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Wednesday, February 27, 2013



Film Screening and Jazz Concert

StandOut Productions and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center present a screening of the award-winning documentary I Stand Corrected, followed by a hosted reception and a concert by the film’s subject, transgender jazz bass virtuoso Jennifer Leitham. This special event celebrates the one-year anniversary of the film’s premiere and is a rare opportunity to see the film and Ms. Leitham’s acclaimed trio in one evening.
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WHAT:           I Stand Corrected  
WHEN:          Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:         L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre (200-seat capacity)
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood
(one block east of Highland, north of Santa Monica Blvd. Free parking)

COST:         $25: General Admission
Proceeds benefit the free & low-cost services provided by the Center.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Amazon Scores With Commerical Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

Hats off to Amazon for their latest commercial of Kindle Paperwhite and their support for Gay marriage.

The spot shows a man on the beach having trouble reading his iPad due to the glare. The woman next to him discusses how great the Kindle Paperwhite it. He buys it online and offers to celebrate. She tells him that her husband is bringing  her a drink, and he says "So is mine!"

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Gay Rights Supporters ‘Break Up’ with Beverly Hills Hotel in New Video

 Gay rights activists pledged a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel today, citing the hotel owner’s state-sponsored homophobia. The hotel is owned by the nation of Brunei, a country in South East Asia where male homosexuality is a crime.

A video made by the group calls on supporters to “break up” with the hotel and to not stay there again until Brunei changes its laws. It asks viewers who “wouldn’t eat at Chik-Fil-A,” why they would “dine at the Beverly Hills hotel.” Last year, gay-rights groups launched a successful boycott of Chik-Fil-A because of contributions the owner made to anti-gay groups.

The video appears on a website maintained by UNITE HERE, a labor union that has fought for equal treatment of LGBT people. It includes an appearance by Derek Lloyd Saathof, a cast-member of the Logo Network show, A-List: New York.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography

Veteran photographer Thea Dodds and wedding innovator Kathryn Hamm, authors of the groundbreaking guide Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography (Authentic Weddings, $32.95), will celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a new appreciation of what works—and what doesn’t—when it comes to creating spectacular engagement and wedding portraits for gay and lesbian couples.

Together, the two authors, one a New Hampshire-based wedding photographer and the other a Virginia-based same-sex wedding expert and educator, spent countless hours last fall exploring the notion that the current mainstream wedding photography resources available to photographers are insufficient in a changing marketplace, which now includes increasing numbers of same-sex couples.

Their conversation and realization led to the consummation of their own publishing firm, Authentic Weddings, and their first book, Capturing Love, designed to help photographers understand how photographing same-sex couples can be different from heterosexual couples even though they now share the same legal marriage rights in nine states (MA, IA, CT, NH, VT, ME, MD, WA) and the District of Columbia.

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StartOut Announces Second Annual Entrepreneurship Awards

On Friday, April 19th, 2013, StartOut will once again honor entrepreneurs and business leaders for their accomplishments and personal commitments to both the entrepreneurial and LGBT communities in the second edition of the organization’s annual gala, to be held at the Nikko Hotel in San Francisco.

Last year's event recognized four amazing and inspiring individuals, including Peter Thiel (recipient of the JP Morgan Leadership Awards in Entrepreneurship), Ramona Pierson (recipient of the Google Innovator Award), Kathy Levinson (recipient of the Pillsbury Advocate Award) and Geoff Lewis (recipient of the Wells Fargo Next Generation Award).

This years festivities will once again include a cocktail reception, awards ceremony and dinner, as well as an exclusive keynote interview with the recipient of the 2013 Leadership Award. Each award will recognize exceptional entrepreneurs for their vision, leadership and achievement in entrepreneurship, and for providing inspiration to the LGBT community

Award categories include: Leadership Award, recognizing an inspiring entrepreneurial role model; Advocate Award, recognizing a champion for LGBT business leadership; Disruptor Award, recognizing an innovator who is revolutionizing an industry; and the Next Generation Award, recognizing a young entrepreneur of great accomplishment.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

HRC Monday Ad Calls for End to Discriminatory Boy Scout Ban on Gays

Two days before an expected vote, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization – will run a full-page ad in the Dallas Morning News on Monday calling on the leadership at Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to end its discriminatory policy prohibiting gay people from Scouting and adopt a national non-discrimination standard. Last week, BSA representatives indicated the organization would consider changing the policy to instead allow local sponsoring organizations to make their own decisions and potentially discriminate at the local level.

The ad, which will appear in the print edition of the newspaper Monday morning, encourages readers to call on the BSA board to enact a nationwide anti-discrimination policy.  Currently the organization’s official policy is to "not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals" as Scouts or adult Scout Leaders.

On Friday, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation announced more stringent criterion for its Corporate Equality Index. To receive a perfect score in the future, companies would have to prohibit philanthropic giving to non-religious organizations that have a written policy of anti-gay discrimination, or permit its chapters, affiliates, or troops to do so.

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