For Immediate Release
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Community Organizations Host Milwaukee’s First-Ever LGBTQ+ Youth Substance Use Prevention Summit Safe & Sound’s 27th Street West Drug Free Coalition, the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance and 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project host an evening to educate and support young members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.
Although they have much to celebrate, the hard truth is that young LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to use substances because of the weight of stigma, access, and social norms. To educate and support young members of the LGBTQ+ community (ages 12-24) and their allies, members of the Safe & Sound’s 27th Street West Drug Free Coalition, the 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project, and the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance have organized their first-ever LGBTQ+ Youth Substance Use Prevention Summit, which includes a resource fair, panel discussion, video presentations, and a spectacular drag show.
Coalition members will educate LGBTQ+ young people on how to use coping mechanisms that will help them avoid the urge to use substances, as well as opening up a support network that will enable LGBTQ+ youth to connect with peers who have had similar experiences.
Panelists include: Stacy Clark, Intersectionality Among Men Program Coordinator, Diverse & Resilient; Elle Halo, Public Ally, Health Connections, Inc.; michael munson, Co-Founder and Executive Director of FORGE; Megan Simonson, Aide, Whitnall High School; Ryan C. Shorey, Assistant Professor of Psychology at UW-Milwaukee; and Kaila B., youth entrepreneur.
After the discussion, participants will be treated to performances from Nick Bone-Us, Lady J, Coco Monet, Becky with the Split Ends, Sylvia Nyxx, and Montell Infiniti Ross.
This free community event will take place at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Stackner Cabaret, 108 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, on Thursday, August 8, from 5 to 9 p.m. See attached program for more information.
Reporters are invited to interview panelists and organizers on-site during the check-in and resource fair (5-6 p.m.), as well as cover the video presentation and discussion (7-7:35 p.m.) and the drag show (8:15-9:15 p.m.). Because of the age of the participants, we ask reporters not to cover the panel discussion itself (6-7 p.m.). To schedule an interview or confirm your attendance, contact Lisa Kaiser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-270-2999.