Welcome Back!

Bye, New York...

Bye, New York…

Hello, Milwaukee!

Hello, Milwaukee!

And then the bus ride from Milwaukee back to Oshkosh... almost there!

And then the bus ride from Milwaukee back to Oshkosh… almost there!

 

Never make your home in a place, make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey. It has been a pleasure traveling with these young women, and cant wait to see what the future holds for us!

Megan, Jen, Jasmine, McKenzie, Rya, Katie, Emily, Hannah, and Brianna. ASB New York 2014!

Megan, Jen, Jasmine, McKenzie, Rya, Katie, Emily, Hannah, and Brianna.
ASB New York 2014!

Sette Giorni (Day Seven)

Our last full day in beautiful NYC and our first stop of the day was to the Brooklyn Bridge. The view from the bridge was incredible! Similar to a famous bridge in France, locks in all shapes & sizes lined the railings.

The Brooklyn Bridge.

The Brooklyn Bridge.

The group heading down the Brooklyn Bridge.

The group heading down the Brooklyn Bridge.

Many individuals leave locks or phrases on the Brooklyn Bridge. We felt it was another great opportunity to leave our mark as well.  ASB New York 2014: Fight AIDs. Love Life.

Many individuals leave locks or phrases on the Brooklyn Bridge. We felt it was another great opportunity to leave our mark as well.
ASB New York 2014: Fight AIDs. Love Life.

This was also our last day at GMHC  and to finish up our time there, we watched a documentary about the HIV/AIDS activist group Act Up! The documentary discussed  the struggles that plagued those living with HIV/AIDS in the years before much was known about the disease. After our time at GMHC, the group went to a local clinic and got tested, to experience what it would be like in the shoes of someone going through the worries and doubts of such test results.

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We also made a pit stop at the historical Stonewall Inn. The legendary Stonewall Inn is the birthplace of the modern Gay Rights movement.  On June 28th, 1969, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn fought back against what had become regular, tolerated, city sanctioned harassment by the police department.  For the first time in history members of the LGBT community refused to accept such oppression and stood up for themselves and, ultimately, the global LGBT community.  The Stonewall Inn, and the rebellion here, became the iconic flashpoint that sparked the long, uphill battle towards equality for all members of the Gay community.

The historical Stonewall Inn.

The historical Stonewall Inn.

Newspaper clippings in Stonewall concerning the unfortunate event.

Newspaper clippings in Stonewall concerning the unfortunate event.

For our final dinner as a group in New York we went to Carmine’s an Italian, family style restaurant.
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Gotta Get Down on Friday!

This was our last day of volunteering. It was our favorite day! We helped Don at the Father McKenna Center with breakfast and lunch and everything in between. There was a lot going on in the kitchen. We made salmon patties, french fries, coleslaw and cookies for the guys.

Jacob was on shower patrol, he got to sign the guys into the shower and then cleaned the showers afterwords.

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After we were done volunteering we went to the National Zoo! It was very fun seeing all the animals. The groups favorites were the Pandas, Elephant, and the Lion.

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We ended the day with seeing Ford’s Theater, doing some souvenir shopping, and having one last family dinner!

Overall, the trip has provided us with our own stories and experiences that we will have for a lifetime and can grow from. I am happy to have shared such a life changing experience with such an awesome group of people that always kept me laughing and changeling myself through the week. We can’t wait to share our stories with all of our readers, family, and friends!!

Goodbye Chrystal & the Gang!

We ventured out into New York City without our trip advisor, Danielle, and were successfully able to navigate our way to the Empire State Building. Megan, Jasmine, Hannah, and Brianna made their way to the top for a beautiful view of the city.

The Empire State Building.

The Empire State Building.

The view from the Empire State Building on the 88th floor.

The view from the Empire State Building on the 88th floor.

We served our last lunch at GMHC. With heavy hearts and teary eyes we say our goodbyes to Chrystal and the gang.

Fight AIDs. Love Life.

Fight AIDs. Love Life.

We visited the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in SoHo after volunteering. The bew exhibit was not open to the public, but the staff were nice enough to let us explore an hour before their press release!

The Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

The Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

McKenzie reading the introduction to the "Stroke" exhibit.

McKenzie reading the introduction to the “Stroke” exhibit.

The gallery was not suitable for all viewers. These are some of the  more appropriate artworks from the "Stroke" display within the Lesie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.

The gallery was not suitable for all viewers. These are some of the (more appropriate) artworks from the “Stroke” exhibit within the Lesie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.

Why We Fight!

This morning started off with sleeping in for the majority of us ladies but there were 3 brave souls who did another round of early morning traveling to visit Carlo’s Bakery (from the show Cake Boss on TLC) in New Jersey. I (Jen) was lucky enough to have one of the girls bring back two cannolis for me and they were simply deliscious!

Carlo's Bakery in New Jersey!

Carlo’s Bakery in New Jersey!

Megan as happy as can be outside of Carlo's Bakery!

Megan as happy as can be outside of Carlo’s Bakery!

The group served lunch to GMHC clients and chatted them up again. Todat was a special day with two guest speakers, both HIV positive. The first speaker’s story was very sad but at the same time very eye opening. Its easy to say that everyone in our grouo did some major rethinking about things/events in their lives and how we need to take a step back, and reflect on the important things in life.
We also got to visit an exhibit entitled “Why We Fight” and it talks about some of the history and struggles people with HIV/AIDs in the past but also within current events. We were very impressed with the information provided by this exhibit and felt that anyone could easily understand the intended messages.

Why We Fight: Remembering AIDS Activism exhibit. Small but very powerful.

Why We Fight: Remembering AIDS Activism exhibit. Small but very powerful.

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Installations from the Why We Fight exhibit.

For more information on HIV and AIDs please visit:

www.gmhc.org/

aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/

For dinner we ventured to Planet Hollywood in Time’s Square!

Planet Hollywood on the right! Food was quite delicious!

Planet Hollywood on the right! Food was quite delicious!

Clean plates every time.

Clean plates every time.

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