Monday, May 25, 2015

LGBT Military Memorial Day

A few Memorial Day thoughts from Matt Thorn, Interim Executive Director of the LGBT military organization OutServe-SLDN, “Today many will attend parades, BBQs & enjoy the day off but Memorial Day is more than a federal holiday. It is a day for us to pay the deepest respects for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to this country. From the American Revolution to Iraq & Afghanistan wars the United States Armed Services have defended, protected & served our country with pride, diligence and strength. On behalf of OutServe-SLDN, we thank those who have fallen for their sacrifice, we grieve with their families & we memorialize their service & lives. In addition to honoring those who have fallen I would like us to take a moment to honor all of our armed service-members who were discharged under DADT. You also served & protected our country & paid a sacrifice for being who you are and loving who you love. This day is about remembering who we have lost and in a way we lost you. Because of DADT, we lost your service to this country, we lost the dedication you brought to the uniform, we lost your depth of knowledge because of a law and policy that never should have been. The noise, anger & push you all made under DADT led to its repeal and has laid the path for those to openly serve today. There are no words or amount of time that will give solace for all that you have given up & lost but we deeply and unequivocally thank you for all that you have done for this country. I hope that you all take today to keep our armed service-members in your thoughts as you enjoy the parades, BBQs & the day off.”
For Mor Info: outserve-sldn.org
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Gay Marriage Sweeps Ireland

Both sides in Ireland's marriage equality debate have acknowledged that the "yes" vote has succeeded making the country the first in the world to approve gay marriage in a national referendum. Leo Varadkar, Ireland's openly gay health minister stated, "We're the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution & do so by popular mandate. That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world of liberty & equality. It's a very proud day to be Irish. It’s a really great day for Ireland... Ireland is shining. If you think about it really is historic... it’s something really special." Hopefully this will be a big wake-up call for the US Supreme Court to finally stop the nonsense & grant marriage equality throughout the land. In Ireland the first gay & lesbian marriages could take place as soon as 6 weeks. Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD President & CEO stated, "This is a joyous day for Ireland & for LGBT people and our allies everywhere. With this historic vote, Ireland becomes a leader in the global effort for LGBT equality. We are thankful for the leadership of the Irish people, and we hope that many countries, including the United States, follow suit by extending marriage to all their citizens." This victory goes deep since Ireland has been know as such a religious Catholic country but that has waned quite a bit since sex scandals hit the Catholic Church. What was so impressive about this victory was how among those who voted were thousands of emigrants who returned by aircraft or ferry to take part in the world's first direct national vote on gay marriage. Many even shared their journeys on social under the #HomeToVote hashtag. So with the US Supreme Court decision coming down next month this is a fabulous victory for marriage equality. Congrats Ireland!! :)
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Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend Ptown

Memorial Day Weekend kicks off Summer 2015 for our LGBT community. This is the weekend that thousands of lesbian women from all over the globe migrate to Provincetown, Massachusetts for MemDay sponsored by Beth McGurr & LesbianNightLife. This year there will be a special treat with comedian actress Rosie O'Donnell performing for one show only on Sunday, May 24th at 9P featuring opening guest indie rocker Melissa Ferrick at Town Hall. There will also be plenty of other shows, shopping, cruising, dancing, boating, beaching, biking, barbecues & parties. The MemDay party begins with CRAVE Friday at the Paramount featuring paintable go-go girls, hot dancers, drink specials & a packed dance floor. Wear white if you want to get painted otherwise wear black. The party features DJ LaNena. On Saturday set sail aboard Provincetown's Annual Freedom Women's Boat Cruise with breathtaking views of the beautiful Cape Cod coastline while sipping delicious beverages. Enjoy an afternoon with djs, dancing & special celebrity guests featuring msladyj. On Sunday bust out the bikinis & board shorts for the 4th Annual Rehab Women's Pool Party at the Crown. Relax, revive, refresh & party as hard as you possibly can with special guest DJ JamilaAfrika. Sunday night the signature weekend closing party this year goes Above & Beyond! Mardi Gras/Carnival meets the future, but the future is now with DJ Dena.
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Designing Women 2015 Awards

New York Women In Film & Television (NYWIFT) presents their annual Designing Women Honoring Costume, Makeup & Hair Designers on Thursday May 28th at Scholastic 557 Broadway in NYC from 7P to 9:30P. Designing Women includes the presentation of an award to a costume designer, a makeup artist & a hair stylist as well as the presentation of the Variety Ensemble Award to the entire costume, hair & makeup design team from a television series or a movie. This year they're honoring costume designer Ann Roth (MAMA MIA!, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, WORKING GIRL), hair stylist Francesca Paris (BOARDWALK EMPIRE, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, TWO WEEKS NOTICE) & makeup artist Beverly Jo Pryor (EMPIRE, SELMA, LEE DANIEL'S THE BUTLER). The Variety Ensemble Award will be presented to the costume, makeup & hair design team of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. The event features presentations by Gretchen Mol (BOARDWALK EMPIRE), Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Adubaand & more. Lea DeLaria (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) will emcee. Terry Lawler NYWIF President stated, “Join us for the 2015 Designing Women Awards, celebrating the creative alchemy of design, character and story! We have a great lineup this year! It's not to be missed!” The award presentations are accompanied by video interviews of the honorees & clips illustrating their work. A reception follows the awards ceremony with costumes, sketches, posters & stills illustrating the work of the honorees on display.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Night Of A Thousand Judys Event

The fifth annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys” takes place on on Monday June 1st at the Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center in NYC. This Pride concert will benefit The Ali Forney Center the nation’s largest & most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth. “Night Of A Thousand Judys” will honor the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes & songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist & stage performer. The show is written & hosted by Justin Sayre & directed by Peter James Cook. Justin Sayre stated, “Just like Judy we always come back. Every year, the love we have for this show & the tremendous work of The Ali Forney Center only gets deeper & deeper. It’s the privilege of my whole year to work with our Judy’s Family which every year gets bigger and bigger. For 2015, expect a lot of great music brought to you by some of the most exciting performers in New York & the world, all paying homage to the great lady herself, but also giving their time & talents to the brave young people at AFC. There’s No Place Like Home & we want that to be true for everyone. We work with the AFC to make that a reality.” Headlining the event include; Melissa Errico, Liz Callaway, Michael McElroy, Lauren Worsham, Rachel York, Randy Graff, Kim David Smith, Danielle Grabianowski, The Skivvies, Cyrille Aimee, Adam Kantor, Julie Hill, Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson.
For Info & Tix: kaufmanmusiccenter.org
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Experiments & Disorders In NYC

Experiments & Disorders is Dixon Place's long running literary series curated by Christen Clifford & Tom Cole in NYC. On Tuesday May 19th it will feature Jay Critchley & Jennifer Tamayo at Dixon Place on 161A Chrystie Street at 7:30P. Come out for an evening of bite-sized servings of some of their best talents for a one-hour amazing reading. Jay Critchley is a multi-media visual & performance artist based in Provincetown, Massachusetts whose work & activism have traversed the globe, showing in Argentina, Japan, England, Holland, Germany, Columbia, France & Spain. He was recently featured on LOGO TV & BBC/UK. As an AIDS activist Jay founded the Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla in 1987 that has raised over a million dollars to fight HIV/AIDS. Critchley first solo museum show, "Jay Critchley, Incorporated" will be held at Provincetown Art Association & Museum May 1st to June 21st. Jennifer Tamayo born in Colombian is a transnational artist & activist based in New York City. JT is the author of the collection of poems & artwork, Red Missed Aches Read Missed Aches Red Mistakes Read Mistakes (Switchback, 2011 Selected by Cathy Park Hong) & the limited edition chapbook POEMS ARE THE ONLY REAL BODIES. Her second full collection, YOU DA ONE, was published in the fall of 2014. Since 2010 JT has served as the Managing Editor for Futurepoem an independent NYC press publishing contemporary poetry & prose. The event is free.
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Gay Marriage Celebrates 11 Years

Today May 17, 2015 we celebrate a momentous event in Massachusetts’ long & proud history. Eleven years ago gay & lesbian couples were allowed to marry for the first time in Massachusetts & in the United States. I shot this historic film in 2004 covering the protests both pro & con on the steps of the State House to Cambridge City Hall at the stroke of midnight documenting the first couples in the country to receive a marriage licenses. Then we shot the first gay & lesbian couples marrying at Boston City Hall. It was a joyous occasion & history in the making. Now that marriage equality is in the hands of the US Supreme Court once again we should reflect over the past eleven years at the remarkable progress our LGBT community has made towards equality. Gay & lesbian couples can legally marry in 37 states & many LGBT families are raising their kids with amazing federal & state rights & protections. Arline Isaacson, Co-Chair of Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus & one of the architects of gay marriage narrated this fast-moving short. In reflection Isaacson stated, “People needed to see that nothing bad happened when we got married & furthermore that many good things in fact happened.” WATCH VIDEO 

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