Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Talking Out Loud Tuesday

The second season of docuseries "It Got Better," a collaboration between the creative team of Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky's Is Or Isn't Entertainment ("The Comeback"; "Web Therapy"; "Who Do You Think You Are?") and Dan Savage and his It Gets Better Project, premiered late April on Lexus-owned broadband channel L/Studio ( LStudio.com).

Inspired by Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project and the Emmy-nominated "Who Do You Think You Are?", the series shares LGBT celebrities' personal stories of overcoming obstacles while putting their struggles and successes in historical context. The first video, available now on LStudio.com and YouTube, features comedian/actress Rosie O'Donnell. Additional weekly episodes will include actors Portia de Rossi, Andrew Rannells, and RuPaul; author/journalist Janet Mock; and interior designer/TV personality Nate Berkus. Talent from season one included actors George Takei, Jane Lynch and Laverne Cox; TV personality Tim Gunn; athlete Jason Collins featured in the video.

Welcome to the Living Room

The launch of Welcome to the Living Room series sponsored by Arkansas RAPPS as apart of the
Community Connectors Initiative, will be rescheduled due to maximizing participation. Organizers felt that additional time was needed to educate and inform possible attendees as to the nature of the series and its significance as an outreach tool or linkage to care outlet.

The series is designed to allow participants to openly discuss self driven topics ranging from access to care gaps to personal relationship issues. Each 90 minute session also could include HIV 101 information, leadership capacity building, peer navigation or empowerment dialogue.

More information will be shared on the new Arkansas RAPPS Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/RAPPS ) which will serve as another information hub to channel news, links, updates and video to a wide audience especially the MSM population.

The development of the page is apart of overall social media overlay of the entity with sights on engaging other social media sites such as Twitter, Grindr or BGC, which teem with many Arkansas end users.

Using social media has been noted by the Center's for Disease Control as a viable platform to message about HIV counseling and testing in addition to other intervention and prevention campaigns.

If you are interested in participating in the session, please call 501.404-2400 or leave messages on the Arkansas RAPPS Facebook page.

The READ Rolls Anniversary Issue

The READ, the statewide LGBT focused newspaper is preparing to roll out to readers May 15. After a short hiatus amidst internal assessments, it was decided that the paper could move forward with another addition just in time for its first anniversary. COP 24/7 has the skinny on the contents of the news piece which will feature updates on affordable care act information and local community based organizations. More about the coming issue can be found on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheRead

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