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'It's up to you to heed these call-ups': not exactly what the Clash said, but close

By Kate X Messer, Fri., Aug. 19, 2011

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HEED THESE CALL-UPS Whether you believe we're duty-bound to look out for one another or you just have a heart bursting at the seams, there are ways to enter LGBTQmunity from myriad angles. Most of you have figured out that whole politics-of-dancing thing, what with theme nights available in a variety of formats and genres seemingly every night of the week and sticky, writhing, sweat-drenched throngs urging you into the pulsating mass. Direct engagement, however, does not always involve the booty (despite what the Gay Place tells you). This week, we want to share three: On Thursday, for example, LGBT Military Pride, including vets and service members of all stripes, will meet to agree on how best to represent the legions of proud lesbians, gay men, etc., who have served our country in next month's Pride Parade. This year's Pride, especially, is a huge deal, with the complete eradication of Don't Ask, Don't Tell within striking distance. No matter your feelings about active duty in the armed forces, these are our brothers and sisters, and their struggle is our front line. (See Thursday, Aug. 18.) From a different political angle, next week, Project ABC meets again to discuss queer health care and to brainstorm grassroots strategies to wrest control of our own bodies and our own selves from the health care debacle that has failed so many of us, especially those of us pioneering skewy gender territories. (See listing.) And no matter where your politics disperse, we can all agree that Project Transitions does a fine job addressing the needs (tangible and not) of folks living with HIV/AIDS. Currently – and somewhat urgently – the group is collecting items to do this very thing. Here's their list:

Fans

Two full or queen bed frames

Lightweight couch

Coffee table

Plush area rugs for soundproofing offices

Air mattresses

Garden supplies: seeds, tools, etc.

Yoga mats for on-site fitness programs

Fitness/yoga gift certificates

Gift cards to home, supply, or grocery stores

Austin Children's Museum admission passes

Toiletries

Security cameras for the parking lot

Passenger van

Car seats for a 1½-year-old and a 4-year-old

Silverware

Large bicycle helmet for resident's main mode of transportation

Embroidery supplies for resident crafting

You know the rules of classy: Give new or gently used items. And you may wish to call ahead (454-8646) to ask if they require certain sizes or brands. We're pretty sure cold, hard cash would be welcome, as well. Make it rain and/or donate till it helps. (See listing.)

 

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