Local Groups to Host ‘LGBTQ+ Basic and Beyond’

March 13, 2023

Two experienced professionals from the organization OUT MetroWest are scheduled to speak on “LGBTQ+ Basic and Beyond” at a free community dinner and discussion from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 20.

The event is sponsored by the Bedford Youth and Family Services Department, in partnership with Bedford Embraces Diversity, at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Road.

Registration is required by March 16. For more information and to register, use  www.bedfordma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2261/Out-Metrowest-Event-Poster-PDF.

Following the one-hour dinner, the discussion is appropriate for listeners at least age 12. Child care will be available. For transportation arrangements or answers to questions, persons may contact Mallory Fuller at the Youth and Family Services office (781-275-7727 or [email protected]).

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According to organizers, speakers Lily Pearl and Marie Caradonna “will present up-to-date vocabulary, answers to frequently-asked questions, and improved tools for allying with queer and transgender people.”

Framingham-based OUT MetroWest has been operating programs for LGBTQ+ youth for more than a decade, including the state’s first community program for youth in grades six through eight. OUT MetroWest oversees more than a dozen youth meetings per month in Framingham and online programming and satellite events around the region. 

Pearl, a former participant in OUT MetroWest programs, is now an adult advisor. She graduated from Smith College with a major in the study of women and gender. Caradonna is a longtime youth worker and a former teacher and advisor to a high school gay/straight alliance.

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