Friday, October 19, 2018

Red Sox Spirit Day 200K Pledge

The Boston Red Sox not only clinched the American League Championship last night, they also made a $200,000 pledge to support its neighborhood LGBTQ health center Fenway Health on “Spirit Day” the global LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign during National Bullying Prevention Month. The donation will benefit Fenway Health’s youth anti-bullying & anti-violence programs including its Violence Recovery Program & the Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center which provides safe non-judgmental care for young people ages 12 – 29. Sam Kennedy Red Sox President & CEO stated, “Spirit Day is meant to bring attention & awareness to bullying among LGBTQ youth & there is no better way to affect real change related to this kind of abuse – whether its verbal or physical – than by supporting the great work being done right in our own neighborhood at Fenway Health. We are lucky to have a facility in our community with the highest level of leadership & expertise in this area & are thankful to Mike & Christina Gordon for their partnership, generosity & thoughtfulness around this important topic Billy Bean Major League Baseball Vice President & Special Assistant to the Commissioner concluded, “I am so proud of the Boston Red Sox who are commemorating their support of Spirit Day by making an incredibly generous donation to Fenway Health. This gift will impact many people in need who receive life-saving treatment & care at this wonderful facility. It will also bring great visibility to this important day & support to LGBTQ youth who are disproportionately singled out as the target of bullying throughout the U.S.” All we can add is Go Red Sox!!
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Wear Purple For Spirit Day

Spirit Day on Thursday October 18th is when millions of people globally wear purple or go purple online in a unified stand against bullying to show support for our LGBTQ youth. Purple symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag. Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD CEO & President stated, “Spirit Day is a day of national importance that highlights the serious issue of bullying & its disproportionate impact on LGBTQ youth. It also sends powerful messages of support, letting LGBTQ & other marginalized youth know that they are not alone – something sorely needed in our culture today.” Coinciding with National Bullying Prevention Month Spirit Day began in 2010 a high school student Brittany McMillan created a tumblr post asking students to wear purple following the suicide deaths of several LGBTQ & LGBTQ-perceived young people. Since then Spirit Day participants have included the Obama White House, the Empire State Building, Oprah Winfrey, Britney Spears, Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Kerry Washington, Shaquille O'Neal, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, The Talk, The Tonight Show, the NBA, all Major League Baseball teams, NASCAR, WWE, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, tumblr, the Las Vegas Strip & many more. This year some of the celebrities celebrating Spirit Day include Britney Spears, Laverne Cox & Stephen Colbert with companies like Hilton, Target & Wells Fargo joining in & sports leagues like Major League Baseball (Go Red Sox) & NBA stars as well as your favorite TV shows on your favorite networks & thousands of friends, family & neighbors around the world are sending a message of love & support to LGBTQ youth. Unfortunately 85 percent of LGBTQ youth are still facing verbal harassment in schools everyday so let’s keep fighting to end bullying & wear purple for Spirit Day!
For More Info: glaad.org
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

George Zuber To Be Honored

OUTshine Film Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has announced that George Zuber will receive its prestigious Angel Award which is an annual award that's given to an individual that's shown unwavering support of both the film festival & our LGBTQ community. Zuber will receive his Angel Award at the 10th Anniversary Fort Lauderdale OUTshine Film Festival Opening Night on Thursday October 18th at 7P. Zuber is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Our Fund a South Florida community foundation, previously he served on national boards of directors including Lambda Legal, The Actors Fund, SAGE USA & Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP). George is a former member of the OUTshine Film Festival Board of Directors & has been instrumental in expanding our representation of Broward County Board members. He's also chaired the Screening Committee for OUTshine’s Fort Lauderdale edition for the past three years. Victor Gimenez, Executive Director of MiFo LGBT Film Festival stated, "We're incredibly grateful to have an advocate & supporter like George Zuber behind us. George has been instrumental in helping the OUTShine Film Festival further expand to Fort Lauderdale & the greater Broward area & his incredible production work has served as the foundation for OUTshine's new social justice series which works to spotlight social injustice & under-represented voices within the LGBTQ community." Zuber has produced four films including most recently "Where Justice Ends" which in pre-release launched OUTshine’s new social justice series. Fort Lauderdale’s OUTshine Film Festival runs from October 18th to 28th.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Boston Lesbian Annual Events

Two fabulous annual lesbian events are taking place on October 20th in Boston. The first is the Fenway Health’s 20th Annual Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Brunch that takes place at the NonProfit Center at 89 South Street in downtown Boston from 10A to 1P. This year’s theme is “20 Years of Community, Celebration & Growth” celebrating the rich history of this event which brings together women of color affected by cancer to celebrate their lives. The inaugural Judy Bradford Community Grant will be awarded to janhavi madabushi & Kamaria Weems Carrington for their project Cultivate: Queer Healing Lab at this year’s Brunch. Started in 1999, the Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Brunch is named in memory of Audre Lorde, a self-described “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.” Lorde dedicated both her life & her creative talent to confronting & addressing the injustices of racism, sexism & homophobia. Denise Bentley created the event for lesbian & bisexual black women affected by cancer in memory of her late wife Lorraine “Faye” Fayette Johnson. Then from 8P to12A is the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition 21st Annual Lesbians & Friends LGBTQ Dance Party For Prevention that takes place at the Brookline-Boston Holiday Inn located at 1200 Beacon Street in Brookline, MA. Hundreds of women will come together to celebrate & hope for a future free of breast cancer. Founded in 1992 by a few savvy lesbian women MBCC is the only breast cancer non-profit working closely with their research organization Silent Spring Institute to investigate preventable & environmental causes of the disease. This is a fundraiser & their goal is to raise at least $20,000.
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Kinsey Sicks At Jorgensen Center

America’s favorite drag queen quartet, The Kinsey Sicks are bringing their pitch perfect dragapella harmony & razor-sharp wit to the stage at UConn’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday October 30th for a presentation of their critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway smash “Things You Shouldn’t Say”. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the group is hailed by critics as “deliciously devious”, “hilarious” & “poignant”. The show is an over-the-top-drag musical revue filled with outlandish camp & biting political satire; an outrageous romp celebrating the history of a group of friends who came together over their mutual love for Bette Midler & ended up creating a world-wide phenomenon known as The Kinsey Sicks. Founding member Benjamin Schatz (Rachel), a Harvard-trained civil rights lawyer & former Director of the National Gay & Lesbian Medical Association also served as a presidential advisor on HIV issues. He created the first national AIDS legal project & authored Bill Clinton’s HIV policy during the 1992 presidential campaign. A couple of years after that fateful Bette Midler concert, Schatz decided to leave his career for “dragapella.” Of the career change, Ben stated, “Making people laugh is much more fun than suing them & no less effective in making them think.” Schatz is joined by Nathan Marken, Jeff Manabat & Spencer Brown, creating the characters of “Winnie,” “Trixie,” and “Trampolina,” respectively. Doors open at 7P & the performance begins at 7:30P. There will be a special post-performance Meet & Greet with the artists. Meet & Greet admission is $30 with attendance limited to 100.
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Lucky Cheng’s Anniversary Event

Lucky Cheng’s New York's original & longest running Drag Queen Cabaret is celebrating its 25th year with a star studded anniversary event on October 18th at Stage 48 at 605 West 48th Street from 7P to Midnight with proceeds benefiting the Tutu Project. All Lucky Cheng's performing alums are invited as special guests to celebrate alongside current performers, drag devotees & curious fans. The evening will be hosted by MC & Aerialist Extraordinaire Paulina Princess of Power & features performers such as Phaedra Phaded, Nedra Belle, Lailah Lancing, The Real Egypt, Professional Wrestler Rick Cataldo aka TheBoyDiva & more! Original cast member Tora Dress, who has been at Cheng's since year one is curating much of the evening. The legendary drag dinner show has so many claims to fame that it is hard to count them all. Lucky Cheng's launched the careers of notable actors Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), Miss Understood (To Wong Foo…, Project Runway) & Jamie Clayton (Sense8). Some of the most popular contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race which films it’s season finales at Stage 48 got their start or are still performing at Lucky Cheng's including Bob the Drag Queen, Thorgy Thor, Vivacious, Ongina, Yuhua Hamasaki, & more. A little known fact is that scenes from the first episode of Sex & the City were shot at Lucky Cheng's. Lucky Cheng’s was founded by legendary restaurateur Hayne Suthon who passed away from breast cancer in 2014. Suthon founded Cheng’s with MTV Producer & partner Robert Jason. Their daughter Josephine Jason, Lucky Cheng’s House DJ is one of the co-owners of Lucky Cheng’s & proceeds from this evening will go to support the Tutu Project, a non-profit that provides funding for expenses not covered by insurance for breast cancer patients. Tickets are $25.
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Friday, October 12, 2018

Matthew Shepard Final Rest

On October 12th 1998 Matthew Shepard a 21 year old openly gay student at the University of Wyoming was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime after being kidnapped, beaten, tortured & left to die tied to a fence in the middle of a prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. On October 26th Matthew will be interred at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. There will be a service Friday October 12th to celebrate & recall Shepard’s life & will be followed by a private interment in the Cathedral crypt. The service will be presided over by the Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal Bishop of Washington & the Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to be consecrated a bishop in the Episcopal Church. Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother stated, “We’ve given much thought to Matt’s final resting place & we found the Washington National Cathedral is an ideal choice, as Matt loved the Episcopal church & felt welcomed by his church in Wyoming. For the past 20 years, we have shared Matt’s story with the world. It’s reassuring to know he now will rest in a sacred spot where folks can come to reflect on creating a safer, kinder world.” Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral concluded, “Matthew Shepard’s death is an enduring tragedy affecting all people & should serve as an ongoing call to the nation to reject anti-LGBTQ bigotry & instead embrace each of our neighbors for who they are. In the years since Matthew’s death, the Shepard family has shown extraordinary courage & grace in keeping his spirit & memory alive & the Cathedral is honored & humbled to serve as his final resting place.”
For More Info: matthewshepard.org
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