Southern Baptist Sissies

385265_151683838316386_1420098328_nIs religion the home base for all LGBTQ discrimination? This point could not have been answered more clearly than in the recently released film, Southern Baptist Sissies, which follows the stories of 4 southern Baptist boys who are torn between their orientations, their faith and growing up in a staunch Texas town. The IDK Project was fortunate to have been able to sponsor such an amazing film. We will definitely be adding it to our lists of resources for queer folks in the future.

Here is a brief look at the journey of the creators, Del Shores and Emerson Collins:

IndieGoGo Campaign

There are more ways to help this movement than by donating to our Kit to Teen Campaign. For the first time in IDK history we have the opportunity to put our workshops in Philadelphia schools, community centers and churches for 10 week workshops. We are also in the works of churning out our specialized ID Kits for Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and General audiences. But we need your help. In order for us to move full speed ahead, we need contributors like you to show your support. Visit our campaign page to learn how you can make a difference in the life an LGBTQ teen questioning the interactions of their religion, orientation and gender identity.

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Get To Know IDK

This one The IDentity Kit Project invites you to an evening of getting to know the team behind the project. Nationally distributing affirming LGBTQ/faith materials and workshops, the IDK Project is influencing conversations about gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and spirituality.

You’ve probably heard bits and pieces about the IDK, but here’s your chance to get a full formulated thought about what the project does, who it helps, and how you can get involved. Join us for a light reception of wine and cheese followed by a chance to hear music from the Executive Director and founder of the IDK Project, Crystal Cheatham. RSVP to let us know you will be there.easter cht
-The Team of Your IDK

The Kit to Teen Campaign 
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Our Founder and Executive Director http://www.huffingtonpost.com/crystal-cheatham/room-for-a-christian-lesb_b_2630756.html

Our Officers & Board
http://youridk.com/mission/meet-our-board/

Recent Press
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Donate!
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Spirited Show And Tell Workshop

0531_IndividualCards (dragged) 1The IDentity Kit Project Presents
A Spirited Show and Tell
Starting Monday, March 25th at 6pm
6-Week Workshop Series

He said”
“She said”
“Ouches and Oops”

We’ve all got religion related hang-ups. Whether it came from your sister, mother or brother, pastor, bishop or rabbi, somebody has made you question what it means to be religious. If you are LGBTQ identified we invite you to come share your “ouches” and “oopses” with us. We’ve been there too. Come if you are looking for healing or to simply be heard. If this sounds like a group that you want to participate in then lock in your spot with an RSVP email to Crystal@youridk.com. There is only so much room in this workshop so first come first serve. Facilitators Ovid Amorson, Jack Cooper and Crystal Cheatham are hoping to see you there and hear your story!

-The Team of Your IDK

You Will…                                                        Together We Will…
*Build community                                              *Affirm our experiences
*Reclaim your humanity                                   *Free ourselves from misconceptions
*Recognize your hurt                                         *Challenge ourselves to be interfaith

Join us at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse. 1904 Walnut Street

What’s In A Kit?

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  • Booklet: This is a community center in a book–answering tough questions about orientation, sexual identity, and tackling daunting questions like what does the Bible really say, how do I start coming out, and where can I find resources to help me long after I’ve read the book?
  • Cards: These game cards categorize the various parts of our identities. Play this game to spark conversation around parts of your identity that can empower you to be all you can be.
  • Sticker: To help you remember that your identity matters and you are not alone.

Donate $20 and help one more youth receive a Kit of their very own by clicking here or going to our Donate page.

Do you know of a teen who could use this resource? Help us get them a Kit by adding their name or your name to this confidential list by emailing it to Crystal@youridk or simply click here to fill out the form.

Sincerely,
The Team of Your IDK

New Home in Rittenhouse

421557_10150929477806553_715217694_nThe IDentity Kit Project is happy to announce its new home at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Rittenhouse Square. Starting January 7th our permanent residence will be in a spacious office on the second floor of the church. Reverend Alan Neil is “excited to have the work of the IDK projected from our church.”

Along with a new home the IDK will also be working with the Attic Youth Center. Starting the week of January 7th free workshops will be available for teens and young adults ages 14-24 on Tuesday and Thursdays from 4:00-5:15 in the Youth Lounge. The series will run through February 14th, 2013. The Attic will also purchase Kits for attendees. If you or someone in the Philadelphia area is interested in attending contact Crystal@YourIDK.com for more information.

It’s looking like a promising year for the IDK. We are definitely getting off to a good start. Thank you for your support. Learn more about scheduling workshops on our How it Works tab, and thank you for your gifts.

Sincerely,
The Team of Your IDK

From Philadelphia to California

Mason and Crystal (left to right) teaching youth of the Child Leader Project in Riverside, California about the LGBTQ lexicon.

One week ago activists J Mason and Crystal Cheatham traveled to Des Moines, Iowa and Riverside, Los Angeles and La Mirada in California to host workshops on faith principles and the inclusivity of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer) people. Coupled with support from local organizers and Soulforce, an organization committed to bringing religious and political freedom to LGBTQ people, the two facilitators were able to reach 5 Universities, 2 churches, and the youth of the Child Leader Project. During the week they led 8 workshops and 2 trainings, reaching a total of over 640 students, faculty, and church members. Thanks to the many donations that poured in during the week, the IDK was able to leave behind 30 Kits in Riverside, 15 of which stayed at the Child Leader Project. The work is not finished yet. Plans have already been set in motion to revisit Riverside and continue conversations that were started this month. The focus of this trip was to influence conservative churches in their ability to support LGBTQ members, as well as inspire closeted individuals to maintain their identities as LGBTQ and Christian. Both Mason and Crystal were able to tackle difficult questions, with folks leaving messages of hope after hearing their personal stories, in depth studies on homosexuality and the Bible, as well as traditional facts on LGBTQ identity in the US today. Those who heard either their messages of personal acceptance or attended the educational trainings, left the event with bright eyes. The following are a few of the many messages received:

“Thank you for sharing your gift with us in Riverside. Looking forward to following your growth.” -Mike

“Thanks again for taking the time to speak at our church. It probably took courage!” -Kelsy Jarboe

“This may be only the beginning of a long, hard struggle at Biola, but last night, all those LGBT students who are still living in silence found out that they are not alone. And that they can have a wonderful, vibrant relationship with God just as they are ;-);-) Keep up the righteous work!” -Don Mueller, Biola University

“Thanks again for sharing your story. What you and Mason are doing is really inspiring. It gives me hope for the future of Christianity in this country!” Melinda Smith, Hollywood SDA Church

“May God PROFOUNDLY bless you and the work you are doing.” -Kevin

Stay tuned for more stories from the road.

To find out how these two facilitators can visit your area contact Crystal@youridk.com. If you would like to further support this work donations can be made here.

-The Team of Your IDK

The Kit to Teen Campaign

The IDentity Kits are in and so far we have identified 3 youth in Pennsylvania and 15 youth in California who are in need of a Kit of their own. Those numbers are still growing. Kits are $20 a piece. With your help we can get these 18 youth this tool to help them assuage worries and fears about being gay, lesbian, trans, bi AND Christian. To find out more about each Kit click here.

What’s in a Kit?

  • Booklet: This is a community center in a book–answering tough questions about orientation, sexual identity, and tackling daunting questions like what does the Bible really say, how do I start coming out, and where can I find resources to help me long after I’ve read the book?
  • Cards: These game cards categorize the various parts of our identities. Play this game to spark conversation around parts of your identity that can empower you to be all you can be.
  • Sticker: To help you remember that your identity matters and you are not alone.

Donate $20 and help one more youth receive a Kit of their very own by clicking here or going to our Donate page.

Do you know of a teen who could use this resource? Help us get them a Kit by adding their name or your name to this confidential list by emailing it to Crystal@youridk or simply click here to fill out the form.

Sincerely,
The Team of Your IDK

The IDentity Kit Teams with Soulforce in California

ImageThe IDentity Kit is teaming with Soulforce, the nations leader on helping to reset and change descriminatory policies at Universities and Colleges. This month find both groups on a mini tour around Riverside, California teaching workshops on LGBTQ inclusion in faith based institutions. Thanks to the sponsorship of La Sierra’s PRISM and the University of Riverside the tour includes workshops at churches, community centers and a total of five Universities. Find out where you can catch facilitators Crystal Cheatham and J. Mase III at YourIDK.com/Calendar.

As an unofficial club at La Sierra, PRISM wants to put out the message that they will not stand for the hate that is currently withholding them from participating in full club status, and so have joined forces with UCR to introduce SLAM the Hate Night. This is a night of bold talent coming together to build community and local support for those who face marginalization and hate. Come celebrate your identity, learn more about sexuality, expression, gender and ask some important questions. It’s free and open to the public and will be held at UC Riverside from 6 to 10 pm, Saturday November 17. Performers will include Cheatham, J Mase III, national slam legend Regie Cabico, and the poet Emotions, with support from such voices as It Gets Better Campaign, LIfe Works LA, Queer Connection, Inland Empire Pride, and Gender Justice LA. Find out more about the event at the UCR website. Invite yourself to the Facebook.

IDK Project News!

Check out the big news! Idealist.org has published an article highlighting the IDK Project. Find out more at Idealist.org.

While we are in the process of lining up workshops and trainings for the fall months, we are also taking pre-orders for the IDentity Kits. If you can’t wait to see what’s inside then take a look at the eBook now available at BN.com. You can now download The IDentity Kit: For Queer Christian Youth on your Nook and look for it soon on Kindle and iBook.
Finally get geared up for the IDK Project workshop series starting at the William Way Community Center in Philadelphia. This 10 week workshop series is for young adults, teens, and anyone interested in working with religious institutions to better understand, accept, and support their LGBTQ friends amongst them. If you are a teen between 12-19 and you live in the Philadelphia area, make this workshop your Thursday afternoon activity. Join facilitators Masons and Crystal from 4-5:30.