November 2019 Spruce Grove What’s Happening!
The Spruce Grove GSA Society respectfully acknowledges that we are situated in Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.
After a busy October, we are getting into the swing of things and YAY SNOW! Our Winter break is right around the corner, so we’re going to play a few games of Graveyard to warm up! Yes, we’ll eat some cookies and treats… and drink some hot chocolate WITH marshmallows, have a paper airplane flying contest (someone has to teach me how to build a “proper” airplane), do a bit of Oragami (that I CAN do), and chat a bit about stereotypes in toy marketing and toy stores (there might be a gift giving season right around the corner!).
Introducing David! We have a new face in our GSA! David is a Resource Officer, Band Member, Youth Pastor, and thank goodness tech guy! He has joined us for the past few meetings and will be popping in and helping out sometimes during his admittedly EXTREMLY busy schedule! We played a loud round of scary film Jeopardy, and David banged out All Star’s, by Smash Mouth on the Piano for the kid’s!
What toy stores/ads are inclusive? What changes should stores/ads be made to have more inclusion?
We are ENVIROMENTALY FRIENDLY!
DON’T forget to bring a re-useable water bottle We still have pop and snacks, but no more plastic water bottles!
Guests will also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with local LGBTQ2S+ community organizations and receive resources. All proceeds from this event will be used to support the GSA Network and help sustain GSA initiatives throughout the year.
December - 13th & 27th April 10th & 24th
January – 3rd & 24th May 15th & 29th
February – 14th & 28th June XX & 26th
Our LGBTQ2 History
“This fight is bigger than me. I came to realize that very early on, and it is truer now than it ever has been. This fight is for other trans youth in my high school. It is for other trans youth in Virginia. It is for all trans youth who are in school or one day will be. It is for the friends and loved ones of these youth, who want these children to be happy and healthy, rather than at risk and in danger as so many trans people are.”
When we talk of LGBTQ2S history, we tend to think of decades gone by. We think of our ancestors. Our LGBTQ2S history does not have to be something read about a person that changed history, grew up, lived life, and passed away… history can also be recent. Gavin Grimm was born May 4, 1999. He wanted one simple right that was denied to him, a right that is denied to so many. The right to use the washroom in safety. Gavin Grimm was 15 years old when he started fighting for his rights, when he became an activist, when he became an advocate. In 2018 the U.S. District Court declared that the school violated the rights of transgender students by excluding them from the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.
Can you name any other influential youth throughout history who have been changemakers? They do not have to be part of the LGBTQ2S community. Our youth are impactful and strong. They are advocates and they are making their voices heard. Who are they, and what have they done to change the world?
Our Community – We NEED fabulous people like YOU!!!
We are actively searching for volunteers within our community!
Are you someone who would like to work with our LGBTQ2 youth once or twice a month? We are looking for folks with different abilities that can help out in the GSA.
How can you contribute?
Our community is filled with folks with amazing people that care about their youth and their surroundings. Our GSA is a Community GSA help us grow together!
(we try not to pair parent’s and caregivers on the same evenings their youth attend)
Some of the ways you can fabulous:
Important Phone Numbers
780-962-2222 Spruce Grove 24 hours
780-968-7267 Stony Plain 24 hours
Kids Help Phone
Text CONNECT 686868
24 hour, anonymous phone counseling for children and youth, 100% confidential
they do not trace calls, they do not have call display, you do not have to tell them your name. You can
connect by phone or mobile app, or through the website.
Need to talk? Call! Our peer support hotline is run by and for trans people.
On our website you can find all of our information such as dates of our GSA, tips on Safe Spaces, health, recognizing abuse and Resources.