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First LGBT peer group in San Joaquin County to be in Lodi

Group will provide a 'safe haven' for people to discuss LGBT issues

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Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:22 am, Thu Dec 1, 2011.

Oscar Orozco Orejel is a 2010 Tokay High School graduate who says he is bisexual. Saying there are more gay people in Lodi than many would think, Orejel is organizing the first peer group in San Joaquin County for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.

The peer group, designed to provide a safe haven to discuss concerns among the LGBT community, will have its inaugural meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Lodi Public Library community room, 201 W. Locust St. It is open to the public.

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4 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:12 pm on Fri, Dec 2, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    SO to answer my question, you are saying that there are no safe havens and this would be unique...right?

     
  • David Diskin posted at 12:28 am on Fri, Dec 2, 2011.

    David Diskin Posts: 184

    While people have informal gatherings at coffee shops and other places all the time, I think the organization is looking for something more established that they can call a permanent home.

    Many of the places you list are presumably "safe", but they don't lend themselves well to regular meetings, storing materials (books, etc), setting up a small office, and more.

    And, since it's their own location, it would be within their rights to remove someone from the property who was causing problems -- if it came to that. That's probably where the "safe haven" issue comes in.

    Private homes are safe, but they're not ideal when you're inviting a bunch of people over for a meeting -- many of whom you might not even know.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:27 am on Thu, Dec 1, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    The peer group, designed to provide a safe haven to discuss concerns among the LGBT community...

    Does this mean there are currently no safe havens? I am a little confused... this sounds more like a social club where like minded people can meet and have discussions...
    Sounds like a good thing, but why call it a safe haven? It implies to me that coffee shops, libraries, movie houses, universities, parks, homes, and a variety of alternate meeting places are not safe havens... this is odd to me even though the intent sounds great.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:14 am on Thu, Dec 1, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2839

    There was a time when it wasn't fashionable to be L, G, B or T. No thanks to pop culture for frowning upon people who refuse to explore the coolness of these alternative lifestyles.

     
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