Date(s) - Saturday 11/20/2010
12:00 am - 3:00 am
Friday, November 19
Meet award winning photographer Samantha Box for a artist reception of “Invisible: The Crisis of LGBT Youth Homelessness” and a hip hop concert by S.K.A.T.E. (Stop Killing All The Entertainment), as we examine the crisis LBGTQ youth face in our society and celebrate reclaiming hip hop with anti-violence, anti-homophobia and anti-sexism messages.
Join youth groups from around the region in a community potluck, info exchange and LGBTQ Human Rights Vigil before this event, and an open discusssion afterwards!
Co-sponsors: In Our Own Voices, CDGLCC, GRL Sorority at UAlbany, the Albany chapter of The Trevor Project and The National Trevor Project, A Thousand Moms (Capital Region Chapter and NY State).
5:30 PM Community Potluck/ Artist Reception, Samantha Box*/ Community Resources
6:30 PM LGBTQ Human Rights Vigil
7:00 PM Event Introductions
Carolyn Braunius, VISTA Development Coordinator, Media Alliance
Samantha Box, Photojournalist, Santuary Fall ’10 Exhibit “Invisible: The Crisis of LGBT Youth Homelessness”
Jonny Puglia, Trevor Project
Tandra LeGrone, In Our Own Voices
Hip Hop, Live From Lock One!
An evening of local music and dance featuring S.K.A.T.E. (Stop Killing All The Entertainment), six people on a mission to spread knowledge through lyrics to revive the hearts that beat for Hip-Hop.
The performances will be recorded & streamed live by an all-youth crew!
8:30 PM Open Discussion: A Night Focusing on Youth
*This event is a fund-raiser for Youth Media Sanctuary!
Samantha Box writes about her exhibit “Invisible: The Crisis of LGBT Homelessness”:
“In 2005, disturbed by the silence surrounding this issue and seeking to put a face on this little-known crisis, I began photographing the residents of Sylvia’s Place (MCCNY Homeless Youth Services: Sylvia’s Place), New York City’s only emergency shelter for homeless LGBT youth; its 30 beds comprise over half of the shelter space specifically designated for the upwards of 8,000 homeless young LGBT people in New York City. Using the shelter as a “home base”, I have spent countless hours with these young people, bearing witness to hidden and intimate aspects of their existence: working as a prostitute on “the stroll”; crying at the grave of the mother that left them too soon; kissing their new boyfriend; spending a last Mother’s Day with children that they will never see again; moments of introspection. By eschewing exploitative visual stereotypes of homelessness, youth, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and especially gender non-conformity, I believe that these images truthfully show the urgency of their lives.”