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LGBTQ Faith Leaders To Watch

With the Trump administration’s rollback of nondiscrimination protections for our LGBTQ community under the flimsy guise of religious liberty the Center for American Progress has named nine faith leaders to watch in 2019. These faith leaders are playing a critical role in resisting injustice & articulating a moral vision for the nation. The nine leaders to watch are Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, progressive Christian writer, activist & deacon, Louisville, Kentucky, Abby Stein, Jewish educator, writer, speaker & activist in NYC, Reverend Naomi Washington-Leapheart, faith work director, National LGBTQ Task Force, Philadelphia, Reverend Dr. Nancy Petty, pastor, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, Mahdia Lynn, Executive Director, Masjid al-Rabia, Chicago, Reverend Frederick Davie, Executive Vice President, Union Theological Seminary, NYC, Rabbi Rachel Timoner, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn, New York, Drew Konow, scholar of religion, cultural critic, activist, New Haven, Connecticut & Reverend angel Kyodo williams, writer, activist, ordained Zen priest, senior fellow, Auburn Seminary in NYC. Through their work these extraordinary faith leaders have proposed powerful visions to reform the criminal justice system, advance climate justice, dismantle systemic racism & more. These religious leaders all play a pivotal role in fostering bold, progressive policies to create a more just world. The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research & educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just & free America that ensures opportunity for all. They work to find progressive & pragmatic solutions to significant domestic & international problems & develop policy proposals that foster a government that is “of the people, by the people & for the people.”
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Stonewall National Museum & Archives

Hunter O’Hanian has been named the new executive director of the LGBTQ Stonewall National Museum & Archives based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida & operating at the Stonewall Gallery in nearby Wilton Manors. Ronald Herron, Chair of the Stonewall Board of Directors stated, “Hunter has been enthusiastically selected by the Stonewall National Museum & Archives Board of Directors to lead the institution. Stonewall has a major cultural & educational presence in South Florida & has emerged as a nationally prominent LGBTQ+ organization & we expect Hunter to build on that success.” Hunter O’Hanian added “I have long been an admirer of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives & its supporters. They have worked hard to preserve LGBTQ+ history & culture in South Florida and nationally. I’m pleased to be part of this organization & look forward to exploring ways to expand its collection & present important stories that can be told through our Archives & Library. I look forward to seeing how we can work together with other LGBTQ+ organizations to collectively create a prominent national resource.” O’Hanian previously was the director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art in NYC. The Leslie-Lohman Museum is a nationally-prominent organization & is the only art museum devoted exclusively to artwork that speaks to the LGBTQ+ experience. Founded in 1973 the Stonewall National Museum & Archives houses over 3,000 documents, public records, private archival materials & a host of historic items which together document a century of our LGBTQ+ cultural & social history.
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HIV Prevention Failure In Florida

Equality Florida has disclosed that Senator Rick Scott rejected $70 million in critically needed federal funds to address HIV in Florida while he was Governor according to an investigative report by The Guardian. After years of decline Florida’s number of HIV diagnoses reversed course & increased during the time that then Governor Scott’s administration actively refused federal funds for HIV prevention & blocked grants for local governments to take action. Alejandro Acosta Equality Florida HIV Advocacy Project Director stated, “This is outrageous & irresponsible. This reporting indicates that Senator Scott purposefully worked against public health, directly endangering Floridians & keeping Florida among the highest states for HIV transmissions in the nation. We cannot afford silence when it comes to HIV. Florida should be using every tool at its disposal to combat its HIV epidemic, both through the state budget & state policy.” These admission come as the Trump Administration has proposed its “Ending the HIV Epidemic” plan, which aims for a reduction of new transmissions by 90% in 10 years. The hotspots of transmissions are mostly in the South & Florida has 7 of the 48 identified counties with the newest cases in the country. Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s LGBTQ community. Through education, grassroots organizing, coalition building & lobbying they are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
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LA LGBT Center Hearts of Gold Gala

The Los Angeles LGBT Center will present a star-studded Hearts of Gold concert & multimedia show at the historic Greek Theatre in Griffith Park at 2700 N Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles on Saturday September 21st to celebrate the Center’s momentous 50th anniversary & five decades of the fight for LGBT equality. The Hearts of Gold concert will feature Sia, Rufus Wainwright, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Kathy Griffin, Queer Eye's Karamo Brown & Bobby Berk, Valentina, Ty Herndon & many more. This will be a show unlike any other telling the story of the Center & the LGBT community with pride, passion & humor & although the stars will be out above the beautifully appointed amphitheater on its stage the evening will never lose the sense of purpose, compassion & community that defines the work of the Center bringing our community together to celebrate this momentous occasion. For 50 years the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed & celebrated LGBT individuals & families in Los Angeles & beyond since 1969. Today the Center's nearly 700 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services & global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services & Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership & Advocacy. They are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry & the struggle to build a better world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal & complete members of society. Newly announced performers include Thelma Houston, Jenifer Lewis, plus comedian Margaret Cho.
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Hope In A Box For LGBTQ Students

Hope in a Box has developed the definitive primer of LGBTQ inclusive literature for young adults & is working with dozens of university professors & middle & high school teachers across the country to make hundreds of rural public school more LGBTQ inclusive. The founding team of recent college graduates designed a bibliography of 50 books with supporting movies, magazines & albums that already is helping dozens of teachers diversify their classrooms nationwide to rave reviews. Their effort is part of a growing national movement to diversify public school curricula. Joe English, Founder of Hope in a Box stated, “I know that feeling of isolation & invisibility personally, having grown up in a small, rural town. After college, I returned to my high school to share my experience with my teachers & see how we could make the next generation of students feel more supported.” Hope in a Box has partnered with 25 rural public schools to pilot “Starter Boxes:” packages of 20-30 books from their bibliography along with supporting multimedia & curriculum guides for key texts. Based on feedback from users, 100% of educators feel better equipped to reach & support LGBTQ students because of Hope in a Box & 90% believe Hope in a Box noticeably improves LGBTQ students’ emotional wellbeing within one semester of receiving materials. With 80% of educators planning to formally incorporate the materials into their curricula this academic year, the pilot schools are diverse, including a traditional Mormon school in Washington state, low-income schools in rural Vermont & New Jersey & conservative Southern schools in Tennessee & Alabama among others.
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Take Back The Supreme Court Event

In San Francisco there’s an important event “How to Take Back the Supreme Court” on Tuesday October 1st at Manny's 3092 16th Street from 6:30P to 7:30P. Kate Kendell formerly from the National Center for Lesbian Rights & Aaron Belkin from the Palm Center have formed a new organization Take Back the Court & will lead the discussion. Kate Kendell stated, “Democracy & the entire progressive agenda will die unless we take back the US Supreme Court. Come hear the plan to do just that & how you can help save our future.” With Trump adding Justice Gorsuch & Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court we’re dealing with a frightening situation especially with our LGBTQ workers rights on the line next month when the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments October 8th in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia & Altitude Express v. Zarda on whether the federal ban on employment discrimination “because of sex” applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation. It’s time once again for our LGBTQ community to get focused & organized especially as we head into the 2020 election. Take Back The Court is leading the way addressing the crisis that the Supreme Court has broken democracy by dismantling the Voting Rights Act, allowing dark money to flood our politics & approving partisan gerrymandering. The mission of Take Back the Court is to prevent the Court from striking down new laws designed to restore democracy. San Francisco comic & Union activist Nato Green will moderated the event & tickets are $6.
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Migguel Anggelo Speaks OUT (AUDIO)

This week I talked with Migguel Anggelo about his upcoming performance at the Afterglow Festival that takes place September 10th through September 14th at the Art House at 214 Commercial Street in Provincetown, MA. Migguel will present his latest show “LatinXoxo” that closes the festival on September 14th at 9:30P. “LatinXoxo” shatters the boundaries of gender in a striptease of the stereotypes his machismo father put upon him from birth. He still remembers the sting of the words his father uttered “I’d rather have a prostitute for a daughter than a gay son.” Then at the age of 12 Migguel witnessed his father’s death by electrocution in the backyard in their home in Valencia, Venezuela forcing him to face the dichotomy between love & hate he felt toward him. Through the dialogue in “LatinXoxo” Anggelo comes to terms with that & faces the Virgin/Whore & Femme/Macho dichotomies his father saw in him & eventually comes to peace with the man he has become. The Afterglow Festival is hosted by Stella Starsky & Quinn Cox & produced by Mark Cortale Productions. Also performing at the Afterglow Festival at The Art House are Quinn Cox on Tuesday, September 10th at 9:30P, Rick Berlin on Wednesday September 11th at 7P followed by Gene Dante at 9:30P, Trevor Bachman on Thursday September 12th at 7P followed by John Jarboe & The Bearded Ladies at 9P, Fauxnique on Friday, September 13th at 7P followed by Molly Pope at 9:30P, Kareem M. Lucas on Saturday, September 14th 7P & concludes with Migguel Anggelo at 9:30P. I talked to Migguel about the inspiration for his music & his spin on our LGBTQ issues.
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Carol Lynley My Friend & Mentor RIP

I met Carol Lynley when I moved to NYC in 1978 & learned she was my downstairs neighbor. My family was a huge Carol Lynley fan ever since my mother had seen her perform on Broadway in “Blue Denim” in 1959. I use to be so star-struck when I would run into her on the stairs in our brownstone on Madison Avenue. She helped me through that & took me under her wing. Carol would never name drop but she knew so many legendary icons. She said that Fred Astaire was her mentor & I was so honored that she wanted to pass that knowledge on to me. My favorite Fred Astaire story was when she shared that she called Fred complaining about how she was going to pay a number of parking tickets she had accumulated in NYC. Fred’s answer was “I don’t know what your problem is. When I look in a mirror I see an 82 year old man.” Carol had a wit & understanding of the entertainment industry & life like no one else. She spent many Thanksgiving dinners at my home & had a way of bringing me gifts that money couldn’t buy in the 15 years I lived in NYC. An example was Thanksgiving 1987 when Carol asked if her friend Rip could join us. I said of course & then had the pleasure & thrill to realize that this man who was sitting on my mid century turquoise chair was the fabulous actor Rip Torn sharing amazing Hollywood stories. She also taught me survival techniques that I still use today. I tried to contact her over the years but was unsuccessful. Carol was best known for her performances in Return to Peyton Place, Under the Yum Yum Tree, Bunny Lake is Missing, The Pleasure Seekers, The Cardinal & The Poseidon Adventure. She had a speaking voice like an angel that I will never forget. Rest In Peace Carol.
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GLAAD To Honor Paula Abdul

GLAAD the global LGBTQ media advocacy organization announced that American pop star, choreographer, dancer, actress & producer Paula Abdul will be honored with the Ariadne Getty Ally Award at the 2019 GLAAD Gala San Francisco on September 28th at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD President & CEO stated, “Throughout her remarkable career, Paula Abdul has used her platform to raise awareness for issues affecting the LGBTQ community, especially HIV/AIDS. Even in times of heavy stigma, Paula demonstrated true allyship by consistently supporting & advocating for the LGBTQ community. Her body of work & philanthropic efforts continue to have a lasting impact on her LGBTQ fans & we’re proud to honor her contributions to equality & acceptance.” The Ariadne Getty Ally Award is named after philanthropist Ariadne Getty a member of GLAAD’s Board of Directors & who announced a $15 million lead gift to support GLAAD’s work to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance at the 2018 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The Ariadne Getty Ally Award was presented for the first time ever in 2018 to actor & activist Alyssa Milano. GLAAD previously announced that Schitt’s Creek’s Dan Levy will receive the Davidson/Valentini Award & Ali Rosenthal, founder of Leadout Capital, will be honored with the Ric Weiland Award. The event will be hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race & Broadway star Peppermint. The GLAAD Gala San Francisco celebrates & features storytellers & tech innovators who accelerate LGBTQ acceptance & helps fund GLAAD’s digital advocacy work to grow LGBTQ inclusion in digital & social media.
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HICK: A Love Story (AUDIO)

As part of the San Francisco Fringe Festival playwright/actress Terry Baum is performing her solo play “HICK: A Love Story” based on the romance of Lorena Hickok & Eleanor Roosevelt for 4 performances only on Thursday September 5th at 8:30P, Saturday September 7th at 2P, Sunday September 8th at 6:30P & Thursday September 12th at 7P at the EXIT Theatre 156 Eddy Street in San Francisco, CA. Lorena Hickok was the most famous woman journalist of her day & the first woman to have a byline on the front page of the NY Times. She met Eleanor Roosevelt (ER) during FDR’s first Presidential campaign in 1932. She convinced her editor that this particular candidate’s wife was worth her own reporter & was assigned to the job herself. The love affair between the aristocratic First Lady & the charming, hard-living butch reporter lasted several years. HICK: A Love Story is based on 2,336 letters ER wrote to Hick over 30 years. These letters were discovered in 1978 when a researcher opened 18 boxes willed to the FDR Library by Lorena Hickok. The letters document a passionate lesbian relationship between Hick & ER in the early years of their friendship & a deep connection that lasted Eleanor’s lifetime. A few of ER’s quotes from these letters during their affair include “I can’t kiss you, so I kiss your picture good night & good morning” & “I would give a good deal to put my arms around you & to feel yours around me. I love you deeply & tenderly.” Hick helped Mrs. Roosevelt become an outspoken, media-savvy activist for democracy & human rights & one of the greatest women of the 20th century. I talked to Terry about her play in the exclusive podcast in 2015.
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Jan Dee Gordon Speaks OUT (AUDIO)

This week I talked with photographer Jan Dee Gordon about her new book “LGBTQ of Steel” which is a compilation of striking portraits & personal profiles that captures the energy, optimism & resiliency of fifty LGBTQ heroes. Gordon celebrates LGBTQ individuals who bravely & without hesitation overcame unimaginable obstacles that threatened to hold them back, block their path & completely destroy their lives. The unmovable ribbon of steel symbolizes their individual struggles, hardships & ultimate triumphs. Celebrities profiles include actor Alec Mapa, comedian Margaret Cho, The Daily Show’s Frank De Caro, former mayor of West Hollywood John Duran & 93 year-old Bob Clement who was at the Stonewall Inn Riot in 1969 & more. Jan dedicated “LGBTQ of Steel” to her brother Ben Lewis who died of complications from AIDS in 1994 & a portion of the proceeds will be donated to AIDS research. I talked to Jan about what she hopes to accomplish with “LGBTQ of Steel” & her spin on our LGBTQ issues. Jan Dee Gordon’s study of photography began in Paris, France and continued in New York at the International Center for Photography and then in Los Angeles at UCLA. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar & in several museums & galleries. “LGBTQ of Steel” is the second book in her “Humanity of Steel” series. Her first was “Women of Steel” & currently she is developing the timely “Immigrants of Steel” to continue her theme of people using their inner strength to overcome life obstacles, using the comparison of the toughness of steel to successfully bend into their chosen paths.


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LGBTQ Labor Day Trumped

Labor Day this year for our LGBTQ community is overshadowed by the Trump administration strategically attempting to legalize discrimination against LGBTQ workers. If Trump & Pence succeed workers will be fired simply for their sexual orientation. Next month the U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments October 8th in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia & Altitude Express v. Zarda on whether the federal ban on employment discrimination “because of sex” applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation while the Trump administration has ramped up their attack on LGBTQ workers. First the U.S. Department of Labor proposed a rule last month that attempts to let government contractors discriminate against workers in the name of religion. Then the Department of Justice submitted a brief arguing that transgender people are not protected by Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination. This brief was submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case EEOC v. Harris Funeral Homes. Sarah Warbelow HRC Legal Director stated, “The Trump-Pence administration’s filing is both legally & morally unjustifiable. Their argument is un-American, anti-business & flies in the face of decades of federal case law, including established Supreme Court precedent. There can be no justification for such a narrow interpretation of the term ‘sex.’ Our community will not be silent & we will not be erased.” In July this case & two related filings, HRC, Lambda Legal, Out & Equal, Out Leadership & Freedom for All Americans submitted a “friend of the court” brief signed by over 200 major corporations arguing that LGBTQ people should be understood to be protected under Title VII. The landmark brief had more corporate signers than any previous business brief in an LGBTQ non-discrimination case. People we must stay vigilant on what the Trump administration is doing with their attempt to erase our LGBTQ community.
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US Open Celebrates LGBTQ Pride

The US Open tennis tournament has always been an LGBTQ inspiration since champions like Billie Jean King & Martina Navratilova took center court & won their titles. In 1983 I produced the theme music for CBS Sports coverage of the US Open with a talented composer Sharon Stone who was also lesbian which was the first year Martina won the US Open. Now decades later in front of a packed house at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center US Open Pride arrived with 'Love All: An Open Conversation" hosted by sports commentator & journalist Nick McCarvel bringing together seven athletes from four sports genres with over four decades of stories to tell about their lives as athletes & members of the LGBTQ+ community. The panel consisted of tennis legend & WTA co-founder Billie Jean King (who was also a Grand Marshal of the Stonewall 50th NYC Pride Parade), former NBA player Jason Collins, former MLB player Billy Bean, former ATP player Brian Vahaly, Olympic figure skating medalist Adam Rippon & active WTA players & partners Greet Minnen & Alison van Uytvanck from Belgium. The group reflected on a host of topics centered around LGBTQ+ participation in sports, including their own coming-out stories & their hopes for future generations. Thankfully we’ve come a long way since Billie Jean King lost all her sponsorships & what she went through in her coming out process but unfortunately we still have a long way to go.
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MassEquality On Straight Parade

In Boston a group known as Super Happy Fun America has planned a Straight Pride March at noon on Saturday August 31st beginning in Boston’s Copley Square & ending at Boston City Hall Plaza. Robb Johnson, MassEquality Acting Executive Director stated, “MassEquality works to ensure that everyone in the Commonwealth can thrive without discrimination & oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. That language is inclusive. The non-discrimination & hate crimes laws that LGBTQ people fought long & hard for protect straight people too. If a straight person feels targeted or excluded based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, they now have avenues to pursue justice. Straight rights are indeed human rights & they’re already protected. We absolutely reject the idea prominently featured on the Parade organizers’ website -- that straight people are oppressed. Straight people’s rights are not diminished when society makes room for LGBTQ people. There is space at the table for all of us. MassEquality supports a vision where we live together in peace. That said, MassEquality does support the right of all Americans to lawfully assemble, whether that be in peaceful protest or in celebration. We also support the right of counter demonstrators to gather to peacefully express concern about the motives or message of those assembled. Unfortunately we live in a time where we’re witnessing the rise of forces that seek to stamp out diversity in this country. It serves us all to be vigilant.” MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination & oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
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New LGBTQ Happiness Survey

TAIMI the world’s first LGBTQI+ dating & social network is joining efforts with the LGBT Foundation & The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS’s (UNAIDS) groundbreaking study on LGBTI Happiness to help fill the data gap on the mental well-being of LGBTQ people. The goal is to create better conditions & improve health services. The survey aims to evaluate happiness, sex & quality of life for our LGBTQ community. The collected data will help address immediate concerns & advocate for improvement when it comes to treatment & services provided to LGBTI people. Gunilla Carlsson, UNAIDS Executive Director stated, Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & intersex (LGBTI) people face stigma & discrimination daily in education, work, health & social settings. We want to understand how this affects wellness, including mental well-being & also their responses & resilience.” TAIMI’s Head of Business Development Halyna Virt underlines the importance of such groundbreaking studies concluding, "TAIMI is very glad to be joining efforts to promote the UNAIDS & LGBT Foundation’s study on global LGBTI happiness. It is our mission to make sure all people are treated as equal regardless of where they are on the gender & sexuality spectrum. It is crucial for all LGBTQI+ people to respond to this study so together we can make an impact & push for the necessary improvements around the world." TAIMI prides itself on being a reliable & safe network where users can freely post their opinions, create groups & form communities.
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Tennessee DA Homophobic Acts

Lambda Legal, Tennessee Equality Project & Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center of Rutherford County have filed a formal complaint with the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility calling for the investigation & disbarment of Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott following Northcott’s public statements that he does not file domestic assault charges if the violence occurred between gay & lesbian spouses because he does not recognize “homosexual marriage” & would not prosecute Tennessee county clerks who deny marriage licenses to gay & lesbian couples. Ethan Rice, Senior Attorney for the Fair Courts Project at Lambda Legal stated, “Coffee County DA Craig Northcott has denied the validity of same-sex marriages & the equal protection of the law to LGBT people. Such conduct violates ethics rules protecting citizens from bias & has no place within the very office designated to enforce the law of the land…District Attorney Northcott’s public comments revealed not only a bias against LGBT people but that he has made discriminatory charging decisions against an entire class of people & intends to continue to do so.” Christopher K. Sanders, Executive Director of Tennessee Equality Project & Tennessee Equality Project Foundation concluded, "LGBTQ people experiencing domestic violence are among the most vulnerable populations in Tennessee. Prosecutors have a duty to treat their cases with the same gravity as all other cases. Discrimination in prosecution endangers our community & erodes the public trust in the criminal justice system. We join Lambda Legal's complaint out of a solemn obligation to the LGBTQ community in Coffee County & a hope for equal protection of the laws."
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Harbor To The Bay AIDS Ride

The 17th annual Harbor to the Bay is a one-day bike ride from Boston to Provincetown, MA & takes place on Saturday September 14th with 100% of all pledges going directly to fight HIV/AIDS. Harbor to the Bay began in 2003 with an idea by the late Michael Tye, a group of Boston’s Club Café staff & dedicated friends who shared the dream to launch the 126-mile AIDS bike ride. Their idea was simple, a one-day ride from Boston (Harbor) to Provincetown (Bay) staffed completely by volunteers & a commitment that all rider pledges go directly to defeat HIV/AIDS. With millions of dollars being raised over the last 17 years this year their goal is $500,000. Jim Morgrage, Harbor to the Bay President stated, “Let us acknowledge that our fight is not yet over. Without an increased effort on our part, we risk having to take steps backward & begin to turn away those who need our help most. Thousands of you have honored the life of Michael Tye & the thousands of New Englanders who have lost their lives to HIV. We also know that those who look down on us are smiling & grateful for all you have done over these past 17 years. This year let’s raise more money, double our efforts & ensure that no one who needs our help is turned away.” All proceeds from Harbor to the Bay will support Fenway Health, AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Community Research Initiative, AIDS Action Committee & The Harbor to the Bay General Fund. Note that rider registration ends on September 2nd. 
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One Night Only Benefit Cabaret Event

The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) presents a special One Night Only Benefit Cabaret event entitled Protest! Revel With Some Rebels featuring cast members from the San Francisco based touring cast of the Broadway show HAMILTON for an Evening of music & dance on Monday  September 16th at Marines’ Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter Street in San Francisco at 7:30P. The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation has worked with over 60 touring casts to date to produce "One Night Only Cabaret" events. To date, REAF has distributed well over $3.5 million to AIDS service agencies, hunger programs & programs for homeless youth. Philanthropy & stellar entertainment take center stage as the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) presents a special one-night-only benefit cabaret to raise funds for The Richmond /Ermet Aid Foundation & Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Special guest emcees will be Judd Winick & Pam Ling best known from their appearance on Real World San Francisco in 1994. The two met on the show & later married but have been AIDS/HIV activist ever since, continuing to legacy of Pedro Zamora an HIV positive AIDS educator & activist. Judd went on to become a popular cartoonist & has written many popular Super Hero comic books. Pam works in HIV research & the couple are both speakers about HIV/AIDS. Tickets are: $35 for the Balcony, $60 for rear or side orchestra & $100 for VIP front orchestra which includes cocktails & desserts after party with the cast. Note that songs from HAMILTON will not be performed.
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Provincetown Harbor Swim For Life

Celebrating its 32nd year the Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla takes place Saturday September 7th. Since 1987 thousands of swimmers, kayakers, volunteers & the public have been participating in this fabulous Provincetown fundraising tradition presented by the Provincetown Community Compact. This year due to the appearance of white sharks the course of this important Provincetown tradition & fundraiser will move closer to the town’s shoreline. Walkers will be invited to participate as well. In addition to the Provincetown Harbor Shoreline Swim there will be a “Satelite Swim” in Great Pond in Wellfleet pending approval by the town. This fresh water swim is approximately a mile & will follow the shoreline of the pond. Jay Critchley, Director of the Provincetown Community Compact (The Compact), sponsor of the Swim for Life stated, “The Swim was created to honor the pristine harbor, which is the lifeblood of the town. The increased presence of seals & sharks in our waters is a harbinger of changes in the environment & swimmer safety is paramount. These changes continue our celebration of the harbor’s ecology. This is about the resilience of the Swim, the community & the planet.” Swimmers across the country will swim to benefit the following community organizations & projects: AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod (ASGCC), Helping Our Women (HOW), Outer Cape Health Services, Provincetown Rescue Squad Association, Lower Cape Ambulance Association, Soup Kitchen of Provincetown (SKIP), Provincetown Schools, The Compact Community Fund, Accessible Provincetown, West End Racing Club & Cape Cod Children’s Place.
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“Little Shop Of Horrors” Reboot

The iconic sci-fi musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors comes to the Pasadena Playhouse September 17th through October 20th for the musical theater event of the season with some deliciously devious new twists. The cast features George Salazar (Be More Chill) as Seymour Krelborn, Mj Rodriguez (Pose) as Audrey & Amber Riley (Glee) as Audrey II. Created by Howard Ashman & Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast & Aladdin), Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatergoers of all ages for more than 30 years. Danny Feldman, Pasadena Playhouse Producing Artistic Director stated, “Our new electrifying production of Little Shop of Horrors will give our audiences the opportunity to see a show they know & love in a way they never have before. From a delicious new take on everyone's favorite singing plant to the stunningly talented cast, this is sure to be a landmark theatrical event for Los Angeles." Director Mike Donahue concluded, "With its gritty early-Motown-meets-B-movie-horror-sci-fi vibe, Little Shop of Horrors has always been a favorite musical of mine & it is a thrill for me to delve deeply into this rich material with this spectacular, electric cast. I look forward to not only paying homage to this musical theatre classic, but also exploring the themes that are still so much a part of our world today. More than anything, I look forward to Playhouse audiences having the time of their lives & hearing our Little Shop with fresh ears, in a way they never have before.”
For More Info & Tix: pasadenaplayhouse.org
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Global Conversion Therapy Report

A groundbreaking new report released by OutRight Action International exposes the global reach of so-called conversion therapy. Drawing on data from survey results with almost 500 respondents from 80 countries & in-depth interviews with experts & survivors from more than a dozen countries, the report overwhelmingly shows that so-called conversion therapy efforts occur across the world & are predominantly promoted & perpetrated by people acting in the name of religion or pseudo-healthcare, often instigated by family pressure. Maria Sjödin, Deputy Director of Outright Action International stated, “Our report paints a chilling picture of the global prevalence of these barbaric practices which constitute cis-gender, heteronormative indoctrination. So-called conversion therapy efforts hinge on the belief that cis-gender heterosexuality is the norm & gender identities beyond the binary and/or same-gender attraction not only fall outside the norm, but have to be changed, if need be by brutal, inhuman force, through practices which have been recognized to be tantamount to torture by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. We welcome the efforts of a handful of governments around the world to ban so-called conversion therapy & urge governments in other countries highlighted in this report to take similar steps to safeguard their LGBTIQ citizens from these harmful practices. At the same time, it is clear that the demand for “conversion therapy” will only diminish when social, family & religious condemnation of LGBTIQ lives ceases & LGBTIQ people are free to live their lives with access to their full human rights. As such, we look forward to working across civil society, states & multilateral organizations to not only ban "conversion therapy", but continually seek ways to ensure the sustainable & genuine inclusion, acceptance & safeguarding of the human rights of LGBTIQ people.”
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GLAAD To Honor Ali Rosenthal

GLAAD announced that the founder of Leadout Capital, Ali Rosenthal will be honored with the Ric Weiland Award at the 2019 GLAAD Gala San Francisco on September 28th at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, CA. The Ric Weiland Award honors an innovator in tech & new media who is advancing equality & recognition of our LGBTQ community. Ali Rosenthal has made this mission her full-time job: founding Leadout Capital to find, vet & support founders who are building companies for overlooked & underserved markets & communities. Previous GLAAD San Francisco Honorees include Sam Altman, Marc Benioff, Margaret Cho, Hannah Hart, Adam Lambert, Don Lemon, Alyssa Milano, Megan Mullally, Tyler Oakley, Shonda Rhimes, Cybill Shepherd, Brooke Shields, Megan Smith, Emil Wilbekin & more. Ali joins the Davidson/Valentini honoree Dan Levy for what will be an unforgettable evening hosted by Peppermint with many more announcements to come. GLAAD Gala San Francisco begins with arrivals & cocktail reception at 5:30P followed by a dinner & awards ceremony at 7P & an after party at 10P. The GLAAD Gala San Francisco celebrates & features storytellers & tech innovators who accelerate LGBTQ acceptance & helps fund GLAAD’s digital advocacy work to grow LGBTQ inclusion in digital and social media. Funds raised from the GLAAD Gala SF support GLAAD’s crucial programs working to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people. The GLAAD Gala San Francisco is presented by Gilead, Ketel One Family-Made Vodka & Wells Fargo.
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Dan Baer Speaks OUT (AUDIO)

This week I talked with Dan Baer, former US Ambassador for the Obama administration & Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate about his campaign to defeat Republican Senator Cory Gardner in Colorado. Dan is endorsed by both the LGBTQ Victory Fund & Foreign Policy for America Action Network & if elected he will become the first openly gay man to serve in the US Senate. In a record-breaking second quarter his U.S. Senate FEC report shows $1,355,256 in total receipts with 87% of donations in amounts of $100 or less & an average online contribution of $25. This is the largest initial report for an LGBTQ candidate running for the U.S. Senate or U.S. House in history. Baer stated, “I’m proud that thousands & thousands of people are rising to meet this moment with us because they believe Colorado & our country can do better than the failed leadership of Cory Gardner, Mitch McConnell & Donald Trump." Dan Baer graduated from Harvard University with a degree in social studies & African American studies & was then a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University where he earned masters & doctoral degrees in international relations. Baer served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor under Secretary Clinton & Secretary Kerry from 2009 to 2013 & then as the youngest United States Ambassador to the Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe from 2013 to 2017. In 2018 Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Baer as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Dan lives in Denver with his husband Brian Walsh a climate economist. I talked to Dan about his groundbreaking campaign & his spin on our LGBTQ issues.

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Lesbians Who Tech & Allies Event

The Lesbians Who Tech + Allies Leadership Summit takes place in New York from September 11th to 13th for mid-level & executive non-binary, LGBTQ women & their allies. This summit will bring their most accomplished leaders for an intimate conference focused on technology trends. Confirmed speakers will include Alicia Garza, Principal, Black Futures Lab & Co-founder, #BlackLivesMatter & Supermajority, Arlan Hamilton, Founder, Backstage Capital, Cecile Richards, Co-founder, Supermajority & Former President, Planned Parenthood, Cheryl Contee, CEO, Do Big Things, Claudia Brind-Woody, VP of Global Intellectual Property Licensing, IBM, Dana Lawson, VP of Engineering, Github, Dara Treseder, CMO, Carbon, Debbie Millman, Host, “Design Matters”, Gabrielle Korn, Editor, Writer & Former Editor-in-Chief, NYLON, Gretchen Saegh-Fleming, CMO, L'Oréal, Isabel Sierra Gómez de León, Creative Director, Bloomberg, Jen Vescio, Principal, Awestruck Ventures, Jen Wong, COO, Reddit, Jess Szmajda, CTO, Axios, Jimena Almendares, CEO of Global Payments, Intuit, Kara Swisher, Co-founder, Recode & Op-ed Columnist, The NY Times, Katherine Grainger, Co-founder, Supermajority & Partner, Civitas Public Affairs Group, Kelcey Gosserand, Program Director, Developer Advocacy North America, IBM, Kima Jones, Founder, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Linda Wastack, Customer Experience & IT Executive Director, Verizon Wireless, Robyn Exton, Founder, HER, Roxane Gay, Writer & Editor, Roz Harris, Recruiting Manager, Slack, Salina Brown, Director of User Experience, HP, Shamina Singh, President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Sophie Vandebroek, Former VP of Emerging Technology Partnerships, IBM, Swati Vauthrin, VP of Engineering, Buzzfeed, Stephanie Mehta, Editor-in-Chief, Fast Company & Yasmin Green, Director of Research & Development, Jigsaw, Google Alphabet. The conference speakers consist of 80% lesbians, 50% women of color, 25% black & latinx & 15% transgender & gender non-conforming.
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Trump Attacks LGBTQ Workers

As we gear up for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments October 8th in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia & Altitude Express v. Zarda on whether the federal ban on employment discrimination “because of sex” applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation the Trump administration has ramped up their attack on LGBTQ workers. First the U.S. Department of Labor proposed a rule last week that attempts to let government contractors discriminate against workers in the name of religion. Then the Department of Justice submitted a brief on Friday arguing that transgender people are not protected by Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination. This brief was submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case EEOC v. Harris Funeral Homes. Sarah Warbelow HRC Legal Director stated, “The Trump-Pence administration’s filing today is both legally & morally unjustifiable. Their argument is un-American, anti-business & flies in the face of decades of federal case law, including established Supreme Court precedent. There can be no justification for such a narrow interpretation of the term ‘sex.’ Our community will not be silent & we will not be erased.” In July this case & two related filings, HRC, Lambda Legal, Out & Equal, Out Leadership & Freedom for All Americans submitted a “friend of the court” brief signed by over 200 major corporations arguing that LGBTQ people should be understood to be protected under Title VII. The landmark brief had more corporate signers than any previous business brief in an LGBTQ non-discrimination case. People we must stay vigilant on what the Trump administration is doing to erase our LGBTQ community.
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