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‘Out of the Closet’ Designer Wins HBO Max ‘Craftopia’ Episode

Edgar Eiotown, a respected artist and the longtime and award-winning visual display coordinator for AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s ‘Out of the Closet’ thrift store chain, lands first place on HBO Max’s ‘Craftopia’ program, Season 2, Episode 2 (“Bow-Wow Ween”)

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#OTC–The longtime and award-winning visual display coordinator for AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s (AHF) Out of the Closet thrift store chain, has won first place in a crafting and design competition in a special episode of HBO Max’s innovative reality program, “Craftopia.”


Edgar Eiotown, a respected artist who has designed windows and other visual displays for AHF’s 21 ‘Out of the Closet’ stores for over 20 years, triumphed over two other “Craftopia” contestants in a special Halloween-themed design competition that was the focus of Episode 2, Season 2 of the HBO Max program titled “Bow-Wow Ween.” Eiotown learned of his victory just prior to HBO Max’s streaming of the episode, which began streaming last week (October 7).

“For over twenty years, Edgar has worked his special magic with our Out of the Closet windows and visual displays harnessing his keen artistic sensibility and real-world practical design skills in his work helping to raise funds and awareness about AHF and our mission delivering HIV/AIDS prevention, care and services,” said Jonathan Kreuyer, General Manager of AHF’s Out of the Closet Store chain. “I am thrilled to learn of his win here, a well-deserved recognition of his unique talent and vision.”

In the “Bow-Wow Ween” episode of “Craftopia,” Eiotown went up against two other artists, all of whom were given two crafting assignments. The first was to create a Halloween costume for a dog (which another contestant prevailed at), and second, to create a piece of wearable art representing the concept of ‘split personality.’ Eiotown handily won this portion of the competition, creating an elaborate black, red, yellow and white costume featuring a Venetian- or Kabuki-style face mask designed with two intricately painted and distinct halves. To underscore the concept of split personality and heighten the impact of his artistic vision in his presentation to the judges, Eiotown’s mask also opened at one point right down the middle, top-to-bottom across the nose line, to reveal that he had made his face up and painted it identically as the mask—however, each half of his painted face was now the reverse of the beautifully handcrafted mask.

“Edgar: on behalf of all your Out of the Closet and AHF colleagues, we offer our congratulations and are so proud of you for your spectacular work on HBO Max’s Craftopia,” said AHF President Michael Weinstein. “Out of the Closet remains a powerhouse brand and not-so-secret weapon for AHF. Your visual artistry over the years on our behalf has been equally remarkable, adding fun to the shopping experience while helping us honor our mission of service. It is particularly amazing that you could do that much beautiful and intricate work under that kind of time pressure on your Craftopia episode. You are much more than a craftsman you are an artist. Bravo!”

In addition to his work for Out of the Closet, Eiotown is indeed also an artist whose work can be viewed at his eponymous website: www.eiotown.com. Eiotown marked his 20th year working for Out of the Closet this past April. AHF’s Out of the Closet thrift store chain celebrated its 30th anniversary last October. The OTC stores—all of which Eiotown oversees for visual display—consists of 21 stores in seven states (with another outlet set to open in San Diego at the end of October).

Over the years Eiotown’s design work for Out of the Closet has been officially honored with awards and recognitions in Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas.

Out of the Closet Thrift stores provide people a fun, cause-worthy place to shop and donate gently used goods in support of the fight against HIV/AIDS. Many Out of the Closet Thrift Stores make HIV testing easy with fixed-site testing in stores. Many Out of the Closet sites are also connected to an AHF Pharmacy, providing a convenient one-stop experience for clients to shop and pick up their medications.

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Thu, Oct 07, 2021 Daily LIVE LGBTQ+ News Broadcast | Queer News Tonight

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Gay Man Writes Book on Dealing with Disasters

From our print partners at South Florida Gay News. Hurricanes crash ashore. Terrorists strike. Buildings collapse. While the loss of life is devastating, friends and loved ones are left to deal with heartbreak and uncertainty. Robert Jensen, who is gay, wrote the book on navigating the aftermath of a disaster. He talked about his new book, “Personal Effects,” from his home in Key West. He’s Chairman of Kenyon International Emergency Services and is an expert in helping families and response services understand the situation and how to communicate with each other. Get the whole story in South Florida Gay News, on stands now.

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Mission-Driven Wellness Company, Natreve, Announces Partnership with The Trevor Project on World Mental Health Day

VANCOUVER, BC, Oct. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Natreve, the mission-driven and ocean-forward premium wellness company dedicated to providing the most innovative, highest quality products, announced today its partnership with The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The brand will become an official corporate partner of the renowned organization on World Mental Health Day (October 10).

“Support from brands like Natreve is so essential to our life-saving work,” said Sofi Goode, Corporate Development Manager at The Trevor Project. “We’re so thankful for not only their generous donation – which will allow us to keep operating and scaling our free, 24/7 crisis services, but for the message of love and acceptance that they’re sending to LGBTQ young people everywhere by backing our organization.”

“At Natreve we’re just as focused on creating premium wellness products as we are on cultivating a community that believes in diversity, equality, and acceptance,” said Roland Radu, Founder of Natreve. “We are honored to team up with The Trevor Project to support LGBTQ young people. While our partnership officially kicks off on this important day, World Mental Health Day, we look forward to continuing our support throughout 2021 and 2022.”

While this year has been difficult for everyone, it has been especially challenging for  LGBTQ youth, who often face more rejection, bullying  and discrimination than their straight or cisgender peers. As a corporate partner, Natreve will work with The Trevor Project to help end suicide among LGBTQ young people through a donation of $25,000.

For more information visit Natreve.com or TheTrevorProject.org.

About The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678-678.

About Natreve
Launched in 2019, Natreve is a mission-driven and ocean-forward premium wellness company dedicated to providing the most innovative, highest quality products, to help you Eat Right and Do Good. Natreve is proud to be the world’s first plastic and carbon-neutral wellness company, with a vision to become the world’s most sustainable wellness brand. Protein powders include WheyVegan, and Keto options available in unique and decadent flavors such as French Vanilla Wafer Sundae, Fudge Brownie, and more. The Wellness Series offers science-backed drink mixes including Stress LessImmune Strength, and Sleep Peaceful. Natreve products are Non-GMO Project verified, Informed Sport certified, and free from gluten, hormones, artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors. For more information visit www.natreve.com.

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Mon, Oct 04, 2021 Daily LIVE LGBTQ+ News Broadcast | Queer News Tonight

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Trans Girl Blocked From School Locker Room Causes Massive Student Walk Out

A transgender student was allegedly blocked from using the locker room at a Texas high school, and her classmates rallied for her, organizing a walk-out and protest in support of transgender equality on Wednesday morning. Video of the protest has been shared on social media, showing the students waving transgender and rainbow pride flags in a hallway and chanting while a teacher shouts at them “Go back to class!” The protest took place after a 16-year-old transgender Temple High School student posted on Instagram on September 22 that she tried to use the girls’ locker room, but a teacher blocked her and told her that she couldn’t use it even though she’s a girl.

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University of Michigan Band Shows Halftime Show Support For LGBTQ+ Community

The University of Michigan marching band celebrated the school’s LGBTQ+ students, staff, and supporters on Saturday with a homecoming halftime show dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the university’s Spectrum Center — a space at the school that supports, advocates, and educates around LGBTQ+ topics. Music from the performance included hits from Diana Ross, Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Kim Petras, Andrew Gold, Sister Sledge, and Cyndi Lauper. John Pasquale, a professor of conducting and the director of the university’s marching band, told The Advocate that he wanted to make a public statement in support of his students and in support of the Spectrum Center. “I was proud to do it. We just, as a community, came together and there it is.” He said the show took about seven to eight months to plan and coordinate. He then said

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A New Reality Series About Gay Flag Football Players Is Coming To TV’s Everywhere

Gay Bowl XXI, this year’s championship tournament of the National Gay Flag Football League, takes place this weekend in Phoenix, Arizona, and according to OutSports, the game and league will be featured in a reality TV series currently in development. Produced by sports studio game1, Moore Street Productions, and Seth Greenleaf and his Greenleaf Productions, Flags will shine a spotlight on gay flag football teams from around the country. Hopefully the Florida Sunshine Cup XI taking place in February here in the Gayest Place on Planet Earth makes the show.

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Orlando School Elects First Transgender Homecoming Queen

Evan Bialosuknia “made history,” as she wrote on Instagram, when she became her school’s first transgender homecoming queen. The 17-year-old said she didn’t know what to expect when she decided to run for homecoming queen at her school, Olympia High School, in Orlando, Florida. Students not only supported her, but elected her to homecoming court and then crowned her queen last week. She received her crown on the school’s football field alongside the homecoming king, whom she said was also supportive and made her feel “like any other girl.”

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