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New Year’s Reflections, Resolutions, and Real Talk

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With the holiday season winding to a close, we are once again greeted with the promise of a new year.  The reminder that 2015 is practically here can prompt many thoughts, such as “I’m so over 2014 and thank goodness it’s done!” or “Crap, how is it a new year already??”  New Year’s Eve in particular can leave us remembering all the things we’ve done in the past 12 months, and get us thinking about what we want to accomplish going forward.

 

In an effort to make the most of the opportunity a new year brings, perhaps you’ve found yourself drafting a list of resolutions to help guide you toward a better self and an improved quality of life.  So what’s on your list?  Are you resolved to travel more, to get healthier, to secure a new career milestone, or to improve your love life?  If you need some internet inspiration for those aspirations, here is a list of 10 New Year’s Resolutions As Told by Cats.

 

For most of us it’s sticking to our resolutions that proves the far more challenging task.  Vox recently published an article that does a nice job summarizing the research on actually keeping one’s New Year’s resolutions.  So, what’s your track record?  Are you steadfast in sticking to your goals?  Maybe you’ve used tricks like those outlined by this Mirror article to help keep committed throughout the year.

 

Come join us on Friday January 2nd as we chat about the good times 2014 brought us and the hopes we have for 2015.  We’ll also play a fun game where we think up some “real talk” resolutions that we’d like to set for others.  Would you set Janet Jackson a resolution to release a new album?  Would you set the gay community a resolution to be more inclusive?  Or perhaps you’d set a resolution for the Tea Party to be a little less crazy.  Join us at 8:30pm this Friday to ring in a new year, Gay District style.

 

Gay District meets at The DC Center, located inside the Reeves DC government building (2000 14th Street NW, Suite 105 Washington, DC 20009). Attendees will need to enter the Reeves building via the “Exit” doors on 14th Street, facing McDonald’s. We encourage attendees to bring a photo ID to gain access inside the building. If you do not have or are unable to present a photo ID, please contact this week’s facilitator, Taylor Monson, ahead of time or contact The DC Center’s Executive Director David Mariner.

GD Discussion Topic: 12/19/2014, “The Ever Changing Landscape of Social Justice”

Throughout history there have been debates on the subject of inequality, the change  brought about through social justice and the appropriate way to facilitate this change. Some are writing to their representatives, forming petitions, boycotts and sit-ins, while others riot against the regime in aggressive and sometimes violent protests. With both sides angry, despondent and looking for change whose methods garner the best result? How can the needs of the few outweigh the “law” of the many

On August 9th, 2014 in Ferguson, MO, Michael Brown ,young unarmed black man, was gunned down by an officer of the law after an alleged altercation. The grand jury decided not to indict the police officer on any chargers associated with this tragedy. The community was outraged and an outcry for officers to wear cameras to document all civilian interactions was heard. 

On July 17th, 2014 in Staten Island, NY an unarmed Eric Garner, having recently broken up a fight, was approched and detained under suspicion of selling unlicensed cigarettes (loosies).  After an initial arguement over the perceived harassment Garner was strong armed by a group of officers in an attempt to arrest and subdue the visibly agitated man,  resulting in his suffocation and subsequent  death. Most of this being caught on tape. Garners final words were cries for air as he repeated, “I Can’t Breathe”. Again, the grand jury decides not to indict…this time in spite of the recorded evidence present.

On June 28th, 1969 in Greenwich Village, New York a series of spontaneous and violent demonstrations arose in the early morning hours at the Stonewall Inn. This was in response to the systematic intimidation tactics and police raids that had become all too familiar for Gays at that time.

This Friday,  join us as we discuss how the landscape of social justice has changed over the years and what methods and tactics we now have at our disposal to be a part of the changing tide. What are the ways we hold those who represent us responsible for our safety and liberties? How do we feel when those rights are being abused? What are some of the similarities between the protests and riots happening now and those in New York over 40 years ago…what have we learned in between?

Home for the Holidays?

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The holiday season is upon us once again and we are confronted with the question of where we are going to spend our time.  This can be a stressful time for many of us. An article from the Gay and Lesbian Well-Being series in Psychology Today says “The reality for most families, especially those with an LGBT member, is not quite the same. We believe in the magic of the holidays and expect difficult or disapproving family members to (finally!) behave differently this time. When they don’t, it brings up unhealed hurts and points of ongoing battle”.  However, not all of us share this holiday experience. According to a nifty graph published in Out Travel, 59% of the gay and lesbian participants that traveled home during the holiday season had a positive experience. Some couples even shared a bed while visiting their families.

 

What is your experience? Do you go home for the holidays to see family or do you spend time with your “chosen” family? If you do go home, is it to an accepting, tolerant, or hostile environment? Is your partner invited into the household or are you forced to choose? Single guys: does your family ask about your dating life and/or expect you to settle down soon? While home do you use Grindr or other apps to meet up with people? What strategies do you use to diffuse/handle possibly negative situations with family members?

 

Please join in our discussion at the DC LGBT Center this Friday, December 5th at 8:30pm as we celebrate the holiday season. Continuing the holiday merriment, after the discussion has ended a group will walk to view the National Christmas Tree on the White House lawn.

 

http://thenationaltree.org/

 

Gay District meets at The DC Center, located inside the Reeves DC government building (2000 14th Street NW, Suite 105 Washington, DC 20009). Attendees will need to enter the Reeves building via the “Exit” doors on 14th Street, facing McDonald’s. We encourage attendees to bring a photo ID to gain access inside the building. If you do not have or are unable to present a photo ID, please contact a facilitator ahead of time by email or The DC Center’s Executive Director David Mariner.

 

This week’s facilitators are Taylor Monson and guest facilitator Robert Soriano!

Below are the two articles mentioned above:

 

http://www.outtraveler.com/features/2014/11/25/see-how-gays-travel-over-holidays-one-nifty-infographic?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/gay-and-lesbian-well-being/201411/lgbt-and-heading-home-the-holidays