Friday, April 17, 2015

Gay Wedding Show Event 2015

In San Francisco on Sunday April 19th the most prominent wedding professionals in the business are coming together for a gay & lesbian wedding extravaganza. Style & panache are important especially on the biggest day of your life. This Gay Wedding Fair will showcase a complete selection of products & services to complement a variety of tastes. Touch the gowns, taste the wedding cakes, smell the flowers, try the make-up & taste creative food and drinks. A highlight of the event will be the live LGBT Wedding Fashion Show with emcee Joel Riddell. Highlighted will be the latest bride & groom fashions, hair up-do’s, wedding day make-up & opulent floral designs, wedding gowns by Janine’s bridal boutique. Magnolia Jazz Band will be performing at the lobby to set the feel for an elegant grand entrance to the wedding show. At noon to 2P The Klipptones will perform a wedding song to mark the opening of the fashion show, specialty cocktails & special performances from Circosphere. Owners Frederick Sullivan & Jaime Botello, of Sullivan & Botello Events are the event designers & planners of Gay Vanity Wedding Show - A Stylish Gay & Lesbian Wedding Event & Fashion Show on Sunday April. 19th from 11A to 4P hosted by the majestic venue The Bently Reserve at 301 Battery St. in San Francisco.
Info & Tix: gayvanityweddingshow.com
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

NYC LGBT Youth Tech Camp

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York City announced that it will partner with Maven, the nonprofit organization which fosters innovative solutions that empower LGBTQ youth to present a free 2-week tech camp from July 6th to 17th at The Center as well as on-site at various tech companies around New York City. The tech camp will build queer youth digital competencies in coding & programming, enhancing the career & academic trajectories of LGBTQ youth. Glennda Testone, The Center’s Executive Director stated, “The Center’s 20-plus years of serving LGBTQ youth in New York City, combined with Maven’s tech expertise, position us perfectly to equip our young people so they’re ready to pursue opportunities & achieve their goals. This camp will give youth tools & resources to explore any career path of interest to them, including those in the tech industry.” Monica Ann Arrambide, CEO & Founder of Maven added, "Our work contributes to making the tech sector a more inclusive community by engaging tech professionals in co-creating with LGBTQ youth & by providing LGBTQ professionals the opportunity to pay it forward to the next generation of tech leaders." This camp will also provide “behind the scenes” access to large tech giants & an opportunity to connect with LGBTQ tech developers in their local communities. By teaching LGBTQA youth programming & game design The Center & Maven will build a lifelong process of developing their 21st century competencies. As well as LGBTQ Youth Tech Camp this summer in NYC there will also be programs in San Francisco & Austin Texas.
For More Info: mymaven.org
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

All Female Cast Performs Othello

This production will be a gender bender treat for our LGBT community & all feminists. The Titan Theatre Company will conclude its critically acclaimed 2014-2015 season with a signature take on Shakespeare's classic tragedy OTHELLO featuring an all-female cast. Performances begin April 17th at Queens Theatre through May 2nd. Lenny Banovez Titan’s Artistic Director stated, "We have assembled an unrivaled cast of women to tackle one of Shakespeare's most masculine plays. Following the success of A Midsummer Night’s Dream & A Christmas Carol, OTHELLO is a dynamic end to our exciting season.” The cast of OTHELLO will feature Leah Dutchin (American Players Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Chicago Shakespeare) as Othello with Emily Trask (Lincoln Center: The Oldest Boy, Yale Rep, Alley Theatre), Carol Linnea Johnson (Broadway: The Full Monty, Mamma Mia!, Utah Shakespeare), Laura Frye (Teatro Franco Parenti, Virginia Shakepeare), Abbey Siegworth (American Players Theater, Dallas Theatre Center), Leah Gabriel, Alyssa Van Gorder, Molly Densmore, Deanna Gibson, Kate Gunther, Alex Spieth & Carolynne Warren. The understudies are Maggie Wetzel, Bailey Seeker, Skyler Volpe & Sierra Tothero. Set design is by Jasmine Nicole. Lighting design is by Alan Piotrowicz. Costume design is by Becky Willett. Sound design is by Weston Wetzel. Fight choreography is by Jonathan Hicks. Ashley Zednickis the stage manager. Queens Theatre is located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows Park directly under the iconic towers of the New York State Pavilion & easily accessible by car, bus & subway.
For Info & Tix: titantheatrecompany.com
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Monday, April 13, 2015

Power Lesbians For Hillary Clinton

As promised Hillary Clinton announced her LGBT friendly campaign for President of the United States promptly at 3P Sunday via social networking & emails. Shortly after the announcement we got an email from LPAC’s Laura Ricketts. LPAC is the Lesbian Political Action Committee that was founded in July of 2012 by committed activists & donors to positively influence the current political & social landscape in this country. LPAC’s agenda is to give lesbians a real & meaningful seat at the political table. During the 2012 election LPAC raised over $700,000 to support candidates that supported our LGBT issues. Laura Ricketts, Co-owner of the Chicago Cubs & LPAC Board Chair stated, “Today we are beginning a new campaign to elect Hillary Clinton President of the United States. Together with all my friends at LPAC (the only lesbian Super PAC in the country), we are launching Lesbians4Hillary. Lesbians4Hillary will build a community & grassroots effort of LGBTQ women who will do everything possible to elect Hillary in November 2016. We are launching this effort because Hillary Clinton is the most qualified & experienced candidate in the race. She is also the candidate who will use that experience to fight on behalf of all Americans, particularly LGBTQ women. Hillary cares about all the things we, as queer women, prioritize in our lives: She is a defender for the rights of women and families; she fights to protect our reproductive freedom; she leads the charge for gender equity in the work place; and she champions equality of all LGBTQ women & our families. We also believe it is important that we elect the first Madam President in our nation’s history. Today we have 104 women serving in both houses of Congress, but we can do better. So let’s change the progression for women & break the biggest glass ceiling once & for all & in the biggest way possible – by electing the first woman President.”
For More Info: lesbians4hillary.com 
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Dr. Judith B. Bradford Honored

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh attended Fenway Health’s Women’s Dinner Party honoring Dr. Judith B. Bradford, Director of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health & Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute with the Dr. Susan M. Love Award. More than 1,000 lesbian, bisexual women & their allies came together at the Boston Marriott Copley Place on Saturday April 11th for this fabulous elegant fundraiser that raised over $500,000 in support of the life-saving programs & services at Fenway Health. Each year the Dr. Susan M. Love Award is given to honor & celebrate a woman or organization that has made a significant contribution to the field of women’s health. The Love Award is given in honor of its founding recipient Dr. Susan M. Love, a pioneer in the fields of women’s health & breast cancer. This year’s recipient Dr. Judith B. Bradford created the first national Center for Population Research in LGBT Health which supports & stimulates research to fill critical knowledge gaps related to the health of sexual & gender minorities. Dr. Bradford’s work on lesbian, bisexual women’s issues, transgender health, LGBT aging & issues impacting young people of has helped improve the health of our entire community. Comedian Kate Clinton returned 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 kept the dance party going into the wee hours of the night.
For More Info: fenwayhealth.org
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Religious Freedom Cupcakes

In West Hollywood the best gay bar The Abbey Food & Bar has announced that it would start selling Religious Freedom Cakes benefiting the Human Rights Campaign & their efforts to fight LGBT discrimination nationwide. David Cooley, Founder & President of The Abbey stated, “Everybody is talking about whether the baker can legally refuse to serve the LGBT community. If small-minded homophobes can use their bakeries to further a cycle of hate under the guise of religious freedom, The Abbey can use its bakery to help fund HRC¹s efforts to spread equality. This is a culture war over cakes, pizzerias & flowers. The oven mitts are off & everybody needs to do their part.” The Religious Freedom Cakes will be a rotating selection of cupcakes featuring the Human Rights Campaign logo. They will be sold for $5 to benefit Human Rights Campaign. Founded by David Cooley in 1991, The Abbey has grown to become a West Hollywood institution, home of the Gay Walk of Fame, Elizabeth Taylor¹s favorite pub & a community center. A favorite of celebrities, locals & tourists alike, there is no better place to meet old friends, make new ones, have a smart cocktail, eat a delicious meal & just kick back and have fun. The Abbey Food & Bar is located at 692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood in California.
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Update: Gay Adoption In Florida

The Florida Senate blocked efforts to allow Indiana-style discrimination in adoption late Wednesday afternoon. In doing so they derailed an effort that originated in the House of Representatives to reintroduce an anti gay adoption law in Florida. Former Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Destin an opponent to the homophobic legislation stated, “We don’t need to turn back the social clock in this state to 1977” which was the year Florida banned gay & lesbian people from adopting children. Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida stated, “We applaud Senator Gaetz for rallying his colleagues to stop this disastrous effort to put discrimination back into Florida law. Now is not the time for Florida to look back to its ugly past. It is time to secure full equality & chart a fair & inclusive path for our state.” The Florida Senate action came just minutes after the Florida House voted overwhelmingly to allow taxpayer-funded private adoption agencies to turn away gay people & others. While the House bill was clearly aimed at discriminating against gay & lesbian people, the fiery debate spotlighted bill sponsor Rep. Jason Brodeur’s unwillingness to deny that agencies might be able to discriminate based on race, religion or other factors as well. This Senate adoption bill, which has already passed the House of Representatives would also eliminate Florida’s 1977 anti gay adoption statute which has remained on the books despite being unenforceable since it was declared unconstitutional in 2010. The bill has one more reading in the Senate; if passed as expected it will be sent to the Governor. Updates to Come…:)
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