Enews May 2016


May E-news 2016

Join Us…

Mask Making Event

Our All Ages Alternative Prom is coming up on May 20th, and the theme is “Masquerade!”  Check out this pre-prom event and make a mask with us!

  • Bringing the kids? Great! This event is under the covered picnic area at Blue Heron park in Phoenix, right next to a full-size playground!
  • Already buying a mask somewhere else? Come out and make one for guests that attend but are not able to afford one.  They will be displayed on an entry table.

When: Saturday, May, 14th, from 2 PM – 5 PM
Where: Blue Heron Park OR-99, Phoenix, Oregon
Cost: Cost is $5.00 per person (to cover craft supply costs)
All supplies will be provided! No one turned away!

11th Annual All Ages Alternative Prom  May 20th 

A Drug & Alcohol-Free Event

We are looking for volunteers for the evening event, who can assist with:

Ticket sales
Raffle table
Food area

If interested, contact Mario Fregoso at [email protected]
All volunteers will receive free entry to the event and be included in the volunteer raffle. 

We would like to extend a special thank you to Singer/Songwriter Linda Perry, a sponsor of this year’s All Ages Alternative Prom

Our sponsors this year include:
Liza Matlsberger
Moonlit Modeling
Human Bean Medford – Jacki McGrath/Rossanley Drive
Squeeze Inn Sandwich Shop Medford
Smithfields -Ashland
Standing Stone Brewery – Ashland
Linda Perry – Singer/Songwriter
Applebee’s – Medford
Gervais Spa
Sweetwater Collective tattoo

It’s NOT too late to become a sponsor!

  • Donate from our website
  • Mail your donation to:
Lotus Rising Project
711 Medford Center #154
Medford, OR 97504


We are very excited to welcome three NEW schools to our Gay-Straight Alliance support program: McLoughlin Middle School, Rogue River Middle School, and Butte Falls High School.

GSAs are integral to the development of queer and ally safe spaces and healthy educational climates. LRP’s program holds two networking and training sessions annually and supports the GSA leaders in social justice activities on their campuses and in their communities. Examples of such events include Day of Silence and Southern Oregon Pride parade.

We held our second GSA leaders training on April 23rd, 2016. Students and a GSA advisor worked with our volunteer facilitators to learn the fundamentals of a GSA, explore new terminology, and learn how to hold a social justice campaign on their campuses. We would like to thank our experienced volunteer guest speakers, Ahsante Sankofa Foree, SOU student organizer, and Sarah Westover, Rogue Climate board member.

Youth Empowerment Theatre 

Youth Empowerment Theatre and Planned Parenthood’s REVolution youth group performed together during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  They performed at the Ashland Art Center for the First Friday Art Walk reading poems in support of victims and survivors of sexual assault.  They also performed at Lotus Rising Project’s Community Forum, “Unblurring the Lines: A Conversation about Gender Violence in Schools.”  They presented using interactive theater about issues surrounding sexual assault and gender violence in our schools. Also covered were micro-aggressions that often escalate into violence.

Student, grades 9-12 are invited to become a member of our interactive theater education team. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, May 24th, 6:30-8:00 PM, at the Medford Library in the Large Conference Room.  All are welcome!

If you have questions,contact our Youth Empowerment Theatre Coordinator, Kyndra Laughery at [email protected]

Transgender Initiative 

LRP’s 3rd Step in the Transgender Initiative:
Research, Community Forum & Group Information:
The Oregon Health and Science University’s nursing program is currently working with LRP by interviewing local providers about their knowledge of and compassion for people who identify as transgender.

Their goal is to produce a list of health care providers who are culturally competent to be added to LRP’s website.They have created an anonymous survey that asks six short questions about the healthcare experience of Trans people.  If you identify as trans and want to contribute to this project, please follow this link to complete the survey by May 17th:


Results of their project will be shared and a panel of providers will speak at LRP’s Community Forum:

Transgender Health Care Disparities:
A Community Discussion
May 26, 6:30-8:30 PM
Medford Library Large Conference Room
FREE, Open to the Public
For more information, contact Dylynn Foster at [email protected]

Medford Trans Support Group
Ages 14 and over
Including those who identify as Binary & Gender Non-Conforming
Peer-led; Meets every other week

To attend the group or for more information
Contact: [email protected]

Prom Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s

Lotus Rising Project and the 2016 Prom Committee would like to send a big shout out to all who supported this event!

End Profiling Campaign 

Lotus Rising Project joined other community organizations, in April, when meeting with Ashland Police Chief O’Meara, to connect and clarify how the Ashland Police department is responding to legislation HB 2002.
What identities are protected under HB 2002?
The End Profiling Act states that people cannot be targeted by law enforcement based on their age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, language, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious affiliation, houselessness, or perceived mental or physical disability.  Per Mario Fregoso, LRP’s representative, “It was a great meeting with a positive discussion.”For more information on The End Profiling Act, Click Here

News and Community Events

Visit our Community Calendar for more events: Click Here

The Queer Resource Center at Southern Oregon University has planned a week of events in May that contribute to its mission of providing awareness and knowledge of queer issues on campus and in the community.
Their Pride Week events are scheduled from May 10-17, 2016.

Project Connect

LRP is looking for a new Volunteer Coordinator of our Shaklee Non-Profit Fundraising program. Benefits include a generous discount on your own personal Shaklee products and a flexible time commitment. If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, email [email protected]

If you are interested in purchasing Shaklee products from Lotus Rising project’s online store, Click Here
This is a great way to support our organization with green products that you may already use in your day-to-day life!

Special Thanks To Our Grantors:

McKenzie River Gathering
Pride Foundation
Equity Foundation
Oregon Community Foundation
Carpenter Foundation
Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation
Collins Foundation
New World Foundation
United Way of Jackson County
United Way Women Living Leadership (WiLL)
Meyer Memorial Trust
Ashland Trinity Episcopal Church
Ashland Co-op


Board Applications: Contact Lori Warfield at [email protected]

Volunteering: Contact Mario Fregoso at [email protected]

If you would like to add your community event to our newsletter or community calendar:

Contact: [email protected]
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Can’t make it out to the fundraisers? You can still donate!