Creech to keynote conference
UPDATE: The Out of the Wilderness Conference has been postponed. No date as to when it will take place, but will further update as more information becomes available.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Rev. Jimmy Creech will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Out of the Wilderness Conference, Nov. 14, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., at Wake Forest School of Divinity, 1834 Wake Forest Rd. Creech will lecture in the Wait Chapel at 4:30 p.m.
Creech’s address is free and open to the public.
The conference will include sessions exploring religious freedom; the inter-sectionality of race, gender, and sexuality; and ministry in community.
Creech is a co-founder and executive director of Faith in America, a non-profit organization working to “end religion-derived derogation’s unique and immense harm to LGBT youth and their families,” the organization said. He has been recognized as a leading voice for commitment to LGBT individuals’ struggles while maintaining their honor and dignity. Creech was defrocked in 1999 by the United Methodist Church after he defied the church’s ban on LGBT marriage and officiated at the holy union of two men.
Early registration for the conference is $25 ($15 for students) until Nov. 11 and rises to $35 for all attendees afterward. Registration is available online at interfaithvoice.weebly.com/conference.html.
Interfaith Voice is hosting the event. Event sponsors include the Adam Foundation, Wake Forest’s LGBTQ Center and the Wake Forest School of Divinity.
Foundation grants revealed
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Guilford Green Foundation held its annual granting ceremony on Oct. 22 at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, 134 S. Elm St.
Receiving funds to support organizations and their work were: Alamance Pride Wellness & Education Community Action Health Network, $2,000, support for the first Alamance Pride event; Bayard Rustin Conference, $2,500, 5th Annual Leadership/Activism Conference for LGBT people of color; Community Theatre of Greensboro, $3,900, dialogue about the life of LGBT Latinos in the community prior to screening “West Side Story” and a reception following the show; Equality NC, $5,000, expansion of educational efforts for city and county policy makers; Faith Action, $2,500, outreach to LGBT immigrants, including resource guides in Spanish and French; Interactive Resource Center, $4,000, to build a gender-neutral restroom inside their facility; Kaleidoscope, $2,500, to provoke therapy for underserved LGBT youth in rural areas, including therapist training; NC Trans Pride, $1,350, to support a Pride event at Greensboro Multicultural Center to celebrate trans and gender non-conforming people and communities; National Conference for Community and Justice Anytown, $5,000, human relations and leadership development program for rising high school juniors and seniors; PFLAG Leadership, $2,100, to fund board of directors attendance at the upcoming biennial national convention to develop skills; Triad Friends, $2,500, to provide for free meeting space for LGBT organizations; Triad Health Project, $4,000, to support operations and provide a safe space to find acceptance, community and holistic support at Higher Ground day care center which is open to those who are affected by or are living with HIV; Triad Pride Men’s Chorus, $3,500, to provide access to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Choruses, including low- and no-cost consulting; University of North Carolina Queer Student Union, $5,000, to fund resources, activities, programming, advocacy and empowerment for all LGBT students through meetings, discussions, social and more; University of North Carolina Speech and Hearing, $3,662, to provide ongoing voice feminization and communication intervention for individuals transitioning from male to female; and Youth Safe, $5,000, to hire its first part-time coordinator to move volunteer organization to the next level.
In other news, Bingo: Horror Story will be held on Nov. 13, 7 p.m., at Elm Street Center, 203 S. Elm St. It is presented by Guilford Green Foundation and Bank of America. It’s new hostess is Malayia Chanel Iman.
Social time starts at 6 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15/advance, $20/at the door and $15/student, military, seniors with ID and are available online.
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