LPP Team Leader Alyssa here. Just wanted to post a quick update to share an apology for the inactivity of our blog. We look forward to making a grand update during Thanksgiving Break. It’s certainly been a formative autumn for the LPP Team and the Project itself, as we make strides on Phase 2 and develop Phase 3.
The best way to connect with what’s happening for the LPP is on our social media accounts–we post almost daily about events within our project as well as related LGBTQ+ and theatre news.
Our Facebook Page
Please send your love and light to LPP Team Members as the older ones wrap up their first semesters of college and the younger ones submit applications to their dream programs.
To give you a sneak peek of our goals as 2017 wraps up…we are aiming to have 25 states on our team. Only two more states to numerically have half of the USA repped in the LPP. We’ll keep you updated on this.
And to share the coolest photo of the month, and maybe the best LPP pin pic of all time, tied with the pic of the pin at the Matthew Shepard Foundation gala:
More on this in the upcoming week.
LPP Team Leader Alyssa
At the end of the Matthew Shepard Foundation Gala Weekend, we would like to debut our second Phase of the Project!
As can be viewed on the blog page PHASE 2 Groups on Board, we have already welcomed 8 groups on board to this initiative and we are eager to build a new beautiful chart and map of our new groups!
As the instrument of Phase 2: Hate Crime Prevention Education, the Matthew Shepard Foundation has generously allowed us to utilize the most recent report of cases convicted and prosecuted under the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crime Prevention Act.
Registration for the LPP is always available on our site on the page “Get Started.” We look forward to embarking on this journey to explore the impact of Hate Crimes Legislation. We remind grateful for the activists who are fighting for an end to this violence.
Please note that if you are prospective group and you wish to honor a member of the Pulse shooting for any reason, we would be happy to welcome you on to Phase 1. Please register on our Get Started page and email us at email@example.com to explain what you wish.
We are enthralled to continue our initiative. Thank you so much for remaining a friend of the LPP!
LPP Team Leader Alyssa
At this link you can find our new shop!
Please allow one week for shipping, as we are operating out of our team leader’s house!
Make sure to take pics with your LPP pin wherever you go, and share them with us on social media!
Maybe we’ll even have a contest to see who takes the best LPP pin pic…
LPP Team Leader Alyssa
Hello, artist-activists! While the LPP Team Class of 2018 celebrates the return to GCIT, the Project continues on.
October is a big month for the LPP. We have four upcoming LPPs definitively planned.
Honoring Enrique L. Rios, Jr.
Oct 6-8, 10
Overbrook High School Troupe 6052
Benefitting The Dru Project
Pine Hill, NJ
Honoring Edward Sotomayor, Jr., as well as Christopher Andrew “Drew” Leinonen
Please contact LPP Team Leader at our Project email for more information
PFLAG Collingswood and the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill
Cherry Hill, NJ
Honoring Luis Daniel Conde
Glencoe High School Thespian Troupe 7125
Honoring The Families of the Victims of the Pulse Shooting
Oct 21-22, 28-29
Marymount Manhattan College
New York, NY
Honoring The Surviving Partners of the Victims of the Pulse Shooting
There are two other events from two other states tentatively occurring this month!
Our Calendar of Events page is always available to see what LPPs are happening around you!
Registration is always available at this link. While we are approaching the day where we will have all of the names assigned to a group, we will begin to maneuver names that have not yet been honored to the groups with upcoming performances. No matter what, if you have registered, you will remain on our list of participants, and will receive a name to honor, whether it be from Phase 1 or Phase 2.
A terrible hate crime occurred recently. A trans teen, Ally Steinfield, was tortured and murdered. However, the Missouri police are not considering a hate crime. This is unacceptable–the murder was most definitely a hate crime.
This article, while it can be very upsetting, shares more about the murder and the response.
Transgender women are at a daily risk of violence. This is why we are creating this network of Laramies–to call out these horrific hate crimes and teach our communities that hate can kill.
Please spread this story among your friends and family. It is extremely disturbing, but we need to continue to spread awareness to make it clear that the fight is not over yet.
Ally, rest in power!
The Etsy shop to buy pins will be open at the end of this weekend! Stay tuned for the link, where we will sell pins (tentatively) in lots of 5, 10, 20, or 30, for a low price.
Please allow about a week for shipping, since we are operating out of the Team Leader’s house!
Note: proceeds from the pin purchase is going toward covering the cost of designing and ordering pins. The LPP Team is not accepting personal profit from this sale.
So many LPP pins were beautifully shining at the Educational Theatre Association’s event, Broadway Back to School, at 54 Below. On September 27, current Thespians, alumni, and Broadway performers came together to raise money for arts education in high school. Check out the pins on the thumbnail of this video!
LPP Team Leader Alyssa was able to meet up with four other Thespians who have been a part of the LPP at their own schools!
Representing, clockwise, Tom’s River North High School (NJ Troupe 7455), Flushing High School (NY Troupe 7892), LPP’s Home GCIT (NJ Troupe 5480), Barnegat High School (NJ Troupe 7363), and Robbinsville High School (NJ Troupe 7161)
We’re also gearing up to represent the LPP in Colorado at Matthew Shepard Foundation’s Bear to Make Difference Gala. There, we will be able to give pins to the figures who have carried our Matthew’s legacy, including his parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard. We are counting down until this incredible milestone for the team!
The team just welcomed aboard our first Florida high school to the project, and will be adding their name to the website. This means, including GCIT, there are 20 Thespian troupes on board with our project.
We perform our LPP work in honor of beautiful souls like Ally. We must use what we have–our compassionate hearts–to make a statement.
LPP Team Leader Alyssa
Top: 9/2/16, Bottom: 9/4/16
On August 31st, 2016, I pulled one of my best friends and first member of the LPP Team, Dylan, into one of the alcoves of lockers in our Drama Classroom during one of the quiet moments of our Thespian Board meeting. My drama teacher had just suggested to me that, in tandem with our own Laramie, that we united 49 productions in honor of the 49 Pulse victims. Somehow in my spilling out with this news, I stumbled upon the name The Laramie Project Project. Then, I declared: “I want Bowe and Bagby.”
One year ago today, on a ride back from a day at the shore with my best friend Julia, Dylan and I created a group chat with Kelly and Kayla. We asked them to come on board with our newfound initiative. Pretty sure the first text we got back was Kayla’s YES, and then Kelly’s Woah. I really wish I saved that chat or sceenshotted it.
That night, we hopped on Skype with Kayla, and immediately started a draft of a play about our own cyber travels, as if we could predict what they would bring. Two nights later, we Skyped Kelly and made a list of counties in New Jersey.
To the OG LPP Team–you were the first people in our lives to know about LPP, and the first to say yes.
All of our thanks to the 48 groups that have since signed on with our initiative, keeping the LPP alive, allowing us to arrive at this first birthday milestone.
Soon, ANYONE can purchase an LPP pin! We are setting up an Etsy shop to sell them for a low price that will be determined soon. Updates about the shop will be coming soon.
If you get a pin, we want your pictures of #LPPAroundTheWorld! Tweet them and tag @theLPP2017, or post them on Instagram and tag @thelaramieprojectproject.
We highly encourage all of our friends of the LPP to make a donation to help our Texan friends! Here is a link to an LGBTQ+ shelter in Houston, the Montrose Center.
It’s our goal to be as open as possible with our LPP friends about the future of our initiative. At this point in time, it is looking like it will take one more month to launch Phase 2 of the LPP, as we close up the Pulse Memory Project.
Registration is ALWAYS open for any performance/reading at ANY time at this link.
Be sure to keep checking the LPP Calendar of events to see if there are any LPP events near you! https://actingout4peaceblog.wordpress.com/calendar-of-events/
LPP Team Leader Alyssa Sileo
Yesterday was Marsha P. Johnson’s birthday, the mother of the modern LGBTQ+ movement. Our community owes so much to this trailblazing transgender woman. We will always remember you, Marsha, and we use our advocacy to thank you.
For more info about Marsha: https://www.out.com/out-exclusives/2017/8/24/power-people-exploring-marsha-p-johnsons-queer-liberation
Check out our new additions to the site: a page for memorial of the Pulse victims, more links and info on our Suggested Donations Page, moving the survey to the main top bar, and this exciting creation: the calendar of events! Now you can see what local LPP events are near you! https://actingout4peaceblog.wordpress.com/calendar-of-events/
Check out this new piece by Alyssa Sileo, featured on HowlRound, about the journey of the LPP! http://howlround.com/the-laramie-project-project-uniting-worldwide-stages-to-spread-awareness-of-hate-crimes
Working with HowlRound has been a dream of Lyssi’s, so this is surreal!
The LPP team is thrilled to announce that we have been able to connect with the Tectonic Theater Project. Our project is unaffiliated with the Tectonic Theater Project, but has the company’s spirited support, which means the world to the team members. TTP graciously shared our HowlRound article on their social media pages. We’re extremely thankful to connect with the people who created the beautiful play that started this all and has inspired lives all over the world.
The LPP Team accepts registration at all time at this page. https://actingout4peaceblog.wordpress.com/starter-kit/
While we are very much under construction, we hope to roll out more info about our new phases very soon.
LPP Team Leader Alyssa and LPP Team Member Kayla