Monday, October 13, 2014

GayRomLit by Proxy? #Cockwalk

Lisa T, Erectile Funktion-Two Blue on Pink, 2014, acrylic on canvas, copper, natural beads, Florida, USA

Well, I guess I could just mope because I can't be at GRL with all my favorite people--believe me, I have been moping. Or I could paint something weird and send it along with the fabulous Lirtle, a.k.a. Irish SmurfĂ©ttĂ© on Goodreads, who will be there. *I'm not jealous 'cus that's bad. 

For those who don't know, or those who do, GRL has an event called the Cockwalk--an auction of penis art. This year's auction will benefit Chicago's Broadway Youth Center--BYC. I hope my contribution by proxy will spur a bidding war of wildly inappropriate proportions--or a buck or two--to help raise funds for this wonderfully worthy center. Not only does the center offer health assistance, they also provide several other necessary services. Here's a brief sample adapted from their site.

Offers a safe space for LGBTQA and youth experiencing homelessness to access:
  • A place to hang out with your friends, dance and listen to music, make some phone calls, pick up some supplies, and get something to eat 
  • Clothing Vouchers
  • Laundry 
  • Youth Food Bank
  • RAWR
    Amazing space for sharing and developing poetry and writing skills. 
  • Peer Advocate Project Project for and by youth of color that builds youth leadership through harm reduction, anti-violence, and anti-oppression frameworks. 
  • Community Meetings and Youth-Led Workshops 
So, this little 8x10 acrylic painting, with it's springy spunk and romantical hearts, will arrive via Florida, Ohio and finally Chicago, just in time. This is just my way of being there in spirit. Plus, I've painted eyes under the paint so I can see what everyone's up to. Have a blast, have a drink for me and mostly enjoy each other's company.

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