Ohio River Valley Pride Coalition Speaks at Love Must Win's Safe Haven

by Ian Powell

On August 25th, Ohio River Valley Pride Coalition had the pleasure of being one of the guest speakers, alongside GLSEN Greater Cincinnati, to speak at our sister organization Love Must Win's monthly Safe Haven meeting in Covington at the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky. 

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After playing an introductory game and a riveting discussion about ripples, in particular, the ripples of change we can create in the world through acts of kindness, GLSEN and Ohio River Valley Pride Coalition discussed the services they both provide to youth. 

A main focal point for both organizations was on establishing GSTAs (gay-straight-trans alliances) in schools in the areas we serve. We were very proud to have Ivonna Snyder, one of the student leaders of a local GSTA, speak on behalf of our organization. We discussed our procedure to get GSTAs established, how we assist the students and faculty if necessary, and the benefits of having these resources available to LGBTQ+ youth. 

We were honored to attend this event, and we look forward to working further with GLSEN and Love Must Win as sister organizations. 

Trinity Episcopal Church of Lawrenceburg Officially Welcomes ORVPC Youth

by Ian Powell
Source: Trinity Episcopal Church's Newsletter, August 2017

Source: Trinity Episcopal Church's Newsletter, August 2017

After reaching out to our organization and offering their space for us to hold our youth meetings, Trinity Episcopal Church officially welcomed us in their monthly newsletter. We are so touched by their kindness and warmth, and we want to extend our thanks to Rev. Mary, Deacon Dave, and the entire congregation for all that they do for us. With their assistance, our youth have a safe and open space to meet every month, to have fun, to make crafts, and to get advice and help if they need it.

They have also opened their church doors to any that would like to attend services, and there just aren't words for the gratitude we feel for all their kindness.