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Seriously, how could I not spotlight this story on a creative Wednesday like today. Although the story inspires me because I see hope, expression, and community through creativity, it also hits my heart rather hard.

Aidan, you’re a little trooper. Don’t you stop drawing, fighting, laughing, and playing! It’s a terrible disease but I know you can do it.

“Thank You” message from Aidan and Family’s blog

The response and support our family has received is simply amazing. Through the donations and sale of Aidan’s art, the family has been able to avoid financial ruin. The family had considered the sale of their home, and Aidan’s father began to look for a 2nd job to offset the impact of the additional medical expense.

However, due to the tremendous outpouring of support we have received; the family has been able to offset current medical and loss wage expense. Given the demand for Aidan’s art and the uncertainty that awaits us on the road to curing Aidan from leukemia, we have elected to continue to offer his art for sale. All of the proceeds generated from the sale will still go to Aidan and his family to prepare for future medical expense. Our family felt it morally important to share that your support has been more than we could have ever anticipated, and we wanted to thank you for everything.

While the donations and financial support have been an amazing blessing, we would like to especially thank everyone for all of the letters and support. Your words have been uplifting and inspiring to the entire family. Your words and support for Aidan have helped us in ways unimaginable. Aidan has been drawing more than ever, and we do our best to share all of your words with him. Your support has been keeping Aidan’s and our family’s spirits up. Again, we sincerely thank you for this.

Thank you,
Aidan and family

ARTICLE: HUFFINGTON POST

 

After being diagnosed with leukemia, 5-year-old Aidan Reed began selling his monster-themed artwork to help cover his mounting medical bills.

His family set up a blog to document the boy’s accomplishments and an account on the website Etsy to bring the boy’s drawings to a wider audience.

Yahoo’s Shine reports,

Response to his efforts has been exceptional. “Not only is Aidan feeling better, we cannot believe the outpouring of support we are receiving from people,” writes his aunt who manages Aidan’s blog and Etsy store. “The shop had a spectacular turn out and sold over 400 prints in less than 24 hours.”

 

According to a recent update on Aidan’s blog, “Through the donations and sale of Aidan’s art, the family has been able to avoid financial ruin.”

Supporters can purchase a piece of Aidan’s artwork for $12 on Etsy or make a donation to help him through PayPal.

5-Year-Old Boy With Leukemia Sells Art To Pay For Chemotherapy.

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I had to pick up Vampire! Their prints, so as much as I want it to be all mine, you can buy one too!

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Hi there.

There is another benefit this month in Malibu that I wanted to bring to your attention. Another good time for a great cause. Among the items up for raffle you will find…

The Dreaming: Dream Circles.

The Dreaming: Dream Circles

I wrote about this painting recently and it is part of the Shamanic Journey / Awakening to the Spirit World book review. You can find that blog post here.

I will most likely be at this event.

Don’t forget your checkbook. We have more than 100 items to raffle and auction off, including hots sailors and sailorettes.

If you can’t make the event you can always make a donation directly to the Van Ness Recovery House through their website. Van Ness Recovery House Donation Link.

Malibu Barbie’s USO Beach Party

Benefitting the Van Ness Recovery House

ADVANCE ONLINE TICKETS: www.MalibuBarbiesBeachParty.org
$12 Advance / $15 At The Door

Sunday August 22, 2010
11:00 am 8:00 pm

    • Beach Play 11:00 am
    • USO Tribute Drag Show and Competition 2:00 pm
    • Raffle 3:30 pm
    • Sailor/ Sailor-ette Auction 4:00 pm
    • Silent Auction 12:00 5:00 pm
    • Dinner Caravan to Neptune – 8:00 PM-10:00 PM

Please remember to bring a picnic basket. Guests are expected to bring their own lunch and refreshments.

Don’t forget your check book for the silent auction and raffle. Prizes already include a weekend in Palm Springs, a spa massage package, a family pack to California Adventures and Disney Land, and more than 75 other super hot items!
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ADVANCE ONLINE TICKETS: www.MalibuBarbiesBeachParty.org

TO DONATE SILENT AUCTION OR RAFFLE ITEMS:
Call Fundraising Committee Chair Carlos Cortez at (323) 620-8810 or “Contact Us” at www.MalibuBarbiesBeachParty.org
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Van Ness Recovery House

Donate online to the Van Ness Recovery House in Los Angeles at:http://www.vannessrecovery.org/donations.html

The Van Ness Recovery House is a licensed and certified alcohol and drug recovery home designed to provide opportunities to the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and heterosexual communities. All services are offered in both English and Spanish.

We provide a highly structured and safe environment, where the residents learn how to make healthy life choices while receiving direct experience with the 12 steps of recovery through an intense schedule of meetings, alcohol/drug education and discussion groups.

The House was opened in May 1973 as a Joint, co-operative effort of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center (GLCSC) and a group of dedicated and visionary members of Alcoholics Anonymous. In 1976, the Van Ness Recovery House separated from GLCSC and became an independent non-profit corporation dedicated to serving the needs of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and heterosexual men and women, regardless of their ability to pay, who suffer from the debilitating effects of the disease of alcoholism and/or drug addiction.

The Van Ness Recovery House opened a 20-bed facility on Beachwood Drive in 1973 and became aware of serving its first HIV-infected resident in 1984. The program has since served 1,632 HIV-infected residents. In the past five years, 61% of transgendered clients entering the program have been HIV-infected, 80% of all residents have been HIV-infected and over 86% of the residents have been homeless, having had little or no reportable income of the previous year. Over 2500 men and women have been given a new start in life thanks to a community that cares.

Our goals are simple and straightforward:

•Increase the length of abstinence from drugs and alcohol
•Decrease STD/STI occurrence
•Increase HIV and mental health medication adherence
•Increase the length of free time
•Develop an expanding network of culturally appropriate role models
•Increase employment rates
•Provide safer sex information and empowerment to the populations family/partners
•Create a replicable model program

The Van Ness Recovery Home does not discriminate in services or employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation or HIV antibody status. We would like to emphasize that although we largely target the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender community, we also have an extremely high success rate with our heterosexual clients.

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I don’t know how I missed Ovation TV. I mean really, it’s a great channel, breaking away from all of the regurgitated shows that you’ve seen 1000 times. Oh make that 1001 later today.

Anyway. Brandon stopped at the start of The Artists Den: Tori Amos. You would have thought I was watching the sound of music. I know my songs. I stayed up when the house fell asleep to watch the whole thing.

Couldn’t find a full version of the performance to post until now.

Tori Amos at the Artists Den

I hope you enjoy the performance. Something for a creative Wednesday.

Tomorrow is the Queer Art Walk, at the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, I hope to see you there. I’ll be showing with the Sister’s of Perpetual Indulgence at the Exchange. I’m only a small bit of all the creativity that you will see tomorrow at the benefit show.

Time, address, and other information are located on my blog here.

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I just ordered a copy of For the Next 7 Generations. I think I might want to do a screening to raise money for the cause…

For The Next 7 Generations Trailer from Laughing Willow on Vimeo.

In 2004, thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers from all four corners, moved by their concern for our planet, came together at a historic gathering, where they decided to form an alliance: The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. This is their story. Four years in-the-making and shot on location in the Amazon rainforest, the mountains of Mexico, North America, and at a private meeting with the Dalai Lama in India, For the Next 7 Generations follows what happens when these wise women unite. Facing a world in crisis, they share with us their visions of healing and a call for change now, before it’s too late. This film documents their unparalleled journey and timely perspectives on a timeless wisdom.

Grandmother’s Mission Statement:

“We, the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come. We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. We believe the teachings of our ancestors will light the way through an uncertain future. We look to further our vision through the realization of projects that protect our diverse cultures: lands, medicines, language and ceremonial ways of prayer and through projects that educate and nurture our children.”

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You can read more about the DVD, the project, and the grandmothers here.

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Family Values Poster

Wednesday, August 5th @ 8pm / Eleven Restaurant & Nightclub

Ticket’s now on sale:

Help raise funds to overturn Prop 8 and support full equality for LGBTQ people. TO BUY ADVANCE TICKETS: http://www.equalitynetwork.org/familyvalues/
FAMILY VALUES!
On August 5, 2009, the Equality Network, a not-for profit organization, will host a major fundraising event in West Hollywood, California  at Eleven Bar and Restaurant to support our organization’s efforts to reverse Proposition 8, which effectively prohibits gays and lesbians from marrying.
The event will include a silent auction, photo booths, live performances, massage chairs, and a roster of top DJs. The legendary Heklina of San Francisco’s Tranny Shack will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Comedic and musical performances by a number of rising celebrities.
We need to raise $10,000 for grassroots community organizing activities by the end of summer. We need your help to defeat hate! We need your help to guarantee civil rights to all members of the LGBT community. To date, most major club promoters, drag queens, and DJs in our community have signed on to publicize and co-host this event.
TO BUY ADVANCE TICKETS FOR ONLY $10: http://www.equalitynetwork.org/familyvalues/
HOSTS: Carlos O. Cortez, Barbie Q, Joshua Miller, and Edd Turner
PERFORMERS:
Heklina
Nadya Ginsburg
Rhea Litre
Alaska Thunderfuck
Barbie Q
Detox
Ingenue The Star
Tammie Brown
Ladyluxe
Jean Natalia
. . . . as well as other special guest appearances!
BEATS:
DJ Josh Peace
DJ Victor Rodriguez
The It Girls (Eric Anthony & Edd Turner)
DJ Phyllis Navidad
DJ Mathew Edwards
DOOR: Barbie Q, Cheyne Hauk, Zackary Drucker
The following individuals have signed-on as part of the host committee. Please be aware that, due to scheduling conflicts, not everyone below may appear at the event.
HOST COMMITTEE:
Andrew “The Councilman” Ruiz
Andy Loftus
Autie Biotic
Billy Burgess
Barbie Q
Brandon Rolph
Brian  Bosworth
Brody Brown
Burton Castro
Carlos Cortez
Cheyne Hauk
Cesar Gomez
Charles Anthony Mitchell
Cody Bayne
Derek Monteiro
Detox
Evan Brienza
Fun Active Gentlemen Society Dodgeball Team
Heklina Heklina
Ingenue The Star
Jackie Beat
Jean Natalia
Jer Ber Jones
Jonathan Chang
Josephine
Josh Peace
Joshua Miller
Lanny Lee Leyda
Manny Patel Jnr
Marc  Vannguyen
Megan Page Brooks
Mercedes Electra
Mustache Mondays
Nacho Nava
Neon Socal
Nelstar
Ongina
Paul Nichols
Phu Styles
Phyllis Navidad
Rhea Litre
Rick K
Steven Janji
Tammie Brown
The House of Giggles
Travis Walk
USC Rainbow Alliance Caucus
Victor Rodriguez
WEHO Awards
Woody Woodbeck
Zackary Drucker
PREMIERE SPONSORS:
PLATINUM
Eleven Restaurant and Nightclub
Madera Home
SILVER
Cha Cha Lounge
DJ Manny Patel Jnr.
Ms. Erica Heathman
Odyssey Magazine
Santee Court Lofts
Topco
BRONZE
Andrew Christian
Chateau Marmont Hotel
Coming Out, Coming In – Linda Goldman
Dr. Carlos O. Cortez and Mr. Edd Turner
Envy Massage, Beverly Hills
Hugo’s Restaurant
Instant Button for Jeans
JonPGoldman.com
Mr. Andrew Ruiz and Mr. Myk Mishoe
Mr. Andy Loftus
Mr. Brody Brown
Mr. Jordan Krueger
Mr. Marc Vannguyen
Mr. Rick Watts and Mr. Lee Walkup
Mr. Saul Bhatti
Ms. Renee Warren
TO BUY ADVANCE TICKETS FOR ONLY $10: http://www.equalitynetwork.org/familyvalues/

Please forward the e-flyer, website, and facebook info to the world!

Help raise funds to overturn Prop 8 and support full equality for LGBTQ people. TO BUY ADVANCE TICKETS: http://www.equalitynetwork.org/familyvalues/

FAMILY VALUES!

On August 5, 2009, the Equality Network, a not-for profit organization, will host a major fundraising event in West Hollywood, California  at Eleven Bar and Restaurant to support our organization’s efforts to reverse Proposition 8, which effectively prohibits gays and lesbians from marrying.

The event will include a silent auction, photo booths, live performances, massage chairs, and a roster of top DJs. The legendary Heklina of San Francisco’s Tranny Shack will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Comedic and musical performances by a number of rising celebrities.

We need to raise $10,000 for grassroots community organizing activities by the end of summer. We need your help to defeat hate! We need your help to guarantee civil rights to all members of the LGBT community. To date, most major club promoters, drag queens, and DJs in our community have signed on to publicize and co-host this event.

TO BUY ADVANCE TICKETS FOR ONLY $10: http://www.equalitynetwork.org/familyvalues/

HOSTS: Carlos O. Cortez, Barbie Q, Joshua Miller, and Edd Turner

PERFORMERS:
Heklina   • Nadya Ginsburg   • Rhea Litre    • Alaska Thunderfuck    • Barbie Q    • Detox    • Ingenue The Star    • Tammie Brown    • Ladyluxe   • Jean Natalia

. . . . as well as other special guest appearances, DJ’s & Beats!

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Check out the website and facebook page for more details, RSVP and purchase tickets.

Together in solidarity for equal rights!

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AIDS/LifeCycle | 7-Day 545 Mile Cycling Event to Support HIV/AIDS Services:

Andrew, our illustrious Property Manager would like to bring the AIDS LifeCycle to your attention. As you should know there is still know cure for HIV/AIDS. We have come a long way with to finding solutions to save lives and manage this illness. Making HIV/AIDS manageable is a huge leap from where we were in the early 1980’s.

There are many more who suffer needlessly around the world. There is a cure for this malady and people around the globe are working to find it.

Friends like Aaron (pictured left) may not be scientists but they, and people like him are racing towards the cure in their own way.  The ride in The AIDS/LifeCycle and even if you don’t you can help by donating to this important cause.

Aaron is riding from May 31-June 6, 2009. He is bicycling in AIDS/LifeCycle. It’s a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS.

To learn more and to support the San Francisco AIDS Foundation quest for a cure, please click on the following link.

AIDS/LifeCycle | 7-Day 545 Mile Cycling Event to Support HIV/AIDS Services:.

Millions of people around the world can benefit from a small donation. Let’s exceed the goal. Let’s make this ride magickal!

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