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Topic For Friday, July 11th, 2014
Unresolved Sexuality Trauma & the Quest for A Mate

Please be advised, because of the Fourth of July holiday we will convene on Friday, July 11th to ponder on Unresolved Sexuality Trauma & the Quest for A Mate


- Growing up, what messages did you learn about your sexuality?
 
- What have we done to neutralize negative thought forms?

- How do I feel about my sexuality?

Are you interested in a committed relationship, but can’t seem to find one, or find one that works?

If unresolved trauma is a player in our lives, what can we do to heal?
Co-facilitating will be sexual trauma therapist, interfaith minister and author of "Hush Hush: An African American Family Breaks their Silence on Sexuality & Sexual Abuse," De Shannon Bowens



JMG's Safe Space
730 Riverside Drive (@ 150th Street)
Suite 9E
Harlem, New York City
8:00 PM

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS:
TAKE THE #1 TRAIN TO 145TH STREET STATION
OR THE M4, M5, M100 OR M101 BUS TO
149TH STREET & BROADWAY

BROTHERS ARE ASKED TO BRING A POTLUCK DISH AND / OR BEVERAGE


Please Join Us As We Celebrate Harlem Pride from
Sunday, June 22nd through Sunday June 29th


Sunday, June 22, 2014
Harlem Pride Sunday Service
Rivers @ Rehoboth Church
(86th St. & West End Ave.)
2-5 PM

DOMINICAN FILM FESTIVAL
“EL GALLO” Film
Columbia University Medical Center Alumni Auditorium
630 W. 168th St.
5:45 PM


Monday, June 23th, 2014
FLIPPING THE SCRIPT:
Black SGL/LGBTQ Representation in Media
Featuring (CBS Sunday Morning’s, Nancy Giles)
National Black Theatre
2033 Fifth Avenue (bet. 125th * 126th Street)
Doors Open @ 6:15 PM


Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
CIRCLE OF LIFE CELEBRATION: A Pride Memorial Service
 (SAGE HARLEM & Faith Leaders of African Descent)
Union Theological Seminary (121st St & Broadway)
6:30 PM


Thursday, June 26th, 2014
VIP LAUNCH PARTY FUNDRAISER
(Featuring Anthony Wayne as Sylvester in "Mighty Real" a Fabulous Sylvester Musical")
 Aloft Hotel Harlem
2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
(between 123rd and 124th Streets)
Harlem, NYC
7PM - 10PM
Tickets: $50.00



Friday, June 27th, 2014 
FILM SCREENING OF "BEFORE YOU KNOW IT"   http://beforeyouknowitfilm.com

Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Avenue @ West 127th Street
Door Opens at 6:30PM / Film at 7:00PM
$10 Donation


Saturday, June 28th, 2014
HARLEM PRIDE DAY 5TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
** Featuring An Award Winning Special Guest Performer**
Jackie Robinson Park Park Entrance:
Bradhurst Avenue @ West 148th Street
12 Noon - 6PM
FREE ADMISSION

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PRIDE BOAT RIDE
(Sponsored by Rivers @ Rehoboth Church) 
Pier 83 West 42nd Street 9PM -12AM
Tickets: $35.00


Sunday, June 29th, 2014
NYC PRIDE MARCH
Come March With Harlem Pride in the NYC Pride March!
Line Up Location - To Be Announced

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CLOSING PARTY @ RED ROOSTER HARLEM
(Downstairs in Ginny's Supper Club)
Red Rooster Harlem
 310 Lenox Avenue
(Between 135th & 126th Streets)
9PM – 4AM
$15 in Advance / $20 at the Door


Topic For Friday, June 6th, 2014:
THE GATEKEEPER’S COLLECTIVE ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT MODEL, II

Having conceived a number of potential for-profit business models during last month’s Economic Empowerment workshop, the TGC board have synthesized several good ideas and chosen a couple of models for the community’s consideration.  Let’s see if:

- Working collectively, building a for-profit economic empowerment vehicle, we can render the notion of ‘crabs in a barrel’ a myth.

- We can create a system under which we generate capital for ourselves and our community, while solving a community challenge.

- Cooperative economics is not just a lofty ideal, but, a reality for Black people.

- We can muster the discipline, self-respect and love necessary to mount a revolutionary economic engine for the SGL community.

If you believe these propositions are valid or, you’re just curious about what might happen if we exert the effort, join us at The Gatekeeper’s Collective (TGC) caucus on Friday, June 6th @ 8 pm at JMG’s Safe Space as we reveal the winning models of the Economic Empowerment Workshop challenge, identify stakeholders, and chart steps towards building a for-profit TGC business.


JMG's Safe Space
730 Riverside Drive (@ 150th Street)
Suite 9E
Harlem, New York City
8:00 PM

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS:
TAKE THE #1 TRAIN TO 145TH STREET STATION
OR THE M4, M5, M100 OR M101 BUS TO
149TH STREET & BROADWAY

BROTHERS ARE ASKED TO BRING A POTLUCK DISH AND / OR BEVERAGE

VIDEO EXCERPT:
John-Martin Green & Al Sharpton on Homosexuality & HIV/AIDS
in the Black Community
 

SYNOPSIS: John-Martin Green, at a National Action Network town hall meeting in New York, discusses the need for dialogue about the Black community's relationship to homosexuality as a precursor to effective HIV/AIDS prevention in the Black community.




VIDEO EXCERPT:
John-Martin Green & Al Sharpton on Passing as Heterosexual
in the Black Community 

SYNOPSIS: John-Martin Green applauds Rev. Al Sharpton's courage impressing for Black community dialogue about the community's relationship to homosexuality.



An SGL Black Sheroes & Heroes Monthly Series
June's Focus:
Storme' DeLarverie (1920-2014)



K. Stormé DeLarverie was born 'way down yonder' in New Orleans, Louisiana.  It was incredibly not long after the end of World War I (One) on Christmas Eve, December 24 of 1920 -- ironically and prophetically, the year that American women won the right to vote in America!  To quote Stormé: "I've been fighting for the Gay community ever since!" Stormé has a silvery baritone voice with a jazz-oriented sound.  In the 1940s, Stormé was a solo performer with a three-piece band.  Stormé is probably best known for being part of the legendary Jewel Box Revue, a popular "drag" performance group which toured America -- not always under the best of accommodations or circumstances. 

The Jewel Box Revue ensemble was composed of two dozen males dressed beautifully and seductively as females and one biological female dressed very gentlemanly and convincingly as a man:  Stormé!  It's a role he does persuasively on stage and off.  During the 1950s and the 1960s, Stormé was the Jewel Box's only male impersonator. He did so as a fine gentleman.  The entertaining uniqueness was that the entire talented troupe were in gender-bender roles -- all except one!  The "J.B." was a forerunner to the Broadway musical of the mid-1980s, "La Cage aux Folles".  Unlike the latter, the J.B. confronted acceptance, joyousness, praise and fulfillment on one side but segregation, prejudice, scorn and sadness on the other side of the coin.


Stormé DeLarverie initially got involved with the STONEWALL Veterans' Association ("S.V.A.") when it happenstancely began spiritually the very first night of the Stonewall Rebellion, Friday, June 27th, 1969 at The Stonewall Club in Greenwich Village, NYC.  Stormé had just returned to New York City from entertainment touring with the famous Jewel Box Revue.  The S.V.A. officially formed exactly two weeks later on Friday, July 11th of that exciting year 1969.  Storme was there! 



=Storme on Stonewall=

"It was a rebellion, it was an uprising, it was a civil rights disobedience -- it wasn't no damn riot", declared Stormé at a public and videographed SVA-sponsored "Stonewall Symposium", referring to the historic 1969 Stonewall Rebellion.  Stormé was a part of the uprising on the very first night, Friday, June 27th.  "The cops were parading patrons out of the front door of The Stonewall at about two o' clock in the morning.  I saw this one boy being taken out by three cops, only one in uniform.  Three to one!  I told my pals, 'I know him!  That's Williamson, my friend Sonia Jane's friend.'  Williamson briefly broke loose but they grabbed the back of his jacket and pulled him right down on the cement street.  One of them did a drop kick on him.  Another cop senselessly hit him from the back.  Right after that, a cop said to me:  'Move faggot', thinking that I was a Gay guy.  I said, 'I will not!  And, don't you dare touch me."  With that, the cop shoved me and I instinctively punched him right in his face.  He bled!  He was then dropping to the ground -- not me!" 




Stormé is known, too, for adapting memorable sayings and witty warnings.   For example, if someone says or asks something that Stormé perceives as insulting to his intelligence or not too smart, he'll say, "I didn't fall off of the back of a turnip truck".  A favorite song of Stormé's, "It Ain't Easy Being Green", is also a favorite expression. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people can easily relate to that song simply substituting 'green' with 'Gay'. And that's exactly Stormé's point: "It ain't easy being Gay".  Sho 'nuff, y'all! Relating to age, or not relating to it, King Stormé rightly says, while inimitably mixing maxims:  "Age ain't nothing but a number -- if you don't mind it, it don't matter". Overall, reviewing life and his philosophy of himself, Stormé tells it like it is (another song):  "What you see is what you get".  Allright!

Storme DeLarverie with Godson AnDre Christie




SOURCE: STONEWALL Veterans' Association

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