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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Location Based Mobile Dating App “Gays Around Me”

The hugely popular global location-based mobile dating app SinglesAroundMe (SAM) today announced the iPhone launch of a customized version of SinglesAroundMe specifically for gay singles worldwide. It is called GaysAroundMe (GAM).

With a half million downloads worldwide we are extremely excited to be able to offer a dedicated, sophisticated product for single gay men,” said Christopher Klotz, CEO of SinglesAroundMe Inc. “In counterpoint to other gay dating apps such as GuySpy, Grindr and Maleforce, GaysAroundMe offers a classy platform through which to meet other gay singles. It also allows users the opportunity to choose to display their location on a geographical map, which means it’s easier to meet up in real time.”

GaysAroundMe can be downloaded for the iPhone on iTunes here and before Christmas on the Blackberry.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Gayest Area of Barcelona Fills You With Sensations

Barcelona stands out for being a dynamic, multicultural, integrationist city. A city that houses
innumerable restaurants, night-time leisure spots and hotels focused on the gay and lesbian sector, the majority of which are located in the area known as the Gaixample, in the distinctive, characteristic Eixample district, one of the city’s urban wonders. It is precisely in this area where the Soho Hotel is located, a warm, welcoming establishment that surprises one with its spaces full of contrasts and the sensations that guests experience.

Hotel Soho, a project designed for the most youthful and cosmopolitan spirits, is a living space that has the capacity to transform and adapt itself to its guests. The moiré effect has inspired the decoration, turning the different spaces into a curious enigma, like a continuous game of hide-and-seek. The
retro-style furniture designed by Verner Panton, reminiscent of the pop style of the ‘60s, is an essential part of the interior design project that lends the hotel a sophisticated air thanks to its skilful combination of styles. The Soho Hotel is a reference as much for the gay sector as for fashion, music or latest trend professionals, on account of its original and surprising look.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Meet The Plastic Queen of Tupperware

Kay Sedia: #1 Seller of Tupperware

The 18 year old international swimsuit model has been giving her all to the world of Tupperware  Kay has been the #1 seller of Tupperware. She even showed offer her plastic selling skills on The Real Housewives of Orange County.

Kay is the splash of spicy salsa in your Tupperware party!!  Playing and buying plastic has never been so fun. 

Kay does it all she sings, makes funnies, dances and with all that she even shows everyone in the Tupperware parties the ins & outs of America’s favorite Tupperware plastic containers!

She is no ordinary Tupperware seller.  Kay has been with the company for 8 years and is one of the companies’ top sellers in the world.  She even won a car from Tupperware.  Now that’s nothing to shake your chimichanga at.

Kay has opened her own little slice of heaven on the world wide web at www.kaysedia.com.  One can find all the most up today info including her appearances, videos, newest Tupperware items and even sign up for their own Tupperware party with Kay Sedia!

When Kay is not showing off the newest in plastics she moonlights as one of the detectives of “Chico’s Angels”.    She is the pretty one of the trio, but of course!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Anderson Airs Transgender Children Episode

Anderson Cooper spends the hour talking to children who believe they are trapped in the wrong bodies, and discusses their parents’ journey to acceptance. Anderson speaks with experts to get a better understanding of the medical and psychological aspects of transgender people, and how these families are faced with new scientific options that would allow their kids to change their gender.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

OUTBOARD ANNOUNCES OUTBOARD 2012 EVENT

Grab your snowboard (or skis) and get ready for OutBoard 2012, as the event returns to Steamboat Springs, CO, March 27-April 1, 2012.

Recently named the "Most Laid Back" and "Most Affordable Gay & Lesbian Ski Week" by TripOutGayTravel.  OutBoard focuses on fun, well organized events, both on and off the hill as well as creating a great environment to meet like-minded, fun-loving snowboarders and skiers.  “The difference between OutBoard and other ski weeks is that our events center around making sure everyone is fresh to ride the best terrain the next day. We take snowboarding seriously and it’s always our focus” said Ryan Miller, Director of Events and Operations.  “We have a blast socializing and hanging out, but save something for the freshies the next day.”

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Gay Football League Bachelor Auction

On Thursday, November 17, the New York Gay Football League will host its Seventh Annual Bachelor Auction at Splash Bar (50 W. 17th St).  Proceeds from this year’s auction will benefit God’s Love We Deliver and the Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School.  Over the years, the NYGFL has raised more than $50,000 for New York based charities.

The New York Gay Football League seeks to promote the positive social and athletic enjoyment of flag football.  Through our league, our events and most importantly our players, we also seek to foster and augment the self-respect and to engender respect and understanding from the gay community.  While particular emphasis is placed on these specific goals, it is a fundamental principle of the NYGFL that all activities, social and athletic, are conducted to be inclusive in nature and that no individual shall be excluded from participating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political beliefs, athletic ability or physical challenge.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Buick Human Highlight Reel | Hudson Taylor

3-time All-American wrestler Hudson Taylor believes that sports should be for everyone. He created Athlete Ally—a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering athletes to consider their status as role models and be conscious of the words they choose, eliminating the homophobic language that is all too prevalent in sports. Find out more at http://www.ncaa.com/buick.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Chaz Bono has been named to the 2011 OUT100


Chaz Bono’s portrait by famed photographer Gavin Bond for the OUT100 – OUT’s list of the year’s most influential gay, lesbian and transgender men and women.

Chaz’s portrait will be unveiled today on www.OUT.com/OUT100 as part of an issue sneak-peak – which also includes the portraits of fellow honorees Adam Lambert, Tim Gunn, Brad Goreski, Ken Mehlman, Andrej Pejic, David Mixner, Brad Goreski, Dustin Lance Bass and others…

Additionally, OUT.com released a compilation video of this year’s honorees, called “WE ARE THE OUT100.”  Click here for more: http://www.out.com/out-exclusives/out100/2011/11/07/we-are-out100

Thursday, October 27, 2011

GLAAD Releases Transgender Resources

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today issued resources for media reporting on Chaz’s exit from Dancing with the Stars to improve public awareness of America’s transgender community.

When he was initially cast, GLAAD released resources to media reporting on the story. Enclosed in this release is a list of additional transgender leaders who would be able to speak to the enormous importance of Chaz’s primetime appearances and are available for media interviews.

"Americans expect to see the diversity of our country represented on TV and that includes transgender people," said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD. “When it is still legal in 35 states to fire a transgender person solely because they are transgender, visibility and education are key to growing understanding and acceptance,” Graddick continued.

When Chaz was cast, media such as The Insider used the opportunity to discuss what it is like to be transgender in America today. Even though Chaz has now been voted off Dancing with the Stars, we hope to keep that conversation going.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

HRC to NOM: Fess Up About Stolen Photo

Anti-LGBT organization manipulates crowd photo to create illusion of supportToday Joe Solmonese, the president of the Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization – sent a letter to the so-called National Organization for Marriage (NOM) calling out the group’s deceitful tactics in New Hampshire.  NOM is using a photograph from an Obama campaign event in Ohio to mislead New Hampshire voters into believing they have more supporters than they actually do.  The news was broken by Jeremy Hooper on his Good as You blog; Hooper is also a contributor to HRC’s NOM Exposed. 

The photo debacle comes on the heels of news from the nonpartisan University of New Hampshire Survey Center who recently released a poll showing 62% of Granite Staters oppose repealing the popular same-sex marriage law.

Read Solmonese’s letter to NOM President Brian Brown below:

Dear Mr. Brown:

Your organization has sunk to a new level of deception by manipulating photographs from an Obama campaign event in Ohio to trick Granite Staters into believing support for the National Organization for Marriage is much greater than it really is.  And while I know that NOM has never been above misleading the public to further its cause, this new phoniness is an example of just how far you will go to make people believe your pursuit – the denial of equal treatment under the law -- is supported by New Hampshire voters and Americans in general.

There’s no mistaking the facts: 62 percent of Granite Staters oppose repealing marriage equality. In addition, polls reflect that a majority of Americans support marriage equality nationwide.  And it’s no secret that support is growing as Americans from all walks of life come to the understanding that all that gay and lesbian families seek is to have our love and commitment recognized and legally protected.  Yet NOM futilely and painstakingly attempts to convince otherwise.

The fact that you had to “steal a crowd” from someone else’s event to create the illusion that people support your cause is evidence that you and your cohorts are truly scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Americans want the truth.  And the truth is voters in New Hampshire want the legislature to leave the popular marriage law alone and focus on the economy and budget matters.

Sincerely,

Joe Solmonese

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

PEREZ HILTON SPARKLES AND SHINES AS NEW SHOEDAZZLE DESIGNER

100% of Profits To Benefit GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

 Continuing with its successful male designer trend, ShoeDazzle has inducted celebrity media mogul and author Perez Hilton into its popular “Celebrity Shoe Design Program for Charity.”  Hilton has designed not one but two shoes for ShoeDazzle, displaying his ambitious nature.  The charity Hilton has chosen to benefit from the sales of his shoes is GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.  100% of the profits from both shoes will be donated to this national education organization that addresses LGBT issues in K-12 schools (http://glsen.org).

The first shoe Hilton designed, named “Sparkle,” is a black faux suede pump with silver stud detailing on the heel, platform and dual ankle straps. The second is a casual unisex silver metallic sneaker with stud embellishments and zipper detailing, named “Shine.” The pump and sneaker will be available on November 11th, exclusively in ShoeDazzle showrooms (www.shoedazzle.com).

In addition to designing both the “Sparkle” and “Shine” shoes, Hilton has been continuing to build his media empire with his multiple blog sites including perezhilton.com, cocoperez.com, teddyhilton.com, perezitos.com and fitperez.com.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

HRC Launches Americans for Marriage Equality

Video Featuring Mayor Cory Booker Leads National Public Education Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign today launched Americans for Marriage Equality, a public engagement campaign featuring prominent Americans who support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married. The campaign will draw from a cadre of supportive professional athletes, film and music celebrities, political and civil rights leaders– and will have a special emphasis on Republicans, African-Americans, Latinos and elected officials. The campaign can be viewed at www.hrc.org/americansformarriageequality.

Keshet and Nehirim inclusion in 2011‘Slingshot’ Guide signals integration of LGBT community within Jewish world

Slingshot, the prestigious guide to the most innovative Jewish organizations in the country, included two LGBT organizations, Keshet and Nehirim, in its new edition, released today.

Keshet is a leader in education, training, and grassroots organizing for LGBT inclusion in the Jewish community.  Nehirim is the leading national provider of community programming for LGBT Jews, partners, and allies.

Whereas a few years ago, gays and lesbians were shunned from much of Jewish communal life, today we are recognized as being among its leaders,” said Jay Michaelson, founding director of Nehirim.

Idit Klein, executive director of Keshet, agreed and added, “As far as we have come, there is much more work to do until we reach the day where all LGBT Jews are fully seen and celebrated. We envision a future where the ethos of justice, caring, and inclusion that encapsulates the best of Jewish tradition is seen and felt by all Jewish youth and adults – gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, and/or transgender.”

The Slingshot Guide is available at http://www.slingshotfund.org/.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

One More Lesbian: Shirin Papillon

As one of the largest curators of lesbian film/TV content online, OML is proof positive that there’s both quality and quantity to be found when it comes to creative work that represents “lesbians” in all of their real colors.

With OML, Shirin has created not only a trusted brand, but as well a seminal Mecca of online lesbian movie streaming. Moving OML toward becoming the Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and Amazon of the lesbian world, Shirin has recently been able to realize her second objective for the company: a Video on Demand section dubbed OML+, which will offer films anywhere from $.99 to $3.99 for a 48 hours viewing period.  OML+ will allow instant streaming of popular lesbian titles as well as independent feature films and shorts that would usually only screen at film festivals or go straight to DVDs and are not available online. It is an affordable and easy medium for audiences to see the films they love and/or have heard of but may not have access to otherwise.


Revolutionizing her industry, overturning tradition, and raising the bar on female achievement, Shirin Papillon is one sassy businesswoman on a mission and a no less wickedly savvy entrepreneur with a vision. An online media platform that strictly serves as an aggregator for video content already existing on other sites, OML is the one-stop emporium for movies, television shows, web series, Vlogs, music videos, live video chats, PSA’s, specials/events and even commercials made for and by lesbians and bi-sexual women.

Understanding that the digital revolution has created a platform for personal expression and supplying unknown artists with the tools to tell their stories, Shirin decided not only to find all these talents but also to unite them under one address: the OML marquee.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Gay Top Model 2012

After an exciting four years in Canada, the project along with its founder and producer Terry Costa are going to Europe. GAY TOP MODEL V, the 2012 season will have an updated format that will happen for 5 days in 5 islands and welcome up to 12 male model contestants from around the world. More details along with applications will be available January 2012.

Gay Top Model is a theatrical community project rooted on a competition and staged with the goal to raise funds for organizations while educating and entertaining its participants, patrons and the community at large. From  photo and video shoots, public presentations to parties, the project is a great self-esteem builder and a way to launch careers in the entertainment and modelling world.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Make A Difference For LGBT Youth

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth by speaking at a Live Out Loud school program?

Live Out Loud is a non-profit organization that inspires and empowers LGBT youth by connecting them with successful LGBT role models in their community (www.LiveOutLoud.info). Every year, we conduct dozens of hour-long programs for LGBT youth in classrooms throughout NYC. This academic year, Live Out Loud needs up to 50 LGBT role models to come with us and tell their story to groups of 20 - 25 students.

On Thursday, October 20, Live Out Loud is hosting a Role Model Social - a night of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres - to tell you about how you can become a speaker for one of our school programs this fall.

Please join us at 6:00 p.m. at Deutsch, A Lowe & Partners Company to mingle with other LGBT professionals and learn more about how you can use your story to make a difference in the lives of LGBT youth!

"We're teenagers. We need people to be encouraging us. There are so many kids in this world who feel lost and they want somebody to be able to tell them 'It's ok. I'm here for you.'" - LGBT youth at a Live Out Loud program

Everybody has a story to share. Yours might be more life-changing for an LGBT youth than you realize! RSVP for the Role Model Social by replying to this email.

Date: October 20, 2011
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: 111 Eighth Ave, NYC
RSVP: info@liveoutloud.info

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New Site: Come Out Together for Equality!

The First Website Ever For The LGBT Community and Allies to Post Their Picture and/or Tell Their Story and Come Out Together for Equality!

Invisible no more! Show your face, tell your story and be proud.

There are an estimated 9 million out LGBT people in the US alone.  That estimate reflects only a slightly less than 4% of the entire population, yet we hear that more than 9% of the population is actually gay.  Our community is still struggling for equal rights, to marry legally, to be out without discrimination and all the other legal rights afforded to straight people.

What if there was a website where the entire LGBT and Ally community could come out together, post a picture, tell a story, and show the world that we need to be seen and heard?  There is strength in numbers.  Together each of us can feel safer, stronger and united in our cause to be free and equal.

Be part of this historic quest for equality as we drive to show our strength in numbers. Help get the word out to the world, not just in your area, not just in the US, but in every country.  If there are 9 million people in the US, let’s assume there are 100 Million of us in the world seeking equality for all.



The time is now and the place is here!  http://comeouttogether.com

Monday, October 10, 2011

LGBT Parenting on center stage in SF Mayor's race...

Bevan Dufty is running to become Mayor of San Francisco. If elected on November 8, 2011, he would be the first openly gay Mayor of San Francisco. Last week he made headlines around the world when his first television campaign commercial -- produced by Obama ad guru Mark Putnam -- was released. It was the first time in history an LGBT candidate for office had featured his or her own child in a campaign spot. You can see that ad here:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

HRC Mourns the Passing of Steve Jobs

The Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest civil rights organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality – mourns the loss of one of America’s greatest visionaries, and a tremendous ally to the LGBT community, Steve Jobs.  Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese issued the following statement:

Steve Jobs’ life and career touched the lives of millions of people across the globe.  From his unparalleled contributions to technology and communication, to his steadfast support for the fight for LGBT equality, Jobs has truly embodied the spirit of our great nation. The world is without a doubt a better place because he lived in it.”

In 2008 under Job’s direction, Apple donated $100,000 to fight Proposition 8, which aimed to end same-sex marriage in California by amending the constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman – one of the first major corporations to donate to the fight.  During his tenure as CEO, Apple scored a perfect 100 on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.

All Love is Equal by Revenge Is

Always pushing for fashion with a cause, Revenge Is tees inspire and educate, all made from organic-cotton and bionic yarn.

The All-Love-Is-Equal Tshirt range stems from the firm belief that everyone has the right to be free and marry who they wish.  Inter-racial marriage was illegal in the US until 1967 when the US Supreme Court ruled the ban unconstitutional (some states had already allowed inter-racial marriage).  Most people would now think it absurd to ban inter-racial marriages and perhaps in several decades same sex marriage will be similarly viewed.  

Having the right to publicly love the person you want is one of the most basic rights any of us can have.  Legalizing and respecting same sex marriage will only enhance our communities.

http://www.revengeis.com/

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi Commemorates LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month offers us an opportunity to honor the pioneers of the movement for LGBT rights and recognize the extraordinary contributions of LGBT Americans to our history and culture,” stated Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. “And it is a time to rededicate ourselves to the bedrock values of our nation: civil rights for every American; equality under the law; respect and dignity for all.

During this LGBT History Month, we must remain firmly committed to the rights, equality, and progress of LGBT Americans.”


Equality Forum is gratified by Representative Nancy Pelosi’s support for LGBT History Month 2011. This follows the launch of LGBT History Month 2010 by Secretary Arne Duncan at the U.S. Department of Education. Started in 2006, LGBT History Month in October makes our Icons visible and our historic civil rights movement empowering,” stated Malcolm Lazin, founder of LGBT History Month and Executive Director, Equality Forum.

For more information about LGBT History Month, visit www.lgbtHistoryMonth.com.

Equality Forum (www.equalityforum.com), a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus, coordinates LGBT History Month worldwide, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents annually the largest national and international LGBT civil rights summit.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

NYC'S HOMELESS LGBT YOUTH: NEW VIDEO

The Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest organization working on behalf of homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, today released a compelling new video viewable online in support of the Campaign for Youth Shelter. The video, outlining the stark facts of the plight of LGBT homeless youth in New York, was released to promote an October 24 rally in Union Square, at which New York’s LGBT community will demand shelter for all youth in the city. The video can be viewed at:
http://vimeo.com/29990372


LGBT Campaign for Homeless Youth from Ali Forney on Vimeo.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Chaz Bono: I Won't Dance to Cher

"Dancing with the Stars" contestant Chaz Bono said his musical preferences on the dance floor won't include songs from his mother, Cher.

"It won't happen," the transgender advocate told "Extra" correspondent Adrianna Costa. "It's just not want I'm into!"

Down 12 pounds and flexing some newfound muscles, Bono is still on the mend from a knee injury. "I'm probably 75 per cent, which is a big improvement from last week."

As for the controversy that is still following him, Bono said, "I don't really pay attention to the haters, but the people who've been so supportive have been a huge motivation for me."

Watch how Bono and Kardashian perform, Monday on "Dancing with the Stars"!

http://www.extratv.com

Gay Congressman Announces Birth Of New Son

Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado has announced the birth of a new son, making him the only openly gay member of Congress to be a parent.

While few details of the birth were made available, the Democratic congressman's press office did release the announcement that Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, sent to friends and family.

The announcement said Caspian Julius was born on Friday and weighed in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces. The announcement asked well-wishers for "nice thoughts for Caspian, humankind, the planet and the universe." It was unclear whether the baby was adopted or born through a surrogate.

Polis is one of four openly gay members of Congress. He's serving his second term in office.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gay Coffee" Debuts at Castro Street Fair 2011

Gay owned and operated roasting company to introduce five hand-roasted blends; 1% of all profits donated to the LGBT Task Force.

Something new is brewing in the coffee world − Gay Coffee.  Poised at the intersection of delicious, expertly hand-roasted coffee and the collective history of the unique gay community, Gay Coffee is distinct, vibrant, and meaningful.

WHO: Gay Coffee, a gay owned and operated coffee company founded by Artisan Coffee Roaster Melissa Krueger

WHAT: Introduces five new hand-roasted coffee blends for purchase at the Castro Street Fair and online at www.gaycoffeecompany.com

Stone Butch Breakfast Blend – A classic blend of light and medium roasted beans from the highlands of Guatemala. Full bodied, slightly dry, with a hint of fruit and chocolate in the finish.

Good Morning Mary! – A blend of medium and darker roasted beans shows off a caramel sweetness through a classic American roast style.

Red Hanky Roast – Gay Coffee's strongest, heartiest brew. Slightly smoky, mild acidity, exceptional body with roasted nut and earth tones.

Second Date – Dry processed Ethiopian beans emit lemon and berry flavors while Sumatran beans balance out this sublime blend, resulting in a complex and sweet brew.

Weekend Pass – French roasted Honduran Ocotepeque beans are paired with a floral and fruit toned Sumatran Vienna roast to form an incredibly smooth blend with bright acidity.

All Gay Coffee roasts are fairly traded and organically sourced, respecting coffee growing partners, and the planet's health, with 1% of all profits donated to the LGBT Task Force.

WHEN: Sunday, October 2, 2011

WHERE: Castro Street Fair 2011, San Francisco, CA and www.gaycoffeecompany.com

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Take the IGLTA-Curve Lesbian Travel Survey and Win!

The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association is working with Curve magazine to gather data on the seldom-tracked lesbian travel market. Women who fill out the joint survey by Oct. 28 have the opportunity to win a two-night stay from IGLTA member The Angler’s Boutique Resort in Miami Beach.

We try to be as inclusive as possible, but – as with many LGBT organizations – the gay men tend to outnumber the women,” IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella said. “We welcomed this opportunity from one of our media partners to gather more information about what lesbian travelers really want. It will be great to share this data with our member businesses.

The survey is available through Oct. 28 at: http://www.curvemag.com/Curve-Magazine/Web-Articles-2011/Win-a-South-Beach-Vacation/ or click the link on the home page of www.iglta.org.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Neil Patrick Harris…Wait For It…Nails It With First Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame

Neil Patrick Harris, co-star of “How I Met Your Mother” was honored today by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with his first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  The ceremony was held in celebration of the upcoming DVD release of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Season 6: The New is Always Better Edition on September 27.

Equally successful on stage and screen, Neil Patrick Harris continues to demonstrate his creative versatility.  He can currently be seen as the womanizing Barney Stinson on the hit CBS comedy series, “How I Met Your Mother,” a role which has garnered him four Emmy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, a People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor, and a Critics’ Choice Award for Supporting Actor in a Comedy.

Neil accepts his star (left) with his partner David Burtka.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

200,000 E-mails Speaking Out Against Sally Kern Met with Silence from Oklahoma Leaders


Governor Fallin and legislative leaders must speak out against State Rep. Kern’s dangerous extremism
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) members and supports have generated 200,000 emails to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and state legislative leaders in the past day, calling on them to speak out against State Rep. Sally Kern’s dangerous anti-LGBT remarks. Kern recently called homosexuality a bigger threat to the United States than terrorism because, according to Kern, young people learn that being gay is “normal and natural.” Kern also implied gay Americans were responsible for the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Governor Fallin, Speaker of the House Kris Steele and Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman have remained silent so far.

The silence of Governor Fallin and Oklahoma’s legislative leadership is deafening, particularly given the number of people we now see calling on them to speak out,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “Enough is enough. Sally Kern has a long track record of outrageously slandering LGBT Americans, ethnic and religious groups, and women. It’s time for Oklahoma’s leaders to stand up to her bigotry and hold her accountable for her remarks.”

HRC is calling on its members and supporters to keep the pressure up on Governor Fallin, Speaker Steele and President Pro Tempore Bingman, and to rally friends and family to join in taking action.  For the latest, visit www.hrc.org/callitout.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

As Oregon Republicans March Into the Future, North Carolina Retreats to the Politics of the Past

Log Cabin Republicans statement on the divergent actions in the states as Oregon's Republican Party strips antigay rhetoric from its platform while North Carolina legislators elect to send a constitutional amendment banning recognition of same-sex couples to the voters.

"The Republican Party is at a crossroads, and the contrast could not be greater than what we have seen today. The Oregon Republican Party chose to march into the future with an inclusive platform while North Carolina is retreating into the politics of the past," said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. "Winning in politics is about addition, and Republicans need to bring in additional members to our party instead of losing them to an 'Independent' registration status. The polls on support for gay and lesbian equality are clear; a party which does not respect the freedom and dignity of all Americans will alienate the moderate, independent and younger voters we need to succeed. The 2010 midterm focus on fiscal discipline, debt reduction and economic growth helped Republicans gain majorities in states and the U.S. House of Representatives. Hopefully the updated Oregon Republican Party platform will serve as positive example to other state committees as well as delegates to the RNC convention in 2012. Meanwhile, the ugly and divisive vote in North Carolina serves as a sad reminder that there is much work left to be done."

Friday, September 9, 2011

Homophobia in Sports


IN THE LIFE documents how LGBT youth & allies are “Changing the Game”

There are currently no out major league athletes in the United States. IN THE LIFE goes inside the aggressive, homophobic world of sports with “Bam Bam” Meulens of the SF Giants, Former NY Giants Running Back Tiki Barber, Rugby Star Ben Cohen, college wrestling champ Hudson Taylor, and more in this month’s IN THE LIFE episode Changing the Game premiering on ITLMedia.org and airing on public television stations across the country.

When a professional athlete like Kobe Bryant screams the “F” word at a referee or the Atlanta Braves coach yells homophobic slurs at SanFrancisco Giants fans there is a message that homophobia in sports is okay, but the tide is turning as more teams and athletes take a public stance supporting the LGBT community. Featuring the pioneering work of GLSEN’s Pat Griffin, out college athletes, and the Fearless exhibit, IN THE LIFE documents the concerted effort to end homophobia in sports.

I always hearken it back to the Jackie Robinson era. Think about a time when African Americans weren’t allowed to play sports simply because of the color of their skin. Think about the contributions that weremissed then that are now capitalized on. It’s the same thing with sexual orientation as it was with skin color. It doesn’t matter. You’re either a great athlete or you’re not.” Tiki Barber, Former Running Back, NY Giants.

Changing the Game concludes with a profile of a college bound youth, Kadeem Swenson, who experienced homelessness and developed leadership skills with support from the organization Campus Pride.

“On a college level, things just don’t get better. We have to pick the right college. 23% of LGB, lesbian, gay and bi identified students, faculty, and staff are harassed on campuses. A third of transgender students, faculty, and staff fear for their physical safety. I mean this is 2011,” Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director & Founder, Campus Pride.

Changing the Game is now airing on public television stations across the country and  available for free video streaming and downloadable podcasts from the In The Life Media website. To find out when it will air in your local area, to stream or download it, go to ITLMedia.org.

Changing the Game
Meet pro athletes and leaders standing up against homophobia in sports. Featuring “Bam Bam” Meulens of the SF Giants, former NY Giants running back Tiki Barber, rugby star Ben Cohen, college wrestling champ Hudson Taylor, and more.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

CMI’s 12th International Conference on Gay & Lesbian Tourism

Community Marketing is proud to announce our speakers for the 12th International Conference on Gay & Lesbian Tourism, November 2-4, 2011 at the Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs, California.

If you have not done so already, it is time to register for this highly regarded conference!

Your 3-day investment will return extensive education and ideas that go far beyond the LGBT basics, and includes networking with the very top tourism professionals serving the LGBT community. Attending this conference will help you make your budget go farther, and will improve your LGBT market performance for the next year and beyond.

Conference website.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

KEVIN MCHALE SAYS, "TALK TO ME" FOR THE TREVOR PROJECT

Star of television's hit show, GLEE, Kevin McHale helps to launch The Trevor Project's, "Talk to Me" awareness campaign for National Suicide Prevention Week (September 4-10, 2011) in a new public service announcement released, today. The multi-faceted campaign is designed to encourage individuals to engage in interpersonal communication, like phone and video calls, and other positive behaviors which can help prevent suicide. "Talk to me" is a new initiative of The Trevor Project, a recent honoree of the White House as a Champion of Change for innovation in suicide prevention, especially among youth and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Mark Travel Corporation Launches Gay Tour Operator, Brand g Vacations




The Mark Travel Corporation has added a new brand to its diverse roster of owned and managed vacation companies. Its latest venture – Brand g Vacations – offers specialized group experiences to the evolving LGBT travel segment.

With the tagline the next generation in gay travel, Brand g was created with the help of 25-year industry veteran Charlie Rounds, who has deep roots in gay group travel. Although Brand g’s customer base will be mostly gay and lesbian, Rounds hopes to attract a larger share of the segment by welcoming friends and family of the LGBT community.

Gay travel looks a lot different than it did 25 years ago,” said Rounds, former president of RSVP Vacations. “More gays and lesbians are out, getting married, and are interested in vacationing with friends and family.”

Brand g will primarily offer escorted group tours to international destinations. Its inaugural trip in August 2012 is a full-ship charter of AMA Waterways’ newest 164-passenger riverboat, the AmaCerto, featuring two nights in Prague followed by a custom tailored, seven-day itinerary down the Danube River.

As a former travel agent, Rounds is a strong believer in the importance of the travel agent community in selling specialized products such as those offered by Brand g. “This is a more complicated and sophisticated product, and a great way for travel agents to show their value to customers.”

The Brand g website encourages consumers to contact their local travel agent to book its vacations. Rounds will also be hosting a webinar on VAX VacationAccess’s new Gay Travel Showcase, which was launched in July as a resource for travel agents interested in selling to the LGBT segment.

Rounds’s future goals for Brand g are to design innovative vacations that celebrate destinations that have led the way in improving the lives of gays and lesbians, and to incorporate a give-back element, where passengers can experience the beauty of destinations first-hand while also contributing to the improvement of the local communities.

In addition to the riverboat cruise, the new brand will offer small group land programs in 2012 to Ireland and Mexico City, with plans to add a Wellness vacation in 2012.

For more information about upcoming vacations, visit www.brandgvacations.com.

GLAAD statement on Chaz Bono joining ABC’s Dancing with the Stars




ABC joins the CW in featuring gay and transgender contestants on fall reality shows

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today responded to ABC’s announcement that transgender advocate Chaz Bono and gay stylist Carson Kressley will be featured on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.

Earlier this month, the CW announced that transgender model Isis King and openly lesbian Kayla Ferrel would return for the all-star cycle of America’s Next Top Model.

With both gay and transgender contestants represented, ABC and the CW have created primetime firsts that reflect the growing acceptance of gay and transgender people in America today.

At a time when transgender representation in the media is sorely lacking, Chaz Bono joining the cast of a series like Dancing With the Stars is a tremendous step forward for the public to recognize that transgender people are an important part of the fabric of American culture,” said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD. “His documentary, ‘Becoming Chaz,’ was a great chance for viewers to meet the man behind the headlines. Appearing on such a high profile show will allow millions of Americans to get to know him in a whole new light.”

ABC and the CW both received ‘Good’ ratings in GLAAD’s annual Network Responsibility Index this year. 33% and 23% of the networks’ primetime programming were LGBT inclusive, respectively.

America’s Next Top Model - All Stars premieres on September 14, while the new season of Dancing With the Stars premieres on September 19.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WHITE HOUSE TO HONOR THE TREVOR PROJECT AS A “CHAMPION OF CHANGE”


Event Honors Innovation in Suicide Prevention Prior to National Suicide Prevention Week
Tomorrow, Thursday, August 25, 2011, the White House will honor The Trevor Project as a leading innovator in the realm of suicide prevention as part of the “Champions of Change” initiative. The Trevor Project is the leading organization selected for this honor representing youth suicide prevention and crisis intervention among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, specifically. Accepting the honor and speaking with Administration officials about priorities for improving suicide prevention nationally will be David McFarland, Interim Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. The event occurs ten days prior to National Suicide Prevention Week, (Sept. 4-10, 2011).

WHAT: The Trevor Project to be honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” in innovation in suicide prevention, and to meet with Administration officials to discuss priorities in suicide prevention prior to National Suicide Prevention Week.

WHO:                    David McFarland, Interim Executive Director and CEO

WHEN:                 Thursday, August 25, 2011

WHERE:                The White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave.)


MORE: The Trevor Project co-facilitates development of national protocols for suicide prevention affecting LGBT people through the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, meeting in D.C. on September 8-9, 2011. The organization is also a leading resource for the White House initiative, StopBullying.gov, as well as on the White House’s “It Gets Better” issues page, and will be participating in the Department of Education’s anti-bullying conference at the end of September.
 
ABOUT CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE

The White House initiative, “Champions of Change, Winning the Future across America” profiles individuals and organizations that are helping the country rise to the challenges of the 21st century. Champions of Change are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world. Each week, the White House invites new Champions to share ideas and best practices to win America’s future. Beginning the week of August 29, 2011, The Trevor Project will be featured on the Champions of Change website at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Zeus Magazine app launches on iTunes

Zeus, “The Gay Man’s Handbook”, proudly announces the launch of its branded app through the iTunes store.

Zeus is currently available on newsstands at Barnes & Noble, Book World, Chapters and various independent retailers in the U.S. and Canada. “The addition of a branded iTunes app takes Zeus to a whole new level of availability” says Roderic Montrece Publisher & Editor-in-Chief. “Readers can now take the definitive resource for ‘sex, substance and style’ with them wherever they go on their Apple mobile devices.” This will do nothing but aid in the Zeus’ already meteoric rise within the marketplace.

The Zeus app is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It requires iOS 3.1.3 or later & is available for $2.99.  You can download the app here http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/zeus/id454140241?mt=8  Zeus is available for sale in print and via online at www.zeusmagazine.com or www.facebook.com/zeusmagazine.

For more information on this topic or to schedule an interview with Roderic Montrece please call Roderic Montrece at (773) 525-6850, or email Roderic Montrece at editor@zeusmagazine.com.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The official trailer for WE WERE HERE

WE WERE HERE is the first documentary to take a deep and reflective look back at the impact of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco when it was first identified 30 years ago this year. It explores how the City’s inhabitants were affected by, and responded to the calamitous epidemic.  Reaching beyond San Francisco and the human toll of AIDS itself, it inspirationally speaks to the human capacity of individuals to rise to the occasion, and to the incredible collective power of a community coming together with love, compassion, and determination.

For more information, please contact Guido Götz at ggotz@mprm.com or 323-933-3399. 
 

Senator Scott Brown to Receive the Spirit of Lincoln Award

Log Cabin Republicans are proud to announce that the organization will honor Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) with its highest award, the Spirit of Lincoln, during its national dinner held September 20th at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, DC.

"Since his election to the United States Senate, Senator Scott Brown has been a principled advocate for the people of Massachusetts, a tremendous addition to the Congress and an insightful voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee," said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. "As a currently serving officer in the Army National Guard, Senator Brown knew that 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' was not working and was a critical part of the legislative team that ended the policy. We thank Senator Brown for being on the right side of history in ending this failed policy and we are honored to present him with the Spirit of Lincoln Award. Senator Brown has proven himself to be an ally to our community whose service should be recognized, and Log Cabin Republicans are proud to call this warrior-citizen a friend."

Senator Scott Brown stated, "As I said when I voted to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, when a soldier answers the call to serve and risks life or limb, it has never mattered to me whether they are gay or straight. My only concern has been whether their service and sacrifice is with pride and honor. I would like to thank Log Cabin Republicans for this award."

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

HOT Shots 2012 Highlights Young LGBTQ Professionals

OUT for Work is proud to announce the release of a new career resource for LGBTQ college students transitioning from academia to the workplace: HOT Shots 2012. Sponsored by pharmaceutical leader, Merck, this resource will inspire the next generation of LGBTQ employees by highlighting and sharing the stories of those younger professionals already in the workplace.HOT Shots 2012 will be distributed this fall to colleges across the United States and available for download in OUT for Work’s Virtual Career Center.

Young professionals from Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing, Oracle, PNC, and BP; government agencies including US Department of State and USAID; and academia and the nonprofit sector such as The American Sociological Association, University of Vermont, and NASPA provide highlights and advice on preparing for the workplace.  Topics include job search processes, resume writing, interviewing techniques, coming out in the workplace, and affects of being openly LGBTQ in the workplace.  “My colleagues can sense that I am being authentic in my interactions and conversations with them.  Being out and bringing my entire self to work has helped me achieve the greatest success possible”, stated Jacob Benjamin Hanna of Deloitte Consulting.

Copies of HOT Shots 2012 can be purchased at www.outforwork.org.  “This is a must-have for not only for LGBTQ students but anyone who is involved in the career development of LGBTQ individuals”, stated Riley Folds, Founding Executive Director of OUT for Work.  “In addition, for those companies who are looking for new ways to attract talent, this is a great way to increase your brand to the LGBTQ community”, Folds added.  OUT for Work is currently looking for HOT Shots for the 2013 publication. For more information, visit www.outforwork.org or email info@outforwork.com.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I LOVE ME, I LOVE ME NOT


Studio C Artists has announced a six-night only run of I Love Me, I Love Me Not, written and performed by Derek Ringold, directed by John Coppola, and produced by Michael Sonntag (originally developed by Michael Kearns). This solo show, in part to benefit The Trevor Project, is set to open on Thursday, August 18 and Saturday, August 20 and will run on consecutive Thursdays through September 15th.

All performances start at 8:00PM, and will take place at the Studio C Artists performance space along Theatre Row in Hollywood. I Love Me, I Love Me Not is collage of monologues and dance
which tells the story of one man's struggle with race and sexual identity in America - and the sobering realization that the I LOVE ME, I LOVE ME NOT anger that fuels his journey is due not only to external forces, but also to phobias from within.


Get your tickets here!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

LGBT Business Loses An Icon: Paul Duncan

Paul Duncan, a great stalwart in the LGBT business community has passed on and Echelon along with many other LGBT business folks owe him a debt of gratitude for his undying passion for networking and business success.

As a staunch and feisty advocate for the LGBT business community in both Long Beach and Los Angeles, Paul was known for getting people off their duff and go out and network. He was constantly encouraging me and others to attend events and was the king of making introductions happen wherever and whenever he could.

The facebook page for LBCBN, (Long Beach Community Business Network) has an outpouring of both grief and shock as we learned of his passing after attending the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's "Out For Business" event in Las Vegas this past weekend.

"He made such an impact on Gay & Lesbian owned and friendly businesses. He was one sassy senior which is why he worked until the very end."
"2 years ago Paul picked up the reigns of Out Reach for LBCBN. He was doing that job already and focused all of his efforts as the face of LBCBN in the Long Beach Community and the community at large."
"Paul was the backbone of the LBCBN since it's day when there were only 5 attendees at the luncheons at Two Umbrellas. He was a true networker: when someone new came to an event he would welcome them and introduce them to other members. What an ambassador!"
Goodbye Mate! We will truly miss you!

Monday, August 8, 2011

"Crazy Eyes Bachman" Makes Cover of Newsweek

Republican presidential candidate, Michelle Bachman graces the cover of next week's Newsweek and it really makes one wonder who was the genius photo editor to choose this shot of her. It's as if her anti-gay rhetoric and misinformed comments weren't enough. On top of it all, her nickname in gay media is "Crazy Eyes" which is clearly depicted in this shot. Goodness, you tell me. Would you like this person to have their finger on the "button?"

Esurance Donates Fifty Thousand Dollars to The Trevor Project

Esurance, the direct-to-consumer personal car insurance company, today announced that the company donated $50,000 to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

Esurance recently launched the charitable giving campaign on its Facebook page. For each new "Like," the company donated $10 to The Trevor Project to help support the Trevor Lifeline, a 24/7 crisis intervention phone hotline offering free and confidential suicide prevention counseling to youth nationwide.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Kenneth Cole - Gay Marriage Billboard

What a great way to end the week by viewing one of Kenneth Cole's fantastically creative ads weaving equality-minded politics with their brand. This billboard is rumored to be up in New York and is getting some nice viral play via social networks.

www.kennethcole.com

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Larry King to President Obama: “Support the Freedom to Marry!”

NOH8 Campaign launched a PSA video starring Larry King, MYA, David Hasselhoff, Sara Bareilles, Trina, Tommy Joe Ratliff, Bret Lockett, and Verne Troyer as part of Freedom to Marry’s Say I Do campaign urging President Obama to join the majority of Americans who support marriage for same-sex couples.

In the video, Emmy-award winning broadcaster King, who has interviewed every US president since Gerald Ford, states: “Many of your fellow elected officials have already taken a stand… Please, Mr. President, support the Freedom to Marry.”

"This NO H8 PSA brings together talented musicians, athletes and journalists to get the message across – it’s time for the President to end his journey, join the majority of Americans, and speak out in support of the freedom to marry for all loving, committed couples," said Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director for Freedom to Marry.  "Now is the time for President Obama to say it loud and clear: 'I Do.'"

Online GLBTQ Studies: Register Now

Registration is now open for GLBTQ Studies course for high school students and anyone else!

Maplewood, Minnesota. GLBTQ Online High is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the first online high school course in GLBTQ Studies. This interdisciplinary course is available to all schools and students nationwide. In addition, the school is offering the course to interested teachers and other adults. Youth and adult students will be in separate sections of the course.

The course is designed for straight and glbtq students alike and aims to increase understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning populations.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Black Enterprise: Black & Gay In The Workplace

BLACK ENTERPRISE leads its seventh annual report on the Best Companies for Diversity with July’s cover feature, “Black & Gay in Corporate America.” Written by Editor-at-Large Carolyn M. Brown, the editorial takes an unflinching look at the cultural and professional obstacles facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) African American professionals and how a growing number are coming out and breaking through isolation and fear within their companies.

The July issue of black enterprise magazine is on newsstands now through Sunday, August 14.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ann Coulter's Endorsement of 'Reparative Therapy' is a Bad Joke

Log Cabin Republicans statement on comedienne Ann Coulter.

"Ann Coulter is not a serious part of the conservative movement - her positions are a throwback and do more harm than anything else," said R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans. "Her remarks endorsing the widely outdated and profoundly harmful idea of 'reparative therapy,' alleging that one can 'pray the gay away,' are not only demeaning to gays and lesbians, but are offensive to all people of faith. God in his infinite wisdom created us the way we are and pundits and politicians cannot change that. While her position on this matter is off base, it is exacerbated by her claim that the armed forces should bring back 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' a failed policy which impedes military readiness. Servicemembers who put their lives on the line deserve respect, not such clownish behavior. Ann Coulter may be tired of gay and lesbian Americans speaking out, but Americans, gay and straight, are tired of her overwrought and offensive behavior. Frankly, Coulter's act has gotten stale. It's time to change the channel."

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Williams Institute Estimates that Marriages by Same-Sex Couples will Boost New York Economy By Over $150 Million

Wedding Spending By Same-Sex Couples
During First Year Marriage Extended To Them Under State Law (millions)

Today, the Williams Institute released a new estimate of the amount of spending by same-sex couples on their weddings during the first year that New York extends marriage to them, over $150 million.  The estimate is based on the experience of the five previous states that have extended marriage to same-sex couples and new Census 2010 data for New York released just last week.  Given the larger population size of New York, and the fact that it is one of the nation’s top domestic tourism markets, New York will experience a wedding spending boom that is greater than all five of the states that have previously extended marriage to same-sex couples combined.   

To read more about the estimate, click here.

Friday, July 22, 2011

HRC Statement on DADT Repeal Certification

The Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – lauded today’s certification of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  After hearing from senior military leaders that repeal posed no threat to the armed forces, President Obama’s signature of the certification sets in motion the open service of lesbian, gay and bisexual troops.  The certification step was part of the legislation he signed in December and now after a 60 day period built into the law, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will be a relic of the past.

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese released the following statement:

“For far too long, the ban on openly gay service members has harmed our security and tarnished our values.  The President’s certification of repeal is a monumental step, not just for those forced to lie in order to serve, but for all Americans who believe in fairness and equality.

“There are many people who brought this historic day to fruition starting with the President’s tremendous leadership and the steadfast allies in Congress who refused to give in to the lies and fear mongering.  Additionally we thank all of the brave men and women who have continued to wear the uniform under a policy that forced them to hide who they are.  The end of that shameful time is thankfully near.”

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pioneering LGBT Ministry Debunks 'Pray the Gay Away' with Debut Film

The controversy over whether it's possible to "pray the gay away" has once again hit the headlines with the recent reports about Michele Bachmann's husband, whose Christian therapy clinic has been caught by undercover media suggesting "reparative therapy" to reverse homosexuality. While the drama might not bode well for Bachmann as she vies for the presidency, it presents an ideal window for Rizi Timane Ministries (http://www.rizigospel.org) to debut "What's Wrong With This Picture?," a new film that exposes religion-based homophobia.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

CARDIN STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING ON THE REPEAL OF DOMA



Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement:

“I commend the Senate Judiciary Committee for holding the first-ever Congressional hearing today on the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). As a former member of the Committee and a long time supporter of equal rights, I am a proud co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act (S. 598) that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  I believe that there is no place for discrimination in American society.  Our country was founded on the core principle that all citizens are created equal.  I will continue to work to protect the civil rights of all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation.  Government should not interfere in the ability of men and women to marry the person of their choice – the person they love.  Gay and lesbian couples should be entitled to the same benefits as heterosexual couples, including tax benefits, rights of inheritance, health insurance, and, of course, marriage.  Congress should follow the lead of a growing number of states, countries, and companies that give full recognition and equality to same-sex couples.”

“OUT. THE GLENN BURKE STORY,” ABOUT FIRST OPENLY GAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER

Out. The Glenn Burke Story,” which documents Burke’s legacy as the first openly gay Major League Baseball player, will have its national premiere on VERSUS on Tuesday, August 9, at 10 p.m. ET.  Nominated for a Northern California Area Emmy Award and a nominee for Outstanding Documentary at the 22nd Annual GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards, “Out. The Glenn Burke Story” originally premiered on and was produced by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area last November.

VERSUS will provide encore presentations of the documentary on Saturday, August 13, at 11 p.m. ET and Wednesday, August 17, at 11 p.m. ET

Glenn Burke, the first openly gay Major League Baseball player, ended his journey through baseball where it began, in Oakland, California.  His sports career had many stops along the way, starting as a multi-sport star at Berkeley High School, followed by a stint at the University of Nevada, Reno as a prized basketball recruit, and then into professional baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he was hailed by one coach as “the next Willie Mays.”  Early in his career, Burke felt he had to hide his true self from his teammates.  Later, when he began to reveal glimpses into his sexuality, the baseball establishment began to shut him out.

“Out. The Glenn Burke Story” tells the dramatic tale of Burke’s Major League career as an outfielder for the Dodgers and as a starter in Game One of the 1977 World Series, to being traded to the Oakland Athletics the following season, and then walking away in 1980 from the game that he deeply loved.  Many of Burke’s teammates were aware of his homosexuality during his playing career, as were members of management.  Many of those teammates believe that Burke's sexuality led to the premature derailment of his baseball career.

View the trailer below:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Governor Brown Signs SB 48 To Recognize Contributions of LGBT Americans, Pacific Islanders and Persons With Disabilities


Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement regarding SB 48 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco):

"History should be honest. This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books. It represents an important step forward for our state, and I thank Senator Leno for his hard work on this historic legislation."

For full text of the bill, visit: http://leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html.

Steven Le Vine Named to Southern California’s 2011 “Hot 25” List by Frontiers in L.A. Magazine

Entrepreneur and leading Hollywood publicist Steven Le Vine, 29, has been honored as one of Frontiers in L.A.’s Hot 25 of 2011. Le Vine, the founder of grapevine pr, was named to the high-profile list, along with celebrities such as Chaz Bono, The Tonight Show’s Ross Mathews, author Christopher Rice, and Top Chef alum Jamie Lauren.

In the interview, Le Vine discusses making the leap from entry-level employee to business owner overnight, what inspires his work in public relations, and his future plans to release his first book later this year, which will explore risk-taking, young entrepreneurism and PR.

For more information and to read his entire interview, visit www.frontiersla.com, or visit the official grapevine pr website, www.theprgrapevine.com.

Broadway To Mark NY Gay Marriage Law With Nuptials

 
Some of the first gay marriages in New York will literally be a theatrical event.

The Broadway theater where "Hair" is being performed this summer will be the stage where some same-sex couples will be married on July 24, the day gay marriage becomes legal in the state.
The announcement came Wednesday in front of the St. James Theater, where the touring revival of the hippie musical has landed.

Rory O'Malley, a star of "The Book of Mormon" and a co-founder of the gay-rights group Broadway Impact, said several gay couples from the Broadway community will be married on stage right after that evening's performance.

New York will become the sixth and largest state with legal gay marriage when the law takes effect.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

VAULT TO PRESENT PANEL ON DIVERSITY IN A DOWN ECONOMY;

MINORITY, FEMALE, LGBT AND DISABLED CANDIDATES TO MEET LAW FIRM RECRUITERS

Vault.com, the source of ratings, rankings and insight for law students and lawyers, has partnered with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), an advocate for increased diversity in the legal profession, to present the 6th Annual Legal Diversity Career Fair for law students and lateral associates on Tuesday, July 26, 2011.  For the first time, the event will take place in Los Angeles, California, at The Westin Bonaventure.  The career fair will provide minority, female, and LGBT candidates, as well as candidates with disabilities, an opportunity to meet and network with recruiters from law firms and government agencies who are firmly committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession.  In addition, Vault Law Editor Mary Kate Sheridan will moderate a panel discussion titled, “Diversity in a Down Economy.”

http://registration.vault.com/legaldiversity/la/program.cfm

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Justice Resource Institute announce the launch of the new Web Series “Brotherhood TV”


JRI is proud to announce the launch of the new web series, “Brotherhood TV” premiering July 11th,2011 on Brotherhoodtv.com. New episodes will air every Monday and can only be found at Brotherhoodtv.com

Brotherhood TV is a show geared at engaging young Black and Latino Gay and bisexual men in an honest, forward and blunt conversation on sex, race, HIV/AIDS and masculinity among other things.  Brotherhood TV is hosted by 6 uniquely different young Black and Latino Gay and Bisexual men from the Boston area, who share their voices and give a face to the thousands of young Black and Latino Gay and Bisexual men who go un-heard. The show also will engage viewers in these conversations through social media interaction. 

Log on and meet the guys of Brotherhood TV now by visiting BrotherhoodTV.com. And if you have any questions please email letstalk@brotherhoodtv.com. Those interested in keeping with the show are also encouraged to join their facebook and twitter. Facebook.com/brotherhoodtv and twitter.com/brotherhoodtv
 



Thursday, July 7, 2011

NYC Offices Open On A Sunday For Gay Marriages

New York City clerks' offices will be open on Sunday, July 24, to perform the first gay marriages under a new state law.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office says the offices will open at 8:30 a.m. to receive marriage license applications in all five boroughs.

Normally there is a 24-hour waiting period before people can be married, but a judge can waive that requirement. Bloomberg's office says judges will be on hand to consider waiver requests and perform the marriages.

During the next week the offices will also stay open until 6:30 p.m., two hours later than usual.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Lyman-Eyer Gallery Provincetown re: Male Figure & Floral Paintings by Joseph Fanelli

The Lyman-Eyer Gallery Provincetown is pleased to present the solo exhibition of new male figure and floral oil paintings by openly gay artist, Joseph Fanelli.

"As always the primary focus of my work is Beauty and whether it is a figure or floral, the first subject is always light.  The light and its shadows create not only the space, volume and "plastic reality " of the piece but also inform the eye of the density, texture and even the temperature of the subject. One can sense the feel of the muscle in an arm or the soft flesh of a rose petal all through a sensitive visual recording of the light and the way it falls, envelops or flows over the subject.  The paintings in this seasons show are all a continuation of my visions of beauty and the use of light and brushwork to express that vision.  Specifically this grouping seems to show a focus on the subject outdoors and the excitement found in the full reflected light of Cape Cod."

This exhibition will be on view from July 8-20 with the opening reception Friday July 8 at 7PM in Provincetown.  Please visit the gallery web site at www.lymaneyerart.com to see more of the fine art by Joseph Fanelli.