Friday, June 14, 2019

True Colors United & FX Networks

FX Networks has announced a new partnership with True Colors United to create & distribute self-care kits to charitable organizations that are committed to ending homelessness amongst our LGBTQ youth. The partnership was inspired by the second season of Pose the fabulous FX drama series that includes storylines addressing the consequences of homelessness, ranging from sexual abuse & exploitation, alcohol & drug abuse, in addition to challenges entering the job market. In the United States 4.2 million youth experience homelessness each year. LGBTQ youth are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than their non-LGBTQ peers. Gregory Lewis, Executive Director & CEO, True Colors Fund stated, "When it comes to homelessness, LGBTQ youth are overrepresented & underserved. We're proud to partner with FX Networks & Pose to put self-care kits into the hands of young people across the country. The organizations we're sending these to provide essential services to LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness & make an incredible impact in their communities. United, we can create a world where every young person, wherever they live, is celebrated for being their authentic self." Kenya Hardaway, SVP of Integrated Promotions at FX Networks concluded, “We are very happy to be partnering with True Colors United on this initiative & appreciate the generosity of the brands that contributed to this effort. Pose has fearlessly shined a light on issues facing the LGBTQ community & we couldn’t think of a better way to mark the return of the series, than to bring support to those affected. Our hope is that this program will bring awareness to these amazing organizations & the incredible work they do.”
For More Info: truecolorsunited.org
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Orchestras Engage LGBTQ Audience

At the League of American Orchestras 74th National Conference in Nashville, TN there was a very interesting panel session entitled “Engaging the LGBTQ+ Community”. The panel included Daryn Bauer, community engagement manager, The Florida Orchestra; Julie Desbordes, conductor, the Queer Urban Orchestra; Miguel García, marketing & engagement manager, Chicago Sinfonietta; Leo Hurley, composer & Laura Reynolds, VP of education & community engagement of the Seattle Symphony. Daryn Bauer, moderator of the LGBTQ+ session stated, "Even in the past five years, orchestras have made huge strides in being inclusive of the LGBTQ community. The presentations in this session show a small sample of how orchestras have welcomed the community into the halls -- from a composition program for LGBTQ-identified youth who have experienced homelessness to an opera about a Muslim transgender man. There is still a lot of work to do but it was exciting to see what everyone is starting to do around the country.” The session included orchestra professionals & artists alike who addressed events & artistic projects that bring our LGBTQ+ community into focus & welcome their engagement. The panel shared their successes & challenges of engaging the LGBTQ+ community & discussed how to respond to the needs of their local communities in an informative Q&A that followed. Bauer concluded, “This is the first time the League has included a session on engaging the LGBTQ community but the importance felt a lot deeper than the specific programs and ideas. Based on comments I heard, I got a sense that people felt validated as a member of the LGBTQ community themselves, like they belong here, too.”
For More Info: leagueconference2019.org
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

MBCC 27th Against the Tide Event

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will hold its 27th annual Against the Tide Athletic Fundraising Event at DCR's Hopkinton State Park on Saturday June 15th. Proceeds will benefit MBCC the state’s leading breast cancer organization dedicated to preventing the environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy & changes to public policy. MBCC will honor Emmy winner Charlotte Robinson with an award of appreciation at this year’s event in Hopkinton. Honoree Charlotte Robinson is CEO of OUTTAKE MEDIA & Host of OUTTAKE VOICES the online news network that for the last 12 years has broadcasted to millions globally & has provided a voice for thousands of LGBTQ+ organizations & allies, including MBCC. Cheryl Osimo, MBCC Executive Director stated, “Charlotte is a true humanitarian & an inspiration to all of us with her commitment in helping MBCC work towards our goal of breast cancer prevention. We are very fortunate to have such tremendous support from Charlotte, demanding greater protection of all children's future health in our effort to stop breast cancer before it starts.” Against the Tide is a family-friendly & inspirational event brings people from all demographics together with one goal in mind: breast cancer prevention. The event offers participants of all ages the choice of up to four of the following components: competitive and recreational swims, recreational kayak, fitness walk, paddleboard & USA Track & Field certified 5K/10K runs. The event also offers an Aquathon “Splash and Dash” component, where participants “splash” in the competitive one-mile swim and immediately “dash” in the 5K or 10K run.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Boston Spirit Pride Sunset Cruise

We are finally in town to attend the Boston Spirit Summer Sunset Cruise supporting Fenway Health Wednesday June 12th on The Provincetown II that departs from Bay State Cruise Company on Seaport Boulevard next to Boston's World Trade Center. We'll be boarding at 5:30P & hitting the high seas at 6:30P for a cruise around Boston Harbor grooving to the fab sounds of DJ Mocha until 8:30P. Pride has always been about celebration but it’s also about community & we all need a connection to that community more now than ever. Fenway Health stated, “Friends on Boston Spirit our annual Summer Sunset Cruise is coming up this Wednesday night!!! This is a super fun event with a great crowd, delicious bites, fun music, beautiful views of the city & more. And it is all to support a great cause, Fenway Health. Where else can you get a 2 hour sunset cruise with food for only $40 & it all goes to fund services provided by Fenway. Come on & join the fun, get your tickets today.” Tickets for the cruise cost $40 each & 100% of your ticket purchase will support programs & services at Fenway Health. Please join us & your Fenway family as we set sail for an evening of fun, food & friends all against the backdrop of a beautiful Boston Harbor sunset. We hope you'll join us as we show that together we are strong, we are beautiful & we can make a difference.
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Monday, June 10, 2019

CMA Fest Love & Acceptance (Audio)

We attended the fabulous 5th Annual GLAAD + Ty Herndon Concert for Love & Acceptance at the iconic Wildhorse Saloon during CMA Fest in Nashville. Ty Herndon performed along with Chely Wright, Harper Grae, Tayla Lynn, Billy Gilman, Brody Ray, Brandon Stansell, Antigone Rising, Lee Brice, Tyler Rich, Mickey Guyton, Sonya Deville, Paige, Mandy Rose, Rita Wilson, Daughtry & more. CMT’s Cody Alan hosted the event. Zeke Stokes, Chief Programs Officer at GLAAD & Executive Producer stated, “This has become the world’s largest LGBTQ country music event & this year’s incredible lineup sent a powerful message of allyship to kick off LGBTQ Pride month. Each year, the Concert for Love & Acceptance gets bigger & better & some of the biggest names in country music as well as up & coming artists are making it a priority stop on their CMA Fest schedule.” Co-host & performer Ty Herndon closed the show with his recently re-recorded 1995 hit “What Mattered Most.” Herndon came out in 2014 & chose to update the lyrics of the song with male pronouns to reflect his true identity & to make a powerful statement within country music in honor of Pride Month. The video for the new version of “What Mattered Most” was released last week. We talked to Ty Herndon about the Concert for Love & Acceptance & his spin on our LGBTQ issues in this exclusive audio interview. (Photo: agent Marilyn Rosen with Ty Herndon) LISTEN:
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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Boston Pride Parade Loving Forward

The Boston Pride Parade which is the largest annual parade in New England kicks off at noon Saturday June 8th with over 430 contingents this year including 54 floats, 118 vehicles & 35 motorcycles becoming the biggest Pride parade Boston has ever seen. Along the parade route marchers & contingents will enjoy visual reminders of the history of our community in Boston: Stonewall 50 banners will recognize those places & locations still in existence or long-gone, were our LGBTQ community fought for equality & dignity. This year's theme is “Looking back, Loving Forward.” There will also be the Trans Remembrance contingent which will pay tribute to our transgender siblings victims of violence. This year’s 2019 Parade Marshals are Dale Mitchell, Ava Glasscott, with Honorary Marshal Chris Harris & Stonewall Honorary Marshal Marsha P. Johnson. The City Hall Plaza Festival starts at 11A with over 120 exhibitors including non-profit organizations, vendors, merchants, businesses & activists presenting their work, products & services, in support of our LGBTQ community. Performances this year feature the fabulous American Idol contestant Todrick Hall, Queens native Robin S. & International House Artist Beth Sacks who will bring the crowd to their feet with their exciting mix of pop, rap, R&B & house music. Amanda Playwith will be this year Boston Pride Concert Host. There will be Pride events & dance parties taking place throughout Boston over the next few days. Boston Pride Week 2019 takes place now to June 11th. HAPPY PRIDE BOSTON!! 
For More Info: bostonpride.org
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Friday, June 7, 2019

LGBTQ Win In St. Petersburg Florida

In a historic vote the St. Petersburg City Council will now recognize the majority of LGBTQ owned businesses in the city’s Small Business Enterprise program. The move will help to ensure that majority LGBTQ owned entities like other minority owned businesses are competitive in procuring city contracts. Jon Harris Maurer, Equality Florida Public Policy Director stated, “This is an important step forward for LGBTQ business owners & the community as a whole. Leveling the playing field for minority-owned businesses ensures that our neighborhoods continue to reflect the vibrant tapestries they are. We applaud the City of St. Petersburg for making its message clear: open for business means open to all.” This ordinance takes effect immediately. In addition to monitoring usage of LGBTQ owned businesses the city will also provide them with training programs & services to ensure businesses are familiar with how to do business with the city & are informed about procurement opportunities. The ordinance states: “The city of St. Petersburg is committed to providing all business owners, including historically underrepresented business owners, with equal opportunities to compete & succeed & is committed to increasing the number & diversity of supplier options.” Equality Florida who is changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity is proud to stand with the City of St. Petersburg as well as local LGBTQ leaders in ensuring a future where LGBTQ-owned businesses play an integral role in the prosperity of their community.
For More Info: eqfl.org 
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Thursday, June 6, 2019

NYPD Apologize For Stonewall Raid

NYC Pride is demanding a long overdue apology from the NYPD for the violent police raid that triggered the Stonewall Uprising stating, “We voted unanimously to demand that the NYPD formally apologize to the LGBTQIA+ community for the violent police raid that triggered the Stonewall Uprising. We offer our stage at the Stonewall 50 Commemoration Rally on Friday June 28th 2019 for Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill to do so on behalf of the Department. Under Commissioner O’Neill, the NYPD has made significant strides in improving relations with LGBTQIA+ New Yorkers. But the Department has yet to take responsibility for the decades of police violence committed against our community in New York City. Taking responsibility & apologizing for this single event is a small, albeit meaningful step towards improving the larger systemic issues that continue to cause significant harm to LGBTQIA+ people, especially transgender people & people of color. It demonstrates what is possible for the future of our community & our movement. Throughout the country & the world, LGBTQIA+ & ally law enforcement officers have become fixtures in Pride marches & parades. At the same time, calls have grown louder for those same officers, people who are proud of their work serving the community & their ability to live & work openly, to be banned from marching. In New York City, the Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) had to fight in federal court for the right to wear their uniforms in our own Pride March. And yet these same officers are expected to accept the consequences of actions they played no part in, despite the work they have done to affect change from within… Commissioner O’Neill & the NYPD, the eyes of the world are on our city & we call upon you to show what real change can look like. The platform is yours on June 28th.”
For More Info: nycpride.org
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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Todrick Hall Performs At LA Pride

LA Pride has announced that the fabulous actor, dancer, recording artist, director & choreographer Todrick Hall has been added to the LA Pride Opening Ceremony on Friday June 7th. Hall’s performance is the latest addition to the free programming that also includes a special 60-minute performance by Paula Abdul. The Opening Ceremony provides a great opportunity for the community to #JUSTUNITE & come together before the festival. #JUSTUNITE makes a simple yet powerful statement that the work the LGBTQ community does together is ultimately what will make it stronger & more resilient than ever before. Hall stated, “I’m so excited to join the amazing lineup of this year’s LA Pride Festival. The weekend is going to be unforgettable & I can’t wait to get the Haus Party started. We are going to celebrate this year’s #JUSTUNITE theme together as a community!” LA Pride & Christopher Street West (CSW), a 501(c)3 non-profit, organized the world’s first permitted parade advocating for gay rights on June 28, 1970 as a response to and in commemoration of the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York City the year prior. Since then they have built a rich history as an active voice for the LGBTQ community across the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. They continue to produce the globally-recognized LA Pride Parade & Festival every June in the City of West Hollywood. They also organize a number of events throughout the year with their nonprofit, philanthropic, community & corporate partners. LA Pride runs now through June 9th.
For More Info: pride.org 
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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Workplace Supports LGBTQ Equality

According to a new survey Americans don’t care about who they work with when it comes to sexuality or gender identity. Now an overwhelming majority of Americans (83%) believe that LGBTQ equality will be achieved in the workplace. The top reasons cited included more diversity in the workforce, more workplace education about LGBTQ issues, younger professionals joining the workforce & more employees being out. Curtis Sparrer, principal at Bospar PR that conducted the survey stated, “These results show that more & more Americans are accepting their LGBTQ colleagues at work. It’s a further sign of progress that the people Americans named as the top communicators of LGBTQ equality include entertainers, straight allies, business leaders & politicians. That said, we have challenges to overcome, including harassment & the military ban on transgendered soldiers. When it comes to equality, I think baseball legend Yogi Berra said it best: ‘It ain't over till it's over.’” In the survey Ellen DeGeneres was named as America’s favorite communicator of LGBTQ equality in 2019 followed by the top 10 including Lady Gaga, Neil Patrick Harris, RuPaul, George Takei, Madonna, Ariana Grande, Pete Buttigieg, Cher & Tim Cook. Gabrielle Ayala, a principal of Propeller Insights that participated in the survey concluded, “Right now, several factors are contributing to what is a watershed moment in workplace social dynamics. The inclusion of high-profile LGBTQ personalities in mainstream media, especially those that transcend that label like an Ellen DeGeneres, goes a long way in breaking down those stigmas that lead to discrimination & prejudice.”
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Sunday, June 2, 2019

NYC WorldPride Welcome Center

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the grand opening of the New York State WorldPride Welcome Center located at 112 Christopher Street in New York City's West Village just steps from the Stonewall National Monument. WorldPride, the largest international LGBTQ Pride celebration is coming to New York this month to coincide with the Stonewall 50 commemorations marking the first time it has been held in the United States. Governor Cuomo stated, "Pride is a special month for the LGBTQ community & for all New Yorkers & with the Empire State hosting WorldPride this year on the 50th anniversary of Stonewall we have a lot to celebrate and commemorate. From the passage of marriage equality & GENDA to our ongoing fight with the Trump administration over critical protections for transgender individuals, New York has been a national leader in the fight for LGBTQ rights & we will always stand alongside this community that we love so much. As millions of people visit our state this June, the WorldPride Welcome Center will highlight the roots & accomplishments of the LGBTQ rights movement in New York & promote the state as a safe, welcoming destination with no place for hate." Chris Frederick NYC Pride/Heritage of Pride Executive concluded, "Governor Cuomo & New York State have been instrumental in helping to make WorldPride a success in this historic year where we are planning on welcoming millions of visitors throughout the month of June. This needed Welcome Center will provide important information to educate visitors on the Stonewall Uprising, our rich history & the varied destinations throughout New York City & State. We encourage everyone to visit the WorldPride Welcome Center in the heart of the West Village & begin your journey to one of what will be millions of moments of Pride this historic year!"
For More Info: nycpride.org
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