​Rainbow Alley hopes you are having a Wondrous week. We have lots of great events and activities coming up. Please read below. Also, check out our attached calendar to see what we are up to this month.

Please note Rainbow Alley is closed on March 31st!!!

Also, Rainbow Alley is hiring a youth program assistant! Are you at least 18? Have you been coming to Rainbow Alley for at least 6months. If your answer is yes, and you’re looking for a job, contact Mary(mmcdonough@glbtcolorado.org) , and they will provide you more information. This a $10/hour position for 10/week.
 
Our cooking program, Cooking with Logan, has been put on Hiatus until further notice. We are sending lots of love to Chef Logan and hope to get cooking going as soon as we can.
 
Adult Volunteers Needed:
 
Dinner and a Movie Night -. Dinner and a Movie Night occurs every 2nd and 5th Fridays of the month. It is an opportunity for adult volunteers to break bread and hang out with Rainbow Alley youth. Folks who volunteer, typically partner with friends, coworkers, or community members to provide a balanced meal for about 25 people. We always ask that there be a vegetarian option. Dinner begins at 6:00 pm and we ask folks to arrive by 5:30pm to participate in our check in. You can stay and hang out but you don't have to. We have a few open dates: June 9th +30th, Oct. 13th, and November 10th. If you are interested, please email Nadine at nbridges@glbtcolorado.org.
 
Queer Prom – We are looking for volunteers for our Mythical Creatures Queer Prom on May 6th. If this is something you’re interested in being a part of, please email Mary at mmcdonough@gltbcolorado.org. Please note, if you are interested in chaperoning and have not previously volunteered for Rainbow Alley, you will be required to submit a background check.
 
Upcoming Events:
 
Know Your Rights! Join us on the 8th for pizza and an open discussion on concerns, policies, and next steps on issues affecting you! Please note, we will close at 6 on this day.
 
Hanging with OLOC: Each year, Rainbow Alley has a potluck meeting with Older Lesbians Organizing Change aka Granny Bros to hang out and learn. They are an amazing group of folks and we hope you can join us on March 11th from 12:30-2:30pm and listen to their incredible stories and munch on yummy treats.
 
Transgender Day of Visibility Movie Night! Join us on March 30th as we celebrate the visibility of Transgender individuals through film.
 
Programming:
Prom Committee We had a great start to Prom Committee in February and will be continuing into March. In March Prom committee will meet on March 1st and March 15th. Prom Committee decides the set up for prom and helps us prepare for the event. Prom Committee will meet on the 1st and 3rdWednesdays of each month. Members who volunteer for 20 hours or more will get a free ticket to Queer Prom.     
 
Keeping it Real – On March 2nd and 16th from 4:30-5:30pm, join Yen for discussions with youth 12-17 seeking support around substance use prevention. Join us in discussing how to Refuse, Explain, Avoid, and Leave when offered drugs or alcohol.
 
Counseling – Every Wednesday from 4-6pm, join Zane for One-on-One counseling provided by Mile High Behavioral Health. To set up an intake/session, email Rainbow Alley Director, Nadine Bridges nbridges@glbtcolorado.org.
 
Closing Time – Closing time will be held on March 1st, 14th and 15th Rainbow Alley is open for an extra hour, after regular drop-in, for youth and young adults 16-21. This happens on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7-8pm. This provides an opportunity for our older youth and older adults to have interact with their peers and have mature conversations facilitated by our staff.
 
WriteBrain – On March 23rd, join your favorite Uncle Mary for poetry and performance. You will have the opportunity to express yourself and hear others’ amazing words and thoughts.
 
Snaps – On March 1st, 15th, and 29th from 6-7pm, come and join Rachel with the Denver Center of Performing Arts to do improv, theater games, comedy and more.
 
Gender Queeries - Join Gender Queeries on March 9th we will be having an open conversation on passing. Gender Queeries is a peer led program for transgender/gender expansive/gender non-conforming youth and their supporters/family.  It consists of curriculum work around the portrayal of gender in mainstream society and media, as well as the struggles that youth face when held to the standard of traditional gender roles. Participants are involved in group discussions, support groups, and FUN! Parents, supporters, and guardians will have a separate meeting during Gender Queeries.
 
True Colors – Love snacks and looking to meet new LGBT+ people? True Colors is a welcome group for youth under 17. This is a wonderful opportunity for younger youth to become comfortable with Rainbow Alley and meet new friends! Through youth-led discussions and activities, we break down different LGBT topics:  identity, pop culture, relationships, and more! Come join us every 2nd Saturday. Parents, supporters, and guardians have a separate meeting during this time. Due to our meeting with OLOC on March 11th, we will not have True Colors this month.
 
Voz y Corazon – Every Tuesday from 5:30-7pm, Voz y Corazon brings in wonderful mentors and artists to work with the youth to express themselves through art projects and crafts. They also provide opportunities for the youth to discuss suicide prevention techniques and support.
 
Let’s Talk about Sex -   On March 8th and 22th from 6-7; Rainbow Alley youth will have the opportunity to participate in a sexual education program.  The topics covered include: healthy relationships, identity development, consent, communication, personal boundaries, anatomy of sexual organs, and safer sex practices. There are also discussions concerning STI myths, facts, and prevention. We also focus on gender and sexuality representation in the media. The group fosters a sex positive and brave space for the youth to further ask questions about anything they are curious about.
 
BreakingOUT – On March 21st from 6-8pm, LGBTQ youth have an opportunity to connect for fun and games at the LoneTree Library. Please contact Mary, mmcdonough@glbtcolorado.org for more information.
 
 
Community:
The AARP Tax Aide Foundation will begin their free tax service here at The Center this Friday, February 3-April 14,  10am-3pm. Participants will need to wait in the Commons Area on the 1st floor and the AARP volunteers will meet with people in the Stonewall room also on the 1st floor.
 
Volunteer:
The first Queer Studies International Conference and Biennial will be be held in Denver on the Auraria campus, June 14-16, 2018.  This biennial will be unique in that it will combine (1) artists with queer sensibility whose creations range from traditional arts and crafts to avant-garde multimedia and performance forms of expression; (2) academics engaged in research and creative thought that expands the knowledge of GLBTQ issues and communities; and (3) organizations and businesses interested in the cause of GLBTQ equality and equity throughout the world.
 As part of the first step in the process of creating this event, we are seeking volunteers who are interested in or have experience or expertise in the following areas:
 PRE-CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES
 Researching and contacting possible participants
Researching and contacting possible sponsors
Deciding on and contacting keynote speakers
Researching and contacting possible publishers, businesses etc. for tables at the conference
Soliciting proposals for presentations and exhibits in the arts and academia
Reading and choosing presenters from the proposals submitted
Creating the conference program; scheduling presentations
Creating and supervising a website for the conference
Creating written content for the website
Creating a budget
Supervising and tracking the financial transactions for all aspects of the conference (this second activity would continue into the conference.
Finding venues for the various types of proposals (local Colorado volunteers only)
Researching and finding hotels for participants (local Colorado volunteers only)
Researching and contacting caterers for the conference (local Colorado volunteers only)
 CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES
 Supervising and scheduling volunteers during the conference
Registration/Information Booth
Supervising vendors and other commercial exhibitors
Creating, distributing and tabulating evaluations for the presentations and exhibits
If you would like to become involved in planning this conference, please respond to this e-mail (andres.lema.hincapie@gmail.com), indicating what area(s) for which you’d like to volunteer, the best way to reach you, and when you are available (days of week, times, how much time you are able to spend).
 Nadine Bridges, MSW
Youth Services Director/Rainbow Alley
Preferred Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
The GLBT Community Center of Colorado
1301 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80218
D 303.951.5212 | F 303.282.9399
nbridges@glbtcolorado.org
www.glbtcolorado.org