Louisville LGBTQ community was shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Amirage Saling last month. Kentuckiana Pride Foundation and The Café are presenting a Dinner & Drag Tribute on October 15th to raise money for the Kent School of Social Work's Trans* Champion Scholarship Fund. Syimone, Leah Halston, and AJ McKay will all be featured, and this promises to be a great event!
October is Pride Month at the University of Louisville, and the keynote event is a panel discussion celebrating and amplifying local LGBTQ leaders in the Movement for Black Lives, including Phelix Crittenden, Hannah Drake, Keturah Herron, and Talesha Wilson. Panel will be moderated by #TeamStrangeFruit, Dr. Kaila Story and Jaison Gardner. October 8, 7:00 PM Virtual Event Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pride-keynote-the-fight-for-black-lives-tickets-122705995937 See more events at U of L
This is unsurprising bullshit. The grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case is not justice. To only bring three charges of wanton endangerment, none of them directly related to the death of Breonna Taylor, is just plain bullshit. While this decision is terrible, it is unsurprising. The problem is not that one officer or one grand juror is racist. The problem is that the entire system, top to bottom, is racist. This is the expected outcome of a criminal [...]