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.
 
 
k.d. lang returns to bergenPAC with Siss Boom Bang on her 2012 North American Tour on Tuesday, Aug 21, at 8PM
k.d. lang, the Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter, known for such hits as the Grammy and Juno Award-winningConstant Craving and Miss Chatelaine, will be performing with her new band, Siss Boom Bang, Tuesday, August 21st at 8PM.  Their recently released new album, Sing It Loud, has won wide praise as "a must-have for every music fan."  

k.d. lang is that rare performer who, over 25 years as a major-label artist, has matured before our very ears. The Western Canada native launched her career with a blend of country-rock stylings and playfully punk-like attitude, by turns whimsical and subversive; back then, she practically put the alternative in alt-country. But from the very beginning, her bravura singing belied her kitschy cowgirl outfits and spiky hair; anyone lucky enough to attend very first appearance in the United States, on a triple bill of unsigned artists at New York City's Bottom Line, could hear that she was marked for greatness.

Sing it Loud is lang's first record made entirely with a band of her own since the pair of albums with the Reclines that launched her career over 20 years ago. "The big, beautiful voice of k.d. lang swoops, purrs and soars" on the album, says the Los Angeles Times. USA Today says it "nods to lang's alt-country roots while reinforcing her reputation as a singer of genre-defying dexterity and beauty."

Tickets available at: bergenPAC •  Englewood, NJ 07631 • (201)227-1030 • www.bergenpac.org
 
 
GAYBY 

Jenn (Jenn Harris) and Matt (Matthew Wilkas) are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by choice, Jenn spends her days teaching hot yoga and running errands for her boss. Matt suffers from comic-book writer's block and can't get over his ex-boyfriend. They decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together... the old-fashioned way. Can they navigate the serious and unexpected snags they hit as they attempt to get their careers and dating lives back on track in preparation for parenthood? Gayby is an irreverent comedy about friendship, growing older, sex, loneliness, and the family you choose.

   
"A hilariously bitchy but sweet comedy." - Aaron Hillis, The Village Voice
"Warm characters, an appealing cast and tangy observations on friendship, dating and relationships."
- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
"A fantastic first feature for a major new comedy voice." - Jordan Hoffman, About.com
  • **OFFICIAL SELECTION: SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 2012**
  • **OFFICIAL SELECTION: LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2012**
  • **OFFICIAL SELECTION: BAMcinemaFest 2012**
  • **OFFICIAL SELECTION: SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012**
  • **WINNER: Audience Award – BEST FEATURE: ASHLAND INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2012*
Written and Directed by: Jonathan Lisecki • Starring: Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas, Mike Doyle, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Jack Ferver, Jonathan Lisecki, Alycia Delmore, Adam Driver, Dulé Hill  • Genre: Comedy
Source: Press release
 
 
Posted on March 4, 2011
Source: Press release from www.glaad.org.

Los Angeles, CA–-The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) will honor pioneering entrepreneur and philanthropist Russell Simmons and Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of Entertainment at NBC, at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

Simmons will receive the Excellence in Media Award at the New York award ceremony on Saturday, March, 19, 2011, at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.  Greenblatt will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the Los Angeles event on Sunday, April 10, 2011, at the Westin Bonaventure.

GLAAD previously announced that Grammy Award-winning singer Ricky Martin would receive the Vito Russo Award in New York and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth would receive the Vanguard Award in Los Angeles. Andy Cohen, Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming and host of Watch What Happens: Live will host the New York event.  Special guests for the New York event include Wilson Cruz, Tina Fey, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Brent Ridge and Jane Velez-Mitchell. Special guests for the Los Angeles event include Chris Colfer, Kirsten Dunst, Omar Epps, Colin Farrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sean Hayes, Mike O’Malley, Shay Mitchell and Jill Zarin. Honorees for the San Francisco event on May 14, 2011,  at the Marriott Marquis, along with additional special guests for all cities will be announced soon.

Nominees for the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced earlier this year and are available here:http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/22/nominees.  The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.

In 2011, the GLAAD Media Awards will also celebrate GLAAD’s 25th anniversary year, looking back at a quarter-century of work to build acceptance and advance equality through LGBT images in the media.

Pioneering entrepreneur and philanthropist Russell Simmons will receive the Excellence in Media Award, presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community. As the co-founder of the iconic hip-hop record label Def Jam Recordings, Simmons has been a key figure in making hip-hop a mainstream cultural phenomenon, and has co-founded non-profit organizations such as the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and the Diamond Empowerment Fund. Through the organizations and his own efforts, Simmons has tackled problems like inner city poverty, voter registration among youth, HIV/AIDS awareness, animal rights and full equality for LGBT people. Simmons has repeatedly spoken out on issues of concern to the LGBT community and continues to urge Americans to support full equality. In 2009, Simmons wrote an open letter to Governor David Paterson of New York urging him to continue supporting marriage equality in the Empire State and in 2010, Simmons penned an open letter to the United States Senate, urging the body to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Past recipients include Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Diane Sawyer, Glenn Close, Billy Crystal, Patti LaBelle, Vanessa Redgrave, Joy Behar, and Phil Donahue.

“Whether speaking out against the unfair nature of California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 or advocating for the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ Russell Simmons has become a critical ally who inspires diverse communities across the country to support equality,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “As a cultural icon, Simmons’ steadfast support of our community has also encouraged countless gay and transgender people of color to be proud of who they are.”

Golden Globe and Producers Guild Award-winner Robert Greenblatt will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award which is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for our community. As an openly gay producer in Hollywood, Greenblatt has brought diverse, multi-dimensional LGBT characters to homes across America. Among his early works he produced the 1999 ABC sitcom Oh, Grow Up about a recently out gay man living with his two straight friends. He also produced the critically acclaimed drama Six Feet Under for HBO which received multiple GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. As Showtime’s President of Entertainment, he aired many shows with LGBT characters, including the GLAAD Media Awards-winning series The L Word as well as Nurse Jackie andUnited States of Tara, which are nominated for a GLAAD Media Award this year. In January, Showtime premiered Shamelesswhich includes Ian, a gay teen having an affair with his older boss. Greenblatt continues his producing success this year by stepping in as the Chairman of Entertainment at NBC. Previous Stephen F. Kolzak honorees include Wanda Sykes, Rufus Wainwright, Melissa Etheridge, Bill Condon, Todd Haynes, Alan Ball, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sir Ian McKellen.

“From Keith & David’s family on Six Feet Under, Bette & Tina’s romance on The L Word to Marshall and Ian’s coming out stories on United States of Tara and Shameless, Robert Greenblatt has brought groundbreaking stories about gay and transgender people to Americans that have shattered stereotypes,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “By including stories of our community on some of America’s most talked-about shows, he has been instrumental in opening the door for so many of the current gay and transgender story lines that are continuing to advance equality.”

 
 
Posted on March 25, 2010 by David Cohen

Are you prepared for the 24th Annual Night of a Thousand Gowns?

The most lavish, glamorous, outrageous event this side of anywhere! On Saturday March 27th, 2010, the Imperial Court of New York will celebrate this yearly soiree with awe-inspiring excitement around every corner of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. A stunning entertainment lineup is set to take the stage including dance diva Kristine W, Broadway’s Terri White, pop sensation Kelly King and so many more. This is one of New York City’s most glitzy night benefiting God’s Love We Deliver and Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS.
 
 
Time Warner to Receive Greater New York Human Rights Campaign Equality Award
Posted on January 7, 2010
by David Cohen

NEW YORK, NY – The Greater New York Steering Committee of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, announced today that Time Warner Inc. will receive the 2010 Corporate Equality Award in honor of their commitment to equality for LGBT employees, consumers, and investors. The award will be presented at the 2010 Greater New York Gala Dinner which will take place on February 6, 2010 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Time Warner was chosen for the honor based on its strong and ongoing commitment to its LGBT employees and the LGBT community at large. The company has received a perfect 100% rating on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for the past three years and has made a significant investment in growing their LGBT employee resource groups at subsidiaries across the country. In addition, Time Warner’s commitment to increasing the visibility and accuracy of LGBT images portrayed within their programming sets the standard for all US media organizations.

The Greater New York Gala Dinner is one of HRC’s largest events of the year. The event regularly draws political luminaries from the federal, state, and local government as well as celebrity entertainers and leaders of the business community.

“We are honored to have such a strong corporate ally in our efforts toward achieving equality for the LGBT community,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “Time Warner’s commitment to creating a fair and equal workplace both within its walls and beyond is key to helping change false perceptions and ending LGBT discrimination.”

For more information or to purchase tickets to HRC’s Greater New York Gala Dinner please visit: http://greaterny.hrc.org/node/311.