Hey guys!

Figured I’d post so that everyone who sees the Facebook messages knows that this a) isn’t spam, and b) is worth your time.

Don’t even start with me on the whole “ugh but its sooo0000 muchh werk to hav 2 sign up 4 this shizz cuz i dont wanna type and stufffff” because I know. That’s basically unavoidable; even though it’ll only take a few clicks of your mouse and maybeeeee an email confirm., nobody actually wants to sign up for WordPress, or “follow” or whatever, at first. But it’s the best we (Rainbow Cafe) have for now, and we need your help; so we can grow, so that Rainbow Cafe can become self-sustaining, and truly make a difference in our local LGBTQ youth community.
So you might be wondering what the first step is in making a difference.
And I know you’ve heard it all before. Every campaign, every advertisement for you to “adopt a dolphin”, every Sarah McLachlan commercial (You know… “If this poor puppy could speak, he’d ask you to help him.”…) that makes you change the channel, often puts one point clearly.

Every change that will ever be made, cannot be made without your help.

And while following the R.C. WordPress probably isn’t the most you could do, it’s certainly one of the easiest things you could do. Despite the whole “ugh but its sooo0000 muchh werk to hav 2 sign up 4 this shizz cuz i dont wanna type and stufffff”.
If you follow it, someone might see it and follow it. Or your friends will talk about it. Then they’ll follow it. Then they’ll start commenting, and making discussions, and growing the community, and YES! then we’ve made it to where we need to be.
So please-
Go back, rethink this whole persuasion if you must, and do start making a difference. Get involved.

If you plan on re-reading this or sharing it with friends, please do so while having this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVbkz_3lO3c open in another window.

I have high hopes for Rainbow Cafe!

-Sunny ❤

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

TAKE ACTION: Support right to form GSAs

ACTION ITEM: Film a Letter, Make it Better

 
When a principal in Tennessee not only blocked the formation of a GSA, but
assaulted a student for supporting the club, GSA Network took action.
 
The GSA Network is following up on their 90,000-person Change.org petition 

by taking our message national: Film a letter to all principals in America telling
them why they MUST support Gay-Straight Alliance clubs! 
 
Click here
 

to check out the letter that amazing NorCal GSA activists Ray & Alex filmed for
all principals and then film your own letter or write a letter to your former high
school principal here 

 

TAKE GLSEN’s 2011 NATIONAL SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY

LGBTQ YOUTH – SPEAK OUT ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL
EXPERIENCES!

The 2011 National School Climate Survey is GLSEN’s
seventh national survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)
youth. It is a crucial tool in GLSEN’s mission for fighting bias in K-12 schools
across the nation. The information gathered from this survey will help GLSEN to
advocate for the rights of all students to be treated with respect in their
schools. Many students in the past have also used the survey information to
advocate with their teachers and principals for safer and more welcoming
schools.If you attended high school or middle school sometime during
the past school year (2010-2011), identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender or queer, and are at least 13 years old, tell us
about your experiences in school. (If you did not complete the entire school
year you can still participate in the survey.) The survey is
anonymous.

Take the survey here: Take the 2011
National School Climate Survey

If you have any questions about the survey, contact Dr. Emily Greytak, Senior
Research Associate, at egreytak@glsen.org or Dr. Joseph Kosciw,
Senior Director of Research & Strategic Initiatives, at jkosciw@glsen.org.

A report of findings from the 2011 National School Climate Survey will be
available in fall 2012. If you would like to see how GLSEN has used the survey
information in past years, you can see the report from our 2009 survey by going
to: Report of 2009 National School Climate Survey findings

Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Target: U.S. Senate        
Sponsored by: Human Rights Campaign

The U.S. has never had this much momentum to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — the discriminatory law that forces gays and lesbians to live a lie if they want to serve their country.

But there’s a big problem. As the Senate prepares for a make-or-break vote, Sen. John McCain and his friends in radical right-wing groups are putting enormous pressure on your senators to vote against equality.

McCain’s anti-gay vendetta is so desperate that he’s announced he will help block the Senate from repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and the right-wing Family Research Council is making outlandish and bogus claims that repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will increase sexual assault in the military and “undermine the religious liberties” of military chaplains.

We need your help to drown them out and show the Senate that a majority of Americans want this law off the books — once and for all.

Click here to sign message to your Senators…