Aziz Ansari raised $13,200 for Anoka-Hennepin LGBT group [UPDATE]

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Alexa Jones
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Tammy Aaberg had more than one thing to celebrate yesterday. Even before she found out about the terms of the settlement in the Anoka-Hennepin gay bullying lawsuit, she received a very special phone call from comedian and "Parks and Recreation" star Aziz Ansari.

"It was crazy," she said just after getting the call. "I didn't want to be all giddy."

Aaberg says Ansari was calling because he had a little problem -- he'd raised so much money for Justin's Gift, the LGBT non-profit Aaberg named after her late son, that the charity's PayPal account wouldn't accept the donation. She says he was calling to tell her that a check is coming in the mail. A big one.


Ansari found out about the gay-bullying issues in the district after reading an article in Rolling Stone magazine. A portion of the story was dedicated to Justin Aaberg and the gay-bashing incidents that preceded his death. Ansari was so moved he asked the Rolling Stone reporter to recommend a charity that would directly benefit Anoka-Hennepin students. The reporter sent him to Justin's Gift, which Aaberg founded to help kids like her son cope.

"If you read the really sad Rolling Stone article "Minnesota's War on Gay Teens," this charity goes to help those kids out," Ansari wrote on his Tumblr. "The article made me really sad so I decided to put this show together to raise some money for the charity."

On two separate nights in Los Angeles, Ansari took the stage on Justin's behalf. Tickets to the second show went for $60 apiece, which included comedy heavyweights Nick Kroll and Hannibal Burress.

The crowds in L.A. came out in droves -- the final dollar amount reached $13,200.

Update: Turns out Ansari didn't really care for that figure. Aaberg tells us she just got word that Ansari dipped into his own pocket to bring the total up to a nice, round number: $15,000.

"I was so happy to be able to thank him," said Aaberg. "He sounded really soft spoken. He was like, 'It was my pleasure.'"

Aaberg says she got an address from Ansari in order for district kids who benefit from Justin's Gift to write thank-you letters. She hopes to put the proceeds toward a drop-in center for LGBT youth.

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snowisfun
snowisfun

Thanks Kirk for your views.  I don't always agree with Judeo-Christians such as the Middle East & abortion (I'm pro-choice).  But I agree with Judeo-Christians on the fact that gay/lesbian sexual behaviors are harmful & that it's best to find a cure with sex change mutilations even worse-they must abolish sex changes.  I like the old word Venereal Disease (VD).  With AIDS, if a homosexual is going to be promiscuous & not use condoms, then I don't sympathize with him if he gets AIDS as he knew the risks, but chose to take them.  Now people will say that straights also get AIDs such as in Africa.  But again, if a straight man is going to have sex with many women, not use condoms, then if the straight man gets VD, then I don't sympathize as he knew the risks but chose to take them.   I have to wonder is that with the cases where women get AIDS heterosexually in Africa, how many of the men who gave it to them were homos.  Elton John should be called Elton Toilet John.

snowisfun
snowisfun

AMiller92, people who take part in homo/lesbian activities have higher copathologies-higher suicides, higher violence rates (most violence against gays & lesbians assault&battery & murder happen to be domestic violence), higher drug use, etc.  I have a saying drugs are gay.  I used to be neutral on gay/lesbian sexuality but in 2005, I changed my view to believing it's best to find a cure for this.  What I want to know is that if a cure for gay/lesbian activities is discovered, then why would you lose sleep over it?  Homo/lesbian activities are useless.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

A recent CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) study found that in 2008 one in five (19%) MSM in 21 major US cities were infected with HIV, and nearly half (44%) were unaware of their infection. In this study, 28% of black MSM were HIV-infected, compared to 18% of hispanic/Latino MSM and 16% of white MSM.In 2007, MSM were 44 to 86 times as likely to be diagnosed with HIV compared with other men, and 40 to 77 times as likely as women.

One in five infected?This sounds like playing Russian Roulette.Oh wait, Russian Roulette gives a 1 in 6 chance of dying.

CDC says; "Russian Roulette safer than being a gay male"....

amiller92
amiller92

HIV is no longer a death sentence, and everything in life comes with risks. 

amiller92
amiller92

So that it can go to abstinence only education?

I don't know anything about Justin's Gift, but the gay groups I've come into contact with are usually pretty heavy on teaching about sexual health and risks.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

From the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)Research shows that a range of complex factors contribute to the high rates of HIV and syphilis among gay and bisexual men. These factors include high prevalence of HIV and other STDs among MSM, which increases the risk of disease exposure, and limited access to prevention services. Other factors are complacency about HIV risk, particularly among young gay and bisexual men; difficulty of consistently maintaining safe behaviors with every sexual encounter over the course of a lifetime; and lack of awareness of syphilis symptoms and how it can be transmitted (e.g., oral sex).

Also, the risk of HIV transmission through receptive anal sex is much greater than the risk of transmission via other sexual activities, and some gay and bisexual men are relying on prevention strategies that may be less effective than consistent condom use.

And I would like to highlight-"Other factors are complacency about HIV risk, particularly among young gay and bisexual men."

hmm, your previous statement sounds a bit complacent amiller92.

Sounds like we NEED to educate our youth.  Perhaps Aziz Ansari would like to donate some money to Anoka-Hennepin for educational proposes with focus on "risk".

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

From the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) represent pproximately 2% of the US population, yet are the population most severely affected by HIV and are the only risk group in which new HIV infections have been increasing steadily since the early 1990s. In 2006, MSM accounted for more than half (53%) of all new HIV infections in the United States, and MSM with a history of injection drug use (MSM-IDU) accounted for an additional 4% of new infections. At the end of 2006, more than half (53%) of all people living with HIV in the United States were MSM or MSM-IDU. Since the beginning of the US epidemic, MSM have consistently represented the largest percentage of persons diagnosed with AIDS and persons with an AIDS diagnosis who have died.

And they want to control the food we eat because it's "unhealthy", while praising some young man for openly being gay.

What is worse?What carries more risk to ones health? (junk food or MSM)

snowisfun
snowisfun

This is  politically incorrect but I'm a non-religious person who is against gay/lesbian activities.  They must abolish sex change mutilations.  But the gay/lesbian teens who committed suicides made their own choice to kill themselves.  Gay/lesbian activities are useless & needs to be seen the same way as crack smoking is.  That's right-gay/lesbian activities are comparable to drug junkyism.  It's best for gays/lesbians to go celibate.  They don't choose their orientation but they do choose their behaviors.  If people want to make comments against gay/lesbian activities, then it must be their right to do so even if gays/lesbians dislike it.  If a gay/lesbian commits suicide because of it, then it's what they chose to do.  We should try to help gays/lesbians go celibate or if possible make them straight just as we try to help crack smokers quit crack. 33% of gays report homosexual rape in youth. If some1 is repeatedly homosexually raped in youth, then it’s possible that the sex abuse will mess up mind & cause him in adulthood to take part in gay activities in adulthood. Sex abuse can mess up mind & cause people to behave in ways they wouldn’t. To say otherwise is just wrong & I believe people who say there is no link between homosexual rape in youth & adult homosexual behavior usu. don’t believe what they say. This will be repeat, but why people take part in gay/lesbian activities is synonymous to why people get heart attacks. Some people take part in gay activities because homosexuality is their true orientation. But there are many who are gay/lesbian behaviorally speaking though homosexuality is not true orientation & repeated homosexual rape in youth causing a boy to take part in gay activities in adulthood is a case of people who are gay behaviorally speaking.  I’ve never heard a straight man or straight woman blame sex abuse for taking part in straight activities, but I’ve heard gays & lesbians sometimes say that they think sex abuse esp. homosexual sex abuse is the main reason they take part in gay/lesbian activities & it’s hard to know how the sex abuse damaged their mind.

amiller92
amiller92

Even if everything in your second paragraph was correct (which it is not), how does that lead to the conclusions in your first paragraph?  Whatever the "cause" a gay person is gay.  What's the problem with that?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Nothing wrong with it except It's EXTREMELY dangerous for gay males according to the CDC. 

From the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) -Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) representapproximately 2% of the US population, yet are the population most severelyaffected by HIV and are the only risk group in which new HIV infections havebeen increasing steadily since the early 1990s. In 2006, MSM accounted for more than half (53%) of all new HIV infections in the United States, and MSM with a history of injection drug use (MSM-IDU) accounted for an additional 4% of new infections. At the end of 2006, more than half (53%) of all people living withHIV in the United States were MSM or MSM-IDU. Since the beginning of the USepidemic, MSM have consistently represented the largest percentage of persons diagnosed with AIDS and persons with an AIDS diagnosis who have died.

A recent CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) study found that in 2008 one in five (19%) MSM in 21 major US cities were infected with HIV, and nearly half (44%) were unaware of their infection. In this study, 28% of black MSM were HIV-infected, compared to 18% of hispanic/Latino MSM and 16% of white MSM.In 2007, MSM were 44 to 86 times as likely to be diagnosed with HIV compared with other men, and 40 to 77 times as likely as women.

One in five infected?This sounds like playing Russian Roulette.Oh wait, Russian Roulette gives a 1 in 6 chance of dying.

CDC says; "Russian Roulette safer than being a gay male"....

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Wait, you say this persons second paragraph is incorrect.  Any details as to why it's incorrect.  Perhaps an article from somewhere or personal experience.

snowisfun
snowisfun

Amiller92, I think you meant 2nd paragraph.  I don't know what you define as homo/lesbian but I define gay/lesbian as voluntarily & knowingly having same sex behaviors.  Sexual orientation to me is a minor point.  My view is that it's best for gays/lesbians to go celibate even if sexual orientation does not change.  Sex is supposed to be limited to penis/vaginal sex between a man & woman.  If some1 wants to be gay/lesbian by sexual behavior definition, all they need to do is take part in gay/lesbian activities voluntarily

I don't expect gay/lesbian activities to disappear anytime soon, but a cure for homosexuality/lesbianism could eventually be found.  If a shot,pill or surgery were discovered which guarantees that a gay/lesbian will change to straight activities only, then the world is a better place.  Sex changes are worse than homosexuality.  I am against surgically maiming a man to make him a fake woman just as I am against trying to change skin color.  Sex changes sadly happen because science knows how to do it.  As to my point about homosexual rape in youth causing a boy to take part in homosexual activities in adulthood, it's possible.  If a boy lives in a high crime neighborhood & sees muggings in childhood, the possibility is more that he'll be a robber in his adulthood because of what he saw in his adulthood.  With homosexual rape, if a boy is repeatedly homosexually raped, then it's possible the boy may believe this conduct is normal & when the boy becomes an adult, he takes part in gay activities usu. with other adults because this is the sexual behavior he learned.  In worst cases, in his adulthood, he commits homosexual rape on other boys-homosexual pedophilia or homolestation.  My main point in this is that I see something wrong with homosexual/lesbian activities.  I know it won't go away anytime soon as it has been with us for so long, but we must treat gay/lesbian activities the same way as we treat drug junkyism.  

Snickers
Snickers

 Don't feed the troll. This is obviously a fake persona.

amiller92
amiller92

I'm asking you how you decide what's "best" or how you know what "sex is supposed to be limited to?"

Why is the world a better place if we magically make all the gay people go away? 

CP
CP

Pure awesome.  I like him even more now.

Albatross
Albatross

Let's see Ansari's behavior get as much publicity as Rush Limbaugh's behavior.

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