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Help Laura Rubin!

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Laura Rubin, the photographer who photographed The Warhol Circle, continues to be  in terrible trouble right now, all alone with no support or income  and she needs our help.  She is suffering with acute Lupus and a heart condition. She has managed to raise her weight from a low of 93 pounds to  108  pounds because of our intervention  but is in desperate need of both medical and dental intervention.. Now nearly 70, she finds herself seriously ill, unable to work,  isolated and living with the stress of being on the verge of being evicted from her apartment, every month. She lives  with  fear on a month to month basis.
Return to USA is impossible both because of health condition and because there is no one and nothing here for her to return to even if the state of her health allowed for that.

Laura needs help now! Her rent is due by the first of every month . So far we have not been able to raise enough money to pay for medical treatment, only for her most basic expences.
Like many pioneering artists, Laura does not qualify for Social Security. Laura has no  health insurance to treat her severe Lupus and other serious health problems. If you are familiar with Lupus, you know it is an auto immune condition that attacks a persons own cells and tissues and is a very painful.

Laura waited a long time to reach out to me until this desperate time. She has been living in Mexico for 15 years, moving their originally to caretaker her elderly parents.
 She is completely alone. She had already donated her negatives to The Warhol Museum...and thru their generousity we have the capacity to make high resolution scans.

We are trying to keep to keep a roof over her head, with money for food, utilities and basic medical help for a year, in order to enable her to heal. She lives in deep fear; this is critical for her survival but if we could have 3 or four months of money ahead of her she could stop feeling the terrible anxiety and start to relax so she could heal. She could have some of the desperate medical help she needs.

Long before many photographers brought dignity and yes, glamour to queer and transsexual artists, Laura facilitated their expression through her photography. She allowed them to express to the world who they knew themselves to be.

Proud and independent, Laura gave her negatives to the Andy Warhol Museum as a permanent gift, just before a flood devastated her master prints. With the aid and support of The Andy Warhol Museum, Laura has given me permission to print photos from high resolution negatives from her amazing archive held by The Warhol Museum as gifts and rewards for the help you give. In addition, there are several original vintage prints in my possession that are also available but I would like to see these original vintage woeks go to a museum for the benefit of the public. Perhaps YOU would like to buy one of these original prints and donate them to a museum in your name and help keep Gay History ALIVE.

I am working now on fullfilling the gifts. Thank you for your patience .

Laura has dropped the price on the cans to $95
She is desperate for medicine, doctor visits etc
You can get a high resolution scan of any of Laura's photos listed below. These are very rare photos.

These are the photographs are available:

Candy Darling, Holly Woodlawn, Mario Montez, Francis Francine, Andrea “Whips” Feldman, Geraldine Smith, Tony Conrad and Beverly Grant, and myself, Penny Arcade. These are amazing photos that capture the spirit of the 1960's . I will be adding the other photos in my updates in the next days.
Campaign Photo: Holly Woodlawn

Laura needs needs blood work and a cardiogram, liver function tests soon, not to mention eye care  and additional medications. She also has advanced  Osteo Arthritis joint disease making it hard for her to walk, so she needs transportation to the doctor appointments and help with shopping and cleaning.
 
Laura has exhibited with the Warhol Museum, International Photography Center , The Museum
of The City of NY, Guggenheim, etc. She has been featured in numerous publications; “After Dark Magazine, “Soho Weekly News”, “Gay Power” and many more. Her street photos are in the New York Jewish Historical Society’s permanent collection.

AVAILABLE SELECTION: Candy Darling alone and with Jeremiah Newton,  Mario Montez (several poses) , Holly Woodlawn (several poses) , Frances Francine alone and with Tony Conrad and Beverly Grant, , Penny Arcade, (several poses) Andrea “Whips” Feldman, Geraldine Smith.

 VINTAGE MASTER PRINTS: 
11x 14 inch B/W, printed on semi gloss fiber paper, signed by artist.
for vintage prints   please write me at mspennyarcade@gmail.com

HIGH RESOLUTION SCANS :
Quality paper
11x14 inches, 75 limited edition 

Candy Darling close up   $130.00   
all other images are 50 limited edition $130.00
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Dear Kind Friends

Laura has been very ill the past 3 weeks and in pain 24/7 . This pain is caused by the number of bone spurs she has up and down her spine making walking almost impossible with sciatic nerve pain running down her hip, leg and knee. While the Brucellus virus she contacted has been brought under control she has
an inflamed gallbladder causing her additional pain and her Lupus is heightened. It is pain just speakingg to her on the phone as she is in constant pain , with barely any money and now she has a new lease where the rent must be paid immediately on the first of the month . No lee way.

Since February of 2018 YOU have made the difference between Laura survivng or not. This is NOT an exaggeration.

Laura sent me her recent exrays and they are not good. They show along with the many bone spurs which are the cause of her constant spinal pain , rotoscoliosis to the right which leans in on the thorasic with potential problems for the heart.

I am having her exray results being professionally translatedfrom the Spanish which i will share with you all, but the bottom line is that she DESPERATELY needs the back brace as well as braces for her knees because walking now has become very painful.

Please we need angels to help.
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Dear Friends Indeed,

We are very close to raising Laura Rubin's basic basic care this month.
Please help put us at the finish line for Laura's rent.
Believe me you are helping someone who has no other recourse.
Blessings on you ..please share this post...and please give what you can
xoxoxopenny

Penny Arcade 13 St Marks Place 1969 Laura Rubin
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Dear kind people

I am writing to you from Australia...on the last leg of my short tour. I have on week left to raise money for Laura Rubin's March rent and it is so important ! It is hard for me to stay on top of this from the road and I desperately need your help. Laura has no grace period on her rent...and this is the minimum help we can give her, a very sick woman alone with out family or friends, without the most basic of resources or income.
It is US between her and the cold mean streets of Mexico. There is no other althernative for Laura- we are it. No other help. Believe me Laura is desperately ill
she has sold off her possessions one by one ...and has nothing left to protect her against homelessness and starvation. This is NOT an exaggeration. Please Please Please between all of us , even the smallest donations mount up...It is a mitzvah , a blessing on you
xoxxoxoxopenny
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Dear Kind Friends

Here in Australia working hard on on our show with some of the most brilliant erotic dancers male and female we have ever worked with. I don't return to NY untill March 4th and Laura Rubin is suffering in Mexico

Naturally Laura is fearful as she is each month about her rent. All she has to comfort her is the privacy of her own space. I think we can all relate to that. After her extreme illness last year, she got behind in her rent and because of that she is not allowed to use her deposit to cover a month's rent. Mexico is a cold and cruel place without money.

She wrote me yesterday:

"I am in agony which is non stop for 2 weeks. I need the back brace to get around. I cant even stand up w/out my spine, hips in pain. I canceled the roots canal for lack of funds. The dentist drilled hole & filled it but he doesn't promise how long it will last. The big infection is in remission. We have a week to fund. How much is in there? I am so afraid. It is making me so anxious"


I know it is difficult to think about the financial problems of a total stranger. We have kept Laura going for over a year. A year ago she was on the point of suicide, unwilling to face the probability of being evicted, turned out into the mean streets of Mexico with no protection , no support, no income of any kind and desperately ill. She was considering suicide when she contacted me and that was very hard for her.
Please do not write me saying she should return to the USA and don't write that to her on FB. She cannot! We can barely raise the money to cover her rent and base expences in Mexico can you imagine trying to get her a living space in NYC??? She has needed a back brace for over a year...Laura has bone spurs up and down her spine. She is in agony with every step she takes.
I will do a benefit for her when I get back to NY.
please please please help me protect her, help her survive safe in her own place another month.

xoxoxoxopenny
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