RALEIGH — Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects (SWOOP) is asking the community to vote for them in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge.
SWOOP wants to build a ramp for people in need. They want to do this to help those with physical and financial challenges to be able to live at home.
According to the challenge website, SWOOP’s objective states: “The need for affordable, quickly-built wheelchair ramps is clear. Those in need include veterans, elders and any others with physical challenges who cannot afford to pay for the installation of a wheelchair ramp to make their homes accessible. Often, individuals cannot have a medical procedure or return home from the hospital until a ramp is in place at their home. For 14 years, the women of SWOOP have given their time and talents to complete large, fast projects that have an immediate impact on others in our North Carolina communities. We would like to bring our ramp-building expertise (under the guidance of a licensed general contractor), experience coordinating large volunteer projects and joyful volunteer spirit to meet a real and immediate need in our communities. Partner agencies will screen candidates and we will build at least eight ramps for individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford to install a ramp necessary for them to live in their own home.”
The $25,000 would be broken down into $7,500 for project management, $15,000 for materials and $2,500 for insurance, equipment maintenance and office expenses.
To cast your vote, visit refresheverything.com.
TG artist’s work featured
RALEIGH — Narrow Path Publishing announced that its latest offering, “Shades of Gay,” will feature the cover art of local transgender artist D Gavi Chayim. Chayim, who lives openly as a woman, will also contribute an afterword to the novel about her previous struggle with suicide, reported The Open Press.
She was chosen to do the cover “both because of her experience with the subject matter and the quality of her previous work,” according to Stephanie Silberstein (pictured), the company’s owner and the writer of “Shades of Gay.”
“A spirit is given no true gender. It is up to us to discover who we are, not be confined to what the world says we are,” Chayim says. “Self discovery and acceptance in the last few years has been one of the most important things to me. It has saved my life. I hope mine and Stephanie’s art and words will be a positive contribution to Tikkun Olam, Healing the World, so that all the LGBTQ community may have hope.”
Silberstein is also encouraging LGBT youth to be themselves, even in the face of authority figures who may be non-accepting of their orientation.
The book will feature an asexual teenager as the gay protagonist’s best friend, as well as a bisexual boyfriend.
The novel, which is targeted at non-heterosexual youth, is expected to be released in October. It will be available on Amazon. Ten percent of profits will go to the Trevor Project, a non-profit agency that offers a crisis hotline and other resources for LGBT youth who are contemplating suicide.
For more information, visit narrowpathpublishing.net.
Yippee, ay kai yeah!
RALEIGH — Grab your lassos and head on over to the Lincoln Theatre, 126 E. Cabarrus St., on Oct. 16-17, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., for a night of saddling up with the DC Cowboys.
The festivities are sponsored by the LGBT Center as a part of its Second Annual Raleigh is Coming Out event. There will be three shows throughout the evening.
Don your boots and kick up your heels for the after party where DJ David Knapp will be spinning throughout the night.
Prior to the concerts, there will be a fundraising dinner at Sitti, 137 S. Wilmington St.
Cost of tickets, which promoters encourage purchasers to get by the early bird cutoff date of Oct. 15 as they expect a sell out are: concert and after party, $20 early bird/$25 late, $10 student; after party only, $10; fundraising dinner $100 per person which includes admission to the performance, after party and one raffle ticket.
Host will be Pam Saulsby, news anchor for WRAL-TV.