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Third Annual Youth Pride Day Announced

Youth Pride Alliance is proud to announce that the Third Annual Youth Pride Day will take place in Washington, DC on Saturday April 17, 1999 in Dupont Circle Park. DC's Youth Pride Day is one of three such youth pride events in the country.

One of the main goals of the day is to display the diversity of the youth in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community. One of the ways the organizers accomplish this is by inviting over 30 youth and supporters from across the spectrum to offer personal testimonials about their experiences. "The testimonials are the heart of the program," Brian McCarthy, 18-year-old DC resident and Youth Pride Day '99 chair, stated. "Every participant adds a thread which is woven into the tapestry of our experiences." Adding, "the stories are pretty powerful."

"This event continues to promote pride in who and what we are," said Christopher Dyer, President and Founder of the Youth Pride Alliance. "By creating a non-judgmental space for a day, we help empower all of our youth to lead happier, healthier, and safer lives. By gathering in a public space we send a powerful message to youth that they are not alone."

Youth and community leaders who are interested in speaking at this year's event are instructed to either e-mail speakers@youthpridedc.org or call (703) 518-0631. People who are interested in providing entertainment at this years event should e-mail entertainment@youthpridedc.org or call (703) 518-0631. Additionally all entertainers should send a demo tape and/or description of their act to Youth Pride Alliance, P.O. Box 33161, Washington, DC 20033.

More information available at www.youthpridedc.org.

The Youth Pride Alliance is a coalition of over 20 youth support and advocacy groups in the Metro DC Area including Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG DC), Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN DC), seven campus student groups, Metro Teen Aids Coalition and BiNetwork DC. Its mission is to celebrate the dignity and courage of all young people as they discover their identity as gay, lesbian, bisexual or straight; and challenge society to stop the hate, the violence, the fear, the isolation, and the denial.

YPA/YPD Fact Sheet

What is Youth Pride Alliance? The Youth Pride Alliance is a coalition of individuals and organizations interested in promoting youth pride in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community of the metro-Washington, D.C. area, and bringing issues affecting these youth to the attention of the greater community.

What Does Youth Pride Alliance Do? Youth Pride Alliance plans events that provide a safe space for youth to grow. Our major event is Youth Pride Day

The three goals of Youth Pride Day are:

AWARENESS among members of the GLBTQ community about issues effecting youth;

VISIBILITY of the diversity of GLBTQ youth;

PRIDE.

Who Does YPA Serve? YPA focuses on individuals under the age of 25. We encourage the participation of adult allies in our programs. Everyone is welcome in the Alliance. Members of the YPA are of various ages, members are both youth and adult allies who support our mission.

Mission The Youth Pride Alliance celebrates the dignity and courage of all young people as they discover their identities as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or straight, and challenges society to stop the hate, the violence, the fear, the isolation, and the denial. Every young person deserves to live, love, and be loved.

Members: Advocates for Youth, BiNetworkDC, Capital Metro Rainbow Alliance, Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Out Youth Empowerment Alliance, PFLAG-DC, SMYAL (Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League.), Metro Teen AIDS, Sasha Bruce Youth Network, Transgendered Education Association, The GLBT student groups at American, Georgetown, George Washington University, Salisbury State University, University of Maryland-College Park, University of Maryland-Baltimore Campus and Towson State University.


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