Our first presentation kicked off at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan. Home of Trinity Place a shelter for queer youth, despite the locale the audience was almost entirely young adults.
Honoring the sacredness of the stories shared through the multimedia presentation, images were projected onto the altar. See the video being projected here.
Following the talk we celebrated with a Lady Gaga Mass , whose offering went to benefit Trinity Place.
As young adults connected to Sylvia's Place it wasn't surprising that the New York youth expressed that they felt connected to health services and drop in centers. Yet, one of the biggest concerns they raised was their need for safety in the streets, protection from hate crimes and to feel like they could be welcome somewhere. Just as the youth in San Francisco felt there was no place for them in the Castro, the youth in New York expressed feeling disconnected from a rapidly gentrifying Village.
Kristine and Mia shared some additional thoughts about the difference between trans experiences in New York and San Francisco. Check out the video here.