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Wednesday, July 16, 2008 Releases Quarterly Report on Top 10 Most Researched Franchises ( the only resource for the GLBT community to connect with diverse franchisors has recently announced their quarterly report on the 10 most researched franchise opportunities. Topping the list is V2K Window Décor and More. With an initial investment of under $50,000, this home-based franchise has drawn a considerable amount of interest from creative individuals in our community. Coming in the number two spot is Flip Flop Shops. The sandal retailer has caught the eyes of many trend-setting Gay and Lesbian potential franchisees.

Mirroring the diversity of the GLBT community, the focus this past quarter has ranged from interest in home décor to dry cleaning and restaurants,” stated Michael Lamb, President of “By accumulating over 50 franchisors in our directory has dispelled the myth that the franchise industry is averse to targeting our community.”

Top Ten Most Researched Franchises

V2K Window Décor & More
Flip Flop Shops
Adam & Eve
Bingo Lingo
Handyman Matters
Lapels Dry Cleaning
Guidant Financial
Right At Home
OXXO Cleaners

As corporate America continues to downsize and let go thousands of employees, the franchise industry has typically done well during economic downturns as many people begin looking for opportunities where they can obtain a little bit more control over their careers. The innovative GLBT community now has the chance to own a “business in a box” and run it being “out” at work.


Launched in January 2007, is dedicated to expanding America's economic growth by connecting the GLBT business community with equality-minded Franchisors. is the premier source for Gays and Lesbians to identify Franchisors who understand the value of diversity and recognize the need to open their doors to new and diverse markets.

Contact: Michael Lamb

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Let's Start Using "Love" Orientation

Blogger Ed Brayton at caught a hysterical guffaw by the American Family Association on their site OneNewsNow. As they were reporting on athlete Tyson Gay going to the Bejing Olympics, they forgot all about their site's censor that replaces all instances of the word "gay" with "homosexual." They have since corrected the error, but it is certainly worth the read.

With that said, I propose that we start evolving our own society's censor by replacing "Sexual Orientation" with "Love Orientation".

We all know how the right wing Christian organizations prefer to use the word "homosexual" rather than "gay" because they know that we don't like it and because they probably are able to raise more money for their causes. Homosexual is much scarier than gay. By the same token, "evangelical" sounds a bit more frightening than "christian."

Our history has brought us from the dregs of the mental illness myth to a growing acceptance amongst most Americans. Therefore, we moved away from the clinical definition of our community from homosexual to gay. I think this change in our brand has done wonders for our collective self-esteem but we have more work to do.

It has become common practice to use "sexual orientation" as a way putting us in a category. Like homosexual, sexual orientation is a cold dry phrase that completely lacks any sense of romance. Sex is merely a component of love. I think for most of us, our ultimate goal is to find love, not sex.

Let's start using "love orientation" when we refer to ourselves. Words are very powerful and I think it will help to put it in the heads of non-gay people that we are a very loving and compassionate people and there is way more to us than just our sex.

Sure, the Evangelicals will still use "sexual orientation" until kingdom come, but "love orientation" is a much better sell.