Saturday, April 21, 2018

GLAAD Media Awards New York

GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization has announced that filmmaker, director & screenwriter Ava DuVernay will be honored at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in NYC at the New York Hilton Midtown on Saturday May 5th. GLAAD previously announced that Samira Wiley will receive the Vito Russo Award for her LGBTQ advocacy. DuVernay will receive GLAAD's Excellence in Media Award which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people. Previous Excellence in Media Award honorees include Robert De Niro, Kelly Ripa, Patti LaBelle, Debra Messing, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Billy Crystal, Vanessa Redgrave & Diane Sawyer. Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO stated, “Ava DuVernay is a tireless & outspoken advocate for inclusion in Hollywood for all marginalized groups – not to mention a personal hero of mine. She is truly changing the entertainment industry for the better & we could not be more pleased to be honoring her.” Ava DuVernay is an Academy Award nominated, Emmy-winning & critically-acclaimed filmmaker & powerhouse whose efforts are moving the needle for inclusion in Hollywood. Through her commitment to inclusion, DuVernay has supported the careers of LGBTQ talent in front of & behind the camera, including on her hit OWN drama Queen Sugar, where she created a storyline featuring a trans character portrayed by a trans actor & has worked to include LGBTQ directors from day one.
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Win Against Conversion Therapy

The New Hampshire State Senate has passed HB 587 which is legislation protecting LGBTQ youth in the state from the dangerous & debunked practice of so-called “conversion therapy.” This was a joint effort between HRC, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Hampshire, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) & GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) to help pass this measure. The bill now moves to conference committee before it can advance to Governor Chris Sununu’s desk for his signature. Xavier Persad HRC Legislative Counsel stated, “No child should be put through the dangerous & inhumane practice of conversion therapy. This abusive practice has no basis in science & is uniformly rejected by every major mental health organization in the country. It is time for New Hampshire to join the growing number of states enacting laws to protect LGBTQ youth from so-called conversion therapy. We urge state legislators to quickly send the bill to Governor Sununu’s desk.” New Hampshire will join Connecticut, California, Nevada, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island & Washington who all have laws or regulations protecting youth from this abusive practice. Conversion Therapy is condemned by every major medical & mental health organization, including the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association & American Medical Association. According to a recent report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, an estimated 20,000 LGBTQ minors in states without protections will be subjected to conversion therapy by a licensed healthcare professional if state officials fail to act.
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

National LGBTQ Give OUT Day

Give OUT Day is the only national day of giving for our LGBTQ community & takes place on Thursday, April 19th from Midnight to 11:59P EST. This 24-hour online fundraising event unites the LGBTQ community from all 50 States, Puerto Rico & D.C. to raise critically needed funds. Throughout the day-long event thousands of people will make gifts to support a vast array of LGBTQ nonprofits across the country, ranging from the arts to social services agencies, advocacy groups to sports leagues, community centers to health care nonprofits. Since its inception in 2013, over 33,000 individual donors have contributed more than $4 million & supported more than 600 different organizations in every part of the country. Give OUT Day has become an important tool in helping raise awareness & funds for local LGBTQ nonprofits. In 2017 it successfully raised more than $750,000 from more than 10,000 individual donors. Nikole Pagan of Give OUT Day stated, “I’ve been moved by the stories of so many of our participating organizations that have used the day to further their own mission & to connect with new donors. There is no part of the country where LGBTQ lives have not been changed for the better by the incredible work the Give OUT Day participating organizations are doing each day. Nonprofits are the backbone of LGBTQ America & at a time where our rights are once again under assault, these organizations are using Give OUT Day as a vehicle to resist & to rebuild.” Give OUT Day is a project of Horizons Foundation. Founded as a community foundation of, by & for LGBTQ people, Horizons has been supporting LGBTQ nonprofit organizations, leaders & donors for more than 38 years.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Global LGBTQ Equality Guide

OutRight Action International has published a new guide entitled “International Best Practice Guide to Equality on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity” that was commissioned & funded by United Kingdom’s Government Equalities Office & published during the Commonwealth Summit that takes place this week in London. Amber Rudd, UK Minister for Women & Equalities stated, “This Government is committed to improving LGBT equality around the world & commissioned this guide to drive positive action & enable countries to learn from each other. The publication shows there is no one way to achieve equality & highlights the steps taken by countries in all corners of the globe to protect & support LGBT people.” The guide provides an overview of why & how some countries have addressed discrimination, harassment & physical & psychological violence against people on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression & sex characteristics. It presents case studies from Belize, Botswana, Fiji, Jamaica, Malta & Pakistan, countries that have introduced measures to be more inclusive. Dr. Felicity Daly, author of the guide & Global Research Coordinator at OutRight Action International concluded, “We took a pragmatic approach by focusing on countries which have taken steps to safeguard sexual & gender minorities from harm & introduced measures to ensure equality. The guide provides practical examples & resources that policy officials & civil society can use in pursuing equality for all. Countries around the world considering how to overcome inequality can use these examples to inform and inspire solutions relevant to their national contexts.” Download Guide…
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dining Out For Life 2018 (AUDIO)

It’s that time of year for Dining Out For Life the fabulous HIV/AIDS fundraising event that takes place on Thursday April 26th. More than 3,000 participating restaurants in nearly 60 cities across North America donate a generous percentage of that day’s proceeds to support service providers in their region to fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling & other essential HIV/AIDS services. An estimated $4 million will be raised in just one day of dining. Ted Allen, Dining Out For Life Spokesperson & host of “Chopped” stated, “I love working with Dining Out For Life because it’s just such a cool, very low overhead operation that raises more than $4 million for American HIV & AIDS service organizations in a single day. It also helps restaurants & chefs get new people coming in to try what they’re doing. It just seems like such a win-win-win for everybody.” Alan Bethke, Subaru of America Vice President of Marketing that hosts the event added, “We have been the host sponsor of Dining Out For Life for a decade; however, the struggle to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic continues on. Subaru is proud to be part of an event that spreads awareness for such a worthy cause & also encourages people to support those who need it most in their local communities.” Volunteer spokespeople also included include actor Pam Grier (Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown), designer Mondo Guerra, winner of Lifetime’s Project Runway All-Stars & Chef Daisy Martinez from Food Network’s Viva Daisy! A few years ago I talked to Ted Allen about Dining Out For Life in this exclusive audio byte:
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Mayor Dean Trantalis To Be Honored

Fort Lauderdale Mayor & LGBTQ Advocate Dean Trantalis will be the recipient of the first-ever Pride Center at Equality Park “Alan Schubert Award of Excellence ” during the fourth annual Diversity Honors presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida at 7P on April 27th. Robert Boo, CEO of The Pride Center at Equality Park stated, “Dean Trantalis’ recent elected victory in the City of Fort Lauderdale makes him the first openly gay mayor of one of the largest cities in the South. As a passionate public servant & outspoken leader of civil rights & equality for many years, we are delighted to celebrate him as our inaugural Pride Center award recipient.” The globally renowned gala that benefits the Harvey Milk Foundation & The Pride Center at Equality Park will also recognize Dolores Huerta, preeminent leader of the Latino, Labor & Women’s Civil Rights Movement, with the Harvey Milk Foundation Honors Medal plus honor Craig Stevens, WSVN-TV anchor, David Richardson, Florida State Representative serving District 113 & current primary candidate for Congress in Florida's 27th District & the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Gay-Straight Alliance for their local efforts in making a significant impact on improving the quality of life for our LGBTQ community. The important celebration serves as a kick-off to Harvey Milk Day events around the world & spotlights those who are transforming lives by living authentically & advancing inclusiveness. WSVN’s Lynn Martinez will emcee the event.
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Friday, April 13, 2018

GLAAD Honors Britney Spears

The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were presented in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, April 12th. Ricky Martin presented Britney Spears with the Vanguard Award for her support of our LGBTQ community & TV producer Ryan Murphy presented Jim Parsons with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award that is presented to an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance. GLADD Media Awards were present for Outstanding Drama Series to This Is Us (NBC) accepted by Denis O’Hare presented by Rachel Bloom & Ben Feldman, Outstanding Individual Episode in a series without a regular LGBTQ character "Thanksgiving" Master of None for Netflix accepted by Lena Waithe & presented by Halle Berry, Outstanding Kids & Family Programming winner was Andi Mack, Disney Channel. Outstanding Comedy Series went to Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) accepted by Chelsea Peretti, Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero & producer Dan Goor & presented by Chloe Grace-Moretz & Tom Payne. Then Outstanding Film – Limited Release went to A Fantastic Woman, Sony Pictures Classics, Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series went to the Cleve Jones mini series When We Rise (ABC), Outstanding Comic Book presented to Black Panther: World of Wakanda (Marvel Comics), Outstanding Daily Drama was The Bold & the Beautiful (CBS) & more. Wanda Sykes hosted the event & celebrities sported blue “&” pins for GLAAD’s Together movement representing GLAAD’s work on intersectional issues including immigration, racial justice, women’s rights & LGBTQ acceptance. The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York will take place on Saturday, May 5th at New York Hilton Midtown in NYC.
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