Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Who is ACT OUT Delaware? Advocacy+Community+Teaching Openly United Together

Who is ACT OUT Delaware? Advocacy+Community+Teaching Openly United Together

At one time we were under the name of Delaware Gay Straight Christian Alliance (DGSCA). As of Oct 2010, that group became ACT OUT Delaware and DGSCA is now one of several committees under our umbrella. We are now a 501 c 3 non-profit corp.

We are open to all LGBT persons and their allies and there are no age restrictions or fees/dues. Our membership is open to anyone from anywhere around the Delaware County area: older, younger, male, female, transgendered, or straight ally. We have members from as far north as Mt Gilead, to south of Columbus and ranging in age from 22 years to 70 years old.. We have some kind of social event at least once, but usually twice a month in addition to any special events. The 2nd Friday of every month is game/cards night in Delaware, and the 3rd or 4th week is usually dinner out somewhere.

We participate in the Knox Co. Fair, Delaware Co. Fair, and Marion Popcorn Festival with booths and literature and a chance to get to meet the public as LGBT people who are out and proud. We held our annual Wine & Sign party the week before Pride and of-course we were in the parade (we had the rainbow poodles), and we marched in the 4th of July parade in Delaware. We've recently sponsored 2 speaking events at Beehive Books in Delaware; 1 was one of our members published in the "It Gets Better" book did a book signing and we had a panel discussion on Bullying, and the other was a lecture on spirituality versus religion titled "Faith on the Margins" with author Linda Mercadante. On June 8 we had the privledge of doing a 1 hour program on issues facing LGBT people for the diversity committee at the U.S. Southern District Federal Courts in Columbus with over 30 people attending (including 2 judges) and got rave reviews. You can find us greeting the public with a table and literature in front of Beehive Books on the Downtown Delaware's 'First Fridays'. You can see more about us at our website or check us out on facebook. As you can see we have been very busy since our new group was formed in October of 2010 and our focus is now on advocacy, education and community building through social events.

Our up-coming special events include a day at the beach at Alum Creek August 20th, September is our Delaware Co. Fair booth from the 17th - 24th, October 29th we have a bonfire potluck Halloween Party in the country (great for ghost stories), In November is our annual Family Of Choice Thanksgiving Dinner followed by December's Christmas/Holiday Party. Watch for details either on our wesite or facebook, or you can contact us at

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