Monday, November 17, 2014

Scaling Up and OUT at COP 24/7

Whew! What can we say at COP 24/7 other than  it's on as we continue to connect this platform to all of the projects that we are involved in making happen. It can be quite daunting and challenging to make sure that all platforms are popping with fresh content or activity to keep us ranking on the search engines. Talking about fastening your seat belts! It's been that and so much more with research, links, video feeds and maybe even a kitchen sink or two. Who knows where this is all going, but no matter, we are in it to win it! Come follow us here and "like" our Facebook page ( ). Don't forget that you can support us in our Rainbow Circle of Friends initiative and feel free to give us your feed back and come back here at COP 24/7! Let's keep this moving...!!

LINQ For Life Takes Flight

As World AIDS Day, December 1 rapidly approaches to recognize those who were lost to the disease, this year's theme, "Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS Free Generation," is being met with the next wave of intervention and prevention concepts across Arkansas.

Last week this forum announced the emergence of the Community Connectors initiative funded through the Arkansas Department of Health's Hep C/ HIV/ STI Section dedicated to engaging individual contractors to increase linkage to care awareness and now we can add  LINQ For Life which aims to address educate, coordinate, provide aid and relief to eradicate HIV/AIDS, STDs, and other health disparities in marginalized communities.

The brainchild of Mr. Lee Brown, the entity was designed to continue to fill service gaps, peer to peer interaction and move to readdress issues around HIV and AIDS that continue to exist while responding from a new approach.  Brown stated, " All of this has been in the planning stages and has move swiftly as I saw that there was still an unmet need." He continued, " since our initial planning, we've already achieved necessary official state documents and now awaiting our IRS 501 C 3 designation which we hope to secure by the end of the year." 

According to Brown, the namesake was chosen as a marketing brand to support the vision and mission of the organization to "be a link," to life affirming and changing elements that will be harnessed in our efforts to mentor those living with chronic health dilemmas in marginalized communities.

Brown also won a Community Connector's contract utilizing his proposal to increase outreach among fraternity organization and on college campuses. Currently he is a member of Phi Beta Sigma and he cited that numerous fraternal and sororities have health initiative including funding streams to support HIV and AIDS programming. "Since many in my networks are college bound or finishing up their education, I felt that this was a natural place for me to offer my services."

LinQ For Life, has deployed on social media with a website under construction and additional planning for future events in its targeted service areas of Saline, Pulaski, Garland, Lonoke and some Southeast counties of the state.   

Transgender Day of Remembrance

On Nov. 20, thousands in this country and around the world will hold vigils honoring the annual
Trans Day of Remembrance, where the lives of transsexual and transgender people who lost their lives to hate-based violence will be acknowledged, with the high majority of victims on the list being Black and Latina women.

The plight of transgender individuals loosing their lives or experiencing other disturbing violence against them also resonates in Arkansas, where many cases have gone unresolved and simply forgotten.

In observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance, ArTEC (Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition) will sponsor an activity, Wednesday, 5:30 pm at Philander Smith College. The event will feature remarks from Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner, reading of the Names and Lived Experiences of Transgender Persons, and a dedication of Memorial Wreath.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

Created in 2007 by Gwendolyn A. Smith, The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten.

Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.

 For questions, please contact Andrea Zekis at or 501-392-4276.

Teach for America – Open Microphone Reception featuring Tim’m West and C.C. Carter
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Boswell Mourot Fine Art Gallery – 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, 72207

Join Teach for America and community for an evening reception and open mic night. Featuring the talents of Tim’m West and C.C. Carter.

Teach for America will be in Little Rock from Saturday, November 22 through Sunday, November 23 for their Deep South LGBTQ Education Summit. 


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