Hey y'all!! Long time no speak. I (w/ my fellow Gay-Straight Alliance members) just got back from an anti-hate conference & I thought I'd share some info if any of you want to organize/attend one.

It's called "You Don't Know Me Until You Know Me: A Dance With Diversity"-->
"A one-person show that deals with the issues of race, discrimination, violence prevention, personal identity, suicide, gender equity, homophobia, and the emotional pain felt by special education children. In a gripping, fast-paced, 75-minute performance, Michael Fowlin (uhhsome dude--much kudos) slips in and out of nine characters, both male and female, who 'share their stories.' The characters share their stories in an often humorous, but at times, heartbreaking manner."

It's not just that though. The whole event is quite interactive & before & after the performance there are both teen & adult discussion groups. It's well worth experiencing cause it's not the same old boring, rehashed lecture that you've heard a million times before. It's really mind-opening. I dunno about everyone else, but the most important thing I got out of it was the realization that even though we may initially think that we're completely free of prejudice, ultimately, whether we're conscious of it or not (or whether or not we choose to acknowledge it) we still have some prejudices.

Anyhoo, to contact the Stamp Out Hate Coalition, you can call them at 973-379-7844 or email them at newjersey@ajc.org

Peace & love.