Friday, May 27, 2016

Trans Bill Vote In Massachusetts

It has been confirmed that the Massachusetts House of Representatives has scheduled a vote on the Transgender Public Accommodations Bill (HB 4253) for next Wednesday June 1st. This legislation will protect transgender people in Massachusetts from discrimination in public places. After passing the Senate on May 12th a vote in the House means that after years of advocacy a final vote on transgender nondiscrimination protections in public accommodations is a mere days away. Jennifer Levi GLAD Transgender Rights Project Director stated, “I was in the room for the Senate vote & the presence of the supporters in attendance was felt deeply. It has taken all of your dedication to get us this far & will take a strong presence on Wednesday to show the House this is a piece of legislation the community deserves. I also encourage you to send a message to your Representative about this bill, even if you have before. They will want to hear from you before they cast their decisive vote. Join us in person next week to support the passage of this necessary bill at the Massachusetts State House.” Once & for all we need to pass this long overdue legislation. We talked to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey about the importance of passing this bill in this exclusive sound byte:
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

BAGLY Celebrates LGBTQ Youth

While 11 states were filing a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s directive for more inclusive bathrooms for transgender students we were attending Out for Youth: Back to Basics the premier event for the Boston Alliance for LGBTQ Youth (BAGLY) to highlight the contributions & efforts of LGBTQ youth leaders to the social justice movement. It was held in Boston at the New England Aquarium on Wednesday May 25th celebrating 36 years of queer youth movement. Grace Sterling Stowell, BAGLY Executive Director stated, "LGBTQ youth, especially youth of color & trans/non-binary youth, are often on the front lines of our movement as we struggle to end discrimination, violence & oppression in our communities. BAGLY's life saving youth leadership, health promotion & advocacy work has served over 30,000 young people throughout Massachusetts & beyond since 1980. Tonight we celebrate 36 years of queer youth movement!" It was an evening of fabulous food, fun, networking & activism with over 200 hundred attendees. All the proceeds raised went 100% to support BAGLY’s #BACKTOBASICS mission in creating a safe place for LGBT youth to be free to be themselves which includes equal access to public bathroom accommodations for trans & nonconforming youth. Queer & trans youth need a space to be themselves, have the same opportunities to grow & learn development skills to reach their potential like everyone else does. This is our next generation & they need our support in these crucial times.
For More Info: bagly.org
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Texas Anti LGBT Protest

Things are heating up in Texas. On Thursday May 26th lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & queer (LGBTQ) youth & allies will protest Texas Governor Greg Abbott for supporting anti LGBTQ legislation & spreading hateful rhetoric against the LGBTQ community. The Texas LGBT community will be protesting his disappointing ally ship with North Carolina’s governor & supporting the outrageous House Bill 2 (HB2) that targets transgender & gender nonconforming individuals from using public facilities. Aquí Estamos, a youth-led LGBTQ organization in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas will be leading the protest with Texas Freedom Network, South Texans for Reproductive Justice, Curando RGV, Valley AIDS Council, PFLAG Harlingen & Call To Action RGV will be present during the demonstration. Ruben Garza, leader of Texas Freedom Network in the Rio Grande Valley stated, “We will be protesting against Greg Abbott because has continuously worked to restrict & undermine the rights & liberties of Texans. He has become a vocal opponent of legislation & ordinances that protect the rights & liberties of the LGBTQ community & transgender people. Greg Abbott is a roadblock in the path to justice, liberty & progress. Texas deserves better leadership & he must go!” They will be gathering in front of R Communications where Abbott will be hosting an event. The protest will be followed by a short program to highlight LGBTQ lives lost because of the hate Greg Abbott is spreading.
For More Info: aquiestamosrgv.org
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Support This Important Gay Film

There’s a new crowd-funding campaign going on for “After Louie” the upcoming feature-length narrative film by lifelong activist & artist, Vincent Gagliostro who has been sited by New York Magazine as one of the six most influential players in the gay community during the 80s & 90s AIDS crisis. The film stars Alan Cumming & explores the contradictions of modern gay life & history through his role as a man desperate to understand how he & his community got to where they are today. Co-written by NYC writer & actor Anthony Johnston the project is currently immersed in a crowd-funding campaign with Kickstarter through June 2nd where it offers rewards including script consultations, film premiere tickets, artwork by Alan Cumming & more. Michael Cunningham Pulitzer Prize-Winning author stated, “Vincent Gagliostro is not only enormously gifted, he’s also been a radical, fearless and compassionate voice for decades, speaking for countless people whose stories would otherwise go undared.” The cast also includes Zachary Booth, Wilson Cruz, Anthony Johnston, Justin Vivian Bond & Joey Arias. Filmmaker Vincent Gagliostro concluded, "My film 'After Louie' is a portrait of what happened to us, the generation who endured the AIDS epidemic, a generation whose shared history continues to haunt us. In confronting the end of a traumatic era & provoking a conversation between generations, I dare us to dream of a new & vibrant future, again. 'After Louie' will be a testament to the joys of the fully lived life & the inseparability of art & living."
For Support & Info: kickstarter.com
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Gay Vanity Wedding Show

In San Francisco on Sunday June 5th from 11A to 4P at The Bently Reserve at 301 Battery Street the most prominent wedding professionals in the business are coming together for a gay & lesbian wedding extravaganza. Style & panache are important especially on the biggest day of your life. This Gay Vanity Wedding Show will showcase a complete selection of products & services to complement a variety of tastes. Touch the gowns, taste the wedding cakes, smell the flowers & taste creative food & drinks. There will be a San Francisco-style wedding fashion show & live music with DJ presentations. There will also be food tastings & the latest makeup techniques as well as stunning floral arrangements. You’ll have access to browse aisles of vendors & take it all in as well as the chance to score some amazing prizes. However everyone leaves a winner because you'll come away full of ideas for a wedding that truly represents the unique personality of you & your spouse-to-be. In addition to all the fabulous giveaways, beverages at the event will be provided with a complimentary first drink. Delicious hors’ d’oeuvres will be provided by 49 Square Catering & don’t miss the Gallery Room, where a collection of designers will show us their best inspirational table displays.
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Miss Trans Israel Pageant

The Miss Trans Israel pageant will be held on Friday May 27th in Tel Aviv marking the beginning of their Pride Events 2016. The groundbreaking event will take place at the Habima National Theater. The winner will be the Israeli representative at the Miss Trans Star International pageant in Barcelona, Spain in September. The contenders create a true Israeli mosaic with different backgrounds, communities & faiths. They are an example of courage & tolerance, highlighting the theme of this year's Tel Aviv Pride events: "Women for a Change". Among the 12 contenders are Carolin Khoury, a 24-year-old Israeli-Arab from Tel Aviv who wishes to show younger generations, especially in the Arab community, that transgenders can lead a normal life, Eileen Ben-Zaken, born in Jerusalem to a Jewish-Orthodox family is a hip-hop loving candy maker & Ta'alin Abu Hanna is a Christian-Arab ballet dancer originally from Nazareth. The Tel Aviv Pride Parade will open the pride season in Europe for 2016 on June 3rd with 180,000 participants expected to participate in the largest Pride Parade in the Middle East, marching along the Mediterranean Sea. Tel Aviv was named by the Boston Globe "the gayest city on earth" & ranked by CNN as "one of the world's top gay honeymoon spots". The focus of the Tel Aviv Pride events this year is LGBT Women in the Community.
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Saturday, May 21, 2016

LGBTQ Out For Youth Event

Boston Alliance for LGBTQ Youth (BAGLY) Out for Youth: Back to Basics is the premier event in Massachusetts to highlight the contributions & efforts of LGBTQ youth leaders to the social justice movement. It takes place in Boston at the New England Aquarium on Wednesday May 25th from 6P to 9P celebrating 36 years of queer youth movement. Grace Sterling Stowell, BAGLY Executive Director stated, "LGBTQ youth, especially youth of color & trans/non-binary youth, are often on the front lines of our movement as we struggle to end discrimination, violence & oppression in our communities. BAGLY's life saving youth leadership, health promotion & advocacy work has served over 30,000 young people throughout Massachusetts & beyond since 1980 & this event is critically important in helping to ensure that BAGLY's work continues in the challenging years ahead. Come join us at BAGLY's Out for Youth: Back to Basics on May 25th at the New England Aquarium & help us celebrate 36 years of queer youth movement!" It will be night of music, food, fun, networking & activism. They’re taking over the New England Aquarium for this fabulous event with a bar, food music & entertainment. As always there will be amazing speakers, DELICIOUS food, cash bar & other surprises as the evening continues. Tickets are just $100 which is a 100% donation to the Boston Alliance for LGBTQ Youth.
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