Wednesday, September 30, 2009

More Love for Thom Bierdz

MINNEAPOLIS (September 16, 2009)- Over the weekend Thom Bierdz (Phillip Chancellor, Y&R) attended the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) black tie ala where he received the 2009 Visibility Award for his work on behalf of human rights and for bringing awareness to the field of mental illness.

On September 12th at a black tie gala of over 850 people, The Young and The Restless star Thom Bierdz received the 2009 Visibility Award from The Human Rights Campaign. The HRC is in part responsible for helping elect 13 women to both the Senate and House of Reps, to realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. During his acceptance speech Thom said he shares this honor with head writer Maria Arena Bell and producer Josh O'Connell for their courage to write Phillip Chancellor III as a multi dimensional gay man cultivating important relationships within his family, telling important new storylines that have not been seen before.

Thom said, “I am so excited to be so respected by a group that cares so much for equality.” He added, “This means more to me than any award I have gotten.” As most fans know by now, Phillip's story on the show hits close to home for Thom, as does the cause of mental illness which he shares about in his award winning autobiography, Forgiving Troy.

Love Out Loud for Greg Vaughan


From Soap Opera Digest: Greg Vaughan, a self-proclaimed mama's boy, was born and raised in Dallas. While in high school, he began modeling to raise a few bucks. Upon graduation, however, a top modeling agency in Milan came calling, and Vaughan headed to the runways of Italy. There, he booked a campaign for legendary designer Giorgio Armani. That was soon followed with work on the Gianni Versace Versus campaign and jobs on high-profile campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic. After three years abroad ... Vaughan moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Almost immediately, he was signed by an agent and landed several TV guest appearances before snagging a regular role on the Aaron Spelling prime-time sudser Malibu Shores. Shortly thereafter, Vaughan went on to a recurring role on Beverly Hills 90210 and then starred on Charmed for one season. Daytime came knocking in 2002 …
General Hospital's Lucky Spencer cut quite the figure looking like Greg Vaughan who has played the character the longest from 2003 until now. Is it the cleft chin? Is it the unique hue of his eyes? Greg Vaughan who is thus blessed is not the first man to capture the imagination with exceptional looks yet it is not only that vision that keeps his many fans smitten, but it is his innate ability as well that has kept them tuned in to the roles he plays. Those fans who have met him will readily tell you that he is also blessed with obvious warmth and sincerity. He is bringing all of that to H-Wood on Octber 15th for POZ's fund-raiser for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Visit here.

Greg's Unofficial Fan Site.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Love Out Loud for Thom Bierdz

The beauty of Thom Bierdz is that he has evolved from a TV teen heartthrob into a consummate artist. The journey has taken him beyond tragedy and into a new life as an award winning author and a recipient of the Thalians' "Key to the Light" award.

What this says about him is that he is a survivor and a survivor is exactly what this event calls for. On his coming out of the closet: "I'm no hero here because I did not come out when my career was going strong and I could have made an impact. I came out when my career was at its lowest and I did it for sanity -- my sanity in order to make my world mesh with the 'real' world, I had to find equilibrium. I had to find my truth and stand for all that I am. And a big part of me is being gay. I've have always been more comfortable in the gay world." Well, Thom is back on The Young and The Restless in a landmark return. He may not be a hero in his own mind, but this brave and gentle soul's life has evolved into one that can inspire. We're glad that Thom will be joining the POZ team at H-Wood on October 15th.

Visit www.pozevent.com/events/html

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Love Out Loud for Brandon Barash

Brandon Barash is armed with a certain kind of panache that could not but give bright life to one of General Hospital's many bad boys, Johnny Zacchara. Brandon fell in love with acting while still in high school and this love for his craft has blessed us with his presence on television from The Gilmore Girls to 24, NCIS and now General Hospital. His dedication to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is well known and indicates a dedicated and kind individual. He has actually found time for POZ's efforts to raise funds for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. This is his second year in a row that he will be with the event. Many will be looking foward to his appearance in the company of co-star Lisa LoCicero. His fans will get the chance to greet the disarmingly charming Mr. Barash at Hollywood's H-Wood. Go here to get details about the event.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Love Out Loud for Lisa LoCicero

If there is anyone who can carry off the ominous character of Olivia Falconeri it is the formidable actress Lisa LoCicero. The natural beauty has been on screens big and small for the last fifteen years. She has been on three ABC Daytime Serials. Seems at least in this case the Alphabet Network is taking advantage of a good thing. The Michigan native is once again part of the AIDS Walk Los Angeles launch party sponsored by POZ magazine.

About.com has this to say: Beautiful, sexy, but tough, Lisa LoCicero started in daytime as Jocelyn Roberts Brown on Loving in its final season, and then stayed with the character when the show was spun off as The City. When The City ended in 1997, she moved into film (The Family Man, Rush Hour 2) and television roles... In 2001, after [the birth of her son] she took a small break, doing voice overs. From 2004-2007, she played the role of Maria Storm in the series Reno 911! In 2004, she also appeared on One Life to Live as Sonia Toledo Santi. In the fall of 2008, LoCicero again entered daytime as Olivia Falconeri, Kate Howard's cousin, on General Hospital, and has proven to be immensely popular with the fans.

She is definitely immensely popular with those fans who support the fight against HIV/AIDS. We look forward to seeing her.

Where: H-Wood, 1738 N. Orange Los Angeles, CA 90028
When: Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:00 to9:00 pm
How Much: $25.00 donation at the door. (cash or checks to AIDS Walk Los Angeles)
RSVP: 212.938.2045/papag@pozevent.com



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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Love Out Loud for Nadia Bjorlin

The strikingly beautiful Nadia Bjorlin has mighty fine references from a couple of might fine people: Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, Days) has seen firsthand the closeness of the Bjorlin family. Darbo attended a family get-together, and was amazed by the talent in the house. "They are absolutely incredible people who have graciously taken us into their family. There's a lot of love there." Adds Kevin Spirtas, who played Craig on Days: "Nadia knows where she's at and where she's headed. She has great inner strength...I think she has a big future if she chooses to keep doing it. She has quite a gift." Love Out Loud West has the good fortune of having this extraordianry person with us on October 15, at H.Wood in Hollywood. While Nadia was ranked # 3 on TV Guide's list of Soaps' Sexiest Women, it certainly isn't her biggest claim to fame. She keeps busy by guest appearances and working on film in addition to her role on Days of Our Lives. She has a crystal clear soprano singing voice, she won first place in the Metro Lyric Opera Competition in New York City. She has now lent us her voice for the second year in a row. We are proud to have this exceptional young woman with us once more!

Where: H-Wood, 1738 N. Orange Los Angeles, CA 90028
When: Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:00 to9:00 pm
How Much: $25.00 donation at the door. (cash or checks to AIDS Walk Los Angeles)
RSVP: 212.938.2045/papag@pozevent.com

Visit her official site.

Love Out Loud for Brandon Beemer


This native of Eugene, Oregon is also a native of the very intuitive and creative sign of Pisces who admits to having a crazy imagination since childhood. Still he didn’t seriously consider acting until much later. Instead, he played sports in high school and earned small scholarships to several colleges for track. However, upon graduating he opted to forsake higher education in favor of heading to New York when a modeling agency offered him work in the fashion industry. Although it paid the bills, Beemer felt unfulfilled by the strike-a-pose scene and began taking acting. His legions of fans are very happy that he did. No sooner did he leave the hour glass town of Salem on Days of Our Lives than he landed on The Bold & The Beautiful. Bold and beautiful indeed! Having this talented young man with us for the second year in a row will make it more than memorable, a landmark evening with a good man for a good cause.

Visit his official site here!




Where: H-Wood, 1738 N. Orange Los Angeles, CA 90028
When: Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:00 to9:00 pm
How Much: $25.00 donation at the door. (cash or checks to AIDS Walk Los Angeles)
RSVP: 212.938.2045/papag@pozevent.com




The entertainment industry has lent overwhelming support through their efforts to help those with HIV AIDS. POZ events seem to get bigger and brighter every year. All Proceeds go to AIDS Walk Los Angeles Visit here.

POZ is the premier lifestyle, treatment and advocacy magazine for people living with—and those affected by—HIV and AIDS. The award-winning magazine and website (poz.com) provide the most complete and expert HIV/AIDS information available in the United States. Together, the magazine and website reach more than 70 percent of all of those people living with HIV/AIDS who are aware of their status, inspiring and empowering in readership. The website provides extensive opportunity for both public and private social networking and represents one of the largest communities of openly HIV-positive people in the world. Poz.com offers exclusive Web-only content including a summary of daily national and international AIDS news, daily treatment news and special reports on a wide variety of cultural, social, political and medical topics. For more information, please visit poz.com.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Word from Sean Strub, Housing Works and Sherri Lewis



727 15th Street NW, Washington DC 20005 (877)- ENDAIDS info@campaigntoendaids.org

Equality To End AIDS
October 10, 2009

HIV/AIDS Rally and Vigil

“Young LGBT people attending the National Equality March need to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS,” says Cleve Jones

HIV-positive speakers and performers to be featured, notably Sherri Lewis

Media Contact: Diana Scholl; 917.402.2576/D.Scholl@housingworks.org

Organizer Contact: Christine Campbell; 202.409.9786/Campbell@housingworks.org
As tens of thousands of LGBT Americans and their allies converge on Washington next month to march for equal rights, they also will remind the nation and the LGBT community that the AIDS epidemic is not over as well as remember the more than half a million Americans who have died from the disease.

The Equality to End AIDS rally and vigil will take place Saturday, October 10, 2009 the day before the massive Equality March.

Equality To End AIDS will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on the Ellipse, in front of the White House, and feature an inspiring roster of speakers and performers (most of whom are HIV-positive), culminating in a candlelight vigil.
“The weekend is about achieving full equality for LGBT Americans.

We need to use that political power to remind the country that the AIDS epidemic continues. A great many young people will attend the march; we need them to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS,” said Cleve Jones, the founder of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and one of the National Equality March organizers.

Gay and bisexual men are now 50 times more likely to acquire HIV than any other demographic. Among young gay men, HIV infections increased an astonishing 12% each year from 2001 to 2006; the only demographic group to see an increase in infections during that period. Even though treatments have extended life for many people with HIV, recent research indicates that, on average, people with HIV live 21 years less than their HIV-negative counterparts.

“Many of our most energized LGBT activists are too young to remember the devastating impact AIDS has had on the gay community. We must re-engage the larger LGBT community in AIDS activism,” said Charles King, President and CEO of Housing Works, which is the fiscal sponsor of the rally and vigil. “Ending the HIV pandemic is an issue of justice that must be their fight as well.”

Speakers and entertainers at the rally will include:
singer/actress Sherri Lewis
Broadway actress and former Miss America Kate Shindle,
Members of the Diva League and Inner Light Ministries Choir,
Rev. Kenneth Glasgow,
San Francisco Human Rights Commission Chairperson Cecilia Chung,
Shawn Decker’s Synthetic Division,
Poet Brandon Plain,
Gospel Rap artist Desencé, singer/songwriter
Dudley Saunders,
POZ Magazine founder Sean Strub,
Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson
Bishop Rainey Cheeks.
Many of the speakers and performers are people living with HIV.




Who: The Campaign to End AIDS in collaboration with Housing Works, Broadway Cares, Westminster Presbyterian Church, More Light Presbyterians, AIDS Action; The Afiya Center, D.C. Fights Back, SisterLove, Southern AIDS Coalition, Positive Advocacy Caucus, Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP) , Bailey House, Health GAP, National AIDS Housing Coalition, Metropolitan Community Church, Inner Light Ministries, AIDS Action in Mississippi (AAIM), Connecticut AIDS Residence Coalition (CARC), NYCAIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN), International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC), Lifebeat, Cable Positive, Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

What: Equality to End AIDS HIV/AIDS Rally and Vigil at National Equality March.
Where:The Ellipse (by the White House) 17th Street NW & Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC
When:October 10,2009 5:30 to 8:30pm

Friday, September 18, 2009

Papa G and AIDS Walk Los Angeles



Go here to donate directly to the team.



Fund-Raiser for 25th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles

POZ’s THIRD ANNUAL AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES FUNDRAISER COMES TO H-WOOD IN HOLLYWOOD ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 15 FROM 6:00-9:00 PM

New York, New York (July 14, 2009)—POZ is pleased to announce the date of the Third annual fundraiser for the 25th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles, Love Out Loud West, on Thursday October 15, 2009 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at H-Wood in Hollywood.

Special guests scheduled to appear include actress Ilene Kristen (One Life to Live), Sherri Lewis (Straight Girl in a Queer World, Divas Simply Singing) , Anne Walker (Sordid Lives), Stacy Haiduk (The Young & the Restless), Taylor Spreitler (Days of Our Lives), Eileen Davidson (The Young and
The Restless
), Patrika Darbo (Days of Our Lives and Charlie Wilson’s War), Sean Kanan (The Young and The Restless), Kate Linder (The Young and The Restless), Ted Detwiler (Sordid Lives), David Moretti (The Lair), and singer John Pagano (Pure Imagination).

The entertainment industry has lent overwhelming support through their efforts to help those with HIV AIDS. POZ events seem to get bigger and brighter every year. Be on the look out for more celebrities to come on board. The official website will be updated as the event gets closer.

Visit here: http://www.pozevent.com/events.html




Where: H-Wood, 1738 N. Orange Los Angeles, CA 90028
When: Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:00 to9:00 pm
How Much: $25.00 donation at the door. (cash or checks to AIDS Walk Los Angeles)
RSVP: 212.938.2045/papag@pozevent.com

All Proceeds go to AIDS Walk Los Angeles

POZ is the premier lifestyle, treatment and advocacy magazine for people living with—and those affected by—HIV and AIDS. The award-winning magazine and website (poz.com) provide the most complete and expert HIV/AIDS information available in the United States. Together, the magazine and website reach more than 70 percent of all of those people living with HIV/AIDS who are aware of their status, inspiring and empowering in readership. The website provides extensive opportunity for both public and private social networking and represents one of the largest communities of openly HIV-positive people in the world. Poz.com offers exclusive Web-only content including a summary of daily national and international AIDS news, daily treatment news and special reports on a wide variety of cultural, social, political and medical topics. For more information, please visit poz.com.


– CONTACT: Giovanni Vitacolonna (gio@poz.com) 212.938.2045

Friday, September 4, 2009

Select Socials of New York City


Social for Positive Men and Women
Select Socials. End-of-Summer Party
Sat., Sept. 26, 6.00 PM
New York, NY

Dancing, DJ, and light dinner
$5 at door, drinks $7 - $14
RSVP- keithmk12(at)aol.com
(917) 544-7218


In the meantime, sponsor me for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Go here.

And POZ's fund-raiser for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Go here for info.