Monday, March 09, 2015

Monday Get Over It Post

There's so much to just "get over it!" And I don't even know where to start or end for the matter. Nevertheless, we persevere with this platform to educate, empower, and our unique take on "what's
really going on!"

Now for the "Get Over It," top 5 that has no specific urgency or particular disdain factor. And of course, this forum is always open and willing to hear anything that you are just over!

1. Folks who believe that when you call out truth's that we often want to left unsaid, some how you are a negative force always seeking to hang out the "dirty laundry." Let's just say that most times "truth" hurts as it should set us free from misinformation and diversions of truth.

2. Poor customer service. I've had it with those who are suppose to be "customer service representatives," who don't seem to have a clue of exactly what this means. Case in point, " can you tell me where product X is ? Naw, I don't work over their." So I think, so you don't know anyone else that works in that department that might would know? Or can you help me, "No, I'm on break."

3. I've tired of individuals telling me to "dumb it down!," which means I should alter my ability to speak perfectly good educated English to communicate my beliefs, emotions or rage. Really? You can't even imagine how much of this I've heard, ranging from," why you always talking white,?" to "you like to use your words as weapons." At this point, "I'm over it," and if they can't understand what I'm trying to say, there's any App for that.

4. I'm over being tracked by all the gadgets or platforms that I visit. Some day's its just too much and at times a little creepy. It gets really creepy when ads start popping up in the margins of your email, robo calls to your phone and waves of emails about "missing you," because you've not been back or purchased from their sites. Its that "we're watching you" feeling with elements of "I know what you did last summer." Even I don't particularly like it, I don't think much really can be done about it except just allude the Internet all together...

5. And finally I'm over HIV. From what I continue to gather it appears that most folks are ready to throw the "ELMO,"(Enough, Let's Move On) card at this chronic disease because its time has come and gone as far as many Arkansans are concerned. I find this certainly amazing, concerning that 50% of the still increasing infections are among young gay black males, despite them being 1% of the states population.

How can we be "over it," when there still persist issues surrounding access to public health clinics for STI testing whether through expedited appointments or non-traditional times, we still have unanswered questions concerning unaccounted for 2014 Awareness Day funds, meanwhile nothing has been done about out of touch management bean counters who are not challenged for there blanket decisions again without viable explanations.  It's all good  since we don't know what's the status of the HIV reporting data clean up or exactly what "high impact prevention" outcomes are being achieved by those grantees awarded prevention funds because what would that matter anyway.

Who cares that I saw a pinned notice on the STRILITE Facebook page making a clear distinction that just because important HIV related information was being posted, the group was "not a support group." They didn't want to be known in that way yet the pinned note goes on to state that it was indeed HIV Awareness dollars which was and has been their only means of funding support. So why make that distinction since this health dilemma directly impacts those whom you seek to engage?

And last but not least, I'm over learning about new approaches and concepts that will not be implemented in our area. I've had enough teleconferences, webinars, surveys, sign on letters, both regional and national conferences plus my bi-monthly non-effective, checked box, un-respected position as AHPG Community Co-Chair. Why continue to bother with any aspect of this work since it appears that everyone and everything is just fine and dandy. And since that's the perception, I should certainly not waste anymore of my life cycle being concerned about too.  

Equality Business in Arkansas

The Equality Is Our Business Pledge is a concerted effort by businesses and individuals to advance workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and public accommodations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and their allies across the state. Developed by Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest civil rights organization, the Equality is Our Business initiative has the following aim: to encourage 10,000 US business and organizations to stand up for diversity.
Currently HRC reports 106 Arkansas businesses have signed on and have pledged to display signifying stickers to demonstrate their involvement with the program.

‘We firmly believe in equal rights for everyone.’ Said Jeremy Bragg of Little Rock's River City Coffee, one of the businesses to sign the Arkansas pledge. ‘We try to provide an accepting and welcoming atmosphere for all! We like to be that kind of haven. Showing our support through the HRC is another way for us to get the word out about our stance on equality.’

Certainly this approach has merits, but calls in to questions as to exactly where have all these business been when needed sponsorships, advertising opportunities, in-kind or valuable contributions or donations have been needed for numerous LGBTQ programming? And since they are now acknowledging their support, does this translate in to more than stickers on door fronts or otherwise. How or should we say who will be tracking these businesses as to whether they live up to the pledge or is this good optics as a business in search of that disposable gay cash that keeps being reported about it. All of this will require some additional monitoring and looking into as this project unfolds.

According to the HRC website the cite  that the business community and like-minded individuals understand that if we want to compete for top talent, we must have diverse and inclusive workplaces.  The Equality Is Our Business Pledge was created by the Human Rights Campaign, America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

The goal of Equality Is Our Business Pledge is simple: encourage at least 10,000 businesses and organizations to stand up for diversity.  Businesses and organizations of all sizes who sign the Equality Is Our Business Pledge publicly join thousands of other businesses and organizations that support workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and public accommodations.

As a reminder....


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