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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

'TOM OF FINLAND' AT NEW YORK TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL



Tom Of Finland





TOM OF FINLAND  will have its US PREMIERE at the forthcoming 2017 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL


Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century LGBTQ culture.



Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II. But life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds post-war Helsinki rampant with homophobic persecution, and gay men around him are being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art: homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions.



But it is only when an American publisher sees them and invites Tuoko over to the West Coast that his life really takes a turn. Finally being able to walk free and proud in Los Angeles, Tuoko dives head first into the sexual revolution, becoming an icon and a rallying point. His work – made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of the worldwide gay revolution.



One of Finland’s most acclaimed directors, Dome Karukoski has been named one of “Variety’s” Top 10 Directors to Watch and his films have gathered numerous international awards. Winner of several Finnish National Film Awards, and Best Director for Dark Butterflies and Lapland Odyssey, Karukoski’s films are as successful abroad as they are at home.



Public Screening Schedule:

PREMIERE- Sunday, April 23 - 8:45 PM

(Location: CINÉPOLIS CHELSEA 4, 260 West 23 Street)

Very limited press tickets available.




Monday, April 24 - 10:45 PM

(Location: CINÉPOLIS CHELSEA 1, 260 West 23 Street)

Very limited press tickets available.




Wednesday, April 26 - 10:15 PM

(Location: CINÉPOLIS CHELSEA 3, 260 West 23 Street)




Saturday, April 29 - 9:00 PM

(Location: CINÉPOLIS CHELSEA 7, 260 West 23 Street)



TFF 2017 Link to buy tickets:



Saturday, November 01, 2014

JOHN CRYER TELLS HUFFPOST LIVE HES NOT GAY

John Cryer




"Two and a Half Men" star Jon Cryer sounded off on speculation over his sexuality in an interview with HuffPost Live the other day.




Cryer: "All of the stereotypical stuff that everybody thinks the gay community holds close, I have been a part of, except for the gay sex. But by the way, they don’t ask. That’s been the issue. They don’t come onto me. So I’ve never been propositioned. Fellas, you’re dropping the ball!



Cryer: I was a theatre dork, and so everybody just assumed that I was gay and one of the things that I loved about Duckie [ from ‘Pretty in Pink’], he was that. You know, he was what I was, which was an 'Effeminate Heterosexual Dork'



Wednesday, June 04, 2014

LGBT ADVOCATE LAVERNE COX ON KATIE COURIC

Laverne Cox With Katie Couric



Katie Couric will sit down for a live interview with actress and LGBT advocate Laverne Cox for her nationally syndicated daytime talk show, “Katie.” In this all new episode, Couric will talk to Laverne Cox about her Time Magazine cover story and the new season of the Netflix original hit “Orange Is The New Black.” Cox first appeared on the show in January 2014, an interview which inspired important discussions about gender transition and surgery.



Their conversation will broadcast on “Katie” on TUESDAY, JUNE 10th.


Photo Courtesy Of: Disney/ABC

Thursday, November 29, 2012

VEGAS MGM CASINOS ANTI GAY AGAINST CSI STAR

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MGM'S LAS VEGAS HOMOPHOBIA

Story By: Gerald McCullouch - Star Of CSI Las Vegas
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Gerald  McCullouch

 

 
The following was written by CSI star Gerald McCullouch. Gerald will be guest starring with Cyndi Lauper on Bones  for their 150th episode on Monday. Be sure to tune in!


I’ve never been one to hold a grudge. Ain’t my style. It gives the person or thing you have a grudge against too much power. And you willingly give your happiness away, freely, to the person or thing which least deserves it. It’s been a lifelong goal of mine to be happy and it’s something I work diligently towards, so I do all I can to not give it away to Road-Ragers or outsourced customer care representatives. Or, more appropriately, casino security guards whose homophobia is enshrined in Nevada State Law.



For 10 seasons I played “Bobby Dawson” on CSI. As CSI is set in Las Vegas, I’ve spent some incredible times in that city. My recent trip began very similarly. My boyfriend and I were given the star treatment at Tao, hit a red carpet opening of a new Las Vegas bar, casino hopped gambling and drinking our way up the strip, and then headed back to Mandalay Bay and The Four Seasons at a rather reasonable time for Las Vegas standards. Paul, my boyfriend, was up about $100 and I was down about the same amount, repeatedly, so affectionate playfulness infiltrated our evening.


As our taxi arrived at our destination our playfulness continued as we hopped out of the taxi and headed to our Four Seasons Suite. Following a few attempts at giving each other flat tires and good, old-school Charlie Horses, we were suddenly approached by three Mandalay Bay Security Guards who, supposedly, took an interest in making sure our rough housing was in fun and not a possible escalation into conflict. I confirmed with Robert Lake, head security officer at Mandalay Bay, that all was fine. That Paul and I were boyfriends. That we were celebrating our anniversary. That we had just arrived that day from LA and were flying back to LA in the afternoon. And that we were simply on our way to our hotel room after our night out. 


In an instant, Paul and I were gripped at our triceps and pulled away from each other. We were told that if we were boyfriends, then our actions were regarded as Domestic Violence. We were assertively escorted away from the entrance of the Four Seasons and through the Mandalay Bay Casino.


Paul and I were both frozen with disbelief. I stated multiple times that there was no need for concern, that Paul and I weren’t engaged in any sort of conflict, that we fly back to LA in the afternoon and want to get back to our room to get some sleep. With each affirmation of our relationship the tension seemed to build between us and the three security guards escorting us through the casino and it’s back hallways towards the main security office and holding area.


We were kept separate from each other. I was given no further explanation of what was happening. Approximately two hours later, a Las Vegas Police Officer arrived and arrested both Paul and I for domestic violence.


Paul asked why we were charged with domestic violence if we were obviously just roughhousing and there was no harm intended. To which the officer asked him if Paul and I engaged in certain sexual activities. Paul declined to be as specific as the officer but agreed that he and I were in a sexual relationship.


Then if you have sex with each other it’s Domestic Violence


No Miranda Rights were read. One of the guards rapidly read us a diatribe about being guilty of trespassing and no longer allowed in any of the MGM Casinos. The MGM Casinos include all of Las Vegas practically: Aria, Bellagio, Vdara, MGM Grand, Madalay Bay, The Mirage, Mote Carlo, Luxor, New York New York, Excalibur, and Circus Circus, namely.


I’ve never been arrested. Nor has Paul. So we had no idea what we were in store for. And I’m certain that experiencing it in Las Vegas is rather epitome-adjacent.


Over the next 16 hours I trudged amongst the arrested mob from holding area to booking area where personal items and cell phones and layers of clothing were taken, to another holding area where cursory health exams were given – both mental and physical - and statements were taken, to long term holding cells – very long term - to a payment cubicle where I posted my bail of $3,500, to a holding cell for those about to be released, to being released into the streets of downtown Las Vegas. As Paul and I were charged with Domestic Violence we were kept separate and he was released about two hours after me so his journey was 18 hours. Happy anniversary.


During my 16 hours in jail I learned that, by Nevada State law, all Domestic Violence complaints result in arrest. And a mandatory jail stay of at least 12 hours. No questions asked. So once Robert Lake and the other security guards knowingly decided to label Paul’s and my actions as Domestic Violence they were all very aware that neither Paul nor I would be returning to our hotel room or be able to make our flight back to LA or have much ability to enjoy our anniversary any further.


We hired an attorney and over the next few months learned that similar situations happen all the time in Vegas. I told our lawyer that I was currently writing a column for The Advocate.com and had every intention of writing an Op-Ed on the experience. He urged me to do so - saying that there is a major gap in the Nevada State Law intended to protect civilians who are under harm and Las Vegas Security Guards’ ability to label any actions they are uncomfortable with as ‘Domestic Violence’ to ensure a jail stay for those they charge with that offense.


Before our court dates and the writing of this Op-Ed, I contacted MGM to attempt to remedy the situation. To tell them of the incident.


When I spoke with Yvette Monet in Public Affairs, she first inquired if Paul and I were still together. I said we were. To which she retorted “Well, then, it wasn’t all that bad, was it?” She stated that MGM invests regularly in gay advertising and has been honored with multiple awards for their support of LGBT causes. She apologized for the incident but said that due to the size of the corporation, any action would have to come from the security department and she didn’t think that likely as they will inevitably stand by their actions. And she was certain those actions must have been justified. She ensured a follow up phone call in the next few days. The follow up phone call never came.


Due to lack of evidence, Paul’s and my hearing was rescheduled. Twice. Eventually all chargers were dropped. There was no evidence on any of the myriad of surveillance cameras permeating the casino entrance of Paul and I in any conflict. No one we met during our evening – the amazing Tao management team who gave us the red carpet treatment, the owners of the new gay bar, Share, and all those that attended the opening, blackjack dealers, fellow befriended gamblers, bartenders – no one – ever observed anything other than respect and compassion between Paul and I. There was only the domestic violence charge itself from Robert Lake. The case was dismissed.


I write this not to retaliate, but to educate. To bring to light that sadly, in a city with which I have developed such a unique bond and a seemingly supportive corporation in which I have spent thousands of dollars staying at practically all of their properties in Las Vegas - it’s a big ole’ buzz kill that I have to temper my affections with the man I love while in their dominion. And when it comes to respecting my personal liberties and rights as well as those of my boyfriend and of every member of the LGBT community, we are only a dollar sign to them. Nothing more. And after they have our dollars in their possession, there’s not much respect for us after that. How uniquely Las Vegas.


Editors Note: This incident happened last year and was just settled recently, with charges being dropped because of no evidence against Gerald McCullouch. MGM Grand Cooperation had no videos to back up their claims, yet they allowed their security to prosecute a loyal customer and a TV star to boot. Seems to us here, that Gerald is right saying all they care about is the gay money and not the gay customer. I would contact the MGM publicists, but even after all the stories we have done to promote their properties, I am sure there would be no comment. But we will send it to them anyway, and print their version if there is one. It would seem safer for the gay customer to stay away from MGM Casinos. 



Photo Courtesy Of: Jake Fales

Thursday, November 08, 2012

LATRICE ROYALE & MANILA LUZON'S THE CHOP

The Chop





Team Latrila, LATRICE ROYALE and MANILA LUZON, just got The Chop on RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race in what is being called the biggest upset of the season. The mismatched pair quickly proved they were the team to beat this season winning the first ever challenge in All Stars her story. Although they have been sent packing much too early, these two are not letting that discourage them as they release their inspirational new duet, "The Chop".

"As far as winning, my prize was the blossoming friendship with Manila." says Latrice Royale.

Drawing from their own personal struggles to "make it", Latrice Royale and Manila Luzon want to remind all their fans that even when we face hard times, we have the power to keep on the path to our own destinies.


Thursday, October 04, 2012

GERALD MCCULLOUCH BEAR CITY THE PROPOSAL

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TIMES SQUARE GOSSIP

FILM PICKS
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Gerald McCullouch And Joe Conti





"BearCity 2: The Proposal", the follow up to 2010's break out indie hit "BearCity" brings to the screen one of the most endearing romantic comedies in recent years. I was won over by the first film as well as it's star, the handsome Gerald McCullouch, and I've been following the process of making the film on the CSI actor's column at The Advocate.  His most recent column is a must read for all film lovers. 


A hirsute 'Sex and the City", the San Francisco Examiner stated: “BearCity 2 is the sequel that Sex and the City 2 wished it was.” The movie follows the familiar characters from the first film through hilarious, romantic and occasionally surprisingly dramatic adventures as they head to Provincetown, MA for Bear Week and a gay wedding. Film Forum marks the film as "Fresh, moving and dear to the heart" and Next Magazine states "BearCity 2 is a sweet snapshot of modern gay life".


Monday, July 02, 2012

LAST OF THE CLOSET GAYS ANDERSON COOPER

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ANDERSON COOPER COMES OUT OF CLOSET

Bitching By: James Edstrom
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Anderson Cooper



I just read Anderson Cooper has come out as gay. Is it safe enough Anderson?

I like Anderson, I have met and spoke to him many times at events around New York City. But it really kills me that all these famous people stayed in their safe closet for all these years, while the rest of us were fighting for gay rights. Now that we got them, all these celebrities are running out of the closet like they were always there for us. And the sick thing is, the gay community welcomes them with open arms, like they were always helping the cause.

Cooper made the announcement in an email to writer Andrew Sullivan.

"The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud," he wrote.

Proud of what Anderson? Proud that by you staying in the closet, you were safe? Proud that so many gay kids over the years needed a gay role model and you stayed in the closet so you were safe? Proud that you sneaked around New York City all these years, going to gay parties and not once when a gay horror story came out, did you say that you were gay and this was a outrage?

He also stated in the e mail:

Monday, June 11, 2012

LANCE BASS HOSTS GAY PRIDE KICKOFF FETE

Lance Bass





This past Saturday, CB2 played host to their annual PRIDE Kick-off party with The Trevor Project hosted by Lance Bass at their West Hollywood store.


Lance, a huge fan of CB2, attended with boyfriend Michael Turchin and both were very excited to be a part of the event and heighten awareness for The Trevor Project – who played Grand Marshall in the Parade on Sunday. Lance went home with 2 of the “Accept and Be” posters (retail $19.95 each) which were exclusively created for CB2 by designer Mathew Lew - all proceeds directly benefit The Trevor Project (available at CB2 stores nationwide as well as cb2.com.



Photo Courtesy Of: Emmett Loverde

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY LGBT EVENTS

  The New York Public Library



The New York Public Library (NYPL) and Souleo Enterprises LLC, an event/media production company, are ready to wave the rainbow flag high and proud with LGBT summer adult programming throughout the month of June. Celebrating the creative energy of the LGBT community, the Gay Pride Month programming includes cosmetic makeovers by NYC’s top drag queens such as Hedda Lettuce; interactive workshops featuring the iconic drag entertainer John Epperson (Lypsinka’s Maid) and a fashion reinvention design workshop with Beau McCall. In addition to honoring the glory of the LGBT community, programming also aims to examine significant current themes, including a panel on LGBT hip-hop celebrity impersonators and cultural critics analyzing the phenomenon known as diva worship and expert insight on the hot-button topic of marriage.

“The New York Public Library is excited to host such a diverse programming that celebrates LGBT Pride in the month of June,” said New York Public Library Adult Programming Specialist, Kelly Yim. “These programs bring into light important issues in the LGBT community, such as marriage, and also highlight some of the talents within the community.”



“The vision is to not only celebrate all of the qualities that make the community wonderful, but also to look at issues that are presently challenging us,” said Souleo, founder and president of Souleo Enterprises, LLC, who is a producer of events and content for a variety of media and nonprofit institutions. “I believe that with this balance of fun and intellectual events, the LGBT community will find new inspiration to continue strengthening and advancing our place in society.”



For details on the events, visit: www.nypl.org or www.souleouniverse.com.





About The New York Public Library


The New York Public Library was created in 1895 with the consolidation of the private libraries of John Jacob Astor and James Lenox with the Samuel Jones Tilden Trust. The Library provides free and open access to its physical and electronic collections and information, as well as to its services. It comprises four research centers – housed, respectively, in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building; The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and the Science, Industry and Business Library—and 90 locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Research and circulating collections combined total more than 65 million items, including materials for the visually impaired. In addition, each year the Library presents thousands of exhibitions and public programs, which include classes in technology, literacy, and English as a second language. The New York Public Library serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and another 25 million users internationally, who access collections and services through the NYPL website, www.nypl.org.



About Souleo Enterprises, LLC 



Souleo Enterprises, LLC is the umbrella company that creates and produces entertaining and informative events, media and artistic projects by founder, Souleo. This Brown University graduate and dynamic young talent’s list of journalism credits includes Newsweek, Ebony, New York Press, Black Enterprise, XXL, Sister 2 Sister, Rolling Out and more. Souleo’s expertise and content has been featured on CNN’s The Nancy Grace Show, MTV’s FNMTV Premieres, the New York Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, Access Hollywood, CBS’s The Insider, NPR’s News & Notes, BET.com, Match.com and in the Boston Globe. Most recently the company has formed a partnership with the prestigious non-profit arts service organization the Harlem Arts Alliance. The initial project, a weekly column entitled “Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the ‘A’ w/Souleo” is now syndicated online and in print via several outlets including SoulTrain.com, New York Amsterdam News, Rolling Out, and more. In addition, Souleo Enterprises, LLC is developing several special projects designed to support and empower the arts and culture community, including the youth initiative CULTURE CRASHERS.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

GENERAL BAN KI-MOON'S HISTORIC SPEECH

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gives historic speech
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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon




U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivered a historic speech at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, asking countries around the world to decriminalize same sex relationships, and end discrimination of LGBT people. The speech itself attracted some coverage, but what dominated the news that day was the response by the audience. Several members of the council, in an obviously pre-arranged move, staged a coordinated walk-out before the speech even began, a major breach of diplomatic protocol.

The message came through loud and clear: In 2012 there are still many governments around the world who take the firm stance that human rights are for some, but not for all. The walkout was a stark reminder that in many places around the world LGBT people are still demonized, criminalized, attacked and even killed for who they are. Seventy-six countries still criminalize being gay, and 10 countries make being gay punishable by death or life imprisonment. And the enemies of equality are on the move. Russia's second largest city, St. Petersburg, just passed a bill that would make it illegal to "say gay," and parliaments across Africa are entertaining laws that would further penalize, and even execute, gay people.

To make sure that Ban Ki-moon's powerful speech isn't drowned out by the haters, AllOut.org, an LGBT equality movement with close to a million members in every country of the world, decided to give it a new life, and give it a remix. "When someone like Ban Ki-moon speaks out, it makes a difference," said Andre Banks, Executive Director of AllOut.org. "But only if people hear what he has to say."


LINK TO THE PETITION



ABOUT ALLOUT.ORG




AllOut.org is a global campaign organization of over 800,000 people from 190 countries around the world dedicated to LGBT equality. A movement working online and on the ground to build a world in which everyone can live freely and be embraced for who they are, All Out is adding global people power to the historic fight for LGBT equality.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

THE CLOSET QUEER GEORGIY POLTAVCHENKO

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Russian Governor Signs Anti-LGBT, Anti-Expression Bill Into Law

After Months of Massive Worldwide Protests, AllOut.org & ComingOut-St. Petersburg Respond
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Closet Queer St. Petersburg Governor Georgiy Poltavchenko




Despite months of sustained international protests led by global gay rights organization AllOut.org and their partners in Russia - ComingOut, SidebySide and the Russian LGBT Federation - St. Petersburg Governor Georgiy Poltavchenko signed a law yesterday that would criminalize reading, writing, speaking or reporting on anything related to gay, lesbian bi or trans (LGBT) people.

Andre Banks, co-founder and executive director for AllOut.org responded:

“By validating a new regime of censorship and intolerance, Governor Poltavchenko has diminished the reputation of his city with the stroke of a pen. 100,000 people have promised not to visit the "new" St. Petersburg after this law goes into effect. Travel companies are considering revising their scheduled trips to the city. St. Petersburg's sister cities have even begun to put pressure on the Governor to reject this law. Together, we have sent a very clear message to Poltavchenko and leaders around the world: there will be a high price to pay for advancing the cause of bigotry and intolerance. AllOut.org continues to stand with our partners in Russia and will work through diplomatic channels, creative online campaigns and offline events to ensure that this law is repealed and that others like it never see the light of day.”

Polina Savchenko, general manager for ComingOut, a St. Petersburg-based LGBT organization issued the following statement:

“Today it became known that the governor of St. Petersburg Georgiy Poltavchenko signed the homophobic law, imposing administrative fines on the so-called ‘propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgenderism.’


Authorities project "traditional values" and clerical rhetoric onto politics, and prioritize "interests of majority" over the value of human individuality. We realize that today, fascist-like rhetoric in Russia is becoming basis for legislative activity.


In fact, this law has little to do with protecting minors. Today, neither homosexual people, nor human rights defenders, nor lawyers can answer the question of how this law is going to be applied in practice, due to its vague nature and non-legal terminology. To talk about existence of homosexuality, to publicly denounce homophobic violence, to develop sense of self-awareness and dignity in homosexual people, to promote tolerance – all of these acts can fall under the "propaganda" law. This law will serve directly to further isolate and marginalize the gay community and encourage hate towards a social group.


We are convinced that no authority can deprive people of their right to dignity, to respect of private and family life, to freedom of expression and to protection from discrimination and violence. We are offended and outraged by this act by city authorities and will continue fighting for the rights of LGBT citizens until the barbaric law is repealed.”


BACKGROUND:



In December and January, AllOut.org was one of the first international organizations to bring critical attention to the issue with a petition of over 270,000 worldwide that encouraged Vice President of the European Commission Catherine Ashton to formally discussed the issue in a meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in January.


AllOut.org members then hit the phones and organized a call-in campaign that pushed 6 countries to make official statements condemning the law.


In February, AllOut.org members were joined by dozens of human rights organizations around the world in demonstrations at Russian embassies in Argentina (Buenos Aires), USA (New York), France (Paris), Germany (Berlin and Hamburg), Italy (Milan), Portugal (Lisbon), Belgium (Antwerp) and Brazil (Rio de Janeiro). At the Embassies, AllOut.org hand-delivered 300,000+ signatures condemning the law.


AllOut.org also produced a viral video that had over 300,000+ views on YouTube that expressed a simple message urging Governor Poltavchenko to veto the law: “Pass the law, and we won’t go there.”


ABOUT ALLOUT.ORG



AllOut.org is a global campaign organization of over 800,000 people from 190 countries around the world dedicated to LGBT equality. A movement working online and on the ground to build a world in which everyone can live freely and be embraced for who they are, All Out is adding global people power to the historic fight for LGBT equality.

Friday, February 03, 2012

TEL AVIV NAMED WORLD'S BEST GAY CITY 2011

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TIMES SQUARE GOSSIP TRAVEL
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Tel Aiv Is Best Gay City



Tel Aviv was named the World's Best Gay City of 2011 in a recent survey on GayCities.com, sponsored by American Airlines, it was announced this month. The Israeli art, culture and nightlife metropolis received nearly half of the votes, with New York City, Toronto and Sao Paulo finishing behind.



In the survey, Tel Aviv was described as the gay capital of the Middle East and as "an exotic and welcoming destination with a Mediterranean c'est la vie attitude."



"We are proud to see Tel Aviv gain international recognition as the world's best tourism destination for LGBT travelers," said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America. "We hope this award attracts travelers of all tastes and interests to visit Israel in 2012."



Tel Aviv will host its annual LGBT Pride Festival, featuring a wide selection of events, festivals and a parade, June 8, 2012.



For more information on travel to Israel, visit www.goisrael.com.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

JERROLD NADLER ON DEFENCE OF MARRIAGE

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We received the following story from Congressman Jerrold Nadler.
We agree with his thoughts on these issues.
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Jerrold Nadler



Impeding the NRC’s ability to regulate nuclear plants will not save one job but could threaten countless lives. Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, for example, lies less than 40 miles from New York City, with 20 million people living within 50 miles of the plant – the same distance recommended as an evacuation zone after the recent nuclear disaster in Japan. Indian Point also sits near two fault lines and, according to the NRC, is the most likely nuclear power plant in the country to experience core damage due to an earthquake.
Now is not the time to undermine nuclear safety and the common-sense regulations that keep us safe and protect our way of life.

Furthermore, despite the tea party belief that regulation hurts the economy and costs jobs, there is no evidence to support this position. In reality, according to the Economic Policy Institute, "economy-wide studies do not find a significant decline in employment from regulatory policies," and some regulations actually create jobs.1 More broadly, findings from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) show that the benefits of regulations far outweigh the costs.2 Recently, OMB found that the average economic benefit for all major rules issued between 2001 and 2010 was seven times greater than the costs--ranging from $132 billion to $655 billion in benefit to the economy while imposing costs of only between $44 billion and $62 billion.



Fighting LGBT Discrimination



Important progress has been made in the fight to overturn the cruel and discriminatory law known as the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies lawfully married same-sex couples the same federal rights and benefits accorded to heterosexual couples. Recently, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Senate version of my legislation, the Respect for Marriage Act, which would overturn DOMA and send that shameful law into the history books. Never before has the effort to repeal DOMA advanced so far in the Senate, and I look forward to it being brought to the Senate floor for final passage.

While we work to repeal DOMA in Congress, we are also battling it in the courts. Just last month, I was joined by Leader Pelosi and 132 Members of Congress in filing an amicus brief in a federal case which challenges DOMA as unconstitutionally discriminating against lawfully married same-sex couples. This historic show of support only adds further momentum to our push to repeal this cruel and disgraceful law.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

LOS ANGELES GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Josh Berman


April Bowlby With Ben Feldman


Clay Aikens


Jamie-Lynn Sigler


Jamie Babbit


April Bowlby


Ben Feldman



Ben Feldman along with Jamie Babbit, Clay Aikens, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, April Bowlby and others attended The The 29th Annual Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Screening and Panel Q&A of "Drop Dead Diva" held at the Directors Guild in West Hollywood, California.


Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital

Friday, October 08, 2010

KANDER & EBB'S 'THE WORLD GOES ROUND'

Mike Manning


Trent Garrett


Dominic Zampronga


Julie Bowen


Chrishell Stause


Lexi Ainsworth


Bob Guiney


Bobbue Eakes


Jamie Luner


Bradford Anderson


Christina Bennett Lind


Brandon Barash


Natalie Hall


Natalie Hall along with Jamie Luner, Trent Garrett, Dominic Zampronga, Chrishell Stause, Lexi Ainsworth, Bobbue Eakes and many more stars attended the ABC Daytime and The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Presents Kander & Ebb's 'The World Goes Round' at The Renberg Theatre at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Los Angeles, California.

Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital

Monday, May 03, 2010

L.A. GAY AND LESBIAN CENTERS STAR BASH

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A GAY OLD TIME
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AnnaLynne McCord


Pink


Carey Hart With Pink


Sarah Silverman


Kat Von D


Devon Aoki


Renee Zelwegger


Gina Gershon


Clementine Ford


Brent Bolthouse


Linda Perry


Linda Perry along with Brent Bolthouse, Sarah Silverman, Pink, Kat Von D, Clementine Ford, Devon Aoki, Renee Zelwegger, and Gina Gershon attended the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's "An Evening with Women: Celebrating Art, Music & Equality" at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calfornia.

Photos By: RD/Kirkland/Retna Digital

Monday, March 29, 2010

RICKY MARTIN FINALLY COMES OUT OF CLOSET

Ricky Martin



Ricky Martin has been plagued by gay for years, but he has never 'come out' as a gay man, until now. He attempted to brush off speculation about his sexuality in a candid interview almost a decade ago, stating: " The star has been in the closet for years, but in 2008 when he adopted twin baby boys, Matteo and Valentino, who born to a surrogate mother, the gossip mill started flying again. .And now Ricky has finally revealed all to fans in a post on his official website, confirming he is attracted to men. He writes, "A few months ago I decided to write my memoirs, a project I knew was going to bring me closer to an amazing turning point in my life."From the moment I wrote the first phrase I was sure the book was the tool that was going to help me free myself from things I was carrying within me for a long time. Things that were too heavy for me to keep inside. Writing this account of my life, I got very close to my truth. And this is something worth celebrating."He also reveals many close aides and friends advised him against revealing the "entire truth," but he is admitting, "Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage. Today I take full responsibility for my decisions and my actions."He adds, "These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed."What will happen from now on? It doesn't matter. I can only focus on what's happening to me in this moment. The word 'happiness' takes on a new meaning for me as of today. It has been a very intense process. Every word that I write in this letter is born out of love, acceptance, detachment and real contentment. Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution. "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am."

Editors Note: Oh please, everyone knew. I knew way back so many years ago, when you were hanging at Private Eyes in New York City. You were so young, and the things I heard......

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

BRYAN BATT HAILS GAY NEIL PATRICK HARRIS

Neil Patrick Harris


Former Mad Men actor Bryan Batt is hailing fellow gay star Neil Patrick Harris for ‘coming out’, because the masses rarely accept homosexuals in Hollywood. The 46 year old has been openly gay throughout his career, and has been dating partner Tom Cianfichi for around 20 years. But Batt is adamant that being openly gay is a tough choice for stars, and he urges more homosexual celebrities to follow Harris’ lead and be honest. He tells The Huffington Post, "God love Neil Patrick Harris. How good is that? People grew up with him, they go, ‘Oh it’s him, it’s that little boy, and he just happens to be gay. How great for him!’ The more of those kind of examples that happen, the better it’s going to be. "If you are openly gay, the masses can be asses and sometimes can’t get past the fact that that’s how someone lives their private life. "Some actors have to make a choice. If they have the opportunity to become these huge megastars, making millions and millions of dollars and have to live a lie, that’s a choice they have to make."
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

LADY GAGA COULD FALL FOR ANOTHER WOMAN

Lady Gaga


Lady Gaga is igniting more gossip about her sexuality by admitting she could fall in love with another woman. Gaga was insisting she is single and too busy to settle down, despite media talk linking her to Matthew Williams. Gaga has admitted in the past to being attracted to both sexes, and now is saying that she is open to a same-sex relationship. She told Now magazine, "Of course (I could fall for a woman). There are no rules or limits when it comes to love." But she is also admitting she will always feel a strong sexual attraction to men: "I see love as separate from sex. "And I happen to love male sexuality. Men have something I lack, but that I really value."
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MIKA'S FRIENDSHIP WITH SIR IAN MCKELLEN

Mika


Singer Mika often turns to legend Ian McKellen if he ever needs some good advice. The un-likely copuple began a good friendship after meeting in 2008. He tells Britain’s Cosmopolitan magazine, "We met backstage at the 2008 Brit Awards and became friends. He’s my agony uncle - or aunt - and give s fantastic advice on anything and everything. "I think he enjoys giving people advice, whether it’s to do with work o f life in general. Does he call me for advice? No!"
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