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World Pride 2019 New York City

On a hot summer night in 1969, an intensifying movement reached its breaking point in New York City. It had to happen here—in this city of infinite facets, immutable colors and uncontainable Pride. In the years since, our annual Pride celebrations have become world-famous—and the biggest one is yet to come.

June 2019 marks 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising, a pivotal moment in LGBTQ history—and this summer, the whole world is invited to celebrate in New York City. Consider this your hub for all things World Pride 2019.

MILLIONS  are expected  in NY  for this monumental event!

Stay up to date as events are announced at 2019 World Pride!

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Gay Radio in California

This week brought the launch of Qchella Media Corporation and the new K-GAY 106.5 FM, The Pride of the Valley, which debuted its new music format.

K-GAY, as part of Qchella Media, is a new local radio station streamed worldwide on TuneIn Radio. The station serves the LGBTQ+ community with entertainment and information, including an on-demand podcasting platform bringing a wide variety of LGBTQ+ content to their audience in Palm Springs, the Coachella Valley and worldwide.

Besides their unique and diverse programming, what sets Qchella Media Corporation apart is that they are also a non-profit media organization, where every dollar raised through advertising and their members’ support is devoted to the content, allowing their team to
meet the needs of their diverse communities in the Coachella Valley.

Source Palm Springs Life. Read More!

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Zakar Twins Book, Tour plus Off Broadway!

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I can’t remember exactly  how  I  stumbled upon  the Zakar  Twins,  but I found them on Instagram  and  have been a loyal follower, watching their careers  soar  for over  1  year  now! Their  best-selling book  “Pray The Gay Away” came  out  in the Fall of 2017. That’s  probably about the time I first discovered them.

These young gay models, writers, entrepreneurs, leaders in the LGBTQ+ community, and lovable goofballs Michael and Zach Zakar are known not only for their identical good looks but for trailblazing a path forward for queer people who come from Near and Middle Eastern cultures. As smart as they are funny, their memoir last year is  a dual-account tragicomedy about  growing up with deeply religious Iraqi immigrant parents.

“Mom knows.” A simple text that would change two twin brothers’ lives forever. Coming out is hard. The struggle is ongoing, a daily part of life whether to a new friend, a co-worker, or most importantly yourself. Pray the Gay Away chronicles Michael and Zach as they face awkward sexual encounters, drug-fueled escapades, coming out to each other, and their biggest foe – Mom, a woman who not only gave birth to what she calls one regret – but two.

The memoir hilariously and poignantly explores what it’s like growing up as gay, Iraqi twins in modern America. Pray the Gay Away was inspired the night Mom snuck into their bedroom and force fed them “holy grapes,” determined to “de-gay” them.  She threw Holy Water on them as well! 

The Zakar Twins are new voices speaking out against generations, particularly within the Iraqi culture, who look down on being gay. This book is not only for the LBGTQ community, but for young adults, looking to achieve normalcy.

“The book started kind of as a hateful thing. We wrote it because we were angry that our Mom reacted in such a demeaning way,” Zach said. “Then, over time, the project, it really resulted in kind of a beautiful thing. We were growing with the book, it was growing with us.”

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Currently  they are on tour  with  Drag Queen Christmas – The Naughty Tour!  37 cities now through Dec 29th! Presented by Murray & Peter.  They will be heading  South and West  in the coming weeks. Get specific city and  tour info at www.DragFans.com. 

Their Mom  has come a long way to acceptance and actually  attended  the show  in Detroit! Her first drag show ever!

I am told that  the producers, Murray and Peter  are helping to bring their book  to Off Broadway, hopefully  in time  for  Pride  2019!

Recently the brothers  relased a  calendar for 2019.  Defiance: taking a stance on changing the world’s conservative view on what it means to be gay in the Middle Eastern world. Shot by Dexter Brown.

“Everyone has their own unique story. Fortunately for us, we just wrote ours down,” Zach said with a laugh. “The book is done, but it’s not finished. We’re writing two more books about different things.”

 

Buy  the BOOK  and  CALENDAR   Here.

Get to know Michael and Zach  with their great  YouTube  videos!

ZT  on Instagram

ZT  on Facebook

ZT  on Twitter

ZT  My  Twin Chat App –  a  way to communicate  with  others  who might be struggling with  coming out or just needing someone to talk to.  Many people coming out usually feel like they are the only one. So this app is a support system for those scared to talk to a stranger or a close friend.

“You cannot forget the bigger picture. It feels like life is caving in to a lot of people when it first happens. I think that’s one of the scariest things. Because all I was worried about, was when you grow up, there’s so much involved in the bigger picture,” Michael said. “That’s what I tell people, just realize there is light at the end of the tunnel even if it feels almost impossible.”

 

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Best Prices for Puppy Pads, Cat Pads and Cage Liners

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Winter in Palm Springs

Escape the winter chill in this 87 degree salt water pool & 12 man hot tub.
These upcoming events and great December rates make it a wonderful time to plan your INNdulge getaway!
Book now
UPCOMING!
Desert TheatreWorks – Indio
The Sound of Music Dec. 7 – 23
All these years later, the hills are still alive with the sound of music, Maria, and the von Trapp family. Climb every mountain and discover a few of your favorite things with this stage classic.
Info and tickets at www.dtworks.org
Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus: “Men in Tights” Dec. 14-16
The PSGMC kicks off their 20th year with a spectacular holiday concert presented at the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theatre.
Info and tickets: www.PSMuseum.org
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio presents
Tony Bennett
Friday, Dec. 7 at 8pm
The McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert presents:
Friday, Dec. 7: The Colors of Christmas, featuring Peabo Bryson, Taylor Dayne, Jon Secada, and Deniece Williams
Saturday, Dec. 15: LeAnn Rimes: You, Me, and Christmas
Tuesday, Dec. 18: Davis Koz and Friends annual Christmas tour
Info & tickets: www.mccallumtheatre.com
Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage presents
Barry Manilow: A Very Barry Christmas
Dec. 15 & 16

Palm Springs International Film Festival

January 3, 2019 – January 14, 2019

Desert Arts Festival

January 12, 2019 – January 13, 2019

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    Tour de Palm Springs February 9, 2019

    Modernism Week 2019 February 14, 2019 – February 24, 2019

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San Francisco Remembers Harvey Milk Nov 27th

Source Towleroad

Gay rights icon Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone will be remembered on November 27 at 7 pm with a candlelight walk from the plaza named for Milk to City Hall, where they were assassinated by SF Supervisor Dan White 40 years ago.

The walk, which will echo the spontaneous march that took place shortly after the murders, is being organized by the Harvey Milk LBTQ Democratic Club, which writes: “In November of 1978, bookending the Thanksgiving holiday, the city of San Francisco and, it might be said, the world was changed forever. The double horror of the tragedy at Jonestown, followed by the slaying of Harvey Milk and George Moscone was a crushing trauma to the heart and soul of San Francisco, and yet in that darkness we rose together in candlelight not only to remember those we had lost but to strengthen and galvanize ourselves to give them voice to continue their fight and and vision for the future….In honour of that same eloquent response, the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club invites all to join us in quiet reflection from those who knew these great advocates of social justice at Harvey Milk Plaza. Following this, we will walk in candlelight to the steps of City Hall where current community leadership will echo their vision, just as those who were there did that warm November night in 1978.

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Barbra Streisand Walls CD and Trump

BARBRA  chatted  with  NPR  recently;

Scott Simon: Why was it important to you to do this album?

Barbra Streisand: Because I could express my thoughts and feelings at a time when I was feeling sad and heartbroken about what’s happening to our country. And I’m so grateful that I have music in my life that gives me the chance to express my feelings through my work.

I gather the song “Don’t Lie to Me” is not about a busted love affair.

No. I started off trying to create that so that more people could relate to it in a way — lovers who go through this all the time. But it’s like that joke: A woman walks in and her husband is in bed with another woman. She gasps, and he says, “Well, who are you going to believe: me or your lying eyes?” I guess it’s about lies: The lies that are coming out of this administration are very unpleasing, unsettling. Maybe that means so much to me because I was lied to as a child. I’ve based my whole career on telling the truth.

Read the lengthy interview  HERE. 

Her newest  cd  Walls finds Barbra exploring both her concerns and hopes for the future in a collection filled with beautiful melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. In addition to the three original tunes which the Oscar-winning songwriter contributed to, the songs on Walls explore topics near to the celebrated artist’s heart. Streisand also brings a fresh perspective to the classic songs “Imagine” and “What A Wonderful World,” and the Bacharach/David pop standard “What The World Needs Now.” The penultimate song that Streisand sings is a timely one called “Take Care Of This House” by the legendary composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner.

Of all the reasons there are to love Barbra Streisand – and if you find that proposition contentious, I encourage you to stop reading and do something else – the quickest and easiest can be found in the answer she gives to the first question I ask her. Streisand, speaking on the phone from her home in LA, is about to release Walls, her first album of primarily original songs since 2005 and for which she has written the bulk of material. The lyrics are sharp and political, the arrangements are strong, but it is the vocals that are the most surprising: crisp, forceful, with none of the mellowing one might expect of a 76-year-old artist who on recent albums has seemed muted. I mention this to her – how great she sounds – and she bursts out laughing and says: “I know! I swear to God, I don’t know where my voice came from. I would come out of the studio and [the technicians] would go, ‘How the hell?’ And I don’t know, I don’t know! It just came out of me!” – source  Guardian.

Over the course of her astonishing career, Streisand has recorded a number of songs that address the human condition. Recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary song, “Don’t Lie To Me,” and the other songs on Walls are sure to add to her enduring legacy as an award-winning singer and songwriter. In 1977, she became the first woman to win an Oscar for composing the music to the timeless standard “Evergreen” (Love Theme from A Star Is Born), which also went on to win the Grammy for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe. In addition, she has been duly recognized throughout her career for compositions on film projects emblematic of her songwriting gifts.

BARBRA STREISAND
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Drag Queen Christmas – The Naughty Tour

They are back!    A fabulous assortment of your favorite queens!

Drag Queen Christmas – The Naughty Tour!

  COMING TO A CITY  NEAR YOU!  37 cities!

It’s a Hilarious evening of holiday performances featuring contestants from the reality television show on VH1.

(Line up will vary  by  city – check online  for your  city and tickets  HERE)

These talented girls will get you into the holiday spirit, with a naughty twist!

 

Plus special guests the Zakar Twins as Santa’s helpers!

 

This special event is Presented by Murray & Peter.

Get tour info at www.DragFans.com

Super Fan packages are also available in the first few rows with a first-in-line meet and greet pass, official tour poster and laminate with lanyard.

The holidays were never this naughty!

All ages welcome.

Tickets range $35 – $150

 

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TORCH SONG on Broadway! Limited Run!

I am SO LUCKY, that as a young gay boy about 22 years old, I think it was 1982, I made it to New York city (from small town Michigan) and got into Studio 54 for an amazing evening and also got to see Harvey Fierstein on Broadway in Torch Song Trilogy with Mathew Broderick and Estelle Getty! ( I had read about the show in After Dark magazine, and seeing the show was the primary reason for my trip).

In that eye opening trip to the big apple I saw amazing clubs that are no longer around. I also met Andy Warhol on that trip! All the things I had read about NYC were true! What a trip! My little gay life would never be the same!

Harvey and the story left such an impression on my soul. I followed Harvey’s career over the years and saw his works whenever I could. He is genius to me, and “an icon.”

So I was THRILLED beyond belief to see Torch Song, a compact version of Torch Song Trilogy, make it to the stage in New York!

And with Michael Urie no less! Who I met in Chicago when he performed “Buyer & Cellar”. He is so wonderfully talented.

It’s magical that Torch Song is at the Hayes Theater, on it’s 35th anniversary, on the same Broadway stage where the Tony Award-winning premiere forever changed the face of popular entertainment. Along with the talented Drama Desk Award Winner Michael Urie, Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl shines are Arnold’s mother.

 

Torch Song Trilogy won Tonys for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play for Fierstein. 3 years on Broadway, it was truly a landmark show!

 

I am sure most of you know the story, but there may be some younger people reading who do not know the story; This show is fiercely funny and heart-wrenching. Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song follows Arnold
Beckoff’s (Mr. Urie) odyssey to find happiness in New York. All he wants is a husband, a child, and a pair of bunny slippers that fit, but a visit from his overbearing mother (Ms. Ruehl) reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect.

This story was of Arnold’s struggle to be accepted as a young Jewish gay man living in New York City in the late 1970s and ’80s. What’s amazing, in some ways, is that it was powerful then to me; this is pre AIDS, pre gay marriage, PRE EVERYTHING and today the story is still just as powerful.

Forty years after writing Torch Song, it still speaks to audiences making them laugh and weep and happy,” says Fierstein in a statement. “Unbelievable. And to now return to the theater where it played all those years ago… Beyond wishes… Beyond dreams.. Beyond the most outrageous fantasy.”

“A great play makes you think, and what’s going on in the White House is always in the back of our minds,” Urie told NewNowNext about the timeliness of the revival. “We’re all confused, terrified, and clinging to each other, so Arnold, the ultimate caretaker, is the kind of friend we need right now. Yes, he’s flawed, but he has so much heart and compassion.”

I urge you to see this brilliant show, if you haven’t already! LIMITED RUN!!

Join Arnold on this all too human journey about the families we’re born into, the families we choose, and the battles to bring them all home.

Torch Song is playing at the Hayes Theater at 240 West 44th Street.

Directed by Tony Award nominee Moisés Kaufman

www.torchsongbroadway.com

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CHER New Cd and Tour

SEE THAT GIRL…

WATCH THAT GIRL…

SHE’S THE DANCING QUEEN!

She’s back! At 72 and going strong!

The one and only Cher will released Dancing Queen last week, a new album of all Abba hits by Warner Bros. Records.

The Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Award winning icon was inspired to record the album following her stunning performance in the recently-released mega-hit film, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

 

Commented Cher: “I’ve always liked Abba and saw the original Mamma Mia musical on Broadway three times. After filming Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, I was reminded again of what great and timeless songs they wrote and started thinking ‘why not do an album of their music?’ The songs were harder to sing than I imagined but I’m so happy with how the music came out. I’m really excited for people to hear it. It’s a perfect time.”

Dancing Queen was recorded and produced in London and Los Angeles with Cher‘s longtime collaborator Mark Taylor, who previously produced Cher‘s global smash “Believe” which was number one in over 50 countries. And it does not disappoint! I truly love the last song on CD I think the best, “One of Us”.

Cher is scheduled to be awarded a Kennedy Center Honor on December 2nd in Washington DC.

She is a co-producer of the The Cher Show, the upcoming Broadway musical opening on December 3rd ( we saw it in Chicago and LOVED IT!)

 

She is currently performing a residency at MGM Resorts. Get tickets HERE!

NEW TOUR – The Here We Go Again Tour is the seventh solo concert tour by American singer-actress Cher in support of her twenty-sixth studio album Dancing Queen. It is the first time the singer tours Oceania since her Living Proof: The Farewell Tour in 2005. The tour started on September 21, 2018 and will finish on May 18, 2019.

Cities  with Ticket  links  HERE

 

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Summer Drag Camp – Camp Wannakiki

The premise is simple… take eight drag queens to see who can last the week at an actual Summer Camp and claim the crown “Queen of Camp!” CAMP WANNAKIKI is a new drag reality show airing on YouTube.

This hilarious new show features eight of the campiest campers in the Midwest (O’laysia Prime, Dominique DeGrant, VajayJ Snappinturtle, Pagan Holladay, Sylvia Nixx, Alexis P Bevels, Muffy Fishbasket and C’est Kevvie), along with kooky Camp Counselor Dear Ruthie and Camp Directors Apple Brown Betty and Cherry Pi!

Each episode reprises a day at camp, where campers perform various activities best suited for 10 year olds, as opposed to grown-ass drag queens. Tune in for the hilarity that ensues!

This entertaining competition keeps the focus on fun and friendship, while giving drama and backstabbing the cold shoulder, as was the goal of creators and producers Ashley and Brandon Wright.

The Wrights are real life twin brothers and drag life twin sisters Apple Brown Betty and Cherry Pi Sugarbaker. The twins are also co-owners of Hamburger Mary’s International, and were recently featured on the hit CBS show “Undercover Boss.” Going on 20 locations, Mary’s is known not only for their gourmet burgers, but also for putting on great drag shows across the country.

Let’s Eat, drink and be “Mary” this summer at Camp Wannakiki!

Follow the campy fun on YouTube


Camp Wannakiki FB page

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365 Days of Love Letters

Dive into the modern games of love. 

“365 Days of Love Letters,” an episodic romantic drama, follows two Millennial best friends who embark on a path of self-discovery, chronicling romance, heartbreak, and rebirth through the lens of technology. Together, the two face addiction to love, security, and fantasy. Join the movement to make a new series come to life.

With Chris Salvatore (the Eating Out series), RJ Aguiar (social media pioneer), and Caitlainne Gurreri (Grey’s Anatomy, All My Children) headlining the show, this new series is generating buzz already and has begun to attach several key players who round out the team across acting, producing, marketing, fashion, and music. From the team alone, we have cumulatively generated over 13 million YouTube views, 2 million Facebook fans, 405K Instagram followers, 171K YouTube subscribers, and 169K Twitter followers. Created by Kyle Thomas and produced by Jessica Bryant, the show was shot by Jessica Ramos (worked on Breaking BadHail, Caesar!, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and will be scored by powerhouse Craig J Snider (worked with Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, and Kelly Clarkson). Craig J Snider will also produce three pop singles that will be released in connection with the series.

What They Need & What You Get

We are looking for $50,000 in finishing funds to complete the first season. All funding will be going to cover the costs of equipment, rentals, food for our actors and crew on set, production expenses, and post-production. We believe in building a community that lives and breathes stories that are raw, authentic, and intimate. We want you to become a part of our series — a part of our journey — and share your own love letters in the process. We have many different perks, ranging from original music, personalized calls from the cast and crew, as well as ways to bring your own art into the series.

Other Ways You Can Help

While we understand that not everyone has the ability to donate, we appreciate each and every person who supports our team and story by spreading the word about our series. Whether that’s by sharing this Indiegogo on your social media, hashtagging #Our365Letters, or telling your friends about the show/trailer, your support means the entire world.

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Guide to Pride Flags

I never knew so many pride flags existed!

This info comes  from  Comics  by  Xan!

 

The rainbow flag, commonly known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag, is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements. Other older uses of rainbow flags include a symbol of peace. The colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, as the flag is often used as a symbol of gay pride during LGBT rights marches. While this use of the rainbow flag originated in Northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area, the flag is now used worldwide.

Originally devised by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker, the design has undergone several revisions since its debut in 1978, first to remove colors then restore them based on availability of fabrics.  The most common variant consists of six stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. The flag is typically flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as it would be in a natural rainbow.

 

Gilbert Baker (June 2, 1951 – March 31, 2017) was an American artist, gay rights activist, and designer of the rainbow flag (1978).

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Lady Bunny Holiday Sale

Need a last minute holiday gift! 

Your friends  WILL LOVE THESE! 

and  they are on SALE!!  WHOO HOO!!

Lady Bunny t-shirts are now on sale for $20, including shipping! (This does not include PayPal charges, however.) 100% cotton in black only, with sizes S-3XL. Order right now to ensure delivery just in time to wrap them!

The shirts feature an eye-popping design by famed illustrator Michael Economy, who’s best known for his work for both designer Anna Sui and his own creations on iheartme.com. As a testament to his talent, he totally captured that demented look in my eyes and even made me look thinner!

To help you find your perfect fit, these tees are manufactured by Next Level Apparel. They aren’t the super-duper trim fit, but they are a trimmer fit than the boxy, oversized thick cotton type. (In other words, if you are usually in between sizes, you should probably select the larger of the two. No shade intended cuz I wear a 2XL myself!

Check them out here:  http://ladybunny.net/team/lady-bunny-tee-holiday-sale/

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Do Collegan Peptides Work?

I used to work in advanced skincare at  Neiman Marcus in Chicago. I was there for three years.  Seemed like every  other month, some new  product would  come out, claiming to be revolutionary! Well it makes  sense; Skin care is  a $121 BILLION industry  globally,  and  an $11 BILLION   industry  in the US. And it shows no signs of slowing down.  People care about their skin and companies spend  millions  in research and development, searching for the “fountain of youth”. Or at least products the slow down the aging process.

Skin care awareness and consciousness are some of the driving forces behind the booming industry, says Kathleen Zacrep, MarketRe­search.​com.

Although older consumers are still key to marketing efforts, younger consumers are becoming more aware of the value in taking care of their skin, notes Zacrep. (read more about the markets and trends here.)

I was at a party recently and someone was talking about collagen supplements. “Injestibles”  vs  topicals. I guess they have been around for a few years, but I had not heard of them. It’s  all about healing and repairing from the inside.

While collagen supplements have long existed in specialty vitamin stores, in the past  couple years they’ve expanded to drug and grocery stores and are proliferating rapidly. The promise of all these pills, powders, and drinks is enough to get anyone’s attention and sounds too futuristic to be real: You can swallow a pill and turn back the clock, not just by plumping fine lines for a few hours or days, but by causing your own body to rebuild its collagen from within.

It is backed with clinical research. Research seems to indicate that there’s something real to those claims. In a large double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in early 2014, women took 2.5 g of a particular hydrolyzed collagen peptide  once a day; after 8 weeks, researchers measured a 20% reduction in wrinkle depth around the women’s eyes.

I am all about  turning back time!

After doing my own research, I found this company, Vital Proteins.

They say, “Vital Proteins helps people feel better and live fuller lives through sustainably-sourced nutrition products, promoting health, fitness and natural beauty. We do that by providing nourishing collagen and promoting our production of collagen – an essential nutrient stripped from our diets by modern food-processing.

We know that while our bodies’ collagen production slows as we age, our need for it only grows as our bodies become less efficient and we maintain a vibrant life. And Vital Proteins believes that if you want to, you can make the most out of every moment you’re given – that your body shouldn’t be a limitation, but a catalyst.”

So I decided to give it a try. Not only is it supposed to be good for your skin, but helps your hairs, nails, bones and digestive system.

The company arranged for me to try a   30 day kit. It included  2 pills; Beef liver capsules and Beauty Boost Capsules.  A box of Collagen peptide powder –  that I made a drink with.   And Collagen Creamer  to add to morning coffee. It was a 30 day supply but I did miss a few days.  So it lasted about  40  days.  I can honestly  say,  and I was not paid to say this, I thought my skin had improved and looked better, it had a bit of a  “glow”, my hair felt thicker, and my digestive tract felt like it had improved. (I am 53, by the way).

And you don’t have to take my word for it – this company  has been featured in many prominent articles.

I strongly encourage you to check these products out!  – we give it  5  pink crowns!


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Broadway Cares – Christmas Carols for a Cure

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS RELEASES EFFERVESCENT NEW 2017 HOLIDAY ALBUM
The 19th volume in the “Broadway’s Carols for a Cure” collection is full of spirited holiday favorites sung by stars from Broadway’s leading musicals including 
Dear Evan Hansen, Come From Away, Hamilton, Waitress 
and A Bronx Tale. 

The Christmas season is in full show tune swing now that the 19th volume of Broadway’s Carols for a Cure has arrived.  The latest compilation from the beloved series continues Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ tradition of pairing the casts from award-winning Broadway musicals with seasonal songs that are both classic and new.  Once again, the result is pure magic and is sure to help make the 2017 holiday season shine brighter than ever before.

“These are all new, original recordings, creatively arranged and performed by the incredibly talented performers and musicians from the 2017 Broadway season,” explains producer Lynn Pinto who, once again, collaborates with engineer Andros Rodriguez on the album. Pinto allows each company a great deal of freedom in choosing the material and the style of the arrangement. She adds, “We record the musicians and singers in layers, utilizing isolation booths for a higher quality recording. It gives the album a unique sound from most cast albums and allows us to showcase some of the best voices and instrumentalists in the world.”

The first Broadway’s Carols for a Cure album debuted in 1999, making this year’s album the 19th in the annual series.  Fans of Broadway will be overjoyed  to hear recordings from Tony Award winning casts of Dear Evan HansenHamiltonCome From Away and many more:


ALADDIN O Come All Ye Faithful 
ANASTASIA All Those Christmas Cliches 
AVENUE Q The 12 Days of Christmas
BEAUTIFUL Love at Christmas Time
A BRONX TALE I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
CATS Joy to the World
CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Do You Hear What I Hear?
CHICAGO This Is The Night 
COME FROM AWAY It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
DEAR EVAN HANSEN Down In Yon Forest
GROUNDHOG DAY Oh Little Town of Punx, PA
HAMILTON Chester
JERSEY BOYS (National)Let’s Have an Old Fashioned Jersey Christmas
KINKY BOOTS Hark! The Herald Angel Sing
THE LION KING Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Old Fashioned Christmas
SCHOOL OF ROCK Yule of Rock
WAITRESS I Wonder What You Got For Me
WAR PAINT I Can’t Wait For Christmas

WICKED God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Highlights are copious but include Billy Porter and the cast of Kinky Boots singing an all-new, rockin’ version of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and the cast of A Bronx Tale performing “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” in a New Yawker-style that will have listeners humming for days.Additionally, Meghan Toohey (Sara Barielles’ long-time guitarist) serves up a lovely 1960s-style original song, “Wonder What You Got For Me,” featuring the talented Anastacia McCleskey and the rest of the company and band from Waitress; and Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the composer/lyricist team behind Anastasia perform their original carol, “All Those Christmas Cliches,” along with their award-winning cast.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals with serious illnesses including AIDS receive the health care and support they need.  In addition, they provide financial support in the form of grants to AIDS and family service organizations throughout the country.

“The 19th volume of Broadway’s Carols for a Cure is the best yet,” promises Lynn Pinto.  “It exudes such warmth, like a cozy blanket on a snowy Winter’s day.”

 The 2-CD set is  in the web store at BroadwayCares.org or by calling Broadway Cares at 212-840-0770.

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Tom of Finland Red Wine

Tom of Finland Wines (tomoffinlandwines.com), a new label created in tribute to the legacy and artwork of Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920-1991), popularly known as Tom of Finland, is pleased to announce its inaugural release – the 2015 OUTstanding RED. Following a successful launch in Finland in 2016, Tom of Finland Wines is making its US debut, with the wine available exclusively direct-to-consumer on the website for $24 per bottle.

 

Tom of Finland Wines is made in partnership with the Tom of Finland Foundation, a non-profit started in 1984 by TOM and Durk Dehner. Though the Foundation’s original purpose was to preserve TOM’s vast catalog of work, today the Foundation has greatly expanded its efforts and exists to educate the public as to the cultural merits of erotic art and the promotion of healthier, more tolerant attitudes towards sexuality through experiential workshops, residencies and exhibitions.

 

Terry Miller, Official Tom of Finland “TOM’s Man” and spokesman for Tom of Finland Wines comments on the project: “Tom is about pleasure and enjoying life. A part of enjoying life involves indulging your sensual side and appreciating the finer things… self-expression, openness and freedom – that’s why wine is the perfect manifestation in honor of the legendary artist. As for the wine, OUTstanding RED is remarkably smooth, delicious and sexy. Tom of Finland’s work is the most recognizable and important gay iconography in the world, and it both warms and excites me to see it presented front and center on the bottle of OUTstanding RED.”

 

Tom of Finland Wines will host an official launch party for media, trade, and consumers on December 14th in at The Oasis in San Francisco. Guests can expect a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Terry Miller, and of course, plenty of OUTstanding RED. Additional details to be published at a later date. Learn more about Tom of Finland wines on the new website www.tomoffinlandwines.com, on Facebook at ‘Tom of Finland Wines’, on Instagram at @tomoffinlandwines, and on Twitter at @tofwines.

About Tom of Finland Wines:

Tom of Finland Wines is the first time Tom of Finland enters into the world of wine. Tom of Finland Wines first introduced the OUTstanding RED California red-blend in the artist’s native home of Finland in 2016. Now available in the U.S. market, Tom of Finland Wines offers a high-quality wine crafted with detail, passion and a desire to satisfy even the most discerning wine drinker – a true tribute to TOM and his significant contribution to contemporary art and popular culture. Learn more and purchase the wine at www.tomoffinlandwines.com

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AT&T Live Proud to Support LGBT Homelessness

AT&T Launches Live Proud Holidays Sweepstakes to Support True Colors Fund’s Effort to End LGBT Youth Homelessness

AT&T* is supporting the work to end LGBT youth homelessness with True Colors Fund this holiday season. AT&T invites the LGBT community and allies to take part in our Live ProudSM Holiday Campaign Nov. 1 through Dec. 31.

You can participate in this campaign to raise awareness of the LGBT youth homelessness crisis in two different ways: by participating in the AT&T Live Proud Holiday Sweeps and by sharing the campaign video.

AT&T is encouraging the LGBT community and allies to participate in this campaign by doing the following:

  • From Nov. 1-26, participants can join our Live Proud Holiday Sweeps by tagging 3 friends on our AT&T Instagram post with #ProudHolidaySweeps for a chance to win a trip to NYC to attend the 7th Annual True Colors Fund Home for the Holidays benefit concert presented by AT&T on Dec. 9.  The winner and 3 friends will also get to meet concert host, legendary singer and longtime LGBT advocate Cyndi Lauper.
  • Share the campaign video featuring Cyndi Lauper and True Colors Fund “True Fellows.” Our goal is to reach 100,000 views.

 

AT&T is also contributing $100,000 to True Colors Fund’s events and programs in 2017 to help expand the work to end LGBT homelessness.

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month.  Today 40% of America’s 1.6 million homeless youth are LGBT. The campaign video reveals important facts about LGBT youth and homelessness, and presents the work that the organization and its youth leaders are engaged in to help bring an end to this problem. Our goal is to reach 100,000 views.

Will you help us spread awareness about LGBT youth homelessness by sharing this important campaign?

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BALLS A Documentary by Charlie David

Balls is a one hour documentary that covers every angle and topic we could brainstorm to do with testicles.  From sex and sports to health concerns like sperm count, torsion and bringing attention to Movember we’ve left no jock-strap unexplored.

During Movember, we’re sharing our BALLS documentary series for free on YouTube!  Please consider writing an article, posting these videos and sharing on your social.

Subscribe to my YouTube channel to explore all things balls related in this special men’s health series.

Please share with your friends, post on your social and encourage your buddies to check their balls – or lend a helping hand – it could save a life!

November is men’s health month.  Share this link with promocode FreeBalls for 50% off your rental of the unblurred, unbleepedBalls documentary on Vimeo.

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Lesbian Couple Conquering Social Media

We recently discovered these lesbian vloggers, who have been creating YouTube  content for some time now! They recently relocated to Chicago. They create new  vlogs as frequently as possible,  plus unscripted comedy, challenges, travel and entrepreneurship videos, and LGBT advice content. Vegetarians and devoted moms to their kitten, Mumford.

 

Well it looks like you moved here from Iowa? How long have you been here in Chicago?

Yeah! We moved to the city in July and have loved every minute of it so far!

What brought you here?

Besides the appeal of a vibrant city with so much energy and activity, we were attracted to the opportunities to advance our career goals. There’s such a great LGBTQ+ community here that we love and we do a lot of traveling, so it’s a great centrally located hub with a big airport! There are, of course, it’s other perks: deep dish pizza, the amazing Chicago sports teams, and tons of vegan restaurants for us to try out!

How long have you been together?

We have been together for 5 and a half years! It’s been such a crazy ride, but we’ve loved exploring the world and starting a business together. It’s so special that we get to share our relationship online to help so many other people and document the things we do together.

How long have you been doing videos?

We started making videos in March of 2015. At that time we wanted to start a channel as a way to have a creative outlet and a place to practice our cinematography and editing skills, because of our interest in film. As we started to pick up a following, we realized that we really had an opportunity to share some of the difficult experiences we’ve been through with coming out, self acceptance, etc with our audience. We began to share our stories online and have since been able to help literally thousands of people who send us messages and use our channel as a resource for similar struggles. Our videos have led us across the world to countries in Europe and the Caribbean to create travels films, vlogs and attend conventions for YouTube creators. We would love to see one of these conventions come to Chicago someday!

Besides vlogging, do you both do other work in Chicago?

We both have small part time jobs within the city, but what we spend the most of our time doing and what we love the most is our work on YouTube and other social platforms. Being in Chicago has already afforded us some opportunities to attend events and get involved locally using our videos. We’re looking forward to continuing to grow that more and more!

Check them out here!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsXev_Ovyyi1oJMAQnze_xA     

Also check their podcast “Between The Sheets” that comes out every Wednesday on iTunes and soundcloud!

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Andrea Gibson on Gender Identity

Andrea Gibson is not gentle with their truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led them to the forefront of the spoken word movement– the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam –Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. After 7 full length albums and 2 publications Andrea is working on their 3rd published book and 8th studio album.

Their work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature.

Your Life” from Andrea’s upcoming album HEY GALAXY (out January 12th 2018)

Pre-Order the new record at www.andreagibson.com

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National Coming Out Day October 11th

In anticipation of National Coming Out Day (NCOD) on Oct. 11, you might be interested in checking out some of the awesome stories collected and curated by Coming Out, a 501c3 non-profit that shares LGBTQ coming out stories. 

 

Always expanding their reach, they are working on a NCOD social campaign in collaboration with a few different groups:

 

  • LGBTQ Filipino-Americans (Filipino-American History Month takes place the entire month of October):
    • Angela AC Dumlao (queer, non-binary), activist recently featured in NBC Asia America’s A to Z List; EJ Samson (gay male), Assistant Vice President at L’Oréal; Matthew Ortile (gay male), Global Publishing Lead at BuzzFeed, among others
  • LGBTQ influencers and artists:
    • James Whiteside (ABT Ballet); Levi Foster (photographer); Alex Berg (journalist)
  • NYC Commissioner on Human Rights Malalis’ Office

In previous campaigns, they have worked with familiar LGBTQ faces like Dan Donigan (Milk from Ru Paul’s Drag Race Season 6), Matteo Lane (comedian) and Barrett Pall (model, blogger), Max Emerson (model, actor) and others. Their stories are already live on the site.

 SUBMIT YOUR  personal stories!

They are constantly working to expand the diversity of  their content to be as inclusive as possible. The site is open-source, so anyone is able to submit a written or video story on the Coming Out website.

also – check out – 

Facebook: ComingOutDotSpace
Instagram: @ComingOut_Space
Twitter: @ComingOut_Space
YouTube: Coming Out

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