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.
 For More Info: glaad.org
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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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LGBT Homeless Youth Epidemic

As the Senate continues to debate anti-human trafficking legislation that would also provide much needed services to runaway & homeless youth especially those who are LGBT through an amendment reauthorizing the Runaway & Homeless Youth Act, the Center for American Progress released a column outlining ways in which the Department of Health & Human Services can act independently to make an immediate difference for LGBT homeless young people. Hannah Hussey, CAP Research Associate for LGBT Progress stated, “Too many LGBT youth become homeless as a result of family rejection, poverty, or failures within the child welfare & juvenile justice systems. Once homeless, they may face discrimination & safety risks at shelters & other programs meant to provide basic services when there is nowhere else to go. The threats to the health & well-being of these young people are a pressing concern, making it vital for the Administration for Children & Families to take action to improve services for LGBT homeless youth.” According to recent research, roughly 40% of unaccompanied homeless youth are LGBT. These young people require the same services as other homeless youth—food, shelter, health care, counseling, education & career development but also face risks of discrimination that often lead to substandard services or no services at all. HHS currently has the statutory authority to make critical changes to the way LGBT homeless youth are treated right now that would not require new legislation.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tyler Clementi Anti Bullying Act

U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) & Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) along with Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI) have reintroduced legislation aimed at reducing dangerous bullying & harassment that affects 1 in 5 students at colleges & universities across the country. The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2015 requires institutions of higher education to establish policies to prohibit harassment based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. The bill also establishes a grant program to support campus anti-harassment activities & programs. The legislation is named after Tyler Clementi, the freshman at Rutgers University who took his own life after his roommate & another student invaded his privacy & harassed him over the internet for being gay. Senator Murray stated, “All students deserve the chance to further their education, without the fear of harassment & bullying. LGBT students are more likely to be harassed in school, yet there is no federal requirement for colleges & universities to protect their students from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. I am proud that this bill would take meaningful steps to provide schools & students with tools to prevent harassment & protect survivors. By honoring Tyler’s life with this legislation, we can work to prevent the bullying that far too many students are forced to endure.” Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director concluded, “GLSEN thanks Sens. Patty Murray & Tammy Baldwin & Rep. Mark Pocan for reintroducing the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act & for their ongoing commitment to ensuring that all college students have access to safe & welcoming campuses. LGBT college students, like all members of the higher education community, have the right to feel safe & supported as they navigate their way through their education. We look forward to working with members of Congress in the coming months to make these policy ideas a reality.”
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