Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Mid Week Upload

GYT 2015 Seeks to Increase Awareness

A national campaign called Get Yourself Tested (GYT) was launched in April 2009 to increase STD awareness and thus, help people improve their sex lives. People in the U.S. can contact their local centers for further details and advice. From Monday, April 20 through Saturday, April 25, as part of the seventh annual GYT campaign, free HIV and STD tests will be available at participating health centers including Arkansas.
In support of the this effort, Arkansas RAPPS, Mobilizing Arkansas Brother's, Arkansas HIV Planning Group and LinQ for Life, Incorporated will be hosting an evening of awareness, Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 - 9pm, 610 Center Street in downtown Little Rock. The event will consist of health information and conversation starters, programming updates, affordable care act links, consumer empowerment and other outreach engagement around educating attendees to their personal responsibility in their sexual health. The event is open to all whom wish to attend. Complimentary food and beverages will be provided. For more information call 501-404-2400, info@linqforlife, or hit us up on this forum.

Diversity in the City

Well it happen. What you ask? Just in case you missed the latest advocacy move, spearheaded by City Director Kathy Webb and a coalition of civic minded activist. The Little Rock city board officials voted Tuesday to prohibit the city and companies contracting with it from
discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, challenging a new Arkansas law criticized as anti-gay.

The ordinance approved by the city's board on a 7-2 vote bans discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in hiring and city services, including those offered through outside vendors. This ordinance flies in the face of an earlier law in which Arkansas became the second state after Tennessee to bar local governments from expanding anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

The law prohibits local ordinances from prohibiting discrimination on a basis not recognized by the state, and Arkansas is among 29 states that don't include sexual orientation in their anti-discrimination laws. The new state law doesn't apply to a city and county's policies applying to its employees, which Little Rock's ordinance would cover. The Little Rock proposal goes a step further with the restriction on anyone who contracts with the city. So what's next? Who knows? Stay tuned and we'll keep you in the loop!

 And now for a Earth Day moment in video...

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