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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

My Gay Civic Duty

This weekend is the big, gay weekend. Oh, we have Pride in Minneapolis, but this weekend is the convergance of several high profile GLBT events.

On Thursday, GLBT folk and allies should rally at the MN State Capitol for GLBT Rally Day. We visit with our senators and representatives and remind them that we are people and constituants as well. We spend time thanking them for the great work they have done on behalf of GLBT folk, or challenge them to do more. The climax of the day is a big rally on the Capitol Lawn. You can come too. Just visit OutFront MN.

Also on Thursday is Dining Out for Life. You are supposed to eat at any number of participating restaurants. They will then donate a portion of your tab to The Aliveness Project, a community center for people living with HIV/AIDS. It's another civic duty (to eat out). If you want to join me on that one, you can visit The Aliveness Project.

Friday is Camp Out. I've already talked about that too much. But you are invited to come and see it on Friday night!

Then comes Saturday, which is the Rainbow Families Conference. This is a conference for GLBT people who are parents, are interested in being parents, or just want to support GLBT families. There will be activities for the whole family, plus resources for parents (or potential parents), and games for the kids. Yet another major GLBT event. The Rainbow Families Conference is here.

That's just the gay stuff. This is also a popular weekend for Synod Assemblies in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. I know that NE MN is having their synod assembly this weekend, and the Minneapolis Area Synod is having an assembly. It really splits the duties of GLBT Lutherans. Many want to be at both. I've been seeing emails from the Lutherans Concerned/Twin Cities. They are really getting desperate to find folks who will staff a booth at the Minneapolis Synod Assembly. If you want to volunteer to staff a booth, I encourage you to contact my friends. They could sure use the help.

That's the big weekend. It will be exhausting, but definately worth it!


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