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NGLTF, Provincetown Host Committee Announce Local Grant to Fight Domestic Violence

Date: 
August 16, 2001

Provincetown Domestic Violence Intervention Office to Receive $5,000 Award at Aug. 26th Provincetown Deck Party

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and its Provincetown Host Committee announced today that the Provincetown Domestic Violence Intervention Office of Independence House, Inc. will receive a $5,000 local organizing grant to assist with outreach, education efforts and advocacy for survivors of same-sex domestic violence and sexual assault.

The annual grant is designed to support local or regional organizing on the Cape and reflects NGLTF’s commitment to strengthening local activism. This is the third year the grant has been awarded.

The Provincetown Domestic Violence Intervention Office currently funds a liaison to the GLBT community during the "off season," or from January through June of each year. The NGLTF/Provincetown Host Committee grant is intended to help this position be funded "in season," when Provincetown’s population swells to as many as 35,000 people and domestic violence/sexual abuse counseling and outreach services to the GLBT community are needed.

"This grant offers NGLTF a chance to give back to a community that has given generously to us for 14 years," said Lorri L. Jean, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. "The Provincetown Domestic Violence Intervention Office offers a safe haven for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who are survivors of domestic violence or sexual abuse to receive support and counseling. This grant reflects our commitment to cultivate local GLBT communities and help them grow."

The grant will be presented as part of NGLTF’s annual Provincetown Sunset Deck party, scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26th at The Pied on Commercial Street in Provincetown, Mass. Among those who will receive awards at the Deck Party are former U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg, philanthropist, and gay civil rights advocate James C. Hormel; Phyllis Temple, a local activist and longtime Task Force volunteer; the Fine Arts Work Center, a local Provincetown not-for-profit organization that supports artists, many of whom are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) individuals; and acclaimed writer Michael Cunningham, the 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award, both for his novel The Hours.

As part of the Provincetown weekend festivities, NGLTF and the Provincetown Host Committee also are sponsoring a reading and discussion with GLBT writers, poets, and playwrights entitled Out Write. The forum, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at Provincetown Town Hall, will feature poet Olga Broumas, author of numerous poetry collections including her award winning Beginning with O; playwright Craig Lucas, whose screenplay for the major motion picture Longtime Companion became a highly accredited award winning film; and A.J. Verdelle, whose first novel The Good Negress was awarded four national prizes, including the prestigious PEN Faulkner Finalist’s Award. Out Write will also feature Michael Cunningham, author of the celebrated novels, A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, and The Hours.

The Friday evening event is free and open to the public. For tickets to the Sunday Deck Party, please call Peter Larson at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force at 202-332-6483, ext. 3311 or visit www.ngltf.org/events/ptown.

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