Category Archives: Benefits
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.
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.
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,
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,
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
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
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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
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
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!
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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
VIP TO GLAAD AWARDS on EBAY!
Exclusive GLAAD Media Awards online charity auction is drawing to a close on Saturday, April 13th!
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!
I’m From Driftwood is such a cool website. If you have never checked it out, PLEASE DO SO NOW!
community, straight people learn more about their neighbors and everyone
learn more about themselves through the power of storytelling and
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.
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.”
“Out in the Park” at Six Flags Great America returns in 2013 with a BANG!
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
(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.”
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
- 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.
will be accepted from individuals, collaborative teams, or design
firms, with prize money being split between the entrants listed on the
- 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.
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).
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:
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!
admission to the park are $39 includes FREE PARKING! A portion of all
tickets sold will benefit (Charity TBD 2/1/13).
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
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:
– 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.
Michael or Derrick 773-878-5323
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.
GET A SNEAK PEAK NOW!
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).
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…
by a bunch of writers in a Hollywood room, but rather by the very own
kids we see at the end of our streets.
PLEASE SHARE THIS MESSAGE WITH YOUR FRIENDS
How can you resist that face???
Every year BEST GAY NEW YORK.com supports the AIDS WALK New York. (May 20, 2012)
AND since we are huge fans of Priscilla, and secretly in love with NICK ADAMS (ok, so it’s not a secret) we like to put our support behind Nick for the AIDS WALK.
Nick gives, and gives and gives whenever he can to great causes like
Broadway Bares and AIDS WALK NY. (He has even been crowned Broadway Hero by GayLifeNYC.org.) “I enjoy giving my time to great causes, and it makes me feel good to know I can help in some way.”
Nick sent us this note, to share with our readers….
and with your help was able to raise over $20,000!
This year I want to
surpass that total.
The chorus is raising money to take the message of hope from the
Internet and deliver it in person to schools nationwide with “It Gets
Better,” the musical.
Six cast members will use a mix of original songs
and ones the students have heard from the radio to drive home the point.
The performance will cap a week of outreach in the community where the
chorus finds people who have posted It Gets Better videos and asks them
to share in person with local leaders and school officials what they
WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!
“We will talk to videos, we will respond to videos, we will talk to
people who made videos and find out how their lives are different as a
result of it,” says Liesel Reinhart of Speak Theater Arts, which is a
partner in the effort, in a fundraising video posted on Kickstarter.
So far backers have pledged more than $25,000, and the chorus has
less than three weeks to raise the $75,000 it needs to put on the
combination of activism and stage shows in school communities all over
This is an idea worth funding!!
Read more at SHE WIRED
ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY:
A second class citizen is defined
as: a person whose rights and opportunities are treated as less
important than those of other people in the same society. There are many
areas in which gays, lesbians, & bisexuals do not have the same
rights & opportunities as others in society. We must change this
I want to make a documentary that encompasses all areas in
which we are discriminated against. The general population is not aware
that discrimination against the gay community goes beyond marriage &
bullying. There is far too much hate directed towards our community and
I want to capture that hate on camera. In addition, I want to explore
where this hate comes from, why it continues to exist, and what we must
do to get rid of it. A better solution is needed because the solution we
have right now isn’t working fast enough.
I am not a second class
citizen. You are not a second class citizen. Right now, the laws in
place (and lack thereof) say that we are. Let’s change that.
The idea for this documentary was born when I first learned that
California’s Proposition 8 had passed, defining marriage only between a
man & woman in that state. I was angry & I wanted to do
something about it. As time went by, I learned more & more about the
inequalities that exist for gays, lesbians, & bisexuals in this
country. I made a friend on YouTube who revealed to me that he would be
expelled from his school if they found out he was gay.
I did not believe
him – in what kind of reality could something like that be true? It is
true. Shortly after that, a string of natural disasters occurred &
my boss asked me if I wanted to donate blood with her. I immediately got
up to go with her & then stopped abruptly realizing that I couldn’t
donate blood. She did not believe me, nor did she understand why. I
felt like a different species. I did not feel one with the human race in
that moment. That was the moment it had a direct effect on me & my
rights – that is when I decided to make this documentary.
Ryan James Yezak
Every dollar will help!