Monday, November 30, 2009

COP CyberMonday

CYBER COP 24/7: Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! It's cyber monday and we are doing what we do best in bringing you the latest gizmo to circulate our brand of news. Check out our new newsbyte video featuring this weekend's Belles & Boots Show. So, don't spend all your dollars elsewhere, come on by and assist DSRA as we prepare for Rodeo in the Rock 2011 and beyond. If you can't make it, don't forget that your donations are always welcomed. Let's hear from you TODAY!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

And the COP Beat goes On until it's over....

It's a holiday week and this forum is blowing through the e-blast at a rapid pace as the countdown to the "fat lady singing" come this December 31 continues in full force. Ladies and Gents no waiting in aisle 3, so let's spill it shall we...

WAD 2009: In a past posting I mused about preparations for World AIDS Day 09 and what I felt was a lackluster line up of activities. However, out of no where came the word of Sheryl Lee Ralphs' (pictured) one woman show, "Sometimes I Cry", hit the airwaves in search of an audience. To my applause I thought that this event was stepping more to the plate for the occasion not to mention my personal taste. Although I had some head scratching about the venue being Wildwood Park For the Arts in far flung Western Pulaski County, but again I'm all about crossing boundaries, therefore why not. According to their website, they've got a state of the art facility which I assume will meet Ms. Ralphs expectations. So, I went in search of a ticket to this event only to discover that there was a "waiting list" after just a week of ads. A waiting list? I didn't realize that Ms. Ralph had such a following even though I realize that she has been a Broadway as well as TV star. Furthermore, I was intrigued if locals were aware of her one woman show or her HIV/AIDS activism since she's never made an appearance prior to her upcoming show. Nevertheless, I'm glad to know that there's such an interest, but with all that said, I'm still waiting on tickets. This is more confounding since the show is still being advertised on local radio even though there are supposedly no tickets available? What' up with this maneuver is any body's guess and I do mean anybody. Who knew that Wildwood's concert hall would be the place to be seen or this show such a hot World AIDS Day ticket. I'll keep you posted if I make the cut...

FACEBOOK Blow-UP: For awhile I was not involved with the Facebook mash up, but since I set up the page, it's been off the chain as the young set say. I've gotten hits from folks whom I haven't heard from, not sure how they even know me or seen in years! It's been the damnest thing and I've been loving it. Thanks to all who have "friended" me, sent me all types of shout-outs, gadgets, gizmos and what have you's. Social networking has truly proved it self as means to either get or stay connected. If you haven't seen the spot, then be sure and check it out soon. Hopefully we'll continue to check in even after we shut COP:24/7 down later this year.

Sunday Pulsar: Yes it's true that I get around on the circuit, but every now and then have good time that might have been overlooked. This is true of last Sunday nights outing to PULSE after the mega throw down that I heard about over at the Discovery Complex. Unfortunately, I can't be everywhere and I don't like standing in line for no length of time as well. Thus, I opted to catch Breanna Braxton and Crew, which I must say worked til their mugs almost fell off. The small crowd was uniquely festive including some NYC visitors that turned up the volume and Little Rock met them toe to toe. I was particular jarred by the "you call it and we do it" that the trio went into as the crowd shouted out favorites for the DJ to play. If you haven't had a chance to stop through PULSE on Sunday evenings for either their Beer Bust or show, then you might want to consider stepping out very soon. Tell them I told you about it all...

COP 24/7 Tickler: Have you heard the Belles and Boots promo announcement? Well, why not! It's posted on the top margin. Just click the EVOCA icon, adjust your volume and enjoy. Come on out to support. Isn't it all about community?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Number 602 and counting

602. Just what's significant about that number you wonder? Well, it's the number of this posting, meaning that this forum has produced Six Hundred Two versions of CorneliusOnpoint. Wow, that's a lot mouthing off, updating, factoids, and veribage that has passed through this portal in search of empowering our readers in the GLBTQ community and beyond. If you count the actual words, it's some where in the ballpark of over 100,000 words that have been delievered to this site over the last 4 years. How sweet it has been, especially as we prepared to take our final bow come December 31, 2009. But until then, let's see what's really going on....

Teachable Moments: The Center for Artistic Revolution will be sponsoring a workshop entitled, "Butch/Femme in Arkansas & Ourselves" on Monday, November 30 at 6:00 pm, 1st Presbyterian Church. The seesion will explore the words "butch and femme" which can bring a lot of images and thoughts to mind. Some say these are lesbian identities of the past. Others purport butch/femme identities are expanding to include various gender presentations and identities including transfolk, studs, AGs, and more. There will be a lively discussion and workshop on the history of butch/femme, the significance of these identities and roles today, and our own views on what butch/femme means in our lives and in our rural/southern queer movement. ALL are welcome to attend this workshop, including but not limited to butches, femmes, questioning, curious, and allies of ALL AGES. This event is FREE and will be followed by a social with a Potluck social at 8PM. The workshop will be facilitated by Amanda Harris. Amanda is a queer-southern-feminist-femme living in Brooklyn. Amanda organizes with Femme Family NYC, is a board member of Center for Artistic Revolution, and works with homeless queer youth in New York.

Benefits A-G-GO: As World AIDS Day approaches there are many activities churing aobut including an AIDS Benefit @ Club Pulse December 1st, hosted by the U.A.L.R. Alliance, 8:00PM-2:00AM. The door cover AND donations goes to the Arkansas AIDS Foundation, which is an endangered organization in our community that needs our help! So come out and support your community while enjoying great entertainment!The Go-Go Revolution Girls will be appearing! HOTT HOTT HOTT GIRLS! LIVE MUSIC (in Offcenter room) starring...JILL STRINGHAM's band ANGELYN JOLLEY's band

DRAG SHOW (in Pulse room) starring...Brittney Paige- MCBreeanna Braxton Paige Mshay Foster, Tionne Iman ,Diedra Winsor Walker, Blair Paige, Gino Murano, Valentino Rios, Johnny DeMarco, Marco Delgatto and SIMONE: Slam Poet

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Queer Frontier & Windmills 2.0

I know that Oprah's news of leaving the air has shaken the landscape, but I've been in preparations to conclude this forum long before she blasted her news. Even though it's not been 25 years, it's been a wonderful 4 years of offering my own personal brand of news related to the GLBTQ community and beyond. Who will take Miss O place is all that folks are talking about but who will take my place is what pertinent to this community. There is a lack of media covering this community or it's issues. Yes, there are some newsletters, webrings, group sites or what have you, but COP:24/7 has been the dominant force as the gatekeeper for such news. At this time, there have been some who have expressed interest but nothing has been confirmed. Only time will tell who or what will take up the mantle meanwhile taking it to the next level. Until then, as we continue the count down to 12.31.09, we will stay on point til the end.

VOICES CARRY: At every opportunity I'm thrilled for any interaction with readers or those who have valuable words to share. DL has been an ardent reader and supporter for this forum. I can always detect her passion in her writing and here's more of it for you to ponder and speculate. It's unedited and she owns the message.
Earlier this year, through his Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), President Obama announced there would be a series of Town Hall Community Discussions in a dozen locations around the US (and territories), in order to create a long overdue National AIDS Strategy. Jackson, Mississippi was one of the cities selected, and the meeting was held on November 16th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Jackson Medical Mall. I, along with several Arkansans went. This is what I said.
My name is Diedra J. Levi, Director of Brothas & Sistas Inc., an HIV Prevention and Community Enhancement team for the LGBT People of Color in Arkansas. I remember the day GRIDS became AIDS and that night I lost my first friend to this disease. Now, 25 years and over 200 funerals later, I am affected by AIDS.
The unmet need in Arkansas is 70% as opposed to the 30% national average. In prevention work we are told to encourage testing which creates a paradox. Of the 30% of people positive for HIV, 200 of them will be denied care as of the first of the year due to funding shortfalls. Positive people in care are the first line of defense in prevention. We in prevention ask why we should test anyone to only send them into depression, anxiety and a waiting list. The virus doesn’t wait, nor does it care about eligibility.
My question to the White House is; is bad weather the only thing that can deem a state a disaster area which triggers emergency funding? Without medication, T-cell counts go down, viral loads go up and so does the infection rate. There is no gap period for the virus. Can’t Arkansas be a disaster area by definition?
A disaster area is a region or a locale heavily damaged by either natural hazards, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, earthquakes, technological hazards including nuclear and radiation accidents, or sociological hazards like riots, terrorism or war. The population living there often experiences a loss of energy supply, food, services, and an increasing risk of disease. Declarations of disaster areas open up the affected areas for national or international aid.
We ask that you use this emergency plan criterion “If the disaster response is
beyond local and state capacity, federal resources may be activated” , and send emergency funding to save the lives of the citizen/voters of Arkansas.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wednesday Hump

What a week so far! It's the mad dash the week before the Turkey and Fixings in a whirlwind holiday spin down to our final posting come December 31, 2009. Can it be done? Will it be done? Where will it all end up? Of course you've got to stay locked and loaded to this forum for all of the "what's really going " updates, breaking news, video, pod casting and whatever makes the cut before we make our grand exit. Until then, let's percolate shall we....

Health, Me & U: The health debate continues to rage in congressional chambers and across the nation with a plethora of dueling viewpoints for our daily consumption. Early this week MSNBC highlighted an excellent segment regarding health reform and why it is needed. I stated numerous times that this issue is pertinent to the GLBTQ community and our voices as well as reactions must be apart of the dialogue. Especially the solutions that will ultimately affect many within our community. You can find that segment from this link: Also featured is Arkansas' Lt. Governor Bill Halter talking about this Saturday's(11.21.09) upcoming free health care clinic. At this posting over 1000 patients have called requesting the various services being offered. As well to date their are also over 1200 health care providers and volunteers in place to signify that there is no greater cause than this free clinic, which is specifically for those who do not have health insurance. Many of us may have been bombarded over the nights, watching similar segments that are simply heartbreaking meanwhile feeling helpless because there is not anything that you can really do to help. Saturday is the day when the "I" in action can finally make a difference. It's vitally important that each of us do something to show why it is important that this health care reform bill passes so everyone can have access to health care and these temporary free clinics will become obsolete. Arkansas's Congressional delegation should be embarrassed that this plight is being put right out front in global view. Please take a moment to view the link to see how this Saturday's event is something that none of us should sit on the sidelines and only watch and read about on Sunday morning or any morning for that matter.

JCCSI is seeking trained HIV counseling and testing volunteers. If you are so qualified and would like to help out, please email, Michelle Smith, JCCSI - Below are the shifts needed.
11AM-1 PM
1-3 PM
3-5 PM
5-7 PM

Volunteer at the November 21st Little Rock C.A.R.E. Clinic

The website is for both medical and non-medical volunteers to sign up . Please forward the following link to all of your contacts, members, etc:
Free Clinic Information:
Toll-free number for patients - 877-236-7617 Free Clinic Line - Little Rock

Blanche on the Line: She's at the center of the ongoing health care storm and Sen. Blanche Lincoln is dancing as fast as she can in making her case about her position on the issues. Enter The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to an e-blurb from Lincoln stating that the bill was introduced in the United States Senate on Wednesday night, November 18, 2009. She states that Senate Leader's agreed to her request to allow 72 hours for Arkansans and the American people to view this proposed health insurance reform bill before the Senate considers a procedural vote that would open debate on the bill. That vote will be completed by Saturday night, November 21. While copies of the bill are available from various sources, I just wanted to let you know that I have now posted the entire bill on my website. Click here to read the full text of the bill. This is another step in the long task we have undertaken to improve America's health care system so Arkansas working families and small businesses can count on having access to health care without facing potential finance ruin. I am currently reviewing the text of the bill. Importantly, even if the Senate decides to open debate on this measure, there will be many days and weeks of efforts to improve it and I will look forward to your comments and observations.
COP24/7: Tickler...
Don't Forget the Belles & Boots: An Evening of Royalty, Dec. 5. 2009 at DSRA ClubHouse, Doors open at 8pm Showtime 9:30 pm $5.00 donation It's a do not miss event of the holiday season!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday Roustabout

And we're off! The countdown clock has begun as we prepare to bring the ship into dry dock come December 31, 2009. That leaves us about 33 days until the final items in this forum "make the cut" here at COP:24/7. While it last, you are going to get the latest updates, commentary, links, video and damn it probably the kitchen sink. Stay locked and loaded as we bring it all to the table for your consumption. Let's Roustabout!

DSRA Steppin: COP:24/7 sends out a "high Five" to the DSRA delegation that winged their way to the International Gay Rodeo Association's conference in Toronto, Canada. Unfortunately, I was unable to make the trek, but due to the associations web savvy, I was able to catch a live stream from the event. Even though it's not actually as good as being their, but making the event accessible using this tech gizmo was a great marketing device and information portal. The association did note that their were noticeable "broadband speed" issues, yet I still watched board proceedings including the important announcement of the 2010 host site which will be Reno, Nevada. Also, IGRA University will welcome IGRA member associations for their training camp in Las Vegas, January 15-17, 2010. I guess I'll be packing my saddle bags for some more travel to represent Arkansas' association. In the meantime, don't forget our Royalty show, "Belles & Boots: A Evening of Royalty" December 5, 2009, 4525 Hoffman Road Doors open at 8 pm, Showtime: 9:30 p.m. $5.00 donation. Come start you holiday celebration with the team as we prepare for Rodeo in the Rock 2011! Thanks to Miss M. M. for the graphics and participation. It's all about community isn't it!

BarWatch: If I wasn't busy enough, I still found time "to do the circuit" last weekend which was filled to the gills with activity. Let's say it again, "if you can't find things to do or events that are your cup of tea, then perhaps you should think about it a little more." It was whirlwind tour-de-force/ bust a move starting with STAR Bar which was gearing up for a private party in one section and the rest of the venue available for other guest. Larry W & crew are staying the course as an alternative option for entertainment with food, cool music and metro surroundings that everyone should find time to enjoy. There new deck should be a hot spot come next spring if they can survive those long winter nights in the city. The next stopover was, SpeakEasy Supper Club where a quick drink was met with hugs and kisses from matriarch Miss M. The club was teeming with faces filling themselves with appetizers, drinks and listening to some great music from a scheduled assemble. It's been a long and winding road for this outlet, but according to owners they are "in it to win it," that being the staying power game. They're giving it there all and it shows. It was on to the 7Th street corridor for a drop in at 610 Center and on to the OffCenter/ Pulse mash up for an evening of productions featuring MGA, Alyssa Edwards. As usual Whitney Paige was in full form and although the crowd wasn't SRO everyone seemed invigorated. I predicted that this venue would eventually become a show destination and the array of talent that's being showcased is off the chain. With that said, the venue is also made itself available for many fundraising efforts for worthy causes as well. If you missed me, and most likely you did since I'm a moving target, catch me when you can!
New Group Search: There's still some conversations being bandied about concerning forming a offshoot of BWMT in Little Rock. Those involved in interracial relationships are seeking like minded couples, individuals or allies to gather for social as well as educational opportunities. So far, nothing concrete has been announced, but I got a feeling that some thing's right around the bend. Stay tuned for the update. If you've got info, let's hear about it!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday Roll OUT

Hello Monday you old friend of mine, so glad to see you rolling around again! Yeah, it's a fresh week as 2009 continues to winds down. Can you believe that we've already blown through another year on our way to the first decade of the 21st century. Whew times is flying by with a quickness and for the meantime COP:24/7 is preparing to give it all it's got until the fat lady sings December 31, 2009. Ladies and Gentlemen then we will sign off this wonderful experience in communication geared toward outreach to the LGBTQ community and beyond. Until we close up shop, this forum will continue to give you more of what you will miss when were done. So, without delay let's get busy shall we....

Speaking Volumes: Remember that adage:"From the mouths of babes..." Well, I as well as the nation got an ear full from Master Will Phillips whom stated that he would not be pledging his allegiance to the flag since he felt that this nation was not living up to the standard that was cited in the pledge. According to his statement, he knew that there was still racism, sexism as well as the lack of gays and lesbians to marry. I was literally struck dumbfounded at his clarity and ability to articulate his viewpoint at the ripe old age 10. Furthermore, my heart goes out to him taking such a public stance in the small town of West Fork and unafraid to answer the media spotlight that will highlight his words. Often it's been said that it's the youth that will help make a difference in this world and Mr. Phillips gives me hope that he will be apart of that change. As I watched him, I couldn't help think of my younger days full of voice and questions about this place we call the home of brave and land of the free. I believe that his interview can stand lone in our daily posting. There's nothing more for me to add except for the words..."What have you done today to be Proud?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Talking Out Loud Thursday: The Rouge Edition

It's going, going and still going on here at COP:24/7! Yes, my pretties life goes on and damn it we mean it too! Therefore, there's no need of fooling around, we're going rouge like the rest of em...

Independent EXIT: Well he done done it. Lou Dobbs, CNN's proverbial firebrand, flame thrower and shot caller has left the building. Literally! Last evening, Dobbs broadsided myself and the rest of his viewers by announcing that he was giving his last broadcast for the news behemoth. Say What, I thought? Are we being punked? Who's zooming who Lou! Apparently, Dobbs has had enough of whatever was going on behind the scenes and not to mention out on the streets. I have watched his broadcast with great interest and attended his standing room only 2008 lecture featuring his most recent book, Independence Day. It's no secret that Mr. D has stirred emotions, has raised the ire of some folk and called other's out front and center about their actions. Dobbs has been berated, maligned and accused of eschewing bigotry with his immigration stance. In numerous interviews, Dobbs has been passionate that his views are not such and that many of his statements have been misinterpreted or skewed. I've listened to Dobbs on many occasions, including during his Little Rock stop, where he even did his broadcast from this city. I've found him to be certainly thought provoking, as well as engaging individuals to look beyond the surface or rhetoric for more substantive answers for which he gets my respect. Personally, I would rather have a man tell me what he's all about than dealing with someone whom can't fully explain themselves. I suspect that Mr. Dobbs's listening tours brought him some great insights and probably some well heeled contributors that will allow him to re-emerge as "Candidate Dobbs." Only time will tell, but I'm betting that we've not heard the last of Mr. Independent. Hey Lou thanks for enriching my vocabulary and giving me the "temerity" to keep on keeping on!

World AIDS Day 09: I posted an item about the scheduled activities for WAD 09 and so far I've heard very little response concerning those events. Am I to understand that a County Balloon Release and Essay contest constitutes the creativity or better yet capabilities of this community? I've mentioned it in the past about "people power, etc." but gosh dern is this all that can be produced from one year to another? In full disclosure, I had planned to attend the planning session, but the meeting date was changed. Therefore causing me a scheduling conflict, which didn't facilitate my participation. Yet, that's beside the point and the outcome "is what it is" as it is often said. Meanwhile, as I was digesting or attempting to wrap this around my mind, then I get broadsided yet again with the news of a Comedy View type show being sponsored by AMHC ( Arkansas Minority Health Commission) slated for 11.28.09 featuring non "A" Lister's and in my opinion with limited appeal. What's going on here? There's dollars in some one's line item for a Comedy show but World AIDS Day gets balloons and Essays? Surely there's got to be some more pots on the WAD burner Wow, talk about those Tobacco settlement dollars at work.

OH Canada: Arkansas contingent from the DSRA will be winging their way to Toronto, Canada for the IGRA 2009 Convention. Unfortunately, I won't be able to join them this outing, but look forward to the announcement of next years gathering. I hope to get some updates or breaking news from the site on what's going on with associations from across the nation and globally. I was impressed that some of the proceeding were to be "streamed" over the Net for a glimpse inside the workings of the group. Talk about taking it to the next level, now, that's staying on point and stepping to the plate!! You go IGRA!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Everything is Everything: The Tuesday Edition

Its's still fast and furious here at COP:24/7 How do we do it? It's anybody's guess and we continue to bring you updates, outtakes, re-takes and just plain old stuff. It's all going down right here and right now. Are you ready for some more, then let's go for it....

History Anyone: This site was proud to be apart of Equality Forums yearly celebration of GLBT History Month. In our fourth year we posted their daily video post which featured an wide array of individuals in the lavender history lexicon. This forum has attempted to empower our readers with this information including offering prizes in conjunction with the effort. However, our numbers and interaction was not as impressive as those reported by the organization. Even though we are in the computer age, I'm disappointed that we were unable to garner more hits or interest. It is for these reasons that we are analyzing our effectiveness in this community and whether our web presence has run it course. A final decision will be made within 30 days and the results will be announced. According to Equality Forum, in 2009, received:
4,200,000 Web Hits
1,100,000 Page Views
200,000+ Unique Visitors
For GLBT History Month 2008, there were 600,000 Web hits. Over 650 nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and for-profit corporations had a link to GLBT History Month 2009 on their Web sites, making GLBT History Month the largest collaborative GLBT project. In 2006, when Equality Forum launched GLBT History Month, 20 organizations had a link. "GLBT History Month opens our minds, especially those of our youth, to the possibilities of what we may become," said Dr. Luke Jensen, Director of LGBT Equity at University of Maryland, a collaborating partner. "The 700% increase in Web hits, page views and unique visitors reflects increased focus on YouTube, Face book, Twitter and blogs," stated Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director of Equality Forum. "Our in-kind media sponsors, collaborating organizations, broadcasters airing the 30-second PSA, and community activists made a huge difference in leveraging the resources of GLBT History Month 2009." I've championed the use of the Net as an outreach tool unilaterally, even though there's been some response, overall I can't determine just how much we've penetrated the community overall. If you've got comments, ideas, observations, the floor is open for at least the next few weeks.

Monday, November 09, 2009

A 360 Taking it to the Streets

Another weekend burned brightly and boldly in Central City with myself moving about the going's on and such. I'm still baffled by those who continue to whine that there's nothing going on. WRONG, there's plenty of opportunities for fun, empowerment, entertainment and meeting new folks. You have to bring yourself to where it's taking place and then, do what you ask? Simply say, Hello! Is it that simple? Actually it really is and you should try it sometimes. In the meantime, here we go with the latest from COP:24/7!

Crowns-R-Us: Alyssa Edwards (1st alternate Miss Gay Heartland) captured the crown as Miss Gay America 2010. He was a longtime competitor with the MGA system throughout the country. I would like to extend my personal "congrats" to the Arkansas contingent that participated in the Miss Gay America pageant held last week in the STL. Our representatives, MGAA Christina Saxton, and 1st Alternate, Zia D'Yor gave it there best in an extremely competitive field of nationwide contestants. You can catch some candid shots on Miss D's myspace page or you can get a glimpse of the new royalty on the Miss Gay America Website.

Boot Scootin DSRA Style: It was another fine time at the DSRA Clubhouse this weekend with back to back activities featuring a Saturday evening Chili Cook off and Sippin Sunday/ Birthday Bash. I recall that there were at least 8 chili's vying for an array to awards ranging from Best to Anything Goes. I was not a judge but I got a chance to taste each entry and theirs some cooking talent in that camp. Want to know who won? Well, I'm not revealing that here, you'll have to click to the DSRA website for all the skinny. Sunday night's Sippin karaoke evening is becoming another clubhouse favorite featuring music by DJ Nate and singers bringing down the house. What's coming around the bend, it's the Boots & Belle's: A Night of Royalty show spotlighting the newly installed royalty team. It's December 5, Doors open 8 p.m. and showtime 9:30. There's going to be a silent auction and so much more. Stay tuned for more information. If you've not had the chance to check out DSRA, it's a must stop on your entertainment crawl.

"SIX MONTHS TO GO": Senatorial hopeful Jay Barth is inviting the public at large to his latest fundraiser on Tuesday, November 17 at 5:30pm. at Cajun's Wharf (2400 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock, AR 72202) Mr. Barth has been aggressively seeking volunteers, contributors, allies and the SGL community for his bid as the next openly gay legislator. I read over his website and discovered some rather interesting viewpoints. If you have nothing to do, or need something to do, get involved in the campaign of your choice! Remember that it takes People, Money and Commitment to effect change. What you gonna do?

THE WALL: Today is the 20TH anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I remember it well and in later years I had a chance to see a section of that wall while visiting Eureka Springs. Everyday I'm literally amazed at the history that has passed before my eyes as well as it's affect on my senses. Life is so short, a blip, a blink or wisp of existence that I've learned not to take for granted but have embraced every nano second of my journey thus far. I'm taking the time to explore, discover and enjoy the landscape and all that inhabit it. Here's some food for thought, "don't waste time talking about doing something, but rather make time to get it done!"

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Thursday Frame-Out 2.0

We're rolling right into the weekend and the e-box is busting loose with news, updates, commentary, video and so much more. Therefore, let's do a Thursday Frame-Out with a quickness. Ready? Let's do it....

Clinton Lectures Online: I'm a lecture fan and I have no apologies for that. I find it stimulating, invigorating and empowering to hear as well as see engaging individuals with competent viewpoints or those with competing viewpoints that make my cerebellum work harder. The Clinton School Speaker Series is a dynamic outlet for this type of enlightenment and hey, it's absolutely, FREE. Talk about a cheap date! Furthermore, if you've got transportation issues or perhaps just can't get your self out the house, the series is also available on the Net at A few weeks back I had a chance to catch the Neil Giuliano lecture which I found extremely interesting on numerous levels. Unfortunately, I wish that more of the actual SGL community would've been present or even more so, Mr. Giuliano could have been utilized as a direct inspirational resource to local groups. Of course none of that matters since the opportunity has passed. But actually that's the problem. Not being prepared to intersect when opportunity knocks often finds this community left out, left behind or even more so, simply lost in the shuffle. I hear it often, "why this" or "why that!" Well, you would think that this city would be well on it's way to doing more for itself, but for the umpteenth time, "It takes PEOPLE, MONEY and COMMITMENT supported by realistic action plans achieving measurable outcomes. Even though this formula is Organization 101, ultimately it's the power of the Politics of "Hello," that gets the ball rolling. If you don't began the process with a "hello, I need or can you do whatever," then you will continue to ask the proverbial "Why?" Mr. Giuliano's message covered that angle from his Stonewall timeline where he illuminated how the SGL movement has evolved.
His bio is extensive and celebrated to say the least according to the Clinton website. It states that, as a potential Democratic candidate in Arizona’s upcoming gubernatorial election, Neil Giuliano is the former four-term Republican mayor of Tempe, Arizona, and past president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). As Mayor of Tempe, Giuliano was among the nation’s most visible openly gay elected officials. Before becoming mayor, he was a 25-year senior administrator at Arizona State University where he directed student leadership development, alumni relations, federal government relations, and community relations. Here, he speaks about LGBT rights and the societal shift seen throughout the media regarding the LGBT community. As an added bonus I was proud to see Ryan U. Olson selected to intro the speaker and give a compelling personal story in relation to the topic. He noted that his small town upbringing propelled him to discover his authentic self and has allowed him sufficient growth since then. Mr. Olson is a student of the Clinton School of Public Service and former Center for Artistic Revolution DYSC coordinator. He was one of the organizers of the event and states that there will be other noteables scheduled. Congrats on a job well done and I personally look forward to the next guest in the lecture series. We need this type of programming to help us keep the faith!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

It's Thunderdome Wednesday

Alrighty I've just about had it! Just when I though I had it all together, I realized that it was going to take some more "getting together" to keep it all together. Its' that feeling that you never seem to be in total control of what's really going on. How does this happen to such a organizing fool like myself? Well, it just does and when it does, you stop, re-think it all and start again. Yeah, start again is the part that sometimes get's me in the most sour way. However, I've subscribed to a new personal motivational service that is scheduled to hit me over the head each day with "you can do it," "get busy," stay focused," "do it now," messages to keep me out of that pitty party of one mind field. O.K. now that we said that, let's get to today's spin down of more of what I hope that you are searching for from this forum.

DSRA Royalty Show: Here it comes, the DSRA Royalty Team's first show out of shoot number one! It's going down December 5, 2009 pm, doors open at 8 p.m. with show time 9:30 p.m. As planning has begun, the show will also feature a Silent Auction with great items for your holiday shopping considerations in conjunction to a Variety show featuring area entertainers and surprises that you've got to be present to believe! Stay locked and loaded to this forum and dont' forget to check out the newly updated DSRA website. You can find the link in the margins. If you are interested in participating, volunteering, donating items or inkind services contact us TODAY at

PFLAG Thanksgiving Potluck: The local PFLAG organization is asking all allies and community members to bring your favorite holiday dish to the monthly meeting, November 19th, Thursday @ 6:00-7:30 pm Pulaski Heights Baptist Church—Rec Hall 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock During the evening the topic: Safe Schools/Safe Spaces will be discussed. Drinks, ice, utensils and paper products will be supplied According to organizers PFLAG is seeking board members and volunteers. Got some time to give then, Email or call for an application today! You can reach PFLAG at 501-244-9690 or

Department of HHS to Create National Resource Center for LGBT Elders & HUD offer new policies
Health & Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius has announced plans to establish the nation's first national resource center to assist communities across the country in their efforts to provide services and supports for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. At first I didn't know what to make of it, then I was pleasantly elated that this center would be developed as well as this type of funding would be available. I wonder how this move resonates with all those lavender Obama haters that belive that the President is moving to slow for their taste. Furthermore, I wondered if their were any agencies in this state that would be so motivated or capable to explore seeking the funding. According to experts, it's estimated that as many as 1.5 to 4 million LGBT individuals are age 60 and older. Arkansas' SGL community is reflective of this assessment and the issue of LGBT indiviudals finding receptive senior services hasn't been sufficently explored. Thusly, this TARC funding opportunity highlights the fact that agencies that provide services to older individuals may be unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the needs of this group of individuals. Recently their was a case of a senior HIV positive male being denied LTC after his status was revealed. However, HUD has also announced new policies banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. "The evidence is clear that some are denied the opportunity to make housing choices in our nation based on who they are and that must end," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "President Obama and I are determined that a qualified individual and family will not be denied housing choice based on sexual orientation or gender identity." Under the new guidelines, the term “family” will now include all eligible lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, couples and families and subsidized housing will be made available to those in need. HUD also announced it will begin a nationwide investigation into the discrimination LGBT people face in housing, a first for the federal government. Consequently that announcement adds synergy to the new Resource Center for LGBT Elders which will provide information, assistance and resources for both LGBT organizations and mainstream aging services providers at the state and community level. As I understand it will be designed to assist them in the development and provision of culturally sensitive supports and services. The LGBT Center will also be available to educate the LGBT community about the importance of planning ahead for future long term care needs. The LBGT Resource Center will help community-based organizations understand the unique needs and concerns of older LGBT individuals and assist them in implementing programs for local service providers, including providing help to LGBT caregivers who are providing care for an older partner with health or other challenges.The Administration on Aging will award a single Resource Center grant at approximately $250,000 per year, pending availability of funds. Eligible entities will include public-private nonprofit organizations with experience working on LGBT issues on a national level. The funding announcement cites the deadline date for submission of applications is 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on January 6, 2010. The deadline for submission of a letter of intent is December 4, 2009. Check it at

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Tuesday's Panorama and More

Did you say November? Is 2009 already about to be over? Well, it's last quarter and only about 8 weeks to go until 2010. Will this forum cross over? What lies ahead for Arkansas' LGBTQ community? Who will do the heavy lifting and why? So many questions and hopefully some answers will be revealed. In the meantime, we're going to ride it out and let the chips fall where they may...

They Kill Elephants-Don't They?: In past musings, I've mentioned that bell ringer advocates in this community give their all to raising awareness, issues, and consciousness concerning our sense of or lack of community in Little Rock. The task is an uphill battle wrought with trap doors that often leaves these diligent and committed individuals with raw nerve endings as they pursue the mission of activism. This is especially evident as funding cycles and grant proposal go into the deadline zone. In the Agenda for 2010 concerning Arkansas' LGBTQI as espoused by local NPO Living with/Affected By-Brotha & Sista's, I can sense the passionate frustration that is apart of the landscape of this type of work. As an "activist" in my own right, I too have embodied this frustration with what appears to be complacency and disconnect within our own body politic. Ms. DL's closer for that agenda speaks volumes and I believed that those words should be our lead for this posting. This forum has beat the drum slowly about how our lives are "full bodied" as we move through this journey. It's imperative that we embrace the "mind, body and soul," concept as a foundation to greater empowerment. The item is unedited and the opinion is owned by it's composer.

We are going into the second year of the re-emergence of Brothas & Sistas Incorporated. What was intended as HIV prevention has also become an assessment of the state of Arkansas’ LGBT community in and out of relation to HIV prevention. What we have found is “NEED”! We all need cultural competency to find out what we have in place so that we don’t re-invent the wheel. We need to know our own demographics because there is no need to ask for anything if we don’t know the amount we need. We need to have a working level of trust to be perceived as a unified front. We all need to see the bigger picture and what happens down the road if we do not do this now.
The LGBTQQ/SGL Youth are looking at us and if we don’t act appropriately they will be travelling down the same road of insanity to repeat this. The intergenerational gap must be filled! We must take on the opinion that a good leader makes more leaders. We have to realize that most of your revolutions are fought by the youth of that day. The leadership right now would simply be sending them to slaughter because we can’t even feed them. Some of us don’t even like them because they are different than we use to be. SO WHAT! We were different than our parents use to be. GET OVER IT!! If it’s not being ageist about the youth or visa- versa, it’s a race issue or a class issue. We seem to sit back and figure out every single way to separate each other. The only thing that should separate us at this moment is geography and Skype can take care of that.
Pick up your guns and kill all the rainbow elephants in the living room and let’s do something! The door is open to kill mine first.

Monday, November 02, 2009

November Monday

I've been laser focused on the raging health care debate, due to the fact that this issues is a ground zero tipping point within the the LGBTQ community. This is especially significant as I navigated through the system involving my own critical crisis which pushed me to learn what my rights were as a enduser and patient. Our own represenatives Lincoln and Pryor now spotlighted as key players in this hot button topic have been cited as possible filibusters on the issue. I watched as MSNBC host, Keith Olbermann called out these individuals for their positions and put his money where his mouth was in supporting the local free clinic in this city. Ironically, as Lotto and Poweball fever takes hold, it's reported that over $100,000 in sales occurred from Saturday nights launch. I would suspect that most likely some of those spending those resources in search of "instant riches" will partake in this FREE health clinic, instead of making a donation to offset clinic expenses. In a recent e-blast, further details have been released along with contact information. I'm posting that blurb for your FYI, in leiu of the fact that polls have showed that a "public option," is supported in this state. Health care reform is a true Hot Topic that should concern every one in the lavender community and beyond. It is reprinted unedited.

Little Rock Free Clinic Cometh

The Statehouse Convention Center in LittleRock will be the site of a free medical clinic for people seeking care from a health professional on Saturday, November 21, 2009 Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter said today. The National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC), anational nonprofit organization, will operate the clinic."This is a fantastic opportunity for Arkansans who need health care to get the medical attention they sorely need, at least for a day. We are profoundly grateful to the National Association of Free Clinics andKeith Olbermann, without whom this would not be happening," Halter said.The NAFC will set up a registration process for patients and volunteersleading up to the November 21 clinic. The Alexandria, Va.-based non-profit organization operates as an advocate for more than 1,200 freemedical clinics and the people they serve nationwide. The non-profit organization engages a volunteer workforce of doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists,pharmacists, nurse practitioners, technicians and other health care professionals to help meet the medical needs of patients served by free clinics.The NAFC has received donations from people responding to a call from Olbermann, an MSNBC news anchor, for free medical clinics in six states,including Arkansas. Olbermann issued the call last week during hishour-long "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" program, which airs at 7 p.m. CST Monday through Friday on MSNBC. He announced the date and location of the Little Rock clinic on Thursday night's program and also reported that 13,600 people had donated more than $1 million to the NAFC."I applaud Keith Olbermann for the passion and sense of urgency hehas brought to the national health-care debate," Halter said. "I congratulate him, along with thousands of Americans, who have opened their wallets to help make these free medical clinics a reality."Halter said he believed the one-day clinic also would help raiseawareness of the free clinics already operating in Arkansas that workdaily to fill the gaps in health care for the uninsured, underinsuredand medically underserved.The Lieutenant Governor arranged the date and location for the clinic,working with Nicole Lamoureux, executive director of the Alexandria,Va.-based NAFC. Lamoureux booked the bottom floor of Convention Center,which offers more than 80,000 square feet of space for the one-day clinic. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Garry Hoffmann at 501-683-6970 or email: garry.hoffmann@