Monday, August 17, 2009

Hear Me Roar! Benefit for Sylvia's Place

You guys! I am MC'ing a wonderful benefit this THURSDAY, August 20th!

It's at 6pm at the Bowery Poetry Club - 308 Bowery. Please do come!

It is estimated that close to 40% of the 20,000 runaway and homeless youth in New York identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). These young people often face violence and discrimination from service providers and peers, when attempting to access support. While LGBT specific resources have been shown to effectively help youth create a healthy path to independence, the few existing programs have faced tremendous budget cuts due to the economic downturn. For this reason, now is a particularly critical time to give voice to this cause.

Together with author and activist, Emanuel Xavier, The Hear Me ROAR! Project is hosting a fundraiser to support our work with MCCNY-Homeless Youth Services/ Sylvia's Place, honoring the voices of LGBT homeless youth.

A suggested $15 minimum donation will include:


Village Voice columnist, Michael Musto
Poet and author, Emanuel Xavier
Club/electro/punk musicians, Air Kiss on Mars
Poet, Chip Livingston
Percussion/Dance ensemble, Segunda Quimbamba
Spoken word artist, Simply Rob.

Mistress of Ceremonies: VH1 Comedian, Bex Schwartz

PRIZES FOR RAFFLE featuring donated items.

This event is kindly sponsored by NEXT magazine
The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.
Sara’s Gracious Goodies
Fred Marcus Photography
Hot Blondies Bakery
Dickhouse Entertainment
Bekka NYC
Emily Drazen Photography
Shaw Family Archives
Hirsch Vineyards Pilates for Posture and Spinal Support

The Hear Me ROAR! Project uses artistic expression to raise awareness and funding for LGBTQ youth services in New York. We are currently partnered with Sylvia's Place, a 24-hour emergency shelter, to document the experiences of LGBTQ young people on the street.

For more information about MCCNY-Homeless Youth Services/ Sylvia's Place, please visit

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