Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Mid Week Mixer

Wow! Where the heck has July gone as we seemed to be speeding through 2014 with a vengeance. Its be a dizzying last three months for COP 24/7 as we've been on the road, making the rounds all while trying to keep this forum funky fresh! Its not been an easy feat and every now and then, it seems damn near impossible. Yet we continue to pump it out and kick up a notch to keep bringing you our special brand of "what's going on and more!"

PFLAG At the Movies: Before You Know It

Local organization PFLAG ( Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is on the move to continue to offer unique programming to the area. Currently they are promoting the groundbreaking film, "Before You Know It," slated to be shown September 10 at the Chenal IMAX 9.

However there's twist, in order for this flick to appear in the city, they have to meet a goal of selling at least 52 tickets at $10 each.  As it stand at this post only "4" tickets have been reserved via the GATHR Film web portal that tracks their progress.

Perhaps PFLAG should have partnered with the local gay elder organizers or could have reached out to local Aging agencies to help with ticket sales. Doesn't help with thinking out of the box folks.

Although I would love to see this film, unfortunately COP 24/7 will be back on the road for this date. However, to assist COP 24/7 will sponsor up to two tickets from among the next 20 Facebook Likes we get to our page at . This forum subscribes to the thought that aging in the LGBTQ construct should not be a barrier to continue to making a difference or feeling connected. This issue has been explored on this forum and will continue to be examined in later post.

As an individual who has crossed that 50 threshold, I am never more invigorated, enthusiastic, empowered and engaged in my community. After all COP 24/7 has been up and running for 10, yes count em, ten years. Age is a number and not a mindset from where we stand as well as a part of our future work.

Meanwhile, according to the website, the subjects of the film BEFORE YOU KNOW IT are no ordinary senior citizens. They are go-go booted bar-hoppers, love struck activists, troublemaking baton twirlers, late night Internet cruisers, seasoned renegades and bold adventurers. They are also among the estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans over the age of 55 in the United States, many of whom face heightened levels of discrimination, neglect and exclusion.

But BEFORE is not a film about cold statistics and gloomy realities, it’s a film about generational trailblazers who have surmounted prejudice and defied expectation to form communities of strength, renewal and camaraderie – whether these communities be affable senior living facilities, lively activist enclaves or wacky queer bars brimming with glittered trinkets and colorful drag queens.

• Dennis is a gentle-hearted widower in his 70s who begins exploring his sexual identity and fondness for dressing in women’s clothing under the name “Dee.”
• Ty is an impassioned LGBT activist who hears nothing but wedding bells once gay marriage passes in New York.
• Robert “The Mouth” is a feisty bar owner who presses on when his neighborhood institution comes under threat.

Born before the Civil Rights era, these men have witnessed unbelievable change in their lifetimes: from the Stonewall Riots and gay liberation to the HIV/AIDS pandemic and Queer Nation to gay marriage and Lady Gaga. They have lived to become part of an unprecedented “out” elder generation.

BEFORE YOU KNOW IT focuses on the lives of these three vibrant gay seniors, and reminds us that while LGBT elders face a specific set of issues, aging and its challenges are universal.

An affirmation of life and human resilience told with refreshing humor and candor, BEFORE YOU KNOW IT confirms that you are never too old to reshape society.

The READ Hits the Streets

Local LGBTQ focused newspaper, The READ has hit the streets this week appearing in local
businesses and venues according to staffers at the publication. Tonya Estell, Editorial Director, stated, "in this issue we went for culture, travel and fashion content." She continued, " we had to work hard on getting this issue due to travel schedules and other organizational programming.

However, we came together as team to what we believe is another great issue of interest to our readers." The cover features Mr. Brandon Hood of the new FYI network's "BORN to Style" reality series. Hood, is quoted in the story as his experiences and journey to New York in search of his dream of being a stylist to the stars.

The newspaper was developed from a series of meetings, dialog, community conversations and focus groups that cited that the lack having such a paper in the area was seen as a priority. Under the LA Corp Publishing banner, the periodical was organized and developed to fulfill that void as call for by the LGBTQ community.

However, organizers are reporting that ongoing assessments of the newspaper have resulted in "mixed" signals ranging from pick up rates to advertising interest from local businesses. Estell commented, " we have had some success from ad sales but we certainly are setting no records for sales. We believe in our product which we know would be of service to highlighting area gay owned and operated businesses as well as those allies who seek sales in the gay community. We felt that since this was seen as a need we would garner more support. "

Also in the paper are sections on summer book reading, fashion tips and travel treats. The newspaper will be uploading the issue to its online presence at and can be found at many local outlets with the entire listing available on it Facebook page. For advertising information call 501-349-7777.


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