In a little less than a week, I will host the first ever meeting of TCC’s Gay/Straight Alliance.
I’m REALLY looking forward to this!
I’ve managed to order about two hundred dollars’ worth of “stuff” for the club. A graphic arts student of mine designed a logo that Blue put on tee shirts, buttons, mugs, mousepads – almost anything that CafePress will make. I’ve ordered 100 of the logo buttons – plus a bunch of logo coffee mugs – and a bunch of pride flag and “straight but not narrow” buttons. The logo buttons came today; I expect the rest of the stuff to come by Monday afternoon.
I’ve also gotten with the head chef of the culinary school and he’s offered to “cater” the first meeting, thereby saving me from lame Dunkin’ Donuts and grocery store snacks. The goodies that he’ll provide will be much more impressive than anything I could put together, and I’m really grateful that he’s offered to help.
The president of the school has agreed to speak at that first meeting, and I’m considering asking a couple of other people to talk, too. I want there to be a range of experiences voiced in that first meeting – gay, straight, bi, transgendered – but I may have to seed the audience with some people because I’m pretty sure that, in the first meeting, anyway, people might be reluctant to talk. I’m hoping, though, that we’ll make enough of an impression that word of mouth will get out that this is a cool place to hang out for a couple of hours every other Wednesday night.
I’m running this entirely on heart, so if any of you has ANY suggestions for me – ideas for activities, cautions about safety or privacy (or what to do about kids who come trying to “save” the attendees or to stir up trouble), resources for mission statements (I’m still working on TCC’s GSA mission statement, and I’d LOVE some help) or anything else that you think would be good for me to know, please – chime in!