Hope & Help bumps gala to 2020, launching new event to honor donors

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Hope & Help had a successful event with the AIDS Walk Orlando thanks to all of the people who opened their pockets and donated what they could, and for that they want to say thank you with a celebration.

Hope & Help’s community developmental director Joshua Myers says that the nonprofit will be pushing its annual gala, typically held in September, to next year and instead this October will hold an invite only event called Hope & Help Society.

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09.06.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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I’ve been told I communicate too much. I really am an open book and there isn’t much I won’t talk about, no matter how personal it is. I also tend to divulge all the information I have when telling a story. It’s strange to me that everyone doesn’t do this, yet I assume they do anyway. This often gets me in trouble with my roommate.

“Why did she do that?” she asks when I’m done with my story. To which I reply, “I’ve given you all the information I have.” “Why didn’t you ask more questions?” she retorts. I explain that I just go by the information people give me. She calls me weird and I call her weird. After 18 years of living together, I assure you we are both weird.

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Local Award-Winning Realty Agent David Dorman partners with Orlando Magic

By : Jaime Donelson
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David Dorman

ORLANDO | Local gay realty agent, David Dorman, with CENTURY 21 Professional Group Inc. is pairing up with Orlando Magic in a unique collaboration.

“We’ll have access to targeted marketing inside the Orlando arena not just Orlando Magic,” Dorman says. Their collaboration will include digital signage, marketing and web assets.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Ginger Minj gets married and Irma comes to the City Beautiful

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Disney’s newest Princess

At the New York 2017 RuPaul’s Drag-Con, fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race were treated to an unexpected surprise.

Soon after a make-up panel—where Central Florida’s Ginger Minj (Josh Eads) gave 8-year old internet drag sensation Lactatia a make-over—Ginger asked Lactatia “I’ve done your make up and your wig, can you do something for me? Do you want to be my flower girl?” Then Ginger announced she was getting married today.

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How Trumpcare, or its Senate component, may affect the LGBT community

By : Billy Manes
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“This is a funeral procession. When we get to Sen. Marco Rubio’s office, we’ll have speakers and then we’ll have a die-in,” was the rallying call on June 28 as protesters took to the streets to march against the competing Republican agendas meant to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. The march, which started at Orlando City Hall and ended up across the street at Rubio’s home away from home, was blotted by rain and was suitably somber.

“What do we want? Healthcare. When do we want it? Now,” was the refrain as dozens of people walked the street in favor of coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and those who were simply blocked out of coverage by Florida’s refusal to expand Medicaid to nearly one million people caught in the coverage gap. Likewise, others just saw the crumbling pieces of the nation’s healthcare conundrum, currently being argued between the U.S. House and U.S. Senate regarding a complete overhaul of medical care in the United States.

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Hope & Help takes Orlando AIDS Walk into twilight

By : Billy Manes
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Hundreds, perhaps thousands (we haven’t confirmed numbers yet, but there were quite a few people) showed up to support the Hope & Help AIDS walk April 15.

The walk, which involves ambulating two laps around downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola, was especially important this year. Following the Pulse shooting last year and the election of a seemingly hostile president in November, it was important to let people know that the LGBTQ community and its allies are still paying attention to the HIV/AIDS issue.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Survivor tree, Headdress Ball and the OneOrlando Fund

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Tree of life

The healing process after a loss is much like a tree: It’s fragile at the start, but with tender care, eventually the roots will take hold, allowing the tree the opportunity to grow, to weather storms and thrive. This is why, when the World Trade Center collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, due to terrorist attacks, the care that came for one lonely surviving pear tree became a thing. Now, standing tall at the WTC memorial plaza and proudly flourishing, this tree became a symbol of hope and healing for many. Which is why, the Survivor Tree Seedling Program came about. Each year the 9/11 Memorial gives seedlings to three communities that have endured tragedies in recent years.

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AIDS Walk Orlando 2016 raises $92,000 as Hope and Help leaders announce big changes

By : Jamie Hyman
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More than 1,000 walkers braved gray skies to follow the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence – the walk’s traditional leader – on a stroll around Lake Eola for the 21st annual AIDS Walk Orlando, Hope and Help’s second largest annual fundraiser. Hope and Help’s mission is to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action against HIV/AIDS. On April 16, walkers supported this mission through fundraising and supported their friends by donning shirts where they’d written the names of loved ones for whom they walked.

As of April 18, the AIDS Walk raised $92,000 and money was still coming in, according to Russell Walker, Hope and Help’s community development director. Last year’s event raised $121,000. Walker says not only are they still collecting donations, but the corporate matching grants will take five or six weeks to come in.

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Issue 22.25: Prevention = Complacence?

By : Jake Stevens
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Prevention = Complacence? As World AIDS Day approaches, philanthropic organizations adjust to changing times and perceptions in the world of HIV, gay history for kids, gay history for comedians, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Issue 21.24: Mission: Undetectable

By : Jake Stevens
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Mission: Undetectable – Achieving an ‘undetectable’ viral load is as close to cured an HIV-positive person can get—at least for now. Also: World AIDS Day event listings, Francis House expands its services, HIV statistics, Wanzie, Gypsy Productions tackle holiday-themed shows, HRC give St. Pete, Orlando 100% ratings, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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