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Are you hosting a Gay Smoke Out event this year?
Please let us know. We want to share your successes and not so successes with others next year. Let's help others through networking and sharing. Don't forget to ask your local American Cancer Society to get involved. They have great literature and most of it is free. (Not LGBT specific but perhaps someday).

What Other Communities Have Done
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Gay, Lesbian Resource Center
2001 and 2002

We held our event, a Gay American Smoke Out Educational meeting at the GLRC of Cedar Rapids. Turn out was small but well received by the LGBT community. We advertised the event in our monthly publication for two months before the event and made fliers and posters to put up at local lgbt friendly establishments. We handed out Quit Kits and Commit to Quit Kits from Glaxosmithkline pharmaceuticals. Our community partners included, the local Substance Abuse council, the American Cancer Society, American Lung and Heart Association. Budget: $300 from our operating expenses.

We asked one of the gay bars to go smoke free for the night but the owner would not even think of going smoke free. Told us that they would loose too much money.

Honolulu, Hawaii
Gay and Lesbian Community Center
2001

In 2001 the Hawaii Gay and Lesbian Community Center helped get a gay bar to go smoke free for the night. Several drag queens participated had tobacco prevention related games and gave out Quit Kits and lots of prizes. In 2002 Ken has 3 gay bars participating! Go Ken!

Vancouver, Washington
Southwest Washington Health District
2001

In 2001, the Southwest Washington Health District worked with two groups:
The North Bank Tavern and Sexual Minority Services Project & Drop in Center

We produced & distributed "The Last Drag" quit kits lolliipops & "window " pens (with the "5-Ds to cope with urges") both of which had the Washington State Quit Line number printed on them, and at the tavern only, the "Impotent" poster & postcards (from California's Tobacco Education Clearinghouse), and "Out & Free" matches.

We didn't advertise, play games or try to get the tavern to go smoke free.

Don't know what our costs were but we do have a tobacco prevention & cessation grant from our state health dept that comes from the tobacco settlement funds, and reaching disparate groups with a social marketing campaign is one of the methods we agreed to do in our annual work plan.

How was the 2001 event received?
James Lanz interviewed one of the North Bank's bartenders after Smoke Out last year & he said: the materials we provided "made more of an impact than anything that's been done here before" and "it all made an impact on a lot of people, including me...I'm trying to quit."

About the Out & Free matches: "a couple were offended by the message on the back ('Coming out & quitting tobacco there are more similarities than most queers realize') but a lot of people liked the matches."

The Last Drag quit kits: "got an excellent response...(customers) were pulling out the rubber bands and trying them out" and "the whole packet was good."

Quit Line Lollipops: we "put them out in bowls like Halloween candy and people took them...we kept refilling the bowls."

Impotent posters: "everybody commented on them...we've got them everywhere...people didn't laugh, it made them think about it" and "the posters were a very powerful weapon...it takes a minute to figure out the poster."

We also hosted a Gay Smoke Out booth at the Vancouver Gay Pride celebrations in July in 2000 and 2001.

2002
Will do a similar promotion with The North Bank Tavern. We ordered "Gay American Smoke Out" plastic bags to put our quit kit contents into and a supply of RAVE cards gaysmokeout.net. Also, copies of "Out to Quit" stop smoking booklet from Gay City (206) 860-6969 and we'll modify it to include our own community's resources inside the back cover.

We'll also provide drink coasters (from the state health dept) with a Quit Line ad on them and matches with the Quit Line logo & number (that we produced locally).

Albany, New York
Albany County Health Department
2002

We changed the date to Nov 14th (since we will be in San Francisco on the 21st). The day before the event we are sponsoring an awards dinner for the local gay and lesbian community center (they decided to no longer accept tobacco industry money). On the 14th, we got a local gay bay (the "Oh Bar") to go smoke-free for happy hour! Just two hours but better than nothing! The program manger of the community center and one of our tobacco-free coalition members met with the owner and he agreed to the idea. His concern about continuing it all night was enforcement. We have been advertising it in local weekly newspapers and will be mailing out flyers to members of the gay and lesbian community center. We will be handing out water bottles, match books with a number for local cessation classes, quit kits with gum and information on quitting.

Our event is sponsored by the Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition and with advertising, will probably cost about $2500. We have a large budget for programming from New York State Dept. of Health and the CDC. Our Coalition members include the American Cancer Society and they are very supportive!

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mpower
2002

We are working with some of the local bars here to make that day, or their busiest day around 3rd Thursday smoke-free, we'll have a table with info and the Gay Smoke Out banner...etc. We will also be doing our safer sex outreach at the same time.

We talked to the manager of the Albuquerque Mining Company and he said he would think about it, at the least we will be able to have a table and giveaways...not sure what our outreach team can come up with. Usually we are an HIV Prevention program. It certainly is raising awareness out here though as there is absolutely no other gay group doing anything targeting our community for smoke-free issues at all!

Los Angeles, CA
LA Gay & Lesbian Center
2001

Made really cool Quit Kits and handed them out at Borders Books and Music, Virgin Record Megastore, The Palms (a women's bar) and at the LA Gay & Lesbian Community Center. Sponsors included: The American Lung Association, the LGBT Tobacco Control Coalition, Boarders, The American Cancer Society, Female FYI and 1-800-No-BUTTS.
2002
Hosting information tables at 3 local gay venues. Club lips (women's night), Cicus Disco (mixed gay bar), Buzz Coffee and at the Virgin Record Megastore.

Boston, MA
The Home for Little Wanderers
2001 and 2002

Worked with the local American Cancer Society.

Washington, DC
Mautner Project for Lesbians With Cancer
2001 and 2002

The Mautner Project conducted LGBT tobacco prevention outreach in front of a local LGBT bookstore and at two local bars. We placed ads in several newspapers and had Ciggy Buttz (the giant cigarette costume) walk around and speak with people.

Raleigh, North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services
2002

Ordered a variety of LGBT tobacco fact Rave Cards

Denver, Colorado
Gay and Lesbian Community Center
2002

We are hosting a Drag Free Drag Show for our LGBT youth at Rainbow Alley. We advertised in Weird Sisters, Outfront Colorado and will put posters up around the community. There will be lots of literature, candy, gum and other prizes. Our Community partner is the Denver Allicance on Tobacco and Health. Budget: $5000.

Detroit, Michigan
Affirmations Gay & Lesbian Center
2002

TBD

Springfield, Missouri
Gay and Lesbian Community Center
2002

TBD

Contact Information
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Gay, Lesbian Resource Center
Email:
Contact: Scott Alt
Phone: (319) 366-2055

Honolulu, Hawaii
Gay and Lesbian Community Center
Contact: Ken Miller
Email:
Phone: (808) 951-7000

Vancouver, Washington
Southwest Washington Health District
Email:
Contact: James Lanz, RN
Phone: (360) 397-8416

Albany, New York
Albany County Health Department
Email:
Contact: Erin Wisnewski

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mpower
Email:
Contact: John Hamiga
Phone: (505) 232-2990

Los Angeles, CA
LA Gay & Lesbian Center
Email:
Contact: Loretta Worthington
Phone: (626) 299-3201

Raleigh, North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services
Contact: Laurie Mettam-Rude
Phone: (919) 733-1881

Denver, Colorado
Gay and Lesbian Community Center
Email:
Contact: Kelly Shinn
Phone: (303) 831-0442

Boston, MA
The Home for Little Wanderers
Email:
Contact: Amy Thibault
Phone: (617) 585-7547

Washington, DC
Mautner Project for Lesbians With Cancer
Email:
Contact: Kim Goodman
Phone: (202) 332-5536

Denver, Colorado
Gay and Lesbian Community Center
Email:
Contact: Kelly Shinn
Phone: (303) 831-0442


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