Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thursday Round-Up and More

LA Corp's STRILITE Engages Bridging the Gap in LGBTQ Community

The Living Affected Corporation and its same gender loving program, STRILITE partnered with Future Builders Inc. on sharing information on smoking cessation in the LGBTQ community and beyond. Founder, CEO, Linder Conely, offered an overview of her organization and its mission to speak to a myriad of issues around tobacco use. "I was glad that this partnership came about and the joint effort that Future Builders could share with Living Affected," said Conely. "This is an important dilemma that has not received as much attention as it should have. Therefore, through these training sessions and community forums we can extend out educational reach." Co-facilitator, Lee Brown, current Board of Director Member and LA Corp Director of Development and Expansion, stated that he was enthusiastic at the response and hopes that the "Bridging The Gap" concept can be fully developed to engage many social determinants that are highly impacting the community overall. The next community meeting is scheduled for April 18, 2013, 7pm 401 North Maple Street, Suite A (Presbyterian Church of Argenta), North Little Rock. Call 279-8203 for more info or

Justin's HIV Journal Speaks to Lifted Organ Ban

 Justin B. Terry-Smith, is a HIV positive Black Gay man living in Laurel, Maryland whom continues to parent his child concurrent to his health messaging about HIV and AIDS.Especially around the issues of organ donations for those living with HIV and AIDS who may require access to life saving organs. Many such individuals also deal with comorbidities situations such as needs for kidneys or other vital organs. COP 24/7 joins Smith in applauding the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for approving the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, S. 330. The bipartisan bill sponsored by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Tom Coburn, (R-OK), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Rand Paul (R-KY) would lift a federal ban on the donation of HIV-positive organs to HIV-positive recipients, making it possible for researchers to study the safety of such procedures.

Smith decided to share this news as well as his legacy story via his YouTube channel and other social media platforms. Mr. Smith has over 1,000 subscribers with a mounting 271,000 views of his postings. Now that's doing some mass outreach if I have anything to say about it. He has stated that he feels it's important that people who have unprotected sex know what they might be getting themselves into.

According to his site he reports that, "people have asked me why I am doing this, why have I put my personal business out like this. I tell them it is to help educate people, to make them aware and to make them think twice about having unprotected sex." COP 24/7 has been aware of this remarkable activist and advocate and wanted to share his "voice" with our audience.

We applaud Smith as he takes a stance that "this is my personal journey that needs to be told to help the community. HIV is neither glamorous or a rite of passage. Watch the Journal and think twice. In the words of Pedro Zamora, "I'm not dying. I'm living with it." Maybe we can shout out to Mr.Smith for a visit to Little Rock to share in our community building and human capital growth plans. Can we get a sponsor????


1 comment:

Justin B Terry-Smith said...

I would love to visit Little Rock Baby!!!!