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GLAAD To Honor Ryan Murphy

GLAAD the LGBTQ media advocacy organization announced that award-winning screenwriter, producer & director Ryan Murphy will be honored at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards that take place in New York at the Hilton Midtown on Thursday March 19th. Murphy will receive the Vito Russo Award presented to an openly LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in accelerating LGBTQ acceptance. The Award is named after Vito Russo a founder of GLAAD & celebrated ACT UP activist who was instrumental for news & entertainment industries to include LGBTQ performers & stories. I knew Vito & he would be very pleased with Murphy being acknowledged for his stellar bulk of work. Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD President & CEO stated, “Ryan Murphy is a talented trailblazer behind some of the most innovative & popular LGBTQ projects in television, theater & film history & he continues to bring underrepresented LGBTQ voices to the table in ways that raise the bar in Hollywood. Ryan’s unique & gifted brand of storytelling has not only entertained the masses, but provided LGBTQ youth with characters who inspire them to live boldly & proudly.” Previous Vito Russo honorees include Billy Porter, Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin, Cynthia Nixon, RuPaul, Rosie O’Donnell, Tom Ford, Samira Wiley, Thomas Roberts, George Takei, Alan Cumming, Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, among others. GLAAD previously announced that Taylor Swift will receive the Vanguard Award & Janet Mock will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 16th.
For More Info & Tix: glad.org
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Diane Anderson-Minshal Heads Pride

Pride Media Inc. the largest publisher of LGBTQ content in America named Diane Anderson-Minshall as its new chief executive officer & the first woman to ever hold the position at Pride Media. Diane previously served as the editorial director for The Advocate the country’s oldest LGBTQ publication where she helped expand the reach of a number of Pride’s multiplatform brands & expanded their revenue streams. She was also the editor in chief of Curve for a decade & the cofounder of Girlfriends magazine. Anderson-Minshall stated, “The Advocate was the first LGBTQ magazine I ever read, back in the late 1980s. I literally left mainstream media within weeks of discovering it, knowing the stories that I wanted to tell. Now, decades after I first penned one of my earliest freelance articles for The Advocate, our brands — Out, The Advocate, Pride, Plus — are still among the only national LGBTQ brands with the power to tell the full truth about our lives. These titles & this company are more important now in 2020 than ever. I look forward to taking our mandate for storytelling to new people & new platforms while remembering the readers & followers who have gotten us here.” Diane is a 30-year LGBTQ media veteran & the founder & CEO of Retrograde Communications, a modern editorial services & content development firm, which produced content & white label experiences for corporations, nonprofits & destinations/tourism outlets, including Marriott, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Walgreens, AT&T & more. The agency had previously partnered with Pride Media & was a key producer of content for The Advocate & Plus magazines.
For More Info: pridemedia.com
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Tanya Neslusan To Head MassEquality

Tanya Neslusan has been named executive director of MassEquality, Massachusetts’ leading statewide grassroots LGBTQ advocacy organization. MassEquality is redirecting its geographic focus by organizing communities from Springfield to Pittsfield & Quincy to the Cape. Their goal is to make LGBTQ equality a reality throughout the Commonwealth. Tanya is an experienced political & social justice organizer & life-long resident of Central Massachusetts. Michael Pizziferri, MassEquality Board President stated, “Tanya has an impressive set of organizing skills that will bring the work of MassEquality alive in local communities. There is positive alignment between our strategic direction & Tanya’s desire to inspire social change through community organizing, developing accessible tools for people to put to work to bring change at the local level, where people meet regular resistance.” In 2018 Tanya attempted to unseat a seven-term & largely-uncontested State Representative. Tanya has served as Secretary of the Sturbridge Town Democratic Committee, Planning Committee Member of Showing up for Racial Justice Worcester & Board Member of the Bay State Stonewall Democrats. Tanya is a founding member of the leadership team of Grassroots Central Massachusetts & is a member of both the Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition & Citizens for a Neslusan concluded, “Local organizing is critical to true social change & I am excited to be a part of MassEquality as we redirect our primary focus to diverse grassroots organizing in local communities.” Tanya holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts & has spent the majority of her career working in health insurance information technology. She lives in Sturbridge, MA with her wife Rebecca & her teenage son Nick.
For More Info: massequality.org
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The Dinah Palm Springs 30th Year

The Dinah is celebrating its 30th anniversary as the largest all-girl music festival that takes place in Palm Springs, California from April 1st through April 6th. Named for Dinah Shore the iconic singer, actress & golf fan, The Dinah has evolved from an annual gathering of women whose primary desert interest was golf to the most fabulous celebration of female empowerment, visibility & unity. This year will be their biggest event yet with amazing musical performances, comedy shows, pool parties, nighttime soirees, celebrity meet & greets, contests, DJ Battles, fun & games & so much more. Mariah Hanson, Founder, Producer & CEO stated, After 30 years, The Dinah is as strong an event as its ever been. In an industry where festivals come & go, where men control the narrative & the platform, The Dinah stands as a beacon of light for what women can achieve together when we embrace the paradigm of teamwork & inclusivity. The Dinah team embodies a relentless commitment to creating a women-centric space whose message is simply all women are valued, heard, celebrated & inspiring. We strive to create a collective vision of women that embodies an unapologetic determination to live life on our terms. Our customers leave changed for the better because of it. The Dinah's uplifting messaging touches lives long after the last song has played." Past Dinah performers include Tegan & Sara, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Bebe Rexha, Snow Tha Product, Jessie Reyes, Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea, Eve, Chaka Khan, Salt 'N Pepa, Christina Perri, Natasha Bedingfield & so many more. Ally Brooke will headline this year's event with more talent announcements coming soon. OUTTAKE MEDIA is an official Media Sponsor covering this fabulous event so you won't want to miss this 30th celebration.
For More Info & Tix: thedinah.com
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Golden Gate Business Association Event

As the world’s first LGBTQ chamber of commerce the Golden Gate Business Association is kicking off 2020 with an event focused on members & partners in the hospitality industry on January 14th at Cafe Alma 888 Innes Avenue in San Francisco, CA from 6P TO 8P. If your business is Hotels, Meeting Rooms, Shared Workspaces, Event planning, Catering, Food & Beverage or DJ & Entertainment services then mark your calendars & be sure to bring a colleague. GGBA creates opportunities for marketing, networking, procurement & referral-based business growth programs that support development of business skills & expertise through workshops & seminars. They advocate for positive economic, social & political change. Gina Grahame, President GGBA Board of Directors stated, “The GGBA, like every successful team, cannot succeed without everyone’s participation. We need members to utilize the platforms & resources the GGBA provides to get more engaged to learn about, patronize & refer the businesses of fellow members. We need your feedback on what we’re doing right, what we’re doing wrong & what new programming you believe would be benefit your business & community. If you’re not sure where or how to start becoming engaged, then reach out to me or to any of our dedicated Board Members. In short, we need you – each of you & all of you.” So be sure to bring your business cards & your A-Game to this fabulous GGBA January 14th event where refreshments & light bites will be provided & more. Admission is free to Chamber Members & Partners & $25 for non-members & non-partners.
For More Info: business.ggba.com
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Victory Against Air Force HIV Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a lower court ruling halting efforts by the Trump-Pence administration to discharge members of the Air Force because they are living with HIV. The decision will allow the two active-duty plaintiffs in the case to continue serving in the U.S. Air Force as well as prevent the discharge of any other Airmen living with HIV. Peter Perkowski Director of Modern Military Association of America stated, "In light of major advancements in medical treatments, there is no legitimate reason these servicemembers cannot or should not be able to continue to serve their country. It’s past time for the Department of Defense’s outdated policies to catch up with modern science.” The court ruled that the government’s justifications “fail to account for current medical literature & expert opinion about current HIV treatment & transmission risks.” The opinion written by Judge Wynn & joined by Judge Diaz & Judge Floyd, stated, “A ban on deployment may have been justified at a time when HIV treatment was less effective at managing the virus & reducing transmission risks. But any understanding of HIV that could justify this ban is outmoded & at odds with current science. Such obsolete understandings cannot justify a ban, even under a deferential standard of review & even according appropriate deference to the military’s professional judgments.”  The case was a joint effort of Lambda Legal & MMAA with attorneys from Winston & Strawn LLP & Greenberg Traurig LLP serving as pro-bono co-counsel. Modern Military Association of America was formed through the merger of the American Military Partner Association & OutServe-SLDN & is the nation’s largest non-profit organization for the LGBTQ military & veteran community. They are committed to education, advocacy & support for LGBTQ service members, veterans, military spouses, family members & allies.
For More Info: modernmilitary.org
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New Tel Aviv LGBTQ Family Center

The LGBTQ center of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality has launched its new "Family Center" which will offer guidance to families in the city’s LGBTQ community & addresses a variety of aspects of LGBTQ family life. The family center is an important part of the community's struggle for equality & its establishment stems from the municipality's pluralistic worldview which promotes the values of tolerance, acceptance & diversity from an early age throughout the city's educational institutions. Etai Pinkas Arad, a Tel Aviv-Yafo City Council Member in charge of LGBTQ affairs stated, "The Tel Aviv LGBTQ center is the heart of the LGBTQ community in Tel Aviv-Yafo & it is our duty as a municipality to support LGBTQ families & provide them with the information & services they need. Tel Aviv-Yafo will continue to be a light-house city & will offer assistance to anyone who wants to build a family." Avihoo Mizan, Director of the Tel Aviv LGBTQ Center: concluded, "We are proud to offer a variety of services for LGBTQ families, all under one roof. The family center is a significant new pillar to the exceptional support that the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality is offering to the city's LGBTQ community. The center will enable thousands of families to find the social support system that will help them feel at home for the first time. The center offers a large pool of services, workshops, events & ongoing activities that will keep growing over the coming months & years. We invite all families of the LGBTQ community to come visit us & be part of our community." The Tel Aviv LGBTQ center opened its doors in 2008 & quickly became one of the main pillars of the LGBTQ community in Tel Aviv.
For More Info: lgbtqcenter.org.il
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