This weekend, hundreds of walkers will step off in three locations around Ohio for the 2015 AIDS Walk Ohio, benefitting ARCOhio.

This year they are going for a  $300,000 fundraising target – the largest goal ever for the organization.

“Our programs rely a lot on our unrestricted funds, which cover the gaps in federal funding for our programs,” said Joel Diaz, Chief Development Officer for ARCOhio. Through these funds ARCOhio has been able to handle the around 5,000 clients served through their clinics and office.

“It’s a unique opportunity to impact the amount of individuals we’re serving…when you talk about the impact that $300,000 has, those numbers really add up,” said Diaz.

ARCOhio is hosting three events around the Buckeye state, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo. Diaz says the funds from these events helps the organization keep people healthy through their clinics and support services. The programs at ARC Ohio help the site report an almost 80% viral suppression rate, more than double the national average.

Donors can still contribute to campaigns, and you can register a donation on site at the walk. A lucky and dedicated group of folks who made it to Grand Walker status by raising $1,000 will even get to have a special brunch with Food Network’s Chopped host and Columbus-native Ted Allen. All for a good cause.

You can visit the AIDS Walk Ohio website for more information or to donate.

 

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Hello QueerWorld, This week co-hosts Orie & SaRea are investigating what it means to be masculine within our queer communities, in the first of a three-part series. Sociology Professor Steven Dashiell, a researcher focusing on…

 

 

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“… the secret service actually understands who Bamby Salcedo is… and what Bamby Salcedo has done and… the importance of having Bamby Salcedo at this briefing and not really looking at Bamby Salcedo as a piece of paper.” – Bamby Salcedo

 

Image via transvisiblefilm.com

Image via transvisiblefilm.com

 

If you don’t know who Bamby Salcedo is and what Bamby Salcedo has done, then you are #latetotheparty.  Bamby is the founder of the Translatina Coalition, subject of the 2012 film “TransVisible Bamby Salcedo’s Story”, and the creator of “Angels of Change” a runway show and calender fundraiser that features trans* youth.

These are just a few of the many highlights of her work.  She is one of those people who can actually say “Check My Credits.”

Thankfully, she is far too poised to actually say that, Because we would literally be checking all day.  She is known nationally and internationally for her charity work and fight for trans visibility.

 

Left to Right: Tracee McDaniel, Ruby Corado, Mattee Jim, Bamby Salcedo, Dr. Ayana Elliott, Raffi-Freedman-Gurspan, Lala Zannell  Image via thetaskforceblog.org

Left to Right: Tracee McDaniel, Ruby Corado, Mattee Jim, Bamby Salcedo, Dr. Ayana Elliott, Raffi-Freedman-Gurspan, Lala Zannell Image via thetaskforceblog.org

 

 

Last week, along with a group of trans women of color, Bamby visited the White House to educate officials on the many issues facing their community.  She recently took some time to tell us about the experience and what it means to her, “… making sure that our rights are not violated. Our human rights are not violated.  We deserve to live a life full of dignity. We deserve  to live in a society to where we are, we feel that we’re safe.  That we are not scared… that we are going to be the next to be murdered simply for being who we are.”

You can learn more about Bamby at www.bambysalcedo.com, and her affiliated coalitions at www.angelsofchange.net and www.translatinacoalition.org

 

Image via www.transvisiblefilm.com

Image via www.transvisiblefilm.com

 

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Volunteers for the Latino Equality Alliance.  Photo Credit: Leticia Macias  via latinoqualityalliance.com

Volunteers for the Latino Equality Alliance. Photo Credit: Leticia Macias via latinoqualityalliance.com

 

Continuing our conversation highlighting Queer Voices Of Color we talk to Juan Castillo, the Director of Public Education Programs for Latino Equality Alliance (LEA) based in Los Angeles.  Starting in response to Proposition 8 in California, his organization is helping to support the needs and raise the visibility of LGBTQ Latinos in California and beyond.   Knowing that different intersectional identities present different challenges, we discuss some of the particular issues facing LGBTQ Latin@/x people.

According to Juan, LEA “started because they wanted to find out Why? What Happened?  How is it possible in a state that is so progressive, rights like that could be taken away.”  Juan and his organization set out to find those answers.  What they discovered was a lack of Queer visibility within the Latin family unit.  Since discovering this, LEA has begun to offer workshops for families and increase their visibility in Latin Pride Parades.

Image via latinoequalityalliance.com

Image via latinoequalityalliance.com

 

“…we make it a point that we go to Salvadorian Pride or or we go to Central American Pride.  Where we know anytime we put up any Rainbow Flag or any kind of sign, people come to the booth… and that’s when you start making contact outside…” – Juan Castillo

 

Bamby Salcedo via twitter@translatinbamby

Bamby Salcedo via twitter@translatinbamby

 

We also mention our  interview with Bamby Salcedo, formerly a Board Member of LEA, while discussing efforts to make trans rights and issues more visible.

Visit www.latinoequalityalliance.com  if you would like to Donate or find out more!

 

 

 

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(Photo : Last Week Tonight With John Oliver via www.salon.com)

(Photo : Last Week Tonight With John Oliver via www.salon.com)

 

You can tell it is Spring because everyone is getting, as someone’s auntie might say, “fast in the ass.” At least that’s one thing we can assume from the latest Reddit thread getting a rise out of Americans. After the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver interview with Edward Snowden that highlighted, among other things, that the NSA sees all your dick picks, some very patriotic, or very horny people decided to start a thread sticking it to the government. Meet DickPicks4Freedom, the extremely NSFW salute to American values. Or an excuse for guys to show off their junk and fish for compliments, either way, we’re not judging.

 

(While doing, uhm, research, we found out later that there is also a version featuring the female genitalia, CuntPics4Freedom…but so far only two posts within that thread as of this publication)

Also in the T, former American Idol contestant actually gets mentioned by people because of a tweet he made which stated that love could only come from children from a marriage between a man and a woman. And then, of course he issued a half apology. But then we talked about the more important topic of whether or not the internet mob mentality can be too harsh, which is a real thing.

(Photo : Orange is the New Black (Netflix))

(Photo : Orange is the New Black (Netflix))

Finally we discussed our favorite jailhouse dramedy Orange is the New Black, and what we hoped to see in season 3 after catching a sneak peek last of the trailer.

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Kasey was one of three teens featured in “Homestretch” a documentary film based in Chicago – Image screenshot of film website, homestretchdoc.com

 

“Be proud of who you are,” Kasey said. “As long as you are proud of who you are no one can stop you.” Words of inspiration from one LGBTQ teen whose faced a world of adversity, and is now a part of an upcoming documentary on the PBS “Independent Lens” series.

Kasey (pictured in the image) is featured in the documentary “Homestretch”, which follows the lives of three Chicago teens dealing with homelessness and home insecurity. According to Will Thwaites, Associate Producer on the film, the filmmakers became interested in the idea of homelessness while working on another project in Chicago, where an estimated 20,000 youth and young adults are struggling with home insecurity.

“Kasey ended up being, really, the highlight of the film,” said Thwaites.

Take a listen to our interview with Kasey and Will and find out more about the movie, how Kasey liked working on “Homestretch” and enjoys her new found fame from the project, and what message they hope to send with the documentary. Plus, learn more about the misconceptions surrounding youth homelessness, and more of Kasey’s words of encouragement for LGBTQ youth who might be experiencing similar situations.

“Homestretch”, a co-production between Spargel Productions and Kartemquin Films,  airs this Monday, April 13 10/9c on your local PBS station.

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Snapshot of PIzza4Equality Webiste, via screencapture

Snapshot of PIzza4Equality Webiste, via screencapture

From pizzas for equality to freedom of choice for White House bathrooms, here’s a look at some of the queer news stories from around the country this week. Originally broadcast live Thursday, April 9, 2015 on QueerMinded.

From QueerMinded

Pizza Counter Campaign Encourages Donors To Support LGBTQ Homeless Youth

Last week we talked about the interview that went viral, where a pizza shop in Indiana said they would serve gay people in the restaurant, but not cater a gay wedding. One activist is reclaiming pizza for good and helping to raise money for True Colors Fund in support of their Forty to None campaign to prevent LGBTQ homelessness.

New Diverse Emoji, Same Sex Family Emoji All One Skin Tone

Apple released dozens of new Emoji this week, including same-sex couples and families, and people emojis of different skin tones. But not everyone feels represented.

From Advocate

White House Makes Strides In LGBTQ Employment Equality, LGBTQ Child Welfare

In a series of events over the week, including a response to a Change.org petition, the Obama Administration took some additional steps in the LGBTQ equality movement.  For the first time, the White House took a stance condemning the practices commonly known to as LGBT conversion therapy for use against minors. And, new policies for bathrooms for White House visitors and other information announced in an Op-Ed from the Advocate by Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett. Read more at Advocate

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The sun is brighter, the birds are chirping and everyone is coming out of their winter shells…why not ask some fun, intrusive and/or embarrassing questions about love, sex and dating live on the air? Seemed like a good idea to us.

Join co-hosts Orie and SaRea and their guests James and Bri for QueerMinded’s favorite take on the hit show 1 Girl, 5 Gays, Queers on the Mic. It’s 20 minutes of awkward queer hilarity you won’t want to miss, especially if you’ve had a few. Find out the panel’s thoughts on sexting and pic sharing, whether you have to wait to sleep with someone if you’re into them, and more.

We wanna know your answers to our questions, so play along from wherever you are and tweet us or facebook us your answers! We might share some on the air or online.

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  In this week’s double dose of this week’s Evening T co-hosts Orie & SaRea welcome James and Bri to the studio to chop it up about LGBTQ issues in news and culture. Indiana is…

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This month's Queers on the Mic panel

This month’s Queers on the Mic panel

 

 

This first week of April brings warm(er) weather, a double dose of Evening T and everyone’s favorite oversharing game Queers on the Mic. Joining us in the studio today are RealQueer panel member Bri and our newest QM team member James. James is handling marketing and outreach for QueerMinded, and he is also a fellow FortHayesian.

In this week’s Evening T co-hosts Orie and SaRea discuss the new details of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana. Also in Indiana one pizza shop is asserting their religious freedom by saying they wouldn’t serve their pizza at a same-sex wedding, and the internet responded promptly causing them to close their doors in fear with a nice bank account.

And find out the group’s thoughts on sexting, why we wait for sex when we care about someone and more in this month’s Queers on the Mic.

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