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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.  

GET A SNEAK PEAK NOW!


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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Help Nick Adams Raise $$$ For AIDS Walk NY

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….

Hello!

 
Last year I participated in AIDS WALK NY
and with your help was able to raise over $20,000!
This year I want to
surpass that total. 

 
I’m offering backstage tours of the Palace theatre at Priscilla Queen of the Desert to donations of $500 or more! 

 
I’ll personally take you backstage after a performance and show you behind the scenes of our hit Broadway musical! 

 
Simply make your tax deductible contribution of $500 or more to my personal page here http://t.co/Mc3EExFF

 
Then send me your confirmation email from AIDS WALK NY once you’ve received it and I’ll
coordinate a date that works for us!

 
Thank you!
Xoxo

 

Nick Adams




Nick Adams’ Donation Page for AIDS WALK NYC

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Taking IT GETS BETTER on the road with a Theater Project

Critics of the “It Gets Better” message say action is needed behind
those words, and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles has an idea on how.

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
said online.

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
the country. 

This is an idea  worth funding!!

Read more at SHE WIRED

Donate on Kickstarter

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Best Gay News Urges You to Support SECOND CLASS CITIZENS

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
now.


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


Help Ryan fund this film!

Every  dollar  will help!

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