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  • Becoming Alice

    • Monday, September 26, 2022 at 06:00 PM
    • Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
    • 2 people are going

    Our very own Alice shares her personal story of transition, and what "Becoming Alice" really meant from the emotional necessity to the nuts and bolts of sexual reassignment surgery and many points in between.


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  • 50th Anniversary Dinner

    On September 11, of 1972, our founders held their first meeting of the Gay Activist Alliance in Morris County at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship. A half-century later, we are still meeting every Monday evening at the same location. Though many of our faces have changed (not unlike our hairlines and waistlines), our hearts are still filled with rich fellowship and a strong sense of community. 

    As New Jersey’s longest continually meeting LGBTQ+ supportive organization, we will gather for a special evening of celebration.

    Please join us.

    Date:  Sunday, October 2, 2022

    Time:  5:00 PM – 8:30 PM

    Place:  Casa Bella Ristorante
               300 U.S. Route 46 West
               Denville, NJ  07834

    Link to: Google Maps

    Dinner Menu

    Bread & Butter and Bruschetta on the table, Water and Soda offered

    Appetizers: Platters of Cold Antipasti, Fried Calamari, Mozzarella Carrozza, and Eggplant Rollatini are served on all tables, family style

    Salad: Guests may choose between House Salad or Caesar Salad

    Entrée: Guests choose between Penne Siciliana, Chicken Piccata, or Norwegian Salmon
    (Vegans may request Fontina Cheese be omitted from Penne Siciliana, or they may order Grilled Eggplant with Marinara Sauce)

    Dessert: Guests receive a plate of Biscotti, Tiramisu, Anniversary Dessert, and Coffee or Tea

    Adult Beverages: Guests may choose Beer or Red or White House Wine

    Other libations are available at the bar: Pay as you go.

     

    ADA Access: For those who wish to use a ramp to access the restaurant, instead of climbing the front steps, please access the ramps on the left side of the building.
    It is near the outdoor deck, which you can easily see from the parking lot.

    Tickets are offered on a first come, first served basis, and are strictly limited to 60 guests. A link is provided below to order your ticket(s).
    You may also reserve your seat(s) at any Monday meeting by paying Andy Skurna, our treasurer, with check, cash, or credit/debit card.

    Order tickets here.

     

     

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  • Morristown Community Health Day

     

     

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  • Morris County Coming Out Day


    Join Faith & Blue, GAAMC, EDGE Wellness Center, and Atlantic Health Systems in a community outreach event supported by the Morris County Sheriff's Department, Morris County Prosecutor's Office, and the Morris Township Police Department. The celebration will take place on Court Street in Morristown, between the Morris County Superior Court House and the Administration Building. Light refreshments, food, music, and resources will be shared.

     

  • Juanita Kirton: Letters to My Father

    Please join us in welcoming survivor, activist, photographer, motorcyclist, singer, teacher, poet and so much more, Dr. Juanita Kirton to GAAMC. Juanita was kind enough to accept our invitation to help us launch a new LGBTQ+ section in MUF's library, which will be unveiled this evening.

    Dr. Juanita Kirton earned MFA from Goddard College (2015) in Creative Writing and Poetry and was the recipient of the Goddard College Spirit Scholarship. Juanita is published in several anthologies including, AVOW (American Veteran Association for Women Magazine), A Journal of Hope and Healing, Caribbean Writer, Chester H. Jones Literary Journal, Clevergirl, Exit 13 Magazine, Dream Quest, Goldfinch Literary Magazine, Mom Egg Review, Narrative, Other Voices, Persimmon Tree, Pink Panther Magazine, Rat’s Ass Online Journal, Sinister Wisdom, Southeast Missouri State Un. Press, Stillwater Review, Stone Canoe, Terra Preta Review, Veterans Voices & WORDPEACE.

    Tonight, Juanita will share with us her poetry manuscript, Letters to My Father, published by Finishing Line Press in 2020. This visit was originally planned for 2020, but had to be postponed due to the pandemic shutdown.

    Juanita Kirton‘s compelling poetry collection, Letters to My Father, delivers the story of stark betrayals and the important medicine of truth by describing the haunting abuse that so shaped her growing up years. A decided courage brands the language and reveals the mark of the stories that mold and hold her, until her own utterance can re-form and rise. She becomes her own pride, mothers herself and the shame of the young girl recovers in painting the full picture, unafraid of the loss and grief. The child and the poet still carry a capacity for love, and Kirton breaks a barrier—denial and judgment fall before her–and she arrives into hope holding her Black son with tenderness, remembering protection offered by others who acknowledged her needs and how the roots of wholeness shattered in earlier histories can become a different kind of prayer that is strong and righteous, “I still pray for a black sons and fathers.” She takes in the gift of being alive: “Securely she takes the unknown path/ slow motion is not her devotion…”

    From “generations of brown sugar blood,” Juanita Kirton is ready to sing alongside “female spiritual warriors/standing in the hard truth of radical justice,” and Kirton declares her pained and joyful utterance with a gentle defiance and pride that feeds her poems and awakens us to the power of her speech.

    ~Beatrix Gates, author of Dos and In the Open

    Copies of Letters to My Father may be ordered directly from the publisher, FinishingLinePress.com

    Copies of Letter to My Father will also be available for sale and inscription on the night of her visit to GAAMC.

    Dr. Juanita Kirton and artist Courtney Natt will be facilitating a workshop from November 4 through November 6, at the Kirkridge Retreat & Study Center, in Bangor, Pennsylvania. This is a women's program titled "Healing the Heart Through Writing and Art."

    Write to unravel confusion, to understand, to question, explore feelings, honesty, to heal and break silence. Art guides us to new experiences and engages the present moment to work within. Exploring yourself through your creations and connecting with your emotions. 

    We invite ALL women to explore their shared hurts and wounds in a safe space. This workshop reminds us that every person has artistic wisdom inside that is asking for an outlet; that in community we can write together to support and encourage this creative release. With this kinship we can connect around healing the individual & social transformation. With our shared words we have the opportunity to acknowledge our beauty and strength.

    This is a non-clinical workshop & is open to every level of writing/art; beginners or experienced to provide participants tools to understand their own trauma.

    We are grateful for this financially supported program.

    LIMITED TO 12 WOMEN

    For more information or to register visit:  Healing the Heart Through Writing and Art

     

     

     

     

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  • Chris & Don: a love story

    • Monday, October 17, 2022 at 06:00 PM
    • Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
    • 1 person is going

    Chris & Don: a love story             
    A film by Guido Santi & Tina Mascara
    Running time: 90 mins.                                    
     
    This 2007 documentary film chronicles the true-life story of the passionate, three-decade relationship between British writer Christopher Isherwood (whose Berlin Stories was the basis for the musical CABARET) and American portrait painter Don Bachardy, thirty years his junior. From Isherwood's Kit-Kat-Club years in Weimer-era Germany to the sun-kissed beaches of Malibu, their against-all-odds saga is brought to life through fascinating reminiscences from Don and Hollywood friends such as Liza Minelli, Leslie Caron and John Boorman who recount the many struggles the two faced as one of Hollywood's first openly gay couples. Excerpts from Isherwood's diaries, rare home movies (from the 1950s) with legendary artists such as W.H. Auden, Igor Stravinsky and Tennessee Williams, and playful animations are also included. With Isherwood's status as an out-and-proud gay hero, and Bachardy's eventual artistic success away from the considerable shadow of his life partner, Chris & Don: a love story is, above all, a joyful celebration of a most extraordinary couple.
     
    "WILD APPLAUSE! This is the portrait of a marriage as full and enviable as the greatest unions in literature." -- San Francisco Chronicle
     
    "Of all the people I came to know in LA, their marriage was the only one that endured."  -- John Boorman, filmmaker
     
    "Tender, extremely touching!" -- Stephen Holden, The New York Times
     
    "Recounts a love that approaches the transcendental." -- David Edelstein, New York Magazine
     
      *Screening of Chris & Don: a love story will be followed by a commentary and Q & A presented and facilitated by Bradford. 

     

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