Sunday, February 19, 2017

GMHC To Honor Bill Clinton

The Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) announced that they will honor President Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation & 42nd President of the United States at their 35th Anniversary Spring Gala on Thursday March 23rd at Highline Stages, 440 West 15th Street in New York City at 6:30P. Distinguished honorees also include Jes Staley, Chief Executive Officer of Barclays and Peter Staley, HIV/AIDS & LGBT Rights Activist. Proceeds will benefit GMHC’s services for thousands of people living with & affected by HIV/AIDS. Kelsey Louie GMHC CEO stated, “It is a privilege to honor President Bill Clinton at GMHC’s 35th Anniversary Spring Gala. The Clinton Foundation has been battling the epidemic since 2002, saving the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. During this tumultuous time, it is more important than ever to honor those who are fighting & advocating for affordable, accessible healthcare, equal rights for all & an end to the epidemic.” GMHC’s history can be traced to the very beginning of the AIDS epidemic, 35 years ago. This milestone anniversary is a tribute to GMHC’s legacy as the world’s first AIDS service organization & the beginning of the agency’s next chapter of providing comprehensive life-saving services. The gala will incorporate a cocktail reception, luxury auction & dinner program featuring a presentation of the prestigious Larry Kramer Activism Award, Corporate Partner Award, & the Judith Peabody Humanitarian Award.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Boston LGBT Youth Pride Events

Boston Youth Pride is Boston Pride’s program dedicated to youth 21 & under in our LGBTQ community. On Saturday February 18th their annual Youth Valentine's Dance is taking place from 7P to 11P hosted by City Year at 287 Columbus Avenue in Boston, MA. DJ Scott Pryor will be the featured performer & there will be lots of door prizes available. Tickets are $7 before online & $10 at the door. Then on March 3rd from 7P to 9P there will be a special screening of “You’ll Never Be Alone / Nunca vas a estar solo”. The film is about LGBTQ teen homophobia. After his gay teenage son, Pablo, is badly beaten up by some homophobic youngsters, Juan, a withdrawn manager at a mannequin factory struggles between having to pay his son’s exorbitant medical bills & his last attempt at making partner at his company. As he runs into dead-ends & unexpected betrayals, he’ll discover that the world can be violent with him too. Juan has made too many mistakes, but his son can still be saved. This event is organized by the Wicked Queer Film Festival, & co-presented by HBGC Boston, The Theater Offensive & Boston Latinx Pride/Boston Pride. The screening takes place at the Emerson College’s Bright Family Screening Room at The Paramount Center 559 Washington Street in Boston.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New LGBT Exhibition In Virginia

In Virginia The Valentine Museum & OutRVA Richmond’s LGBT tourism campaign have launched a new exhibition “One Love: LGBT Families” that runs now through September 4th. The exhibit features contemporary photographic portraits of LGBT families from the Richmond Region by photographer Michael Simon. Meg Hughes, Curator of Archives at The Valentine stated, “The concept of family within the LGBT community has historically & out of necessity, been flexible. After coming out, many LGBT individuals are ostracized from their family and friends. However, everyone needs love & the LGBT community has been actively creating support networks for decades.” Katherine O’Donnell, Vice President of community relations at Richmond Region Tourism added, “One Love: LGBT Families provides us with a great way to showcase to visitors the wonderfully diverse community that we enjoy here in the Richmond Region. Through OutRVA, we’re spreading the message that the Richmond Region is a welcoming & diverse community. This exhibit helps us tell that part of the Richmond story in a beautiful, thought-provoking way.” Rodney Lofton, who was photographed at Comfort restaurant with his husband. Lofton & his husband are a gay, interracial couple concluded, “We are proud to be included among the varying images & definitions of family in this exhibit. One Love: LGBT Families highlights families that may be different from the days of Ozzie & Harriet, but share the same values & ultimate goal, love.”
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Trump Failing Transgender Kids

The Trump administration has begun attacking the most vulnerable members of our LGBTQ community. The Justice Department has announced that it is withdrawing its request for a stay of an injunction on enforcement of Obama-era guidelines protecting transgender students. Rick Zbur Equality California Executive Director stated, “Two weeks after pulling back on an on-again, off-again executive order that would have allowed sweeping religious exemptions to requirements protecting LGBT people from discrimination, the Trump Administration has reminded us that rollbacks of LGBT civil rights do not have to be thunderous or accompanied by great fanfare. They can happen quietly, incrementally, while the nation is otherwise distracted. In withdrawing its request for a stay on an injunction barring the federal government from enforcing President Obama’s guidelines protecting transgender students, the Justice Department has signaled – less than 48 hours after confirmation of Jeff Sessions as attorney general by the U.S. Senate – that it does indeed intend to dismantle as much of recent LGBT civil rights gains as possible. These guidelines – similar to legislation already in effect in California – protect the basic dignity & safety that transgender students deserve. Equality California will use every measure at its disposal to ensure that federal nondiscrimination protections remain safe from attack & that all students are equally protected by the U.S. Constitution."
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

George Takei Rallies For Muslims

Fierce LGBT activist George Takei who I attended a fundraiser with last fall in happier times, will present over 280,000 Care2 petition signatures on Monday February 13th in support the Muslim community to leaders of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) at a ceremony at Los Angeles City Hall in the wake of Trump’s Executive Order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Takei who was forced into a Japanese American internment camp when he was just five years old started the Care2 petition to allow signers to speak out against any of Trump’s policies that would target the Muslim community. Takei stated, “During that time, fear & racism drove government policy, creating a living hell for over 120,000 innocent Japanese Americans, most of whom were U.S. citizens. I have spent my life trying to ensure something like this never happens again. But dark clouds once more are gathering. National security must never again be permitted to justify wholesale denial of constitutional rights & protections. It starts with a registry, with restrictions, with irrationally ascribed guilt & with fear. But we know well where it might lead. If it is freedom & our way of life that we fight for, our first obligation is to ensure that our own government adheres to those principles. Without that, we are no better than our enemies.” The event will take place at Los Angeles City Hall, 3rd Floor Rotunda, 200 North Spring Street from 6:30P to 9P. Takei will be joined by actor Mike Farrell, Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti & leaders of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. The presentation will be followed by a reception with appetizers & refreshments.
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Hillary Clinton To Be Honored

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be honored by New York City's LGBT Community Center (The Center) on Thursday, April 20th at their annual Center Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street. Secretary Clinton will receive The Center's Trailblazer Award in recognition of her tireless work in the fight for full equality for our LGBT community. Glennda Testone, Executive Director of The Center stated, "It is an incredible privilege to honor Secretary Clinton for her lifetime of service to the American people & particularly her service on behalf of marginalized populations including the LGBT community. The Center thanks Secretary Clinton for her tireless work to help all Americans & particularly LGBT Americans, advance in the fight for justice & equality." The Center will also honor distinguished fashion designer Marc Jacobs with its Visionary Award, as well as Jan Siegmund, Corporate Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of ADP, with the Corporate Impact Award & Carmelyn Malalis, Chair & Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, with its Community Impact Award. Annually the Center Dinner brings together over 800 influencers & tastemakers in the LGBT community to raise funds for The Center's programs & services, with a special emphasis on supporting youth programs. The Center is dedicated to empowering LGBT youth to become healthy, successful adults through substance use treatment & prevention, leadership & employment opportunities and HIV/AIDS prevention & education.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

San Francisco Mardi Gras Event

If you’re in the Bay Area & you want to have an outrageous evening of decadence & fun experience the true spirit of Mardi Gras with San Francisco's Krewe de Kinque Mardi Gras Club. Their annual Bal Masque with the theme "14 Karat Gold," will be held at the spectacular Castro nightclub The Café (Market at Castro) on Saturday February 11th. Expect wild costumes, outrageous performances, regal Kings & Queens, & sexy shenanigans by the West Coast's authentic krewe! There will be a VIP Host Party with southern buffet, beads & color-changing ice cube light, that takes place from 4P to 5P with two Stoli complimentary drink tickets, silent auction & raffle preview for just $40 in advance & $50 at the door. Then from 5P to 8P Bal Masque XIV takes place hosted by KDK King XIII Sergio Fedasz & KDK Queen XIII China Silk, featuring DJ Prince Wolf, exciting silent auction & raffle prizes, a second line parade led by Celebrity Grand Marshal Juanita More with costumed tableaux show, the crowning of KDK King & Queen XIV & no host full bar service. Tickets are $20 in advance & $25 at the door. Thanks to their Spirits Sponsor there will be Stoli $5 drink specials during the Bal Masque. They’ll be raising funds for Homobiles a California 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to providing secure & reliable transit to the SF Bay Area LGBTQ community & its allies. Tax-deductible donations of sponsors, auction and raffle prizes, and VIP reception food donations are welcomed. Federal Tax ID # provided with all donation acknowledgements. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
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