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Leon Elias Wu, president of SharpeHaus is very, very tired’

To combat the darkness, Wu focuses on the light.

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Leon Elias Wu (Photo by Amos Mac)

By Susan Hornik | LOS ANGELES – In a world where trans hatred and Asian hate crimes are at an all time high, Leon Elias Wu, president/ceo of SharpeHaus (formerly Sharpe Suiting) is very, very tired.

“The recent news about attacks on AAPI people has been very emotional and exhausting,” acknowledged the trans activist/designer. “I go through emotions of feelings of extreme anger and wanting to retaliate, to wanting to bury these feelings for now and deal with them later.”

This hate is something that Wu has experienced his entire life.

“AAPI hate and disrespect have been a long-standing issue which I’ve felt and experienced since I was a kid, where people perceived me as a ‘woman’ and now as a visible Asian man. Being a trans and LGBTQ activist through all my work at Sharpe, I have not felt like I had the additional energy to manage another layer of activism to fight against AAPI hate, when a lot of the violence started breaking out during the pandemic and then more frequently this year.”

He continued: “A BIPOC person can feel like they have certain rulesets to live by to feel safe in our country. The ruleset is different, depending on your gender and ethnicity, whether you are seen as a black woman, black man, Asian woman or Asian man. Then being transgender or non-binary is another layer. It can be exhausting to break these rules and barriers down.”

Growing Up

Wu was born in a small town in Oklahoma and then subsequently, two LA valley cities, Northridge and Arcadia. “My parents immigrated from Taiwan before I was born. Ever since I can remember, I identified with masculinity. and wanted to play sports with boys and wear boy clothes. I used to sneak into my father’s closet and try on his massive dress shirts, blazers and try to finagle a necktie around my neck to make it look fairly like the crisply-tied neckties I’d watch him do in the mornings.”

Wu didn’t have trans folks around him growing up, which made him feel uncomfortable about speaking.

“I did not know how to express myself and often felt like I was hiding something that was wrong with me. I went along life thinking that I must make-up for this wrong by doing everything right. I tried my best to do stellar work in school and most importantly tried to fit in wherever possible.”

Wu came out at the tail end of college as lesbian, gay or queer. 

“Upon graduating UCLA, activist at heart, I quickly attached myself to a group of dumpster-diving, rallying lesbian artists/activists who hung out on the eastside of Hollywood. At that time, I was the only visible trans-identified person within their class and within OutClass – a Stern NYU organization which advocates and creates a safe space for LGBTQ+ members within the Stern community.”

In Spring 2008, while traveling abroad with some fellow students to China as part of an NYU Stern international class trip, he conceptualized the idea of Sharpe Suiting. 

“I felt uncomfortable wearing a women’s suit from Ann Taylor to my interviews. With the suggestion and support of my finance peers, I bought my first-ever custom suit from the world famous Sam’s Tailor in Hong Kong. For the first time, I felt like myself in clothing. I felt extraordinary.  At that moment, I knew I wanted to bring that feeling to my community.”

Fashion Projects

To combat the darkness, Wu focuses on the light. 

Back in April, the company rebranded as SharpeHaus and launched “The MixTape Capsule,” a series of 80s music videos on YouTube and cover songs on Spotify, Apple and iHeart Radio, which raises visibility in diverse music artists. 

The project also supports Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors United, a non-profit organization in the fight against LGBTIQ+ youth homelessness around the world. The visual activist campaign was produced in lieu of the company’s activism on the runway, as both LA and NY Fashion Week were cancelled due to the pandemic. 

“I focus on art that makes me feel positive, like our new initiative, ‘The Mixtape Capsule.’ By producing music and videos, I get to infuse modern identities into songs I grew up listening to as a child. It’s very healing. And then I hope my art can inspire and heal others too.”

The company is ready for action: Sharpe is a presenting designer for Women’s Freedom Festival held by L-Project LA. The fashion show segment of Women’s Freedom Festival is curated and produced by gender shoe and accessory designer NiK Kacy. This virtual fashion show will be the first fashion show they have participated in since the pandemic lockdown.

“We are excited to bring the audience 8 years of HERstory on the runway. Get your tickets today and tune in on June 19th,” he enthused.

SharpeHaus will be flying to South Carolina to help Greenville ring in and celebrate its first pride festival ever. 

“This will be an all-town occasion produced by Erika Taylor, Terena Starks, Carolina Soma, Caroline Caldwell & David Hawkins. And you better believe we are doing it runway style! We are calling all non-binary, trans, queer femme and LGBTQ+ models to participate in the Greenville’s Gender Expansive fashion show.”

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greenvilles-gender-expansive-fashion-show-tickets-156944642651 starting at $15. Nikki Eason (SharpeHaus Charlotte Designer) will be lead model on the runway.

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Santa Monica-based wellness center creates peak male health and performance clinic

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SANTA MONICA – Compelled by COVID-19 to shelter in place, the many months spent on “Pause” mode gave mankind a lot of time for navel gazing. For some men, that gazing continued south, just past the navel—and forced them to face some hard truths about certain shortcomings. Night after night, like New Year’s Eve on a loop, resolutions were made to get some help in the personal growth department, as soon as the world at large was up for it.

At roughly the same time, a former ER trauma surgeon whose Santa Monica-based wellness center specialized in regenerative and anti-aging healthcare was busy creating a stand-alone practice dedicated to peak male health and performance.

Flash forward to the present, and Total Male is the new boutique offering from Dr. Daniel Moghadam, or “Dr. D, as his patients like to call him. At the center of Total Male (actually, a bit south of center, just past the navel) is a time-tested, well-vetted, permanent penis enlargement procedure that has improved the sexual lives and everyday confidence of its many recipients.

Best of all, the procedure is non-surgical, carrying none of the risks associated with going under the knife. That means no stitches, cutting, or general anesthesia. The instantaneous results appear natural and are permanent.

“The procedure is done with a topical numbing agent and the collagen injection creates permanent tissue growth that can be built upon with multiple procedures, if that’s what the patient wants,” explains Total Male intake specialist Cameron. “If you’ve gained an inch or girth when you’re flaccid, you’re going to be that much bigger when you’re erect.” Although you can go right back to most regular activities right after the procedure, you’ll need a 30-day period without sexual activity, so the college can settle.

In addition to those who simply want a noticeable improvement in girth, the enlargement procedure has been an effective option for those who’ve suffered the results of botched penile surgeries or issues like erectile dysfunction, anxiety, or other factors most men deal with at some point in their lives. 

But Dr. D’s Total Male practice is more than just the marquee penis enlargement procedure. “We also do PRP injections, and that helps with blood flow,” notesCameron, of the many add-on options. “We find that helps a lot of our patients get to the next level on their quest to achieve peak sexual performance. If that’s not enough, we also recommend testing hormone and testosterone levels, and then design a course of treatment for those factors if need be.”

Stress, an understandable component of living in the era of COVID-19 and its Delta variant, is also a factor Dr. D takes into account. In fact, all aspects of mind and body are involved in diagnosis and treatment, making Total Male as much of a mission statement as a brand name.

“His background as an ER doctor has exposed him to many traumas and problems,” says Cameron of Dr. D, noting, “He’s been able to pinpoint seemingly minor or unrelated problems and reverse them. And because of his education in anti-aging hormones and his aversion to having a patient go under the knife, he comes at the whole spectrum of male performance with a different perspective than, say, a plastic surgeon or a psychologist.”

So if you’ve been putting off taking the first step toward gaining the normal confidence that comes with above average circumference, book a consultation with the Total Male team. Each consultation includes information on a variety of finance options, and a detailed description of the patient’s role in a recovery process that will produce permanent results.

Call 805-608-4711 or visit http://www.drdenhancement.com/

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8th annual “GOLD MEETS GOLDEN”

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By Susan Hornik | LOS ANGELES – The 8th annual “GOLD MEETS GOLDEN” event has gone virtual this year, with inspiring “Stay Gold” conversations between Hollywood’s most loved actors and athletes. While usually taking place during the Golden Globes, the pandemic pivoted lgbtq organizers Charley C. Walters and Scott Orlin to create a more intimate video event surrounding the 2021 Olympics, raising money for the much loved sports charity organization, Angel City Sports.

“Angel City Sports has been a perfect charity partner for Gold Meets Golden for several years now,” enthused Walters. “Since its inception 7 years ago, ACS has provided the opportunity for hundreds of children in the disabled community to find an outlet in Adaptive Sports. We’ve seen first-hand how that introductions enhances their lives. It is so wonderful to know that the children we are helping via this charity will one day compete for our own Paralympics in Los Angeles in 2028!”  

Conducting the conversations online has turned out to be a blessing, as Walters was able to include many impressive international celebrities and athletes who normally can’t travel to Los Angeles for the in person, Beverly Hills charity bash. 

“Technology allowed us to connect personalities from the UK to Australia to Japan, and to spread the theme of Gold Meets Golden and Angel City Sports to a broader, worldwide audience,” he said. 

Among the many exciting virtual video conversations taking place is between actress Nicole Kidman and the equally legendary gymnast, NadiaComaneci.

“Nicole is a huge fan of the Olympics and Paralympics and even once dreamt of being an Olympic swimmer in her home country of Australia,”  Walters noted. “She attends as many Olympics Games as she can but this time, has obviously posed limitations. Gold Meets Golden is a great way for her and the entire Hollywood community to show love to these esteemed athletes. She has been a true champion for the cause by lending her support for all these years.”

Other fantastic chats are between Billy Porter with Track & Field High Jumper Vashti Cunningham

Sasha Baron Cohen with UK Diver Tom Daley

the cast of Apple TV’s “Ted Lasso” (Hannah Waddingham, Brett Goldstein, Nick Mohammed, Juno Temple and Phil Dunster) with World-Cup winning Soccer players Alex Morgan and Crystal Dunn

Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas with Paralympic runner Roderick Townsend & Olympian Ty-Butts Townsend;

and Matt Bomer with Paralympic racer Tatyana McFadden

The series will also feature a special Paralympic-inspired musical performance of Diane Warren and Laura Pausini’s Oscar-nominated “Lo Si / Seen,” with special guest Blake Stadnik (“This is Us”), who will represent the visually impaired community.

The online conversations have been so popular that many more celebrities are stepping forward to record more thought on the Games. It is expected they will post prior to the start of the Paralympics. 

“One of our main objectives with Gold Meets Golden was to provide a bridge between actors and athletes; an opportunity for each to share their own story about techniques and preparations,” added Orlin.

“With our ‘In Conversation’ series, viewers are provided with a truly special opportunity to witness this mutual admiration of this grouping as they each share some very personal perspectives.”

For their VIP sponsors, Gold Meets Golden 2021 is working with a variety of partners who support both Hollywood & sporting industries.

“Our brands came up with some very clever ways to enjoy the Games from home… for example, by supplying ingredients for a Tequila Herradura “Golden Angel” cocktail to all our participants,” said Walters. 

Herradura Recipe for the “Golden Angel” Cocktail:

“We also loved seeing the reaction from the Angel City Sports athletes who truly appreciated gifts like a 24K Theragun massager, Gold Slip sleep mask and Gold ‘That Neck Pillow,’ all of which helps balance their competition and rest time.”

Angel City Sports athletes for “Theragun”

“It was an honor to be asked to help support such a worthy organization,” said That Neck Pillow’s inventor Lynthia Muller. “Getting involved with the charity serves as a reminder that we all need someone and that we should always help one another when we can.These pillows help improve posture, relieve pain and can help these athletes destress after a workout.”

Angel City Sports athletes for “Slip”

Added Dr. Jason Wersland, Founder and Chief Wellness Officer of Therabody: “We are proud to partner with Gold Meets Golden, and to have been able to provide Theragun percussive therapy devices to all participating celebrities, athletes and para-athletes. I know this will help them. And, we’re so honored to support Angel City Sports para-athletes who are using the devices as part of their training and recovery and to help with life’s physical challenges.”

Angel City Sports athletes for “ThatNeckPillow”

Zappo’s Adaptive also stepped up to the plate by creating some custom adaptive outfits based on the children’s disabilities and lifestyles. “The athletes’ reactions upon opening these gifts were priceless,” said Walters.

In addition, RedBull and Deloitte are helping support conversations for their own endorsed athletes, and the popular app FASHWIRE is helping athletes who want to start their own fashion lines following the Olympics.

“This is FASHWIRE’s second year supporting Gold Meets Golden, and we are excited to help pivot from last year’s live fashion show to a new online series advising Olympians and Paralympians on how to start their own fashion lines, especially within the growing adaptive wear community,” said company spokesperson Kimberly Carney.

If you would like to donate: Text GMG to 71777 or use this link to donate. https://app.mobilecause.com/form/pXAtiA?vid=h94ui

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The Best Bitcoin Dice Gambling Sites (2021 Reviews & Buyer’s Guide)

If you are looking for the best bitcoin dice site, we’ve got you covered. Check out our Crypto dice reviews to find out more!

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Many websites allow bitcoin deposits out there. Choosing the best bitcoin dice gambling site may be more complicated than it seems. 

Who to trust?

These reviews present a selection of the best dice gambling platforms for all crypto enthusiasts based on several essential criteria.

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