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Thursday, December 6, 2012

LESBIANS TAKE OVER THE GRAMMYS’ SPOKEN WORD CATEGORY



What a year! The Best Spoken Word Album category is ruled by three extremely talented and respected gay women – Janis Ian, Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres. Other nominees include another two reasonably well-known authors – Bill Clinton (“Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy”) and Michelle Obama (“American Grown”)!! Talk about a tough competition.

Ian is nominated for her unique audio version of her autobiography, “Society’s Child,” which is punctuated by her vocals of choruses and relevant lines of her songs that describe each chapter of her life.  The title comes from her Grammy nominated song of the same name when she was only 15, which also gave her a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame. This is her 9th nomination in various categories, from jazz to folk, best vocal, best record, with two Grammy wins.

Rachel Maddow takes on a more serious topic -- “The Unmooring Of American Military Power,”  while Ellen DeGeneres brings her comedy to us in the audio version of her book “Seriously... I'm Kidding.”

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Supreme Court Issues Order List—No Word Yet on Proposition 8 Case


 Today, the United States Supreme Court issued an Order List revealing certain cases considered at its November 30 Conference that have been granted review.   Hollingsworth v. Perry (formerly Perry v. Brown), the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8, was not on the list.    

Enacted in November 2008, Proposition 8 eliminated the fundamental freedom of gay and lesbian Californians to marry.  The Supreme Court is expected to release another Order List from the November 30 Conference on Monday, December 3, at 9:30 a.m. EST/6:30 a.m. PST.

On July 30, 2012, the proponents of Proposition 8 asked the Supreme Court to review the February 2012 decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which affirmed the historic August 2010 judgment of the Federal District Court that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional.  The Ninth Circuit held:

“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.  The Constitution simply does not allow for ‘laws of this sort.’”

Proponents’ request for Supreme Court review, known as a petition for a writ of certiorari, is only granted upon an affirmative vote of four Justices.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Tomorrow Whether to Hear Proposition 8 Case


Prop. 8 and DOMA Cases Distributed for Nov. 30 Conference

  Tomorrow, the United States Supreme Court will consider whether to grant review in Hollingsworth v. Perry (formerly Perry v. Brown), the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8.  The Perry case, along with several cases challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), have been distributed for discussion at the Justices’ private Conference scheduled for Friday, November 30, 2012.

Enacted in November 2008, Proposition 8 eliminated the fundamental freedom of gay and lesbian Californians to marry.  DOMA, which was enacted by Congress in 1996, nullifies the marriages of gay and lesbian couples for all purposes of federal law.

The Perry case was filed on May 22, 2009, in Federal District Court on behalf of two California couples, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo.  On February 7, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a landmark ruling upholding the historic August 2010 decision of the Federal District Court that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional.  On July 30, 2012, the proponents of Proposition 8 asked the Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit’s judgment.  A request for Supreme Court review, known as a petition for a writ of certiorari, is only granted upon an affirmative vote of four Justices.

Should the Court grant review, the Justices will go on to consider whether Proposition 8 violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.  If the Court denies review, the February 2012 decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that struck down Proposition 8 is made permanent, ending four years of marriage inequality in California.

The Supreme Court is expected to release an Order List with its decisions on cases it has granted or denied review from its November 30 Conference by Monday, December 3.  In the event that the Court neither grants nor denies review in Perry by December 3, the Justices will discuss the case again at a future Conference.

The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the sole sponsor of the Perry case, will hold a national media conference call after the release of the Order List to discuss significance and impact of the Supreme Court’s decision to grant or deny review in Perry.

Speaking on the call will be Plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel Theodore B. Olson and David Boies; plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo; AFER co-founder Chad Griffin; and AFER executive director Adam Umhoefer.

To listen in to the call, please dial (866) 535-6106.  Enter conference ID 76518722.


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Monday, November 26, 2012

"The Wise Kids" , Well done....

You simply can't help but fall in love with the characters in The Wise Kids. Such a well done indie that deals with the ever present complexities of love and religion.

Director Stephen Cone’s (In Memoriam) thoughtful and evocative Southern coming-of-age drama The Wise Kids debuts on DVD January 8th from Wolfe Video and will be available early across all digital platforms on December 11th. The film stars Tyler Ross (Nate & Margaret), Molly Kunz (Something Better Somewhere Else) and Allison Torem (Scrooge & Marley) as three teenage friends contemplating their next stage of life following graduation. A critical and popular success on the festival circuit, The Wise Kids has won numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Awards for “Outstanding U.S. Narrative Feature” and “Outstanding U.S. Screenwriting” at 2011 Outfest, the Audience Award for “Best Narrative Feature” at NewFest, and the Jury Awards for “Best Narrative Feature” and “Best Ensemble” at Atlanta’s Out on Film. 



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Morgan Freeman Lends Voice to HRC National Marriage Equality Television Ad Campaign

 
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, today announced a national television ad campaign following on the historic victories for marriage equality at the ballot box this year.  The ad titled "Dawn of a New Day" and voiced by Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman, began running today. 

This year proved to be a pivotal turning point in the movement for marriage equality and now we press onward with renewed vigor and public opinion squarely on our side," said HRC President Chad Griffin.  "As we continue the march toward full equality in legislatures and the courts, it is crystal clear that the prospect of an equal future is no longer up for debate; the question now is how soon it will arrive. While we celebrate today, we will keep fighting until full equality has reached every single person in every corner of this vast country.”

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Andrae Gonzalo Launches "The Andrae Conversation"

Intent on concluding the Project Runway chapter of his life, designer & fashion philosopher, Andrae Gonzalo is launching The Andrae Conversation, a new, interactive forum & retail experience designed inspire & empower fashion enthusiasts. The site will host conversations about men & women's real fashion & design struggles while revealing the relevance fashion has within our culture. Playful discussions will result in a series of completely original, one-size-fits all accessories that get people talking in 2 distinct ways.

Each accessory will be the result of compelling conversations with Gonzalo’s fans.
The styles, when worn, will command attention & start conversations.
“Fashion is about more than whether one is ‘hip’ or ‘square’, ‘in’ or ‘out’. It reveals social trends & breaks life up into enjoyable, digestible chucks”, says Gonzalo. In response to a current redefining of nerd culture & growing nostalgia for the early 20th century, Gonzalo's first design contribution to The Andrae Conversation will be an ingenious line of Quadri-Loop Bowties. Andrae gave fans a sneak peek of the bowtie on Lifetime’s current season of Project Runway All Stars. The designer, hungry to innovate his work further, added new elements to the accessory. These bowties are completely new to the marketplace because they:
  • are made with colorful, durable grosgrain ribbon.
  • contain 4 symmetrical loops (instead of 2)
  • are modular, can be mixed & matched with other Quadri-Loop bowties.
Since fashion can also make a statement, there is already a series of sleek, politically minded accessories ready to be launched for the upcoming presidential inauguration. For more on this, visit andraegonzalo.com.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

OUT Magazine unveiled the covers of their annual OUT100 issue

OUT, through its partnership with Buick, will host the OUT100 Presented By Buick. This marks the third consecutive year that Buick will be the presenting sponsor of the OUT100 program, which extends across the print and online versions as well as its annual gala.   The OUT100 is a panorama of the most compelling people of the year. To learn more about the OUT100 and to view their portraits by photographer M. Sharkey, please log on to www.out.com/OUT100.   

The OUT100 issue will be available on newsstands starting on November 20th.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

FINDYOURFACEMATE.COM™ SHARES ITS TIPS FOR LGBT DATING



Dating Website Matches Singles Based on Similar Facial Features

Christina Bloom, the founder and CEO of Find Your FaceMate (www.findyourfacemate.com), a free dating Website that helps singles find love based on similar facial features, is sharing her tips on spotting instant attraction amongst LGBT singles.  Using facial recognition software to match couples, Find Your FaceMate’s theory is supported by scientific research that proves that chemistry is often ignited when we spot someone whose facial features are similar to our own.

Find Your FaceMate pairs couples after examining 67 different points on the face from an uploaded photo.  Christina Bloom was inspired to create the Website because she was always told how much she looked like her partner.  Bloom believes that identifying facial similarity between LGBT couples is simple because they are of the same sex.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

 Miami Beach Gay Pride has launched a new website to keep fans apprised of activities and developments as the popular Pride event gets ready for its fifth annual installment, announced Babak Movahedi, chairman of the Pride board of directors.  The new website is more interactive and more informative than before and can be updated in real time as details are finalized, he said.  The URL remains the same:  www.miamibeachgaypride.com.

The mission of LGBT Creative is to develop effective marketing strategies to assist LGBT organizations with their growth,” said Scott Bader, co-founder of LGBT Creative.  “For Miami Beach Gay Pride, we created an easy-to-navigate, engaging and colorful site with a Content Management System so that the Pride team can easily implement updates and the community at-large can stay informed about new developments and announcements as they are confirmed.  These website enhancements can help Pride grow not only in attendance, but also in sponsor support and community participation, which are the organization’s goals.”

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

One in Five Same-Sex Couples in the U.S. Now Live in a Jurisdiction Where They Can Marry


 On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, the residents of Maine, Maryland, and Washington affirmed that their states will recognize marriages for lesbian and gay couples. In addition, Minnesota voters rejected a constitutional amendment barring same-sex couples from marrying.

Williams Institute analyses of Census 2010 data suggests that approximately 35,000 same-sex couples live in Maine, Maryland, and Washington, and that over 17,000 will marry in the next three years.  Many of these couples are raising children, ranging from 14% of same-sex couples living in Maine to 20% in Maryland.   

After yesterday’s vote, same-sex couples can now marry in nine states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia.  As a result, 20% of same-sex couples now live in states where they can marry. Overall, 16% of the U.S. population lives in states where same-sex couples can marry.

If the U.S. Supreme Court affirms or let’s stand the 9th Circuit opinion striking down Proposition 8 in California, 35% of same-sex couples in the U.S. will live in states where they can marry; and 28% of the U.S. population will live in states where same-sex couples can marry.

Further data about same-sex couples in these states, and all 50 states and D.C., can be found in the US Census reports on the Williams Institute website.
 

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin Makes History as First Openly Gay U.S. Senator


Upon the Wisconsin Senate Race being called for Tammy Baldwin, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin released the following statement:

Tammy Baldwin has always been a trailblazer, but with her victory tonight Senator-elect Baldwin has again earned her spot in the history books. As the first openly gay person elected to the United States Senate, Tammy Baldwin is a role model for LGBT youth and all young women across the country.

“With a relentless focus on the issues that matter most to Wisconsin voters — economic security, access to healthcare, and fairness and inclusion for all. As a result, she’s earned the respect of all her constituents, gay and straight. It was HRC’s privilege to be part of the broad coalition that helped ensure her victory, and we can’t wait to work with her and her team as she takes on this new role.”

HRC is proud to have been part of Tammy's campaign from the beginning. To ensure her victory, we raised and contributed over $500,000 for her campaign. We featured Tammy in nine fundraising emails reaching a total audience of more than 2.5 million. And we sent staff and volunteers to support Tammy's successful campaign and the campaigns of other pro-LGBT candidates like Mark Pocan, who is also openly gay and was elected tonight to succeed Tammy in the House.


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90% of Gays and Lesbians Vote for Barack Obama



The Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) pre-election poll showed that 90% of gay men and lesbians voted for Barack Obama.

The election poll of 6,625 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) United States citizens was administered November 2-4, 2012 and responses were received from all 50 states. LGBTs represent an estimated 5% of United States voters and an overwhelming majority supported the coalition that produced Barack Obama’s victory. 90% support for Obama was seen in all Battleground States and the percentage was similar to the level that Obama received from the African American community.

Demonstrating the importance of the election, 95% of LGBTs indicated that they would vote in the election and 41% indicated that the had already voted before election day.

Final data indicated that 90% supported Barack Obama, 6% for Mitt Romney and 4% a third party candidate.

41% of gays and lesbians gave money to the Obama campaign.

Respondents were part of CMI’s international research panel of 70,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people. Community Marketing is a an LGBT market research firm providing market intelligence and insights to over 100 corporate brands globally. For more information, visit CommunityMarketingInc.com 

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Friday, November 2, 2012

LGBT Voters May Make Difference in Close Election



In what political observers see as an historically close election heading into the campaign’s final weekend, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) voters are breaking even more toward President Barack Obama in a new pre-election poll released by Logo TV and conducted by Harris Interactive.

In the online survey completed October 23–28, 2012, following the third presidential debate, 72% of LGBT voters now report their initial support for the re-election of President Barack Obama, up 7% from Logo TV’s benchmark poll conducted by Harris Interactive August 10-15, 2012, prior to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. In this new poll, Mitt Romney receives support from 20% of LGBT voters, statistically the same support he received in the pre-conventions poll of 21%. When the LGBT vote is looked at with those who “lean” toward one candidate or the other, Obama’s margin over Romney increases from +44 in the August benchmark (67%-23%) to +53 now (73%-20%). This contrasts with the national vote, in which Obama’s lead over Romney, including leaners, moved from +6 lead (48%-42%) before the conventions to -2 deficit (43%-45%) immediately following the debates.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Gay Travelers Find Their Perfect Philly Neighborhood With New Facebook Quiz





One Participant Will Win Overnight Stay In Philly, Including Lady Gaga Tickets
The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) today debuted a new personality quiz on facebook.com/visitgayphilly that will help LGBT visitors figure out which Philadelphia neighborhood best suits them and give them a chance to win a weekend stay in Philadelphia, including tickets to a Lady Gaga concert. A part of GPTMC's popular Philadelphia – Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay® campaign, the fun Facebook-based quiz asks questions about participant's dining, shopping and nightlife preferences and then determines which of five Philly neighborhoods—the Gayborhood, Old City, Rittenhouse Square/Benjamin Franklin Parkway, East Passyunk and New Hope—meshes best with their mood.

Those who complete the personality quiz between now and November 13 will be entered to win a weekend stay in Philadelphia, which includes:

A pair of premium tickets to Lady Gaga's show at the Wells Fargo Center on February 19, 2013
A $100 giftcard for a meal at Valanni, located in Philadelphia's Gayborhood
Overnight accommodations at the brand new Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
To take the quiz and enter the sweepstakes, participants must "like" facebook.com/visitgayphilly. Participants may take the quiz as many times as they like, but they're permitted jut one contest entry throughout the duration of the sweepstakes.

TWEET IT: Want a chance to win a gay old time in Philly? Take a personality quiz, & you'll be entered to win: https://www.facebook.com/VisitGayPhilly.



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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Human Rights Campaign Files FCC Complaint Over Unsolicited Anti-Gay Text Messages to Voters



The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, is calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate mass spam texts that are taking aim at President Obama, marriage equality, and a number of other progressive issues. Recently, HRC supporters have received unsolicited anti-gay text messages such as: “Obama endorses the legality of same-sex marriage.  Say No to Obama at the polls on Nov 6.”  The Washington Post reports that the texts originated from ccAdvertising, a firm specializing in political phone and text outreach – and with a history of spamming cell phone users with unsolicited content. An image of one of the anti-Obama, anti-marriage equality messages ccAdvertising blasted out is available below. HRC’s letter to the FCC is available here.

Since many Americans pay for their text messages on an as-used basis, ccAdvertising is costing money to some cell phone users by spamming them with these unwanted messages.

It appears ccAdvertising tried to hide their identity on their website – a violation of the terms of service with their online host, GoDaddy. As a result, GoDaddy revoked ccAdvertising’s anonymity and their leading role in sending the text messages became clear. It remains to be seen who is funding the firm’s unsolicited anti-equality texts. The Washington Post reports that ccAdvertising’s chief operating officer is Republican Jason Flanary, who is currently running for Senate in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Other messages users reported receiving include: "Obama supports homosexuality and its radical social agenda. Say No to Obama on Nov 6!," "Obama denies protection to babies who survive abortions. Obama is just wrong," "Stop Obama from forcing gay marriage on the states. Your vote is your voice," and "Seniors cant afford to have 4 more years of Obama budget cuts to Medicare."

Sending these types of unsolicited spam messages is a blatant violation of Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which is what is prompting HRC’s call to the FCC to investigate further.



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BLACK TIE DINNER TO HONOR JCPENNEY FOR DIVERSITY EFFORTS


This year’s Black Tie Dinner will honor jcpenney with the Black Tie Dinner Media Award, given in recognition of positive and increased awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues and equality in the media. Held on November 3 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, the 31st annual Dinner benefits the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender supportive organizations that collectively provide services to more than 135,000 individuals annually in the North Texas area.

The Black Tie Dinner Board is thrilled to honor jcpenney for their efforts in supporting the GLBT community,” said Black Tie Dinner Co-Chair Chris Kouvelis. “jcpenney leaders have an incredible vision for the future and are completely reinventing their stores to become a place where everyone feels welcomed and appreciated. As a company founded on the Golden Rule, jcpenney makes it a practice to treat all people with the respect they deserve.”

As part of its transformation efforts, jcpenney hired comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres as their company spokesperson. A former jcpenney employee – one of her first jobs was working at a jcpenney store in Metairie, Louisiana – Ellen is helping to bring the jcpenney story to life through a unique partnership that combines her light-hearted humor with jcpenney’s shared sense of values.

As jcpenney focuses on being a store for all Americans, the Company is also ensuring that its marketing reflects the diversity of today’s families. jcpenney’s direct mail books this year have featured spreads of mothers and fathers of diverse backgrounds, including real life same sex couples.

The Company’s commitment to diversity goes beyond its marketing efforts. jcpenney supports a variety of employee affinity groups, including PRIDE. Comprised of engaged jcpenney GLBT employees and straight allies, the group is focused on develop understanding and respect for the GLBT community. jcpenney also has a history of earning top scores on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, which measures employers on their treatment of GLBT employees and consumers

Black Tie Dinner Co-Chair Mitzi Lemons called the Black Tie Media Award “a testament to jcpenney’s focus on diversity and the importance of valuing and celebrating the unique contributions of every team member.” Lemons said jcpenney has “demonstrated over and over how fostering an inclusive culture allows them to attract and retain the best talent in retail.

 visit www.blacktie.org

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Brad Pitt Makes $100K Contribution to HRC’s Marriage Efforts


High-profile gift to fuel HRC’s continued commitment to marriage campaigns in final days
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, today announced a $100,000 gift from Brad Pitt to support the organization’s marriage efforts.  Pitt has agreed to match contributions from HRC members and supporters up to $100,000 in order to direct resources to the marriage campaigns entering their final week in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington State.

“Brad Pitt’s partnership with HRC in this closing week delivers vital resources into these campaigns and we’re proud to be working with him as we show that fundamental fairness will win at the ballot box,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “With his commitment, Brad joins HRC in a tremendous coalition of religious leaders, business leaders, labor groups, civil rights organizations and everyday, fair-minded Americans supporting marriage for gay and lesbian couples.”

“It's unbelievable to me that people's lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days,” said Pitt in an email today to HRC members and supporters.  “If you're like me, you don't want to have to ask yourself on the day after the election, what else could I have done?”

Supporters can heed Pitt’s call and contribute with him to HRC’s marriage work at:
http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/act-now-join-brad-pitt-in-fighting-for-marriage-equality



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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Acclaimed Director Lana Wachowski Opens Up About Her Journey as a Transgender American

Lana Wachowski, the critically acclaimed director of the Matrix trilogy and the new movie Cloud Atlas, opened up about her journey as a transgender woman while receiving the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award in San Francisco this past weekend. Wachowski’s emotional speech included heart-wrenching stories about her inability to fit in as a child and her suicide attempt during high school. Wachowski shared her highly personal story with the goal of making conditions easier for other transgender youth to feel confident about their futures.



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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

L.A. premiere of "Those Whom the Gods Love"

 In Downtown LA, where artists have brought a cultural redevelopment to the historic buildings, nestled in the arts district, the theater company, KIDS TERRIBLES, set out to do something a little different to shake up their audience.  In the L.A. premiere of Those Whom the Gods Love written and directed by Olivia Lilley, we, the audience, are asked to meet at a newly opened restaurant called Eat.Drink.Americano, with the promise that a guide will escort us to an unknown location.  This “dude” shows up (and that’s all we’ll tell you) – he functions as a comic foil to the production itself.  A few of us were unsure if he, in fact, was the guide due to his off-beat style and humor.  But don’t hesitate or you’ll miss a show well worth your time.

The show is fun, fresh, and fearless in its sexual freedom!  Audience members described it as “saucy”, “naughty”, “hilarious”, and “edgy”.  One woman laughed as she said, “these characters are seriously messed up!”

The play perfectly ties to its Los Angeles setting with its ironic subject matter of how L.A. shapes American culture, and how three individuals, Lulu, Darren, and Sonia, fall prey to its promised fantasies, in a comedic yet tragic way.  The scene transitions reference the music of the late Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears, and the Smashing Pumpkins – all artists who comment on their own traumatic experiences as ‘celebrity’. With the NY Post recently publishing that "LA is the future", and "New York better watch out", it’s no wonder that all of the actors, producers, and director on this project hail from the Big Apple.

The characters’ journeys are epic in their drama and the stakes are high for them even if their lives seem small to the audience – which is where the humor comes in.  The writer and director, Olivia Lilley, has created a quick-witted script that shows up in the naive Sonia, the worm-like Darren, and the fiery Lulu.  Tyler Ham Pong plays Darren, and convincingly portrays a manipulative, self-absorbed neurotic.  Elise Cantu plays Sonia, whose big brown eyes brim with innocence and courage when she arrives at Darren’s doorstep to meet her internet boyfriend.  Christina Myers plays Lulu, and shines as brightly in her performance as the star Lulu longs to be.  The audience is eager to discover what Lulu and Darren are hiding up their sleeves in order to bed Sonia first.  In their battle to win Sonia's affections, Darren and Lulu stop at nothing in this sordid love triangle that transcends sexual orientation and identity. (www.kidsterribles.com)


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Freedom To Marry Couple Discusses DOMA


Major Shannon McLaughlin and her wife Casey McLaughlin talk about how the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from honoring legal marriages of same-sex couples, hurts their family.  Produced by www.freedomtomarry.org

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Gay Jazz Crooner Gallavin releases his new music video "Like Someone in Love"

 The Anglo-Swiss crooner Gallavin releases on Monday 22nd October 2012 his third and last single Like Someone in Love issued from his album Mad about the Boy. He publishes a romantic and melancholic music video made ​​by the Lake of Geneva.

Composed by Jimmy Van Hausen and written by Johnny Burke, Gallavin explores in this song the maze of a melancholic and impossible love.

Produced in the historical propriety of the Doges and directed by Daniel Wyss, Like Someone in Love takes place in a universe inspired by the romantic literature of the nineteenth century. Dressed by the stylist Nadège Ludinant, Gallavin embodies a melancholic character declaring his feelings in the shadow of an impossible love.

Nominated twice for the Right Out TV Music and Video Awards 2012, Gallavin is already working on the recording of his next album, which first single is to be published in autumn 2013.

The previous videos can be viewed:

Mad about the Boy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZayn5IcM9o

My Baby Just Cares for Me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEvCwB8TXVs
 
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Johnny Weir Launches Weekly Column In Falls Church News-Press

With its edition on newsstands today, the Falls Church News-Press, for 21 years an award-winning Washington, D.C. area general interest weekly, began exclusively hosting a new column by two-time Olympic figure skater and three-time U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir.

Weir has returned to competition this fall, after a hiatus following his sixth place finish in the 2010 Winter Olympics, seeking to qualify for the 2014 Olympics in Russia.

His first column out today, which is entitled, "Johnny's World," begins, "As a gay man, I find myself constantly surrounded by women." It can be found on the Falls Church News-Press website, FCNP.com.


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Expedia's New LGBT AD - Well Done!

 What a really beautiful ad put out by Expedia! It's narrated by the father of a young lady who is marrying her partner. I can't say enough about it. So touching, so real....



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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The "Gay It Forward" Ad Campaign

Live Out Loud is proud to announce the launch of their first national ad campaign, created by Deutsch A Lowe & Partners Company. The "Gay It Forward" campaign features real members of the LGBT community sharing the lessons they've learned in order to benefit the next generation of LGBTQ youth.



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Monday, October 8, 2012

Sally Field Receives HRC's Ally For Equality Award




Nature made Sam. It wasn't a choice. He was always, always Sam. Glorious, smart, funny, sweet Sam. And finally at 20, long after he beat the crap out of his brothers at tennis and he knew more than anyone about basketball, at 20 he was finally able to stand up proudly and say: I am a gay man.”

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

AIDS Activist Jack Mackenroth Launches Volttage.com

 Social Networking and Dating Site for HIV+ Men
Positively Sexy Guys.” That’s the tag line that’s meant to attract a host of members to the Web’s newest HIV-positive social networking site, Volttage.com. But sexy, HIV+ men aren’t the only things that separate this site from others - its creation is meant to combat stigma and to create a database of information, support and resources for gay men who are a part of the international HIV-positive community.

As a first-of-its kind social networking website, Volttage.com will offer gay men living with HIV a place to develop and foster friendships and relationships with other members, while also learning about HIV/AIDS, medical advances and other relevant, up-to-date health and lifestyle information. Similarly to other sites like it, Volttage.com certainly offers the possibility for romantic encounters.



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Monday, October 1, 2012

Ben Cohen Worldwide and Media Out Loud Global Announce StandUp Magazine


Sports Publication to Focus on Importance of Character, Fairness and Inclusion
Ben Cohen Worldwide LLC and Media Out Loud Global LLC today announced StandUp Magazine, a quarterly publication focused on the best of sports culture — including the importance of positive role models, fairness, character and leadership across all levels of sports. Eric Carlyle and Patrick Davis will serve as co-publishers of the magazine.

StandUp Magazine, carrying the tagline “True Champions Stand Up,” will debut with a November/December 2012 issue, featuring Ben Cohen, MBE on the cover. The 120-page
launch issue is supported by major advertisers across sports apparel, athletic footwear, beverages, hotels, technology and the automotive industry. The official launch party will
be held at the W Hotel Midtown Atlanta on November 14, 2012. Subscription, advertising and launch event information can be found at www.standup-magazine.com.


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Voting While Trans: Protect Your Right

 Today, The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) released a series of public service announcements outlining how transgender Americans can keep their right to vote this election day. They are available at www.votingwhiletrans.org.



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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Faggot used in 2.4 million tweets

Since July 5, 2012 “faggot” and variations of this word have been tweeted
over 2.4 million times on Twitter. This number was announced today with the unveiling of a new website called nohomophobes.com by the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS).

The website, designed to serve as a “social mirror,” captures the homophobic language that exists in
Twittersphere and counts tweets that use the terms: “Faggot” (2.4 million), “So Gay” (800,000 tweets), “NoHomo” (800,000 tweets) and “Dyke” (300,000 tweets).

Witness the live tweets here: www.nohomophobes.com

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Cowboys.com Launching Website Targeting Cowboys, Gays & Straights

Baltimore, Maryland based Cowboys.com Group LLC is launching a western theme based website to take advantage of the fastest growing segment in online dating. The website www.Cowboys.com will be the new home for gay & straight dating people looking to find themselves a cowboy. “We are extremely excited to have decided on a direction for this property. Gay dating is a primary target for this website however, we will also serve the needs of straight daters as well,” said Darren Cleveland, President/CEO of City Advertising whom is part of the owners group.

In understanding the traffic base, tens of thousands of visitors per month come to the website looking for a variety of things, dating is one of the most sought after searches. To finally be able to serve these visitors needs is a great opportunity,” Mr. Cleveland went onto say.
"As many states continue to pass gay marriage laws with the support of President Barack Obama, Cowboys.com will be well positioned to take advantage of the continued growth in the gay dating sector. "

Cowboys.com was acquired by a group of investors in October of 2007 after the Dallas Cowboys failed to complete their proposed acquisition of the domain name. Since acquiring the domain name, the group has worked together to form a plan and the direction is finally taking shape. Google and Facebook both show growing trends in this niche segment and with the recent consolidation in the online dating industry, there is tremendous opportunity to grow this portal. Visit www.Cowboys.com for more information.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Courage Campaign Responds To Chick-Fil-A Halting Funding For Anti-LGBT Organizations



The Courage Campaign, a leading LGBT rights organization, put out the following statement on reports that Chick-fil-A will stop giving money to anti-gay organizations.

Rick Jacobs, founder and chair of the Courage Campaign:

"If reports are accurate, this news is a big victory for all the people who stood up for equality and against hate. From politics to business to culture as a nation we are seeing a historic shift towards equality for all. While large majorities of Americans believe in equality, a few continue to discriminate against millions of Americans and stand in the way of progress. If true, today's move by Chick-fil-A is a big step in the right direction. Discrimination and hate have no place in this country."
Oops! Maybe not. Just received an update from HRC today, Sept 20, 2012

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Transgender-Awareness Ad Launched in D.C.



The office of Human Rights in the District of Columbia has recently launched a groundbreaking ad campaign geared towards Transgender Awareness.
According to Elliot Imse, Policy & Public Affairs Officer for the agency, Mayor Vincent C. Gray initiated the campaign after he held numerous meetings with Transgender advocates in the city. ''We know that an ad campaign is not the cure-all or the panacea, but it is a step in the right direction,'' Gray told the audience at the campaign’s launch party.
Working along side with Alston Marketing Group, the first government-funded campaign is focused on the betterment of the Transgender community. There are 5 variations in the campaign, 2 transgender women, 2 transgender men and one who identifies as genderqueer.
Although the campaign is D.C-based, Imse reveals that they are receiving a lot of national media attention as well and they are hoping to spread the word even further via social media.
Beginning in October, the ads will run in over 200 bus shelters for the next few months.
You can find out more by visiting the site for the agency, on facebook and also to spread the word by using their hash tag: #TransRespect


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Monday, September 17, 2012

Marriage for Gay Couples Could Come to California in Matter of Weeks

Supreme Court to decide fate of Prop 8 case shortly; denial of hearing would mean return of marriage equality in California
In a matter of weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether or not to hear the Perry case – the suit challenging California’s ban on marriage for gay and lesbian couples known as Prop 8.  If the court decides not to hear the case, the appeals court ruling will stand striking down Prop 8 as unconstitutional, and the state will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples again.  The court will also consider whether to review a number of cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bars the federal government from recognizing married same-sex couples, even in states that legally recognize their union.  These milestones, along with the four states deciding marriage-related issues on the ballot in November makes these next few weeks critical to the future of marriage equality in this country.

On Wednesday, September 18, 2012 at 1:30pm ET, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) will hold a national phone press briefing on the status of the marriage cases in front of the Supreme Court and the marriage equality landscape across the country.  For more information on the various cases, states and federal issues, view our new infographic at: http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/2012-the-year-of-marriage



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Thursday, September 13, 2012

NCTE CONDEMNS SENSATIONALIST TRANS SEGMENT ON ANDERSON LIVE

 Today, Anderson Live will featured an exclusive interview with a person who claims an anti-baldness drug made them transgender. In response to the show's decision to air the segment, National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling said:

"All of us here at the National Center for Transgender Equality are surprised, saddened and disappointed that a respected show like Anderson Live would give credence to this type of sensationalism and misinformation. This segment is just another case of sensationalizing an already marginalized population plain and simple."

The segment, as described on the Anderson Live website, says "Mandi, who was born male, speaks out for the first time, claiming that a hair loss treatment caused him to become transgender. Mandi is joined by her ex-wife, Michelle, who opens up about how Mandi's identity transformation has affected their son."

Keisling added, "In the past, Anderson Cooper and his team have earned a great deal of respect from trans people for their coverage of our issues. Tomorrow, they'll throw all of that away. Worst of all, they seem set on misinforming the public about the causality of trans identity."

Anderson Cooper's other show, AC360 on CNN, airs a segment called "Keeping Them Honest," in which he addresses hypocrisy among public figures and elected officials on, among other things, critical lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. NCTE urges transgender advocates and allies to keep Anderson Cooper honest about how this segment does real harm to real trans people.

"Anderson Cooper knows better than this. Anderson's team is better than this," said Keisling.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

BARNEY FRANK'S STATEMENT ABOUT THE LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS

Congressman Barney Frank today released the following statement as a follow-up to his recent comments during the Democratic National Convention about the Log Cabin Republicans.

I am not surprised that members of the Log Cabin Republicans are offended by my comparing them to Uncle Tom.  They are no more offended than I am by their campaigning in the name of LGBT rights to elect the candidate and party who diametrically oppose our rights against a President who has forcefully and effectively supported our rights.

That is the first reason for my admittedly very harsh criticism.  This election is clearly one in which there is an extremely stark contrast between the two parties on LGBT rights.  The Democratic President and platform fully embrace all of the legal issues we are seeking to resolve in favor of equality.  The Republican candidate for President and the platform on which he runs vehemently oppose us in all cases.  On the face of this, for a group of largely LGBT people to work for our strong opponent against our greatest ally is a betrayal of any supposed commitment to our legal equality.

But my use of “Uncle Tom” was based not simply on this awful fact that they have chosen to be actively on the wrong side of an election that will have an enormous impact on our right to equality, both in fact and in the public perception of the popularity of that cause.  If the Log Cabin Republicans – or their even more outlandish cousins, the oddly-named GOProud –were honestly to acknowledge that they let their own economic interests, or their opposition to strong environmental policies, or their belief that we need to be spending far more on the military or some other reason ahead of any commitment to LGBT equality, and on that ground have decided to prefer the anti-LGBT candidate to the supportive one, I would disagree with the values expressed, but would have no complaint about their logic.

The damaging aspect of the Log Cabin argument, to repeat the most important point, is that they may mislead people who do not share their view that tax cuts for the wealthy are more important than LGBT rights into thinking that they are somehow helping the latter by supporting Mitt Romney and his Rick Santorum platform.

It is a good thing for Republicans to try to influence other Republicans to be supportive of LGBT rights.  The problem is when they pretend to be successful when they haven’t been, and urge people to join them in rewarding the Republicans when they have in fact continued their anti-LGBT stance.  I have been hearing the Log Cabin Republicans proclaim for years that they were improving the view of that party towards our legal equality.  In fact, over the past 20 years, things have gotten worse, not better.  Most recently, on DOMA, when the House Republicans offered an amendment to reaffirm it, they voted 98% in favor of it, while Democrats voted more than 90% against the amendment.  And it is not surprising that they have not been successful.  Giving strong political support to people who are maintaining their anti-LGBT stance is hardly an effective strategy for getting them to change it.

The argument Mr. Cooper and the others in the Log Cabin Republicans have put forward in their defense is that they have succeeded in getting the Republicans to reduce the extent to which they denounce us, and, in Mr. Cooper’s phrase, the fact that Paul Ryan is “willing to engage” with gay Republicans.  That is where Uncle Tom comes to mind.  They are urging people to vote for the anti-LGBT candidate over the most supportive LGBT candidate and platform imaginable because the “antis” are calling us fewer names and are willing to talk to some of us.  It is this willingness to acquiesce in a subordinate status as long as the masters are kinder in tone, although in substance, that emulates Uncle Tom.

I note Mr. Cooper points to a couple of Republicans as reasons for supporting that party and helping advance its anti-LGBT crusade.  As to Representative Ryan, in addition to his “willingness to engage with them,” Mr. Cooper cites his vote for the Employment Nondiscrimination Act.  In fact, Paul Ryan has an overwhelmingly anti-LGBT voting record, including opposition to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and a transgender-inclusive hate crimes bill, and support for a constitutional amendment not just to ban future same-sex marriages but to dissolve existing ones.  It is true that on one occasion he voted for ENDA, but he did so only after voting minutes before for a Republican procedural maneuver – a motion to recommit the bill – which falsely invoked the specter that passage of ENDA would compel same-sex marriage and which, if it had passed, would have killed the bill.  In other words, Paul Ryan has always voted against us, except for one occasion when he voted for us only after first trying to make the bill he theoretically supported inoperative.

Mr. Cooper also cites Susan Collins.  She was very good on the question of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  But the argument that supporting Susan Collins advances LGBT rights ignores the fact that Senator Collins has twice defeated Democrats who were far more supportive of our issues than she was.  And an example of that is the current referendum in the state of Maine on marriage.  We have a very good chance of winning in Maine, and winning a referendum is important both for the substantive rights of the people in Maine and for the political point that it demonstrates.  Unlike the two Democratic Representatives from Maine, Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud, Susan Collins has been stubbornly silent.  That is, in a state where marriage is on the ballot, and in a year in which she is not up for reelection, Senator Collins is withholding her support from us, unlike any Democrat who would have run against her.  And remember, these are the best that the Log Cabin Republicans can cite.

Some have complained that in comparing the Log Cabin Republicans to Uncle Tom, I was ignoring the fact that they are nice.  I accept the fact that many of them are nice – so was Uncle Tom – but in both cases, they’ve been nice to the wrong people.
 
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HRC Releases New Infographic Detailing Upcoming Turning Points in Fight for Marriage Equality

 It’s been a historic year for marriage equality, and the final few months of 2012 present key turning points – across the states, in the courts, and via the presidential election.

In the final months of the year, the LGBT community will face some of the biggest turning points yet in the fight to secure marriage equality. Check out HRC's  new infographic charting these critical next few months: http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/2012-the-year-of-marriage.



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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Gay Wellness Start-Up Wins $10k in National Entrepreneurship Competition

 CapsulePen, a new kind of pill case shaped like a pen and the brainchild of Joseph Cote (serial
entrepreneur and former founder of Dance.com), prevailed over 15 other start-ups to win the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Roll The Dice entrepreneurship competition during the closing session of the sold-out annual conference in Chicago, IL on August 10th.

Representatives from Google,  Moey Inc.,  and the NGLCC sat as judges for the competition and CapsulePen’s 15 minute presentation received a standing ovation from the capacity crowd. As the only LGBT entrepreneurship competition in the world, the achievement is recognized as a milestone second-to-none within the LGBT business movement. Prize money was provided by Allstate, Ernst & Young, and the NGLCC.


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Friday, August 31, 2012

Vague or explicit LGBT campaigns?


 by , FH OutFront


Recently I wrote about the potential of the LGBT target group and about the characteristics which all members of this diverse community have in common. In this post I want to present you two advertising strategies to target gay consumers via mainstream media and discuss some problems or reservations that are related with these strategies.

Generally, before talking about strategies I define a gay marketing campaign as all communicational messages targeting gay consumers by implicit or explicit homosexual references. This can vary from vaguely implying of a same-sex attraction, to an undisguised promoting of gay imagery. This is a very easy distinction but you can classify every gay advertising campaign along this dimension.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

ISRAELI STUDY FINDS THAT OPENLY GAY SERVICEMEMBERS DO NOT UNDERMINE MILITARY COHESION



The study can be found here: http://bit.ly/PAxJI3

The presence of openly gay soldiers does not undermine unit cohesion, according to a new statistical analysis of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) sponsored by the Palm Center and authored by Danny Kaplan of Bar Ilan University and Amir Rosenmann of the University of Haifa. “As we reach the one year anniversary of repeal of the United States military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy, this new study responds to the central concern that an integrated military would harm cohesion,” said Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center.

The authors surveyed 417 male Israeli soldiers from 22 military installations. Statistical analysis of responses to the survey indicated that for both combat and non-combat units, the presence of openly gay troops in a unit had no relationship to the cohesiveness of the unit. Israel has allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military since 1993.

Prior to the repeal of DADT in September 2011, some military and political leaders predicted that a policy of open service would undermine unit cohesion in the U.S. military.

The new study of the IDF, entitled Unit Social Cohesion in the Israeli Military as a Case Study of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, appears in the current issue of Political Psychology and is available at http://www.palmcenter.org/. For the Palm Center’s earlier analysis of gays and lesbians in the IDF, see http://www.palmcenter.org/files/IsraelShortOnline(2)_0.pdf



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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pictorama: Make Money Taking Pictures

 The LGBT loves using their cameras on their smart phones and we just discovered a new app for you to actually make money from your pics. Introducing Pictorama! The app allows users to sell their pictures on our marketplace where international buyers can get stock photos that can be time and geo-tagged for half the price of a traditional microstock agency

Download the  Pictorama app and give it a try.

The Pictorama site.

The video:

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

President Obama's New LGBT Rights Ad



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Sin City ShootOut

This 4 day sports festival brings over 6,000 LGBT athletes from across north America to compete in 4 days of Softball, basketball, Wrestling, Body building, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Dodgeball, Golf, Ultimate Frisbee, Bridge, Volleyball and Tennis competitions at different venues across the las vegas valley.

Since 2007, las vegas has been the host to this growing gay and lesbian sports competition. It is widely known to be the largest annual LGBT sports festival in the world.

Tournament Director Eric Ryan states “we plan this event from the view point of the athlete. We take into consideration that they are traveling to las vegas to compete against the best of the best and to go along with that, make sure we provide the best venues Las Vegas has to offer, as well as the best hotels and clubs to let loose in”.

Each night there are official host venues to give the athletes a meeting place off the field, as well as a central host hotel. The official host hotel for 2013 is the new Tropicana Las Vegas.

This event is open to the public and they are encouraged to attend the competitions as well as enjoy the nightly venues crowded with 1,000’s of LGBT athletes.

In 2007 tournament director Eric Ryan, from the Greater Los Angeles Softball Association, came to las vegas to plan a softball tournament and In just 6 short years, the event has morphed into a true lgbt winter sports festival. Each year they plan to add more sports as this  event continues to grow every year, calling las vegas its home.

More information can be found at www.sincityshootout.com

Friday, August 24, 2012

San Diego Mayor Advocates For Freedom To Marry

In an ad set to air in the Tampa area during the Republican National Convention next week, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders speaks out about his support for the freedom to marry and encourages others in his party to do the same.

"As a Republican, I believe in conservative values like responsibility and limited government," Sanders says in the ad, titled "Family and Freedom," a project of the Human Rights Campaign and Freedom to Marry. 


 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

19 Year Old Kevin Michael Barba -"Wealth is a state of mind"


Move over Kim Kardashian. Take a seat, Paris Hilton. At 18-years-old, Kevin Michael Barba may have his sights set on a life in the spotlight, but he has no interest in joining the long list of spoiled socialites who came before him. With the launch of his lifestyle line The Kevin Michael Barba Collection, which made its television debut on MTV International, Barba is hoping to show the world that “wealth is a state of mind.”


People like to hate you before they love you. I took that approach as a joke — I had no idea where to look. But you know what? It worked.” In addition to building his lifestyle brand, available now, Barba is also active in the non-profit world, using his name to raise awareness for LGBT youth organizations including The Trevor Project. “I didn’t always have this much self-esteem. It isn’t something you’re born with, it’s something you gain.” Balancing business and style with a passion for philanthropy is something he learned at a young age from family friend and role model Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

For more information on Kevin Michael Barba and The Kevin Michael Barba Collection, visit www.KevinMichaelBarba.com 

Why is HRC calling the Family Research Council a hate group? Because it is one.


Washington Post publishes Chad Griffin op-ed expressing condemnation for shooting, detailing FRC’s history of hateful rhetoric

Today the Washington Post published an op-ed column by HRC President Chad Griffin expressing condemnation for the shooting that occurred at the Family Research Council’s headquarters last week and detailing the virulent rhetoric that has earned them the designation of a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The piece can be viewed at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/calling-out-hate-when-we-see-it/2012/08/20/0f9725cc-eb02-11e1-a80b-9f898562d010_story.html.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

FRC Shooting: Blame Guns Not Gays

The American Family Association(AFA), a conservative pro-marriage organization just issued a statement on the shooting that occurred at the headquarters of the Family Research Council.(FRC)

"Yesterday’s shooter, who was a homosexual activist who volunteered at a D.C. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community center, took the argument to a whole new and ugly level.

Disagreement is not hatred. We don’t hate anyone. In fact, we love homosexuals enough to tell them the truth about the risks involved in their lifestyle choices. But for those who hate the truth, the truth will seem to be hate.

We acknowledge the many homosexual activist groups who issued a statement condemning yesterday’s violence, and we commend them for doing so."

In turn, they also blame the Southern Poverty Law Center for listing both the AFA and the FRC as hate groups.

"However, the Southern Poverty Law Center must be called to account. The SPLC argues incessantly that the use of inflammatory and incendiary language when talking about homosexuality promotes violence, and is quick to blame FRC and other organizations such as AFA for every act of violence they possibly can."

Let's not use this unfortunate and tragic incident as fodder to inflame our disagreements on same-sex marriage. The actions of the shooter, Floyd Lee Corkins II,  at FRC are not a part of the LGBT movement towards equality.

Over 25 LGBT organizations responsibly issued statements the other day condemning the actions of Corkins.

With all of the recent devastating shootings occurring recently in the U.S., it's time for our country to really start looking at gun control and how easy it is to acquire arms by the likes of anyone. Until better safeguards are in place, statements like that of the AFA could cause more harm than good.

Freedom to Marry Launches Minnesota TV Ad on Why Marriage Matters

Freedom to Marry unveiled a television ad campaign in Minnesota today as part of its public education efforts designed to spark conversation about the meaning of marriage across the nation.

The ad, the latest to launch in Freedom to Marry’s Why Marriage Matters educational campaign, is scheduled to run for several weeks in the Twin Cities and Duluth. Titled “Grandparents,” it features Yvonne and Fred Peterson of Duluth, whose grandson is gay.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

State Resource Map Now Available - Same Sex Marriage

Quick access to state-specific research on LGBT demographics,
marriage, parenting, and workplace issues.

State-level reports by the Williams Institute are now available for all 50 states and Washington D.C. via the state resource map.  By clicking on a state, you can find the latest research reports containing the following information:

● estimates of the LGBT population
● maps showing where same-sex couples live by county
● the number and percent of same-sex couples raising children
● race, ethnicity, income, and other demographic information
● evidence documenting discrimination against LGBT employees
● the impact of voter identification laws on transgender voters for states with the most restrictive laws
● the impact of extending the rights and obligations of marriage to same-sex couples on the state budget and economy (for selected states)

 Click here to visit the state resource map on the Williams Institute homepage.

Gay Mobile Social Network Hornet Is Fabulous

Hornet, the emerging player in gay mobile social networks, is hitting record growth and caught the attention of Techcrunch, which called the mobile app “Fabulous”. (http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/31/gay-mobile-social-network-hornet-is-fabulous-rakes-in-150k-users-with-150-mom-growth/)

Hornet is building its user base by doing good, counting on users wanting an alternative to the existing channels, its makers built a friendlier, milder, and focused on promoting a healthy life style, gay social app meant for making friends, keeping in touch, and finding soul mates.

Through their call to action feature Hornet announces issues of critical importance to the gay community, around local events, political engagement, human rights at home and abroad, most recently supporting in solidarity the fight to win back St Petersburg as a gay mecca.
Unlike most other gay SNS and Grindr, Hornet uses an HTTPS secure connection and SSL certificates as known from your Online Banking.

Hornet App is available on your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and Android. To get it from the Apple App Store, go here http://bit.ly/askhrnt. To Find it in the google market visit  http://bit.ly/hornetandroid
  • Hornet is a gay social and dating app with these key features:
  • Fun natural way to swipe between profiles using your finger to scroll left and right from profile to profile and up and down for member photos.
  • This GPS location based application acts like a gay radar to find gay and curious men in your area. Browse the guys closest to you in feet or meters.
  • The app also has an explore feature: if you work in one spot and live in another or are planning a trip, you can explore other geography and see who is using Hornet there by setting your location to any desired location.
  • Cruise and Chat with guys you want to meet for dates, friendship or to show you around the city.

Hornet Networks is gay owned, developer and distributer of the Hornet iPhone Application—a location-based mobile dating and social network that that lets you meet new friends based on criteria you set including geography, share photos quickly by sharing preloaded galleries, and keep notes about people you chat with. Founders and backers include the ranks of LGBT at Microsoft, Linkedin, and Silicon Valley venture technologists. www.gethornet.com

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"Trevor Gear" Storefront Opens Today


Suicide Prevention Organization Launches Merchandising Initiative
Today, The Trevor Project announces the official launch of its new merchandising initiative, Trevor Gear. The marketplace storefront features apparel, buttons, stickers and accessories sold at no premium or mark-up, ensuring this not-for-profit store serves to raise awareness for the leading provider of crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, ages 13-24. Trevor Gear is available at TheTrevorProject.org/Gear.

Culture War Neutrality is Relative




Well, today is Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, but I don’t expect too many Echelon Readers to be dining on any of their char-grilled sandwiches.

For years, right wing groups like The American Family Association and its subsidiary One Million Moms have demanded that corporations take a neutral stance on the culture war that they invented to decrease their support for the LGBT community. Now, as Chick-Fil-A’s CEO Dan Cathy adds his anti-gay stance on same-sex marriage, it throws the whole concept of “neutrality” into a tail spin.

The AFA site clearly asks their members to support the Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day today. So then how does this conservative group justify asking Home Depot to take a neutral stance in the culture war at the same time they are promoting Chick-Fil-A’s anti-same sex marriage stance?

Clearly, their penchant for neutrality falls by the wayside.

WORLD'S LARGEST INTERNATIONAL LGBT RIGHTS ORGANIZATION CELEBRATES MILLION-MEMBER MILESTONE

The international lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights organization AllOut.org is celebrating a historic milestone today with the release of a video starring members of the organization telling their stories, and featuring the song "Celebrate,” by international recording star Mika featuring Pharrell Williams. All Out, which launched just eighteen months ago, is now 1 million members strong across the world. More than 500,000 of those are straight allies standing up for equality. Many All Out campaigns and courageous members are in one of the nearly 80 countries that outlaw LGBT people and expression.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Gay Marriage Billboards Banned Across United States


In the wake of President Obama’s recent backing of same-sex marriage and a Supreme Court decision looming, Beautifulpeople.com is launching Gay and Lesbian versions of its online dating site in a national show of support for equal rights. BeautifulPeople’s billboard campaign, scheduled to launch across the country in support of same-sex marriage legislation, has been banned.

Choosing not to bow to an infringement on their right to free expression, BeautifulPeople has redesigned censored versions of the billboards. The censored images, originally a playful take on political dissonance, have gone up in 10 locations around Los Angeles including West Hollywood, California – one of the largest LGBT communities in the country -- and Clearwater, Florida – adjacent to the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Despite the ban, the original campaign images have been released in their uncensored form via mobile billboards in New York City.

The original BeautifulPeopleGay.com billboards show a loving matrimonial union between the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman and TV personality. The BeautifulWomenOnly.com billboards feature former presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann kissing Sarah Palin, the gun-toting former Alaska governor and darling of the right. Both billboards show President Obama as officiant.

 “This is a national campaign championing equal rights for the LGBT community and pledging support in a colorful way,” says Greg Hodge, BeautifulPeople’s Managing Director. “Through a humorous campaign we wanted to showcase how many of our political heavyweights are living in the last century.”

Determined to play an active role in the national effort to legislate equal rights for the LGBT community, BeautifulPeople.com is giving 15% from every same-sex membership to a non-profit organization championing marriage equality.
BeautifulPeople.com, an online dating site exclusively for beautiful people, already has a large gay membership; however only opposite sex voting is allowed to avoid members voting strategically against other beautiful hopefuls. The exclusively gay versions now allow gay members to enjoy the same-sex voting process and vote according to their own unique definition of beauty.
Both sites, www.beautifulpeoplegay.com and www.beautifulwomenonly.com, are now live, coinciding with the BeautifulPeople marriage equality campaign launch.