Dear friends and supporters – I am writing with a heavy heart to inform you that due to unsafe weather, the 2012 Emery Awards scheduled for Monday, October 29 is CANCELLED.

As the single largest fundraising event for HMI, this was not an easy decision to make, and we are heartbroken that the amazing evening we had planned will not go on but we must remain focused on the safety of our young people, our volunteers, our staff and of course YOU.

Hurricane Sandy’s impact is expected to be at its worst on Monday evening. The State of New York and New York City have issued a state of emergency and will begin shutting down public transportation beginning at 7pm Sunday evening lasting through the expected storm surge on Monday night.

Please take all necessary precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe. You can find the most up-to-date information about the storm and public safety alerts online at http://www.nyc.gov.

HMI deeply appreciates your support for the 2012 Emery Awards and we will certainly follow up with you in the coming weeks with more information.

Sincerely,

Thomas Krever
Executive Director
Hetrick-Martin Institute

As of now, the 2012 Emery Awards will go on as scheduled! We will send you information if the weather changes those plans. Otherwise get your tickets today and join our amazing celebrity line-up and support the youth of HMI!
 
 
photos: (L to R) Mayor Michael Bloomberg,  Governor Martin O'Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
will join Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to hold a news conference on Friday, October 26th on Maryland’s upcoming referendum on marriage equality.

Mayor Bloomberg, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, recently donated $250,000 to the Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign. Two years ago, Mayor Bloomberg helped support the effort to pass marriage equality in the State of New York. This contribution should be no surprise as Bloomberg has been a long-time supporter and advocator of equal marriage. Since marriage equality became legal in the state of New York, Bloomberg announced over 8,000 gay couples had been married which he said boosted the economy by $259 million.

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley says “The only way forward in a pluralistic society of diverse faiths such as ours is to have laws that protect and respect the freedom of all, equally.”

Next month, Marylanders will have the opportunity to vote FOR Question 6 -- the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which treats everyone fairly and equally under the law while protecting religious freedom. If passed, Maryland would become the first state in the nation to vote in favor of marriage equality at the ballot box.

Friday, October 26 at 4:30pm, outside on the pier behind the Four Seasons Hotel 200 International Dr. Baltimore, MD

Source: Press Release Kevin Nix
 
 
BARE Announces Coalition with Athlete Ally, Human Rights Campaign, Faith in America and The Tyler Clementi Foundation

The producers of the new Off-Broadway musical BARE are proud to announce an extraordinary collaboration between the musical and four of the nation’s leaders in the fight for LGBT equality.
 
BARE, a musical that explores the subject of teens exposed to the issues of identity, sexuality and religion, is pleased to have formed a coalition with the following organizations:
 
Athlete Ally: An organization that encourages all individuals involved in sports to respect every member of their communities, regardless of perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, and to lead others in doing the same.
 
The Human Rights Campaign: The nation’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the HRC represents a force of more than one million members and supporters nationwide.

Faith in America: Their mission is to educate the public about the harm caused when misguided religious teaching is used to place a religious and moral stamp of disapproval and inequality on the lives of gay and lesbian Americans, with emphasis on its horrific impact on youth and families.
 
The Tyler Clementi Foundation: Guided by the life and story of Tyler Clementi, promotes safe, inclusive and respectful social, environments in homes, schools, campuses, churches and the digital world for LGBT youth and their allies.
 
“Each of these magnificent organizations is educating the world every day on the importance of tolerance, equality and loving and accepting yourself and others.  BARE is honored to support this incredibly important work as we continue to spread these same messages to live audiences eight times a week,” producer Paul Boskind said.  “To share this journey with four of the country’s leading organizations in the fight for LGBT equality is a rare and beautiful alliance from which we will all benefit greatly.”
 
As a testament to their support and belief in the power of this coalition, the producers of BARE will include the charities' logos on key advertising, provide audiences with information and resources on the charities and their missions, and promote the charities through their online tools such as the baremusicalnyc.com website, Facebook and Twitter pages.  In addition, the coalition will also be hosting a series of events and "talkOUTs" throughout the run of the show, the details and special guests of which will be announced at a later date.
 
BARE begins previews Off-Broadway at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street on Monday, November 19, 2012
Opening Night, Sunday, December 9, 2012.

Tickets available at www.Telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200, or in person at the box office. Tickets from $25-$126.50. Monday at 8p.m., Wednesday – Saturday at 8.pm., Saturday at 2:30p.m., and Sunday at 3pm & 7:30p.m.
 
 
 
Marchon Eyewear with Karl Lagerfeld Eyewear and Glitterati Incorporated
Invite you to the book launch celebration of Pat Loud's book LANCE OUT LOUD

THE OUT NYC
510 West 42nd Street • New York, NY 10036 • Friday, October 5 • 6:30-8:30 pm

RSVP to media@glitteratiincorporated.com as space is limited.

 
 
Please join Sandra Bernhard, Thakoon Panichgul, Richard Chai, Peter Som, Jill Demling, Dr. David Colbert, and more for the next Help By Design event on October 9th, from 6:30-10 p.m. at Norwood in NYC.

We have an exciting evening planned with champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction of carefully selected luxury, fashion and theater items.  The event will feature music DJ’d by AndrewAndrew, celebrity appearances and a pop-up spa sponsored by Colbert MD.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the I AM Love campaign and its efforts to combat bullying and promote religious equality for LGBT men and women.
You may purchase tickets and view additional event details click here.