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Reclaim Pride March Event In London

This is a very important LGBTQ event. The first-ever Reclaim Pride march is taking place in London on Saturday July 24th. Since we have just experienced the sad demise of Boston Pride after over 50 years of LGBTQ Pride celebrations in this city we need to wake up & address ways to bring Pride back to its roots nationally & globally & Reclaim Pride is a fabulous way to kick off this movement. Organizer Peter Tatchell stated, “Pride in London has become depoliticized & over commercialized. Reclaim Pride puts LGBT+ human rights back into Pride. We want to make Pride once again an event where our on-going demands for LGBTI+ liberation can be seen & heard. All LGBTI+ organizations, individuals & allies are invited to participate.” Linda Riley of DIVA & Lesbian Visibility Week added, “When Peter Tatchell asked if DIVA would support the Reclaim Pride March & explained the concept, there was no hesitation. The idea of taking Pride back to its roots is one that we’re absolutely behind.” Phyll Opoku-Gyimah of UK Black Pride concluded, “UK Black Pride is proud to take part in the Reclaim Pride March, which is taking place at an important & critical juncture in all our lives. Perhaps more than ever, racism within & outside of the LGBTQ community is being discussed seriously & we are here to remind one & all that until racism, transphobia & homophobia are eradicated, there will be no liberation for any of us.” Organizers ask that everyone please bring water, sunscreen & an umbrella just in case. Plus food & drink for the picnic in Hyde Park that follows. Also to please wear a mask & respect fellow protestors who want to social distance. For More Info… 

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Tokyo Olympics & LGBTQ Pride House

As we have reported there will be more out LGBTQ athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics that takes place Friday July 23rd to Sunday August 8th than all the previous Summer Olympics combined. Since 1928 229 LGBT+ athletes have competed in the Summer & Winter Olympics & this year at least 162 LGBTQ athletes are headed to Tokyo a new record & 116% increase since the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. However Japan failed to improve LGBTQ rights ahead of the Olympics & brave Japanese athletes are coming out anyways. In Japan marriage equality has not been legalized & there are limited legal recognitions for gay & lesbian couples with few protections against discrimination in the workplace or in public. Japanese law also requires transgender people to be surgically sterilized if they want legal recognition of their gender identity. Our LGBTQ community in Japan hoped that the 2020 Olympics would force changes that would allow them to have a better future but that didn’t happen. Gon Matsunaka President of Pride House Tokyo stated, “We hope that we can all reaffirm the spirit of the Olympic Charter, which states that all people should be given equal opportunity to play sports without discrimination of any kind, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity & that the Games will be a celebration of an inclusive sports culture that does not exclude anyone & promotes positive change in society.” Pride House Tokyo Consortium has been working to expand understanding of LGBTQ & other sexual minorities in Japan since 2018 to create an environment in which all people can feel safe, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. For More Info…

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NHL Player Luke Prokop Comes Out

NHL player Luke Prokop announced on Twitter & Instagram that he is gay. Prokop is the first active NHL player under contract to come out as gay. Prokop is 19 years old & from Edmonton, Alberta. He was selected by the Nashville Predators in the third round of the 2020 NHL draft & signed a three-year contract with the Predators in December. Prokop stated, “While the past year & a half has been crazy, it has also given me the chance to find my true self. I am no longer scared to hide who I am. Today I am proud to publicly tell everyone that I am gay. It has been quite the journey to get to this point in my life. From a young age I have dreamed of being an NHL player & I believe that living my authentic life will allow me to bring my whole self to the rink & improve my chances of fulfilling my dreams. I hope that in sharing who I am I can help other people see that gay people are welcome in the hockey community, as we work to make sure that hockey truly is for everyone." Rich Ferraro, GLAAD Chief Communications Officer concluded, “Luke’s coming out is another milestone for LGBTQ visibility in sports that is being met with support & affirmation from league officials. By speaking out, Luke has created an inspiring moment for all young hockey fans to see they can be their authentic selves & achieve any dream. This has already been a historic year for out LGBTQ people in sports, including Carl Nassib’s coming out in the NFL, Kumi Yokoyama in soccer & record representation at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It sends an unequivocal message of support & acceptance to LGBTQ youth in every field and arena, that you belong & you are valued, just as you are.”

Hollywood Films LGBTQ Representation

GLAAD recently released its ninth annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI) that maps the quantity, quality & diversity of LGBTQ characters in films released by the eight major film studios. For the first time in the report’s history there were more lesbian characters than gay male characters but the report found no LGBTQ characters with disabilities, no LGBTQ characters living with HIV & transgender or non-binary characters still remain completely absent for a fourth year in a row. The study is based on GLAAD’s Vito Russo Test that sets a criteria analyzing how LGBTQ characters are situated in a narrative film. Vito Russo who I had the pleasure to cross paths with many times when I lived in NYC was an activist, historian & co-founder of GLAAD. For a film to pass the Vito Russo Test the following must be true. The film must contain a character that is identifiably LGBTQ. That character must not be solely or predominantly defined by their sexual orientation or gender identity (i.e. the character is comprised of the same sort of unique character traits commonly used to differentiate straight or non-transgender characters from one another). The LGBTQ character must be tied into the plot in such a way that their removal would have a significant effect. Meaning they are not there to simply provide colorful commentary, paint urban authenticity, or (perhaps most commonly) set up a punchline. The character should matter.  Megan Townsend, GLAAD’s Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis concluded, “We know that LGBTQ audiences are a powerful & invested audience & a quickly growing one as we see more & more people empowered to live their authentic lives. The power, passion & growth of LGBTQ audiences proves that if studios wish to be successful in retaining & expanding fans, they must tell meaningful queer & trans stories.” GLAAD found that of the 44 films released from major studios in 2020 only ten (22.7 percent) contained LGBTQ characters.  For More Info…

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Achieving LGBTQ Equality In The Media

The Rainbow Lifelong Learning Institute Boston is presenting a special virtual event “Achieving LGBTQ Equality Through The Media” with Emmy winner Charlotte Robinson on Tuesday July 20th from 12P to 1:30P EST via Zoom. With the Equality Act the most important legislation that would advance our LGBTQ civil rights pending in the US Senate our community is at a standstill. Mainstream media rarely addresses our LGBTQ issues except when they reach the US Supreme Court. With LGBTQ Pride being celebrated for the past two years mostly virtual due to the pandemic it is crucial that we form a media strategy & messaging to achieve full LGBTQ equality especially with the attacks on our transgender youth & transgender women of color. Robinson stated, “We’ve all watched the influence of the media elect government officials from local politicians to the Oval Office. Over the past decades our LGBTQ community has been developing an important mainstream media presence from Ellen DeGeneres to Rachel Maddow & Anderson Cooper to David Muir. However where we go from here is crucial to achieving full equality.” Take a journey with Emmy winner Charlotte Robinson as she talks about LGBTQ media representation through the decades & where we go from here. With her lifetime commitment to LGBTQ civil rights in 2004 Charlotte produced & directed the acclaimed short film OUTTAKE addressing marriage equality that morphed into the online news & entertainment network OUTTAKE MEDIA LLC. The Rainbow Lifelong Learning Institute Boston offers LGBTQ seniors & friends the opportunity to build & strengthen community through educational programs & social activities.“Achieving LGBTQ Equality Through The Media” on Tuesday July 20th from 12P to 1:30P EST via Zoom is a free event but you must register.  Register For Event…

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Camp Pride Summer Leadership Event

Campus Pride the national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating safer more inclusive communities for LGBTQ & ally people on college campuses has announced the schedule for their 15th annual Camp Pride Summer Leadership Academy being held virtually July 16th to 18th. Shane Windmeyer Campus Pride Executive Director stated, “Camp Pride is one of the longest-running LGBTQ summer leadership camps for youth across the country & the only one of its kind for college students. It continues to be the premier national training academy for social justice & grassroots activism for LGBTQ & ally young adults at colleges & universities." This year’s Camp Pride will be held online for all registrants & live-streamed on Campus Pride’s Instagram in a limited capacity. Registration is $265 for three days of online programming; however a limited number of fee waivers are available to trans, queer people of color & students going to rural colleges to attend for free. Campus Pride is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year as the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to building future leaders & creating safer more inclusive communities for LGBTQ people & allies at colleges & universities. Founded in 2001 Campus Pride offers a wide variety of programs & resources for students & prospective students, including the Campus Pride Index, HBCU Clearinghouse, Trans Policy Clearinghouse, Lambda 10, Stop the Hate & Safe Space trainings as well as their annual Camp Pride leadership camp. LGBTQ & ally students & advisors can still register & apply for financial aid to attend Camp Pride. For More Info…

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LGBTQ Athletes At The Tokyo Olympics

There will be more out LGBTQ athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics that takes place Friday July 23rd to Sunday August 8th than all the previous Summer Olympics combined. At least 121 publicly out LGBTQ athletes are headed to Tokyo for the Summer Olympic Games which is more than double the number who participated at the 2016 Rio Games. According to Outsports Canadian swimmer Markus Thormeyer stated, “Competing at the Olympics as an openly gay athlete is pretty amazing. Being able to compete with the best in the world as my most authentic self at the biggest international multi-sport games shows how far we’ve come on inclusion in sport. I’m hoping that by competing at these Games I can show the LGBTQ community that we do belong & we can achieve anything we put our minds to.” Outsports also reports that the United States has the most out athletes at the Tokyo Olympics with more than 30 LGBTQ out athletes. Team USA is currently followed in the number of publicly out LGBTQ athletes by Britain (13), Netherlands (11), Canada (11), Australia (8) & New Zealand (8). Lesbians on the list outnumber gay men by about a 7-1 margin with women’s soccer having more than 30 out players. Unfortunately Japan has failed to improve LGBTQ Rights ahead of the Olympics but Japanese athletes are coming out anyways. Gon Matsunaka head of the Japan’s first permanent LGBTQ community center hopes the games will prove a catalyst in creating a society in which LGBTQ discrimination is no longer accepted & diversity is embraced. So let’s cheer on our brave & talented out Olympians & take advantage of this global opportunity to further LGBTQ equality. 

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