Monday, September 1, 2014

Not So Gay Labor Day

Labor Day is always a bittersweet holiday for our LGBT community. While we've made so many advances in securing marriage equality for gay & lesbian couples 40 years of advocacy has failed to secure federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBT workers. Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President for External Affairs at the Center for American Progress stated, “Even if gay & lesbian couples could marry in all 50 states tomorrow, it would still be perfectly legal to fire someone for being gay under federal law & in a majority of states. In other words, workers would be able to marry the person they love, but if they put that wedding picture on their desk, they might lose their job. While we are seeing recent victories on the marriage equality front, we must do more to address the real & serious problem of employment discrimination against LGBT workers.” When President Obama signed an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity we hoped we were one step closer to passing ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act), which would provide our LGBT community federal workplace protections. Then with the Supreme Court’s obscene Hobby Lobby decision in July it has become clear that the current version of ENDA, which allows religious organizations to discriminate based on sexual orientation & gender identity must not pass. Let’s get religious exemptions removed from ENDA & secure federal workplace protections for our LGBT community. We need to give LGBT workers a fair shot to get ahead in life by making sure employers cannot fire, harass, deny a raise, or refuse to hire someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Oakland LGBT Pride Events

In California Oakland Pride is gearing up for its 5th Year Anniversary Celebration Sunday August 31st. To celebrate the 5th Anniversary Oakland Pride has added its first ever Pride Parade starting at 10:30A on Broadway between 14th & Thomas L. Berkeley (20th street). This year’s festival will be held from 11A to 7P in Oakland’s famous Uptown District, on Franklin Street between 17th & 23rd Street. Oakland Pride is one of the most diverse pride celebrations in the country & is regarded as the most family friendly pride. It’s also the second largest Pride event in Northern California. The theme Oakland Pride 2014 is “Pride is Oakland, Oakland is Pride”, which celebrates the profound pride that Oakland has & its tireless support for the LGBT community in the Bay & across the nation. Oakland Pride Parade Grand Marshals are Sheila E., Joe Hawkins & Youth Grand Marshal is Lirio Zepeda. Oakland is one of the most diverse Cities in the County according to the 2010 Census & is reported as having the highest concentration of LGBTQ families with children in the previous two years. Oakland’s Pride Celebration is unlike any other in the country with a sizable abundance of children, families & elders in attendance. This year’s family focused programming embraces a diverse community that has resulted in the most positive celebration Oakland Pride has ever seen. HAPPY PRIDE OAKLAND!!
For More Info: oaklandpride.org
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Gay Grape Stomp Event

Viszlay Vineyards a family owned boutique winery located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County in California is having their first annual Gay Grape Stomp Competition on Saturday August 30th from 5P to 8P. They’re encouraging you to arrive in your favorite wine costume. Perhaps like Lucy Ricardo did in her famous episode. Enjoy great wine & live music with classic grill fare. Viszlay Vineyards wines will be available throughout the evening to pair with your favorite costume, whether its a banana or Ethel's best friend, or anything in between. All are welcome. There will be prizes for the best costumes! The grape stomping begins at 6:30. Special guest Lucy will MC, so you're sure to have a ball! John Viszlay stated, “As a family owned, LGBT-friendly, boutique winery located in the Russian River Valley, we specialize in making small lot, estate wines from our 10 acre vineyard. Our winery is nestled amongst the 12 varietals we grow, including the only Prosecco grapes in Sonoma County. We practice sustainable farming methods & embrace the traditional wine making styles that produce soft, elegant & balanced wines. The art & science of wine making come together through our passion, which we hope you’ll enjoy in each bottle.” This is a perfect way to kick-off your holiday weekend. Tickets are $20 online & $35 at the door.
For More Info & Tix: viszlayvineyards.com
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Gay Marriage Returns to SCOTUS

Fierce marriage equality advocate Ted Olson has filed once again to the US Supreme Court to review yet another gay marriage case Bostic v. Schaefer, the Virginia marriage equality case sponsored by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER). Last week the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay in this case preventing gay & lesbian couples in that state from marrying. Ted Olson stated, “The Supreme Court must take up the Bostic case, answer once & for all the surpassingly important constitutional question of marriage equality & rule decisively in favor of the fundamental right to marry for every gay & lesbian couple.” Adam Umhoefer, Executive Director of American Foundation for Equal Rights added, “This case is about justice & about redeeming the constitutional guarantee of equality for countless gay& lesbian couples that has been denied for far too long. Since AFER’s founding, we have looked toward a day when all Americans, gay or straight, can marry the person they love. We have successfully argued in favor of marriage equality once before at the Supreme Court & restored the freedom to marry in California. We are prepared to argue the case for freedom & equality for all couples across the nation & the Supreme Court must rule in favor of the fundamental right to marry for all Americans.” Should the Supreme Court agree to hear the AFER case, the stay issued August 20, 2014 will remain in place until the case has been fully briefed, argued & decided by the high court. So in other words, here we go again…
For More Info: afer.org
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Maura Healey New TV Campaign

Massachusetts Attorney General candidate Maura Healey has unveiled her first TV campaign ad. The ad highlights Maura as the only candidate with real experience for the job & furthers the campaign’s narrative of the choice between the people’s advocate & just another Beacon Hill politician. The ad will be running statewide on both Boston & Springfield TV stations & the campaign will have ads on the air through primary Election Day in two weeks on September 9th. Healey stated, “This campaign comes down to a clear choice & I’m thrilled we’re able to highlight that with our first ad. The Attorney General is the people’s lawyer, not just another Beacon Hill politician & this ad shows that choice through the touch fights we were able to take on in the Attorney General’s office & in what I’ll do as Attorney General.” The 30-second spot starts with the announcer stating, “When you’re a 5’4 pro basketball player, you learn to take on the big guys. But for Maura Healey, the toughest fights were protecting consumers. When big banks took advantage of homeowners, Maura sued them. When women’s health care was threatened, Maura protected our rights.” Then Maura adds, “The big guys have plenty of lawyers, the Attorney General’s job is to fight for the rest of us.” Then the announcer concludes, “The only Democrat with experience in the courtroom, as a prosecutor & as a civil rights attorney. Maura Healey, for Attorney General.” This is an historic campaign with Healey being the first openly gay candidate for Massachusetts AG. Join Maura for a fabulous fundraiser in Provincetown on Friday August 29th from 5:30P to 7:30P at Sage Lounge. See You There!
 
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Maura Healey Provincetown Event

Maura Healey Candidate for Massachusetts Attorney General is having a fabulous fundraiser in Provincetown on Friday August 29th from 5:30P to 7:30P at Sage Lounge. Our favorite comedian Kate Clinton will be there to introduce Healey & entertain. Kick off Labor Day Weekend in style with small plate samplings from some of the most celebrated epicurean masters on the East Coast including Top Chef Tiffani Faison, Iron Chef Mary Dumont & Sage’s Head Chef Lucio Garnica. Maura Healey stated, "I'm excited to be coming back to Provincetown's Sage Lounge with just ten days to go until the September 9th Primary. Provincetown's values are my values & they have driven this campaign from the beginning. The Attorney General is the people's lawyer, not another Beacon Hill politician. I bring my experience as a leader for equal rights & opportunities to this campaign. With your support now & on September 9th, we will win this campaign & continue to champion equality & justice for all Massachusetts residents." Big Laughs & Small Plates for Maura Healey August 29 Host Committee Includes: Joanne Cancro, Charlene Allen, Ann Maguire, Urvashi Vaid, Kate Clinton, Ellen Griggs, Neal Minahan, Charles Shaw, Marjorie Levin, Lyn Ketterer, Randall Floyd, Anne Rogers, Jack Hornor, Ron Skinn, Lynette Molnar, Steve Katsurinis, Brandon Quesnell, Donald Vaughan, Alix Richie, David Wilson, Rob Compton, Lee Ridgway, Joe DeMartino, John Goode, Timothy Famulare, Adam Feinberg, Ginny Corsi & Judy Shaw. Sage Lounge is located at 336 Commercial Street in Provincetown MA. Listen to Maura Talk about her campaign & the August 29th event:
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD (AUDIO)

We caught up with Sarah Kate Ellis the CEO & President of GLAAD at the GLAAD Media Awards in NYC last May. Though we have had great relationship with all the GLAAD leaders since we launched our LGBT New Network in 2007 Ellis brings something special to the table. Sarah Kate Ellis stated, “During my first eight months at GLAAD we worked tirelessly to end discrimination in iconic American institutions like NYC's St. Patrick’s Day Parade; to shape the narrative around the violence facing LGBT people in Russia & Uganda; to share stories like those of Texas dads Jason & Joe; to provoke dialogue around athletes who are changing the game, like Michael Sam & to expand gender options on social media sites like Facebook. We are winning legal & legislative battles across the nation faster than we are winning hearts & minds; this cultural gap is where GLAAD is focusing our work.” GLAAD has also kicked off some new programs to move our LGBT community forward. The programs include their Southern Stories campaign, Global Voices, Helping Engage Youth (HEY), Trans Issues, Sports Work & Spanish Language & Latino Media. Listen to Sarah Kate Ellis talk about these programs & more on the Red Carpet at the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards in NYC: 
For More Info: glaad.org
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