What we're about

Yay! Finally, a fun and friendly social group for the whole community. Let's get together for joyful conversations in an uplifting and supportive atmosphere.

Meet cool people, have some laughs, and make new friends. That's what we're here for.

What we need to decide is what portion of our "group" will develop into an on line conversation group here, and what portion of our activities will be in physical meetup events.

Everyone is welcome to participate. Hopefully we will have active participation of people from every sexual orientation and every gender expression. There are no limits and we are inviting people from the entire spectrum of human interaction. Whoever you are is perfect and we look forward to meeting you! Some people want to move past the traditional labels including, but not limited to; gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, transsexual, intersex, genderfluid, hetero-flexible, asexual, agender, cisgender, heterosexual, str8, two-spirit, nonbinary, androgynous, and whatever else is on the horizon!

We hope to make it a weekly event, depending on attendance, etc.

We are hosted by Ray Of Hope Church, the FIRST church in Central New York State founded and consistently supported by the LGBTQIS Community for 35 years. Our social group is just that, not a worship group, not a prayer group, or a Bible study group. If in discussions spirituality comes up we certainly will enjoy the conversation. If it never comes up that is fine too. This group is for everyone regardless of personal beliefs. Persons of every faith and spirituality or no faith or no spirituality are always welcome here. Our emphasis is on serving the community in all its variations, and we are committed to bringing people together for peace, love and compassion.

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Please feel free to PASS THIS INFORMATION ALONG to anyone you know who may benefit from meeting with us for a sense of community, acceptance, support and fun.

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Our meeting location is Ray Of Hope Church, 380 West 1st Street, Elmira, NY. This is a Gay/Lesbian Church and LGBTQIS Fellowship serving the community since 1983, and in Elmira since 1996.

All are welcome to attend our Sunday Services at 10:30am and Bible Study Classes on Tuesdays at 6:30pm.

Please see our website for more details: www.RayOfHopeChurch.com

Also feel free to contact Brother Shawn Benedict at (607) 280-0374.

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Thank you so much. We hope this will help many people in so many ways.

Upcoming events (2)

Movie, Munchie, & Mingle Meeting Thursday MARCH 28, 2019. Movie: "Touch of Pink"

Come out and join us for the film “Touch of Pink” this Thursday, March 29, 2019. The purpose and goal of this Meetup group is to actually meet, share snacks, and watch a meaningful movie from the LGBTIQIS++ “Queer” cinema tradition. From Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touch_of_Pink "Touch of Pink is a 2004 Canadian-British gay-themed romantic comedyfilm written and directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid and starring Jimi Mistry and Kyle MacLachlan. The film takes its title from the Cary Grant film That Touch of Mink. Plot: Alim is a young gay man. Born in Kenya and raised in Toronto, he moved to London to get away from his conservative upbringing. He faces the hardships of coming out to his widowed mother Nuru, as well as hardships in his relationship with his boyfriend Giles. Alim has an imaginary friend (or maybe a guardian angel or ghost friend, depending on how literally or symbolically one takes the film) who is supposedly Cary Grant, who gives Alim advice when he is in trouble. Unfortunately, the advice often seems to make more trouble." As of this writing we now have 259 “members” to this Meetup group!!!! Come out , come out, wherever you are…… and bring some snacks and / or beverages to share if you would like to. There is no charge for this event, no money is exchanged. Donations to our host, Ray Of Hope Church are always welcomed. Please do RSVP below so others who may be visiting the group actually know people attend these events. We have a little motto: “Let’s put some feet to the street and actually meet.” This is what the “meetup” concept is all about. We hope to see you there. Hosted by Ray Of Hope Church, the only church in Central NY started and consistently supported by the GLBTQIS++ Community for 36 years. www.rayofhopechurch.com See the official trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmQPWwgjDeM

Movie, Munchie, & Mingle Meeting Thurs. 4/4/19. Movie: "Brokeback Mountain"

Come out and join us for the film “Brokeback Mountain” Thursday April 4, 2019. The purpose and goal of this Meetup group is to actually meet, share snacks, and watch a meaningful movie from the LGBTIQIS++ “Queer” cinema tradition. From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brokeback_Mountain "Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee and produced by Diana Ossana and James Schamus. In 1963, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist are hired by Joe Aguirre to herd his sheep through the summer in the Wyoming mountains. After a night of heavy drinking, Jack makes a pass at Ennis, who is initially hesitant but eventually responds to Jack's advances. Despite Ennis' telling Jack that it was a one-time incident, they develop a passionate sexual and emotional relationship. After Jack and Ennis eventually part ways, Ennis marries his longtime fiancée Alma Beers and has two daughters with her. Jack returns the next summer seeking work, but Aguirre, who had observed Jack and Ennis on the mountain, refuses to rehire him. Jack moves to Texas, where he meets, marries, and has a son with rodeo rider Lureen Newsome. After four years, Jack visits Ennis. Upon meeting, the two kiss passionately, and Alma inadvertently observes this. Jack broaches the subject of creating a life with Ennis on a small ranch, but Ennis, haunted by a childhood memory of the torture and murder of two men suspected of homosexual behavior, refuses. He is also unwilling to abandon his family. Ennis and Jack continue to meet for infrequent fishing trips as their respective marriages deteriorate. ...... Jack finds solace with male prostitutes in Mexico. Ennis sees his family regularly until Alma finally confronts him about her knowing the true nature of his relationship with Jack. This results in a violent argument, causing Ennis to abandon his connections with Alma...... At the end of a regular fishing trip with Jack, Ennis tries to delay their next meeting. Jack's frustration erupts into argument, and Ennis blames Jack for being the cause of his own conflicted actions. Ennis begins to cry. Jack tries to hold him and he momentarily objects, but they end up locked in an embrace. Jack watches as Ennis drives away. Some time later, Ennis receives a postcard he had sent to Jack, stamped "Deceased". He calls Lureen, who says that Jack died in an accident, when a tire he was changing exploded. As she is speaking, Ennis imagines that Jack was actually beaten to death by a gang of thugs, the fate that Ennis feared. Lureen tells Ennis that Jack wanted to have his ashes scattered on Brokeback Mountain, but she does not know where it is. Ennis travels to meet with Jack's parents and offers to take Jack's ashes to the mountain. The father refuses, preferring to have them interred in a family plot. Permitted by Jack's mother to see Jack's childhood bedroom, Ennis finds the bloodstained shirt he thought he had lost on Brokeback Mountain. He discovers Jack kept it hanging with his own stained shirt from that summer's fight. Ennis holds both shirts up to his face, silently weeping. Jack's mother lets him keep the shirts. ........Ennis goes to his closet, where his and Jack's shirts hang together, with a postcard of Brokeback Mountain tacked above them. He stares at the ensemble for a moment, tears in his eyes, and murmurs, "Jack, I swear ..." We now have 259 “members” to this Meetup group!!!! Come out , come out, wherever you are, bring snacks and / or beverages. There is no charge for this event. Donations to our host, Ray Of Hope Church are always welcomed. Please RSVP below so others know people attend these events. We have a little motto: “Let’s put some feet to the street and actually meet.” This is what the “meetup” concept is all about. We hope to see you there. Hosted by Ray Of Hope Church, the only church in Central NY started and consistently supported by the GLBTQIS++ Community for 36 years. www.rayofhopechurch.com

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