Marlboro College

News Marlboro College sponsors drop-in group for LGBTQQ teens

MARLBORO, VT – (Mon, Oct 10, 2011) – Beginning on November 4, Marlboro College will sponsor a monthly “Friday Night (rainbow) Lights,” a drop-in group for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, queer and questioning teens (20 and under). The social and support group, which will take place from 6:00-9:00pm on the first Friday of each month in the “Chill Room” at the Marlboro College Graduate School, will be a place where teens can relax, watch a movie, play a board game, vent, bond and talk about whatever they want. Pizza and soda will be provided.

Ken Schneck, Marlboro dean of students, Brattleboro select board member and local gay celebrity host of “This Show is SO Gay,” has been a driving force behind creating the new program. In his view, “This is a great opportunity for LGBTQ youth to gather in a safe place to bring up whatever is on their minds: ‘coming out,’ managing stress, parents, school, relationships, or anything else they’d like to talk about. LGBTQ youth are not alone in their struggles and triumphs and our hope is that we can provide a gathering place where supporting each other is the core activity. The pizza, movies and board games are all icing on the cake.” Of the Marlboro College connection he says, “We work so hard at Marlboro College to create a climate where difference can be discussed and embraced, and are thrilled to offer this opportunity to the local community.”

Jodi Clark, director of housing and residential life at Marlboro College, who will help launch the group on November 4 says, “Finding community is a critical part of feeling ‘at home.’ For queer youth, this can be particularly challenging, as their own homes can, at worst, be unsafe places where they cannot be themselves openly. But even at best, it can feel very lonely if your family or school is supportive but you don’t know anyone else who shares some of your life experience around identity. Having Friday Night Lights is a great opportunity for local queer youth to come together, socialize, in a safe and fun atmosphere that we hope will feel ‘like home’ in the best possible way.”

What: Friday Night (rainbow) Lights: A Drop-in Group for LGBTQQ Teens

When: First Fridays, 6:00-9:00pm starting November 4, 2011

Where: Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St, Brattleboro, VT, “Chill Room” (2nd Floor) – parking is available in adjoining lot.

For more information, contact Ariel Brooks, director of non-degree programs, at abrooks@marlboro.eduor 802-451-7118. In case of inclement weather, call the Marlboro College events line at 802-451-7151.

Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts for 60 years, with 300 undergraduate students enjoying an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College Graduate School offers master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of education, internet technologies, health care administration, non-profit administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability, with courses designed around small classes at the downtown Brattleboro campus complemented by online work and close collaboration.

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