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Expanding Equality

April 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Expanding Equality:
Protecting Freedom of Gender Identity and Expression in Arlington

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7-9 pm
Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St.

After a panel presentation and discussion for the general public and Town Meeting members, True Story Theater will facilitate story sharing and reflections around issues of gender diversity and discrimination.

This event is offered by the Arlington Human Right Commission.

More info:
Nondiscrimination laws protecting gender identity have passed across the nation in 17 states, D.C., and over 200 cities and towns. So far in Massachusetts, 12 cities and towns have passed these protections, including Boston, Cambridge, Lynn, Medford, and Salem. It’s time for Arlington to join them. Pass Warrant Article 18: Expanding Equal Protection at Town Meeting. The Arlington Human Rights Commission, Fenway Health, and the Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network invite all Town Meeting members to join us in discussing the proposed amendment. A panel of health care professionals and your trans and gender-diverse neighbors will discuss their experiences, review the negative health impacts of discrimination, and show how building a more welcoming community benefits the entire community.

After the panel discussion, True Story Theater will facilitate story sharing and reflections around issues of gender diversity and discrimination. The evening will close with a chance to speak informally with the panel participants and your fellow Town Meeting members about this important bylaw amendment.

Special guest: Representative Sean Garballey, a cosponsor of the Massachusetts Equal Access Bill (Senate Bill #735/House Bill #1577). The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition will provide postcards you can send to Governor Charlie Baker in support of the state bill.

Details

Date:
April 14, 2016
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

Arlington Senior Center
27 Maple St Arlington, MA 02476
Arlington, MA 02476 United States
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Details

Date:
April 14, 2016
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

Arlington Senior Center
27 Maple St Arlington, MA 02476
Arlington, MA 02476 United States
+ Google Map

What happens in a True Story Theater performance?  Our events bring together the delight of improvisation with the riveting vulnerability of people sharing their personal truth.

The show’s emcee (called “the conductor”) facilitates brief, spontaneous conversations with volunteers from the audience who share their own feelings and experiences related to the show’s theme.  After each conversation, the actors and musician immediately embody the key feelings and actions they heard, using movement, music, dialogue, and superb listening. All of it is improvised on the spot. During the course of a 75 minute show, True Story enacts about 6-8 stories.

From this simple interaction, audience members laugh, cry, get insights about their lives, and feel an expanded sense of community. You can share a moment from your life and see it performed, or just come to watch.

What are True Story Theater’s classes like?  We will teach you the basic of Playback Theatre, which can hone your listening skills for everyday life.  All are welcome.  Classes are supportive, informal, intimate, and fun, an enriching experience for both newcomers and experienced actors.