Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Equality Forum Honoring Canada


Equality Forum 2014 takes place May 1st to May 4th in Philadelphia. Equality Forum presents annually the largest & premier national & international LGBT civil rights summit with over 30 programs, parties & special events. This year Canada is Equality Forum's International focus. Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director, Equality Forum stated, “We are delighted to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of marriage equality in Canada at the 22nd annual Equality Forum. It is an opportunity to learn from same sex marriage experience of our nation's closest ally." Equality Forum is a national & international LGBT civil rights organization with a focus on education. Equality Forum 2014 will include a National Politics Panel, National Religious Colloquy, International Workplace Panel, National Legal Panel & Featured Nation Panel, among other programming. There is no registration fee & all substantive programs are free. The International Equality Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 3rd at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Independence Mall. PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane will receive the Distinguished Equality Award. TD Bank is the recipient of the International Business Leadership Award & the National Hockey League (NHL) & Burke Family will receive the 19th annual International Role Model Award. There are also lots of dance parties, entertainment & just basic fun events. SundayOUT! will be held on May 4th at The Piazza in Northern Liberties.
For More Info: equalityforum.com
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GLAAD To Honor George Takei


George Takei will receive GLAAD's Vito Russo Award in NYC on May 3rd. The Vito Russo is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. Takei’s career spans five decades as an actor, social justice advocate, social media mega-star & author. George remains one of the most outspoken LGBT equality advocates in Hollywood. Since coming out in 2005, Takei has spoken out on a range of issues including marriage equality, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), so-called 'ex-gay therapy' & more. Takei has worked closely with GLAAD to bring equality to the Boy Scouts & supported GLAAD's Spirit Day campaign to show support for LGBT youth & end anti-LGBT bullying. Takei married his partner of 21 years, Brad Altman in 2008. The couple became one of the first couples to legally marry in California before the enactment of California's anti-gay Proposition 8 ballot initiative. Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD President & CEO stated, "Few voices have been as outspoken in support of equality as George Takei. George has consistently used his platform to move the cultural needle on issues like marriage equality, LGBT employment protections, anti-LGBT bullying & more." Previous Vito Russo honorees include Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin, Rosie O'Donnell, Alan Cumming, Cynthia Nixon, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, Elton John, k.d. lang & Tom Ford. We will be covering the GLAAD Media Awards on the Red Carpet in NYC. Updates To Come…:)
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Dine Out For Life & Fight AIDS


On Thursday April 24th an estimated $4 million will be raised in just one day of dining. Dining Out For Life hosted by Subaru® the food-centric HIV/AIDS fundraiser takes place in 60 cities across North America. More than 3,000 restaurants participate by donating a generous percentage of the day’s proceeds to support service providers in their region to fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling & other essential HIV/AIDS services. Subaru CMO Dean Evans stated, “2014 marks the seventh year that Subaru has played host to Dining Out For Life. We couldn’t be prouder to support this worthy event & to help the regional organizations that provide crucial services to so many people affected by HIV/AIDS”. Four celebrities are active spokespeople for this fabulous fundraiser including Ted Allen host of Food Network’s popular show Chopped, actor Pam Grier (Foxy Brown, The L Word), designer Mondo Guerra winner of Project Runway All-Stars & Chef Daisy Martinez from Food Network’s ¡Viva Daisy! Some of the cities participating on April 24th include Albany, Asheville, Baton Rouge, Birmingham Mobile, Charleston, Charlotte, Charlottesville, Chattanooga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Clearwater (Tampa Bay), Columbia, Denver-Boulder, El Paso, Ferndale (Detroit), Fort Collins, Colo., Ft. Lauderdale, Grand Junction, Colo., Grand Rapids, Hawthorne (Hudson Valley), Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kalamazoo, Kamloops (Canada), Lake Charles, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Haven, Norfolk, Orlando, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Ore., Providence, Raleigh, Reno, San Diego, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, Tacoma, Tulsa, Washington, DC & Victoria, BC.
For Info & Restaurants: diningoutforlife.com
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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: