Sexploration with Monika – What four letter benefit you receive by raising money and awareness for local AIDS organizations?

How giving back backfires (in a good way). How you can spend less than a bathroom remodel, give an entire village the tools to build their own clean water infrastructure (and market those skills to surrounding villages), AND help heal the spiritual divide between the LGBT/Queer communities and religious organizations? In this episode we discuss queer activism, which is not limited to “queer issues,” but is reaching out to humanitarian problems facing the entire world. Gay Night at the Wax Museum was a benefit for the Rainbow World Fund and the Richmond Ermit AIDS Foundation. We discuss the gay communities’ aid projects for clean drinking water, health care, and HIV/AIDS outreach, plus, the humanitarian and spiritual implications of the gay communities’ efforts to do good in areas traditionally relegated to religious organizations. Jeff Cotter of the Rainbow World Fund shares how it can be healing for both the gay community and the religious organizations to collaborate on life-saving projects. Joe of the Richmond Ermit AIDS Foundation tells me what he got out of 18 years of raising money and awareness for local AIDS charities. The AIDS epidemic was a tragedy, but it motivated these activists to go out into the world, locally and internationally, to help people and commemorate the friends they lost. Photos of the event, like Sister Pat ‘N Leather and Sister Eve Volution of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in front of the wax Nazis, by Joseph Driste at Smug Mug Photography.

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