Activism is HOT!

It’s been a wild weekend for Las Vegas “Fag Bug” plans and activities! And it’s about to get hotter!

On Friday there were about eight of us handing out Fag Bug fliers at First Friday downtown. We got there at 6 p.m. and it was hotter than the surface of the sun! I think it was something like 110 degrees at 6 p.m.! And then it “cooled down” to 100 after the sun went down. This weather has been insane!

But despite the heat, we had a healthy turn-out for volunteers — many thanks to Mike, Andy, Monica, Dave, Dawn, Amy and Jeff — and at the end of three hours we passed out more than half of our box of fliers! There were 5,000 fliers in that box to start out!! (Of course, Christina took a chunk down to Zumanity at New York New York on the Strip with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, so I have to subtract that. Many thanks!)

We still have a few bundles of fliers left for volunteers who taking them to the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, the Beauty Bar and various local events. As soon as I get the electronic copy of the flyer e-mailed to me this week, I’ll post it up on the site. It looks amazing and a special shout-out to H at Las Vegas Printing Press for making it ultra-sweet. He really took my chicken scratch and made it rock! And many thanks to Erich with the HRC and Findlay VW for paying for our great full-color, glossy, two-sided fliers. Seriously, that kicks ass!

After we handed them out on Friday I thought I’d see a lot on the street later, but I only found about 5 on the street! And only a few times did people just flat out refuse to take it because of the event’s relationship to sexual orientation issues. (Although I don’t look at it that way at all. It’s about hate crimes, and that happens to people of a lot of demographics including race, gender and homelessness.) So that made me really happy that people maybe actually took them home and read those fliers and are possibly going to show up!

We went all over downtown, including down to the Holsum Lofts on Charleston and Grand Central. Over there we got some great support from Jacie Maynard and the Contemporary Arts Collective and we bumped into the manager of the Arts Factory who asked us if she could take all the fliers we had on us and put them out in the Arts Factory. So that rocked!

Also, we got our first local coverage of Erin’s story in the latest issue of QVegas magazine in which they profile Erin and interview yours truly.

So in case you didn’t already know, here’s the main event:

Beauty Bar
517 Fremont St.
Las Vegas

July 26 @ 8 p.m.

Featuring Nurse Ratchet and local artist Jeff Hagen!

(See Jeff’s Fag Bug-inspired art pieces here and check out his Ebay auction for Erin, too!)

And if you are curious and don’t know the backstory of the Fag Bug, check out Erin’s story on Fagbug.com, http://www.myspace.com/fagbug and see my previous posts.

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