Showing posts with label Community. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Community. Show all posts

December 18, 2013

Adam Soul Sings Right From His Soul to Yours

Meet Adam Soul.  Adam does try and succeeds to reach inside the soul and has he ages, so does his experience and vocal prowess, just like a good wine. He will only get better just like any good artist at start up. Here is another good artist I met by chance.

                                                              Adam Soul at Google+       

He has a voice that can reach different notes.  But enough for now of an introduction. Why don’t you listen to him below:      


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Adam Soul at Google+ site

This is the first song I heard that got me:

adamfoxie using his media to expand talent in our world community.

November 9, 2013

WorldWide Family Stump Initiative


December 7th marks the launch of “Family Stomp”, a worldwide initiative to celebrate the love that lives inside non-traditional families and stomp out the negative stigmas that hinder equality.  The reception will take place on the second floor at Vlada Lounge in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC and will be a networking social featuring music, performances, unique icebreakers and a chance for the team to recruit new leaders to further their mission.  The event will also feature the debut of the “Family Stomp” theme song and the official christening of the crowd-funding campaign to support the forthcoming 2014 event, the very first “Family Stomp”! 

All proceeds from the launch party will be donated to “The Santa Project”, a holiday fundraising initiative for United Cerebral Palsy of New York City where proceeds go towards the children, adults, and families the agency serves.  " Family Stomp" will make our mark on the world of philanthropy and activism and establish our presence as a fundraising and awareness raising force.  Details about the 2014 event will be released soon after!

What is a “Family Stomp”?

As laws are rewritten, amendments abolished and newfound support of various versions of equality come to find their place in the sun, the existence of non-traditional families and social acceptance has become more and more prevalent.. The common thread of our non-traditional families, the families that we construct and strengthen on our own volition is love. This is where “A Family Stomp” has found its roots.  To celebrate non-traditional families, not necessarily bound by blood or biology, we have created an event and an eventual worldwide movement to celebrate that love and stomp out the negativity that opposes it. 

One of the most integral parts of our society throughout different cultures and classes that invokes joy and celebration is dance. Music and art transcend race, religion and lifestyle and defies intolerance, prejudice and emotional violence. Through a dance party, “A Family Stomp” intends to elevate all who attend and inspire all who participate to carry with them the respect, pride and primitive joy that they would find on the dance floor to their daily lives and pass it on.

At a “Family Stomp”, guests will be encouraged to take the negative words that people have used as weapons and transcribe them on balloons. Together, during the event the attendees will ‘stomp’ out the negativity by bursting the balloons under their dancing feet and free one another from the weight of the stigmas and release the pain to let the light in.

Another vision of the project is to bring seed monies to small businesses and non-profit organizations, uniquely their very own families.  We wish to invite these proprietors of small businesses to celebrate with us, and at the same time, know they are generating crowd-funded monies to help the Family Stomp! movement grow, as well as their own businesses grow in a symbiotic relationshipthe cornerstone of what a true ‘family‘ is all about.

For more information-

917-653-1061- Chauncey-project lead
917-532-7199- Michael Dicus- organizer/producer


~ in celebration of World Kindness Day ~

  The purpose of WORLD KINDNESS DAY is to look beyond ourselves – beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our religion, and realize that we are citizens of the world.

 On NOVEMBER 10th, 2013 get psyched for a WorldWide FreezeMob Flash Mob. Join Life Vest Inside and thousands of others around the globe for
ONE DAY as we wave our flags united in dance at our
2nd Annual Worldwide DANCE FOR KINDNESS.

June 22, 2013

GO TO HELL, Shirley!!! Does God Hates You!

PLEASE! Click this Link For Shows Website

God Hates Your Show Shirley



We’re putting on a play set in H. E. Double Hockey Sticks starring Erin Markey as the infamous Shirley Phelps-Roper, high priestess of protests and the devastatingly beautiful matriarch of Westboro Baptist Church.
Like many others, we’ve spent plenty of time being angry at WBC’s silly antics and we’ve decided it’s probably a lot more fun to laugh at the sheer ridiculousness that bubbles from their holy mouths and on their super-classy website,
But it costs A LOT to send mean people to the pits of the underworld. Even if it's just pretend. It is our long term goal to tour this piece to a city near you! But first, it starts in New York City. And New York City takes all of your money very very quickly. Please give us any amount you can spare for this world premiere production! 
Me: Wikipedia, can you help us out here?
Wikipedia: Yasss.
Shirley Lynn Phelps-Roper (born October 31, 1957) is an American lawyer and political activist. She is best known as the spokesperson of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, an organization notorious for its highly publicized homophobic public protests conducted under the slogan "God Hates Fags." Phelps has been highly criticized and taunted for her religious fanaticism and poor parenting by the general public, the media, and celebrities.
She and the church have received widespread media coverage and criticism on news outlets such as the BBC and Fox News for the group's aggressive preaching and controversial campaigns such as the picketing the funerals of AIDS victims with signs such as "God hates fags" and funeral processions for American soldiers killed in combat.



June 13, 2013

“That’s it?!! Well I’m not angry, just disappointed!!” (Letter from Reader)

As I mentioned on many occasions I see this blog as a community blog whether is in France or Russia and or right here in the USA. I have a young gay man that I ve known for a year. Without meeting I had such a trust on the individual that I even asked his help as a volunteer with projects on G+. He has send me a letter to publish which complaints to something I talk today about which is what the community needs after Supreme Court decision.
 He is young, want to help and feel with hands tied up by the people that are supposed to have him serve. Been there, working in the community and realizing that the only way I was going to get rid of my impediments was to get promoted over them through hard work and common sense and sometimes a little elbowing too. So I know
It will be so nice that anybody that feels like commenting or has a regular beef I will post it. 'It’s got to have a direction of redemption’ What I mean by that is to show the problem but also indicate a solution.
Adam, Publisher


“That’s it?!!  Well I’m not angry, just disappointed!!” 
  • Kyo Kusanagi, King of Fighters ‘95

       This quote, in my opinion, has more meaning to me than anything in the world right now.  I feel in a simple word, disappointed.  I am starting to feel that the people in the LGBT community are not doing enough to get more people motivated and involved in community activities and social events.  Instead, we are becoming a competitive, anti-social, “not-this-person-but-that-person,” cliques.  It feels like we are taking everything that we learn from our past, the sacrifices that many gay men and women have endured for thousands of years….yes, thousands, and have literally thrown it out the window.  I will give you an example:
I went to a local gay community in Kansas City, Missouri for one of their Crew meetings.  Crew meetings are like little social gatherings to meet new people and get acquainted with others.  However, when I got there, I soon discovered that there was only one person who attended the meeting, me.  I was very disappointed.  Many of the volunteers who run the community center were in complete disagreement over how to be able to reach out to other LGBT people, especially to the youth in the city.  The volunteers want to do more by having more social gatherings and events.  But, it seems the leader of the center keeps telling them “NO!!”  And worse, the leader (I’m not giving out names) keeps coming up with excuse after excuse as to why these plans will not work.  
       Personally, I think that this shows a bad example of leader because not only is this driving people away, but it makes their center an empty building.  This is also what we are doing to each other.  We are driving away our own people when all they want is acceptance.  Sure we have the “It Gets Better” project, but to be honest, it doesn’t go too far enough.  More and more gays are still being hurt by those who label us as outcast, unwanted, even unacceptable, and the sad part is; it is also coming from within.  We are turning against each other simply because we want to be better than everyone else, and it is hurting everyone.  But most people don’t care anyway.  
        So, I am not writing this post just to get attention or to be popular.  I am writing this because it is time for my gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, and yes…even straight friends to wake up to reality and get more involved with others in the community.  I am writing this because I care about you and love you as brothers and sisters.  It is time to start kicking some serious ass with our political figures, our friends, our families and even each other and help spread the word so that we are not going to hide in the shadows of hate and bigotry, even if is from within.  
       We should come together and come up with ways to make our communities better and stronger.  We should let gay marriage be legal in all 50 states, not just 12.  We should let events in history like Stonewall riots, and gay figures like Harvey Milk not be forgotten.  We cannot let religious and right wing groups strip away our rights because of who we love.  But most importantly, we should not let fear overpower us when the time comes to come out of the closet.  
       We have come so far to just simply throw it all away.  I applaud the efforts of many LGBT members on Facebook (don’t have an account, so don’t ask.), Twitter, and Google+, but there is more work that needs to done.  We are not lines on a map, telling us to stay in this place or that place, we are people who give a damn about the community we serve and the people we trust.  But, we need strong leader to carry that multi-colored flag to the promise land because without strong leaders, we are stuck in the same old bull crap that we have tried to get out of for years.  It is only a matter of time.

Jason Wiley

April 5, 2013

The New Origami Condom Now (Electrical Impulses Latter?)

I am following up on a posting on Condoms I did recently. I did not show a video, just pictures. On the video below it shows how the condom works. For a person that has problems with condoms in my opinion this is the best up to date. There others things on the works using electrical impulses, etc

The humble condom remains our best defense against unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. It is the one device that protects against all risks, is easily transportable, and cheap to produce as well. In places where more expensive options are unavailable, it is already a life-saver.

The problem is many men don’t like wearing them, despite the threat to themselves, and their partners. Studies in the developing world show that cultural factors,misconceptions, and a belief that condoms reduce sensation, all lower rates of use. 
"People’s assessment of their own risk is sometimes not realistic," says Stephen Ward, a program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "Sex is a powerful motivator. When you’re talking about reducing the pleasure someone can derive from sex, and you add that to a poorly understood risk, you can see how the desire for better sex wins.”
The Gates Foundation is launching a "grand challenge" to find fresh condom concepts. It wants to hear from material scientists, product designers, and sex experts interested in making prophylactics more "user-friendly.” 
"This is an opportunity for people in all areas of research to think about a problem they might not have thought about before," Ward says. "If we could make something better, we could have a really substantial effect on HIV prevention and unintended pregnancy in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia."
Researchers are developing alternative "multi-purpose prevention devices" like vaginal rings and "co-formulated injectables." But Ward says they’re "years away from deployment into hands of people who need them," and that a better condom could save lives in the interim.
The submission period runs until May 7, but will probably be extended for another six months this fall. Initially, at least, the bar for practicability is not high. Researchers need only fill out a two-page application, and prove the concept works in basic terms. "We’re looking for a couple of experiments to show the idea has legs," Ward says. Winning entries get $100,000 for further development.
Ward and his colleague, Papa Salif Sow, hope to get hundreds of ideas, but there are two they like already. Researchers at the University of Washington are working on a very fine electrically spun fabric made of nanometer-sized polymer strands that dissolve to release sperm-blocking and anti-HIV drugs. And, Origami, a company in California, is developing a silicone injection-molded condom that it says is easier to put on, and more pleasurable to use.
"Origami are taking an innovative design-centric approach to making condoms with the sensual experience at the forefront, understanding the user preferences of the populations they are testing in," Ward says. "The electro-spun approach is a new technology. The Origami is a good example of a new philosophical approach."

sourced by BEN SCHILLER

Ben Schiller is a staff writer for Co.Exist, and also contributes to the FT, and Yale e360.

June 28, 2012

Rainbow Bar Redemption-Dallas Police Redemption

Today is the anniversary after Raid of the Rainbow Lounge. The Dallas Voice.Com haas a wonder post on it and how the incident that occurred back then have transcended into something so much better for both the community and the police. 


EMBRACING HISTORY  | The Rev. Carol West hugs Chief Jeffrey Halstead at the premiere of ‘Raid of the Rainbow Lounge’ in March. (Chuck Dube/Dallas Voice)

ANNA WAUGH  |  Staff Writer
FORT WORTH — It’s been three years since Fort Worth police and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officers raided the Rainbow Lounge on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, leaving disaster, pain, confusion and an infamous date for LGBT North Texans behind.
But while the hurt and mistakes from that night’s events still linger with the dozens of people present and with the community as a whole, the improvements in communication and trust resulting from the raid shine brighter now than any negative spotlight that was cast on the city and police.
A ‘perfect storm’
In the early hours of June 28, 2009, officers would decide to make Rainbow Lounge the third stop during a night of bar inspections. The 40 minutes they spent in the bar led to six arrests and the injury of a patron who was sent to the intensive care unit for internal bleeding.
Todd Camp, founder of Fort Worth’s Q Cinema, was at the bar that night, the second weekend it was open. Amid the protests and the LGBT community’s outcries for an investigation and answers, Camp said the event, the date of Stonewall and the group of people in the bar combined to create a “perfect storm” of activism — and later change.
“I honestly think it was a long night and they’d been other places where they’d had problems and when they got to our bar they were mad and they were ready for a fight even though there was no reason to expect one,” he said. “It was the wrong time, it was obviously the wrong day, and they did it in front of the wrong gays.”
Three investigations into the brute force and disregard for following policy resulted in the Fort Worth police department revamping its inspection policy for establishments serving alcohol. TABC would later reveal that 19 policy violations occurred that night.
Fort Worth police Chief Jeff Halstead had only been on the job for about six months when the raid occurred. He immediately drew criticism from the community when he stood behind his officers’ claims that bar patrons made sexual advances toward them. Over the course of the investigation, he began to admit that mistakes were made, he said.
“I was speaking from a position of fact, when it was really partial information that was delivered to me in a different manner,” he said. “And that put me in a very, very tough position early on in this incident.”
Halstead said what strained the effort the most was a three-week break for City Council during the raid and an inability to bring city officials together to discuss the incident. When the council finally met, the meeting went well past midnight because of the heated and passionate community response.
After the meeting, he said two officers came out to him and told them they were proud to have him as their chief, a moment he said he’ll always remember as a turning point.
“I knew we were actually turning a big corner at that point,” he said.
The fight for Fairness
After a dialogue opened, the healing progress began. The city created a Diversity Task Force that made 21 recommendations for the City Council to consider in relation to the LGBT community, ranging from sensitivity training for city employees to adding transgender protections to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance, which occurred later in 2009.
Fairness Fort Worth President Thomas Anable said recently that the only item still outstanding from the recommendations is comprehensive healthcare coverage for transgender city employees. To date, about 88 percent of the city’s 6,000 employees have participated in the diversity training over the last 25 months.
“As far as the city’s concerned, they kept every commitment they’ve made,” Anable said.
Although Fairness Fort Worth was created as a grassroots organization to help witnesses of the raid come forward and give their statements in a neutral environment, Anable said the organization has grown into an umbrella group, focusing on healthcare, bullying and directing the LGBT community to the proper resources.
Halstead also turned his attention to healing the community and building back the public’s trust in the police department. He appointed a full-time LGBT liaison and mandated that officers undergo sensitivity training. A few weeks ago, the department reached a 100 percent completion for the in-service training, a proud moment for Halstead.
RALLYING A RESPONSE | Protesters line the sidewalk outside the Rainbow Lounge on Sunday, June 28, 2009 — hours after the raid. (Dallas Voice file photo)
But while addressing criticism and later changing policies wasn’t easy, he said the hardest part was gaining the community’s trust back.
“In this profession, you’re so proud of the job you do and the service you deliver and when the service is delivered in this manner — when it’s so offensive to members of our community — you really, really have to pull yourself out of the rank and out of the position to understand how it was perceived by members of that community,” Halstead said.
Camp said the response from the city and police was overwhelming as time went on and a lot of positive change happened when officials listened to the community’s concerns. He said he thinks the LGBT community has healed in the years since the raid but would still remember its impact.
“I think they knew that they’d screwed up and to their credit they did everything they could do to fix it as quickly as possible,” Camp said. “I can’t help but be anything but impressed and proud with what we were able to accomplish. I think as a city and as a community, not just the GLBT community, but the community as a whole, we’re all the better for it.”
Anable echoed those sentiments, highlighting the channels of communication that opened and still exist today, helping the LGBT community find its voice — and keep it.
“The biggest change is that in Fort Worth everyone got to get permission to talk about LGBT issues and feel safe and not ridiculed or get fired or ostracized,” Anable said. “That attitude wasn’t here before.”
Cowtown’s coming of age story
Robert L. Camina spent 21⁄2 years working on the documentary Raid of the Rainbow Lounge. The film premiered in Fort Worth in March, followed by a Dallas showing in April and a screening at Fort Worth’s June Q Cinema film festival, where it won Audience Choice Award. The film then won Best GLBT Film at the 32nd Breckenridge Festival of Film in Colorado.
A screening in Dallas on the three-year anniversary June 28 will feature a panel discussion afterward involving several of the parties involved in the raid’s aftermath.
Camina said he hoped the film would be used in a training aspect some day — and it already has. Clips from the film were used in Northern District of Texas U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldaña’s June 7 diversity event.
Camina also attended a White House Pride event June 15, and the White House and the Department of Justice have requested copies of the film, he said. They were requests he was more than happy to fill.
“I would love to continue that momentum and use this in any form possible as an educational tool,” he said.
Camp, who is featured in the film, said the “interviews are so raw that the emotion is all right there on the screen.” He said he wasn’t surprised that a film festival in Colorado gave it an award, demonstrating the power of the film to impact complete strangers.
“It’s really bizarre to think that me and several of my friends are out there on a big screen in another city talking about something in a bar that no one knows about and that they’re able to tap into that emotion and react to it as much as we did almost,” Camp said.
Camina called the film a coming of age story for Fort Worth, which grew into a stronger and more progressive city after the raid.
“I think Fort Worth really came into its own with the raid,” he said. “With the raid, it united a dormant community, and I think Fort Worth is a stronger city because of that. I think it’s a stronger LGBT community.”
‘It is an absolute model’
As the months and years passed and business went back to usual for the Rainbow Lounge, many people will forever remember the events of the raid and it’s powerfully effective aftermath.
Although it’s not as revered as Stonewall, Camp said it ignited the gay rights movement in North Texas just as Stonewall did for the nation decades ago.
“I’d like to hope that we have some place in GLBT history,” Camp said. “We’ll always be a part of that narrative and I think certainly for the people that live in this town it will be remembered.”
Camina said the raid is “part of our fabric of our history now” and will forever be “connected with the Stonewall raid because of its haunting parallels,” but hopes that other cities learn from the past that history so recently repeated.
Halstead described the first few months of the aftermath as “the hardest thing I had ever faced in 22 years of police work,” but said he’s grateful for the experience because it made him a more patient, understanding and detail-oriented chief. He sees the event and the documentary as a teaching opportunity to prevent similar incidents in the future.
“We are going to have other incidents in other parts of the country and we may have them here, but I know now relationships we have been strengthened and solidified,” he said, adding that Fort Worth is a model for other cities. “It is an absolute model, but the model takes time and it takes the right leaders in the right areas of our community to work with us, so hopefully those leaders exist in other cities, because they were invaluable to our success.”

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