• Movie, Munchie, & Mingle Meeting Thurs. 4/11/19. Movie: "Beautiful Thing"

    Come out and join us for the film “Beautiful Thing” Thursday April 11, 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/Beautiful_Thing_(film) ) The story is set and filmed on Thamesmead, a working class area of South East London dominated by post-war council estates.[3][4] Jamie (Glen Berry), a teenager who is infatuated with his classmate, Ste, has to deal with his single mother Sandra (Linda Henry), who is pre-occupied with ambitious plans to run her own pub and with an ever-changing string of lovers, the latest of whom is Tony (Ben Daniels), a neo-hippie. Sandra finds herself at odds with Leah (Tameka Empson), a sassy and rude neighbour who has been expelled from school, does several drugs, and constantly listens and sings along to her mother's Cass Elliot records. While Jamie's homosexuality remains concealed, his introvert nature and dislike of football are reason enough for his classmates to bully him at every opportunity. Ste (Scott Neal), who is living together with his drug-dealing brother and abusive, alcoholic father in the flat next door, is one night beaten by his brother so badly that Sandra takes pity and lets him sleep over. In the absence of a third bed, Ste has to make do with sleeping 'top-to-toe' with Jamie. On the second night they share a bed: after a massage and a minor conversation, the boys soon change sleeping arrangements and Jamie kisses Ste for the first time. The next morning, Ste panics and leaves before Jamie awakens, avoiding him for days. Jamie works up the nerve to steal a Gay Times from a newsagent, apparently starting to accept his sexuality and affection for Ste. Jamie finally spots Ste at a nearby party and confronts him; they prepare to leave together. The party ends badly, with Sandra taking vengeance on Leah for gossiping, who then threatens to 'spill the beans' about Ste and Jamie and confesses to having covered up for Ste in front of his father and brother. Ste reacts poorly, angrily rejecting Jamie and running away. Slowly, Ste accepts Jamie's love and their relationship begins to develop as they visit a gay pub together. Sandra follows them and discovers their secret, and the film reaches its climax as a bad trip by Leah (on an unnamed drug) precipitates Sandra's breakup with Tony; the news of Sandra's new job comes out; and Sandra confronts Ste and Jamie. Sandra comes to accept her son's relationship. The film ends with the two boys slow-dancing in the courtyard of their council flats to the Cass Elliot song "Dream a Little Dream of Me", while a guarding Sandra dances defiantly at their side with Leah as the local residents look on; some of them shocked, some of them strongly disapproving; and some of them enjoying the moment themselves. Release date: October 9, 1996 (USA) Director: Hettie MacDonald Screenplay: Jonathan Harvey Language: English Language Box office: 3.073 million USD Official Trailer for Beautiful Thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ8iUDYiVE0 We now have 264 “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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  • 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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  • 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 Thursday MARCH 21, 2019. Movie: "High Art"

    Come out and join us for the film “High Art” this Thursday, March 21, 2019. The purpose of this group is to meet, share snacks, and watch a meaningful movie from the LGBTQIS++ “Queer” cinema tradtion. From Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Art High Art is a 1998 Canadian-American independent film directed by Lisa Cholodenko and starring Ally Sheedy and Radha Mitchell. Synopsis Sydney (or simply "Syd"), age 24, is a woman who has her whole life mapped out in front of her. Living with longtime boyfriend James, and working her way up at the respected high-art photography magazine Frame, Syd has desires and frustrations that seem typical and manageable. But when a crack in her ceiling springs a leak and Syd finds herself knocking on the door of her upstairs neighbor, a chance meeting suddenly takes her on a new path. Opening the door to an uncharted world for Syd is Lucy Berliner, a renowned photographer, enchanting, elusive, and curiously retired. Now 40, Lucy lives with her once glamorous, heroin-addicted German girlfriend Greta, and plays host to a collection of hard-living party kids. Syd is fascinated by Lucy and becomes drawn into the center of Lucy's strangely alluring life upstairs. Syd mentions Lucy to her bosses (without realising that she is famous) but they remain uninterested until they realise exactly who Lucy is. At a lunch, Lucy agrees to work for the magazine as long as Syd is her editor. Soon a working relationship develops between the two and a project is underway which promises a second chance for Lucy's career. But as Syd and Lucy's collaboration draws them closer together, their working relationship turns sexual and the lines between love and professionalism suddenly blur. As Syd slowly discovers the darker truths of Lucy's life on the edge, she is forced to confront her own hunger for recognition and the uncertain rewards of public esteem. As of this writing we now have 258 “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

  • Movie, Munchie, & Mingle Meeting Thursday MARCH 14, 2019. Movie: "Love, Simon"

    Come out and join us for the film “Love, Simon” this Thursday, March 14, 2019. The purpose of this group is to meet, share snacks, and watch a meaningful movie from the LGBTQIS++ “Queer” cinema tradtion. From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love,_Simon ) Love, Simon is a 2018 American romantic teen comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti, written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, and based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The film stars Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, and Jennifer Garner. It centers on Simon Spier, a closeted gay high school boy who is forced to balance his friends, his family, and the blackmailer threatening to out him to the entire school, while simultaneously attempting to discover the identity of the anonymous classmate with whom he has fallen in love online. Simon Spier is a closeted gay high school boy living in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. He has a close and loving family—parents Emily and Jack, and sister Nora—as well as three best friends: Nick and Leah, whom he has known most of his life, and newcomer Abby. One day, Leah informs Simon about an online confession of a closeted gay student at their high school, known only by the pseudonym "Blue". Simon begins communicating with Blue via email using the pseudonym "Jacques". The two confide personal details and form a connection. However, their emails are accidentally discovered by another student, Martin, who is infatuated with Abby. After learning his secret, Martin blackmails Simon by threatening to make his emails public unless he agrees to help Martin win over Abby. Simon begins to suspect that his classmate Bram is Blue. (……… read a lot more on Wikipedia) ……… After the school musical, Leah, Nick and Abby make amends with Simon and invite him to go to the carnival with them. Waiting for Blue at the carnival, Simon rides the Ferris wheel, drawing a large crowd of peers. When Simon runs out of tickets, Martin, making amends for his behavior, buys him one more ride. Just before the ride begins, Bram sits next to Simon, revealing himself as Blue; the kiss Simon saw with the female student was a drunken misunderstanding. They ride the Ferris wheel together and kiss as their friends cheer them on. Simon's life gradually returns to normal and he begins a relationship with Bram. While picking up his friends and boyfriend for school, Simon suggests that they forgo their usual morning routine and instead go "on a little adventure". (end of Wikipedia entry) As of this writing we now have 258 “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

  • Movie, Munchie, & Mingle Meeting Thursday MARCH 7, 2019. Movie: "Kinky Boots"

    Join us for the comedy film Kinky Boots. The purpose of this group is to meet, share snacks and watch a meaningful movie from the LGBTQIS++ "Queer" cinema tradition. Here is a description for Wikipedia ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinky_Boots_(film) ) "Kinky Boots is a 2005 British comedy-drama film directed by Julian Jarrold and written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth. Based on a true story, the movie tells of a struggling British shoe factory's young, strait-laced owner, Charlie, who forms an unlikely partnership with Lola, a drag queen, to save the business. Charlie develops a plan to produce custom footwear for drag queens, rather than the men's dress shoes that his firm is known for, and in the process, he and Lola discover that they are not so different after all. .........." As of this writing we now have 255 “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

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  • Movie, Munchie, & Mingle Meeting ANGELS IN AMERICA Perestroika Thurs. 2/21/2019

    Join us for the final installment of the second play: Angels In America Perestroika. From Wikipedia: Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is a two-part play by American playwright Tony Kushner. The work won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. Part one of the play premiered in 1991[1] and its Broadway opening was in 1993.[1] The play is a complex, often metaphorical, and at times symbolic examination of AIDS and homosexuality in America in the 1980s. Certain major and minor characters are supernatural beings (angels) or deceased persons (ghosts). The play contains multiple roles for several of the actors. Initially and primarily focusing on a gay couple in Manhattan, the play also has several other storylines, some of which occasionally intersect. The two parts of the play are separately presentable and entitled Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, respectively. The play has been adapted into an HBO 2003 miniseries of the same title. The Seattle Times listed the series as among "Best of the filmed AIDS portrayals" on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of AIDS.[2] As of this writing we now have 253 “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

  • Movie, Munchie, & Mingle Meeting ANGELS IN AMERICA Perestroika Thurs. 2/14/2019

    Join us for two more sessions to see the second play: Angels In America Perestroika. From Wikipedia: Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is a two-part play by American playwright Tony Kushner. The work won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. Part one of the play premiered in 1991[1] and its Broadway opening was in 1993.[1] The play is a complex, often metaphorical, and at times symbolic examination of AIDS and homosexuality in America in the 1980s. Certain major and minor characters are supernatural beings (angels) or deceased persons (ghosts). The play contains multiple roles for several of the actors. Initially and primarily focusing on a gay couple in Manhattan, the play also has several other storylines, some of which occasionally intersect. The two parts of the play are separately presentable and entitled Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, respectively. The play has been adapted into an HBO 2003 miniseries of the same title. The Seattle Times listed the series as among "Best of the filmed AIDS portrayals" on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of AIDS.[2] As of this writing we now have 250 “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

  • Movie, Munchie, & Mingle Meeting TWO PARTS ANGELS IN AMERICA Thursday 1/31 & 2/7

    Join us for a two part series: Angels In America. From Wikipedia: Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is a two-part play by American playwright Tony Kushner. The work won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. Part one of the play premiered in 1991[1] and its Broadway opening was in 1993.[1] The play is a complex, often metaphorical, and at times symbolic examination of AIDS and homosexuality in America in the 1980s. Certain major and minor characters are supernatural beings (angels) or deceased persons (ghosts). The play contains multiple roles for several of the actors. Initially and primarily focusing on a gay couple in Manhattan, the play also has several other storylines, some of which occasionally intersect. The two parts of the play are separately presentable and entitled Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, respectively. The play has been adapted into an HBO 2003 miniseries of the same title. The Seattle Times listed the series as among "Best of the filmed AIDS portrayals" on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of AIDS.[2] As of this writing we now have 244 “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

  • Movie, Munchie, & Mingle Meeting TWO PARTS ANGELS IN AMERICA Thursday 1/31 & 2/7

    Join us for a two part series: Angels In America. From Wikipedia: Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is a two-part play by American playwright Tony Kushner. The work won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. Part one of the play premiered in 1991[1] and its Broadway opening was in 1993.[1] The play is a complex, often metaphorical, and at times symbolic examination of AIDS and homosexuality in America in the 1980s. Certain major and minor characters are supernatural beings (angels) or deceased persons (ghosts). The play contains multiple roles for several of the actors. Initially and primarily focusing on a gay couple in Manhattan, the play also has several other storylines, some of which occasionally intersect. The two parts of the play are separately presentable and entitled Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, respectively. The play has been adapted into an HBO 2003 miniseries of the same title. The Seattle Times listed the series as among "Best of the filmed AIDS portrayals" on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of AIDS.[2] As of this writing we now have 244 “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