Posted in Free Event, LGBTQ+, Pepperell Library

Pride Month at the Library

Join the LGBTQ+ Group in welcoming transgender advocate Gerri Cannon to the library on Wednesday, June 19 at 7 PM. We invite all to join us for conversation and pizza with Gerri. Please register for this free event on our website.

For over 15 years, Gerri has been discussing transgender topics for Speak Out Boston and PFLAG NH. Last year, she ran and won a seat as a New Hampshire State Representative in District 18 of Strafford County (Somersworth and Rollinsford).

Gerri was a member of the Freedom NH Steering Committee and a spokesperson for the transgender equality legislation that was passed last year. For over 30 years, she worked for the combined companies of Digital, Compaq, and Hewlett Packard in a wide variety of engineering and marketing roles. She ran her own carpentry business in Merrimack, NH and later she drove tractor trailers cross-country.

Gerri is also a member of the New Hampshire Conference of UCC Open and Affirming Concerns Committee. She has been a member of the United Church of Christ for the past 12 years.

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NH State Representative Gerri Cannon

The library staff is honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising by featuring our LBGTQ+ collection throughout the library. Our LGBTQ+ Group, run by Pepperell resident J.D. Melendez, will be meeting on June 26 from 7 PM – 8:30 PM. The adult group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. We also offer an LGBTQ+ Youth Group, which meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month.

The library remains a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. We are located at 15 Main Street, Pepperell, MA and can be reached at 781-433-0330

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Posted in LGBTQ+, Monthly Group, Pepperell Library

LGBTQ+ Groups’ New Times

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New year/new start time! The LGBTQ+ groups have moved their start times to 7 PM. Each month, the youth group meets on the first and third Wednesdays. Our LGBTQ+ adult group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays. The groups are scheduled to end at 8:30 PM.

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The groups are co-facilitated by Pepperell resident J.D. Melendez and Library staffer Amy Lordan.  Both facilitators have backgrounds in working with LGBTQ+ folks. If you have any questions, please contact Amy at alordan@cwmars.org or call 978-433-0330.

Posted in Free Event, LGBTQ+

LGBTQ 101 Training

Learn how to be an effective ally to the LGBTQ+ people in your life! On Wednesday, September 12, the Lawrence Library will be hosting an LGBTQ+ 101 training. This program will serve as a basic introduction to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) community.  It will also cover terminology, statistics, and some of the issues that LGBTQ+ people face.

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Pepperell resident J.D. Melendez will be our educator for the evening. For over 15 years, J.D. has facilitated training for law enforcement, schools, and private corporations on LGBTQ+ cultural competency. He hails from the Bronx, NY, and has been a part of Triangle Community Center, Public Allies-Americorps, New Alternatives for Homeless LGBT Youth, and was a founding member of FIERCE!

J.D. also facilitates our two LGBTQ+ groups. Our youth group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. The adult group meets on the second and third Wednesday of each month. The start time for the meetings is 6:30 PM. Please note that allies are welcome to attend the adult LGBTQ+ group!

The LGBTQ+ 101 training will start at 6:30 PM and will be held in the Library’s meeting room on the lower level. Please register online. We hope to see you there!

Posted in Adult, Free Event, LGBTQ+, Monthly Group, Young Adult

New at the Library: LGBTQ+ Groups

LGBTQ+ Groups

We are thrilled to announce two new groups, one for youth and one for adults, to discuss LGBTQ+ issues and topics in a safe, welcoming environment. Pepperell resident J.D. Melendez has volunteered as the facilitator. For over 20 years, J.D. has been working with LGBTQ+ people, with a focus on transgender and LGBTQ+ youth communities.
The first LGBTQ+ Youth Group meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30 PM. The inaugural LGBTQ+ Adult Group meeting is being held on Wednesday, May 30 at 6:30 PM.
In other LGBTQ+ news, our newest staff member, Amy (That’s me!), is proud to identify an LGBTQ+ ally. I previously worked at the Bentley University Library where I was a member of the university’s LGBTQ Ally Network.
We hope that you will join us for conversation and snacks. And be on the lookout for more LGBTQ+ special events in the future.