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31 August 2010 @ 09:02 pm
going back to school tomorrow, i was wondering of bangor still has a GSA?? this will be my third year and i havent heard anything about it
20 April 2007 @ 04:49 am

Hey everyone!

Mark your calendars (or for all you that are going by DayofSilence.com, re-mark) because Wednesday, April 25th is Day of Silence at Bangor High School! This is for a few reasons...

1) Day of Silence was scheduled for April 18th, which happens to have fallen on a vacation week.
2) We forgot to schedule it for BEFORE April 18th
3) We want to have two days to tell more people about it at school before it happens. So if there is anyone you won't be able to get in contact with until either Monday or Tuesday, you'll be able to tell them about it!

Have a good rest of April Vacation!
02 October 2006 @ 09:26 pm
For All I've Lost w/ Radiation Year, theSymmetry, Ellison (OH), Signal Home (PA) @ The Underground In Bangor!!!
More Details at Myspace.com/forallivelost

04 September 2006 @ 05:09 am
Hope you all had a great summer. For all of you coming back, school will be starting SOON... which means it won't be long before the first GSA meeting of the year. For all of you that have graduated, but still want to participate, feel free to email me at stillafeminist87@yahoo.com to offer suggestions for the in school GSA, or suggest when and where we could all meet for a non-school meeting. Unfortunately, I've been saying we'll be having meetings off school grounds, and it hasn't happened yet. Planning for GSA in general hasn't been all that great... [though participation in Day of Silence has been AMAZING. :0)]

So, again we have a fresh start. Another opportunity to improve things...

04 March 2006 @ 11:28 am
MIAMI - A national gay and lesbian group is accusing several religious organizations of harming homosexual teens by offering parents what they say are bogus therapies to keep children from becoming gay.

In a report released Thursday in Miami Beach, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute questioned whether the therapies are ethical or effective and said state and federal authorities should provide greater oversight when these programs are aimed at youth.

The report said some Christian-based gay prevention and treatment groups have used the First Amendment protection of religion to avoid sanctions by state health officials seeking to enforce regulations on counselors who offer therapy without a license.

Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman said officials need to ensure that those offering such therapies are licensed — as opposed to simply being clergy — and that clients and their parents should be informed about the programs' long-term success rates.

"Many of these programs are crossing the line as to what is approved under freedom of expression," Foreman said in an interview with reporters. "This deserves attention. It deserves to be regulated."

The report was released in Florida because it is home to Exodus International, the umbrella organization for Christian ministries nationwide that seek to convert gays to heterosexuals.

Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International, said he had not seen the report but maintained that the ministries are successful. He said Exodus' 130 affiliated ministries use clinically trained professionals, though he added that only 30 percent have onsite professionals.

Religious leaders lead support groups, as they might in the case of an Alcoholics Anonymous groups, he said.

"The truth is that there are hundreds of thousands of men and women like me who have found that change is possible," said Chambers, who counts himself among the ex-gay.

The report maintains that, increasingly, those attending seminars on homosexuality prevention and treatment are parents who have gay or lesbian children.

Foreman called the programs frightening, saying they play into stereotypes, cautioning parents to worry if their sons are "too feminine" and often blame parents for their children's sexual orientation.

Foreman said he would like to see more long-term studies on the success of the treatment.
27 February 2006 @ 01:51 am
Hey everyone. After much frustration with the current lack of enthusiasm in the GSA I've decided that I also must become more involved then I actually have been. I haven't been getting the announcements approved early enough, and I haven't been really attending many of the few meetings we have had. So I've come to the conclusion that it's mainly my fault. I realize also that I can't do this alone, that the more support the better. If anyone has suggestions for what to do in meetings PLEASE email me (stillafeminist87@yahoo.com) and tell me what they are. Also suggestions for out of school meetings would be great to (as in, where to meet, what to talk about, what to do, etc). I really do look forward to any and all suggestions you may have.

Thank you,

I know I’ve contacted a number of you individually so if you’ve received an e-mail from me directly, or if I’ve already contacted you through Myspace I apologize in advance.

I’m trying to get the word out about my new gay-themed, teen novel “Playing the Field” that just came out this week.

I’m reaching out to Gay-Straight Alliances, young adult reading clubs, teen pride groups and other such organizations because I think the novel will be of interest to you. “Playing the Field” is an over the top look at high school life, and the main storylines are focused around the school’s GSA.

Without question, the novel is already rubbing some people the wrong way. Because of the subject matter, some reviewers have refused to review it and some schools have refused to include it in their collections. Whatever.

To be quite honest, the language and sexual content is rather tame (comparatively speaking), but what adult readers are not quite able to grasp is how frank and evolved the characters are.

My intent was never to create the next great piece of teen literature. I wanted to create a fun read with a cool message of tolerance, and I think I did.

“Playing the Field” is available in stores (Borders, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, etc.) and on-line (Amazon and Barnes & Noble). I’ve also included a synopsis of the book below, lifted from the inside flap copy. If you know of anyone who might be interested in the book, please spread the word. In the world of teen novels and young adult literature, nothing beats word of mouth and Myspace!

I’d love to hear from you, and if you hear of others who have read the book, please encourage them to contact me as well. I enjoy the feedback...even negative feedback because that’s when you really know you’ve struck a chord!

Increase the Peace,

Phil Bildner

www.philbildner.com (we’re rebuilding the site right now so some of the links may be a little off)

Playing the Field:

"Insightful, provocative, and laugh-out-loud funny…An inside-out look at high school sports."
--Pete Hautman, National Book Award winner for Godless

"Phil Bildner's screwball comedy sings with wit and originality and a refreshingly frank and funny exploration of bias and discrimination against gays. Like Darcy Miller's magical pitching arm, it sinks a fastball straight into your heart."
-- Tracy Mack, author of Birdland

All Darcy wants is to play on the baseball team, to hear her name announced, "Now batting, Darcy Miller," to play the field. Is that so much to ask?

Unfortunately, it might be. In a few short months, Darcy Miller goes from typical senior in high school to candidate for Jerry Springer. Her mom has started dating Darcy's principal, the very principal whose son Darcy happened to have started a huge flirt-fest with, now brought to a screeching halt. When she decides to let her mom go to bat (so to speak) for her to play on the baseball team, Darcy thinks things are starting to look up. After all, Principal Basset caves and decides to let her play. But he has two conditions that shake up her entire game: She must pretend to be a lesbian (WHAT?) and she must join the GSA, the Gay-Straight Alliance (WHAT? WHAT?), the president of which happens to be her best friend -- make that her ex-best friend, Josh. Okay, Darcy's senior year might seem complicated at first. It's not. It's insurmountably, unforgettably, and -- most of the time -- hilariously complicated.

But if anyone can handle it, it's Darcy. She'll do anything just to play the field.
20 January 2006 @ 12:42 am
I'm pretty sure there will be a meeting on Monday after school in A10.
If there is, which I'm hoping there is, I hope to bring in a movie to watch.
So get people to come!!!
13 December 2005 @ 10:48 pm
ok ok have trying to get to the meeting evermonday and make it every monday and i will now i will try to get a annoucment silp ever week and get the advisor to sing it ok andf i aslo have floder that will be very helpful ot the gsa so see u there everbody
feeling: very
listening: my wmd playlist
02 December 2005 @ 03:24 pm
Sorry about the misinformation and the lack of good planning... but there will DEFINATELY be a meeting on Monday! After school in A10. People should come.

** edit **
It's pretty much an ACTUAL organizational meeting for the first half of it. Where we actually discuss the plans for future meetings, perhaps even voting on what we'll discuss during the next meeting, and assigning everyone in attendence something to do as to contribute to the group.