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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, 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 billboards show a loving matrimonial union between the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman and TV personality. The 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, is giving 15% from every same-sex membership to a non-profit organization championing marriage equality., 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, and, are now live, coinciding with the BeautifulPeople marriage equality campaign launch.

Friday, July 27, 2012


Now available for download in Apple iTunes Store

TranSquat is a gender neutral bathroom finder for iPhone users that locates bathrooms that are gender free relative to the users current location. It uses the phone’s current GPS location to search, add and share nearby safe locations with other users.

TranSquat was written by and for the trans community and is powered by data from safe2pee - a nationwide directory of gender neutral bathrooms. There are currently close to 4000 locations across the United States, Canada and the U.K. with more locations being added everyday.

This app is useful for transgender and gender variant individuals because sometimes finding a safe, discreet and comfortable restroom can be a challenge and or safety issue depending on where one is in their own transition or geographic location.

The app itself is community driven. Users can help build it by downloading it and sharing safe locations from their own communities. In that sense, a user can download the app and build a network of safe locations no matter where in the world they reside.

TranSquat can currently be downloaded from the Apple App Store at the following URL.

You can also follow TranSquat on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Zlango Adds U.S.A, LOL and Fabulous Image Packs to Everyday Texting

Android Users Can Send Image-Rich Text Messages over Data Connection and Standard SMS; Company Expands Virtual Store with More Exclusive Content
 Zlango, the pioneering leader in image-rich mobile messaging, today announced the release of four new icon packs—U.S.A, Office, Fabulous and LOL —featuring images representing popular visual expressions from American pastimes, the Office and Fabulous gay culture, in addition to uniquely visual interpretations of commonly used texting slang like “BYOB” and “TMI.” Zlango users can use the new icon packs to communicate explosively and expressively via text-messaging and image-rich updates to Facebook and Twitter.

To learn more about Zlango unique text messaging solutions, visit

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Same sex wedding bands spearheading new luxury category of jewelry

Sam Street is the breakout pioneer in marriage equality jewelry with the launch of Proposition Love. Street, who was married to his partner Jonathan in 2008 in San Francisco, has set out to create a line of fashion jewelry, with a focus on same sex engagement and wedding rings.

Street is not just entrepreneurial, but has the authoritative voice and aesthetic in this wide open space. With the battle being won state by state, Street highlights the turn towards equality with his Countdown Collection that honors each state as they become part of the long awaited Civil Rights Movement for the LGBT (now including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, District of Columbia, New Hampshire, New York, Washington and Maryland) and donates a portion of every ring sale to political action to ensure that every couple in every state can enjoy what they already have as our country finally ends up on the right side of history. The entire collection speaks with a voice of love and commitment to all, supporting the rights of all, regardless of orientation.

With a nod to the historical iconography of the pink triangle, the foundational efforts of the gay rights movement are honored with the triangle incorporated in to each piece and as the foundation of the Proposition Love logo.

Please click HERE to view linesheets from the collection. Prices range from $45-$6000 and are available at

Monday, July 23, 2012

Leaving the gay ghetto behind

by Mark Segal
A national network news show did a segment on LGBT voters in this presidential-election year last week. The piece was centralized in San Francisco. Although it was accurate, it was only accurate for San Francisco. Why is it that when a broadcast media want to point out a generality of our community, they turn to San Francisco?

May I remind the media that we LGBT people live in every other corner of America. (Hey, don’t take my word for it: Take the U.S. Census’ word.)

So what’s wrong with using San Francisco as the pivotal center of the gay world in the vision of news directors?

First and foremost, San Francisco — as San Franciscans will tell you — is not a typical city. It is among the most left-leaning cities in the nation. In my book, that’s a plus, but not for a majority of the nation. And the political base, gay or otherwise, does not represent most other people’s political views around the nation. If that were not enough, the right wing has consistently linked our community with San Francisco ... and if, like me, you note the tricks of media and political manipulation, you noted the way it was done. They used every stereotype video they could find: men in underwear, drag queens, loving same-sex couples kissing each other.  

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Face Cream At Studio C Artists

“I ran out of my effing expensive face cream!” jumpstarts this delightful romp now appearing at Studio C Artists, a gay-owned theatre in Hollywood, CA.
You want to laugh about aging? Go see it.
Veteran LA actress, Rhonda Lord delivers a star-turned, multi-level and hilarious performance as her character, Christina is plagued by her insensitive husband, (Patrick Munoz) as well as her ongoing battle with aging. Can you say Diva? Munoz acts as a competent counterpart as his character constantly says the wrong thing.
The play itself reads like an unending argument, but director John Coppola steadily steers this ship through the murky waters of self-esteem and vanity. Coppola’s strong hand leads us to the everlasting power of love as it irons out the wrinkles.
Studio C Artists
6448 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Performances Run Thursday-Sunday
Continues On Alternating Dates Through August 25th

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Google Launches "Legalise Love" Campaign

You go Google!

Statement from their site:

At Google, we encourage people to bring their whole selves to work. In our more than 70 offices around the world, we’re committed to cultivating a work environment where Googlers can be themselves and thrive. Legalise Love is our drive to ensure that all of our employees have the same inclusive experience outside of the office as they do at work.

Friday, July 13, 2012

How to target the diverse LGBT community?


In my last post I pointed out why it is favorable to consider the LGBT community as an own marketing segment. But actually, before thinking about the economic advantages of a target group we should take one step back and think about one essential question which comes up when we talk about the LGBT community: Is it actually possible to consider this diverse group consisting of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders with quite different socio-economical characteristics as one target group? And as a consequence of this diversity is it possible to address them with the same messages?

Read the rest of the article on OutFront

Monday, July 9, 2012

S'well Water Bottles Introduces "His & His", "Hers & Hers" Bottles

S'well water bottles are designed to keep drinks cold (up to 24 hours) and are a safe alternative to plastic water bottles – keeping drinks hydrated during the hot summer months. The His and Hers bottles are perfect for hot days on a honeymoon, and the 25 oz/750 ml Ours bottle keeps wine or champagne cold all night!

The Couples Collection is an elegant, sustainable and charitable gift set that can be ordered in any combination (His+His, Hers+Hers, and Hers+His). This set is available at for $85. We think all couples are S’well; I’m sure you agree, so celebrate love with the His+Hers bottles every day.

Echelon Magazine reviewed a sample and is a great way to save money on water and keep it nice and chilly. Really swellllll!

For more information, please visit

Friday, July 6, 2012

Shop in underwear at Un Style de Vie

On next July 8, the swimwear and underwear store for men Un Style de Vie will propose you a very light shopping!  The store will give a free underpant to the 50 first customers who have the audacity to do their shopping wearing only their underpant.

Premiere in Canada
Offering exclusive local and international premium products, Un Style de Vie is the first store in Canada to propose to their customers a unique shopping experience in Quebec City.  Customers will be invited to come get a free underpant.  To participate, they will undress in store and shop in underpant to take advantage of the promotion.  This event will take place from 9 to 11 o’clock on Sunday, July 8.