Sunday, December 10, 2017

Annise Parker Leads Victory Fund

The Victory Fund & Victory Institute announced that former Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be the new leader of the organizations. The transition comes as both organizations prepare for the critically important 2018 elections with more LGBTQ candidates running for elected office than ever before. Mayor Parker’s experience as a former elected official as well as decades of experience leading numerous organizations will position Victory Fund & Victory Institute to be a vital player in electing LGBTQ people in the years ahead. Parker stated, “Victory played such an important role in my political career, beginning with my run for Houston City Council through my campaign for mayor & I am thrilled about the opportunity to lead the organizations & help other LGBTQ elected officials win & make change. 2018 could be a historic year for our community with more openly LGBTQ people running for office in more places & I am confident we will be a difference-maker in helping these candidates across the finish line. I appreciate all Aisha has done to take the organizations to the next level, and am honored to continue to build on that success.” Kim Hoover One Victory Board Chair concluded, “As the first openly LGBTQ mayor of Houston, Annise understands the challenges inherent in running & winning elected office & she’s ideally positioned to help us fulfill our mission now & in the future.” Mayor Parker will begin serving as President & CEO of Victory Fund & Victory Institute on Monday, December 11th. The Victory Fund works to change the face & voice of America’s politics & achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials at all levels of government.
For More Info: victoryfund.org
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Boston Pride Puerto Rico Event

Boston Pride is hosting a fundraiser for Hurricane Relief efforts for the LGBTQ community in Puerto Rico at Club Café in Boston on Sunday December 17th from 12P to 4P presented by Marco Torres, Boston Pride Board Member & Chair of Boston Latinx Pride. Boston Pride’s End-of-Year Giving Campaign is supporting efforts to help raise funds after the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Maria. All proceeds will benefit Waves Ahead the Puerto Rico based non-profit organization that provides support to our LGBTQ community. Waves Ahead Stated, “We continue to be busy as folks are still trying to handle a life without electricity for 3 months & in some areas no water. We continue to distribute water, mosquitoes repellents, batteries & some financial assistance. Refilling gas tanks to cook is an incredible task, propane gas prices are rising & many doctors have left the island so refilling a script or seeing a MD is becoming a problem...many people & areas are not stable yet & won’t be for a while. Keep hope alive during this season of giving...don’t forget about Puerto Rico!” At the brunch there will be a special drag performances featuring Verna Turbulence, Tiny Williams, Pandora Seecret’s, Bokita, Kris Knievil & Kamden T. Rage. Master troubadour will serenade with songs from all of Latinoamérica! Brunch tickets are $28.00 per person & there will also be a cash bar & raffles. Boston Pride produces events & activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect & awareness in Greater Boston & beyond. Boston Pride Week 2018 will be held June 1st to 10th.
For Info & Tix: bostonpride.org
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

New Edie Windsor SAGE Center

SAGE, the nation’s largest & oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ elders will celebrate the renaming of its NYC SAGE Center Midtown to The Edie Windsor SAGE Center at an event on Thursday December 7th at SAGE National Headquarters, 305 Seventh Avenue on the 15th Floor from 6P to 8P. Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE stated, “Edie Windsor brought so much light to our community, with her pink lipstick smile, her iconic hat tilted just so & her willingness to be a beacon of hope for us all. That’s why we are proud to dedicate The Edie Windsor SAGE Center in honor of a woman who loved us & fought for LGBT equality & LGBT elders with all her might.” SAGE was founded in 1978 & offers supportive services & consumer resources to LGBTQ older adults & their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBTQ older people, provides education & technical assistance for aging providers & LGBTQ organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging & cultural competence training through SAGE Care. SAGE also coordinates a growing network of affiliates in the United States. Edie Windsor was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court of the United States case United States v. Windsor which successfully overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act the landmark legal victory for marriage equality in the United States. We caught up with Edie a few years ago in this exclusive audio interview when she gave us her spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN:
For More Info: sageusa.org
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

US LGBTQ Civil Rights At Risk

This is a week that will go down in LGBTQ civil rights history. First we have the Supreme Court of the United States refusing to take up Pidgeon v. Turner which allows discrimination against our LGBTQ community by erasing spousal benefits, including health care, for legally married LGBTQ couples in the state of Texas. Then we’re headed back to the Supreme Court today for oral arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission in which the Sessions’ Department of Justice is scheduled to speak in support of a Colorado baker who denied to serve an LGBTQ couple. Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO of GLAAD stated, “The Department of Justice will pretend that this case is not about discrimination as they argue in front of the Supreme Court today, but that could not be further from the truth. While freedom of religion is paramount to our nation’s success, it does not give anyone the right to impose their beliefs on others, to harm others, or to discriminate. There is no sugar-coating the blatant & ugly agenda to discriminate against LGBTQ people at the core of this case, which is about seeking religious exemptions from non-discrimination laws for the singular purpose of refusing service to people simply because who they are.” Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force concluded, “This case has the potential to roll us back more than a half-century to a time when LGBTQ people were in the closet, afraid to be ourselves. We refuse to return to those ugly days.”
For More Info: etaskforce.org
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Monday, December 4, 2017

Holiday Help Is On The Way Gala

The Richmond / Ermet AID Foundation is having its "Help is on the Way for the Holidays XVI" concert & gala on Monday December 4th at Marines' Memorial Theater 609 Sutter Street in San Francisco, California benefiting Larkin Street Youth Services & Project Open Hand. This year's gala will feature cast members from the Broadway touring cast of Disney's "Aladdin" plus other special guest stars including "American Idol," recording star Kimberly Locke, 2-time "Star Search" grand champion Jake Simpson, "America's Got Talent" semi-finalist Shawn Ryan, "X-Factor" finalist Jason Brock, Velocity Circus founder/performer Gregangelo, jazz diva Kim Nalley & cabaret stars Leanne Borghesi & Jessica Coker. Kenneth Henderson, Executive Director of the Richmond/Ermet AID Foundation stated, “People think the AIDS epidemic is over & we don't need to pay attention to it anymore. Events like "Help is on the Way" serve not only to raise funds for local AIDS services but to remind people that there's still a need for funding them. More people are living with HIV & AIDS than ever before in history.” A small silent auction will precede the performance followed by the "Club REAF" after party with the cast will take place at the nearby Clift Hotel in the Redwood & Velvet Rooms. The after party will feature an assortment of decadent desserts, wine tastings & special spirit bars. This year honorary chairs are Senator Dianne Feinstein, Mr. Richard Blum, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom & Senator Scott Weiner.
For Info & Tix: reaf-sf.org
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Friday, December 1, 2017

World AIDS Day 2017 (AUDIO)

It’s really no surprise that the Trump administration’s World AIDS Day proclamation excluded any mention of our LGBTQ community or people of color. David Stacy, HRC Director of Government Affairs stated, “The White House’s failure to mention the LGBTQ community in its World AIDS Day Proclamation reflects their ongoing efforts to avoid addressing the needs of LGBTQ people. This is part of a disturbing pattern of actions they have taken from attempting to ban transgender service members to issuing a sweeping license to discriminate. Further, Trump's continued attacks on access to health care & critical HIV programs have already set back efforts to combat this epidemic.” As Trump continues to create his delusional world where our LGBTQ community & minorities does not exist, there will be events nationally & globally honoring World AIDS Day. Kelsey Louie GMHC CEO stated, “Candlelight vigils, rallies, gatherings & other ways that people can come together—especially on World AIDS Day—remain important because AIDS is not over. When we gather, we support each other to keep going, keep doing the work in all the ways we can & keep persisting & resisting with a collective goal to end AIDS at epidemic levels by 2020.” We talked to Larry Kramer the pioneering co-founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis & ACT UP a few years ago about his spin on the AIDS crisis that continues in this country & around the world in this exclusive audio byte. LISTEN:
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

SAGE LGBT Elders Lunch Event

SAGE the nation’s largest & oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT elders joins The Movement Advancement Project & Columbia Law School’s Public Rights/Private Conscience Project in the timely release of a new report entitled “Dignity Denied: Religious Exemptions & LGBT Elder Services.” On Friday December 15th there will be a luncheon & conversation detailing the increased risk of discrimination LGBT older adults face as a result of recent efforts to pass religious exemption laws & policies. Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE stated, “This report & the amicus brief SAGE filed in the Masterpiece Cake case, clearly demonstrate that personal religious beliefs should never be a license to discriminate against LGBT people or anybody else. That’s why we are partnering with MAP & Columbia to bring together aging experts, religious leaders & our elders, to expose the dangers that so-called 'religious exemptions' pose for LGBT elders who need care & services. We must not allow the doors of a nursing home or a critical care provider to slam in LGBT elders’ faces just because of who they are & whom they love.” Speakers will include Alex Sheldon, Research Analyst, The Movement Advancement Project, Audrey Weiner, President and CEO, The New Jewish Home, Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chair & Commissioner, New York City Commission on Human Rights, Fred Davie, Executive Vice President, Union Theological Seminary, Jonathan Soto, NYC Mayor’s Office: Executive Director of the Center for Faith and Community Partnerships, Katherine Franke, Professor of Law & Faculty Director of the Public Rights/PrivatConscience Project, Columbia Law School, Michael Adams, CEO, SAGE & more. The luncheon takes place from 12P to 2P at Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, 3041 Broadway in NYC.
For More Info: sageusa.org
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