Summer of Sass looks to relocate Queer people in harms way to a safe and friendly working environment in Provincetown.
The concept for Summer of Sass (SoS) is simple. Participants from the southern United States come to Provincetown, Mass. as summer workers, paying rent and working just like any other summer worker. In turn, the program will allow oppressed queers from across the country a breath of fresh air from what can oftentimes be a stifling and dangerous environment. These young persons will receive untold mental health benefits from this program, allowing them to thrive and be their truest selves and move forward into adulthood with a foundation of respect and strength.
LTBB will help facilitate the program’s housing and transportation, in addition to a myriad of logistical factors to ensure the program’s participants are fully secure and safe in their new home-away-from-homes. This program will allow people — who may have never had the chance otherwise — to experience and connect with the local and regional businesses that are the backbone of Provincetown’s thriving tourist economy.
“We import a summer workforce every year in Provincetown (Ptown), one of the few places in the country where it is safe to live and work as an out member of the LGBTQ community. As a young person growing up in the south, I had no idea a place like Ptown existed. I feel we have a unique opportunity to go from telling kids ‘it gets better’ to SHOWING them what better looks like,” said Kristen Becker.
Two years ago, comedian Kristen Becker (that’s me) (The Advocate, Dykes of Hazard) teamed up with Pastor Jay Bakker (One Punk Under God, 20/20, Good Morning America) to bring a message of love and acceptance throughout the Deep South. Loosen the Bible Belt (LTBB) was born.
Recently in the United States there has been a noticeable upswing in bigotry and all-around bullying towards the LGBTQ community, making places in the country that were once tricky to navigate, downright dangerous. Three trans women were murdered in Louisiana already this year and it’s only March; this is just one example of an increasingly terrifying set of statistics developing during the current political climate.
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