We are thrilled to update everyone on the amazing work that Lucie's Place is doing. We are happy to report that we have seen amazing progress since our last update. We are happy to make special announcements that pertain to upcoming events, housing, and new services we are providing.
1. Lucie's Place can host your next community event, baby shower, or mixer! Apply here: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeK6F6RQhnslYyysdhKTPbbbn42YY8F3nvJrh4UtLKQ78JFEQ/viewform
2. We can also do name changes any time during opening hours, swing by!
April 1, 2023, there is a name and gender clinic being held at CALS Library. This clinic will be offered as a resource support for trans individuals to legally change their names. Staffed with trained individuals and those who have experienced working with trans people and knowledgeable about the legal requirements and procedures. If you or someone you know is looking to be serviced it's FREE!
Moonchild Comes to LR
Moonchild is a band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in 2012. The band is known for its unique blend of neo-soul, jazz, and R&B music. The group consists of core members: Amber Navran on vocals and saxophone, Max Bryk on keys, and Andris Mattson on drums. April 13, 2023, they're performing at The Hall, 721 W 9th St, Little Rock, Arkansas. They will be donating their proceeds to Lucie's Place!
Lucie’s Place started a community garden last year and it turned out to be a great way to bring people together and foster a sense of community while also showing our love for mother nature. Saturday, April 15, 2023, we are throwing a Garden party welcomed and open to all ages! We will have it hosted at our center from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. It's an opportunity to get all your friends and family to come together and celebrate nature, food, and one another. We hope to see you and your loved ones come on out :) !
Lucie’s Place house should be opening this spring! The LP house reopening is a long time coming as much hard work, time, and dedication has been spent to make this happen.
Our core mission is to provide a safe, supportive environment where these individuals can find stability and community in an accepting environment. Especially, during high stress times like these where our trans siblings are being attacked on a state level, housing is needed more than ever.
Outreach for LGBTQ+ members around central AR is happening now! Priority will be given to those who are the most vulnerable, applications are on our website and are open now.
It’s important that we thank you! We thank our community for supporting, donating, volunteering, lending a hand, and answering when we call! Volunteers are the backbone of many organizations and communities, providing invaluable support that often goes unnoticed and unappreciated. At this time we want to express our heartfelt appreciation to all volunteers who have generously donated their time, energy, and resources to make a difference. We know that without their dedication and commitment we would not be able to do the work we do. We are truly grateful for everything they have done for us, from helping raise funds to making donations.
Lucie’s Place Community Pantry is an amazing initiative that aims to provide new, free food to the LGBTQ+ community in need. It also offers social support and a sense of community by providing free meals, snacks, and other supplies. The pantry will prioritize all LGBTQ+ members, but is also open to anyone who needs assistance regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. With this new initiative, Lucie's Place is hoping to make life a little easier for its patrons and create an inclusive environment for all individuals in their community.
Art NightIn the upcoming months we are planning on having a Community Art Night, where we will be celebrating each other artistically! This event is catered to LGBT members, but is open to everyone, regardless of your identity or artistic background. It will be a night of creativity, self-expression, and community building.
We will provide all the necessary materials and all you need to bring is your creativity and openness to exploring the theme of coming out in your own unique way. This event is a safe and inclusive space for all individuals to express themselves freely and to support one another. We encourage attendees to respect one another's identities and experiences.
In Arkansas, there has been a rise in the number of anti-trans bills proposed and passed. These bills are typically aimed at limiting the rights and freedoms of transgender individuals within the state. These are the most current and up to date status of bills affecting LGBTQ+ individuals within Arkansas.
HB1156: Is a bill that would force trans students to use the bathroom of their sex and not their gender Identity. This would apply not only to restrooms, but locker rooms and overnight trips. This bill has PASSED and will go into effect 90 days after the legislative session has ended.
SB199: Is a proposed Arkansas senate bill that would restrict medical professionals from providing gender-affirming treatments or procedures to minors, with the exception of counseling and therapy. The bill is titled "An Act To Amend The Law Concerning Medical Malpractice And Gender Transition In Minors; And To Create The Protecting Minors From Medical Malpractice Act Of 2023."
This Bill has been PASSED.
SB270: This is a bill that would criminalize Trans people from using the bathroom/locker room that doesn't match their gender identity and would be considered "sexual indecency" if a child were in the room. Criminalizing trans people and would be making them to be registered sex-offenders if passed. This bill is still in the air. This bill has PASSED, but an amendment has been made where it will NOT target Trans people any more.
HB1468: Is a bill that says misgendering Trans people is free speech and prohibits public and higher education schools from using Trans minors pronouns and chosen names. This bill has PASSED.
SB81: Targets "obscene" books and media to minors which prevents LGBTQ+ books, BIPOC books from being accessible. This bill has PASSED.
SB43: Redefined whose considered a Drag performer by criminalizing anyone who exhibits a gender different than assigned at birth. Singing, lip-singing, and/or dancing in front of 2+ people while presenting different than your assigned gender would make someone a drag performer. This bill has PASSED.
Do You Enjoy Cooking? Each Friday of the month we serve up a hot meal for 10-20 members-- which feeds more through the week. If you would like to volunteer to make a meal one or several Fridays out of the month. Please send an email to Jalesa@luciesplace.org
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