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Pulse Orlando Benefit Album

At the one-year mark of a day that shall live in infamy, Centaur Entertainment released one of the most important benefit albums ever created – the Official Pulse Orlando Gay Days Benefit Album.

What happened on Sunday, June 12, 2016, was a horrific day in Orlando and in our nation. Pulse Nightclub in Orlando became the site of the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman on U.S. soil, resulting in the untimely deaths of 49 innocent souls.

On May 4, 2017, onePULSE Foundation unveiled plans for the creation of a permanent memorial and announced the formation of a national Board of Trustees, including the establishment of a significant fund. This fund will support the construction and maintenance of the memorial, community grants to care for the survivors and victims’ families, an educational program to promote amity among all segments of society, endowed scholarships for each of the 49 angels and ultimately a museum showcasing the historic artifacts and stories from the event. Our goal is to create a sanctuary of hope around this tragic day in our history that honors the 49 innocent lives that were taken, the 68 injured victims, the families that were forever changed, survivors from inside the club, the rapid responders and healthcare professionals.

Enter Centaur, a GGrammy-nominated record label, and also the largest LGBT record label.  Centaur decided to produce a benefit album to help fund the onePULSE Foundation and Memorial and got the approval of Pulse owner, Barbara Poma.  Centaur reached out to artists, record labels, DJs, remixxers and more to create a coalition of people and companies to donate their time, services and love to an album to achieve this goal.  One Hundred percent (100%) of proceeds from the sale of this album will go directly to the onePULSE Foundation.

“We wanted to send the message that we as an LGBT community, and we as a nation, can and will rise up, remember the 49 innocent angels, and return to the dance floor unafraid and with our angels by our sides,” said Nick De Biase, Centaur’s president and the album’s producer. “Love always conquers hate!”

De Biase reached out to the owner of Pulse, Barbara Poma, and the two shared a heartfelt and tearful conversation. “Centaur understood the difficult road we were traveling, “ said Poma. “On behalf of our Board of Trustees, we thank everyone you for your support. This is a defining mission and healing initiative for those involved and we are grateful to find supporters who share our vision and understand the sacred responsibility to which we have been entrusted.”

The special songs on this benefit album take on a new life and an even deeper meaning when heard and listened to in light of the Pulse tragedy.  DJ Randy Bettis, who helped to compile these songs, carefully crafted them into a continuous mix.

  • When I’m Dreaming, a beautifully haunting song from Peyton. “Don’t say goodbye, you know it makes me cry, that this is not right, not even close. Still I feel you like the sun upon my face. ‘Til I breathe you in, like a warm summer’s day. And I’ll see you, when I’m dreaming”
  • Music Lifts Me Up is a high-energy vocal dance floor filler that reminds us how much of a fun, and historically cherished place, the dance floor is (and should remain).  “There’s no person, place or thing that makes me wanna sing, like I do with the music … The music lifts me up”
  • Everybody’s Beautiful by Miasha … “Do what’s gonna please you, give yourself amnesia, you know the DJ needs ya. Everybody’s beautiful when their dancing, so dance tonight”
  • Rise Up features an exclusive remix from Barry Harris.  If ever there were an anthem to exemplify the importance to overcome – prejudice, hatred, oppression, fear, hopelessness – it is this song.  “When silence isn’t quiet, and it feels like it is getting hard to breathe. And I know you feel like dying, but I promise you, we will take the world to its feet.
  • All we need is hope, and for that we have each other!  We will rise up … for you! And we’ll do it a thousand times again … for you!
  • Under Pressure – David Bowie and Queen’s classic song is given a new feel with an incredible remix from HumanJive. “Pressure pushing down on me, pushing down on you, no man ask for … It’s the terror of knowing what this world is about …Why can’t we give love one more chance? Cause love’s such an old fashioned word and love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night, and love dares you too change your way of caring about ourselves, this is our last dance, this is ourselves under pressure.”
  • I Didn’t Know My Own Strength – “I lost touch with my soul. I had nowhere to turn, I had nowhere to go. Lost site of my dream. Thought it would be the end of me. I thought I’d never make it through, I had no hope to hold on to. I thought I would break.  I didn’t know my own strength.”
  • Proud – “What have you done today to make me feel proud? It’s never too late to try …There’s still so many answers I don’t know. To question is how we grow. Step out of the ordinary. Change, we need a change. Do it today.”
  • Over The Rainbow – 2-time Grammy nominee Tony Moran’s amazing production matched the soaring vocals of 2-time Tony Award winner Lillias White and turned this classic into a pop-dance anthem. “Somewhere over the rainbow way up high, there’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby. Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream, they really do come true.”

Even if you are not a fan of dance or pop music, buy a copy of the Pulse Orlando Benefit Album and listen to it.  We dare you not to be changed!

One Pulse – One Love!

Track List

  1. When I’m Dreaming – Peyton (Eric Kupper Original Mix)
  2. Music Lifts Me Up – Dirty Disco feat. Marvel (Dirty Disco Mainroom Remix)
  3. One Night In Heaven – Toy Armada & DJ Grind feat. Inaya Day (Original Mix)
  4. Everybody’s Beautiful – Miasha (Marc Stout Club Mix)
  5. Rise Up – AD (Barry Harris Club Anthem Mix)
  6. Dreamer – Janice Robinson (Barry Harris 2016 Mix)
  7. Under Pressure – Glamazon (HumanJive Remix)
  8. I Didn’t Know My Own Strength – Savannah Love (Ronnie Maze Ext. Mix)
  9. This Is What U Came For – Parasol (DJ Shocker Remix)
  10. Over & Over Again – Nathan Sykes (Elephante Radio Mix)
  11. Proud – NTT (Centaur Classic Remix)
  12. Over the Rainbow – Tony Moran feat. Lillias White (Club Mix)

Available on, iTunes, Spotify, Beatport, Amazon, Google and many more!

Pulse Orlando Benefit Album

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STI Checks for Gay Men

Sex between men can be fun, vibrant and steamy, however, it should also be safe. While using condoms and being open and honest with sexual partners is a great step towards this goal, a powerful tool in the safe sex repertoire of the gay community is regular Sexually Transmitted Infection “STI” checks.  STIs are sexually transmitted diseases caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites that can be passed between sexual partners through contact with bodily fluids and infected areas.

STI Checks for Gay Men

Often they can have no symptoms and can cause a number of long-term health issues such as depressed immune systems, infertility, and erectile dysfunction.

Therefore, to stay free of anxiety and ensure that you are protected from disease anybody who is sexually active should have annual check-ups for common STIs.

Leading STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, herpes, HPV, syphilis, and trichomoniasis.

While the general impression is that STI checks are painful, long or expensive, modern medical practices have made them easy, accessible, quick and gay-friendly. The majority of STIs can be checked through a simple urine or blood sample, or a swab of the infected area:

  • Chlamydia: Swab of genital or urine sample.
  • Gonorrhea: Swab of genital or urine sample.
  • Genital herpes: Swab of affected area if symptoms are present, if not present a blood test.
  • Syphilis: Blood test or samples from a sore.
  • Trichomoniasis: Swab of the infected area, physical exam or sample of discharge.
  • HPV: Visual diagnosis.

Getting tested for HIV has become even easier, clinics have been set up around New South Wales for men who have sex with men for free HIV testing. These tests are confidential and results can be released to you within 30 minutes of taking a test!

You can even set up a reminder to take the test every 6 months, or every 3 months if you have more than 10 partners in a 6 month period or are actively engaging in sex without a condom. HIV tests can be a blood test or swab from the inside of the mouth.

All of these STI can usually be checked at your normal medical center. A test for all seven of these common STIs can take as little as 15 minutes at the doctor and most practices in Australia can bulk bill the session, meaning that the government will pay the total cost of the STI checks.

It’s free, it’s simple and it’s quick, meaning there really is no excuse not to do it!

It is also very important to engage in a conversation with your partners about your STI status and the last time you were tested. This allows you to make informed choices about how you might approach sex with your partner, the importance of using a condom and even personal preferences. Plus, it is always easier to do something when the experience is shared. So an open, honest dialogue based on trust can be a great way to understand the position of each person and discuss what you can do to make your sex safe and fun!

STI Checks for Gay Men

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

In at least 76 countries around the world today, same-sex relationships are illegal, at times involving lifetime imprisonment. In 10 countries the death penalty is possible for same-sex acts.

In almost all countries, freedom for people to live out and to express their true gender identities – and to have them rightfully recognized by the state – is harshly limited by transphobic laws and attitudes.

 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

But even in progressive countries, violence and discrimination against LGBT people still exist in the form of discriminatory laws, unjust representations in the media, unfair treatment by employers, negative social attitudes, and even in everyday interactions with people we care about, and who care about us.Homophobia and transphobia target all people who don’t conform to majority sexual and gender roles, and they affect the lives of everyone – to express themselves and their opinions freely, and to have the rights of their, friends, family members, and loved one’s recognized.The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the media, and the public in general to these issues, and to promote a world of tolerance, respect, and freedom regardless of people’s sexual orientations or gender identities.As much as May 17 is a day against violence and oppression, it is also a day to promote freedom, diversity, and acceptance.

The date of May 17 was chosen to commemorate the decision taken by the World Health organization in 1990 to take homosexuality out of the list of mental disorders.

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is now commemorated in approximately 120 countries around the world!

The situation remains overall very bad……

  • Same sex relationships are still illegal in 72 countries. Source ILGA  
  • These 72 countries represent 37% of UN member states.
  • In relation to death penalty Sudan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Yemen actually implement it. In addition, the death penalty is implemented provincially in 12 northern states in Nigeria and the southern parts of Somalia. In Mauretania, Afghanistan, Pakistan, UAE and Qatar it is on the statute, but is not known to be implemented. In ISIS/ISIL/Dash control areas of Iraq and Syria the death sentence for same-sex sexual behaviours is implemented by local non-State actors.  Source ILGA
  • In 2013, 5 billion people that is 70% of the world population live under laws and regulations that limit freedom of expression around sexual orientation and gender identity. This does NOT include the 8 US states which still have laws on the books that ban schools from teaching anything positive about homosexuality (Source: Only 0.06% of the world population lives in countries formally protecting people from homophobic hate speech. Source IDAHO Committee
  • 33 African countries have explicit criminal laws against same-sex sexual relations between men. In 24 of them, these laws also apply to women. Source ILGA
  • 23 out of 46 Asian countries criminalise same-sex behavior. Source ILGA
  • 2,343 reported killings of trans* and gender-diverse were documented by Trans Murder Monitoring in 69 countries worldwide between the 1st of January 2008 and the 31st of December 2016, 1,834 of which were reported in Central and South America. Further analysis of this data shows that 64% of all murdered trans and gender-diverse people whose profession was known were sex workers. Source Trans Murder Monitoring Project
  • In Europe 41 countries recognise a trans person’s gender identity, with only 4 countries which have such provisions basing their procedures on self-determination. 23 European Countries require a proof of sterilization in gender identity recognition. Source Transgender Europe

But the understanding and acceptance of sexual and gender diversity is growing….

  • The World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental disease in its 1990 International Classification of Diseases Manual
  • 87% of World countries are moving towards stronger social approval of homosexual behavior. Source:International Social Survey Program, 2011 in Smith, Tom W. 2011. Attitudes towards Same-Gender, Sexual Behavior across Time and across Countries. Chicago, IL: NORC.
  • A global survey showed that Kenya was the only surveyed country where acceptance of homosexuality was lower in young people than in their elders. Source International Social Survey Program 2008 in Public Attitudes towards Homosexuality and Gay Rights- Introduction across Time and Countries – Tom W. Smith,∗ Jaesok Son,† and Jibum Kim‡ November 2014
  • Marriage is open for same-sex couples in 21 countries: The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, Brazil, France, Uruguay, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (Excluding N. Ireland), Luxembourg, the United States, Ireland and Colombia with Finland joining in 2017. In addition, same-sex marriage is recognized and performed in 10 states of Mexico. Source Wikipedia.
  • 22 additional countries recognize civil unions of people of the same sex. Source Wikipedia.
  • Homosexual behavior has been observed in 1,500 animal species and is most widespread among animals with a complex herd life. Source: University of California – Riverside. “Same-sex Behavior Seen In Nearly All Animals, Review Finds.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 June 2009
  • Access joint UN OHCHR/IDAHO Committee 2013 infographic on “Debunking the myth of homosexuality as a Western import”


More information on the history & significance of May 17 here.

Figures on the legal worldwide situation for LGB people: ILGA 

Figures on global violence against Trans people: Trans Murder Monitoring Project

Figures on the legal and social situation of Trans people in Europe: Transgender Europe

The IDAHO Committee

The IDAHO Committee was established by the founders of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in 2005. Its mission is to inspire, support, and promote the global mobilizations around May 17.

With contacts in LGBTI and human rights movements in over 120 countries worldwide, and with the privilege of a global panorama of actions planned worldwide for May 17, we are available to support journalists in reaching out to specific contacts and to provide up-to-date and detailed information on actions for the Day.

Follow the the Day online

Official Global Facebook page:
Official Global Twitter account:
Official hashtag: #IDAHOT

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Apply for an NYC Pride Community Grant!

Every year, NYC Pride awards thousands of dollars in grants to local LGBT-friendly and LGBT-serving community organizations. These grants are “working” grants: in order to receive funds, members or volunteers from an organization must perform specific functions or services—as a group—at NYC Pride’s annual events. Grants are awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, depending upon the assignment.

Apply for an NYC Pride Community Grant!

A designated individual from your organization must complete the online application. Once submitted, your application will be reviewed and a determination will be made. If awarded a grant opportunity, your organization will receive an official agreement, outlining NYC Pride’s expectations of your organization and what your organization can expect NYC Pride to provide in return.

To Apply

  1. Click here to view and download the Community Grants Application.
  2. Fill out and save the Community Grants Application. You will upload this file as part of the submission form below.
  3. Click here to view and download the Available Grants document. You will need to reference this document when selecting your preferred grant opportunities on the form below.
  4. Fill in remaining form fields and submit.

Be sure to review all information before submission. Partial or incomplete applications will be disqualified.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the application process or application forms, please email


Already interested? Apply here! Deadline: June 20, 2017

Support from your organization is so important to the success of our annual events and I hope you will consider applying for some of this year’s opportunities. Additionally, please feel free to pass the application link along to any other organizations that might benefit from this program.

A full rundown of the available grants is available on the application page linked above. Please feel free to email or call 212-807-6348 with any questions you have regarding the application process or other details of the program.

Apply for an NYC Pride Community Grant!

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Call for testimonies by agender or gender-fluid members of our community

Israeli newspaper Haaretz is seeking to interview members of our community who identify as agender or gender-fluid. The purpose of the article is to increase awareness about these identities around the world in general, and in Israel in particular.

Call for testimonies by agender or gender-fluid members of our community

If you are interested in being interviewed, please contact Sylvain Bruni at

Call for testimonies by agender or gender-fluid members of our community

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