Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bonauto U.S. Supreme Court Debut

Finally Mary L. Bonauto the Civil Rights Project Director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) & the architect of gay marriage in this country will argue before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28th for gay & lesbian couples who are currently being excluded from marriage. She will stand on behalf of the Michigan case DeBoer v. Snyder & the Kentucky case Love v. Beshear. Bonauto stated, “I’m humbled to be standing up for the petitioners from Kentucky & Michigan who seek the freedom to marry, along with attorneys Carole Stanyar, Dana Nessel, Ken Mogill & Robert Sedler & with support from the other legal teams in Ohio & Tennessee. The road that we’ve all travelled to get here has been built by so many people who believe that marriage is a fundamental right. Gay & lesbian couples should not be excluded from the joy, the security & the full citizenship signified by that institution. I believe the Court will give us a fair hearing & I look forward to the day when all LGBT Americans will be able to marry the person they love.” Janson Wu, GLAD’s Executive Director concluded, “Our community is extremely fortunate to have Mary as our advocate. To say she has deep knowledge of the issues is an understatement; it is equally an understatement to say she has a sharp legal mind, a big heart & a generous spirit.”
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pressure On Anti Gay Indiana

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has opened a can of worms after signing the new anti gay law that allows businesses in that state to cite religious objections to refuse to serve our LGBT community & is now trying to justify his action by saying he supports an effort to "clarify the intent" of the legislation while dealing with national outrage over SB 101. On Twitter #‎BoycottIndiana‬ #BanIndiana became the number one trend. Gay ally Barbara Allyn Howard of Northpoint, Indiana, stated: “I’m so angry & disappointed both as a resident of Indiana & as an American. I am a heterosexual woman who abhors hurtful discrimination in any form. And, I’m not alone – hundreds of my fellow Hoosiers are expressing their outrage on Facebook & Twitter at the Governor’s signing this bill. The fact the Governor signed the bill privately behind locked doors speaks volumes – especially given that he accepted absolutely no citizen or corporate feedback prior to signing.” John Lewis, Marriage Equality USA’s Legal & Policy Director concluded, "Those behind Indiana’s law are part of national political strategy, begun several years ago, to try to instill unfounded fear that ensuring equality for LGBTQ Americans will somehow impinge on the freedom of religion. The same national strategy is being employed to undermine women’s lives. Because of laws similar to Indiana’s, public businesses have been able to substitute their owners’ religious views regarding access to contraception for their female employees for medical decisions these women make in consultation with health care professionals. We as Americans must stop this cynical strategy in its tracks, because unstopped the strategy will subject women, LGBTQ people & millions of other Americans to discrimination & exclusion from vital services. As a society, we are better than that. Public opinion polling shows that a large majority of Americans oppose laws such as Indiana’s." With marriage equality headed to Supreme Court next month let’s move America forward, not backward, toward true equality & inclusion for all Americans.
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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Center NYC Dinner Event

On Thursday April 2nd in NYC the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center’s (The Center) annual Center Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street will honor actor Jeffrey Tambor of “Transparent,” community leaders Stephen Friedman, President of MTV & Logo & Brian C. Offutt, COO of Combs Enterprises. The event will also support The Center’s efforts to open the first-ever substance abuse treatment program designed specifically for LGBT youth. Glennda Testone Executive Director, The Center stated, “Please join us for Center Dinner, The Center’s long-running, exclusive fundraiser in celebration of the LGBT community & our work to support it. Each year, the crucial funds raised at Center Dinner allow us to maintain & create programs & services that empower people to lead healthy, successful lives.” Some of the fabulous A-List celebrities attending will include: Jeremy Scott (designer), Alan Cumming (actor, “Good Wife”), Mary Louise Parker (actress, “Weeds”), Lea DeLaria (comedian & actress, “Orange Is the New Black”), Alexis Bittar (designer), Judith Light (actress), Stacy London (style expert & TV personality), Jenna Lyons (President, J. Crew), Phillip Lim (designer) & Narciso Rodriguez (designer) & more. Established in 1983, New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center empowers people to lead healthy, successful lives. The Center celebrates diversity & advocates for justice & opportunity. Each year The Center welcomes more than 300,000 visits to their building in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan from people who utilize their life-changing & life-saving activities.
For Info & Tix: gaycenter.org
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fenway Women’s Dinner Party

The Women’s Dinner Party on Saturday April 11th at the Boston Marriott Copley Place is a fabulous elegant attire fundraiser aimed at the lesbian, bisexual women & transgender community & their allies that raises funds for Fenway Health. More than 1,000 people come together to raise over $500,000 in support of the life-saving programs & services at Fenway Health. Fenway Health is proud to present Judith B. Bradford, PhD, Director of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health & Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute, with the Dr. Susan M. Love Award at this year’s Women’s Dinner Party. Dr. Bradford is being honored for her longstanding commitment & contributions to the health of sexual & gender minorities. Jane Powers, Fenway’s Director of Behavioral Health & Co-Chair of this year’s Women’s Dinner Party stated, “We are so thrilled to once again gather so many members of our community for a night of dinner, dancing, fun & supporting the important work of Fenway Health. We are also incredibly excited to honor Dr. Judy Bradford with the Dr. Susan M. Love Award. Dr. Bradford’s work on lesbian & bisexual women’s issues, transgender health, LGBT aging & issues impacting young people of color is all incredibly inspiring & has helped improve the health of our entire community.” The program gets underway with mingling & a silent auction at 6P & dinner at 7P. Our favorite political comedian Kate Clinton returns to get the party started then Boston funk band Booty Vortex & DJ LeahV aka Leah McFly, the first queer female DJ to win a Boston Music Award, promise to keep you dancing into the wee hours. See You There!!
For Info & Tix: womensdinnerparty.org
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Indiana Passes Anti LGBT Bill

UPDATE: Indiana Gov. Signs Odious Anti-LGBT Bill 
The Indiana State House has approved the nation’s most anti LGBT legislation that allows homophobes to discriminate against our LGBT community in the name of protecting religious freedom. The legislation was modeled after a 22-year old federal law known as the Religious Freedom & Restoration Act. This is the law that was used at the US Supreme Court when they allowed Hobby Lobby to opt out of the Affordable Care Act requirement that they cover contraceptives. Governor Mike Pence (R-Indiana) who said he will sign the bill is being urged to veto SB 101, one of the most backward anti LGBT laws in the nation by allowing individuals to ignore any law they deem to conflict with their religious beliefs. There’s a broad coalition of groups in Indiana against the proposed law including civil rights & faith leaders, small business owners & the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund Executive Director stated, “Lawmakers in Indiana have chosen to ignore an unprecedented chorus of voices speaking out in opposition to this draconian bill. Governor Pence now has the opportunity to follow the lead of former Governor Jan Brewer (R-AZ) in similar circumstances & to veto this appalling law. The truth is, this new law will undoubtedly damage Indiana’s reputation as a welcoming place. Instead, the state will now be viewed as completely out-of-step & a place where it isn’t good to live & do business. What these politicians are peddling as 'religious liberty' is not real religious liberty. This law is an out-right recipe for discrimination and persecution.”
Please Call Governor Pence at 317-232-4567 to ask him to veto this unprecedented attack on religious liberty.
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

GLAAD Honors Kerry Washington

In Los Angeles Saturday night the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards recognized & honored media for their fair, accurate & inclusive representations of our LGBT community & issues that affect our lives. Ellen DeGeneres presented the Vanguard Award to Kerry Washington. Channing Tatum presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to director Roland Emmerich. The event was hosted by comedian Tig Notaro with a special performance by Alex Newell. GLAAD Media Award recipients were announced in 16 of this year's 31 media categories including: Outstanding Film “The Imitation Game”, Outstanding Drama Series “How to Get Away with Murder”, Outstanding Comedy Series “Transparent”, Outstanding Individual Episode in a series without a regular LGBT character “Drop Dead Diva” & Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series “The Normal Heart” among others. Celebrity guests included Zoe Saldana, Shonda Rhimes, Viola Davis, Jack Falahee, Matt McGorry, Aja Naomi King, Peter Nowalk, Portia de Rossi, Pauley Perrette, Ron Perlman, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Jill Soloway, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Alexandra Billings, Rhys Ernst, Kiersey Clemons, Michaela Watkins, Alison Sudol, Andrew Rannells, Murray Bartlett, Daniel Franzese, Samira Wiley, Jordan Gavaris, Laura Jane Grace, Angel Haze, Michael Mosley, Kevin Daniels, Kevin Bigley, Peter Paige, Bradley Bredeweg, Gavin MacIntosh, Hayden Byerly, Yara Martinez, Alex Newell, Gregg Sulkin, Rita Volk, Michael J. Willett, Carter Covington, Jessica St. Clair, Lennon Parham, Guy Wilson, Freddie Smith, Christopher Sean, Bruno Tonioli, GLAAD National Spokesperson Omar Sharif, Jr. & GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis & many more. GLAAD Media Awards were presented by Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Ketel One Vodka & Wells Fargo at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. We’ll be covering the Red Carpet for our sixth year at the GLAAD Media Awards event in NYC on Saturday May 9th at the Waldorf Astoria.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Cooper & Cohen AC2 Live Tour

Openly gay media icons Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen are kicking off their new live tour entitled AC2 on Saturday March 21st in Boston at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre at 8P. The four-city tour is being billed “Deep Talk & Shallow Tales” an evening of unscripted, uncensored & unforgettable conversation. Cooper stated, "We're not exactly sure what it's going to be like on stage. Every night is going to be different.” The show promises to be cutting edge celebrity dish from Cohen combined with the credibility of veteran broadcast journalist Cooper’s mainstream perception of current world events. Being that both men are gay should also add an LGBT spin that’s not to be missed. Just think of this as one of those rare brutally honest opportunities where they will be able to really tell it how they see it & hopefully laugh out loud as well. The next city on their one night stand tour will be Miami on April 18the at The Jackie Gleason Theater, followed by Chicago on May 16th at The Chicago Theatre & concluding in Atlanta on June 13th at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. There are general admission tickets as well as VIP. The VIP package includes: premium seating, an opportunity to meet & greet Anderson & Andy following the show w/ picture opportunities & an autographed gift to take home. So if you go for the VIP tickets don’t forget to take your camera…:)
For More Info & Tix: ac2live.com
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