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HIV POZ GROUP FOR MEN
Sponsored by The Comprehensive Care Center of Sarasota dba The Community AIDS Network
Welcome to the Men’s HIV+ support group which meets every Tuesday, from 6:00pm – 7:30pm across from the main campus of the Community AIDS Network in the Grand Slam Plaza, space No. 12, 1100 N. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, Fl. 34237. This group will have a Licensed Mental Health Counselor facilitating. This support group is for adult Men 18+ that would like support from other HIV/AIDS community members. We provide a safe and confidential space for men who are dealing with HIV/AIDS. Group support is through personal experiences, story sharing, educational best practices and topical discussions. We will have a monthly Health and Wellness presentation (1st Tuesday of each month), open to the public with all other groups being closed group sessions for those men who have been diagnosed with HIV. ( The 3rd Tuesday of each month will be open to partners and caregivers). Please call or email Clark West, LMHC, NCC at 850-855-6018 (email@example.com) for more information or you may call CAN directly at 941-366-0134.
New Members are Welcome!
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People in the Sarasota area looking for LGBT-friendly resources now have a one-stop shop for their needs thanks to Sarasota OUT, Sarasota’s new LGBT directory of events and businesses.
“I think Sarasota OUT could be the driving force to help make the LGBT community come together,” Sarasota OUT manager Josh Beadle says.
Beadle says he and Al Ferguson, owner of Al and Chuck Travel, have discussed the issue of unification within the Sarasota LGBTQ community. Beadle says he and Ferguson noticed that several LGBT organizations were going in separate directions and no one was coming together to support each other.
“I wanted to give us the one place to go to see what’s going on in Sarasota,” Beadle says. “And Al (Ferguson) lit the candle under my ass to do that.”
The website launched on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2016, and is already getting up to 2,000 hits per week. The site is self-sustaining – people can log on and post their own events, businesses, and blogs. Beadle says user-controlled content will ultimately lead to the website’s success. John Secor, Sarasota Film Festival director, is writing cinema-related content for the site.
“Before I moved to Sarasota, I kept my eye on LGBT events going on and the options were slim,” Secor says. “There was one gay bar in town and no true gatherings. It wasn’t until I moved down here and found out about Gay Guy Happy Hour that I really felt connected. The website will be a great resource for all of us.”
Tyler Butler, leader of Sarasota’s “Out and About” community segments, is helping Beadle with media interviews. Butler says by contributing to the site, he saw a great opportunity to network his services with Beadle’s and support the community.
“It’s going to be the first and only of its kind,” Butler says. “It’s the only entertainment blog and directory for the gay community. And it would be great to see Sarasota OUT branch out and become a directory all over.”
Beadle says the website took two years from start to finish; his biggest challenge was that he had difficulty maintaining it on his own. Now that the website is active, he says the biggest challenge will be getting people to participate since it’s new and people aren’t used to using it.
Butler says Sarasota OUT will be collaborating with the Sarasota Film Festival to show films, discuss and review them, and make the films publications of Beadle Media. He says a gossip column is also in the works in which writers will be discussing gay events around town.
Sarasota OUT’s tagline is “The Pulse of Sarasota’s LGBT Community,” which Beadle says stems from a conversation in which Ferguson said, “If we as a community let the tragedy in Pulse act as a coming together, raising money and going back to our everyday lives, what good came out of it?”
“Ever since Orlando, I think we should keep in mind that we have a really big tent, and everyone should feel welcome and safe in that tent,” Secor says. “It bothered me to hear there was divisiveness in that tent. Let’s work to heal that division and remind people about the safe tent that is there for all of us.”
For an up to date list of all LGBTQ activities in the area go to SarasotaOUT.com
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Our House of Sarasota A Virtual Resource Center
OUR HOUSE of SARASOTA is a virtual resource center for the Sarasota and Manatee County areas of Southwest Florida . The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Resource Center is a branch of The Clark West and Elliott Mitchell Family Foundation. Born of the growing diversity along the Sun Coast of Florida, the mission of the LGBTQ Resource Center is to provide resources for LGBTQ community, students and faculty for area colleges and youth groups, staff and allies, and promote and document safe spaces and allies both on area campuses and in the local community. To achieve our mission, we provide various resources or links to resources for students, faculty, and staff regarding the LGBTQ community on campuses, locally, and nationally. Part of building a healthy community is connecting LGBTQ people to the incredible resources available in and around Sarasota and beyond. If you have any resources to suggest, or any other questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 21 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
On October 21, 2017 at Michael’s on East at 6:30 pm, Sarasota’s most exciting evening will fill the dance floor with 7 local celebrities! CANDance has been named one of the 10 “events of the season” and shouldn’t be missed.
Event Chairs are: Penny Hill, Jackie Rogers and Emily Walsh.
CAN Volunteer Fundraising Committee Members are: Leona Collesano, Bob Trisolini and Robert Nosal.
Our extraordinary 2017 celebrity dancers are:
Clark West - Ben Bobick - Stephen P. Covert PhD - Elizabeth Wexler
Becky Hanson - Donna Koffman - Tiffany Liashek
Thank you all for your extraordinary participation and support!
Come support the efforts of Community AIDS Network and join the fun!
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm Venue: Michael’s On East - 1212 S. East Avenue - Sarasota, FL 34239