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San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Event

To celebrate Pride the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus will present “Wired” a virtual concert event on Thursday June 24th at 6P PST that will be live streamed via YouTube & Facebook. They'll be singing, dancing & generally raising the virtual roof bringing you showstoppers by RuPaul & Todrick Hall, heart-stoppers by the likes of Brandi Carlile & LeAnn Rimes & special appearances by their two ensembles HomoPhonics & The Lollipop Guild. There will also be special guest stars dropping in to make sure this Pride is off the charts & like none other. This Pride the chorus is hot-wired to bring you the most amazing celebration possible through wires & airwaves. Wired like a cricket on caffeine creating a record number of virtual chorus videos just for you. World premieres will include the hilarious & pointed "Message from the Gay Community” & “28 Barbary Lane” from the musical “@queerz” which was never performed due to the pandemic. Since the first 115 members sang on the steps of City Hall in 1978 over 2,000 different men, cis & trans & non-binary people have sung with the chorus. Jon Reed Sims who founded the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus went on & founded a number of gay & lesbian choral & instrumental ensembles before his tragic untimely death from AIDS. Today with a membership of over 300 voices the SFGMC continues to present a wide range of music & perform for many different kinds of audiences. This virtual concert is free but you must register to stream this online event. 

Celebrities To Celebrate Pride Prom

In celebration of Pride Stacey Bendet CEO & creative director of alice + olivia clothing will be joined by Nicky Hilton, Hari Nef, Savannah Smith (Gossip Girl), Lea Michele, AnnaLynne McCord, Tayshia Adams, Vito Schnabel, Cuba Gooding Jr., Claudine De Niro, Derek Blasberg, Eboni K. Williams, Olivia Ponton & more with music by Ty Sunderland to celebrate LGBTQ Pride with Volkswagen to benefit the Ali Forney Center. The event will take place on Thursday June 24th from 7P to 10P at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York. Guests will arrive via Volkswagen’s ID.4 their first all-electric SUV & the brand’s first electric world car. Guests will be dressed to impress in alice + olivia wearing every color under the rainbow with sequins, suiting, ball gowns & bold hues. Stacey Bendet stated, “We are excited to celebrate Pride with our first ever alice + olivia Prom benefitting the Ali Forney Center. Through our collaboration with Volkswagen, we are able to strengthen support for the LGBTQ community. The evening will be special, I can't wait to see everyone dressed up & I am proud to partner with Volkswagen who’s ID.4 is the first all-electric SUV!” Guests will enjoy an array of rainbow candy by Dylan’s Candy Bar, Casamigos ginger margaritas, spiked punch & Jell-O shots, The Palm by Whispering Angel rose & froze, Milk Bar & Mini Melanie’s rainbow treats, Elegant Affairs mini sliders & rainbow wrapped French fries. The Ali Forney Center mission is to protect LGBTQ+ youth from the harms of homelessness & empower them with the tools needed to live independently. 

Marc Smolowitz 13TH GEN Films (Audio)

This week I talked with filmmaker Marc Smolowitz about his film company 13TH GEN based in San Francisco. 13TH GEN is an entrepreneurial boutique company with a current slate of some 10-15 high quality projects both fiction & nonfiction all at different stages. 13TH GEN works with a dynamic range of independent film partners to oversee the financing, production, post-production, marketing, sales & distribution efforts of a vibrant portfolio of films & filmmakers. Recently his documentary “Being BeBe” directed by Emily Branham was showcased at the Tribeca Film Festival & has been selected as the closing film at the Provincetown International Film Festival on June 24th. “Being BeBe” is about Marshall Ngwa (a.k.a. renowned drag performer BeBe Zahara Benet) who travels to the United States from homophobic Cameroon with dreams of a better life & became the first winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2009. With over 15 years of unfettered & intimate access to Marshall’s story, the film presents his unique love affair with performance alongside his unstoppable sense of persistence & purpose, offering an unprecedented portrait of an artist who chooses to live a creative life against all odds. Marc Smolowitz has been significantly involved in 50+ successful independent films wearing many hats across the entertainment industry. His career focuses on powerful social issue films & filmmaking across all genres. 13TH GEN believes strongly in the power & potential of beautifully produced social issue films to speak to every generation. I talked to Marc about what he hopes to accomplish with his company 13TH GEN & his commitment to our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN  

Supreme Court Rains On LGBTQ Pride


In the midst of celebrating LGBTQ Pride the U.S. Supreme Court rained on our virtual parade by ruling in favor of the Catholic Social Services in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Just another wake-up call that without the passage of the Equality Act which would finally prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation & gender identity, the U.S. Supreme Court was able to issued a narrow ruling against our LGBTQ community on a technicality. Erin Uritus, CEO of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates stated, “This decision is painful because the discrimination at the heart of this case is being allowed to stand. At the same time, the Court is saying that there is no broad right to discriminate, that the government can enforce nondiscrimination laws.” Kierra Johnson, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force concluded, “The court’s ruling on Fulton is a narrow one, limited in both nature & scope. The most important take-away is that the Supreme Court unanimously refused to allow a religious entity to have a license to discriminate. We stand in solidarity with the community in Philadelphia that is working for the fair & equitable treatment of those who want to provide safe & loving homes to children & hold in our hearts the many children who will be impacted by this decision. The work ahead for our community is clear – we must continue to advocate for local & state non-discrimination laws, apply the ones that exist & most importantly, fight for the Equality Act, which would provide long overdue Federal protections to the LGBTQ community & many others.”  For More Info…

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Title IX Protections For LGBTQ Students

The Biden administration has announced that the U.S. Department of Education has reversed the previous administration’s attack on transgender students by ensuring that Title IX protections will cover all students on the basis of sexual orientation & gender identity in compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County last year. Sharita Gruberg, Vice President of the LGBTQ Research & Communications Project at the Center for American Progress stated, “Wednesday’s announcement by the Department of Education tells all students, including LGBTQ students, that their government will ensure they have the opportunity to learn free from discrimination. This is a significant change from the previous administration’s abandonment of the rights of LGBTQ students & support for discrimination. In fact, a CAP analysis found that LGBTQ students’ complaints were nine times less likely to result in corrective action under the Trump administration than under the Obama administration. We are heartened to hear that this cruel neglect of our nation’s LGBTQ students has ended, but LGBTQ students still need the U.S. Senate to pass the Equality Act & ensure their protections are not simply ignored by a future administration.” Erin Uritus, CEO of Out & Equal concluded, “Today, the Biden Administration has acted to uphold the fundamental rights of LGBTQ Americans. It's essential that schools across the country heed this guidance. Amidst the devastating legislative season that has left too many transgender young people questioning where they can be safe, this is a meaningful step in the right direction. It’s time to nurture our young people, not shun them."

AMA Supports Transgender Medical Care

The American Medical Association (AMA) has strengthened its established position opposing the governmental intrusion into the practice of medicine that is detrimental to the health of transgender & gender-diverse children & adults. With legislatures in 20 states this year attempting to ban physicians & other healthcare professionals from providing medically necessary gender-affirming care to transgender & gender-diverse youth the AMA’s House of Delegates voted to meaningfully expand the organization’s strong opposition to undue restrictions on medical care to populations that have been politicized in state legislatures. AMA Board Member Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, MBA stated, “The AMA opposes the dangerous intrusion of government into the practice of medicine & the criminalization of health care decision-making. Gender-affirming care is medically-necessary, evidence-based care that improves the physical & mental health of transgender & gender-diverse people.” The AMA delivered a letter to the National Governors Association in April urging its members to oppose legislative dictates that inappropriately limit the range of options physicians & families may consider when making decisions for gender-diverse pediatric patients. The letter cited evidence demonstrating that forgoing gender-affirming care can have tragic consequences for transgender individuals who face increased risk of anxiety, stress, substance use disorder & suicide. The majority of transgender & diverse-gender patients report improved mental health & lower rates of suicide after receipt of gender-affirming care. The AMA is a strong supporter of human rights & freedoms & will continue to strongly oppose discrimination based on an individual’s sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. AMA will continue to work to ensure transgender & gender-diverse minors have the opportunity to explore their gender identity under the safe & supportive care of a physician.

National LGBTQ Wall Of Honor 2021

The International Imperial Courts of the U.S.A., Canada & Mexico & the National LGBTQ Task Force will again come together to honor LGBTQ pioneers, trailblazers & heroes at the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor at the historic Stonewall Inn on June 24th. The 2021 Honorees are: Ivy Bottini, activist for women’s rights & LGBTQ rights & visual artist, Carmen Vazquez, immigrant rights activist, public policy expert & writer, Ruth Ellis, oldest surviving out lesbian at age 101, having come out in 1915, Jimmy Pisano, opened his first bar in the original Stonewall space, eventually changing the name back to Stonewall & Monica Robert’s, founding editor of TransGriot, a blog focusing on issues facing Black trans women & other trans women of color. Nicole Murray Ramirez, said International Imperial Courts Commissioner stated, “In honoring LGBTQ pioneers, trailblazers & heroes, every year on this National LGBTQ Wall of Honor we remember upon whose shoulders we stand on and acknowledge our community's history”. Cathy Renna, Communications Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, who will be speaking at the event, concluded, “This past year has been a testament to the strength & resilience of our community & recognizing these pioneers & icons exemplifies those same qualities. The Task Force is thrilled to be a partner in honoring those who came before us, the trailblazers who organized, advocated & rose up, living authentically & unapologetically.” Due to public health & safety precautions the June 24th event will be a short ceremony & private event in which the 10 names are added to the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor.

Concert For Love & Acceptance Online

Country music artist & philanthropist Ty Herndon in partnership with CMT announced that the annual Concert for Love & Acceptance will take place virtually Wednesday June 30th at 8P EST via CMT’s Facebook & YouTube channels. Produced by Herndon’s charitable foundation the Foundation for Love & Acceptance the event will return as a star-studded online event co-hosted by Herndon & CMT’s Cody Alan who has hosted the event alongside Herndon since 2017. Herndon stated, “I’m thrilled to be partnering with the dynamic team at CMT once again to bring the Concert for Love & Acceptance to a broad audience as musicians, actors, comedians & more demonstrate their support for LGBTQ youth & artists in the country music community & beyond. This event comes from my heart & I hope it continues to resonate with people all around the world as we spread a message of acceptance for all people & work toward a world where only love remains.” Cody Alan concluded, “It’s a privilege to return as co-host of the annual Concert For Love & Acceptance, whose mission is as important today as when it launched six years ago. With dangerous & discriminatory legislation pending in our home state of Tennessee, the vocal support of the country music community is immeasurable in changing hearts and minds. I’m eager to again partner with Ty Herndon, CMT, GLAAD, & our new beneficiaries at MusiCares and Nashville’s Oasis Center to highlight the critical work to move LGBTQ+ rights forward.” The event will include appearances & performances by Brothers Osborne, Kristin Chenoweth, Terri Clark, Brooke Eden, Harper Grae, Chris Housman, LOCASH, Kathy Mattea, Rissi Palmer, Gretchen Peters, Tenille Townes, Walker County, Chase Wright & more. Herndon serves as executive producer of the 2021 Concert for Love & Acceptance alongside executive producer Zeke Stokes. 

Pulse Survivor Speaks OUT (AUDIO)

Five years after the Pulse Nightclub Massacre Congress will create a national memorial at the dedicated LGBTQ site in Orlando where 49 people were killed. Brian K. Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National stated, “On June 12, 2016, the lives of 49 people were taken by brutal, hate-fueled violence at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. These individuals had parents & families, friends & neighbors who loved them & who miss them & now in 2021, Congress has voted to ensure this country will not forget them. PFLAG National pledged then to continue working against bias-based violence & in support of policies that protect LGBTQ+ people from hatred, harassment & harm. The National Monument recognizing the massacre of LGBTQ+ people at the Pulse Nightclub is a call to action, reminding us all that the work must continue.” I talked to Pulse Nightclub survivor Brandon J. Wolf in 2018 who talked about his experience on that horrendous night five years ago which claimed the lives of 49 people & left 53 injured most of whom were LGBTQ Latinx people & people of color about what his personal commitment is to LGBTQ equality. Wolf stated, “My personal commitment is to again empower young people, a new generation of leaders that are going to challenge the status quo & say we’ve done a hell of a lot of great work but we’re not done doing great work until everyone in this country, everyone no matter black, white, brown, blue, LGBTQ feel safe in their own skin & I’m personally committed to amplifying that message until we get it done." LISTEN

Boston Gay Men Chorus Pride Concert

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus PRIDE Concert is a celebration of LGBTQ dignity & diversity & will air on Boston’s ABC affiliate WCVB Channel 5 this Saturday June 12th at 7:30P & again on Sunday June 13th at 12:30P. The concert a celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month will feature the premiere of BGMC’s latest virtual video “This Is Me” along with appearances by Massachusetts’ Governor Charlie Baker & Boston Mayor Kim Janey. The Pride concert will also premiere on YouTube Sunday June 13th at 2P as well as on demand at WCVB.COM & BGMC Online. Reuben M. Reynolds III BGMC Music Director stated, “Even though we can’t perform live due to the pandemic, we’re bursting with Pride because we still get to share our music with the masses during this special month. We’re thrilled to be partnering once again with WCVB Channel 5 for this unique celebration of the LGBTQ community.” Hosted by Reynolds this special production features performances of fabulous LGBTQ anthems like “I Am What I Am” from “La Cage aux Folles” & Janet Jackson’s chart topper “Together Again;” the club classic “Relax” & the quietly defiant “Rise Up” by Andra Day. The special will close with the premiere of BGMC’s new virtual performance of the stirring “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” created especially for the TV show. In between performances viewers will meet BGMC members be entertained by stories about BGMC’s international tours & hear special messages from Gov. Baker & Boston Mayor Kim Janey. Craig Coogan BGMC Executive Director concluded, “BGMC is still here, still queer & we can’t wait to celebrate Pride the way we always do—with music that showcases LGBTQ life in all of its diversity, fabulousness & connection. Especially in a pandemic, Pride marches on.”  

Pride & Joy Trans Youth Virtual Event

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) will host “Pride & Joy” its first-ever virtual storytelling event for transgender & non-binary young people along with their families & friends on June 16th at 7P EST. The event features transgender storytellers & leaders & aims to provide family-friendly opportunities to celebrate Pride month particularly as lawmakers in legislatures across the country consider more than 100 anti-trans bills that would have significant negative impacts on young transgender people. Andy Marra Executive Director of TLDEF stated, “In this moment when transgender & non-binary young people are under attack in legislatures across the country, we felt it was important to show them & their families some extra love. We are incredibly grateful to the inspiring & talented trans leaders, authors & storytellers who will be taking part in Pride & Joy & hope that the event will reinforce for young trans people that they too have bright futures ahead of them.” Storytellers will include: Jackson Bird a YouTube creator & LGBTQ+ advocate, Precious Brady-Davis the author of “I Have Always Been Me”, Senator Sarah McBride who was officially sworn into the Delaware Senate in January 2021 & Meredith Talusan the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir “Fairest” from Viking/Penguin Random House. In addition the audience will hear from Vanessa Ford author of “Calvin”, Andrea Jenkins Vice President of the Minneapolis City Council & Gia Parr Champion of “The Gender Cool Project”. TLDEF is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity & expression & to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services & public policy efforts. For More Info & Tix…

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New Teen Gender Questioning Study

Our colleagues at CNN passed on this report conducted by Dr. Kacie Kidd a physician & adolescent medicine fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh who conducted a study that instead of asking teens if they were transgender Kidd & colleagues asked two questions in a study of 3,168 high school students at 13 racially & economically diverse public Pittsburgh high schools that resulted in a more honest inquiry. The first question was: "What is your sex (the sex you were assigned at birth, on your birth certificate)?" with the options of "female" & "male." The second question was: "Which of the following best describes you (select all that apply)?" with the options of "girl," "boy," "trans girl," "trans boy," "genderqueer," "nonbinary” & "another identity." The study published in the June 2021 issue of the journal Pediatrics found that 9.2% of kids consider themselves gender-diverse in some way. Dr. Kacie Kidd stated, "Our goal was to understand the prevalence of gender-diverse identities among high school students in our Pittsburgh school district by asking what we considered to be & what many scholars consider to be, a more inclusive question about gender identity. We came in suspecting that this two-step gender identity question would demonstrate a higher prevalence of gender diversity than in prior studies.” They found that gender diverse & non-binary teens exist in much higher numbers. Kidd concluded, “They are all unique individuals who have different needs & interests. We should be supporting them as a community in living their authentic lives, whatever that looks like for them." 

LGBTQ Small Business Recovery Survey

CNBC announced the results of the first LGBTQ Small Business Owner Financial Health Survey that was conducted in partnership with Acorns & the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. The survey took the financial pulse of LGBTQ entrepreneurs to learn more about how they manage their personal & business finances & the specific obstacles they face based on their sexual & gender identity. The survey also addressed topics from emergency savings to business succession plans to post-COVID small business confidence. Not only did the pandemic take a significant toll on many of those in the small business community, nearly one-third of LGBTQ small business owners say they lost 50% of their business as a result of COVID. However nearly 80% of those surveyed say they expect to make a full recovery next year. Justin Nelson & Chance Mitchell NGLCC Co-Founders stated, “The LGBT business community is thriving, despite both the economic impacts of the pandemic & the forces of inequality & discrimination that are still far too prevalent in America. As the business voice & certifying body for LGBT-owned companies throughout the country, we are so proud to partner with CNBC to highlight the resilience of LGBT entrepreneurs from coast to coast. The confidence in the economic recovery ahead demonstrated in this survey by our network of LGBT business owners should give us all hope for better days ahead. This groundbreaking survey further proves our NGLCC philosophy that economic visibility, just like social visibility, is essential in building a diverse and inclusive society.” The survey results will also be highlighted during a LinkedIn Live event, Invest in Pride: Ready. Set. Grow.. hosted by Invest in You on Thursday, June 17th at 1P ET moderated by CNBC Small Business Reporter Kate Rogers & featuring personal finance expert & bestselling author Suze Orman. For More Info… 

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Provincetown Film Festival (AUDIO)


This week I talked with Lisa Viola, Artistic Director for the Provincetown International Film Festival that takes place June 16th to 25th both virtually & in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The newly re-envisioned hybrid festival came together with the ingenuity & sheer determination of a world-class team of programmers including Andrew Peterson, Heidi Zwicker & Valérie Déus. Celebrating its 23rd year Richard Linklater will be this year’s Filmmaker on the Edge recipient in conversation with resident artist John Waters. Riz Ahmed, Academy Award Best Actor nominee for “Sound Of Metal” will receive this year’s Excellence in Acting Award in conversation with Vanity Fair Chief Critic Richard Lawson & queer actor/filmmaker Natalie Morales PIFF will receive the Next Wave Award in conversation with musician Holly Miranda. The hybrid festival will open with Jon M. Chu’s “In The Heights” at the Wellfleet Drive-In on June 16th & the festival will close with Emily Branham’s BeBe Zahara Benet documentary “Being BeBe” with guests of honor including director Emily Branham, producer Marc Smolowitz & the film’s subject & star BeBe Zahara Benet the winner of the very first RuPaul’s Drag Race. Some other highlights will include a Filmmaker Celebration at Truro Vineyards with Christine Vachon who co-founded the impactful independent film & television production company Killer Films joined by director & writer Daniel Minahan on June 19th from 6P to 7:30. The Provincetown International Film Festival will be closely monitoring federal, state & local COVID-19 safety guidelines & will continue to adjust safety policies accordingly throughout the festival. I talked to Lisa about what she hopes to accomplish at this year’s Ptown Film Festival & her spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN  

For Info & Tix: ptownfilmfest.org

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AIDS Movement 40 Years Later (VIDEO)

To acknowledge the 40th anniversary of AIDS epidemic in this country leaders came together including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Governor Gavin Newsom & others to call for renewed action for an AIDS-Free Generation at the National AIDS Memorial in San Francisco. The event took place surrounded by the power of 40 blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Memorial Grove where thousands of names lost to AIDS are engraved as the leaders paid tribute to the more than 700,000 lives lost, the survivors & the heroes during the past four decades. Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated, “On this solemn day, forty years since the discovery of HIV/AIDS, Americans pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of Americans we have lost to this vicious disease & draw strength from the more than one million courageous survivors living with HIV today. Moved by the beauty of the Grove & power of the Quilt, this morning we again renewed our vow to finally defeat the scourge of AIDS & bring hope & healing to all those affected. Thanks to the tireless leadership of activists, survivors, scientists & the LGBTQ community, we will not relent until we banish HIV to the dustbin of history & achieve an AIDS-free generation.” John Cunningham National AIDS Memorial Chief Executive concluded, “These stories & this important observance highlight the issues our nation faced in the past year -- a raging pandemic with hundreds of thousands of lives lost, social injustice, health inequity, stigma, bigotry & fear. However, these are also the same issues faced throughout four decades of the AIDS pandemic. They are reasons why today, we have a National AIDS Memorial & why, as a nation, we have much more work to do in the fight for a just future, where HIV/AIDS no longer exists.” WATCH FULL EVENT   For More Info…

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GGBA Virtual Drag Trivia Pride Event

Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA) the world’s first LGBTQ chamber of commerce is kicking off Pride with a fabulous virtual event entitled “Celebrate Pride: Drag Trivia & GGBA History" on Tuesday June 8th from 5:30P to 7P PST via Zoom. It’s an unique networking opportunity to lighten the week with some history of pride trivia lead by local drag Queen Yves Saint Croissant & Per Sia! There will be prizes, performances & even time to network. Grab your most colorful ensemble & logon to celebrate Pride Month. GGBA's mission is to champion opportunity, development & advocacy for our LGBTQ & allied business community. 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.” For more than 40 years the GGBA has grown, promoted & increased the visibility of San Francisco Bay Area LGBTQ & allied businesses through educational & business development programs, networking events & targeted promotion. Founded in 1974 the Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA) is the San Francisco gay chamber of commerce & the nation’s first LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce. The GGBA is also the first business organization founded by LGBTQ entrepreneurs. With members who live & do business across San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Marin counties & beyond. GGBA proudly serves as the voice for the San Francisco Bay Area’s LGBT business community. 

Boston Pride Virtual & In Person Events

Celebrating LGBTQ Pride in Boston this year will kick off virtually Friday June 4th with the Pride Flag Raising Ceremony beginning at 12P at City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA. Some of the highlighted virtual & in person events include a Pride Lights Virtual Ceremony at Blackstone Park & Franklin Square on June 8th, there will be a Pride Family Virtual Movie Night on June 9th, June 10th the Boston Red Sox will host in person Pride Night @ Fenway Park & on June 14th there will be a Boston Mayoral Candidate Forum webinar. This year’s Pride Night @ Fenway Park event is the 8th time Fenway Park has hosted Boston Pride since it began doing so in 2013. Pride Night @ Fenway Park is on Thursday June 10th at 7:10P when they take on the Houston Astros. Linda J. DeMarco, President of Boston Pride stated, “We are thrilled to be back at Fenway Park with the Red Sox hosting another Pride Night & we are appreciative of our longtime partnership. The Red Sox support of the LGBTQIA+ community has been tremendous & it shows that it is inclusive & welcoming. We can’t wait to sit in the stands & cheer on the Sox to celebrate our community and have a great time.” Adam Grossman Red Sox EVP/CMO concluded, “We are proud to once again recognize & support the LGBTQIA+ community by hosting Pride Night at Fenway Park. This partnership highlights the inclusive environment we have worked hard to create & being part of this annual celebration for the past eight years has become a special tradition. We look forward to many more years of partnership & the full activation of Pride Month in the years ahead.” For More Info…

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LGBT Elders Inspire Pride Celebration


SAGE the world’s largest & oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT elders is celebrating Pride season by honoring the collective strength of LGBT pioneers who are & continue to be at the core of the LGBT movement. The LGBT community’s inspiring display of strength & resilience is built on decades of LGBT people & allies joining together to overcome discrimination. To pay tribute to prominent leaders in the LGBT community SAGE will highlight stories of LGBT elders & allies from across the country all month long through its SAGE Strong campaign. Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE stated, “Every year, Pride Month is an opportunity to show our gratitude & respect for all the work older LGBT people have done for the LGBT community. Pride this year is all about celebrating the way our community stands on the strength of our LGBT elder pioneers. SAGE Strong is a reminder that these inspiring leaders are still showing up today, resilient as ever, to stand together & show that LGBT elders refuse to be invisible, especially during Pride.” From a series of virtual programs to nationwide broadcasts, SAGE Strong showcases communities of strength & creates a safe, festive space for elders, community members & allies to honor Pride Month. The past year has tested our collective adaptability, compassion & strength but this was not LGBT elders’ first pandemic nor was it the first time they had to join together to support one another through hard times. Tune into iHeartMedia’s “Can’t Cancel Pride” a virtual concert to celebrate our LGBT community June 4th at 9P EST to see performances from some of the biggest names in culture & entertainment & appearances from the most influential voices in the community. 

LGBTQ Literary Annual Award Winners

Lambda Literary the nation's premier LGBTQ literary organization announced the winners of the 33rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards (a.k.a. the “Lammys”) at a live Zoom ceremony hosted by Rakesh Satyal who won a Lambda Literary Award for his debut novel “Blue Boy”. Sue Landers, Executive Director of Lambda Literary stated, “While we couldn’t be together in person again this year, we are so excited to be back honoring LGBTQ literature & all of the wonderful writers who make up our community. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.” Representing the diversity of the LGBTQ experience this year’s Lammy winners once again highlighted Lambda Literary’s reputation for recognizing queer literature in all of its many forms & many winners acknowledged that diversity in their speeches. In accepting the Lammy for Transgender Nonfiction for The Black Trans Prayer Book, J Mase III & Dane Figueroa Edidi stated, “We hope that this work is a tool that helps to celebrate & heal our community.” Mohsin Zaidi, whose A Dutiful Boy: A Memoir of a Gay Muslim's Journey to Acceptance won the Lammy for Gay Memoir/Biography noted that he had been told there wouldn’t be much interest for his book in the U.S. but continued stating, “Stories don’t have a nationality & I think that’s even more true of our stories, of stories from the queer community.” Mike Curato, winner of the LGBTQ Young Adult Lammy for Flamer claimed his award concluding “All the sissies, all the queers, all the Pinoy boys who feel unseen, I see you & for anyone who has dwelt in darkness, there is light inside you even if you can’t see it.”  33rd Lammys Winners List…

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Pride 2021 & LGBTQ Equality Globally

June is LGBTQ Pride Month with most celebrations worldwide still taking place virtually due to the continuing pandemic restrictions. Pride month symbolically commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the historic turning point in our LGBTQ civil rights movement. COVID-19 has amplified the marginalization & exclusion experienced by our LGBTQ community on a day-to-day basis, leading to a devastation of livelihoods, higher rates of domestic violence, heightened challenges accessing healthcare & increasing mental health issues. Jessica Stern Executive Director of OutRight Action International stated, “Pride is the most visible symbol of the global movement for LGBTIQ equality, affirming our existence, demanding recognition of our rights & celebrating progress. Over the last year, among other wins, Gabon & Bhutan decriminalized gay & lesbian relations & the new administration in the US re-committed to LGBTIQ equality. However, LGBTIQ people continue to face amplified effects of the COVID-19 pandemic & are too often excluded from recovery efforts. This is a sobering reminder of how marginalized our communities around the world continue to be. As such, we must continue to fight for our rights to be recognized & protected.” Usually the month is filled with marches & events celebrating our diversity & progress but in numerous places Prides face backlash, restrictions & even bans as reminder of how much work still needs to be done to achieve full global LGBTQ equality. There are still 67 countries around the world that criminalizes gay & lesbian relations & 13 countries (Brunei, the Gambia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malawi, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, South Sudan, Tonga & the United Arab Emirates) that have laws explicitly criminalizing trans people with a further 37 countries criminalize trans people through vagrancy, prostitution, morality, public nuisance or other law. For More Info… 

 

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