Monday, March 31, 2014

Countdown Monday

It's on! The final countdown to whether or not folks will do the last minute procrastination of signing up for the Affordable Care Act. If you haven't do so, then today is the day to "get in" and understand what this program is all about. So get ready, set and let's go on with countdown Monday!

The LGBTQ Advocacy Conundrum: A Reboot
Over the years, this forum has been adamant about capacity and skills building as a vital necessity and critical component to making the changes we deserve. No matter who is facilitating the possible opportunity, this takes committed individuals who can check their "ego's" and attitudes at the empowerment door as we as citizen find common ground to assert key principles of the agenda. A colleague, Mr. Paul Hawkins has just completed an interesting piece entitled, Diversity for Nonprofits: Mission Drift or Mission Fulfillment that will be featured in the peer reviewed Spring edition of the Journal of Diversity Management. Hawkins explores the intersection of why some community based organizations go into "mission drift" which can be defined as "losing focus on the original purpose of one's organization is one step closer to loss of support and ultimate demise." I also had a great taste of this during my NMAC enrichment sessions which also talked about understanding the concept of saying "no" as well as exit strategies amidst possible implosions. COP 24/7 hopes that we can further reach out to Mr. Hawkins about his work and insights around the challenges and barriers presented for area agencies. In the past there have been many community open forums, meetings, gatherings and every possible effort to bring together the necessary collective to effectively articulate our needs. It appears that another such of this type of event is being planned courtesy of the Northwest Arkansas Equality Center and PRIDE at the U of A, April 12th, 9am -4pm at the Donald Reynolds Center, 145 N. Buchanan Drive, Fayetteville. According to release information, this session will feature discussion around a recent HRC survey as well as a keynote address from Tommy Luckett. COP 24/7 will post additional information as it becomes available. For more info contact:

What do Young Gay Black Men Need?A Sound Off from COP 24/7
Just an update on our posting of the article from Mr. Brandon Thompson who attended a BGM technical assistance meet up in Dallas, Texas in 2013. Thompson cited numerous observations concerning what he perceived were "needs" from young gay men 13-30. COP 24/7 also offered insights as to his premise and opened the floor for a complete discussion on the matter.

In full transparency, to date there has been nothing more than "crickets" from those most affected. That's right nothing said, no mention, not a word of substance on this timely composition. Now, just what that means can be spinned in anyway you like it. Furthermore, how can any of this be articulated if those who could be in most need, don't mobilize to speak for themselves in whatever manner they desire. In the mean time, just as a refresher, that post appeared March 11 with a reply rolling out March 12.  The floor is always open here at COP 24/7 to share your credible opinions, viewpoints and or comments. Hit us up in our comment section anytime.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

The Might Swirl of COP 24/7 Continues

Del Shores in LR for TWT Benefit

Little Rock is on fire this weekend for entertainment and stuff to do! 

Not only is the megawatt CHER show rocking the Verizon, thanks to a super benefactor, COP 24/7 will be in the house to see her latest "last tour" show.  If that wasn't enough then there's The Weekend Theater hosting Del Shores, Friday, March 28, with a premier screening of Southern Baptist Sissies beginning at 7:30pm ($13.50) admission.

Then on Saturday, March 29, 2014 Del gives the Trust Your Gut! Acting Workshop from 11am to 4 pm ($125); and on Saturday night, enjoy the My Sordid Best one-man-show beginning at 7:30pm ($28.50), with a silent auction.

A limited number of My Sordid Best VIP tickets ($48.50) include preferred seating at the one-man-show and attendance at the VIP Meet and Greet with Del immediately following the show, with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Zimmerman Featured In AJAXX63 Ad Campaign

Big congratulations to Mr. Dustin Zimmerman as being featured in the AJAXX63 "Puppy Love" T-shirt campaign. Ajaxx63 is the brainchild of designer Bill Sherman and operations director Andrew Fraser. Bill's done fashion time with the best - Polo Sport/Ralph Lauren, Vogue, Gap/Banana Republic and Eddie Bauer. Andy's a management guru out of New York's Museum of Modern Art and Sony.

The duo started their business as a  two-man home grown operation into a Seattle office, warehouse, and a sales staff supported by reps in major markets. The brand is now being sold in over 400 retail and online locations throughout the world. Ajaxx63's urban-oriented, gay-targeted graphics were first sold at Pride Festivals, becoming an instant sensation after appearing on the first season of “Queer As Folk” and partnering with that catapulted them to high profile status on the national gay retail scene. As a fashion forward man I high encourage our readers to check out their website to get some gear. ( )

Zimmerman has been pursuing and building a modeling career over a period of years with hopes of hitting the big time. Look for a spotlight piece on Zimmerman and much more about AJAXX63 to be apart of the new LGBTQ newspaper, The READ!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Spin Down and Out Post

Local LGBTQ Newspaper Arrives

Community dialog and concerns have been the subject of numerous meetings, workshops or round
table discussions. Among the most talked about "need" for the LGBTQ community was the desire for a local newspaper dedicated to addressing challenges and issues impacting gay Arkansans. That void is being filled with the launch of The READ  which will began circulating its premier first edition this week.

COP 24/7's Executive Producer has been tapped as Managing Editor of the periodical which will feature an assortment of hard news, columns, community announcements and "infotainment," to offer the widest possible coverage statewide. Mabin stated, "for some time I kept hearing that if we "only" had a newspaper...and so now that we now have it, I'm hoping that it will do its part in keeping everyone informed or entertained in some way." He concluded, "we have capacity to build what ever we want if we can find common ground as well as mutual perspectives to do so. So it's time for folks to step on up because if ask not we get not."

Currently the roster of contributors include Tonya Estell, Sara Strickland, Terrene Sain and Keith Jones among others who will be apart of the team producing the monthly tabloid. "I'm very proud of our first edition and looking forward to getting this out into the area," said Tonya Estell. "It almost surreal that we brainstormed at a kitchen table and then made it happen!" Other's interested in submitting content contributions should contact Tonya Estell at

Under the LA Corp Publishing banner, The READ is the latest publication produced by The Living Affected Corporation. The entity has produced two periodicals included the ground breaking "Our Lives, Our Stories, The Untold Stories of Women with AIDS," and the first LGBTQ health Journal, Omnibus. "I'm excited about this new venture" said, Publisher, Diedra Levi. "Not having a local paper was a missing link that needed to be done based on the conversations that I was apart of. Therefore we moved ahead to make it a reality with high hopes that we get enthusiastic support from advertisers and contributors throughout the community."  The next expanded issue is scheduled for a May 2014 release.

COP 24/7 will be cross pollinating both its digital platform in conjunction with the new monthly piece. An official The Read launch party planning is underway and will be announced across all online portals. The new publication has affordable advertising rates for both color or black and white. Also individuals can support through various levels from Patron at $25 to the World Changer level at the $10,000 or more benchmark. For more information call Melina Granger, 501-349-7776 or 877-902-7448.

Obama Announces ONAP Leadership

President Obama Announces Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, as Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy  President Obama announced the appointment of Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, as the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP). A leading HIV/AIDS policy expert, Douglas most recently served as Senior Vice President for Community, Health, and Public Policy at the
Justice Resource Institute (JRI).  As the Director of ONAP, he will lead the Administration’s work to reduce new HIV infections, improve health outcomes for people living with HIV, and eliminate HIV health disparities in the United States.

“Douglas’s policy expertise combined with his extensive experience working in the community makes him uniquely suited to the task of helping to achieve the goal of an AIDS-free generation, which is within our reach,” President Obama said.  “I look forward to having him lead our efforts from the White House.”

A component of the White House Domestic Policy Council, ONAP coordinates the ongoing implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy  and the HIV Care Continuum initiative, while working together with public and private partners to advance the federal response to HIV/AIDS. ONAP also works with the White House National Security Council,  the State Department’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, and international bodies to ensure that America’s response to the global pandemic is fully integrated with prevention, care, and treatment efforts around the world. Through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) initiative, the U.S. has made enormous progress in responding to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, working with countries heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS to help expand access to treatment, care, and prevention.

Brooks, a person living with HIV, was most recently the Senior Vice President for Community, Health, and Public Policy at JRI , a health and human service agency based in Boston. He served as executive director of the Sidney Borum Jr. Community Health Center at JRI, has managed programs in urban and rural environments and has served as a consultant to domestic and international governments and non-governmental organizations assisting their efforts  to serve populations living with and at greatest risk for HIV/AIDS. Brooks was a Visiting Fellow at the McCormack School Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and was Chair of the Board of Trustees of AIDS United in Washington, DC.

In 2010, Brooks was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and served as its liaison to the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee and successfully led those bodies to achieve the tasks assigned to them in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy .  He has directly managed federally funded programs, meeting or exceeding targets for Ryan White projects, CDC Prevention for African American/Black youth, a HRSA Special Project of National Significance (SPNS), and a HOPWA SPNS. Brooks received a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University and is a licensed clinical social worker.

COP Call to Action Alert!!

It is vitally important that we speak to power about issues or policies that impact our lives. In preparation for AIDS Watch 2014, this platform encourages our readership to contact you Capitol Hill representation concerning signing on to these programs. Let them know that you are aware that these letters have been created and need their support.

The letters are being circulated in the House of Representatives calling for support of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 federal funding for domestic HIV programs. Your Member of Congress needs to know that this funding is essential to the prevention, treatment, and care of HIV by addressing all issues that affect the epidemic.

Click on the links below to read the letters:
"Support the Minority AIDS Initiative"
Sign-on Deadline: March 28, 2014
Congressional Contact: Kathleen Sengstock
Office of Rep. Maxine Waters
"Support the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program"
Letter covers funding for the Ryan White Program, HIV prevention at CDC, STD prevention at CDC, HIV funding at NIH, and language to allow use of federal funds for syringe exchange programs.
Sign-on Deadline: March 31, 2014
Congressional Contact: Alyssa Penna
Office of Rep. Bill Pascrell
"Support AIDS Housing in FY15"
Sign-on Deadline: March 31, 2014
Congressional Contact: Melissa Connolly
Office of Rep. Jerrold Nadler
These three "Dear Colleague" letters have been sent to each Member of Congress. Ask your Congressmember to sign the letters by their respective deadlines, listed above. Please have them contact the Congressional staff listed as the contact for each letter to add their name. These letters are signed only by Members of Congress.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Eye of COP 24/7

COP 24/7 Advocating and Mobilizing in LGBTQ Community and Beyond!
It's been one hell of a month at COP 24/7 to say the least! The keyboard is still smoking and then some as we keep bringing our readership more of what we hope that you are looking for. Its no secret that COP 24/7 is unapologetically all about staying on point in our core beliefs of empowering, educating  and entertaining those whom use this platform as a information outlet or portal. It is for this reason that we are inviting everyone to join us for a Community Meet & Greet, April 6, 6-8pm at TRAX's, 415 Main Street in North Little Rock.

Once a first Sunday tradition, this opportunity is again for COP 24/7 to engage readers, supporters and the community at large in dialog about "what's really going on." If you can't make it, or don't desire to do then fine, its a chance to fellowship in a positive atmosphere with an open agenda. This platform has been a part of this type of programming in the past and has always felt there is a need to just meet and greet each other despite any differences.

Amazing as it seems, the last past ten years has not only taught me personally about this community but through my ability to produce this forum it has connected me to many of you who have given me "attaboy's" or high-five's about saying what many folks are most likely thinking but otherwise feel muted. In checking our
performance metrics over the past few weeks I've determined that we've had some of the best numbers since our inception.

Recently we launched our Facebook page with an infusion of marketing dollars to increase our reach and unique views that hopefully will raise our profile thusly bringing more eyeballs to this page. There have been other added value gadgets such as the international translator which was needed due to the surprising factor of many global visitor who need the post translated. The You Tube video widget can take readers to some of our favorite video clips with hopes of some original content to come in late 2014. Also the Rainbow Circle of Friends initiative is designed for readers and supporters to share a "pat on the back" donation to help power not only COP 24/7 but all of our advocacy work beyond this digital town square.

Your $5 donation can help our targeted advertising on Facebook, serve as a means to support our upcoming "meet & greet" sessions, or assist as we continue to represent at conferences or meetings across the country. Every donation will help COP 24/7 increase our ability to leverage this platform's messaging onto numerous other pathways that allow us to build brand awareness and impact. Its no question that one person can make a difference.
Asking the hard questions or taking a position that may not be affirmed by others takes courage and temerity. Both have become our hallmark as well as the badge we wear proudly as we seek to keep this platform funky fresh daily with "what's really going on" in Arkansas' LGBTQ community and beyond.

Affordable Health Care Enrollment Extended...Sorta

Today the Obama administration has announced that the Affordable Care Act will get an extended enrollment period until mid April.
The move is expected to affect millions of Americans who have not been able to enroll in Obamacare through the federal website ( ) which experienced numerous glitches and off line fixes that have now been resolved. Locally you can contact 349-7777 for education and enrollment help.

"We are . . . making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment — either online or over the phone,” Julie Bataille, communications director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has said to news sources.
The agency is the division within the Department of Health and Human Services that is overseeing Obamacare's implementation.

The extension will be granted to Americans who check a blue box on to indicate that they tried to enroll before the deadline, the Washington Post reports, and the government will rely on an honor system rather than try to determine whether enrollees are telling the truth.

The change applies only to those seeking coverage through — and it creates a new category of Americans who have applied through a "special enrollment period," the Post reports.

Actual coverage would not be delayed.

But those who wait until the last minute would not be eligible for the extension, the Post reports. The government's goal is to help people whose applications have been held up because of's myriad problems.

Mighty Fabu: Sylvester Musical Recalls Disco Heat Explosion

For many of you who think that today's Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert or Daft Punk are the coolest, let me clue you in that all before these folks there was the one and only Sylvester! (pictured) A self made original who reined supreme as an extremely flamboyant and out entertainer during the disco swirl of 70's. I remember it because I lived and sweated through his non-stop driving music beat. And yes believe it or not, Sylvester actually made a  club concert stop in Little Rock where I got an autographed picture.

If that wasn't enough while I briefly lived in San Francisco circa 1980's, I often had "Sly" sightings including his favorite record store which was across the street from where I lived and I "tea danced" almost every Sunday at the I-Beam where he was often a guest DJ.  Since Sylvester wasn't as mainstreamed as other stars, I wondered once his epic life ended would his legacy get any attention.

To may amazement, I seen and heard many references to his musical contribution including recent advertisements and tributes on Black Entertainment Television. And now the resurgence continues with a raging Off-Broadway play that seems destined for the great white way. Now this would be a great reason to hit NYC! According to the productions website they cite, back to where it all started, the city that never sleeps, New York City, Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical ® is preparing to come OFF-BROADWAY!

This INCREDIBLE Show comes back to New York after SOLD OUT runs in NYC, Miami and Washington, D.C.. Broadway Star Anthony Wayne (Broadway’s “PIPPIN”, “PRISCILLA”, “Anything Goes” [2011]) sings, lives and breathes life as the 1970’s Disco Singer SYLVESTER. Soon the creators of the show will announce the Theatre and all details of the Off-Broadway show coming Summer 2014.

Presented by AnthonyKen, LLC., Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical ® is a Concert formatted Musical, written by Anthony Wayne, which tells the life story of Sylvester through his music and his point of view. Beyond all the trials, tribulations, glitz and glamour of his lifestyle, he was a symbol for being FABULOUS, but, also, a symbol for unapologetically being who he was.
The words and music of this show will enter your ear, soar through your heart and inspire your soul.

Taking the reigns as Costume Designer is Wayne’s life partner Celebrity Stylist Kendrell Bowman (Recording Artists K. Michelle, Kanye West, David Banner, Lauriana Mae). Both Wayne & Bowman have stunned the masses with their collaborative Directoral Debut. Together, Wayne and Bowman create a memorable experience that takes the audience through the Essence that is SYLVESTER.

The show features Broadway’s Anastacia McCleskey (“PRISCILLA”; “HAIR”, “Book Of Mormon”) and Jacqueline B. Arnold (“We Will Rock You”, “PRISCILLA”) as The Two Tons of Fun/Weather Girls. Backed by the Sylvester Singers and a full live band, this show is GUARANTEED to have EVERYONE dancing in the aisles.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Waves of COP 24/7

CHER Cometh...Again!

Just when you thought that you had heard the last of Cher...there was a proverbial Not! As one who enjoyed her "farewell tour" that seemed to never end, it seems that she can continue to rock it out and sell out venues all over again. The then Farewell Tour that later morphed into the" Never Can Say Goodbye Tour" played over 326 global dates including 2 swings through Little
Rock! And now the grand pop diva, now 67 states that...are you ready for it..."this is her farewell "farewell" tour and will be her last. Well what else would a diva of this stature say?

To skip to the skinny, CHER will roll into town this Friday, March 28, 8pm at Verizon Arena. From what I can discern, tickets are still available if you care to go. Prices range from $36.50 upwards to $127 for floor seating. I would state that no matter where you are in the arena, you can catch the Cher vibe and according to the Facebook dedicated to the tour, many in the area are ready to see her in action.

To add to the fun, TRAX's which has a plumb spot in the mix at 415 Main Street will have a "all things CHER...pre-show event", which will most likely include their happy hour. According to bartender Aaron Garcia, he has high hopes of a packed house after receiving many calls inquiring as to what will be going down. After the show and across town, The House of Avalon kicks an after party being hosted at Club Sway, 415 Louisiana, 10 pm start time. They will be offering beverage specials, no doubt hot Cher mixes and CD giveaways. Not sure if these will be her latest CD or not.

The tour jump started 3/22/14 in Phoenix and is slated to run through July and will feature special guest Pat Benatar and Neal Giraldo will be on the Little Rock stop with gal pay Cyndi Lauper who stormed the stage during the past tour will join again on the tours April leg. If you are going, then by all means shoot some pictures and share them with us on our Facebook page!

Sheridan Yearbook Flap Get's Pushback

In the last few weeks the Net lit up with folks talking about Taylor Ellis's coming out story and six other personal accounts by other students being left out the schools year book. His specific situation became a flashpoint that resulted in individuals offering assistance including what I learned was a person willing to actually "pay" for an addendum or insert featuring his story.

This matter also got national media play such as the New York Daily News and a swiftly organized visit from HRC's Chad Griffin who swooped into town to make the case for his inclusion in the project. With all the TV cameras turned off, crowd disbursed back to their daily lives, and that "news" now seen as old news, we now hear from Sophomore Nick Smith who also had a profile.

His detailed his best friend who died last year. Smith found out it wasn't going to be in the yearbook on the news. While it was a shock, Nick believes all of the profiles were too personal, and he's not thrilled with the attention Ellis' activism has brought.

"I'm kind of disappointed to the level [Taylor] took it," Smith said, "It's got a bunch of attention, negative attention towards the school, towards us, and like I said, it went from the six stories to his one story.  His story got taken out because he was gay... I mean, we all got taken out."

Although his story was pulled, Nick said he will continue the memory of his best friend, and will gladly tell his story to anyone who asks.  Even though HRC has continued to ask for the Ellis profile to be reinstated, COP 24/7 ponders the thought of was exactly was the ROI ( return on investment) for this action that might could have been better channeled by expending all cost involved in developing what's already in place in Arkansas. Furthermore, I have questions about the recent HRC assessment which also will involve some meet up's to discuss their findings as to what is driving this and with my eyebrow raised, I'm always interested in following the money and who is zooming who?

I find this extremely disturbing as local community based groups stay in struggle mode and only
steps away from being possibly extinct. Yes folks that means "out of business," of doing the boot's on the ground work that doesn't get to fly off to a  fully paid staff's, glistening office building or high profile events featuring Vice President Biden.

Unfortunately, the folks left behind are doing what they do daily, gather what they can from where ever they can get a dime, do more with less and still stay in place to address the "human rights" issues that occur each and every day without much fanfare. Now tell me who is going to swoop in fix any of this if it fails to exist. Let's all think about that for a moment...

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Mondy Post UP

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Countdown

COP 24/7 has been an ardent supporter as well as a source to direct individuals and businesses to local efforts to educate and enroll participants into the new health care program. At this post time,
there are 8 days and counting to the March 31, 2014 deadline as we also recognize the 4th anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, March 23, 2010.

Executive Producer of COP 24/7, C. Mabin will join Arkansans for Care to mark the ACA year long milestone today at 2 pm at the Central Arkansas Library, 100 South Rock. The event will feature point persons and in-person assister's from various non- profit organizations contracted to fulfill outreach and enrollment assistance across Central Arkansas.

According to a press release from the agency, the meet up will focus on the final enrollment push, recap the positive effects and next steps in the enrollment process. Arkansas uniquely expanded Medicaid through its Health Care Independence Program which purportedly has enrollments topping 100,000 mark.  The program commonly known as the "private option" will offer qualified individuals  insurance cards from their private health plan issuers. Private Option enrollees will use their private insurance cards to access medical services. 

In addition to the final enrollment, the recent legislative session was hotly negotiated with numerous concessions offered via House Bill 1053 which also included a provision that regulated the Arkansas Insurance Department ability to allocate , budget, expend or utilize any appropriations for advertisement, promote or encourage enrollment in the marketplace or the Health Care Independence program. Also through this measure, local contractors will have to cease ACA operations at the conclusion of their independent contracts. Stay tune to COP 24/7 for more updates and information as the final deadline approaches.

AIDSWatch 2014 Set for April 28 & 29

Hundreds of People Living with HIV and their Allies Set to Converge on Washington D.C.

An Arkansas delegation including Ms. K. Farmer, Mr. B. Coffey and Mr. C. Mabin  will join many advocates and activist for the largest annual national constituent-based advocacy event focused on HIV and AIDS in the United States. Each participant will be canvassing their communities for opinions and observations that may have chance to engage the Arkansas Congressional delegations during the event's Capitol Hill lobby activities.

Through a partnership of Treatment Access Expansion Project, AIDS United and the US People Living with HIV Caucus, AIDSWatch draws hundreds of HIV-positive advocates and their allies to Washington DC to educate Members of Congress and their staff about HIV/AIDS. All participants are provided with training on current science, legislative agendas, and conducting effective meetings with their elected representation.

 If you are interested in donating, sponsoring or offering in-kind gifts to support the delegation reach out to for more information on how you can help.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Follys

Its been a none stop week of blazing hot COP 24/7! After the smoke clears from the keyboard, I realized that it was time to divert from the maddening noise of it all and pivot to what many folks really enjoy, blinking, twinkling and crowning of all things fluff. Even though the hard nose of tackling the day's hot issues or policies, one has to cool there jets for a moment. And so, we off to address some of the "hot topics," that many of you are talking about. Let's go for it shall we... !

Designing Cornelius

Since we are taking that diversion, why not start with our self first. First up, many thanks those of you who have affirmed my fashion sense even as I have moved into that "man of a certain age" range." Actually I have never felt more empowered or savvy in my choices as well as approach to fashion.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a fashion junkie who not only is looking for a great sale but a piece that I believe that I can pull off that will have that unique look. I've never liked the "cookie cutter" fashion that just doesn't work for me. I learned that I had to create a "look book" in order to expand my style with sights on achieving affordable looks for both the professional day, down time and edgy night life appeal.

Yes I've been kidded on many levels about how I make it happen, but just let me say, it works because many of you keep asking me about it. So for those who have engaged me about "where did you ever get that?" or "can you just leave that piece with me!" Here's a few of my go to sources that will allow you to create that all important "look book for yourselves. Choose choice magazines such as Esquire, Men's Health or Details that have all the trendsetting stuff. I check these out to get a sense of what's popping and if any of could make me pop! My secret fashion weapons are my guilty which has the mother load of top fashion items for less. This site is time sensitive with limited inventory, so when you check in, be ready to make that purchase.

Since I do lots of internet shopping, many of my favorites simply follow me to make sure that I don't
forget that next outfit waiting just for me. Sites such as Paul Fredericks,( ) (pictured right) offer me not just outfits but a online shopping experience when I crawl their interactive site to discover head to toe looks to give me that man about town vibe. Let's just say PF has varying price points and you will pay for the quality of their garments but its totally worth it!

When I need to get that retail therapy feel, my go to is none other than Khols in west Little Rock. I can't tell you how many great mix and match pieces I've scored for often unbelievable low prices. Just a few weeks ago I got four great pull overs for $10 each! Other past scores includes some rocking boots originally priced at $125 but when using my "Khol cash" and other discounts I ended paying about $20. It pays to be a strategic shopper such as making purchases on key days such state tax exempt holidays, store coupons, store credits and online coupons that could enhance you buying power in the brick and mortar store.
forget that next outfit waiting just for me. Sites such as Paul Fredericks,(

Another great source is ( that is filled with fashion do's and do not's while offering you access to a host of other links to treasure troves of fashion sites. And last but certainly not least is Undergear ( where I find those fashion forward club clothes and other accessories. Although I have to choose carefully since I learned that many of the items are cut for a slimmer build, therefore sizing is vitally important. This site often has great sales and clearance items that let you get an expensive article at a bargain price. Its definitely worth the time to check it out if you in the market to score something on the wild side.

I really want to emphasize that looking good at whatever age helps with not only your sense of self worth, but continues to give you that extra spark and kick in your step. My motto is, "I know I'm getting older, but I'm gonna keep looking good doing it.! Get fit, feed your body, soul and mind and keep on moving!
In closing, let me just say again thanks for the compliments and I'll return the favor with more postings about where you too can create you own fashion forward look for often times less! Stay tuned...!

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 April 6, 2014,
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Spring Forward Post

International Day of Happiness

In July 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution which recognised happiness as a "fundamental human goal" and called for "a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes... happiness and well-being of all peoples". In July 2012, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a further resolution which decreed that the International Day of Happiness was to be observed every year on 20 March. The day was celebrated for the first time in 2013. With that knowledge COP 24/7 challenges our readers to chime in on what makes you happy? Is it money and buying stuff that you really don't need? Or is it finding a sense of well being and unique happiness about the world around you? Hit us up with your thoughts, happy stories, observations and so much more on our Facebook page at Corneliusonpoint! In the meantime let's all be Pharell happy for at least the day!

The LGBTQ Advocacy Conundrum 2.0

Alright enough already. Every since the story broke about Taylor Ellis, his high school yearbook coming out story and school official Brenda Hayes who has dug her heels in her stance about making giving in to the demands of special interest groups, my state and community has been put on blast across the nation. Its now time for a COP 24/7 "hold up, wait a minute" moment.  Every time one of these blips on the social radar screen hits  nerve it seems that there's a pile on affect that includes big name organizations rolling through without getting the facts from the boots on the ground. Individuals reaching out the Ellis's family offering all manner of support and or assistance that otherwise wouldn't be offered. And then there's gay media showcasing this as another "here's another crazy out of touch Arkansas" story for all the world to snicker at. Let's not get it twisted folks.

We have plenty of  capable folks who have and can handle any issue or policy matter that needs dealing with now and have been doing so for some time. I was appalled at comments on which called for a no less than a boycott of Arkansas based on their perception that we are a "hate" state. Really!?  Do we have issues that need addressing, of courser we do. We are well aware of measures and policies that require better legislation but let's not allow other factions to think that we are so incapacitated that we all are standing like deer in head lights. Not so damn it. 

This forum has been adamant about capacity and skills building as a vital and critical component to making the changes we deserve. This takes committed individuals who can check their "ego's" and attitudes at the empowerment door as we find common ground to assert the agenda. In the past there have been many community open forums, meetings, gatherings and every possible effort to bring together the necessary collective to effectively articulate our needs.

If your group wants to be at the table then by all means make that know and pull up seat. The community table is large and wide and there are plenty of seats if you want one. Its no secret that we all have unique personalities and or positions about how to change matters or seek what needs to happen. There's no reason that our hue, geographical area or how we identify should become road blocks, barriers or battering rams against one another. Keep it real people, we shouldn't be about destroying what little infrastructure we have amassed.

Some 30 years ago, I stated that our efforts should be seen from a human rights frame, I was told that this just wasn't the case. Yet now I find that I was ahead of my time and that LGBTQ rights are most certainly human rights. Its imperative that we understand that we all are "human" with flaws and imperfections but its the "unity" that is most needed utilizing all the skill, capacity and internal fundraising we can muster. Let's not outsource our treasure instead of investing them directly into the communities where we live and learn.

COP 24/7 certainly encourages empowerment across the board but not at the sacrifice of missing out on the bigger picture of building a fortified state wide network that can be mobilized to address our issues from within our boarders. In other words let us come together to not only hold each other accountable but any one else who want to assist us with our agreed upon agenda. Think about it, don't believe all the hype, we are our own revolution! Got some back talk, then bring it. The lights are always on...!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spining the Wheel Wednesday

The LGBTQ Advocacy Conundrum

In the maddening scheduling and re-scheduling of this platform, often breaking news that comes out of no where or seems to magically pop up from who knows where, causes COP 24/7 to go into overdrive.

 Case in point, the recent outcry over Sheridan school officials to not allow a profile of Senior Taylor Ellis concerning his coming out to be included in the school year book. School officials dug in with "ain't nobody gonna tell us nothing attitude," after they stated that they consulted with their powers that be concerning the matter.

In all of this action, the Human Rights Campaign apparatus was summoned including its figure head, Chad Griffin and organizers whom hastily arranged a capitol steps press conference which was got featured coverage on KARK. Reporter Aaron Nolan asked Griffin as to his disappointment about the poor turn out to show support for Ellis.

The look on his face speaks volumes and although I believe his has heartfelt passion about the issue, I'm of the opinion that perhaps this could have been handled by our own devices and local forces perhaps with some financial support from the big guns. Even more awkward for COP 24/7 was to get a HRC fundraising piece heralding Griffins "return" to Arkansas on this matter, when HRC could have sent his airfare to a local community based organization to build capacity to deal with issues when the big guns go home. 'Why hell they could buy a banner ad on this platform that reaches all across the state. No matter what, props to Griffin to using his position to do what he can to address much of this tomfoolery that goes on in these pockets of the less progressive.

Now, I don't know about you, but it would seem that perhaps key individuals such as COP 24/7 would have gotten the heads up on this and all of these type of news making events. But noooooo!  Its the big boys such as main stream media and especially those gay friendly news hounds of Channel 4 who get the press releases, phone calls, e-mail alert and god's know what about what's either happening or about to happen in the LGBTQ community.  Really?

Why is the crown not amused? Just in case you didn't know and now you will, this forum is now celebrating 10, yes count em 10 years trying to be a state information beacon and digital town square for all. You name it, its most likely been covered hear from A to Z. Not to mention it was done with out any direct or indirect financial support or otherwise to boot!

As the folks are saying these days "just saying..." In the meantime if you missed the coverage go to

NBJC Honors Bayard Rustin with 

the Launch of 100 Black LGBT Emerging Leaders to Watch Campaign!

Applications due on or before May 30, 2014



NBJC celebrates the birthday of the late Bayard Rustin by honoring Rustin's legacy and dedication to youth mobilizing with the launch of the 100 Black LGBT Emerging Leaders to Watch CampaignBayard Rustin was a proud Black gay man who was an indispensable architect of the Civil Rights Movement. He started his career as a youth activist and was mentored by some of the greatest leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. His most noteworthy achievements include serving as the chief organizer of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, mentoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and helping to form the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the A. Philip Randolph Institute. Rustin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, posthumously, by President Barack Obama on November 20, 2013. 


The 100 Black LGBT Emerging Leaders to Watch Campaign is a component of the NBJC Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Initiative. This initiative will provide a platform and forum for young rising stars (ages 18-30) to elevate and address the concerns of Black LGBT young adults, share best practices, and have a seat at the table--to not only be mentored by seasoned advocates and elders, but to also lead and offer invaluable insight. The Emerging Leader perspective is critical to shaping policies for the future. Their active involvement is essential to help grow the leadership pipeline necessary to sustain a vibrant and impactful equality movement. NBJC's Emerging Leaders are exposed to opportunities such as educating key policymakers and influencers on Black LGBT priority issues, and learning the fundamentals of how our democracy works.


One key pillar to the Emerging Leaders Initiative is the 100 Black LGBT Emerging Leaders to Watch visibility campaign. This list will represent a consortium of standout leaders that are ripe with potential and/or deserve a greater platform of exposure.

Come joint our Rainbow Circle for Friends by sharing a donation today to keep this forum advocating and engaging policy makers. Your support helps our platform in further outreaching to LGBTQ communities across Arkansas and our associated programming. Can I count on you today? Use our link at the top of the right hand margin to go directly to our secured Paypal portal. Do it today...!!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Tuesday Catch All and Catch UP

HIV Is Not a Crime Conference Scheduled

A coalition of advocates will hold the first national HIV Is Not a Crime conference June 2 to 5, at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. The meeting will train advocates from across the country living with HIV and allies on how to end the criminalization of people with HIV. The workshops and practical trainings will cover state advocacy, grassroots organizing and activism, as well as the related legal, medical, media and public health issues.
Interesting to this announcement was a recent opportunity for Arkansas's HIV Planning Group Co-Chair, C. Mabin to participate in a strategy session with Iowa HIV Planning Group colleagues who have been central to the issues of HIV criminalization in their state. Mabin was slated to attend a February training in Iowa through a sponsorship of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors.( )
However Mabin was excluded from the session based on nebulous and sketchy circumstances although the Co-Chair has direct expertise on the issue. Mabin has worked directly with area organization Living Affected ( ) on its criminalization repeal or reform project since 2012. The group has moved forward with creating an issue position paper, collecting petition signatures and will seek future opportunities to educate policy makers on the issue. Under Arkansas law, Code Ann. 5-14-123. Exposing another person to human immunodeficiency virus is a Class A felony.
ADH agency officials opted to send Ms. T. Vance, Ryan White Program manager as well as Co-Chair Ms. C. Hampton as envoys for the training. Neither has distinctively addressed HIV criminalization as apart of their ADH roles nor has the issue be central to their overall public health focus. As of this posting resources are being sought to sponsor a delegate(s) to this important conference and additional information will be posted on this platform.

The coalition is still in formation, but initial supporters include: AIDS Foundation of Chicago / HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, Black AIDS Institute, Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa Network, Family Planning Council of Iowa, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Global Network of People Living with HIV North America, HIV Justice Network, Housing Works, Lambda Legal, Louisiana AIDS Advocacy Network, My Fabulous Disease, One Iowa, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, National Minority AIDS Council, Positive Iowans Taking Charge, Positive Women’s Network-USA, Sero Project, Sociologist AIDS Network, The Project of Primary Health Care, and U.S. People Living with HIV Caucus.

Registration for the conference is now open. Scholarships to attend are available, but applications must be submitted by April 7. Go to for more information.
COP 24/7 Save the Date Alert!!!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Sweeping the COP 24/7 Cloud Part 2

Most likely some of you are getting your corn beef and cabbage going, possibly still some green beer in the fridge and all manner of celebrating the four clovers of St. Patrick's Day 2014. We are all about kissing the blarney stone here at COP 24/7 with our unique take on who and who is not getting any favor from local leprechauns guarding the pot of gold!  So while you check that latest lotto tickets that most likely is not a winner, know that if you are reading this post you are still a winner! Let's dive in for the latest...

"Mirror" Anthology Project Seeking Submissions

A new anthology project under the working title of "Reflections of A Shattered Mirror," is ready to seek original content ranging from prose to essay concerning personal lived experiences in relation to social justice issues while embracing all aspects of an individuals LGBTQI journey and beyond. 

Submission's can be forwarded to for consideration which started March 12, 2014. Content can include high quality photo's, drawings, essay, white paper's and other graphic art work to support the overall themes of the publication. Currently we are seeking cover concepts that could be chosen for the work due for release in December.

The project was green lighted as a initiative of the Bush-Mallon Institute for Social Justice in collaboration with The National Association of Black and White Men Together, Inc.(  According to Executive Editor, C. Mabin the periodical will continue to explore the multi layered experiences of same gender loving men and women and the impact of coming out, homophobia, intimate partner violence, gender identity, long term partnership and assorted sub culture myths that are often languish in misinformation.

COP 24/7 is enthusiastic and excited at the forward motion of the project and will be updating as additional decision are concluded. Please stay tuned to this platform as well as on our new Facebook page ( ) Don't forget to "like" our page!

Making Health Care Coverage More Accessible and Equitable For Same-Sex Couples 

 By Matthew Heinz, MD, Director of Provider Outreach and Director of LGBT Outreach at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services      

On March 14, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services took one more step toward making health care coverage more accessible and equitable for married same-sex couples.
Already, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than 4.2 million people have signed up for private health insurance plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

 Marketplace plans cover essential health benefits like emergency services, prescription drugs and mental health and substance use disorder services. And preventive services like flu shots, blood pressure screening and HIV screening are covered at no additional charge.

Moreover, all health plans sold in the Marketplace have to follow rules that make health care more accessible for everyone. You can’t be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition, like HIV/AIDS or cancer, and you can’t be charged more for being a woman. Locally you can get enrollment education and or enrollment by contacting 501.349-7777.

We are clarifying that, starting next year, if an insurance company offers coverage to opposite-sex spouses, it cannot choose to deny that coverage to same-sex spouses. In other words, insurance companies will not be permitted to discriminate against married same-sex couples when offering coverage. This will further enhance access to health care for all Americans, including those with same-sex spouses.

You can learn just how affordable coverage can be. Across the country, 6 out of 10 uninsured Americans can get covered for $100 per month or even less – some for a lot less. And legally married same-sex couples are treated equally for purposes of financial assistance when purchasing coverage in the Marketplace, regardless of where they live.

Security and peace-of-mind are just a click or call away. You can sign up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at or 1-800-318-2596 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-318-2596 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting . You can even get in-person help in your own community (just visit and punch in your zip code).

Don’t delay, sign up today at Open enrollment ends March 31st.

COP 24/7 Save the Date Action Alert!

Join COP 24/7 for a Community Meet & Greet
415Main Street
North Little Rock
 April 6, 2014,
6 - 8 pm
Free Buffet & Service Industry Night Beverage Specials
Come share your views about what's really going on or not going on in our community!

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Ready for the Weekend

Trans & Queer Yoga Anyone?

"For 75 minutes, we will practice breathing, yoga poses and guided meditation, followed by tea and snacks in the lobby. This class is open to gender non-conforming people, transgender and queer folks, and the friends they bring. Wear whatever you feel comfortable wearing, so long as you can move easily," according to a info piece being circulated by Courtney Frierson.

Classes are scheduled to begin March 24, at Barefoot Studio West, 8501 Pinnacle Valley Road in Little Rock. Each participant will enjoy a sliding fee scale from $4 to $12.

Frierson's bio acknowledges Courtney Frierson is an Arkansas Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a yoga therapist.  As founder of Sat Nam/True Self Yoga Therapy, PLLC, Courtney utilized yogic techniques therapeutically with individuals, couples and families at Little Rock Yogis. 

Courtney is now delighted to bring her private practice into the Wellspring Renewal Center family, where she shares Wellspring’s vision to “create a welcoming, safe space where healing happens.”

Courtney, who is a native Arkansan, earned her Master’s Degree of Social Work from University of Arkansas at Little Rock after receiving  her Bachelor of Arts at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia where she studied Political Science and Women’s Studies.

Subsequent dates for the sessions will be April 26 and May 24th. The flier also states that half of the proceeds of the sessions will be donated to LGBTQ groups in Arkansas. Now that's an interesting fundraising twist that will warrant more monitoring. Stay tuned to COP 24/7 for more updates and information.

COP 24/7 Save the Date Alert!!!

March 12th is the deadline to purchase your tickets to our next event, A Dinner With Dr. Brock Thompson. If you are planning on attending this great event, please make sure to purchase your tickets soon, here! Tickets are $75 solo and $125 a couple.

Join Lucie's Place as we welcome author Dr. Brock Thompson back home for an evening to remember! Dr. Brock Thompson will read from his book "The Un-Natural State: Arkansas and the Queer South". Brock will also discuss his book with the night's guests and will answer your questions! Tickets include food & drink. Wine for the night has been graciously donated by Colonial Wine & Sprits. 
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