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Rainbow Discovery Alliance

January 30, 2013
Meet Laurel, she's 15. Laurel decided to come out in a pretty creative way, she baked a cake and frosted it with the words "I'm gay." Next to the cake she wrote a note asking for her parent's acceptance (using a lot of puns).Wonder how it went? Laurel updated her Tumblr with their reactions. "My dad saw the cake and came into my room and hugged me and laughed. He said he loved me and the cake and the letter and everything was perfect. My mom saw it and cried of happiness. We hugged and cried together. Then, we all ate the cake and talked. I am very lucky to have such supporting parents."

Meet Laurel, she’s 15. Laurel decided to come out in a pretty creative way, she baked a cake and frosted it with the words “I’m gay.” Next to the cake she wrote a note asking for her parent’s acceptance (using a lot of puns).
Wonder how it went? Laurel updated her Tumblr with their reactions. “My dad saw the cake and came into my room and hugged me and laughed. He said he loved me and the cake and the letter and everything was perfect. My mom saw it and cried of happiness. We hugged and cried together. Then, we all ate the cake and talked. I am very lucky to have such supporting parents.”

I don’t think we’ll have time to update the 101 Friends newsletter from the World Cafe so this is some brief news.

For probably ten years people have been trying to find a way to hold conversations about how to support people with disabilities who identify as gay.  We’ve heard lots of stories about them being bullied by others and even their staff.   Groups started and faded away.   Some agencies decided we really needed to focus.  Working with Qmunity and some other organizations we’ve continued to meet and plan.

The Rainbow Discovery Alliance has been meeting for about a year and has now done a bunch of fun and interesting things, including hosting a booth at New Westminster Pride and having a picnic, but we’re now looking for some direction for the future and we’re always interested in new friends.    We are hosting a World Cafe on January 31st at the Metrotown Old Navy Community Room from 6 – 8 p.m.   It would be great if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning or just a friend and ally and wanted to join us.  The room can hold up to 45 people and you can let us know you are coming here.  

It will be lots of fun and there will be lots of opportunities to meet and talk and plan.   We have two or three graphic facilitators to record the event.   We’ve been talking to lots of people from different places and there is some great information out there, like this report.

Please join us for a “conversation that matters”!

The Rainbow Discovery Alliance is hosted by posAbilities and includes allies from Spectrum Society for Community Living, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, Lighthouse of Hope Christian Fellowship, Vancouver Coastal Health, Qmunity, and others.

The picture of the cake and the story comes from the excellent Facebook group “Do Something.”  You can go “like” the picture here and if you read some of the comments people have left you will see why groups of people who support each other and places to talk about what matters so them are still important.

 

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