Archive for January, 2010
oh my. could she get any more amazing?
SMYRC, the Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (www.smyrc.org), is looking for a diverse group of folks between the ages of 18 and 24 who identify as LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex) to participate in a focus group. The topic of discussion will be tobacco use in the Portland queer community. We are looking for current, former, and never-tobacco users alike who have opinions to share about tobacco use.
The focus group will take place on Thursday, January 28th from 5:00 – 6:30p in NE Portland. Dinner will be provided (dietary restrictions considered) as well as $20 compensation for your time. For more information or to sign up for the focus group, please contact Bree at email@example.com . In the body of the email, please include the following information about yourself to be considered:
3. Are you: (a) a current smoker, (b) a former smoker, (c) a non-smoker (have never smoked)
4. Gender identity:
5. Do you identify as LGBTQI?:
6. Highest level of education completed:
7. Are you currently in school? Working?
8. Do you have opinions to share about tobacco use?:
9. Are you available on January 28th for the entire focus group from 5:00 – 6:30p?:
10. Please give us a valid email address and phone number for contacting you.
All applications will be reviewed, and folks will be contacted by Monday, January 18th if they have been selected to participate. Unfortunately we are unable to contact people who have not been selected. Thanks for your consideration!
In an effort to encourage safe & consensual sex, one of the things we try to do at SMYRC is offer a space where folks can demystify all sorts of things around getting it on. As long as it’s respectful, we try to address any question, no matter how graphic or random. We also offer an array of safer sex supplies such as condoms, lube, dental dams, and female condoms.
As you can imagine, we do a lot of playing with all that good stuff – condom balloons, condoms filled with water and frozen, dental dam taste tests… you get the idea. I think all this play is an incredible way to allow folks to get more comfortable with safer sex supplies; if you’ve opened a condom, blown it up to bigger than your head and batted it around a room with your buddies, aren’t you more likely to feel good and confident using it in sex?
Anyway, for your viewing pleasure, i documented last night’s condom escapades. Photos below… enjoy!
like the good sport he is, sunshine has agreed to wear this sign and box around the space in an effort to encourage folks to submit questions to another youth’s advice column/blog. The box fits in nicely with a long tradition of sunshine playing dress up – my personal favorite was a velvety purple jumpsuit.
other activity tonight includes a veritable vat of pasta, haircuts, steering committee, excitement over the Athens Boys Choir show on Saturday, and a big donation of lots of new craft supplies to get us through the rest of winter (thanks Wyatt!)