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RBR Gay – Straight Alliance to Host Gayla on May 30

Written by The Two River Times. Posted in News, Town Journal

Members of the RBR Gay-Straight Alliance working on the upcoming Gayla at the school are: from left, seated, GSA advisor Stacy Liss, Natalie Gunderson, Sofia Dadap and Cecelia Gunderson; standing, Courtney Ravelo, James Fogerty, Leah Roberts, GSA President Siobhan Hanson and Cori McQuillen. Photo Courtesy RBR

Published on May 16, 2014 with No Comments

Members of the RBR Gay-Straight Alliance working on the upcoming Gayla at the school are: from left, seated, GSA advisor Stacy Liss, Natalie Gunderson, Sofia Dadap and Cecelia Gunderson; standing, Courtney Ravelo, James Fogerty, Leah Roberts, GSA President Siobhan Hanson and Cori McQuillen. Photo Courtesy RBR

Members of the RBR Gay-Straight Alliance working on the upcoming Gayla at the school are: from left, seated, GSA advisor Stacy Liss, Natalie Gunderson, Sofia Dadap and Cecelia Gunderson; standing, Courtney Ravelo, James Fogerty, Leah Roberts, GSA President Siobhan Hanson and Cori McQuillen. Photo Courtesy RBR

LITTLE SILVER – The Red Bank Regional (RBR) Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) will host the fourth annual Gayla, from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 30, at the school located at 101 Ridge Road.

The Gayla is sponsored by the MakeItBetter4Youth Foundation, Monmouth County’s consortium for LGBT (lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender) youth. All open-minded teenagers, ages 13 to 19, in Monmouth County are welcome to attend a night of dancing, music, food and refreshments. Admission t is $20.

Participants are requested to email their parental permission form (which can be downloaded from http://makeitbetter4youth.org/2014/05/02/4th-annual-gayla) and submit it to prom@makeitbeter4youth.org. In addition to the website, interested attendees can contact RBR GSA advisor Stacy Liss for more information at sliss@rbrhs.org or phone 732-842-8000, ext. 1-363.

“I am very excited to have the Gayla here at RBR this year,” RBR GSA President Siobhan Hansen said. “I have attended several in the past and it has always been a lot of fun and very inclusive.

“Everyone is accepted at Gayla; and that is the importance of the Gay-Straight Alliance. It is a place where all people feel comfortable with one another no matter how they identify. It is very empowering,” she said.

MakeItBetter4Youth is a regional consortium of educators, community members, arts organizations, and other professionals that understand the limited nature of normative social and educational opportunities for LGBT youth. They have collaborated as a supportive community to create spaces, events and learning experiences for students. For more information, visit \http://makeitbetter4youth.org/.

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