Category Archives: Benefits

Apple Gay Pride Watch

Apple launched a special Pride Edition Apple Watch band Thursday, with a part of its sales to go to LGBT support groups. The nylon band will come in two sizes — 38mm and 42mm, and cost $49 each.

“Apple is proud to support LGBTQ advocacy organizations working to bring about positive change, including GLSEN, PFLAG and The Trevor Project in the U.S. and ILGA internationally. A portion of the proceeds from Pride Edition band sales will benefit their important efforts,” the company said on its product page.

The company’s endeavor coincides with the back end of Pride Month, which is generally considered to be in June, to honor the 1969 Stonewall Riots. The company says its latest band is made up of 500 threads woven together to form a rainbow pattern to denote the official symbol of the LGBT movement.  Read  more here.

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New York Lawyer Raises Money for Chechnya Men

For months now, we had heard many awful news reports  coming out of Chechnya, the semi-autonomous state in southwest Russia, where authorities carried out a brutal, months-long campaign of kidnapping, imprisoning, torturing and killing LGBTQ people. But over the past month, we’ve learned of Lithuania, France and Germany issuing visas to queer Chechen refugees escaping the violence, and now of Fred Erick, a New York attorney who raised $256,278 to help queer men flee Chechnya.

Erick, a 33-year-old lawyer whose Jewish family fled Ukraine in 1987 to escape anti-Semitic persecution, hated hearing about the violence in Chechnya. He said, ” I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It was frustrating and scary — it makes you angry because you can’t do anything.”

So he started a now-completed Facebook fundraiser entitled Helping Gay Men Flee Chechnya to aid Rainbow Railroad, a Canadian organization that has helped 37 men flee Chechnya by working closely with the Russian LGBT Network, a non-governmental organization who has helped Chechens escape the region.

“After the Holocaust everyone asked, ‘How did the world standby and do nothing?’” Erick’s fundraising page said. “Well, here is your chance to do something. Or will our grandkids ask the same question of us?”

Erick says that 6,000 people donated and 7,300 thousand shared the campaign’s page including gay Star Trek actor George Takei which helped boost the campaign’s notoriety. Erick has encouraged others to start their own fundraisers as well to help Chechen refugees.

There has been little news of Chechnya’s anti-LGBTQ purges since May 26, 2017 (the start of Ramadan, the date that Chechen officials reportedly wanted to exterminate all LGBTQ residents by). Russia denied the reports of violence, Chechen officials obstructed the official investigation into it and worlds leaders (including the U.S.) stayed mostly silent during the purge.

read more  at  UNICORN BOOTY

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TRANSGENDER Category at TINDER

Tinder’s founder, Sean Rad, announced that since GLAAD worked with Tinder to make the platform trans-inclusive, Tinder has matched over 250,000 trans users. That’s a huge number and shows that transgender inclusion really works.

When Tinder released its “More Genders” update last November, it sent a strong message to tens of millions of people that trans people were welcome at Tinder.

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It’s particularly important that this news came out at an event in Texas, where the message is sorely needed — Texas is currently considering a law, SB6, that would codify discrimination against trans people.

From working with companies like Tinder and the cast of Transparent, to fighting back against SB6 and the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back protections for trans kids, GLAAD is fighting on the front lines to accelerate acceptance for trans people. Today, we’re asking you to be a part of that work.

Your contribution of just $25 is an important way for you to voice your support for all trans people — and to make an unequivocal statement that all of us deserve nothing less than full acceptance:

Thank you for being one of GLAAD’s best supporters. We can’t do this without you.

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Neil Patrick Harris in New York City

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This year marks the monumental 10-year anniversary of (RED). 

It is astonishing that in 2005, 1200 babies were born every day with HIV.  In 2015, that number was cut by two-thirds to 400.

 

Playing a role in this pivotal fight and extraordinary anniversary, Neil Patrick Harris is partnering with Coca-Cola and (RED) to help bring additional awareness to this cause.

 

Beginning today, you can head over to Omaze.com/NPH to donate.   A $10 donation will get you 100 entries for Neil’s exclusive experience.  One lucky winner + guest will join Neil and his husband for a fun night out in New York City!  In addition to getting flown out and staying in a 4-star hotel, the winner will catch a Broadway show with the couple and grab dinner at one of Neil’s favorite spots in the city.

 

Donations can be made at many levels and include additional campaign perks – anything from a (RED) campaign shirt to signed merchandise from Neil himself.  Coca-Cola will also match every dollar raised by Neil Patrick Harris’ campaign this year, up to $2million.

 

 

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Celebrity Auction for Stonewall

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On June 24th, 2016, President Obama designated Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America’s National Park System. Stonewall is the first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights in America.

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New York’s Stonewall Inn has long been hallowed ground: The Greenwich Village tavern was home to the 1969 Stonewall riots, which are widely considered to be the birth of the modern gay rights movement. More than 40 years later, when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, the celebration was (unofficially) headquartered there. Now the legacy of the Stonewall Inn will officially live on, as President Obama will reportedly name the space outside the iconic bar a national monument, the first of its kind recognizing LGBT rights.

In support of this historic designation, Pride Live Nation has partnered with Charitybuzz and some of the biggest names in entertainment to raise funds directly for the Stonewall National Monument.

 

Visit charitybuzz.com/stonewall and bid on exciting experiences and items donated by

Anderson Cooper http://chrty.bz/2dFFrIU,

Cher http://chrty.bz/2dFFdS4,

George Clooney http://chrty.bz/2dFF4hG,

Taylor Swift http://chrty.bz/2dFIAZk,

Justin Tranter http://chrty.bz/2dFHqNt,

Jonathan Adler http://chrty.bz/2e7DLEd,

Andy Cohen http://chrty.bz/2dFGh8B,

Bryan Lourd [http://chrty.bz/2dFI1id]

Cyndi Lauper http://chrty.bz/2dFJhl7,

Mick Rock http://chrty.bz/2dFIWiC,

David Karphttp://bit.ly/2ej1EJ6,

Taylor Swift http://chrty.bz/2dFIAZk,

Dustin Lance Black http://chrty.bz/2dFEq3K,

and Moncho1929 http://chrty.bz/2e7BA3C,

 

In addition, Madonna has donated a pair of cherry red & purple velvet Prada couture shoes http://chrty.bz/2dFHpc7, Stevie Nicks has donated a trademark rhythm tech tambourine designed exclusively for Stonewall National Monument http://chrty.bz/2dFIukq,and Demi Lovato has donated one of her specially designed Michael Costello sequin costumes worn on her Future Now tour http://chrty.bz/2e7AV23,

 

The auction runs through November 10th, 3P EST.

 

Pride Live Nation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that raises awareness and support for the LGBT community via social advocacy and community engagement to advance the fight for full equality. www.pridelivenation.org

 

Charitybuzz is the world’s premier online charity auction platform and a proud member of the CHARITY NETWORK. It offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences and incredible luxury packages, with 80% of net revenue benefiting charitable organizations. Charitybuzz has the largest online  audience of high net worth, philanthropic individuals in the world and has raised more than $180M for charity to date. www.charitybuzz.com

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49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy

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Stop the Hate: 49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy in Ryan Murphy-Produced Tribute

For too long, a toxic combination of anti-LGBTQ hate and easy access to guns has put LGBTQ people at disproportionate risk of violence and murder. On June 12, forty-nine innocent people — most of them Latinx — were killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando simply because of who they were. It’s on all of us to keep their memories alive, and to ensure part of their legacy becomes meaningful action to end hate violence. Join the Human Rights Campaign and urge your legislator to support legislation that will ensure LGBTQ people are safe and equal in every community and find out how to support the survivors and families of the Orlando victims. Learn more at:

http://www.hrc.org/StopTheHate

Special thanks to Ryan Murphy, Ned Martel and their colleagues at Ryan Murphy Television for making this project possible and all of our friends in the entertainment community for their support of this project including (in order of appearance) Lady Gaga, Chris Pine, Cuba Gooding Jr., Connie Britton, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Lea Michele, Colton Haynes, Sophia Bush, Jane Fonda, Harry Shum Jr., Denis O’Hare, Rob Reiner, Melissa Benoist, Caitlyn Jenner, Édgar Ramírez, Max Greenfield, Chaz Bono, Cheyenne Jackson, Emma Roberts, Kerry Washington, George Lopez, Evan Rachel Wood, Sofia Vergara, Diego Boneta, Nina Jacobson, Demi Lovato, Tyler Oakley, Yeardley Smith, Kid Cudi, Kaitlin Olson, Kevin McHale, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lee Daniels, Chace Crawford, Evan Peters, Gerard Butler, Katey Sagal, John Stamos, Laverne Cox, Jordana Brewster, Wes Bentley, Finn Wittrock, Darren Criss, Kathy Bates, Anna Paquin, Guillermo Díaz and Joe Mantello.

 

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Gay Days Anaheim @ Disneyland

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About 12 weeks away!

It’ll be here before you know it!

GAY DAYS ANAHEIM @ Disneyland!

This is one of our favorite parties – and favorite cities!

Gay Days Anaheim 2015
October 2 – 4

The schedule is awesome this year and you can pick and choose which parties and events you wish to attend. Coco Peru will be back this year and the fabulous WILLAM from Ru Pauls drag race fame. The parties run Friday thru Sunday but I encourage you stay a few more days. There is SO MUCH to see and do in Anaheim and Orange county. CHECK OUT THESE PAST ARTICLES! Shopping, dining, fresh air, art galleries and ocean waves. The historic Packing District showcases culinary offerings and events in a communal gathering space in the heart of downtown Anaheim, and celebrates their one year anniversary next month. You could spend an entire day here.

 

Discounted Park Tickets Available Now! Click here

Check out the Schedule of Gay Days Anaheim events HERE

Introducing the Gay Days Anaheim Concierge! Click for more information

If you’re not already on the Private Email List, sign up now!

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Boy Scouts Challenge

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      • Scouts For Equality has challenged Boy Scouts President Bob Gates to overturn the Scouts’ policy banning gay adults!

 

    • Anyone can make a donation directly to the Boy Scouts to support the challenge – but the Scouts won’t get the money unless they reverse their discriminatory policy

 

  • $53,000 has been raised !   4  days  LEFT!

This is made possible by the new crowdfunding platform Challeng.org, which aggregates charitable donations to enact social change. This campaign is the official launch for Challeng.

Scouts For Equality contributed $10,000 themselves, and donations should hit six figures soon at current rates. The Boy Scouts will vote on this issue at their annual meeting May 20-22.
You can see the campaign here.  The challenge video is also posted on YouTube here.
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Oakland A’s Support Gays!

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Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle and his girlfriend, Eireann Dolan, stepped in to head off what she described as a negative response to the team’s first LGBT Pride Night this coming season, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Late last week, Dolan offered to buy tickets for the A’s June 17th game against San Diego, saying several season ticket holders were refusing to attend and trying to sell their tickets because they were uncomfortable with the event.

“If you’d like to sell your tickets to June 17th’s LGBT Pride Night game, I will buy them from you at face value. As many as I can. No judgments. No questions asked,” she wrote on her blog. “From there, I will donate any tickets I purchase to the Bay Area Youth Center’s Our Space community for LGBTQ youth.”

She revealed in the post that her biological mother is part of a same-sex couple living in San Diego.

“In fact I’m starting to suspect that the Athletics focus-grouped this event idea with just my two moms and nobody else,” she wrote. “It couldn’t be any more perfectly tailored to my moms than if the team announced that NPR’s Terry Gross will also be throwing out the first pitch and there will be a free notepad giveaway on which my moms can write down all of the reasons I should have majored in something more practical in college.”

On Monday, Dolan said, Doolittle agreed to match her donations up to $3,000. She also started an online fundraising campaign to purchase more seats to donate to the youth center group.

Read More at Raw Story

 

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Lesbians in Alabama Need Help

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It is sad that we have to PAY to defend ourselves and what is right. There should be a reimbursement system in place. ALABAMA should be eating these court costs!

“The two women in Mobile are the bravest two women I’ve ever known,” [Alabama Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham] said. “They’ve been through a lot, and they will continue to go through a lot, and we can never forget them.”

Todd said Searcy and McKeand have “incurred a great debt over legal fees” in their eight-year fight to have their California marriage recognized. She urged attendees to donate to the couple at their website, IAmAParent.com.

[Living in Limbo Executive Director Lara] Embry said Searcy and McKeand are $40,000 in legal debt “because they fought this fight for a long time in Alabama while we were not considered low-hanging fruit to national organizations who would then pitch in and help with that fight.”

“If you want to send someone a wedding gift, maybe make it honor of Cari and Kim, and make a donation to help them, to help pay for marriage equality in Alabama,” Embry said. “Because they got the bill.”

Visit I AM A PARENT

or the GO FUND ME PAGE

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FCKH8 Male Model Charity Calendar

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Straight and Gay Hunks Get Naked Together, Lowering Their Underwear to Raise Awareness and Funds with 2015 HIV/AIDS Charity Calendar
FCKH8.com Teams Up with Photographer Justin Monroe  to Create Sexy Poolside Photo Spread.

Hot on the heels of the massive viral success of their anti-sexism “Potty-Mouth Princesses” video that garnered almost 20 million views and raised $30,000 for charities promoting girls and women’s rights, FCKH8.com is campaigning to benefit HIV/AIDS charities with a sexy new 2015 benefit calendar that features straight and gay men getting naked together for a cause.

Lensed by renowned photographer Justin Monroe, and promoted by the gay social app Jack’d, the 12 month photo calendar features beefy straight and gay hotties stripped down to their bathing suits… or their birthday suits. The calendar, as well as the behind the scenes video that shows even more of the guys than the calendar does, were shot by the pool in the Hollywood hills in the hot California sun.

With a behind-the-scenes video on the FCKH8.com home page, the 9 inch x 12 inch glossy calendar is available for purchase for $9.99 on the FCKH8.com campaign website. To support the cause, 50% of all the money raised will go to HIV/AIDS charities that online supporters will be able to vote for on the campaign’s Facebook page.

The video and calendar shoot were made with the help of the guys at Jack’d, the fastest-growing gay social app in the world, who are promoting the cause to their audience of millions of gay and bi men to turn them on and turn up their support.

Behind the Scenes Video Can Be Seen HERE

 

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Mark MacKillop Photo Book RM. FOURTEEN

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Mark MacKillop is a singer actor dancer. Originally from Vancouver he studied ballet in Vancouver with Li Yaming at Pacific DanceArts and spent summers training with the Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theater in New York, both on full scholarship. After three years dancing with the Atlanta Ballet Mark moved to New York to pursue musical theatre and just finished a year on tour playing Riff with the international production of West Side Story – which leads us to this story about Mark!

 

From Huffington Post:   New York performer Mark MacKillop offers musical theater fans a provocative peek at the offstage life of a working actor in his coffee table book, Rm. XIV.

The new book comprises 80 black-and-white selfies of MacKillop in various stages of undress, shot in various hotel rooms around the world while he was in the midst of an international tour of “West Side Story” last year.

Though the steamy images will no doubt set pulses racing, MacKillop sees Rm. XIV as capturing “physicality, composition, reflection” as opposed to being intentionally scintillating.

“I  had just finished a year touring all over Europe and Israel with the international production of West Side Story.  During the course of my time abroad i started taking pictures of myself in each hotel room I stayed in.   This quickly became a staple of my experience on tour.”

“ Surprisingly traveling around with 30 cast members and a 30 piece orchestra left me feeling incredibly isolated and at times lonely. I used the photos as a way of connecting with friends who I was separated from to give them a unique, intimate look at my life on the road,” MacKillop, who originally hails from Canada, told The Huffington Post. Noting that he shot all of the images on his iPhone with a self-timer app, he added, “I definitely wouldn’t call myself a photographer. I would just call myself an artist exploring in various mediums.”

MacKillop, who is openly gay, said the photos also represent a very personal journey, and were partly inspired by Tom of Finland in addition to his own ballet and modern dance training.

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A very successful kickstarter campaign was launched and the book was printed!

(Photo Right :  is from one of the MANY fashion shoots Mark has done. Photographer Walter Kurtz Emporio Armani Underwear.  See more  on Pinterest.)

 

 

Having performed in the 2014 installment of “Broadway Bares,” MacKillop will donate a portion of the proceeds from Rm. XIV to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA). In addition, the book will feature an introduction by Tony Award-winning “Kinky Boots” star Billy Porter and a foreword authored by New York artist Robert W. Richards.

You can read more about Rm. XIV here.    BUY  THE BOOK!

Sneak Peak  Video  on YouTube

Instagram @markmackillop
Twitter @mark_mackillop
markmackillop.net

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1 LIFE FEST….Gay Lollapalooza? Gay MASSIVE

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The newest, hottest, biggest celebration on earth!

Come Celebrate Equality and Diversity this Independence Day Weekend and make history at The National Orange Show Event Center! Full details at the 1LIFE FESTIVAL Official Website www.1LIFEFEST.com

W A T C H

 

“AMERICA’S FIRST GAY MASSIVE” 1LIFE FESTIVAL  COMES TO LIFE

WITH EDM FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY JULY 4th WEEKEND

 

 1LIFE  Festival  – America’s First Gay Massive, the first large scale electronic dance music festival produced for the LGBT community, has joined forces with producer Jeffrey Sanker, following the success of White Party Palm Springs 25th Anniversary, to deliver an unforgettable experience with state of the art visuals and effects, top caliber production values and world class performers. The production will come to life on Sat. July 5 at Southern California’s National Orange Show Fairgrounds – just 40 minutes from downtown LA. 

For 14 HOURS, from 4pm-6am, friends and fans from all over the globe will gather for a sonic armada fueled by more than thirty of the world’s most prominent LGBT and mainstream DJ/Producers and fifty breathtaking live performers, to ignite the senses across three main stages.  Kick-off and closing parties on Fri. July 4 and Sun. July 6 will round out the festival schedule. 1LIFE Festival is produced by the creative masterminds behind MOMENTUM, So Cal’s largest monthly themed gay event. Weekend passes, tickets and event information are available now at www.1lifefest.com

Confirmed DJs to date include: Robbie Rivera, Chus+Ceballos, Antoine Clamaran, Maor Levi, Tom Stephan aka Superchumbo, Oscar G (of Murk), Tony Moran, Bent Collective (Danny Verde & Steven Redant), DJ Paulo, Mark Eteson, Kristina Sky, Nitrous Oxide, Victor Dinaire, Greg Downey, Hector Fonseca, Alex Acosta, Nacho Chapado, Alyson Calagna, Cajjmere Wray, Wayne G, DJ Alexander, Manny Lehman, DJ Phil B, Kevin Wild, Eddie Elias, Alain Jackinsky, Novaspace, Swedish Egil, Eddie Martinez, Big Kid and Dan De Leon with more to be announced soon.

 

“The LGBT community has always been at the forefront of dance music. It’s time for a world-class

festival that focuses on serving that community while recognizing the diversity of the LGBT dance

music audience.” – 1LIFE Festival

 

AMERICA’S FIRST GAY MASSIVE

Taking its cue from the UK and Europe’s “massive” rave dance music fests, 1LIFE Festival, billed as “America’s First Gay Massive,” is a departure from traditional gay “circuit parties” or gay pride events.  This 14 HOUR DJ-driven musical explosion celebrates the best of both LGBT and dance music cultures in an inclusive and welcoming environment, boasting mind blowing effects and production values across three main stages, along with carnival rides, art installations, vendor villages and more.  

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Do I Sound Gay?

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It’s a question many gay men have asked of themselves at some point. And it raises all sorts of fascinating questions about the origins of sexual orientation. Is sounding your sibilants a little excessively in the genes or from the environment?

 

Is the gay voice a function of  learning from others and creating your own community, or is to something embedded in our nature? Why is there such a wide spectrum of gay voices – from gruff masculinity to elaborate femminess? A documentary exploring this is almost done and just launched a kickstarter campaign to finish it.

You can help here.

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FEDERAL Government WILL Recognize Same Sex Marriages

 The U.S. Department of Treasury has just made it official: legally
married same-sex couples will receive the same tax benefits as
opposite-sex married couples, regardless of where they reside.

In
a call earlier today, U.S. Treasury Department Secretary Jacob Lew told
leadership of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
(NGLCC) and other LGBT interest groups that effective immediately the
U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that
recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes.
The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a
jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that
does not recognize same-sex marriage.

“Today’s ruling provides
certainty and clear, coherent tax filing guidance for all legally
married same-sex couples nationwide. It provides access to benefits,
responsibilities and protections under federal tax law that all
Americans deserve,” said Secretary Lew. “This ruling also assures
legally married same-sex couples that they can move freely throughout
the country knowing that their federal filing status will not change.”

This
is a major victory for the entire equality movement, but especially for
married same-sex couples who own and operate businesses. LGBT people
who are legally married in one of the 13 states that grant same-sex
marriage, can now ensure their business is a “family” business and are
legally entitled to determine the legacy of their wealth.

The
NGLCC will continue to work with LGBT small business owners to ensure
they are equipped with all the pertinent knowledge and resources
throughout this transition. The organization will also advise dozens of
our more than 140 corporate partners who will be augmenting grossing-up
best practices as a result of this announcement.

Other key takeaways:

  • Joint filing beginning 2014 for couples married in 2013.
  • Retro-active filing for those married in the past three years.
  • Same tax treatment for items like income, gifts, and estate.

Secretary
Lew acknowledged there would be further refinements needed and that
both his department and the IRS are looking to the public to help
identify these needed refinements; for instance, child tax credit issues
surrounding same-sex parents where it is not legal at the state level
for a same-sex second parent to adopt.

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The New F Word, an Anti Bully Photo Campaign

After nearly a year of passion, dedication,
and development coupled with the unwavering support of our family,
friends, and some of our favorite celebs …

Friend Movement proudly presents: 

“THE NEW F WORD – 

GIVING BULLYING THE BIRD”

An edgy anti-bully campaign and brainchild of producers Ronnie Kroell
& Elliot London,
photographer Ryan Forbes, and branding guru Bianca
Kosoy. The New F Word aims to keep the conversation about bullying
alive, but more importantly it was designed to empower individuals and
inspire all of us to take ACTION.

Our goal is to shoot …

10,000 Photos in 90 Days, across 40 Cities

Fresno, Sacramento, Reno, Eugene, Seattle, Portland, Spokane,
Billings, Fargo, Minneapolis, Madison, Rockford, Chicago, Detroit,
Cleveland, Rochester, Boston, Provincetown, Philadelphia, DC, Raleigh,
NYC, Savannah, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Tallahassee, Mobile,
Montgomery, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Nashville  Birmingham, Jackson, Little
Rock, Kansas City, Omaha, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas.

When someone is being bullied, we want them to have an inner
monologue of “F-U  I’m amazing … I don’t need your approval.” By doing
so, they can reclaim their power and rise above the fear that can
prevent them from being the diverse, confident, and beautiful
individuals they were meant to be.

While we may not be able to fully eradicate
bullying, we can commit to being better friends to one another – to
ourselves. So, get those middle fingers ready because THE NEW F WORD is
FRIEND.

Thank you for your time and support!!


Ronnie & Elliot

Donate today and make this happen!

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Your Chance for VIP ACCESS to the GLAAD Awards


 VIP  TO GLAAD  AWARDS  on  EBAY!

Check this out…..

Exclusive GLAAD Media Awards online charity auction is drawing to a close on Saturday, April 13th!   

 

Proceeds
will benefit Chicago House’s Trans100 efforts, part of our greater
programming which has served Chicago’s LGBT community since 1985.   


Bid here NOW  for a VIP Package for TWO to your choice of:

GLAAD Media Awards In Los Angeles at the JW Marriott (4/20) honoring President Bill Clinton

GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco at the Hilton San Francisco (5/11) honoring Adam Lambert

 

Star Studded Package Includes!

*Roundtrip domestic flights for two people to Los Angeles (4/19) or San Francisco (5/10)

·         *One hotel room for two nights (4/19 & 4/20 or 5/10 & 5/11)

·         *2 VIP GLAAD Media Awards Tickets (access to the Private Celebrity Reception
for each guest; as well as entrance to the GLAAD Cocktail Reception
& Silent Auction, Dinner & Show, After-Party, and Gift Bag).

 


The GLAAD Media Awards celebrate the most outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the media at the largest, most visible LGBT gala in the nation, the GLAAD Media Awards! Held in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco with over 5,000 attendees, the GLAAD Media Awards bring celebrities, corporate partners, media professionals, and young adults together in support of GLAAD’s mission to amplify the voice of the LGBT community and achieve full equality!

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$5 Donation Gets You The Exclusive CIRQUE DU SOLEIL One Drop

Taking place in Las Vegas on World Water Day 2013, last Friday, this original full-size production featuring 237 Cirque du Soleil artists and guest performers will only be presented once. This not-to-be-missed evening in celebration of water will be filmed by 12 cameras to create a very exciting 90-minute special just for you. It’ll be as close as you can get to front row seats.
Be moved by incredible performances from Jackie Evancho and David Garibaldi from America’s Got Talent; an appearance by Victoria’s Secret model Oluchi Orlandi wearing a Roberto Cavalli gown; a dance piece by So You Think You Can Dance judge Sonya Tayeh; and an original composition by award winning composer Danny Elfman.
Thanks to our partners, you can take part in this exclusive global philanthropic event dedicated to raising awareness and funds for ONE DROP , so that one day water will be accessible to all, forever. You are also invited to visit the One Night for ONE DROP online auction at Charitybuzz.com/ONEDROP. Starting March 1, you can bid on once-in-a-lifetime celebrity experiences, art, memorabilia, VIP event packages and more.
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I’m From Driftwood Needs Your Support

 

I’m From Driftwood is such a cool website. If you have never checked it out, PLEASE DO SO NOW!

“I’m From Driftwood aims to help LGBTQ people learn more about their
community, straight people learn more about their neighbors and everyone
learn more about themselves through the power of storytelling and
story sharing.


We accomplish this by creating an apolitical
forum for LGBTQ stories from every age, race, gender, background and
culture to deepen our understanding of each other, preserve our
history, and open hearts and minds.
We envision a world where every lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and
queer person feels understood and accepted, and every straight person
is an ally.

There are LGBTQ stories from every corner of the Earth and the importance of each story is as unique as the stories themselves.

To the LGBTQ teens struggling to come out and come to terms with
their sexuality, who to this day still attempt suicide 4 times more than
straight kids, it says “you are not alone.” Other people have dealt
with similar situations, families, communities and churches, and have
overcome and are now living happy lives. It can happen for you, too.

To the straight community, these stories provide an open, honest and
welcoming look inside the true lives of LGBTQ people. Once you get to
know more about your neighbor, I think you’ll be surprised at how much
more you’ll get to know about yourself.”

Nathan and his small team are doing important work. And they have really cool ideas for 2013 to take I’m From Driftwood to the next level and preserve all of these stories FOREVER. These stories are such an important part of who we all are! But it takes time. and money.

“I’m From Driftwood is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations
are tax-deductible, much appreciated and help us continue to collect
and share lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer stories from all
over the world.”

What can you give today, to help this awesome cause?

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POSTER CONTEST for Gay Six Flags Chicago Event

Calling all Artists! $500 contest for a 2013 Poster!

“Out in the Park” at Six Flags Great America returns in 2013 with a BANG!  

A
private LGBT event featuring unlimited riding of  ALL  Six Flags Great
America’s amazing rides (X-Flight, Superman, Batman, etc.) , live music
by an internationally sought after DJ who calls Chicago home, Matthew
Harvat, delivering a complete party-celebration dance area everyone can
enjoy! Plus some surprise celebrity guests and niche entertainment
venues!

BestGayChicago.com and
(Sponsor) are excited to return with an all new LGBT Celebratory event
and fundraiser at Six Flags Great America. “We are very excited to be
asked to return this year to Six Flags Great America and their
excitement in allowing us this unique opportunity to produce such an
awesome private event for our community at their park,” said Derrick
Sorles, owner of BestGayChicago.com. “We are proud to have another
charity this year  benefiting from the event.”
 
In preparation for the marketing campaign for Chicago’s 2nd Annual “Out In The Park”  2013, BestGayChicago.com is seeking  artists anywhere, interested in creating a prize-worthy poster and postcard design promoting the 2013 Six Flags Great America Celebration.

500
Posters and 30,000 Postcards will be printed and distributed in
Chicagoland, Wisconsin, parts of Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Indiana! 
Plus we’ll have ads and banners on websites everywhere including
Facebook. Your name will be on everything, giving the artist amazing
exposure!


This was last year’s poster:

  • The competition is open to all interested artists and graphic designers.
  • All submissions must be received before the deadline to be considered in the competition.
  • There is no limit to the number of submissions entered.
  • There is no cost to submit.
  • Entries
    will be accepted from individuals, collaborative teams, or design
    firms, with prize money being split between the entrants listed on the
    submission.
  • The winner will be given credit for design on artwork to include a name or website reference on all printed material and on www.BestGayChicago.com, www.GaySixFlagsChicago.com and other websites that run the official press release.
All interested artists are asked to complete and submit their work for review and judging before 5pm, March  1st, 2013.


The
winning design as chosen by BestGayChicago.com will receive $500 and 2
tickets to the “Out In The Park” at Six Flags Great America 2013
Celebration ($80.00 Value).

There are
also prizes of $39 complementary “Out In The Park” tickets from
BestGayChicago.com for their other favorites and Facebook fan favorite
art designs. BestGayChicago.com and the artist(s) will share equal
rights to the uses of the image.

*This was the BACK of last years postcard – we’ll be looking to totally redesign the back, with much less information:

 

Information the artists need to know:

On Saturday, September 14, 2013, (from 9pm – 1am), the park will be closed to the general public
for this private event. ALL the rides will be open. There will be NO
LINES to ride rides – ride as much as you want. Ticketholders will 
enjoy the music of DJ Matthew Harvat as it is heard live throughout most
the park. Matthew will do what he does best as he creates a signature
dance area experience never seen before at Six Flags Great America. This
amazing event welcomes all LGBT friendly folks from the five
surrounding states coming together to pride-fully celebrate on this
once-a year extremely special Saturday night!

Tickets for
admission to the park are $39 includes FREE PARKING!  A portion of all 
tickets sold will benefit (Charity TBD 2/1/13).

Example below of artwork retooled for ad:

BestGayChicago.com
is looking for artwork and a design that immediately grab your
attention visually and look like something REALLY FUN that you feel
compelled to buy a ticket for , grab some friends and get out and have a
BLAST!

Entries must include:

  • OUT IN THE PARK official logo
  • BestGayChicago.com official logo
  • All text necessary to create the sell message
  • Additional sponsor/media partner logos
  • Beyond bright and colorful!
  • Use of park ride(s) and feeling of fun and/or movement
  • The rest is up to you and your vision!

Entries will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Overall impact of eye-catching appeal
  • Visual attractiveness
  • Ability to draw the viewer in
  • Clear and concise messaging
  • Appropriateness of graphics used
  • Off the-chart creativity
  • Must be appropriate for all ages.

Include your name, address, email and phone number on with each submission to
BestGayCities (at) gmail (dot) com.
All submissions will be judged based on content, appeal and marketability. The decisions of the judges will be final.

Guidelines are as follows:
 Poster:
   – Size 11″ X 17″ Entries should be developed at least 300dpi, but can be submitted at a lower resolution.
 – Final winner will submit 300dpi  PDF – and be able to tool poster theme into postcard size and various sized ads.
  
– Must be original artwork. Do not submit copyrighted work. BE CAREFUL
using stock images for rides that do not exist at Six Flags Great
America. We can not show a full ride image, of a ride that does not
exist. However, you could  cut out portions of a generic ride and
riders, if needed.
    

PLEASE call or email for more information needed or ANY questions!
Michael or Derrick   773-878-5323
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HALF SHARE World Premiere and Benefit


Half-Share:  The Cocktail is always Half-Full!  AND NOW IT’S FREE!


 Misfit Boys Entertainment, LLC is thrilled to announce the worldwide premiere of a hilarious new gay comedy series, Half-Share, with 50% of profits to benefit the Ali Forney Center affected by hurricane Sandy.

Try to imagine The Golden Girls summering on Fantasy Island if it were run by Patsy & Edina!  Then watch it for free!  Half-Share is a 30-minute sitcom shot on location in Fire Island Pines featuring an all-star cast of fabulous gay comics including Alec Mapa, Jack Plotnick, Jesse Archer and Sam Pancake!



Hot on the heels of film festival success spanning three continents, Half-Share will debut its FREE worldwide streaming premiere at 10pm EST/7pm PST on Tuesday November 20th at www.half-share.com & Ustream.tv/channel/half-share.  



Half-Share is also available immediately on Amazon Instant Video to rent ($1.99) or buy ($4.99 Instant/$14.99 DVD, Amzn.to/HalfShare)

Through December 31st, 50% of all net profits on DVD and Amazon Instant Video sales will be donated to the Ali Forney Center in NYC
which provides homeless LGBT youth with shelter, food, and counseling.
 Sandy left their offices underwater and they are in desperate need of
donations to continue their important work (Aliforneycenter.org).

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Friend Film….Dealing with Sexuality, Gender Identity Issues and Bullying

 

Friend Film 

A feature film about two High-School seniors living in Tennessee dealing with Sexuality & Gender Identity. A quest of love, friendship & definition of family.
WATCH  NOW – and please,  donate $1 (or more)  to this amazing project.
No Amount is too little… 4 quarters… 10 dimes… It can all go towards making something beautiful.

Do you remember coming out? 

Did you ever feel
different, unattractive, left out?  

Do you ever ask yourself what is it
like to come out in 2012 or what it is like to be different from the
rest of the pact? 

Is it easier? Is it harder? 

Obviously, it is much
different than ten years ago…

FRIEND is a film that is not written
by a bunch of writers in a Hollywood room, but rather by the very own
kids we see at the end of our streets.

WATCH  NOW – and please,  donate $1 (or more)  to this amazing project.

PLEASE  SHARE THIS MESSAGE WITH YOUR FRIENDS

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