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Celebrating Queer Film

It was just one of those days. My laptop has been threatening to die for awhile, and today was finally the day. I’ve been working in the cloud for awhile, so this wasn’t a traumatic event — but not without its challenges.

I couldn’t remember a login to the Q – The Network and for some god forsaken reason, I chose some made up email that I never use or could remember. An hour or so later, I figured out the twisted thought process and thus the email in question to be able to finally log in.

Celebrating Queer Film

Today, I finished updating the LGBTQ Film Festival calendar through the end of the year.

https://q-thenetwork.mn.co/events

https://seasonsofpride.com/gay-lesbian-film-festival-calendar/

Sadly, many fall festivals have yet to announce dates.

If you know a festival we’ve missed or dates, drop a line at info@seasonsofpride.com

Tomorrow we will be updating September 2017 Pride events.

As always — there are daily queer news items and LGBTQ job postings.

Celebrating Queer Film


Seasons of Pride is pleased to present the Gay Pride or LGBTQ Pride Calendar for 2017.  You will find Gay Pride events, LGBT Film Festivals, and the Gay Travel Events like Gay Ski Weeks. We do our best to try and keep up with all the events, but sometimes we miss one or two.

If your event is not listed, just drop us an email to info@seasonsofpride.com

Bear | Business | CareerConferences | Europe | Film | Leather | Lesbian | Trans | Youth

2017 Pride Calendar

Jan – Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sept | Oct | Nov – Dec

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Connecting Queer Communities

Often, we have ideas rattling around in our brains. It’s the thing they always resurface in quiet moments.  It’s the “I should…” thing that nags you. As a business owner, I am always looking for ways to grow my business. Smart ways to grow my business, not “Build a million followers in a week” kind of stuff, but serious strategies and best practices to build a true business network.

Connecting Queer Communities

I’ve been doing this Marketing thing for close to 15 years, and here is what I’ve learned so far.

  • Most local B2B business happens via word of mouth. As a rule, accountants do get business because they tweet, but because one of their customers was happy with their services and referred them to a business colleague.
  • Social media, websites help reinforce the brand to those who already know the provider.
  • The best networking happens face to face one on one.
  • Networking is work, and most of us would rather dream of Facebook followers than actually go meet real people and make small talk.

OK, so another online network is counterintuitive to all those points.

Well, yes and no. Sometimes, we all need a place to meet like minded folks. A place to share. A place to get started. Our goal is to address the challenges of Queer business networking online to help you in our the real world.  A safe place to share what worked, commiserate over what didn’t and to be inspired to get up and do it again.

This isn’t just our journey. Our job isn’t to tell you to do this, don’t do that.  Our job is to create a place where you can share your challenges and get various feedback from different perspectives.

Will you join us? Q – The Network

Wonder how to grow a network? Follow the behind the scenes story – The Journey

Connecting Queer Communities

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Inside Jewish Argentina & Uruguay 2017

JDC Entwine is now accepting applications for an LGBTQ+ Jewish Leadership Trip to Argentina & Uruguay. This inaugural experience will explore the unique Jewish and LGBTQ+ communities of these two countries. October 22nd – 29th, 2017. The deadline to apply is August 15.

Inside Jewish Argentina & Uruguay 2017

With this initiative, JDC Entwine affirms its commitment to building a movement of change makers that is inclusive and reflective of the diversity of the Jewish people and seeks to make a meaningful impact on global Jewish needs and international humanitarian issues, starting in locations that serve as beacons of Jewish inclusion globally.

This trip is developed in partnership with Eighteen:22 and JQ International.

About the Trip
Argentina and Uruguay both serve as leaders in LGBTQ+ issues in Latin America. Uruguay played host to the 2016 LGBTI Human Rights Conference and was named the most LGBT friendly country in Latin America. In 2010, Argentina became the second country in Latin America to legalize same sex marriage. This unique trip will explore how the Jewish communities of these two progressive countries have worked to integrate LGBTQ+ rights into their social agendas in recent decades.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Explore Buenos Aires, home to the largest Jewish community in Latin America, and Montevideo, a smaller but equally vibrant community.
  • Learn about JDC’s critical interventions during the 2001 economic crisis in the areas of medical and welfare assistance, jobs training, elder care, and beyond.
  • Engage with Argentine peers through discussions with JAG (Judios Argentinos Gays (Jewish Argentine Gays), an organization established with the assistance of JDC in 2004 to promote inclusion and diversity within and outside the Jewish community
  • Gain an in depth understanding of challenges to equal opportunity & self-expression in Latin America at DAIA, the Delegacion de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas, which aims to fight discrimination & protect human rights
  • Enjoy an inclusive Shabbat experience at Comunidad NCI-Emanu El, the first religious institution to host a same-sex Jewish marriage in Latin America
  • Dance tango, drink Malbec, enjoy traditional asado (BBQ) & experience Fuerza Bruta
  • Provide spaces for Jewish LGBTQ+ individuals to explore both their Judaism and LGBTQ+ identities with each other by taking part of an intensive cohort experience.
Trip Dates: October 22-29, 2017
Application Deadline: August 15, 2017
Participation fee: $1,200 USD, not inclusive of flights
*Do not let the price of the trip stop you from applying. JDC Entwine has subsidies available. Click here to learn more.

The trip cost includes:

  • Local transportation within/between Argentina & Uruguay
  • Meals
  • Hotel Accommodations (note: the participation fee covers accommodations in double rooms; participants may elect to stay in a single room for an additional fee)
  • Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance

Participants will be expected to submit a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 upon notification of selection.

Final payments (which may vary based on individual subsidies) will be due two months before departure.

To learn more click here for a FAQ.

Flight details: Participants will be responsible for booking their own round-trip airfare to Montevideo and from Buenos Aires. Travel logistics details will be shared upon notification of acceptance.

Inside Jewish Argentina & Uruguay 2015 alumna, Nicky Auster blogged about her experience here.

About JDC in Argentina & Uruguay: Argentina is home to Latin America’s largest Jewish population, the 7th largest Jewish population in the world. A prosperous community for most of its history, which dates back to the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions, Argentina’s Jews were devastated by the 2001 economic crisis that turned middle-class families into “the new poor” virtually overnight.

JDC responded immediately and efficiently to the Jewish community’s sizeable needs, leveraging decades-long partnerships to expand existing relief services to aid those hardest hit by the crisis. More than 10 years later, with the local Jewish institutions’ overall health largely restored, JDC has resumed its historic role in Argentina as a community-development expert.

About JDC Entwine: Entwine is a one-of-a-kind movement for young Jewish leaders, influencers, and advocates who seek to make a meaningful impact on global Jewish needs and international humanitarian issues. We do this by offering service experiences in Jewish communities around the world, educational events and programs, and leadership development opportunities. Entwine is an initiative of JDC, the largest Jewish humanitarian organization in the world. JDC works in 70 countries, specializing in humanitarian aid, Jewish community renewal, and disaster relief.
About Eighteen:22: Eighteen:22 is a global network of Jewish LGBTQ+ and ally changemakers working to advance positive change for their communities and those around them. Eighteen:22 launched in 2015 as a Schusterman Connection Point in Salzburg, Austria.
About JQ International: JQ International builds and strengthens a community that nurtures the healthy fusion of LGBTQ+ and Jewish identities. Established in Los Angeles in 2004, JQ offers an array of social services for individuals and groups, inclusion trainings for Jewish and secular institutions, and a variety of social and educational programs each year.

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Hardships in the LGBTQ+ Community Increase the Risk for Substance Abuse

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, researchers estimate that 20 to 30 percent of the LGBTQ+ community struggles with a substance use disorder — more than double the rate of the general population.

Hardships in the LGBTQ+ Community Increase the Risk for Substance Abuse

Those in the LGBTQ+ community face unique cultural, emotional and social challenges in regards to substance abuse. They also face difficult situations related to their family life, mental health, and sexual or gender identity.

Some LGBTQ+ individuals turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with these challenges. Drug and alcohol abuse is also prevalent in LGBTQ+ culture, especially in the social scene. This combination of factors places the community at a greater risk for developing a substance use disorder.

Stress at Home

LGBTQ+ youths often face problems at home that can create high levels of stress. One of the toughest challenges is fear of rejection when they come out to family members.

Some conversations with family about identity result in rejection, hate or even violence. In these situations, youths may be forced to run away from home, cut ties with family members or enter foster care.

According to a recent Los Angeles study, 13.6 percent of LGBQ youths and 5.6 percent of transgender youths are in foster care. These rates are significantly higher than those of the general youth population.

Rejection at home is linked to poor health outcomes once LGBTQ+ youths become adults. Researchers from San Francisco State University found that LGBTQ+ youth who face rejection from their family are 3.4 times more likely to use illegal drugs, 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide and 5.9 percent more likely to report having high levels of depression.

Homophobia and Violence

Homophobia, discrimination and, violence toward LGBTQ+ youths are serious problems. Unfortunately, the resulting physical and emotional pain can drive individuals toward drugs or alcohol. According to the 2015 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 10 percent of the lesbian, gay and bisexual students surveyed were threatened or injured with a weapon at school. Additionally, 34 percent were bullied on school property, and 28 percent were bullied electronically.

Negative attitudes and discrimination can escalate to Bullying and violence. These experiences often cause lasting trauma, which may lead to the development of mental illnesses such as anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and, addiction.

Resources for Addiction and Mental Health Challenges

LGBTQ+ people experience greater risks for mental health problems than the general population.

According to a study cited by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, women with same-sex partners experience more mental health disorders than women with opposite-sex partners. Gay men and bisexual people have higher rates of depression and anxiety than the general population.

The link between mental health and substance abuse has long been established. People often use drugs to cope with symptoms of their mental illness, an unhealthy choice that can lead to addiction. Also, drug use can exacerbate symptoms of mental health conditions.

More than 8 million American adults have co-occurring disorders, meaning a dual diagnosis of a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Rates of co-occurring disorders are particularly high in the LGBTQ+ community.

Fortunately, support is available for people struggling with substance abuse and related mental health conditions. Psychotherapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy provide information and techniques that can help you cope with family or personal problems in a healthy and productive way.

In addition, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration provides numerous resources for LGBTQ+ people struggling with addiction. The administration’s treatment services locator lists facilities and organizations that offer programs catered to the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

About the Author: Trey Dyer is a writer for DrugRehab.com and a strong supporter of LGBTQ+ rights and equality. When Trey is not working, he can be found fly fishing, bike riding or heading off to his next travel destination.

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Queer Voices – Linda Riley

Queer Voices - Linda RileyTrying to write a bio for Linda Riley requires footnotes.  She’s been there and done it all! One of only two British directors of US based LGBT campaign group GLAAD, and a former adviser to the British Labour Party on diversity issues, Linda is also a patron of the Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity which helps homeless LGBT youth in the UK, Action Breaks Silence, which empowers women in the developing world to protect themselves against physical and sexual assault and Diversity Role Models a LGBT anti-bullying charity.

A former Stonewall award winner, Linda founded the Alternative Parenting Show, the British LGBT Awards, the Diversity Careers Show, and Opportunities for Women, is the owner and publishes the iconic lesbian title DIVA magazine and LGBT news site Out News Global. She is also the founder and director of the European Diversity Awards and the Australian LGBTI Awards. A new project, the Diversity in Media Awards, launched in June 2017.

A former publisher of g3 magazine, Out in the City and First Time Buyer, Linda collaborates with the UK’s Daily Telegraph, the Guardian (with whom she co-founded the Diversity Hub) and The Economist on various diversity initiatives.

We are pleased and honored she took the time to share some of her insights with us.


You may qualify as the hardest working woman in… Publisher, Events, CoFounder – what drives you?

Because my work is based on promoting the values of equality and inclusion, I’ll never stop being driven by the desire to make the world a better place for those who sit outside the majority. Whether someone is disabled, belongs to an ethnic minority, is LGBT+ or fits any other strand of diversity, nobody’s life chances should be stifled by lack of opportunity brought about by the prejudice of others.

What are you most proud of?

Hard to say, but perhaps two things spring to mind. First, looking at my various diversity initiatives such as the European Diversity Awards, I’m proud that – from a standing start several years ago – we’ve managed to engage with some seriously large organisations who embrace our commitment to D&I. I’m talking about companies like Vodafone, Royal Bank of Scotland, Heathrow Airport, Coca-Cola and others, and when companies like that get involved, it sends out a hugely positive message not just to their staff and customers, but also to society as a whole.

Secondly, I have to talk about the readers of DIVA. Hardly a day goes by when I’m not stopped in the street and told how DIVA has changed someone’s life for the better…young gay or bisexual women who had felt so alone, and in many cases have found DIVA to be a lifeline.

Why is it important to be out at work?

There’s no reason whatsoever not to be yourself because of the prejudices of others. The more of us who are out and proud at work, the more that non-heteronormative lifestyles are considered part of the mainstream rather than – as used to be – a freak show. Nobody should have to pretend to be something they’re not in order to conform to outdated notions of ‘normality’, and every single one of us who is out at work makes life that little bit easier for those who come after us. What’s more, living a lie is not good for our careers or our mental health.

With so many competing interests, how does the LGBTQ come together for equality?

To quote the late Jo Cox MP, there is more that unites than divides us. Of course, different people have different priorities, and different parts of our community have different challenges to face. But at the end of the day, we all want the same thing: equality, fairness, and justice for all.

Did you have a mentor?

I wouldn’t say I have a mentor, but I’m constantly inspired by people I meet. I’m lucky enough to have met top business people, campaigners, and politicians, and words cannot say how much I’ve learned from some incredible individuals.

If you could talk to a younger version of yourself, what advice would you offer?

Keep going, don’t take no for an answer, and stick to your principles.

Why are LGBTQ awards important?

Until we have achieved equality – not just here in the UK, but overseas where in some countries the death penalty still exists for homosexuality – we must continue to send the message that being LGBT+ is no barrier to success. The more we reinforce this message, the more we will change hearts and minds.

How has being a parent changed you?

I’m not sure if parenthood has changed me, but it certainly gives you a different perspective on life.

What is one thing you would change about Pride celebrations?

This year I was so proud that the Radio DIVA Women’s Stage was in Leicester Square. Let’s hope that, one day, we’ll get pole position in Trafalgar Square. But, other than that, I know the organisers of Pride in London and other Pride events really well. They do an amazing job and it’s not for me to criticise anything!

Where can people learn more about your work and projects?

Go online! Visit divamag.co.uk or www.lindariley.co.uk

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