Friday, April 18, 2014

White House Easter Egg Roll


Melanie & Vanessa Alenier who are one of the plaintiff couples in the lawsuit for marriage equality in Florida will be attending the Annual White House Easter Egg Roll with their son along with other LGBT families. The event is hosted by the Obama’s & is being held on Monday April 21st. The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling & the traditional Easter egg rolling. In support of the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative all of the day’s activities will encourage children to lead healthy & active lives. In January the Aleniers were one of six couples that joined Equality Florida Institute in filing a lawsuit aimed at allowing gay & lesbian couples to marry in Florida. At the press conference, Vanessa Alenier explained why the couple agreed to be plaintiffs stating, “Melanie & I have worked so hard to build & protect our family, but nothing can come close to matching the protections that marriage provides. Our family is in need of those protections just like other families. We want our son to understand that his family is secure & just as respected as any other family in our community here in Florida.” Nadine Smith, Executive Director of Equality Florida added, "We are proud of the Aleniers & their willingness to speak up for all of our families. We look forward to our day in court, confident that the law will rule on the side of equality and fairness. The majority of Floridians now stand with us. It is time for all families in our state to have full equality under the law.” You can follow the Easter Egg Roll on Twitter with #EasterEggRoll & watch the event live Monday on WhiteHouse.gov/live. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Boston LGBT Poetry Slam


There’s a night of spoken word LGBT poetry & open mic performance tonight April 17th at Club Café in Boston. Among those performing will be Sarah Pearlman reading from her book “The Lesbian Erotic: Bad Girl Persona & Other Poems” which is both a poetic memoir & travelogue, that is delightfully erotic & a humorous poetry collection that captures the sensuous detail the passion & exuberance of sex between women, the endurance of desire & the stunningly luminous landscape of Greece—suggestive of the beauty of a woman’s body. Pearlman stated, “I first began to write poetry during the summer of 1995. I had traveled to Chalki, a tiny island off the coast of Rhodes, to participate in a women’s travel group, assuming that there would be other gay women. However, it didn’t take long to discover that I was it—the only lesbian. It was bad enough being the one lesbian, but it became harder once the focus of the group turned to writing & performing erotic poetry. Feeling increasingly invisible by descriptions of heterosexual intercourse, an idea of a poem, Bad Girl Persona began to emerge— a poem about hot lesbian seduction & sex. No question that I wanted to proclaim the sex in sexual identity, to flaunt sex between women. No question I wanted to shock.” Club Café Boston is located at 209 Columbus Avenue in Boston MA. Refreshments will be at 6P & the show will begin at 6:30P The event is sponsored by Fenway Health.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ellen DeGeneres Tops LGBT List


OUT Magazine announced its 8th Annual Power 50 list ranking of the most influential LGBT voices in American culture. Ellen DeGeneres who was number 2 last year returned to the top spot on the list. The list examines those who have power, how they wield it & how it influences our culture. OUT’s Power 50 contains a diverse mix of businesspeople, entertainers, politicians & activists. Tim Cook, Rachel Maddow & Senator Tammy Baldwin are in the top 5. Newcomers Michael Sam & Robin Roberts who becomes the first woman of color in the top 10, are in the top ten with Jennifer Pritzker, the granddaughter to the founder of the Hyatt hotel chain, becomes the first transgender person on the list. With DeGeneres’ talk show shattering its own 10-year ratings record in March, DeGeneres went on to host the highest-rated Academy Awards telecast in a decade & almost shut down Twitter with her star-studded Oscar selfie. Other first-timers in the top 10 include football player Michael Sam and TV host Robin Roberts, who becomes the first woman of color in the top 10. Other notable Power 50 rookies include news anchor Don Lemon (No. 27), actress Ellen Page (No. 29), basketball player Brittney Griner (No. 31) People & Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle (No. 33) & lawyer Roberta Kaplan (No. 47).
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Boston LGBT Networking Event


Boston Spirit Magazine’s 7th Annual LGBT Executive Networking Night takes place this Thursday April 17th at the Marriott Boston Copley Place Ballroom from 6-9P. There will be over 50 exhibitors participating. Last year's event was attended by more than 1,500 local LGBT corporate professionals making it the largest LGBT business event in New England. This unprecedented evening of networking & business conversation promises to be a special night & one you do not want to miss. Comedian Paula Poundstone will be the keynote speaker. New & improved for this year’s event is an educational & informational panel addressing: Best Practices for Started & Operating an LGBT Employee Resource Group, Corporate Training Tips for LGBT & Diversity Issues & Financial Tips for a Post DOMA World. Many of the attending exhibitors are hiring so if you are in the market for a new career be sure to bring resumes & cards. Boston Spirit Magazine’s 7th Annual LGBT Executive Networking Night is sponsored by Eastern Bank, Fidelity Investments, Mintz Levin, John Hancock, TD Bank, National Grid, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Liberty Mutual, & Partners Healthcare. There is a $10 admission fee & you must RSVP. To RSVP..... See You There!! Listen to our exclusive audio interview with Paula Poundstone last summer:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

GLAAD Media Awards LA


The first leg of the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were presented Saturday April 12th honoring Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox, Norman Lear & the best in film & television at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong'o, Ellen Page, Rita Moreno, Naomi Campbell, Johnny Galecki, & Chaz Bono were among the special celebrity guests. The legendary Rita Moreno presented Jennifer Lopez with GLAAD's Vanguard Award which is presented to media professionals who have increased the visibility & understanding of the LGBT community. In her acceptance speech Lopez stated, "I really want to thank GLAAD for the all of the important, daring, powerful work that you do - not only in mainstream media but in Spanish-language media too. Yes, you all need to know that GLAAD is spreading the message of love & acceptance, in English & en español. Si, el amor es el amor. The world is changing & that's because love is stronger than hate, as we've heard many times tonight. There's never been a truer statement made. Love is love & that's what I tell my children every day. It's what we have to make everyone understand, so our world can be a better, safer, more diverse, more inclusive & more loving place & we are on our way." Openly gay actress Ellen Page presented Laverne Cox with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. In accepting the award Cox stated, "Thank you so much GLAAD for this amazing honor, I'm so happy to accept the Stephen F. Kolzak Award this evening. I'm still not used to getting awards. I'm an African American, transgender woman from a working class background raised by a single mother. We are not programmed to think we should receive these kinds of awards – but I like to think that things are changing." We will be covering the second leg of the GLAAD Media Awards on the Red Carpet in NYC on May 3rd.
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Virginia Gay Marriage Appeal


In the legal challenge to Virginia’s ban on marriage for gay & lesbian couples the Plaintiffs & Appellees in Bostic v. Schaefer filed their appellate brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Friday. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring also filed a brief on behalf of Defendant-Appellant Rainey. Read Brief… The American Foundation for Equal Rights is the sole sponsor of Bostic v. Schaefer. The Plaintiffs-Appellees are represented by the bi-partisan legal duo of Ted Olson & David Boies. Adam Umhoefer, Executive Director of AFER stated, “We look forward to presenting our case before the Fourth Circuit in May & representing thousands of gay & lesbian Virginians & their families. In the last five months, every federal judge to rule on the question of marriage for gay & lesbian Americans has decided in favor of equality, & we are confident the momentum will continue through this appeal at the Fourth Circuit.” The gay military organizations OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) & the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) filed a friend of the court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case of Bostic v. Schaefer, decided by a federal district court in Virginia, arguing that the uneven patchwork of states providing marriage equality harms military families, undermines national security, complicates the payment of earned veterans benefits & harms veterans. Updates to Come…:)  
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Utah Gay Marriage Appeal


The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit heard oral argument in the Utah freedom to marry case, Kitchen v. Herbert, in Denver today. This was the first federal appellate court hearing in a freedom to marry case since the United States Supreme Court ruled in June 2013 that the federal government must recognize the marriages of gay & lesbian couples. The case was brought by Utah couples Derek Kitchen & Moudi Sbeity, Laurie Wood & Kody Partridge, & Karen Archer & Kate Call. On December 20th, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled that Utah’s laws denying gay & lesbian couples the freedom to marry violate the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection & due process of law. More than 1,000 gay & lesbian couples married in Utah in the days following the ruling. Utah appealed the ruling to the Tenth Circuit. The couples are represented by the Salt Lake City law firm of Magleby & Greenwood, P.C. & by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). Peggy Tomsic of Magleby & Greenwood presented oral argument on behalf of the plaintiff couples today. Tomsic stated, “We are grateful that the Tenth Circuit has moved quickly in handling this appeal, which affects thousands of families in Utah who seek equal dignity & full legal recognition of their families. We are confident that the judges will give this important case the consideration it deserves & we look forward to the court’s decision.” NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell stated: “As a Utah native, today was a proud moment as Utah residents poignantly brought their families’ stories to a federal appeals court & made a basic request for equal treatment under our nation’s Constitution. We are optimistic the court will agree that excluding gay & lesbian couples from the right to marry causes harm & allowing couples to marry strengthens families & hurts no one.” Updates to Come...:)
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