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Unique Woman’s Coalition Virtual Event

The Unique Woman’s Coalition has announced it will be holding a fabulous virtual fundraiser event "Unique Woman’s Coalition Community Celebration" on Saturday July 11th at 3P PT / 6P ET. The fundraiser will be hosted by Drag Race alumna Gia Gunn & founder of Unique Woman’s Coalition (UWC) Chela Demuir. It will be streamed on YouTube with all proceeds going to the Unique Woman’s Coalition. The event will feature musical performances from notable black trans artists including: cultural ambassador of Bounce music Big Freedia, singer/songwriter Shea Diamond, Grammy-nominated songwriter Jaila Simms, drag queen Calypso Jete Balmain from HBO MAX’s Legendary, Atlanta-based artist/musician Royce Hall, singer & poet Kyler O’Neal, musician Teyana Trendz, & singer/songwriter Neverending Nina (Barker) who stated, "The Unique Woman's Coalition Community Celebration Fundraiser on Saturday July 11th 3P PST is an opportunity to shine a positive bright light on an All Black Trans led organization serving on the frontlines of the community for over 20 years in Los Angeles & nationwide under the direction of Queen Chela Demuir. This fundraising event is also a way to combat the onslaught of recent murders of Black Transgender People on a daily basis by helping UWC provide in depth services that consist of legal services, food & cloth pantries, mental health groups etc. How you can help? RSVP for the event & of course DONATE DONATE DONATE!!" Co-host Gia Gunn concluded, “This is the opportunity for all of us to celebrate the T in the LGB!” Unique Woman’s Coalition was established in 1997 & is the first Los Angeles based supportive organization for & by Transgender people of color. Downbeat Entertainment LLC will produce the virtual fundraiser event.
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Millions Watched Virtual Global Pride

Organizers have confirmed that more than 57 million people joined the world’s first virtual Global Pride event for our LGBTQ community & allies in at least 163 countries. Content included music, drag performances, speeches & messages from activists & archive footage from Pride events around the world. Performing artists included Laverne Cox, Elton John, Denise Ho, Adam Lambert, Olivia Newton John, Pussy Riot, Kesha and Pabllo Vittar appeared alongside world leaders including former US Vice President Joe Biden, Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau, Xavier Bettel, Erna Solberg and Leo Varadkar, HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson & more. The event also gave focus to the Black Lives Matter movement in acknowledgement of the international response to the deaths of George Floyd, Tony McCabe & others that has prompted a historic demand for racial justice. Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza spoke during the Global Pride ‘main stage’ segments. Natalie Thompson, Co-Chair of Global Pride & Capital Pride in Washington, DC stated, “As a Black woman in the LGBTQIA+ community, it was so important to confront the systemic racism & violence facing my Black brothers, sisters & non-binary siblings, in the larger culture & within the LGBTQIA+ community. Global Pride’s tens of millions of viewers learned, cried & surely were moved to action to further confront hate & prejudice & fight for equality. This was a historic success in every way & I was proud & humbled to work beside so many diverse colleagues from around the world & provide the community with the kind of hope & inspiration the Pride movement has for decades. The work continues & we will never be silenced.”
For More Info: globalpride2020.org
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New Equality Florida Board Co-Chair

Equality Florida has announced that Jeff Delmay who served as a plaintiff in the lawsuit that led to marriage equality in Florida has been named Co-Chair of Equality Florida’s Board of Directors. Jeff has served on the board since 2016 & his 3-year term begins immediately. Nadine Smith, Executive Director of Equality Florida stated, “Jeff has played a direct role in helping to secure legal protections for Florida’s LGBTQ community. His dedication to the mission & understanding of how Equality Florida carves out victories despite challenging environments makes him a perfect choice for co-chair.” Jeff & his husband Todd first became active with Equality Florida as plaintiffs in the organization’s lawsuit Pareto v. Ruvin that secured marriage equality in Florida. At the time of the lawsuit Jeff & Todd recognized they could have traveled to a different state that allowed gay & lesbian couples to marry but Florida is their home. So in 2014 they joined Equality Florida & five other couples to end the state’s ban on marriage & fought for the same legal protections & respect afforded to other families. Delmay concluded, “People who know of Equality Florida, know that this is a very powerful, caring & diverse organization that has been practicing what it preaches since its founding in 1997. Being named co-chair is just another example of how Equality Florida is focused on lifting up the voices of all Floridians & recognizing leadership skills in Black & Brown communities.” With his new role as co-chair of the Board Jeff is not only helping to navigate the organization during a global pandemic but is also ensuring Equality Florida remains a leading voice on issues of racial violence & systemic racism. Delmay will Co-Chair Equality Florida with Anastasia "Annie" Hiotis.
For More Info: eqfl.org
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Russia Passes Anti LGBTQ Marriage Law

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic with Russia standing third in new cases their national week-long election results are in amid widespread allegations of voting irregularity making way for Putin to be president for life & passing an anti-LGBTQ constitutional amendment defining marriage exclusively as a union between a man & a woman. Alphonso David HRC President stated, “Russia is tripling down on its attacks on the basic human rights & dignity of LGBTQ people by adding constitutional prohibitions against marriage equality. Putin & his administration used propaganda brochures leading up to the election promising a return to ‘traditional family values,’ using marriage between loving couples as a wedge to push through his nefarious agenda. It is shameful, manipulative & malicious. Any leader who would resort to scapegoating LGBTQ people for political gain is a threat to the human rights of all.” Since 2013 Russia has passed legislation criminalizing the distribution of materials that promote LGBTQ relationships to minors. After the passage of that measure know as the “gay propaganda law” Russia has seen an increase in anti-LGBTQ violence according to a 2014 Human Rights Watch report. Then in 2018 Russian banned LGBTQ Pride events & last year it took action to block LGBTQ groups from officially registering in the country. Also with state-sponsored detention, violence & torture against gay & bisexual men in Chechnya don’t miss "Welcome to Chechnya" on HBO about the persecutions of LGBT+ people in Chechnya & how the Russian LGBT Network has been rescuing them for the last few years.
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New National LGBTQ Wall Honorees

During the 50th anniversary celebration of the Stonewall Riots last year two of the oldest LGBTQ orgs, The International Imperial Court System of the United States, Canada & Mexico established in 1965 & the National LGBTQ Task Force founded in 1973 created the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor at the historic Stonewall Inn in NYC. This year’s honorees include Phyllis Lyon, founder of first lesbian organization, Daughters of Billitis in 1955, Sean Sasser, AIDS activist, educator & reality television personality, Lorena Borjas, transgender & immigrant rights activist, Mother of trans Latinx community of Queens, Aimee Stephens whose historic court case paved the way for LGBTQ non-discrimination protections in employment in the recent Supreme Court ruling & Larry Kramer, playwright, author, LGBT & AIDS activist & founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Nicole Murray Ramirez, Queen Mother I of the Americas stated, “Now more than ever it is important for us to remember whose shoulders we stand on. For a community, indeed a civil rights movement, that does not know where it came from doesn’t really know where it is going.” Rea Carey, Executive Director, the National LGBTQ Task Force concluded, “As we add these names to the Wall of Honor this year, we reflect on how these five people have helped to change the world & improve the lives of LGBTQ people & those with HIV. Each one of them represents the fierceness, the resiliency & the determination to do what is right, to move us all towards freedom & liberation. Against the odds & the forces stacked against them, they provided a beacon for what our community, what our country, is capable of accomplishing.” In 2015 I talked to Larry Kramer who died in May about what he would like to see happen for LGBTQ equality & more in this exclusive audio interview. LISTEN

For More Info: thetaskforce.org
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LGBTQ Event To Address Gun Violence

LGBTQ celebrities & leaders are teaming up to headline for a virtual event to raise awareness & funds to support LGBTQ advocacy against gun violence. Peter Paige (Queer as Folk), Kevin McHale (GLEE) & Nicole Maines (Supergirl) will join the executive directors of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center & Guns Down America for an online event on July 9th at 8:30P EST. Adrian Shanker, Executive Director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center stated, "Five years ago, the attack at Pulse nightclub that brutally took away 49 LGBTQ lives was a wakeup call for many in the LGBTQ movement that we need to increase our advocacy against gun violence but since Pulse, LGBTQ people continue to be killed by gun violence. That's why this conversation on July 9th is so important." Igor Volsky, Executive Director of Guns Down America concluded, "LGBTQ Americans are disproportionately impacted by gun violence & have led the fight in building safer communities with fewer guns. We're so proud to partner with Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center to host an event focusing on how we can fight for stronger gun laws & raise the standard of gun ownership in the United States." Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center provides arts, health, youth & pride programs to strengthen & support the LGBT community across the Greater Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. Guns Down America (GDA) is building a future with fewer guns by straining the gun industry & its lobby & building political & cultural support for policies that will keep us safe from gun violence. Tickets for the July 9th virtual event start at $20 & proceeds will benefit the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center & Guns Down America.
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Provincetown Film Festival Reimagined

The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced “Provincetown Reimagined” a modified festival with drive-in & virtual screenings that will run July 16th to 19th. The Festival presented by Warner Media will kick off with two nights of screenings at the Wellfleet Drive-In including Mischa Richter’s documentary, “I Am A Town" shot entirely in Provincetown, “Save Yourselves!” the 2020 Sundance hit & a special night hosted by John Waters with film titles to be announced soon. In addition Mya Taylor (Tangerine) will be honored with the Festival’s Next Wave Award in a special conversation with her latest feature, “Stage Mother” which will be included in the festival lineup. The Opening Night screenings will take place at the Wellfleet Drive-In following health & safety protocols implemented by state & local authorities. Lisa Viola PIFF Artistic Director stated, “Given the challenges that face all film festivals this year, we’re thrilled to present a film festival in 2020. Utilizing our festival’s unique assets of a drive-in theater, the incomparable John Waters, strong filmmaker & industry support & this special community, we’ll mount a special event with programming that both entertains & brings us together through themes of diversity, equity & inclusion.” Anthony Lawson Provincetown Film Society Board President concluded, “The name ‘Provincetown Reimagined’ speaks to both the festival & our town. As we move safely toward coming together again, we have all had to be creative as we recreate our worlds & our connections. It was important to everyone – our audience, sponsors & most importantly, our community – to present a festival this year. It truly takes a village & in typical Provincetown fashion, expect a special event like no other.”
For More Info: provincetownfilm.org
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