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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-glow-outs-pride-parade-in-downtown-batavia/635257#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-glow-outs-pride-parade-in-downtown-batavia/635257 Jun 9, 2023, 8:48pm GLOW OUT Photos: GLOW Out's Pride Parade in Downtown Batavia Howard Owens <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-06/pride-parade-2023.jpg?itok=kizxeab3" width="800" height="558" alt="Pride Parade 2023" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p><em>Photos by Howard Owens</em></p><div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-06/pride-parade-2023-3.jpg?itok=0D4JF52e" width="800" height="881" alt="Pride Parade 2023" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-06/pride-parade-2023-4.jpg?itok=ZQB4txuj" width="800" height="532" alt="Pride Parade 2023" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-06/pride-parade-2023-5.jpg?itok=a1AMl42s" width="800" height="492" alt="Pride Parade 2023" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-06/pride-parade-2023-6.jpg?itok=Dtx0LH_b" width="800" height="553" alt="Pride Parade 2023" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-06/pride-parade-2023-7.jpg?itok=TEPav-nY" width="800" height="515" alt="Pride Parade 2023" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-06/pride-parade-2023-8.jpg?itok=VIfip71O" width="800" height="533" alt="Pride Parade 2023" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-06/pride-parade-2023-10.jpg?itok=thhcJdwU" width="800" height="476" alt="Pride Parade 2023" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-06/pride-parade-2023-11.jpg?itok=7l9KIu_j" width="800" height="512" alt=" Pride Parade 2023" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-06/pride-parade-2023-12.jpg?itok=2fAbzuK5" width="800" height="532" alt="Pride Parade 2023" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div>
From the margins into the mainstream: PRIDE Month kicks off with Thursday celebration https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/from-the-margins-into-the-mainstream-pride-month-kicks-off-with-thursday-celebration
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Genesee County Legislative Chair Shelley Stein, center, presents a proclamation for PRIDE Month to Ayden Carlson, a junior at Batavia High School, during a flag-raising event to kick off the month Thursday at the War Memorial in Batavia. Photo by Joanne Beck.

Ayden Carlson admitted to being pretty excited Thursday, minutes before speeches, proclamations, brief history lessons and a flag-raising ceremony to kick off PRIDE Month.

Ayden, a soon-to-be senior at Batavia High School, is the game coordinator and a youth leader for the LGBTQ outreach agency GLOW OUT and the youth league ACT OUT, which is part of new summer initiatives funded by the state Office of Mental Health, led by Executive Director Sara Vacin.

“It’s the first year that this has happened. I’m also staying on for next year, so I will be doing the same thing next June. I’m very, very excited because I’ve met a lot of wonderful people through this program. And it’s nice to have a place where you feel like you belong, especially being in a marginalized community,” Ayden said. 

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/from-the-margins-into-the-mainstream-pride-month-kicks-off-with-thursday-celebration#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/from-the-margins-into-the-mainstream-pride-month-kicks-off-with-thursday-celebration Jun 2, 2023, 8:20am GLOW OUT From the margins into the mainstream: PRIDE Month kicks off with Thursday celebration jfbeck_99_272012 <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div align-center"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Pride with Shelley Stein, group" class="image-style-large" height="863" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-06/pride-w-stein.jpg?itok=4vetvQ0S" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption>Genesee County Legislative Chair Shelley Stein, center, presents a proclamation for PRIDE Month to Ayden Carlson, a junior at Batavia High School, during a flag-raising event to kick off the month Thursday at the War Memorial in Batavia. Photo by Joanne Beck.</figcaption> </figure> <p>Ayden Carlson admitted to being pretty excited Thursday, minutes before speeches, proclamations, brief history lessons and a flag-raising ceremony to kick off PRIDE Month.</p><p>Ayden, a soon-to-be senior at Batavia High School, is the game coordinator and a youth leader for the LGBTQ outreach agency GLOW OUT and the youth league ACT OUT, which is part of new summer initiatives funded by the state Office of Mental Health, led by Executive Director Sara Vacin.</p><p>“It’s the first year that this has happened. I’m also staying on for next year, so I will be doing the same thing next June. I’m very, very excited because I’ve met a lot of wonderful people through this program. And it’s nice to have a place where you feel like you belong, especially being in a marginalized community,” Ayden said.&nbsp;</p>
Flag ceremony puts rainbow 'way up high' and signals that dreams do come true https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/flag-ceremony-puts-rainbow-way-up-high-and-signals-that-dreams-do-come-true/635157
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Members of GLOW OUT and ACT OUT gather Thursday to kick off Pride Month at the War Memorial in Batavia. Photo by Joanne Beck.

Thursday marked the beginning of June and what promises to be a busy month for Pride activities, local organizers and members of GLOW OUT said during a gathering and flag-raising ceremony at the War Memorial at Jerome Center in Batavia.

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GLOW OUT kicks off pride month with a trio of youth-centered events Thursday https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/glow-out-kicks-off-pride-month-with-a-trio-of-youth-centered-events-thursday/635129
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Press Release:

GLOW OUT!, the LGBTQ+ outreach agency serving the four GLOW counties, kicks off Pride Month with a trio of fun and educational events on Thursday in Batavia. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. at the War Memorial outside of the Jerome Center where Act Out!, the organization’s youth league, will raise the Progress Pride Flag during a ceremony led and created by youth leaders Lily Fiscus of Caledonia-Mumford High School, Abby Merkley of Holley High School, and Ayden Carlson and Judith Newton, both of Batavia High School. 

In addition to explaining the significance of Pride Month and the flag, the short program will also feature proclamations from local and state representatives. Community members are encouraged to attend and show the youth and LGBTQ+ residents their support. 

The fun and tradition continue afterward at the Pride Block Party hosted by the First Presbyterian Church of Batavia in their hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Join them for an evening of playing games, making tye-dye T-shirts, painting rocks, dancing, and of course, getting a free treat from everybody’s favorite, the Ice Cream and Chill truck! 

Highlights from the youth league’s past year will be shared, as well as the accomplishments of the previous four leaders who will stay on as senior leaders. And of course, be there as we crown our four new youth leaders to the Royal Rainbow Court and welcome them to the team.

The evening will come to a close as the group marches to the Old Courthouse by 8:30 p.m. to see the building lit in a slow-fading rainbow for the month of June. All events are free and open to the public. For more details or to learn more about their upcoming Pride Parade and Festival on Friday, June 9 starting at 4 p.m., please visit www.glowout.org.

Photo submitted by Sara Vacin

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/glow-out-kicks-off-pride-month-with-a-trio-of-youth-centered-events-thursday/635129#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/glow-out-kicks-off-pride-month-with-a-trio-of-youth-centered-events-thursday/635129 May 31, 2023, 6:03pm GLOW OUT GLOW OUT kicks off pride month with a trio of youth-centered events Thursday Press Release <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-05/img_0283.jpg?itok=Sh-nLwO6" width="800" height="669" alt="img_0283.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>GLOW OUT!, the LGBTQ+ outreach agency serving the four GLOW counties, kicks off Pride Month with a trio of fun and educational events on Thursday in Batavia. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. at the War Memorial outside of the Jerome Center where Act Out!, the organization’s youth</p></blockquote>
GLOW out hosting back-to-school picnic in Austin park on Saturday https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/glow-out-hosting-back-to-school-picnic-in-austin-park-on-saturday/617308
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Join GLOW OUT! in uplifting LGBTQ+ youth as they head back to school at their first-ever Back-to-School BBQ this Saturday, September 24 from 12:30-3:30 pm at DeWitt Park in Batavia. This all-age event is free, open to the public, and will be hosted by the fabulous Vanessa Leroux who is returning from the 2022 Pride Festival to entertain and wow participants again!

The afternoon will also feature Act Out!, GLOW OUT’s youth league led by Lilly Fiscus of Caledonia-Mumford HS, Abigail Merkley of Holley HS, Ruth Metzgar of GCC (formerly of Attica HS), Ayden Carlson of Batavia HS, and Judith Newton of Batavia HS. Learn about upcoming youth-related events and their efforts to combat bullying with the launch of their campaign “Fail the F-Slur!”. Targeting the need for family support, the group will also promote the start of their PFLAG/parent group which will begin in October.  

GLOW OUT! would like to pay a special thank you to Lynda Battaglia, Director of Mental Health and Community Services of Genesee County, whose generous time and stellar performance as a “Celebrity Bartender” helped to raise the funds for this event to be free for the community. This organization and the LGBTQ+ youth uplifted by this work are grateful to live in a community with such inclusive and dedicated leaders. More information about the event can be found on their website http://www.glowout.org/. If you are bringing a larger group or if you have questions, please email Sara Vacin at saravacin@gmail.com. Families, friends, and clubs are welcome!

Photo: Submitted photo.  Ayden Carlsen, Judith Newton, Sara Vacin, Abby Merkley, and Lilly Fiscus

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/glow-out-hosting-back-to-school-picnic-in-austin-park-on-saturday/617308#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/glow-out-hosting-back-to-school-picnic-in-austin-park-on-saturday/617308 Sep 23, 2022, 4:01pm GLOW OUT GLOW out hosting back-to-school picnic in Austin park on Saturday Press Release <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2022-09/actoutmembers.jpg?itok=7FuoFBFm" width="460" height="424" alt="actoutmembers.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Press release:</p> <blockquote> <p>Join GLOW OUT! in uplifting LGBTQ+ youth as they head back to school at their first-ever Back-to-School BBQ this Saturday, September 24 from 12:30-3:30 pm at DeWitt Park in Batavia. This all-age event is free, open to the public, and will be hosted by the fabulous Vanessa Leroux</p></blockquote>
Photos: Drag Queen Story Hour at the Richmond Memorial Library https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photos-drag-queen-story-hour-at-the-richmond-memorial-library/608095
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As part of PRIDE month and GLOW OUT, the Richmond Memorial Library hosted a drag queen story hour in the children's section with drag queen Chaka Khanteven.

It was a capacity audience for the event with 35 children attending and participating in a craft event after the reading.

Photos by Howard Owens.

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Photos: PRIDE Parade in Batavia hosted by GLOW OUT https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/photos-pride-parade-in-batavia-hosted-by-glow-out/608105
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At least 100 people participate in the GLOW OUT! parade on Washington Avenue in Batavia. 

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Spectators watch the GLOW OUT! parade Saturday on Bank Street in Batavia. The parade was followed by a festival in the parking lot at Alva and Bank streets.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/photos-pride-parade-in-batavia-hosted-by-glow-out/608105#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/photos-pride-parade-in-batavia-hosted-by-glow-out/608105 Jun 11, 2022, 11:10pm GLOW OUT Photos: PRIDE Parade in Batavia hosted by GLOW OUT jfbeck_99_272012 <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/272012/2022-06/20220611_glowout_nserrata-1.jpg?itok=zowmm3vE" width="460" height="307" alt="20220611_glowout_nserrata-1.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p><em>At least 100 people participate in the GLOW OUT! parade on Washington Avenue in Batavia.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/272012/2022-06/20220611_glowout_nserrata-2.jpg?itok=nMRyiLWm" width="460" height="307" alt="20220611_glowout_nserrata-2.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p><em>Spectators watch the GLOW OUT! parade Saturday on Bank Street in Batavia. The parade was followed by a festival in the parking lot at Alva and Bank streets. </em></p> <p><em>Photos by Nick Serrata.</em></p>
GLOW OUT, community organizations, kick off Pride Month on Wednesday https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/glow-out-community-organizations-kick-off-pride-month-on-wednesday/606673 Press release:

With the support of Rochester Regional Health and a multitude of local, caring churches and organizations, GLOW OUT! will kick off Pride Month with a variety of youth-centered events on June 1 in Batavia.

Festivities begin at 3:30 pm at the Jerome Center’s War Memorial with a youth-created and youth-led Opening Ceremony featuring the Pride Flag being raised to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and hearing from youth what Pride means to them.

LGBTQ+ youth and their allies (ages 12-21) are then invited to GO Art! from 4:00 to 6:00 pm for their Drop-In Center which provides a safe space to share challenges and triumphs, meet new friends, and get ready for Pride. Visitors also have the opportunity to meet with a team of informed and supportive medical professionals from UMMC&#39;s Batavia Primary Care’s Family Medicine Doctors who are ready to answer questions and provide resources before summer starts.

The fun continues from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Batavia’s First Presbyterian where a number of churches and organizations are throwing a big, fabulous Block Party featuring the Ice Cream and Chill Truck, rock painting, tie-dying, and tons of family fun! Feeling extra festive? Then come dressed in your ultimate Pride outfit, ready to dance, be fabulous, and win some really great prizes! During this time GLOW OUT! will also announce their Rainbow Court made up of the youth leaders for the upcoming year. These five superstars represent youth from three counties who work hard in their high school GSAs (Gender and Sexuality Alliances), and have been selected to share their talents in education, social justice, fundraising, social media, and activity planning. They will be creating meaningful and engaging events for the region’s LGBTQ+ in the year ahead and celebrating in the Pride Parade. We hope you join us in announcing and congratulating them! All ages are
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GLOW OUT! is thrilled to be starting our festivities with immense community support! Your appreciation and support of the LGBTQ+ population and the need to protect our youth has never been clearer. We thank you for your support! As the youth reminds us in their choice of songs, we’re all born beautiful!

  • I'm beautiful in my way because God makes no mistakes
  • I'm on the right track, baby, I was born this way
  • Don't hide yourself in regret, just love yourself, and you're set
  • I'm on the right track, baby, I was born this way

Pride Kick-Off events are free and open to the public. Please visit www.glowout.org for more information about the organization and upcoming Pride events, including the Parade and Festival taking place on June 11 in Batavia.

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Batavia to be a hotspot for music, arts, entertainment starting in May https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/batavia-to-be-a-hotspot-for-music-arts-entertainment-starting-in-may/602964
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There’s one thing for certain with the City of Batavia lately: entertainment is not taking a back seat to anything.

Live and DJ music, arts, a dunk tank, parades, dancers and food will be filling up calendars from May 30 to July 2 now that City Council has reviewed the requests and passed them on to a business meeting for official votes.

During its Monday conference session, the council looked over several requests for downtown events, from an old standby, the Memorial Day parade, to a new happening of a carnival.

Participants will be lining up at Eastowne Plaza the morning of Memorial Day and walking along Main Street to Bank Street, settling into the city parking lot on Alva Place. A yearly event to honor military veterans, the parade is being organized by City Council member Bob Bialkowski. It’s to begin at 9:45 a.m. and end before 11 a.m.
For more information about this event, go to: www.batavianewyork.com

Next up is a GLOW OUT 5K Run and Celebration that begins and ends at Centennial Park. This event is set for 5 to 9 p.m. on June 9.

GLOW OUT also has scheduled a parade and festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 11 at Batavia City Centre parking lot downtown. Some 15 vendors and an estimated 600 participants are expected for the event, according to the organizer, GLOW OUT President Gregory Hallock. It begins on Richmond Avenue in front of Centennial Park and winds around Bank and Ross streets, Washington and Ellicott avenues and back to Centennial.

Also on June 11 (expected to be very busy Saturday), is the Eli Fish Brewing Company Carnival in Jackson Square. Various food dishes from Eli Fish, beer, carnival games, a dunk tank, live entertainment and vendor booths are on the event menu from 4 to 10 p.m.

Council members had few, if any, questions or comments about the events, all of which have completed event request forms and supporting documentation. Council President Eugene Jankowski noted that the GLOW OUT parade is on the same day as the carnival, but there shouldn’t be any conflicts.

“I know these are two on the same day, one is in the square and the carnival itself is not going to require anything from the city,” he said. 

For more information about the carnival, go to: https://www.facebook.com/elifishbrewing/

A former Ramble event that now includes a GO ART! Music and Art Festival, is set to run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 2 downtown. Two stages for music from 20 to 30 bands, an Artisan Alley of artist demonstrations, an arts and craft vendor fair, food trucks, a folk art stage with dancers and other performers and a children's craft area will spill out from Jackson Square onto Jackson and School streets and into a portion of the Save-A-Lot parking lot.

Costs for these events include $2,571 for the Memorial Day parade, with $922 for city police and $1,649.17 for the Bureau of Maintenance; $538 each for the GLOW OUT 5K Run and Celebration and parade and festival ($1,076 total); $538 for city police and $919.29 for the GO ART! Music and Art Festival and no costs involved for the Eli Fish Carnival. 

The following disclaimer is included on the Event Summary page of the council’s meeting packet: 

“Event sponsors are responsible for any costs that may be incurred from their event and have been made aware of estimate costs, if any.”

Bialkowski wanted to clarify how conference meetings work, given that council seems to be voting once at a conference and then once again at a business meeting. 

“I think we’ve been remiss in conference meetings,” he said. 

Council gives a general consensus agreement about moving the agenda item forward to a business meeting, Jankowski said. “There’s been some confusion that we’re voting twice,” he said. The consensus is merely a group agreement to put the official vote onto the business agenda after discussing details in a conference work session, he said. 

The next council business meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 9 in Council Chambers, second floor, City Hall.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/batavia-to-be-a-hotspot-for-music-arts-entertainment-starting-in-may/602964#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/batavia-to-be-a-hotspot-for-music-arts-entertainment-starting-in-may/602964 Apr 25, 2022, 10:44pm GLOW OUT Batavia to be a hotspot for music, arts, entertainment starting in May jfbeck_99_272012 <div> <div><span>Video Sponsor</span></div> <div> .pane-node-body img {background: none !important; border: 0 !important; margin: 0 !important; padding: unset !important; padding-left: 1px !important } broadstreet.zone(69076)</div> <div></div> <div><em>Video: 2019 Ramble Music and Arts Festival</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There’s one thing for certain with the City of Batavia lately: entertainment is not taking a back seat to anything</p>
Legislative committee OKs funding of community support group for LGBTQ youth in GLOW region https://www.thebatavian.com/mike-pettinella/legislative-committee-oks-funding-of-community-support-group-for-lgbtq-youth-in-glow By contracting with GLOW OUT, an organization dedicated to providing services for those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (questioning), Genesee County is opening the door to “a friendly place” for youth -- free from bullying and discrimination.

That’s the view of Lynda Battaglia, director of Mental Health & Community Services, and William Schutt, Youth Bureau director, who presented a resolution this afternoon to the County Legislature’s Human Services Committee seeking $4,000 in start-up funding.

Schutt informed the committee that the idea for a support group in the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming county) region – similar to the established GLYS, WNY, Inc. in Buffalo – started after he learned about a student who was being bullied at school “for a perception of being LGBTQ.”

“That student was told that he could go to the (school’s) GSA (Gay Straight Alliance group), but he said, ‘Then I would out myself for sure in a place where I don’t really feel comfortable in.’”

That set the wheels in motion for Schutt to contact GLOW OUT President Gregory Hallock, who also is executive director of the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council in Batavia. GLOW OUT rents space from GO Art!

Following a presentation by Hallock and board members’ training with GLYS personnel, Schutt said everyone had a better idea of how the organization could make a positive difference in the lives of youth (ages 12-21) in that specific population.

“It’s giving somebody a friendly place to go for a couple hours, a couple times of month, for them to be themselves,” Schutt said.

Battaglia said she, as director of community services, has the responsibility “to identify gaps or holes and services in the community for all populations that fall under health services – mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities.”

“It is a service that’s needed,” she said. “To put it in … context, if you think of what social determinants of health are -- so you are in the center and you can think about these positive determinants that you need in order to live a healthy and whole life.

“So, like education, at school, maybe community supports, family supports, access to medical care, access to mental health care -- all of these things that encompass you, as a person, and what LGBT youth are faced with is a very difficult and challenging ability to acquire these positive social determinants of health.”

Battaglia said LGBTQ youth face a significant amount of stigma and shame, and are at a high risk of bullying in school and in their families.

“They're at high risk for substance abuse. They're at high risk of becoming a runaway, becoming homeless, which leads to a whole host of other negative aspects, including medical and mental health,” she added. “And when we think about suicide, in general, for individuals ages 10 to 24, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the United States for youth that identify as LGBTQ. They contemplate suicide three to four times more so than their peers.”

GLOW OUT will offer mentors, allies and a safe space to talk about life issues, she said, noting that the $4,000 already had been budgeted for special projects.

Referrals from school personnel and families are high right now, Battaglia said, making it doubly important to establish a support group outside of the school setting.

She said if a student is being bullied at his or her school because he or she identifies as LGBTQ, the likelihood of that person wanting to get additional supports within that school is minimal.

“They face further shame, stigmatization and bullying, so they’re not going to the GSAs,” she said. “And when a student gets to our mental health agency, and if this is an area that they need assistance with, we don't have anywhere to refer them to. So, this is a vital service that’s essentially non-existent right now in the county.”

Battaglia said she will be contacting her counterparts in the other three counties to see if they would also provide funding. She also said grants are available for these types of programs.

The Human Services Committee approved the request to appropriate $4,000 for the rest of the calendar year, moving the resolution to the full legislature for consideration.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/mike-pettinella/legislative-committee-oks-funding-of-community-support-group-for-lgbtq-youth-in-glow#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/mike-pettinella/legislative-committee-oks-funding-of-community-support-group-for-lgbtq-youth-in-glow Apr 4, 2022, 8:20pm GLOW OUT Legislative committee OKs funding of community support group for LGBTQ youth in GLOW region mikepett <p>By contracting with GLOW OUT, an organization dedicated to providing services for those&nbsp;identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (questioning), Genesee County is opening the door to “a friendly place” for youth -- free from&nbsp;bullying and discrimination.</p> <p>That’s the view of Lynda Battaglia, director of Mental Health &amp; Community</p>