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Thursday, November 22, 2018

One Of Our Own.

"As a gay man living with HIV, mental illness and addiction, Mark wanted to help others living with such conditions.  To that end, in 2003, Mark, who has survived suicide attempts as well as prostate cancer, founder Pink & Bluesa peer-run recovery support group and safe space for LGBTQI people living with mental illness, substance abuse and health conditions, including HIV."

click here--> The POZ 100 2018 Mark A. Davis <--click here 
for the POZ Magazine listing 

"In 1987, Mark was elected founding president of the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association. A year later, he was diagnosed HIV positive."

"In 2009 Mark was awarded a Consumer Leadership Voice Award by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for his work in the mental health field, including advocating with survivors of suicide attempts.  Mark's goal is to help eliminate needless deaths by suicide and overdose that disproportionately affect LGBTQI people from all generations." (POZ 100 2018)"

I had the pleasure of meeting Mark back in 2008 at the LGBT Center in NYC where he was presenting on a panel discussion on Mental Health sponsored hosted by the Rainbow Heights Club.

Mark and I continued working together on various projects with the National Alliance on Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration since then.

Pictured above is a recent photo of Mark and I attending The Reunion Project Philidelphia.  We both spoke up on mental illness that day when the mic was passed around, others that same day started opening up about their own mental health and addiction recoveries.  Know you are not alone.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Help Feed Low Income LGBT New Yorkers with a Mental Illness

Become A Magician for a Day

Your Donation Helps to Feed Low Income LGBTQ New Yorkers Living With Serious Mental Illness. 
thank you  

November  21, 2018
Dear Friends,

Six years ago I came on board helping Rainbow Heights raise money for their Meals Program using my platform as the Bi Polar Bear by raising $1500.00, which became $3,000 by becoming a magician for a day as this is a $1 for $ 1 matching gift campaign.   What a joy it was for me to be able to perform such a trick.

I'm inviting you to also become a magician for the day knowing that your contribution doubles the minute you say these three magic words, "I can help." when you hit the make a contribution button found on the Rainbow Heights Club Go Fund Me Page  

I invite you to watch the short clip put together by Christian Huygen Ph.D Executive Director of Rainbow Heights Club and by the members who are asking you and also thanking you.

To do this simple click on the link below:

Deadline December 20, 2018

We need to raise $15,000 so we can continue to provide a free meal for our members each afternoon for the next 6 months.

Because of the generosity of one of our major donors, if we meet our goal of raising $15,000 through this campaign, that amount will be matched dollar for dollar, resulting in a total of $30,000 which will fund the program for a full year!

 Your Donation Helps to Feed Low Income LGBTQ New Yorkers Living With Serious Mental Illness. 

We need your help so that we can continue to provide a free hot meal to our consumers at the end of the program day.  100% of your donation will go directly to feed hungry New Yorkers by purchasing groceries and other consumables.
Meals are planned and prepared by members and volunteers.  Members suggest menus, create recipes and help to prepare and serve them. Each meal includes a vegetarian option, a healthy salad, a sugar-free drink, and a snack.
  • We provide over 200 free meals per week, over 8,000 free meals a year!
  • 94% of our members eat dinner at the club.
  • 87% of our members report this is usually their main meal of the day. 

If you prefer to mail in a donation, please do this ASAP as the deadline is December 20, 2018

Send Checks: Make checks payable to 
Rainbow Heights Club
Heights Hill Mental Health Service CAB
25 Flatbush Avenue, Third Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
ATTN:  C.Huygen

Your Donation Helps to Feed Low Income LGBTQ New Yorkers Living With Serious Mental Illness.  

Homeless LGBT Youth a Year Round Problem

Homeless LGBT YOUTH, Help Out However You Can 

Although never homeless, I did experience being told to get out being shouted at me when I was 21 by my dad who was just angry, the news daily was on AIDS and here I was coming out, thanks to mom who spoke up I remained.

Today I see many homeless people, not just homeless veterans, but younger people, with signs about being HIV+ and homeless, and although I wasn't HIV+ when my ordeal happened, I could easily see it happening and although not a remedy to these young homeless people I do what I can, which is giving them half of my lunch, water in the warmer months and hot beverage in the colder months.

Homelessness dates back as  1640, fast forward 1980's,  1981 the beginning of the National Coalition of the Homeless and my shining light on LGBT youth who are homeless, that and donating when I can, as I'm a resident in HUD housing and know the importance of permanent housing is to my own mental illness and substance abuse recoveries, as to tackle these one needs a safe place to live.

Facts on Homeless LGBT Youth

YOUTH    Source:  National Coalition of the Homeless

  • 20% of homeless youth are LGBT. In comparison, the general youth population is only 10% LGBT.
  • While homeless youth typically experience severe family conflict as the primary reason for their homelessness, LGBT youth are twice as likely to experience sexual abuse before the age of 12.
  • LGBT youth, once homeless, are at higher risk for victimization, mental health problems, and unsafe sexual practices. 58.7% of LGBT homeless youth have been sexually victimized compared to 33.4% of heterosexual homeless youth
  • LGBT youth are roughly 7.4 times more likely to experience acts of sexual violence than heterosexual homeless youth
  • LGBT homeless youth commit suicide at higher rates (62%) than heterosexual homeless youth (29%) 

There's less then a dozen non-profits in the USA today, mostly on the West Coast and East Cost, today I'm putting a donation in the mail to The Ali Forney Center, and writing this small piece raising awareness and to also ask you to donate through their website
or by mailing a check payable to;      The Ali Forney Center
                                                           and mail to:
                                                           224 West 35th Street, 15th Floor
                                                           New York, NY     10001