Hit The MARC

Drag out Funny 2015 has come and gone. The show was amazing and all the performers were top notch. However, now is a time to shed a little more light on some other kind folks who helped make the show a success. Over the next few weeks we’d like to introduce you to the people and businesses that ponied-up for a good cause, our sponsors!

Starting out with this year’s fantastic venue, The MARC! themarcThis giant club in the heart of The Square boasts big name performers and DJ’s, along with weekly theme nights.  For information on their upcoming events, specials and performers, check out the website or follow @The Marc on Twitter.  Now, how ’bout a big ‘ol hands up in the air “WHOOOO-HOOOO” for The Marc!

The New Year is a Great Time for PFLAG!

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The Holidays are swiftly coming to an end. As we head towards the new year, it’s a great time to talk about those folks you spent the last week or so with. Recently, BPSF’s very own Ted Marchut attended the Austin PFLAG conference to learn more about the organization and how to start a chapter in San Marcos.

For those of you unfamiliar with PFLAG, they offer, “support to LGBTQI people, as well as their families and allies” and have a mission for, “a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed.”

To get the whole history and mission statement of the organization, check out their about us section.

Held at  the Live Oak Unitarian Church, the conference focused on education and, “…covered topics from how to work with the media, to how to provide support to faith parents and families” reports Ted.  There were also guest speakers, including a couple in the process of taking a marriage rights case through the court system and a women who came out at the age of 60.  Ultimatly, the day-long experience was about sharing perspectives says Ted, ” the big thing I took away, was a better understanding of the perspectives of so many people, from transgender people, to parents working through issues of faith, and of how important it is, to be open and understanding of the experiences of others.  I think I also came away with a lot of new tools and resources, to be a stronger ally to the LGBTQI community. “

With 2015 just days away it’s exciting to know that San Marcos is well on its way to having its own PFLAG chapter. Thanks to Ted for taking the lead on this project and getting a much needed resource to San Marcos. The San Marcos chapter hopes to be up and running by the early part of the year.

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Happy Hanukkah

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Tonight Hanukkah begins at sundown. I know I’ll be busy eating latkes until I explode. Although not a major holiday in the Jewish calender, now is as good a time as any to shed some light on the LGBTQ Jewish community. In the award winning documentary film Trembling Before G_D film maker,Sandi Simcha DuBowski  highlights the struggle some LGBTQ members of the Jewish faith must overcome. It you haven’t seen this movie, tonight’s a great night to check it out. The film is at times a hard watch but coupled with hope. If your interested in learning more about LGBTQ Jewish organizations, check out the Keshet organization and Nehirim community pages.

Shalom!

LGBTQA, What is the Asexuality movement?

s-ASEXUAL-COMMUNITY-largeMembers call themselves “Aces” and have recently made waves in the world of the sexual, minority, rights movement and LGBTQ communities. Some argue against Aces in the LGBT community.  While others  feel the inclusion of asexual identified persons is a natural progression in the promotion of human rights for all sexual minorities. As part of their Six Part Series on Asexuality for this year’s Asexuality Awareness Week, Huffington Post sheds some light on the topic.

Perhaps, like me, you have some questions about the movement and what it means to identify as Asexual. Here is a list of common questions provided by AsexualAwarenessWeek.com

First shelter for homeless LGBT youth open in San Antonio!

1 in 3 transgender youth will be turned away due to their gender identity/ expression, according to StandUpForKids.org Stand up for kids also reports, “of those homeless 20%-40% are LGBT” A new shelter in San Antonio hopes to help elevate the problem.

“The new shelter in San Antonino is [open] it offers overnight shelter for youth aged 17 to 25 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. The facility will  provide a place to shower and sleep. In the morning, each overnight client will get a breakfast pack. Bus passes for travel to and from the location will also be provided. The shelter can accommodate eight people.” to read the full article check out the OutinSA.

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INTERSEX AWARENESS DAY IS OCT 26!

intersexawareness21 Check out this excellent article on coming out as an Intersex person on Facebook, “I was born with XY sex chromosomes and while my DNA says that I am male my body says otherwise, I react to hormones differently than the average person…”

Shantel Swierc is graduating!

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Shantel Swierc, Spring 2012 Academic Achievement Scholarship Recipient

Shantel, our Spring 2012 Academic Achievement Scholarship recipient, will graduate Friday, December 13 from Texas State University. Shantel is a very dedicated student and we are proud to see her finish her undergraduate studies. Shantel will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Congratulations!

Donor Spotlight: Dwain & Susan Aidala

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Dwain, Heather and Susan Aidala

Dwain and Susan Aidala are Legacy Circle donors who have supported the Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund since its inception.  They attended BPSF’s first fundraiser, Paint the Town Rainbow, in April 2010 and were among the first Legacy Circle recognized in 2012.  Mr. and Mrs. Aidala are also the proud parents of BPSF Executive Director Heather Aidala. The on-going support we’ve received from Dwain and Susan has helped us achieve the BPSF mission to support LGBTQ students at Texas State University.

“Empathy is the mirroring of others’ experience and a desire to help in a meaningful way. We feel our donations to the Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund provide empathetic support as its scholarships enable LGBTQ recipients to excel in their life goals. We encourage you to tell others how they too can support this unique resource.”

The Aidalas believe their support truly makes a difference in the lives of LGBTQ students. When they hear stories about who the scholarship recipients are and how the scholarship contributes to their personal and professional goals, their belief is reaffirmed.

The BPSF board truly appreciates having such loyal and supportive donors.  The tremendous support that has come from the Texas State University and San Marcos communities will continue to sustain this fund.

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