Thanks for reading about whats new with Hagerstown Hopes! Spring is almost here and were happy to announce that weve begun planning Hagerstown Pride 2020 as well as a number of other social and outreach events.

Are you keen on event planning? Are you able to pitch in and volunteer during Hagerstowns Pride Festival on Saturday, July 18th? Do you have ideas to contribute to our leadership team on what youd like to see included in this years Pride Festival? Join us Thursday, March 5th at the Hagerstown Hopes Hub (22 North Mulberry Street) from 5:30 to 7 pm for an open interest meeting.

Share your energy and thoughts with Hagerstown Pride 2020 Planning and Volunteer Committee co-chairs Chaseray Redman and Tim Luipersbeck in a safe and comfortable planning space. Arent able to make the meeting, but want to ensure that your feedback is heard? Email credman@hagerstownhopes.org and/or tim.luipersbeck@gmail.com

Each year Hagerstown Pride gets bigger and better and we hope that youll be part of making 2020 our best Hagerstown Pride yet! There are always plenty of opportunities to volunteer and get involved in the community. This is also a great opportunity for students to earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours needed for graduation. Hagerstown Pride is a festival by and for our local community, and we cant do it without you!

Were also happy to announce that weve been invited to participate in a training about inclusion and understanding difference. Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic of Shepherd University is planning the event, which will have several breakout sessions for participants to learn more and engage in conversation about various topics. Hagerstown Hopes will be there to present information about sex, gender, and the ways that society objectifies and sexualizes individuals based on perceived differences. This training is still in the planning stages and we will be posting updates as they develop. We hope to see you there!

Our Trans Meetup group is going strong! The group meets the first and third Sundays of the month and is open to trans, non-binary, and gender-expansive persons. There is also a spouse / partner group that meets during the same time. We also recently started a free clothing drive for the trans and non-binary community. If youd like to build your wardrobe (or make a donation), email Asher Kennedy (akennedy@hagerstownhopesmd.org) for more information. Visit us at Hagerstownhopesmd.org for more information and to meet our trans leadership team!

Spring is around the corner, so consider joining our outdoors group. Hagerstown Hopes Queer Camp is a Facebook group for outdoors enthusiasts to meet and plan outdoors activities. The idea behind the Facebook group is to provide a way for people to network and plan activities with other community members. Lets say youre planning to go hiking. With the Queer Camp group, you can post the details and invite others to join you! Its a simple way to strengthen the community and provide a wider range of activities. If this sounds good to you, join the Hagerstown Hopes Queer Camp group on Facebook today!

Weve also been working hard to provide safe spaces and social opportunities for young people in our community. Our youth group meets the first Saturday of the month from 1pm-4pm and is open to teens 14 to 19. Each meeting has an activity, along with free time for youth to socialize, hangout, and get to know each other. Email us at youthgroup@hagerstownhopesmd.org for more information!

Last year Hagerstown Hopes hosted our first LGBTQ prom for local teenagers. Over 50 young people from three states were in attendance and a good time was had by all. Were excited to announce we have a date for our second prom! Our second LGBTQ prom will be held on April 11th. Were still squaring away a few details regarding location, catering, etc., but the date has been finalized. Tell your friends and start planning for what is sure to be another great prom!

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Brian George Hose
Brian George Hose
Brian George Hose has been an advocate for LGBTQ persons and issues all his adult life. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Shepherd University and looks forward to pursuing a Master's of Social Work with a focus in mental health. A former musician, Brian served as minister of music for New Light MCC for several years and incorporates music into social work practice. He lives in rural Western Maryland where he has amassed a sinful number of books, yarn, and books about yarn. He has been writing for Baltimore Out Loud since February 2016.