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Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Dating Website LGBTSportZdate.com

  Offers Eligible LGBT Singles Who Love Sports to Safely Connect, Share Passions and LGBT Lifestyle, Find Love
LGBTSportZdate.com is the first and only dating site to cater specifically to sports enthusiasts within the LGBT community. According to the USA Sports Fan Association, 3.8% of the U.S. population are part of the LGBT community and 56% of this community are avid sports fans ˆ that's 5.4 million people. LGBT involvement in sports is huge ˆ and yet, no platform existed to bring members of this community together ˆ until now. LGBTSportZdate.com fills this need, bringing people together under the shared umbrella of sports fandom.

The site boasts all the convenient features one expects from a dating site, along with added social network services tailored to the LGBT sports community. Users can create a free profile on LGBTSportZdate.com, upload a photo and add basic details about themselves. Free members can create an informative personal essay that describes their dating goals, topped off with an attention-grabbing headline. The search function allows members to sort other LGBT singles by location, age, sports of interest and other preferences, narrowing the results down to a manageable number. Members can then show interest in another member with a single click.

Premium memberships enable members to communicate more directly with each other via instant messaging, email or chat. Fees for charter premium memberships are only $19.95 annually, half of what most other dating sites charge per month, and provides members access to all of its services. "We want everyone who joins the site to have a positive experience, and that begins and ends with a quality community."

LGBTSportZdate.com offers all the tools and features needed to build a great community and expand one's social network. The chat room is available 24 hours a day and always filled with people eager to communicate and the sports fan forum creates discussions on all aspects of sports and the LGBT lifestyle. The built-in instant messaging tool enables voice and video greetings; those who want to be more cautious can always depend on the site's email system.

To help members get the most out of their experience, the site publishes a weekly online dating newsletter. Each issue of the digital newsletter is full of practical information about relationships and health. The newsletter also contains helpful tips about online dating in general, a benefit to those new to the experience and uncertain how to proceed.

The company behind LGBTSportZdate.com has plans to launch the site in Australia and the UK within the next year, followed by an international rollout. Today, LGBTSportZdate.com is actively recruiting Area Membership Directors in major American and Canadian sports cities in order have a local active involvement with the LGBT Community and other LGBT sports organizations in each area.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

101 Naked Confessions of a Gay Hairdresser


What do you expect from your hairdresser? A gossip? A confessional? A therapist? Good hair? 101 Naked Confessions of a Gay Hairdresser delivers all of these. And more. Terry Wilson is the World's Most Outrageous Gay Hairdresser and has spent the last 30 years working with small-town suburban housewives, urban professionals, celebrities and models and even the Queen. And everyone in between. So he is not short of a story. This book promises to entertain, amuse and inform. Oh - and you might learn a thing or two about your hair along the way. Written as short confessions or observations on life, love and gay domination of the weather, this book is perfect for a quick and dirty read in a spare moment. Guaranteed to get you giggling, and if you are looking for a hair fix, that's included too.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Federal Court Strikes Down Alabama Ban on Marriage Equality


Today U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade ruled in favor of equality, striking down Alabama’s discriminatory constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. Granade, appointed by President George W. Bush, stated in her ruling:

There is no law prohibiting infertile couples, elderly couples, or couples who do not wish to procreate from marrying. Nor does the state prohibit recognition of marriages between such couples from other states. The Attorney General fails to demonstrate any rational, much less compelling, link...the laws in question are an irrational way of promoting biological relationships in Alabama.

Judge Granade’s ruling today affirms what we already know to be true – that all loving, committed Alabama couples should have the right to marry,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a landmark case on marriage equality, today’s ruling joins the dozens and dozens of others that have recognized that committed and loving gay and lesbian couples deserve equal treatment under the law.”

There was no stay placed on the ruling. In the absence of a successful stay request by the state,  couples can begin applying for marriage licenses as soon as clerks offices open. HRC congratulates the plaintiffs and attorneys involved in the case on this historic victory.


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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Approximately 119,000 LGBT Workers in Arizona Lack Statewide Protections against Ongoing Employment Discrimination

Approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.  Currently, four cities in Arizona have ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment, but approximately 67% of Arizona’s workforce is not covered by these laws.
“A statewide law prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity would bring new protections to thousands of workers without burdening courts and agencies,” said Mallory. “Most likely, the cost of handing complaints filed under the law could be absorbed into the existing enforcement system with no need for additional staff or resources.” - See more at: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/press/press-releases/employment-discrimination-arizona-2/#sthash.U3JG0Slk.dpuf
Approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.  Currently, four cities in Arizona have ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment, but approximately 67% of Arizona’s workforce is not covered by these laws.
“A statewide law prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity would bring new protections to thousands of workers without burdening courts and agencies,” said Mallory. “Most likely, the cost of handing complaints filed under the law could be absorbed into the existing enforcement system with no need for additional staff or resources.” - See more at: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/press/press-releases/employment-discrimination-arizona-2/#sthash.U3JG0Slk.dpuf
Approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.  Currently, four cities in Arizona have ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment, but approximately 67% of Arizona’s workforce is not covered by these laws.
“A statewide law prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity would bring new protections to thousands of workers without burdening courts and agencies,” said Mallory. “Most likely, the cost of handing complaints filed under the law could be absorbed into the existing enforcement system with no need for additional staff or resources.” - See more at: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/press/press-releases/employment-discrimination-arizona-2/#sthash.U3JG0Slk.dpuf
Approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.  Currently, four cities in Arizona have ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment, but approximately 67% of Arizona’s workforce is not covered by these laws.
“A statewide law prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity would bring new protections to thousands of workers without burdening courts and agencies,” said Mallory. “Most likely, the cost of handing complaints filed under the law could be absorbed into the existing enforcement system with no need for additional staff or resources.” - See more at: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/press/press-releases/employment-discrimination-arizona-2/#sthash.U3JG0Slk.dpuf
Approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona are vulnerable to employment discrimination because the state does not offer explicit legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.

Currently, four cities in Arizona prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment, but about 67% of Arizona’s workforce is not covered by these laws. 

The full report
Approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.  Currently, four cities in Arizona have ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment, but approximately 67% of Arizona’s workforce is not covered by these laws. - See more at: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/press/press-releases/employment-discrimination-arizona-2/#sthash.U3JG0Slk.dpuf
Approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.  Currently, four cities in Arizona have ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment, but approximately 67% of Arizona’s workforce is not covered by these laws. - See more at: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/press/press-releases/employment-discrimination-arizona-2/#sthash.U3JG0Slk.dpuf
Approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.  Currently, four cities in Arizona have ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment, but approximately 67% of Arizona’s workforce is not covered by these laws.
“A statewide law prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity would bring new protections to thousands of workers without burdening courts and agencies,” said Mallory. “Most likely, the cost of handing complaints filed under the law could be absorbed into the existing enforcement system with no need for additional staff or resources.” - See more at: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/press/press-releases/employment-discrimination-arizona-2/#sthash.U3JG0Slk.dpuf
Approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.  Currently, four cities in Arizona have ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment, but approximately 67% of Arizona’s workforce is not covered by these laws.
“A statewide law prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity would bring new protections to thousands of workers without burdening courts and agencies,” said Mallory. “Most likely, the cost of handing complaints filed under the law could be absorbed into the existing enforcement system with no need for additional staff or resources.” - See more at: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/press/press-releases/employment-discrimination-arizona-2/#sthash.U3JG0Slk.dpuf
Approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.  Currently, four cities in Arizona have ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment, but approximately 67% of Arizona’s workforce is not covered by these laws.
“A statewide law prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity would bring new protections to thousands of workers without burdening courts and agencies,” said Mallory. “Most likely, the cost of handing complaints filed under the law could be absorbed into the existing enforcement system with no need for additional staff or resources.” - See more at: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/press/press-releases/employment-discrimination-arizona-2/#sthash.U3JG0Slk.dpuf
Approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.  Currently, four cities in Arizona have ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment, but approximately 67% of Arizona’s workforce is not covered by these laws.
“A statewide law prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity would bring new protections to thousands of workers without burdening courts and agencies,” said Mallory. “Most likely, the cost of handing complaints filed under the law could be absorbed into the existing enforcement system with no need for additional staff or resources.” - See more at: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/press/press-releases/employment-discrimination-arizona-2/#sthash.U3JG0Slk.dpuf

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Less Likely To Get Divorced Than Straight Couples?

While Administrative data from two states shows that same-sex couples end their marriages at a rate of 1.1% annually, on average, and an average of 1.6% of couples dissolve their legal relationships if a broader set of states is included. This rate is slightly lower than the annual rate of divorce among married different-sex couples.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Out in the South, Part Two

 Out in the South, Part Two identifies more than 750 LGBTQ community assets in the U.S. South   

Funders for LGBTQ Issues has released a new report entitled Out in the South, Part Two: LGBTQ Community Assets in the U.S. South. The report finds that not only is the U.S. South home to more LGBT adults than any other region, it is also home to an impressive array of more than 750 LGBTQ community assets.

Out in the South, Part Two (2014) assesses the state of the LGBTQ movement in the U.S.South, based on a comprehensive scan of the region's LGBTQ community assets, a survey of more than 200 organizers and service providers working in the South, and in-depth interviews with 30 LGBTQ leaders.  It also identifies several funding strategies with potential for high impact.

The report, authored by Claudia Horwitz, finds that more than two-thirds of the LGBTQ community assets in the U.S. South are grassroots community groups.  As the report notes, "in every state in the region there is an inspiring depth of LGBTQ work being done with shoestring budgets and minimal or no full-time staff."

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

First PV Hotel to Earn LGBT Service Excellence Certification

CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa just announced its recognition as the first hotel in Puerto Vallarta to earn a certification in LGBT Service Excellence.

Puerto Vallarta has long been a popular vacation spot for the LGBT community with an array of LGBT friendly nightlife, excursions and activities. CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta is now the first hotel in the area to train its entire resort staff, earning this certification with Out Now Global. The resort also has an array of LGBT highlights and packages; please see the full release below for your reference. Happy to send additional details as needed.


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Safe In My Hands | Allstate LGBT Campaign


Short animated film that is part of the 2014 LGBT campaign, Out Holding Hands. The film features a new single, "Safe In My Hands" a song written exclusively for Allstate's LGBT campaign by out singer/songwriter Eli Lieb. Join the campaign http://al.st/SDY_LBGT

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Suddenly Fem™ Launches Tips & Tricks Learning & Resource Center



 Crossdressing can be a complicated and confusing endeavor as valuable, expert information is not easily found to help someone transition their look from male to female. 

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140514/87830

Genetic Girls have oodles of blogs and major magazine sites filled with industry expert tips and tricks about fashion, makeup, and lifestyle, but what about T-Girls?

Finally, Transitioning Trans Women and Cross Dressers can browse articles about style, sizing, lifestyle, fashion, love and dating written by respected experts – all written with the beginning or seasoned cross-gender girl in mind.

Suddenly Fem™ has launched its new Online Knowledge-Learning Center catering to the needs of the M2F Cross-gender community.  They have gathered respected bloggers and experts from all over the world to contribute articles on a vast array of helpful subjects.

Take a tour of the Suddenly Fem Learning Center Here (www.crossdresser.com/LearningCenter)

"We are excited to offer this great new free online resource for the trans and crossdressing community.  Our experts are covering all of our most popular FAQ's in detail," says VP of Operations, Tyler DeSouza. "Our goal is to make transition to feminine clothing, or to a feminine lifestyle easier for new girls and offer great tips and tricks for seasoned T-Girls."

Each Contributing Expert has a profile with credentials and photos:
  • Cici Kitten - Lifestyle, empowerment, and relevant issues like Coming out
  • Tyler DeSouza – Expert Sizing advice, Fashion advice and Breast Form Selection
  • Katherine Hamilton – Body Foundations, Corsets Tutorials, and Makeup tips
  • Joseph Porter - Deportment, Makeup, and Fashion Tips

Contributors and articles are added every month.  The goal of the venture is to create a easy to use database for sharing knowledge, accommodating a community that values useful education and guidance concerning the most important areas that most confuse T-girls.

Suddenly Fem™ hopes that along with this education and guidance, many girls will gain accompanying confidence and enjoyment in their day-to-day lives, or in their fantasy world. "Each Girl's Journey is different," says DeSouza, "and we hope to make the road to beauty and serenity a more effortless journey."

About Suddenly Fem™ - Suddenly Fem™ is the largest fashion line for the M2F transgender community in the United States -- and arguably the most stylish. Covering all aspects of trans fashion from edgy club wear to racy lingerie to expertly coordinated sets and collections, Suddenly Fem™ is not just a retailer, but a designer and manufacturer of virtually every product in their mail order catalogs and online store. For more information on Suddenly Fem™, a division of Best Value Products, contact Tyler DeSouza at 215-694-1500 or via email.

www.CrossDresser.com.


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Betabrand Discovers Gay Jeans

Q:  How do I know these jeans are really gay?  Could it just be a phase?

A:  Actually, brand-new Gay Jeans look and act like any other pair of fine five-pocket denims.   But as they get older, they can't help showing their true colors -- literally!  Through washing and wearing, their indigo dye will gradually fade away, revealing a rainbow of fabulously colorful yarn.

Q: Can I prevent them from becoming gay by not washing them?

A:  This will merely slow the process.  It will also have the unintended consequence of repulsing friends and loved ones, regardless of orientation.

Q:  If I'm straight, will wearing Gay jeans make me gay?

A: No more than driving a Toyota will make you Japanese.  If you put on a pair of Gay Jeans and begin experiencing gayness, chances are it's because you're gay. 
 
Gay Jeans are out of the closet, but how many more closets will they end up in?   Launched on Betabrand's crowdfunding platform only yesterday, they've already more than doubled their funding goal.   Mr. Wheeler is celebrating this success by donating 10% of the proceeds to the San Francisco LGBT Center.  
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Here TV Debuts Webseries Guy Dubai: International Gay Spy

Here TV (www.heretv.com), America’s only gay television network, today announced the premiere of the first three episodes of the new webseries Guy Dubai: International Gay Spy exclusively on the network’s YouTube Premium channel. Watch the first three webisodes for FREE now at: https://www.youtube.com/user/HereTVPremium

Each episode of Guy Dubai: International Gay Spy finds its eponymous star, played by TJ Hoban, working to solve outlandish mysteries while, at the same time, trying to keep himself alive. Guest stars in the first three webisodes include Suzanne Whang, Junade Khan, and Jesse Pepe. The series is written by Terry Ray and directed by Sam Irvin. Paul Colichman and Stephen P. Jarchow are the show’s executive producers, and David Millbern is the producer.

The first three webisodes find Guy Dubai in a myriad of wild situations including:
Episode #1
In the cheesy, ultra-low budget, but ALWAYS sexy world of international gay spy Guy Dubai (TJ Hoban), Guy travels to Hawaii and bumps into a volcano as well as an equally steaming hot waiter (Junade Khan).

Episode #2
Guy Dubai witnesses the murder of a Hawaiian Prince (Jesse Pepe), whose nude corpse nearly redefines the term “stiff”.  Aloha, Prince Eyewannaleiyou!

Episode #3
Guy Dubai has every intention of getting to the bottom of Prince Eyewannaleiyou’s mysterious death, but first, he’s got another bottom to tend to.  What’s sarong with that?
Here TV is available as a YouTube paid channel worldwide. Launched in 2013, the channel was initially available in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Spain, France, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and Brazil and is now available in more than 27 countries. 
 

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