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Madison, New Jersey (PRWEB) October 10, 2011
“Well With My Soul,” by Gregory G. Allen, is a compelling new novel centered on the turbulent lives of two brothers, one a liberal gay man in New York City, the other a southern conservative. To be released on October 11, 2011 the publication of “Well With My Soul” is set to coincide with National Coming Out Day, an internationally observed day of civil awareness to help promote a safe world for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to live truthfully and openly.
“Well With My Soul” tells the story of Jacob and Noah Garrett, brothers who harbor a lifelong resentment toward each other while dealing with their own compulsive obsessions. Jacob forsakes his family in Tennessee and moves to New York City to make his mark on the world. Noah is left at home holding the proverbial family bag.
The story follows their loosely intertwined lives through the wild times of the late seventies and the restraint of the Reagan years in which one brother ends up becoming a minister and preaching his doctrine while the other believes there are some things people are born with and not meant to change.
“Well with My Soul” is told through the perspective of both brothers and shows how misguided choices can drastically affect those around you for years to come; and family may be all that one has when looking for peace to stifle the embers that smolder beneath the surface.
“Well With My Soul has everything we look for in a good book: lovable characters, passion, struggle, and redemption. Allen reminds us of the healing powers of love and provides a penetrating glimpse into America’s recent history, particularly the rise of the AIDS crisis in New York City. An exciting, surprising, heartbreaking, and satisfying ride, said Bill Bowers, author of It Goes Without Saying.
“Well With My Soul” is published by ASD Publishing. An original trade paperback for $ 13.99.
Gregory G. Allen has been in the entertainment industry for over twenty years as an actor, director, producer, songwriter, playwright, and author. He has used that past to create the varied characters in his debut novel. He lives in Northern New Jersey with his partner, Anthony. http://www.ggallen.net
Upcoming Book Store Events and Signings for Well With My Soul:
October 18: Well Read Books. 425 Lafayette Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ, 6:30pm http://www.thewellreadbookstore.com/
October 30: Music at the Mansion
Social Architect/Activist Cleo Manago Releases Hard Hitting Video In Commemoration of World AIDS Day
Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 1, 2010
In solidarity with the commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 1, social architect/ activist Cleo Manago has released a thought provoking video missile in an effort to continue the dialogue and incite change within the Black community. The video, “HIV Healing in Young Black America: Getting the Language Right” is a hard hitting, no holds barred examination highlighting the voices of young African American leaders from across the nation. A fan page has been set up on Facebook under “HIV Healing in Young Black America by Cleo Manago” so viewers can watch the short film and leave their comments.
The film short examines the rarely addressed relationship between Black self-concept, culture, sexuality, masculinity and the capacity to protect the community from HIV and self-destruction. Youth suicides, hetero and homosexuality, and Bishop Eddie Long are just a few of the topical issues raised and addressed.
Opening with Magic Johnson’s HIV disclosure at his 1991 press conference, the 17 minute documentary moves at a riveting pace, incorporating dialogue, music, historic news clips, statistics, historical figures, speeches, sound bites and comedic clips from popular culture including “The Boondocks,” and “In Living Color.” “HIV Healing in Young Black America” ultimately reveals itself as a poignant appeal targeting the heart of Black America.
“HIV Healing in Young Black America” is also being distributed for group viewings at private screenings, churches, colleges, grassroots educational efforts and health centers on World AIDS DAY. The video has already been viewed by over 1000 people, many of them primarily African American youth.
“The response to the video has been electric and a bit overwhelming. Given that the central topic is HIV/AIDS, a still stigmatized and often avoided issue, such interests among Black youth may be a first for this subject,” cites Manago. “The video was purposely designed to be relevant, compelling and educational, to a broad Black audience, and others interested in the issue. That this has indeed occurred is quite satisfying.”
“Social networking has become one of our most important vehicles for getting messages out there directly to the youth. With the establishment of the Facebook fan page for “HIV Healing in Young Black America” we can now directly impact our audience and interact with them immediately, attending to concerns, administering advice and pointing them to programs that can directly address their issues. The fan page is also crucial to providing a ‘voice’ for everyone to speak and be heard,” explains Manago.
Manago’s inventive programs have continuously stimulated the national discourse on HIV/AIDS and Black community health, most notably for appropriate methodologies in mental health and wellness and prevention. He addresses culturally and historically relevant barriers to sexual health, stigma and responsibility, and the challenge of cultural inequity in American society at large.
This past June, Manago was invited to the White House by the Obama administration to contribute to a planning discussion on Black men’s health. And during a time when non-profits are shutting down and losing funding, he has successfully secured financial resources for three of his longtime programs; Manago’s study, entitled the Critical Thinking and Cultural Affirmation (CTCA), his Los Angeles-based AmASSI Centers for Wellness, Education and Culture (http://www.amassigroup.com/), and Black Men’s Xchange (BMX) (http://www.bmxnational.com), the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to promoting healthy self-concept and behavior, cultural affirmation and critical consciousness among same gender loving (SGL), gay-identifying and bisexual African-descended males and allies.
“HIV Healing in Young Black America: Getting the Language Right” is a project of the Black Men’s Xchange. BMX was recently funded by the Center for Disease Control’s Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) program. As part of CDC’s innovative campaign program, CDC has launched a $ 10 million, five-year partnership with 16 of the nation’s leading African-American organizations. The AAALI seeks to harness the collective strength and reach of traditional, longstanding African-American institutions to increase HIV-related awareness, knowledge and action within black communities across the United States. This conglomerate of historically black organizations, which also includes NAACP, the Urban League, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and American Urban Radio Networks, are also implementing activity for World AIDS Day.
“Having two organizations with national scope and regional locations, I have observed the extreme lack of effective and culturally relevant HIV prevention and care focus on young Black folks, particularly young homosexual and bisexual men, and even females at-risk, for years now. There’s been a gap both in including their voices and properly addressing their issues for 30 years now. Recently I was invited by young people familiar with my work to participate at a national conference in New York that focused on Black youth and HIV. I planned to build a mini-documentary or educational video around that event. I wanted to feature “their” voices and my own work relevant to the issue on video. “HIV Healing in Young Black America: Getting the Language Right” is the result,” offers Manago.
To view “HIV Healing in Young Black America: Getting the Language Right” and propel the discussion, log on to Facebook and go to the “HIV Healing in Young Black America by Cleo Manago” fan page now ! For private organizational screenings, connect with Cleo Manago directly at http://www.amassigroup.com/manago.html and BMX and http://www.bmxnational.com.
Question by secret151990: magic johnson?
how did magic johnson contract HIV?
Answer by James
He used his magic johnson with women who had HIV, and they passed it to him.
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SIXTEEN years after the first Pride parade in Asia was launched in Manila, progressive bills on gay rights, divorce, and birth control, feared by many politicians who count on religious swing votes, seem to be making strides in Congress.
Around 5,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual citizens and their straight supporters and AIDS activists marched in the party district of Quezon City to highlight the joint observance of LGBT Pride and World AIDS Day on the afternoon 4 December 2010. It may be the first time a Philippine municipal government officially sponsored and bankrolled a gay pride event in this majority Catholic country.
The parade was the biggest yet in the country ever since a ragtag crowd of less than a hundred militants under the flag of ProGay (click on www.progay.multiply.com) and Metropolitan Community Church staged Asia’s first LGBT Pride march in June 1994. With the theme “One Love: Stop AIDS, Promote LGBT Human Rights, Keep the Promise,” the parade was organized by Task Force Pride (TFP) and the Philippine AIDS Society. Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and his vice mayor Joy Belmonte both sanctioned the parade and sent droves of their supporters into the sprawling Tomas Morato clubbing strip.
During the post-parade street party, Representative Teodoro Casiño of the leftist party Bayan Muna (People First) threw the crowd into a frenzy when he announced the filing of House Bill 1483 or the Anti-Discrimination Act of 2010. His proposed law defines discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and will penalize discriminatory acts in housing, employment, the use of public spaces and the enrolment in schools. (Click on this link for House Bill 1483 http://www.congress.gov.ph/press/details.php?pressid=4694)
The political leadership of Quezon City is seen as a trailblazer in social reform. The city whose initial QC is also spelled out as Queer City in jest has already passed a city ordinance banning anti-LGBT discrimination in 2004, and a measure promoting a government-supported program of artificial birth control and reproductive health that covers HIV prevention in 2008, even as the neighboring city of Manila festered with unwanted pregnancies under a staunchly pro-life ex-mayor Lito Atienza.
Partygoers are also abandoning the bohemian haunts of the Malate gay district in favor of the pulsating night life of Cubao, Eastwood and North Triangle of Quezon City. Yet harassment of gay establishments is still a huge problem, as underpaid QC cops habitually resort to swooping down on gay saunas, cinemas and cruisy parks to extort the pink peso from their gay victims.
Many of ex-mayor Atienza’s pro-life friends who railed against homosexuality and women’s rights were drubbed in last year’s congressional elections. However, Casiño said the work ahead for the Anti-Discrimination Bill is still fraught with difficulties, as the numbers of advocated in the House of Representatives remain in the minority.
Community groups such as the gay political party Ang LADLAD, Society of Transexual Women of the Philippines, Gabriela, Amnesty International, Rainbow Rights, UP Babaylan, Leap, and MCC Quezon City held aloft extra-large rainbow flags and placards calling for the end to discrimination. The parade saw a surprising strong show of force by gay clubs and comedy bars that usually showed little support in the past years.
A few bible-wielding religious counter-demonstrators tried to make their presence felt with anti-gay signs with messages like “God did not make you gay!” but they were definitely less numerous and less acrimonious than last year’s bully throng. Their signs were easily outnumbered and owned by funny signs from pride marchers that mocked the religious passages. Alternately, even the counter-demonstrators were smothered from the view of cameras by the fluffy gowns of drag queens.
Progay has been active in promoting human rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the Philippines.
Schenectady, NY (PRWEB) July 5, 2007
The African Well Fund is excited to announce that this year’s fundraiser to “Build a Well for Bono’s Birthday” has raised more than $ 34,000 to fund clean water projects in Africa. This marks the 5th year in a row that U2 fans from around the world have come together to honor Bono’s May 10th birthday by raising money for clean water in Africa. All proceeds of the fundraiser will go directly to African Well Fund partner Africare, a leading non-profit organization assisting Africa, to fund clean water projects throughout the continent.
The Birthday fundraiser was launched on March 22nd, World Water Day, in honor of Bono, lead vocalist of the Irish rock band, U2. Unique fundraising strategies were used to collect the funds through May 15th : An Ebay photo auction of donated U2 concert photos raised more than $ 7,000! Donations were also boosted by the proceeds from the sale of a second U2 fan project, The Little Red Book of Poe-ee-tree, a collection of poems and short stories written by a handful of U2 fans scattered across the globe. After donating, fans signed an online birthday card for Bono at the African Well Fund web site http://www.africanwellfund.org . Their signatures and birthday greetings were incorporated into a beautiful hand made card that was sent to Bono in Dublin.
Bono’s activism on behalf of Africa is well known. In 2002, he co-founded DATA (debt, AIDS, trade, Africa) to raise public awareness of the issues in its name, and influence government policy on Africa. On behalf of DATA’s agenda, Bono has lobbied U.S. Presidents and Congressional leaders, along with the heads of many other G8 nations. DATA is a founding member of ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History, part of a global network of millions of people campaigning against extreme poverty. He recently served as guest editor of Vanity Fair‘s special Africa issue. African Well Fund is honored to be featured as one of the Africa resources listed on Vanity Fair’s website.
The five annual birthday campaigns have raised more than $ 100,000 to fund clean water projects in Africa. Water and sanitation projects, funded by U2 fans have been implemented by our partner Africare in Uganda, Ethiopia, Angola and Zimbabwe. AWF and Africare are currently exploring options to fund for this year’s project and hope to announce details soon.
The African Well Fund is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2002 by a group of U2 fans. Since that time, AWF has raised more than $ 300,000 which has been used to fund clean water projects throughout the continent. All donations to the African Well Fund go directly to Africare, one of the leading private, non-profit, charitable organizations assisting Africa. It is also the oldest and largest African-American led organization in that field. Since its founding in 1970, Africare has delivered more than $ 675 million in assistance and support to 36 countries Africa-wide. To learn more about Africare and its programs, please visit http://www.africare.org .
The African Well Fund was founded to focus on one achievable goal: providing access to clean water to everyone in Africa. The African Well Fund believes that access to water is not merely a basic human need but a Basic Human Right.
TORONTO, Canada (PRWEB) October 30, 2004
International U2 fan festival, inTO the Heart, is pleased to announce that proceeds from the event to be held in Toronto November 4-7, will benefit Amnesty International and local AIDS hospice, Casey House. inTO the Heart is a non-profit event conceived by Greater Toronto Area U2 fans where fans from all over the globe can come together to celebrate U2s music and vibe with a full weekend schedule of events including tribute concerts, U2 Idol, Special Guest BP Fallon and much more.
inTO the Heart is a grassroots festival with the focus on the music and celebrating our shared passion for U2, said Sam Barbieri, U2_GTA founder and ITH co-founder, We thought it appropriate that any benefits from this fan fest benefit causes close to U2s heart. ITH 2004 has chosen to contribute on an international level with Amnesty International and also on a local level with AIDS hospice, Casey House in Toronto.
“It’s wonderful to see that Bono has been an inspiration to U2 fans and they have also joined the fight against AIDS says Joseph van Veen, Community Relations Specialist for the Casey House Foundation. We have been providing assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS for over 16 years and we are pleased to be chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the second annual inTO the Heart Festival.
U2 have been long time supporters of Amnesty beginning with the Conspiracy of Hope Tour in 1986. The band has also tirelessly campaigned on behalf of Aung San Suu Kyi. As one of the worlds most lauded and visible bands, U2s dedication to making the world a better place lends even more power to the art that they produce. And so whether a casual U2 listener or long-time fan, you are welcome to join the fun in T.O. the place to be November 4-7!
Joseph van Veen
Community Relations Specialist
Casey House Foundation
119 Isabella St.
Toronto ON M4Y 1P2
inTO the Heart 2004
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“I can smile… I can go there… inTO the HEART” – Boy