Thursday, April 19, 2018

National LGBTQ Give OUT Day

Give OUT Day is the only national day of giving for our LGBTQ community & takes place on Thursday, April 19th from Midnight to 11:59P EST. This 24-hour online fundraising event unites the LGBTQ community from all 50 States, Puerto Rico & D.C. to raise critically needed funds. Throughout the day-long event thousands of people will make gifts to support a vast array of LGBTQ nonprofits across the country, ranging from the arts to social services agencies, advocacy groups to sports leagues, community centers to health care nonprofits. Since its inception in 2013, over 33,000 individual donors have contributed more than $4 million & supported more than 600 different organizations in every part of the country. Give OUT Day has become an important tool in helping raise awareness & funds for local LGBTQ nonprofits. In 2017 it successfully raised more than $750,000 from more than 10,000 individual donors. Nikole Pagan of Give OUT Day stated, “I’ve been moved by the stories of so many of our participating organizations that have used the day to further their own mission & to connect with new donors. There is no part of the country where LGBTQ lives have not been changed for the better by the incredible work the Give OUT Day participating organizations are doing each day. Nonprofits are the backbone of LGBTQ America & at a time where our rights are once again under assault, these organizations are using Give OUT Day as a vehicle to resist & to rebuild.” Give OUT Day is a project of Horizons Foundation. Founded as a community foundation of, by & for LGBTQ people, Horizons has been supporting LGBTQ nonprofit organizations, leaders & donors for more than 38 years.
For More Info: giveoutday.org
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Global LGBTQ Equality Guide

OutRight Action International has published a new guide entitled “International Best Practice Guide to Equality on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity” that was commissioned & funded by United Kingdom’s Government Equalities Office & published during the Commonwealth Summit that takes place this week in London. Amber Rudd, UK Minister for Women & Equalities stated, “This Government is committed to improving LGBT equality around the world & commissioned this guide to drive positive action & enable countries to learn from each other. The publication shows there is no one way to achieve equality & highlights the steps taken by countries in all corners of the globe to protect & support LGBT people.” The guide provides an overview of why & how some countries have addressed discrimination, harassment & physical & psychological violence against people on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression & sex characteristics. It presents case studies from Belize, Botswana, Fiji, Jamaica, Malta & Pakistan, countries that have introduced measures to be more inclusive. Dr. Felicity Daly, author of the guide & Global Research Coordinator at OutRight Action International concluded, “We took a pragmatic approach by focusing on countries which have taken steps to safeguard sexual & gender minorities from harm & introduced measures to ensure equality. The guide provides practical examples & resources that policy officials & civil society can use in pursuing equality for all. Countries around the world considering how to overcome inequality can use these examples to inform and inspire solutions relevant to their national contexts.” Download Guide…
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dining Out For Life 2018 (AUDIO)

It’s that time of year for Dining Out For Life the fabulous HIV/AIDS fundraising event that takes place on Thursday April 26th. More than 3,000 participating restaurants in nearly 60 cities across North America donate a generous percentage of that day’s proceeds to support service providers in their region to fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling & other essential HIV/AIDS services. An estimated $4 million will be raised in just one day of dining. Ted Allen, Dining Out For Life Spokesperson & host of “Chopped” stated, “I love working with Dining Out For Life because it’s just such a cool, very low overhead operation that raises more than $4 million for American HIV & AIDS service organizations in a single day. It also helps restaurants & chefs get new people coming in to try what they’re doing. It just seems like such a win-win-win for everybody.” Alan Bethke, Subaru of America Vice President of Marketing that hosts the event added, “We have been the host sponsor of Dining Out For Life for a decade; however, the struggle to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic continues on. Subaru is proud to be part of an event that spreads awareness for such a worthy cause & also encourages people to support those who need it most in their local communities.” Volunteer spokespeople also included include actor Pam Grier (Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown), designer Mondo Guerra, winner of Lifetime’s Project Runway All-Stars & Chef Daisy Martinez from Food Network’s Viva Daisy! A few years ago I talked to Ted Allen about Dining Out For Life in this exclusive audio byte:
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Mayor Dean Trantalis To Be Honored

Fort Lauderdale Mayor & LGBTQ Advocate Dean Trantalis will be the recipient of the first-ever Pride Center at Equality Park “Alan Schubert Award of Excellence ” during the fourth annual Diversity Honors presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida at 7P on April 27th. Robert Boo, CEO of The Pride Center at Equality Park stated, “Dean Trantalis’ recent elected victory in the City of Fort Lauderdale makes him the first openly gay mayor of one of the largest cities in the South. As a passionate public servant & outspoken leader of civil rights & equality for many years, we are delighted to celebrate him as our inaugural Pride Center award recipient.” The globally renowned gala that benefits the Harvey Milk Foundation & The Pride Center at Equality Park will also recognize Dolores Huerta, preeminent leader of the Latino, Labor & Women’s Civil Rights Movement, with the Harvey Milk Foundation Honors Medal plus honor Craig Stevens, WSVN-TV anchor, David Richardson, Florida State Representative serving District 113 & current primary candidate for Congress in Florida's 27th District & the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Gay-Straight Alliance for their local efforts in making a significant impact on improving the quality of life for our LGBTQ community. The important celebration serves as a kick-off to Harvey Milk Day events around the world & spotlights those who are transforming lives by living authentically & advancing inclusiveness. WSVN’s Lynn Martinez will emcee the event.
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Friday, April 13, 2018

GLAAD Honors Britney Spears

The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were presented in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, April 12th. Ricky Martin presented Britney Spears with the Vanguard Award for her support of our LGBTQ community & TV producer Ryan Murphy presented Jim Parsons with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award that is presented to an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance. GLADD Media Awards were present for Outstanding Drama Series to This Is Us (NBC) accepted by Denis O’Hare presented by Rachel Bloom & Ben Feldman, Outstanding Individual Episode in a series without a regular LGBTQ character "Thanksgiving" Master of None for Netflix accepted by Lena Waithe & presented by Halle Berry, Outstanding Kids & Family Programming winner was Andi Mack, Disney Channel. Outstanding Comedy Series went to Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) accepted by Chelsea Peretti, Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero & producer Dan Goor & presented by Chloe Grace-Moretz & Tom Payne. Then Outstanding Film – Limited Release went to A Fantastic Woman, Sony Pictures Classics, Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series went to the Cleve Jones mini series When We Rise (ABC), Outstanding Comic Book presented to Black Panther: World of Wakanda (Marvel Comics), Outstanding Daily Drama was The Bold & the Beautiful (CBS) & more. Wanda Sykes hosted the event & celebrities sported blue “&” pins for GLAAD’s Together movement representing GLAAD’s work on intersectional issues including immigration, racial justice, women’s rights & LGBTQ acceptance. The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York will take place on Saturday, May 5th at New York Hilton Midtown in NYC.
For More Info: glaad.org
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

PFLAG To Honor Joy Reid

PFLAG National the nation's first & largest organization for LGBTQ people, their families & allies announced it will honor TV host & political analyst Joy Reid at its 45th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday May 9th at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Ms. Reid will receive her award from Pulse attack survivor Brandon Wolf who is the co-founder & serves as the Vice President of The Dru Project, a nonprofit organization that establishes Gay Straight Alliances in public high schools & provides college funding to future leaders in the LGBTQ community. Wolf stated, “I can think of no one more fitting for the PFLAG National Straight for Equality in Media award than Joy Reid. She has perpetually been among the fiercest advocates of the LGBTQ community & has leveraged her role as a media figure to demand equality for all people & accountability for those in power. I am honored to be presenting this award to my friend & ally.” Reid sated, "It's such an honor to receive this award from PFLAG & I am mindful that it comes at a time when many of the battles for equality for LGBT people that in recent years felt all-but won are having to be re-fought & old fears of injustice are returning. All I can do, as an ally, is stand with you, lock arms with you, listen to you & speak up. If I've done that reasonably well, I am humbled & grateful." PFLAG was founded in 1972 by Jeanne Manford a New York schoolteacher after her gay son, activist Morty Manford, was harassed & beaten she marched by his side in an early precursor to NY Pride & found herself surrounded by young LGBTQ people asking her to reach out to their parents.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Student Global AIDS Action Week

Student Global AIDS Action Week runs April 9th to 13th. The National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) will join five days of grassroots action to show the U.S. government they will not stand by while it delays & deprioritizes fighting for people living with HIV & AIDS. The U.S. has been a leader in the response to the AIDS epidemic for the last 15 yeas & NASTAD demands that instead of backing away America must continue to lead the way to an AIDS-free generation. Because HIV exists at the intersection of public heath and social justice, NASTAD will join the Action Week to address five issues where progress is critical – from immigrant rights to ending poverty & tackling homophobia to achieve the goal of an AIDS-free generation. NASTAD is a leading nonpartisan, nonprofit association that represents public health officials who administer HIV & hepatitis programs in the U.S. & around the world. Their singular mission is to end the intersecting epidemics of HIV, viral hepatitis & related conditions. They do this work by strengthening domestic and global governmental public health through advocacy, capacity building & social justice. The Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC) is a US-based network of student & youth organizations, including HIV+ youth, committed to the global fight against AIDS. SGAC seeks to mobilize a diverse student movement, in partnership with students internationally, to make claims upon governments, corporations & civil society through informed political advocacy & direct action. SGAC demands sufficient resources, effective prevention & guaranteed access to AIDS treatment & care as a matter of moral urgency.
For More Info: studentglobalaidscampaign.org
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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Transgender Victory In Alaska

Alaska rejected Proposition 1 which was a sweeping anti-transgender ballot measure aimed to overturn the trans-inclusive portions of Anchorage’s 2015 nondiscrimination ordinance & require trans people to use public restrooms that correspond to their original birth certificate. Rebecca Isaacs, Executive Director, Equality Federation stated, “This historic win for equality is a testament to the fair-minded majority of voters in Anchorage & the extraordinary voter turnout efforts by Fair Anchorage, Alaskans Together for Equality & the many volunteers on the ground. All Americans, including transgender people & their families, should have the opportunity to be themselves without fear of discrimination.” Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO of GLAAD concluded, “Anchorage’s transgender community worked tirelessly with the city’s faith & business leaders & local & national organizers, to build a powerful coalition of love & support & to combat the fear-mongering tactics of anti-LGBTQ activists to defeat this dangerous anti-trans ballot measure. Proposition 1 was exposed as a clear attack on transgender people & unequivocally rejected by voters who put their love of their neighbors & the safety of their entire community above hate.” This is the first time voters defeated a ballot measure that singles out transgender people for discrimination & sets a historic precedent as Massachusetts will face the first-ever statewide ballot initiative on transgender rights which will appear on the November 2018 ballot. There is also a looming anti-trans ballot measure in Montana where signatures are currently being collected to place the Initiative 183 on the state’s Election Day 2018 ballot.
For More Info: equalityfederation.org
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Friday, April 6, 2018

Mike Pompeo Supports Hate Groups

Mike Pompeo’s anti-LGBTQ record goes far beyond his personal beliefs of opposing marriage equality & the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Pompeo has worked closely with the Family Research Council the anti-LGBTQ group which openly supported Uganda’s “Kill the Gays Bill” & defends the dangerous practice of conversions therapy & actively opposed overturning laws that criminalize homosexuality. Pompeo has earned Family Research Council’s endorsement & praise, appearing on their anti-LGBTQ radio program at least six times & personally consulting with their president Tony Perkins while serving the United States as CIA Director. The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations must hold Pompeo accountable to his anti-LGBTQ record in his Secretary of State upcoming confirmation hearing. Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO of GLAAD stated, “During his time in the Trump Administration, Mike Pompeo has personally consulted with Family Research Council, an anti-LGBTQ hate group that supported Uganda's efforts to punish & execute LGBTQ people. The American people deserve answers about Pompeo’s ties to anti-LGBTQ extremism, which should have no place in the U.S. State Department. Unless Mike Pompeo can unequivocally state that LGBTQ rights are human rights, he is wholly unqualified to be the nation’s top diplomat.” GLAAD is asking the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to take into full consideration of Mike Pompeo opposing position on LGBTQ equality, reproductive rights, Muslim & immigrant rights.
For More Info: glaad.org
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

A Night of A Thousand Genders

The Gender & Family Project (GFP) presents their fifth annual Night of A Thousand Genders After-Party that takes place on Monday April 16th from 8:30P to 10:30P at the Edison Ballroom 240 West 47th Street in NYC. For the first time ever, iconic advocate DJ Lina Bradford will spin with her mother, Darlene Bradford-Williams in honor of transgender youth & their families. The event is hosted by the fabulous Dee TrannyBear & Lady Deja & the night will include a special performance by pop sensation Mila Jam. Join the celebration & dance for family acceptance. This year’s After-Party Host Committee includes Marlon Altoe, Garrett Awad, Sureme Laster Bey, Sam Broekema, Antonio Centeno, Rob Cordell, Rickie DeSole, Eva Fehren, Grace Fuller, Kevin Graves, Adrian Harrison, Herring & Herring, Cindy Krupp, Timothy Lee & Stephen Parahus. Also tickets & tables for A Night of A Thousand Genders' Concert & Dinner are  still available that takes place at 6P with cocktails & hors d'oeuvres & dinner at 7P. A Night of a Thousand Genders is honoring NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson Honorary Co-Chair, Tiq Milan with the Community Award & Lina Bradford & Darlene Bradford-Williams with the Family Award. The Gender & Family Project (GFP) empowers youth, families and communities by providing gender affirmative services, training and research. GFP promotes gender inclusivity as a form of social justice in all the systems involved in the life of the family. Founded in 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the premier institutions for family therapy & one of the best-known & most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves families from all walks of life at all stages of family life.
For Info & Tix: ackerman.org 
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

World Premiere Boys In Trouble

The World Premiere of trailblazing transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey returns to the stage with Boys In Trouble a new evening of dances that unpacks masculinity with unflinching honesty from unapologetically trans & queer perspectives at Z Space at 450 Florida Street in San Francisco, CA April 19th to 21st. It’s a true transsexual confession of an unabashed love letter between queer black men. A send up of all things macho, a queer spin on butchness with real talk about whiteness. Boys In Trouble is an invitation to look deeply at shame, a witness to hurt & heartbreak & a roadmap for another way. Boys In Trouble is an extravaganza of full-throttle dance, raw emotion, irreverent humor, exquisite queer partnering & super-vulnerable storytelling all performed with Sean Dorsey Dance’s signature precision, guts & deep humanity. The timely performance hits the stage as America grapples with toxic masculinity, the trans revolution & renewed attacks on trans & LGBTQ rights. In turns powerful, explosive, devastatingly honest, humorous & sexy, offering an urgent & relevant examination of American masculinity’s deep roots in trouble. Boys In Trouble is performed by Sean Dorsey, Brian Fisher, ArVejon Jones, Nol Simonse & Will Woodward. Original music is composed by Alex Kelly, Ben Kessler, Anomie Belle & LD Brown. Tickets are Thursday 8P $15-$30 sliding scale, Friday 8P $15-$30 sliding scale, Saturday 4P with ASL interpretation $10-$30 sliding scale & Saturday’s Gala 8P $20-50 sliding scale.
For Info & Tix: seandorseydance.com
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Monday, April 2, 2018

Media Visionaries At ClexaCon

Emmy Winning Broadcaster Charlotte Robinson will be appearing at ClexaCon the media & entertainment event for LGBTQ women & allies that takes place at the Tropicana in Las Vegas April 5th through April 9th. She will be joining author & graphic designer Robin Lowey & journalist Kathy Belge for their panel entitled “Game Changers: How These Outliers Affected Queer Culture” on Friday April 6th at 10A in the Marsha P. Johnson room at the Tropicana. "Game Changers" will address our community before Ellen, The L Word & Orange Is the New Black when lesbians were often at great risk in pursuit of community & culture. Many women lost their jobs, were thrown in jail & kicked out of families when their identities were revealed. Nevertheless they persisted. This is an opportunity to hear the stories of lesbians & lesbian culture that paved the way for where we are today. Robinson stated, “When I worked in media during the 1970’s & 1980’s you had to be in the closet or risk being fired on the spot. Most of my colleagues knew but if you were gay back then you had to play the straight game which was beyond stressful. So I played the game until I couldn’t do it anymore. I had to be my authentic self so I worked freelance until creating my own online news network.” In 2004 Charlotte produced & directed the acclaimed short film OUTTAKE™ addressing gay marriage that was instrumental in passing marriage equality that morphed into an online news network that broadcasts to an audience of over a million people globally. Other media visionaries scheduled to appear at ClexaCon are Christin Baker & Bridget McManus from tello Films, filmmaker Marina Rice Bader, actress Marlene Forte & Publicist Mona Elyafi to name a few.
For More Info: clexacon.com
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