Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Kierra Johnson & LGBTQ Task Force

The National LGBTQ Task Force announced that Kierra Johnson has been named the organization’s next Deputy Executive Director. Johnson is currently the Executive Director of Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity (URGE) & will join the Task Force staff on January 1st 2018. Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force stated, “Now more than ever, it is important for the LGBTQ movement to stand firm in addressing the broad range of issues that face our lives & for each of us to be our whole self each & every day. Kierra Johnson understands this & is the right person at the right time to join the leadership of the Task Force as we confront the social & political challenges of this time. She instinctually, intellectually & strategically understands the Task Force’s work to build power, take action & create change to achieve freedom & justice for LGBTQ people & their families. Kierra brings to the Task Force her decades of work in program development & organizational management, as well as her tenacity & wit & will have the benefit of working with our deep bench of department managers & talented staff in fulfilling our vision.” Kierra Johnson comes to the Task Force with a wealth of experience in program development, youth leadership & reproductive justice. Recognized as a national expert, Johnson has testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives & has increased visibility of reproductive justice through her appearances in Newsweek, The New York Times, Fox News & National Public Radio.
For More Info: thetaskforce.org
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Photo Auction For AIDS Monument

Photo 17 an auction to benefit The AIDS Monument will take place October 5th at Milk Studios in Los Angeles from 7P to 10P. Over 100 photos will be sold in silent & live auction. There will also be a special live performance by Rufus Wainwright. Ticket price includes cocktail reception & bidding opportunities. They’re expecting a fabulous crowd for a great cause with 100% funds raised will help the Foundation build the AIDS Monument in West Hollywood Park. Foundation for The AIDS Monument (FAM) seeks to honor & memorialize the devastation of AIDS on our nation & will honor the courage of activists, caregivers & community leaders. We lost approximately 650,000 Americans to AIDS which is more than the total American deaths from World Wars I & II combined. Reflective & contemporary, the monument will establish a much needed, long-awaited structure, one of global significance that will support our community’s ongoing activism. Blending evocative architectural design & state of the art technology, the monument will provide a destination that will pay tribute to the legacy of those we have lost, honor those who survived & recognize the organizations of change that were born & provide links & access to existing programs around HIV/AIDS education. Tickets for the event are $150 to $2,500. The Foundation for The AIDS Monument is a 501(c)(3) organization of community, business, philanthropic & civic leaders.
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Boston Lesbian Her Story Event

Boston OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing For Change) will be presenting “Shapes & Shifts in Identity” with psychologist Eleanor Roffman PhD & Wheaton College Associate Professor of History Dolita Cathcar PhD on Sunday October 1st from 2P to 4P at the Brookline Senior Center at 93 Winchester Street in Brookline, MA. This is a fabulous opportunity to explore this trending issue with the contributing authors of Dalia J. Llera’s timely book “Crossing Borders, Making Homes: Stories of Resilient Women”. “Shapes & Shifts in Identity” is an interactive program addressing identities including race, ethnicity, class, religious, political, sexual orientation & age. Exploring our identity transformations from early childhood to adolescence, young adulthood & beyond including our multiple identities. How & when identities change & become who we are now & what identities bring about the most oppression. Alice Fisher & Sarah Pearlman Founding Members of OLOC-Boston stated, “Each one of us has many identities. Some announce us to the world like gender or age. Others such as class or sexual orientation can remain hidden. So let’s see what surprises you in this workshop.” OLOC Boston programs & events are open to lesbians of all ages, including transgender lesbians. OLOC’s mission includes their commitment to creating communities of older lesbians & solidarity with allies for racial, economic & social justice. Following the event there will be an early dinner at Sichuan Garden, 295 Washington Street in Brookline, MA.
For More Info: spearlman@hartford.edu
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Wilson Cruz To Be Honored At Gala

Actor Wilson Cruz will receive the Point Courage Award at the annual Point Honors Los Angeles gala on October 7th at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. The award recognizes those who have advocated for the future of our LGBTQ community & believe in the vision that investing in today’s potential will produce a brighter tomorrow. Point Foundation is the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Cruz stated, "I am honored to be receiving the Point Courage Award during a special evening that will help Point Foundation’s scholarship recipients. It's important that we continue to uplift & strengthen our LGBTQ youth who are the future of our community & remind them that their voices are heard." As we have reported also being honored at the gala on October 7th will be TV & film writer, director, and producer Jill Soloway (Amazon’s “Transparent,” and “I Love Dick,” & HBO’s “Six Feet Under”), who will receive the Point Impact Award presented to an individual who has made a significant impact on improving the lives of our LGBTQ community. Comedian Michelle Collins will host Point Honors, which also features a performance by Grammy-nominated singer, Adam Lambert. Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation concluded, “We are thrilled to recognize Wilson Cruz & Jill Soloway’s groundbreaking work in TV & film & their ongoing contributions to Point Foundation & the LGBTQ Community. Our scholars & all LGBTQ young people benefit when there are role models like Cruz and Soloway who are living their lives genuinely & openly & succeeding in their endeavors.”
For Info & Tix: pointfoundation.org
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Trump Continues Global Threats

OutRight Action International, the only global LGBTQ specific organization with a permanent presence at the United Nations in New York, reacts to Trump’s address to the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly. Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International stated, “Time & time again, President Trump has threatened to curtail the United States’ obligations to the international human rights system & to the United Nations itself. In his remarks today, the word he said most often - sovereignty - underscored that his political agenda promotes political isolationism & undermines the global cooperation that protects vulnerable people from natural disasters, corrupt governments & civil war. As an organization that serves as a watchdog on the UN, we know that sovereignty is a term loaded with negative meaning. Sovereignty is often an excuse for States to ignore their obligation to protect the human rights of individuals, especially those that are most marginalized & vulnerable. Reform in President Trump’s words is code for stripping the human rights system of much-needed resources. We believe the only reform that is truly needed puts LGBTIQ people & all vulnerable groups at the center of UN governance, human rights & programs. The reform & resources we need would elevate the rights of the world’s most marginalized, open space for meaningful civil society participation & invest in climate justice.”
For More Info: outrightinternational.org
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lena Waithe Makes Emmy History

Openly queer Lena Waithe made history at the 69th Emmy Awards by becoming the first black woman ever nominated & winning an Emmy for writing in a comedy series. She won along with Aziz Ansari for their "Thanksgiving" episode of Master of None about coming out that they co-wrote together focused on Waithe’s character Denise & was based on Waithe’s own experience as a queer black woman going home for Thanksgiving. She used her acceptance speech to make one of the most powerful & honest statements about LGBTQ acceptance. Waithe stated, “…Last but certainly not least, my LGBQTIA family. I see each & every one of you. The things that make us different—those are our superpowers. Every day when you walk out the door, put on your imaginary cape & go out there & conquer the world, because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it. Everybody out there that showed us so much love for this episode, thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina & a little queer black girl from the South Side of Chicago.” Unfortunately when we were watching Entertainment Tonight & a few of the other mainstream entertainment news shows covering the Emmy winners they neglected to report on this historical accomplishment. Some of the other LGBTQ wins at the Emmy Awards include Kate McKinnon & Black Mirror episode ‘San Junipero!’
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Los Angeles Equality Awards

Equality California honored actors Sharon Stone & Conrad Ricamora together with longtime LGBTQ allies & community advocates Laurie Hasencamp & Mike Lurey at its Los Angeles Equality Awards on Saturday, September 16th at the J.W. Marriott in L.A. U.S. Representative Adam Schiff delivered the keynote address. The evening was hosted by actress Kirsten Vangsness with comedy from comedienne Dana Goldberg. Academy Award nominee & Golden Globe winner Sharon Stone received this year’s Equality Activist Award. Stone has campaigned tirelessly for more than two decades on behalf of the LGBT community & people living with HIV. Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California stated, “Sharon Stone has used her visibility as an actor to become an indefatigable ally of the LGBT community & of people living with HIV. She has been a powerful force for HIV research & against stigmatization of people living with HIV for more than 20 years. Her work helped support research that has led to the lifesaving HIV treatments available today.” Each year Equality California recognizes individuals & organizations who have made an impact on the movement to secure full & lasting equality for LGBT people at its annual Equality Awards a series of formal events held in San Francisco, San Diego, Palm Springs, Los Angeles & Sacramento. The Equality Awards are sponsored by AT&T, Gilead Sciences, La Crema, PG&E, Prophet, Sempra Energy & Southwest Airlines.
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