Sage Hutchinson, center, prepares rainbow ribbon pins to give to participants at Rural Pride 2018 while Ariana Menard, left, cuts rainbow ribbons. Both are members of the Gay Straight Transgender Alliance (GSTA) at Stevens High School in Claremont. (Courtesy of TLC Family Resource Center)
“Ever since I was young, this has been a very straight town,” Skylar Ford, 15, said. “Kids and anyone who needs support will know that there is support.”
From noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Claremont’s first-ever Rural Pride 2018 event will take place at the Visitor’s Center Green, 14 North St. The rain date is Sunday. Click here to read more in today’s Out & About column.
Though the overall look and feel of One Dollar Drags is polished, make no mistake: Velour still makes it all happen with her merry band of queer family, while paying homage to the Brooklyn community that made her. “I wanted to come from a place of banding together,” Velour says. “That’s where we are the most powerful. And drag can be glittery and expensive, but my point with One Dollar Drags is to show that though we’re portraying fantasy, drag is accessible to anyone who wants or needs it.”
Congratulations to Melanie Gillman on their recent DINKy Award! Gillman is the artist behind Pockets, which won for best mini comic, and As the Crow Flies, a story about a queer teenager who finds herself stranded at an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp. Check it out!
Photographed in West Lebanon, N.H., on Feb. 1, 2018, Jarvis Antonio Green is the founding producing artistic director for JAG Productions and BarnArts Center for the Arts. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the 100th Newport Winter Carnival in Newport, N.H., spectators watch the Axe Man Challenge on the green on Feb. 13, 2016. Participants of the challenge try to split as much wood as they can in two minutes. Wood is then auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Newport Recreational Center. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to email@example.com.
Beginning at noon, the Mascoma Sailing Club and the Enfield Village Association will host a “Winter WingDing” at Mascoma Lakeside Park. The event is free and goes to 4 p.m.
Also taking place in Enfield will be the annual Snowshoe Festival at the Enfield Shaker Museum. The event — held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — features guided snowshoe tours and opportunities to explore trails at one’s own pace. There will also be sled dog rides, lunch and a bonfire (with toasted marshmallows of course).
Scenes from last year’s “Winter WingDing” in Enfield. (Courtesy photographs)
Notre Dame’s Matt Farrell (5) tries to get between Dartmouth’s Brendan Barry (15) and Will Emery (0) during an NCAA college basketball game at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (Michael Caterina/South Bend Tribune via AP)
A student from from the Stevens High School GSTA (gay, straight, trans alliance) reads the book ‘I Am Jazz’ at the Charles P. Puksta Library at River Valley Community College in Claremont, N.H., on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The book readings in the Claremont/Newport area were organized by Rural Outright. (Photo courtesy Rural Outright – Matt Mooshian.)
I Am Jazz is the story of Jazz Jennings, a transgender teenage activist and youth ambassador for the Human Rights Commission. All across the country on Thursday, communities participated in I Am Jazz readings — including several in the Claremont/Newport area organized by Rural Outright.
According to a nifty map on the HRC website, the readings in the Claremont/Newport area were among three that were officially organized in the Twin States. (The other two were in Essex Junction, Vt., and Gorham, N.H.)
Matt Mooshian is the chairman of Rural Outright, a program of TLC Family Resource Center in Claremont. Its mission is to support and advocacy for rural LGBTQIA* Granite Staters and their allies. Here’s what Matt had to say about the event:
I Am Jazz Day is actually a national event put on by the Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Schools Committee. We were planning to observe the day ourselves and contacted Claremont School District about hosting an event — they were very excited and wanted to partner with us to launch a new series: Understanding Diversity & Inclusion Through Children’s Literature. We used I Am Jazz as our first reading to launch the series and it was a great success! We had nearly 100 people from Claremont and Newport. We hosted seven readings across the two communities. We also learned the Newport Headstart had a reading for students & parents. It was truly a great day!
The readings started at noon and continued through 6:30 p.m., and a copy of the book was donated at each location, which, in addition to RVCC and TLC, included Maple Avenue Elementary School, the Fiske Free Library and Richards Free Library.