RSVP for Beyond Tolerance!

Vanguard High School -317 E 67th St  (btwn 1st and 2nd ave)
4:30-8:30pm

NYQueer’s 10th annual Beyond Tolerance Conference focuses on issues pertaining to gender and sexuality.  It is organized for high school students, high school age youth, and the adults who work with them.  Come attend workshops, network with other attendees, and meet with people from local organizations that provide resources in our area.

Afternoon Schedule:
4:30pm – 5:20pm: Expo-style tabling & snacks (community groups and student groups)
5:30pm – 6:20pm: Session I workshops
6:30pm – 7:20pm: Session II workshops
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Open Mic

 

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RSVP for BEYOND TOLERANCE!

Check out the workshops that will be going on during NYQueer’s Beyond Tolerance Conference for youth and REGISTER TODAY!  The conference will take  place this Friday, May 29th at Vanguard High School (317 E 67th St).  The afternoon will open with tabling and snacks starting at 4:30 and will close with an open mic.  For more information contact nyqueer@nycore.org or to RSVP click HERE.

 

Workshop Descriptions- Session 1 (5:30- 6:25)

Gender Justice and School Push-out – Girls for Gender Equity

This workshop will work through and highlight the ways in which young women of color and LGBTQ+ youth of color experience school push-out. Our workshop will define “gender justice” and “school push-out,” and talk about how the two are interconnected. The workshop will give time for students to practice storytelling through their experiences with gender justice and school push-out. The workshop will end with students constructing their own poems about what they have talked about in the workshop. All participants can then share their poems at the Open Mic.

Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed – Theatre of the Oppressed NYC & The Ali Forney Center

Have fun, play games, and use that to enact quantifiable change! Dipping into theatre games from the arsenal of Theatre of the Oppressed learn to craft a forum theatre demonstration. Connect the tool of Theatre of the Oppressed to human rights and oppression as it affects your community through dialogue and brainstorming.

Ballez – Ballez

Ballez is a dance class to explore the historically gendered and Imperialist movements of Ballet, and to radically re-imagine those potentially oppressive tools into a physicalized site of play, freedom, strength, and liberation.

Katy Pyle and Jules Skloot will lead a 50-minute Ballez workshop for youth and adult educators. No prior dance experience necessary. Participants are asked to engage with each other in a friendly, non-competitive way in order to maximize fun and allow space to uncover the difficulties of interacting with the problematic form of ballet.

AG = Aggressive + What? – UA Bronx Academy of Letters & The Door

Aggressive, or Ag, is a common term used to describe masculine-of-center, queer women, particularly in Black and Latinx communities. This workshop will unpack what it means to be a masculine-of-center woman, in terms of expectations and labels from the heterosexual community as well as within the queer community. Participants will guide this discussion by sharing the beauty and complications of masculine-of-center identity.

Queering the Movement – New York State Youth Leadership Council

Queer and undocumented youth, or “UndocuQueers”, have been a dynamic part of the immigrant rights’ movement. UndocuQueers have been at the forefront of the movement, taking leadership positions, and bridging queer and immigrant communities. Queering the Movement is an exploration of the queer and undocumented perspective.

Don’t Stand By, Stand Up!: Strategies to Stop Bullying – Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth

This interactive workshop allows participants the opportunity to identify and explore types of bullying and bystander behaviors. Through role-play, participants will better understand bystander behavior and have the opportunity to practice effective and appropriate responses to bullying.

The Pleasure Principle for LGBTQ Youth – Grand Street Settlement

Safer sex can be fun and pleasurable! This workshop will go over tips and strategies for how to add pleasure and safety when you’re intimate with someone. We’ll be inclusive of all genders and sexual orientations!

Signature Workshop on Teen Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships- NYC Family Justice Center

This workshop is a guided discussion about the dynamics of teen dating violence and abusive behaviors, the dynamics of healthy relationships and healthy behaviors, warning signs of an abusive partner, and how to help a friend who may be in an unhealthy relationship.

Black Trans Youth in Media – Scenarios USA

Centering one of Scenarios new youth written and Hollywood directed short films, House Not Home, this presentation will discuss ways to use media to begin conversations on equity, justice, and affirmation within schools and communities to discuss the needs and experiences of Black transgender youth, especially Black transgender women and those on a feminine gender expression continuum. Screening of the film followed by a discussion and activities will make up this workshop.

House Not Home is about Terran, a young Black trans feminine high school student living with their single father and attending high school for the first time in the gender expression that is most comfortable for them. Terran experiences violence at school and their father struggles with accepting their child’s gender identity and expression. The film features Terran’s use of technology to build and create friendships and chosen family.

Workshop Descriptions- Session 2 (6:30- 7:25)

Music is Revolutionary – Rude Mechanical Orchestra

In this hands-on workshop members from the Rude Mechanical Orchestra will explore the idea that music making can be a powerful act of protest to achieve an activist goal or simply communicate a radical point of view. Participants will be invited to create their own protest chant focused on an issue that is important to them. No experience necessary!

Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed – Theatre of the Oppressed NYC & The Ali Forney Center

Have fun, play games, and use that to enact quantifiable change! Dipping into theatre games from the arsenal of Theatre of the Oppressed learn to craft a forum theatre demonstration. Connect the tool of Theatre of the Oppressed to human rights and oppression as it affects your community through dialogue and brainstorming.

Queering the Movement – New York State Youth Leadership Council

Queer and undocumented youth, or “UndocuQueers”, have been a dynamic part of the immigrant rights’ movement. UndocuQueers have been at the forefront of the movement, taking leadership positions, and bridging queer and immigrant communities. Queering the Movement is an exploration of the queer and undocumented perspective.

Don’t Stand By, Stand Up!: Strategies to Stop Bullying – Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth

This interactive workshop allows participants the opportunity to identify and explore types of bullying and bystander behaviors. Through role-play, participants will better understand bystander behavior and have the opportunity to practice effective and appropriate responses to bullying.

Queering Wikipedia – Media Masters Alliance

Media MA will introduce you to the in’s and out’s of Wikipedia. During this workshop you will learn how to create Wikipedia articles, with the goal of highlighting the lives and work of LGBTQ folks, people of color and other communities that are often written out of history. While we Wiki, we’ll have an active discussion on ways information can shape cultural understanding and how we can become actively engaged in promoting, creating, and mining content that is diverse and reflective of the expansive range of realities and histories.
During this workshop, we will teach you how to create a Wikipedia account, author or edit a Wikipage, and you’ll be introduced to basic wiki-markup, and participate in group discussion.

Images of Queerness – The Forum Project

What does it mean to be queer? How do we shape our own genders and sexualities? In this interactive creative workshop, participants will use Image Theatre to explore how society impacts our understanding of gender and sexuality and reimagine and recreate what gender and sexuality mean to us.

World Star Hip Hop! Navigating Safety as a Queer Youth! ­– The Door

This workshop is an interactive workshop that helps young people to identify skills and develop skills on how to be safe in the subway and in the streets as a queer, trans, or gender non-conforming youth.

TechnoLOVE – NYC Family Justice Center

TechnoLOVE focuses on the dynamics of healthy v. unhealthy relationships that arise through social media and technology. This workshop is a discussion on these dynamics, healthy communication skills, and how to recognize worrisome behaviors.

LGBTQ Youth Making Media for Educational Justice
Join Global Action Project for a screening of two creative films made by LGBTQ youth of color about about their experiences in schools dealing with everything from school safety agents to textbooks and bathrooms. Following the films youth will lead a discussion about how we can identify and organize against forms of marginalization and violence in schools as teachers, students, parents and youth!

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Beyond Tolerance 7

This year’s Beyond Tolerance Conference for Youth is coming up on Friday, May 31st at Vanguard High School (317 E 67th St btwn 1st and 2nd Ave) from 4:30-8:30pm.  It is an afternoon conference focused on issues of gender and sexuality.  Participants will have an opportunity to attend workshops and meet with people from local organizations to find out more about the resources in our area.  REGISTER HERE  and please help us spread the word!

Here is the schedule for the evening:
4:30pm – 5:20pm: Expo-style tabling & snacks (community groups and student groups)
5:30pm – 6:20pm: Session I workshops
6:30pm – 7:20pm: Session II workshops
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Open Mic / “mini-ball”
Here is a current list of workshops:

Session 1: 5:30 – 6:20

Freak of Nurture: What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Funnier (youth and adults)

This is a participatory workshop that will help students tap into their creative powers and see more of the funny in their daily life difficulties. Participants will learn about the historic precedents for making comedy out of hardship both within the LGBT community and in the greater progressive activism movements, practice simple techniques for increasing their ability to use of laughter as a coping mechanism, and finally respond to writing prompts to help them embolden any art form with humor. Please note that this workshop is suitable for writers and performance artists, but is open to all. Expanding the capacity to laugh in addition to (not necessarily instead of) crying can make everyone’s life a little easier and richer.”

FIERCE Know Your Rights When Interacting with NYPD (youth)

This training is about teaching youth their rights when it comes to police encounters on the street.

New York Legal Assistance Group: Transitioning Your Identity Documents (adults)

People who identify as transgender must navigate a complicated combination of bureaucracy and legal standards in order to change the names and gender markers on their various identity documents. The legal standards for changing the gender marker on a passport, social security card, NY Drivers License and H.R.A. benefit card are  all slightly different.  Attorneys from New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) will help de-mystify this process.  They will also talk about how the City Human Rights Law and various agency policies that mean trans folks should be able to be addressed by their preferred name and referred to with appropriate pronouns regardless of the change on identity documents

Scenarious USA: Love on Film (youth and adults)

Scenarios USA youth will screen two of our short films, written by youth and directed by Hollywood directors.

Man in the Mirror, written by high school junior Treviny Colon (NYC) and directed by Joel Schumaker, tells the story of a high school basketball player whose identity is questioned by his peers. He must make a decision about how far he will go to prove he’s just “”one of the boys.””

Who I Am, written by high school student Whitney Peters (Miami) and directed by Jesse Peretz, is a love story between two young women at the crossroads of race and class. The film addresses stereotypes, racism, and homophobia.

After the screenings,  a Scenarios USA youth will host a Q and A and discussion of the themes in the film (societal definitions of gender, living on the down low, racial and sexual identity, etc.).

Hands-On, Pants-On Safer Sex Session (youth and adults)

Just as the title hints, participants in this session will be discussing how to keep themselves and their partners safe when exploring their sexuality. This session is designed to be an honest discussion, encouraging attendees to consider the various ways they can keep themselves both physically and emotionally healthy and safe.

Sharing the Silence (youth and adults)

As a Quaker school, our curriculum is centered around equality and the idea that each human being has something valuable to share. One of our school traditions is to sit together in silence while thinking about a particular question or query. If someone feels inspired to share their thoughts, they stand up and share. Others prefer to simply listen and consider the perspectives that their peers are sharing. It becomes a space for people to simply BE, but in a conscious way that connects us as a community. This tradition creates a space for togetherness, contemplation, and revelation.

Our proposed query is to sit with and respond to the phrase, “There is nothing more dangerous than a closed mind.” Participants will contemplate this query until they feel inspired to share their experiences and insight. This particular query aims to create a safe space for students and educators to come together and share in a meaningful way as we process the topics discussed at the conference, and spend time with our thoughts and the thoughts of others as we all do our small parts to make our world a kinder and more accepting place for LGBTQ people.”

GLSEN-NYC: Using Theater to Unpack Bullying             (youth)

Vanguard High School GSA: Gaymes: Community Building (youth)

In these workshops we will play community building games to get to know each other and have fun.

Vanguard High School GSA: Coming Out: Let the Rainbow Shine (youth)

In this workshop, we will share our coming out stories and have an interactive discussion about what it means to come out.  We will also invite workshops participants to share their own stories in a safe and accepting environment.”

Kit Yan’s Slam Poetry Writing & Performance (youth and adults)

Award-winning slam poet Kit Yan will lead a 1 hour workshop that is one part writing and one part performance. Participants will create their own original piece of writing and then engage in interactive performance exercises with other participants to work on both performing poetry and listening to performance.

 

Session 2: 6:30 – 7:20

Kit Yan’s Poetry/Arts Session (youth and adults)

Award-winning slam poet Kit Yan will lead a 1 hour workshop that is one part writing and one part performance. Participants will create their own original piece of writing and then engage in interactive performance exercises with other participants to work on both performing poetry and listening to performance.

Trevor Project: Lifeguard Workshop (youth)

The Lifeguard Workshop is a structured conversation with youth regarding mental health, suicide prevention and healthy ways to cope with stress and anxiety. The workshop informs youth of the various services offered by The Trevor Project and guides them in a conversation of how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to get help for themselves or a peer who may be feeling suicidal. The workshop ends by helping the participants identify ways that they will seek to deal with stress and anxiety in a healthy way and how to identify supportive adults in their own environment.

The Forum Project: Using Theater of the Oppressed (adults)

Anti Violence Project: Sexual Violence& Negotiating Consent in LGBTQ Communities (youth and adults)

We’ll discuss sexual violence, rape culture, consent, coercion, safety planning, and supporting a loved one who has experienced sexual violence. We’ll also creatively workshop consent and community support.”

Ali Forney Center: Best Practices Workshop (youth and adults)

This workshop will serve as a guideline on how to best effectively engage with homeless youth during street outreach. Topics covered will include: human tracking, gangs, survival sex, LGBTQ and the “gutter punk” scene.

LGBTQA Wellness Workshop (youth and adults)

Come sit back in a judgment free zone to talk about different ways that we can feel healthy and happy physically, emotionally, mentally, and sexually.  This workshop is great for students and teachers who want to talking about feeling good and safe. All genders, sexualities, races, religions, and abilities are welcome!  LGBTQA for life!  All participants will receive free safer sex materials!  Come through!”

Brooklyn Boihood: Breaking down the Boi (youth and adults)

bklyn boihood is a collective that champions healthy masculinity, intersectionality of identities and anti-misogyny for bois* of color all over the world. During this workshop bklyn boihood will challenge and explore issues of self care, ageism, and masculine privilege for queer and trans bois of color.

Vanguard High School GSA: Gay Gallery: Expressions of Freedom (youth and adults)

In this workshop, we will view, react and respond to images that represent the LGBT community and have a lively discussion about the images that make up our lives.

Vanguard High School GSA: Gaymes: Community Building (youth)

In these workshops we will play community building games to get to know each other and have fun.

 

ALSO, if you haven’t already seen it, you can check out our Beyond Tolerance Guide, an online collection of resources that features many of the organizations that will be with us on the 31st.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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