Fundraising Announcement & The Tree

Before I write about the night I want to make an announcement. From 12/5/08 to 12/31/08, I am going to donate $1 from every “O” bumper sticker purchased directly from me to the Atlanta Pride Committee. Buy a stocking stuffer and help Atlanta Pride at the same time. This is definitely a win-win situation.

Tonight was the annual lighting of the LGBT Christmas Tree at Outwrite Bookstore and Coffee House, which is a fundraiser for the Atlanta Pride Committee. I want to give a huge thank you to Philip, the owner of the fagulous Outwrite. Philip does so much for the Atlanta LGBT community, so I hope the Atlanta LGBT community will remember Outwrite when it comes time to Christmas shop. Keep your eyes open over the next week or so because Outwrite is going to have a fan page coming soon!

There were great performances from Our Song and the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus. And, Wild Cherry Sucrets in the form of Tony was an entertaining MC for the night. It was all around good times. Thanks to everyone who attended. If you didn’t attend, don’t worry because you can attend next year.

Fundraising & More Limp Wrist Pics

I’ve been researching the procedures to establish a nonprofit corporation since January, and I’ve finally reached the conclusion that I do not want any part of the paperwork headache. I’d rather have a company like BizFilings handle all the “dirty” work for Limp Wrist. Plus, I know a couple people who have used BizFilings and had no complaints, so why risk me making an error? The IRS isn’t too forgiving when the average makes an error.

The down side to using Biz Filings is the cost. I’ll have to spend close to $700 to stay headache free, so I have decided to do a fundraiser. At work we’ve started the Biggest Loser competition. I I thought it’d be fun to ask friends and family to pledge $1 to $3 per pound lost during the competition. We started March 28, and I’ve lost 4 pounds in 2 weeks. Our last weigh day is June 30– so that’s a total of 12 weeks of losing!

Starting next week the competition organizer, Jan McAlister, the Nurse Practitioner who runs our Lipid Management Clinic (and is the smartest NP I’ve ever met), is going to write a note about how much weight I’ve lost. Then I’ll post her note in the blog. Maybe we’ll do some pictures too. (Even though I’m not a fan of chunky-Dustin pictures—see the launch party pictures below as evidence of chunky-Dustin.)

All money raised from the Biggest Loser Fundraiser will go to establish LW as a nonprofit organization. And if by some horrible chance I gain any weight throughout the competition, I’ll make a YouTube video as my punishment. I’ll do drag and let everyone vote on what song I should sing. If you’re interest in the Biggest Loser Fundraiser, send an email to
Audience shot….

Stacie Boschma reading; see her work in the 1st issue of LW.

Collin Kelley and Dustin Brookshire striking a pose.

Another audience shot…

Genevieve Lyons read the work Denise Duhamel.

Lisa Allender read the work Beth Gylys.

Donna Narducci, Atl Pride ED & Dustin Brookshire

More pictures will be available by Friday on the LW Myspace page.

All of the fantastic pictures were taken
by the talented
Greg Gimpelevich.
Greg’s Online Portfolio

Overdue Pictures from 2/28/08 Limp Wrist Launch Party

Here’s a couple of pictures…. more later…

Bottom Row: Genevieve Lyons, Stacie Boschma, Lisa Allender
Top Row: Philip Rafshoon, Dustin Brookshire, Collin Kelley, Laure-Anne Bosselaar

Laure-Anne talking before reading a poem

Pictures by Greg Gimpelevich.

Limp Wrist Launch Party!

Last night was the Limp Wrist launch party at Outwrite, and it was fantastic event. We started off with a minute silence in memory of Lawrence King. If you haven’t heard of Lawrence King read the NY TIMES article that I’ve linked; then take a moment and Google his name. His story is tragic and needs to be shared.

Laure-Anne Bosselaar was the guest of honor and started off the night. Then I read followed by Collin Kelley and Stacie Boschma. Lisa Allender and Genevieve Lyons rounded out the night– these talented poets graciously read in place of two other poets. Lisa read for Beth Gylys and Genevieve for Denise Duhamel.

There was such good energy in the bookstore for which I am glad and thankful. The evening went off without a hitch. A dear friend of mine, Greg, took tons of pictures of the event. I’m going to meet in a week or so for a drink and to receive the CD with the pictures. (can’t wait!)

I have to give a shout out to Cousin’s Bakery for donating cookies for the event as well as Jenny Allen for donating some her tasty Jenny J’s Cheese Dip. Please contact me if you’d like more information on Cousin’s or Jenny J’s.

I give a hearty THANK YOU to Phillip Rafshoon, Outwrite owner. When I contacted Phillip about wanting to do the launch party at Outwrite, there was never a hesitation about making it happen. Phillip is unbelievably supportive to the GLTB community in Atlanta, so stop by Outwrite when you’re in the city!

Laure-Anne Bosselaar at Java Monkey

Laure-Anne read at Java Monkey last night, and she was spectacular. Every single poem she read is fabulous. I could worship the paper she writes on.

I’m thrilled and honored that Laure-Anne is attending and reading at the Limp Wrist launch party at Outwrite on 2/28/08. The first issue will contatin an interview with the lovely Laure-Anne. Besides reading some of her work, Laure-Anne will do a Q&A session. If you have a question you’d like to ask Laure-Anne please send it in an email to prior to Feb. 27 with the subject reading “question for Laure-Anne.”

2/28/08 ~ Save the Date

Launch Party
hosted by Outwrite

Outwrite has generously agreed to host the fagulous launch party for Limp Wrist on Thursday, February 28, 2008, starting at 8pm. Those operating on gay time need to disregard the 8pm statement; program 7:30pm in your PDA as the start time!

The special guest of the evening will be the fierce Laure-Anne Bosselaar. You don’t want to miss your chance to hear Laure-Anne; she’s only in town for a limited time.

Come out and support Limp Wrist with an evening of poetry and conversation.