Next meeting: June 18. All are welcome!
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Next Meeting: Wednesday
June 18, 2014, 5:30 - 7 pm

"Anyone and Everyone"

Anyone and Everyone CoverWe will preview the DVD Anyone and Everyone. This 20 minute DVD connects us in our ‘coming out’ experience with family, the church and friends. This documentary focuses on families and their gay and lesbian children from diverse origins as Japanese, Bolivian and Cherokee as well as other ethnic traditions and religions reveal their responses. Various religions such as Mormons, Catholic, Hindus and others are highlighted. They share intimate accounts of how their children reveal to their families that they are gay and discuss their responses. The parents also talk about struggling with the pain their sons and daughters have dealt with, such as not  being accepted by relatives and/or friends and being ostracized by some religious institutions.

We will also discuss the experience of the St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center’s presence at the Boston Pride Festival - 2014.

Finally, suggestions regarding future topic presentations will be welcomed and discussed.

LGBT Vacations and Where our Money is Spent: The June 1 edition of The New York Times had articles about where and how LGBT persons have been vacationing and spending their money and the changes that have taken place over the past 30 years. 
Going back to the 1970s, gay tours took men rafting in the Grand Canyon and to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival. We saw an influx of gay hotels springing up in Key West, Fla. Various destinations like Provincetown, Ma., were creating some of the first marketing geared specifically to gay and lesbian travelers.
Leaping ahead to 2014, LGBT persons and their children are now vacationing all the globe. Major hotel chains such as the Hilton and Marriott are now designating LGBT microsites and vacation packages. With the increase in same-sex marriage laws transforming cities are becoming into travel destinations, with events and funding advertising campaigns like Las Vegas’s “Everyone’s welcome. Even straight people.”
The increase in places where LGBT travelers can relax and enjoy personal comfort and welcome are spreading throughout the United States. These gay vacation getaways are now offered as a destination wedding, a family getaway or a romantic weekend.
Previously major cities including Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and San Francisco were among the most popular vacation places according to Community Marketing and Insights in San Francisco, which as been tracking gay and lesbian travel trends for more than 20 years. Just how lucrative LGBT travelers are at times difficult to quantify.  Community Marketing estimates the economic impact of the LGBT travelers to over $70 billion a year in the United States alone.
St. Anthony of Padua was born in 1195 in Lisbon, Portugal. A contemporary of St. Francis of Assisi, he wanted to live for something beyond himself that would give meaning to his own life. The excellent expression of devotion to St. Anthony, known as St. Anthony Bread, goes back to the thirteenth century. It has been a source of many favors and graces, and also been of great aid to the poor and the needy.
There is a story associated with St. Anthony where a desperate mother whose toddler son had drowned, calls upon the intercession of St. Anthony promising, if she obtained the blessing of her child being restored to life, she would donate to the poor bread equal to the weight of her son.
The Franciscan Friars of St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center will continue this tradition by the distribution of blessed bread on Friday, June 13, in the lobby of the Shrine from 7 am to 7 pm and on the corner of Summer and Arch Streets from 12:30 am to 2 pm.  Our tradition believes that this method of sacrifice and thanksgiving is laudable to our patron St. Anthony.

The July meeting will be Wednesday, July 16, 5:30 to 7 pm in the Assisi Room. The topic will be announced. Mark your calendars.
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