Month: April 2012

RIVERWALK A&E DISTRICT’S “BE GRAND, BE FABULOUS LA CAGE ESCAPE” – A MARVELOUS PACKAGE FOR TWO AT THE GRAND RESORT AND SPA, TICKETS TO LA CAGE AND MORE

Fort Lauderdale’s Largest Gay-Owned Men’s Resort Offers Package Combining Luxury, Culture and Pampering Available June 12-24

 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. – April 26, 2012 – It’s a fabulous way to experience Fort Lauderdale Beach’s largest and finest Gay men’s resort hotel, enjoy La Cage Aux Folles with Orchestra Level seats at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, see the sights of Fort Lauderdale by water by hopping aboard the city’s preferred method of travel, the Water Taxi, and be delightfully pampered: it’s the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District’s “Be Grand, Be Fabulous La Cage Escape.”  Available from June 12-24, 2012, the package includes:

• 3-day/2-night stay at The Grand Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, based on double occupancy
• Daily continental breakfast for two served at The Grand Resort’s Club Room
• Two tickets for Orchestra Level seats to La Cage Aux Folles, playing June 12-24, 2012 at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, located in the heart of the Riverwalk A&E District.
• 1-day unlimited privileges for two on the Water Taxi
• 20 percent off all massages, facials and body scrubs at The Spa at The Grand Resort
• Welcome packet filled with special offers for Riverwalk A&E District’s cultural partners
• Overnight complimentary parking at The Grand Resort and Spa
• Complimentary Wi-Fi at The Grand Resort and Spa
Package rates for all amenities listed above start as low as $134.50 per room, per night, excluding taxes, for a Courtyard Guestroom.  Prices for Junior Suites and Deluxe Suites begin at $164, per night. All rates are based on double occupancy and are subject to projected availability.
Fort Lauderdale’s first Gay men’s resort with its own full-service day spa and hair studio, The Grand Resort and Spa is located just steps from the beach and convenient to Fort Lauderdale’s acclaimed attractions and nightlife. Guests enjoy The Grand’s oversized heated pool, clothing optional Tropical Courtyard featuring a 30-foot fountain and 10-man Jacuzzi, and more.
La Cage Au Folles, starring George Hamilton, tells the story of Georges, the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges’ son brings his fiancée’s conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly! La Cage is a tuneful and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay together, stay fabulous, and above all else, stay true to themselves!
For reservations or more information about “Be Grand, Be Fabulous La Cage Escape” package, please contact The Grand Resort and Spa at (800) 818-1211, (954) 630-3000, grandresort.net, or herb@grandresort.net 
About Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District
The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District is a unique partnership of arts and entertainment organizations located along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale with the express mission of promoting cultural tourism in South Florida. Presenting over 1000 individual events each year, the District attracts well over 1 million visitors annually. Partners of the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium include Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and the Historic Stranahan House Museum. It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information about Riverwalk A&E District and its partners, visit www.riverwalkae.com.
About the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is one of America’s premier performing arts venues, consistently ranked among the top ten in the country. Presenting more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons, the Center showcases a wide range of exciting c ultural programming and events, and offers one of the largest arts-in education programs in the United States, serving more than 150,000 students annually. In 2007, the Broward Center was named the Cultural Embassy of Broward County in recognition of its success in linking cultural activity with the region’s economic development. The Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. receives and maintains funds to sustain, develop, and secure the future of the Broward Center. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit www.BrowardCenter.org.
About The Grand Resort and Spa 
The Grand Resort and Spa is Fort Lauderdale Beach’s largest and finest gay owned and operated men’s resort hotel, located just steps from the beach and convenient to all the attractions and nightlife for which Fort Lauderdale is now world renowned. Its standard of contemporary luxury rivals that found in today’s popular boutique hotels. As Fort Lauderdale’s first gay resort with its own full-service day spa and hair studio, it can offer guests an experience that is unique and wonderfully indulgent. For reservations and information, see a travel professional, visit grandresort.net or call toll-free 800-818-1211.
About Water Taxi
Fort Lauderdale has nightlife, the shops of Las Olas Boulevard, beautiful beaches, yacht clubs and majestic cruise ships traveling in and out of Port Everglades but nothing compares to its famous Intracoastal Waterway. The canals that make up the Waterway are so unique and beautiful they have earned Ft. Lauderdale the moniker “Venice of America.” Since 1998, the Water Taxi’s “Yellow Boats” have been weaving their way to different stops in Ft. Lauderdale from 10:30 a.m. to around midnight, depending on location. The fleet includes 12 vessels ranging from intimate Old Port Class open air boats, ideal for small groups, to the Island Class 65-ft. twin diesel Island boats, with climate controlled cabin, full liquor bar, ADA accessible restroom, 200 passenger capacity, 20 knot top speed and premium audio system.
Contact Info:
Duree & Company, Inc. | public relations, marketing & special events
 10740 Pegasus Street | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33324

MELISSA ETHERIDGE TO PERFORM LIVE ON LIBERTY AVENUE AT PITTSBURGH PRIDE’S STREET EVENT

Pittsburgh, PA—The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that Academy Award® and two-time Grammy® winner Melissa Etheridge will be the featured entertainer at its “Pride in the Street” event, on Saturday, June 9.  Tickets will go on sale on Friday, April 20.

Etheridge will perform a 90-minute show with a full band on the outdoor stage at Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh between 9th and 10th streets. Last year’s event drew a record 4,500 attendees with headliner Patti LaBelle.

A native of Leavenworth, Kansas, Etheridge is known for her mixture of confessional lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, and raspy, smoky vocals.  Her critically-acclaimed debut album Melissa Etheridge led to an invitation to sing on the 1989 Grammy® Awards broadcast and for several years, her popularity built around such memorable originals as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs” and “Ain’t It Heavy,” for which she won a Grammy® in 1992. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am (1993) which featured the massive hits, “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” which earned her second Grammy® Award for Best Female Rock Performance. In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest charting album, Your Little Secret, which included the hit single, “I Want to Come Over.” Her astounding success that year led to Etheridge receiving the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996.

Etheridge continued to write, record, and tour throughout the ‘90s and into the new

millennium, releasing Skin (2001) and Lucky (2004) along with her DVDs Live And Alone (2002) and Lucky Live (2004).  Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, Etheridge made a return to the stage at the 2005 Grammy Awards, bald from chemotherapy, and performed a tribute to Janis Joplin with the song “Piece of My Heart“.  2005 marked the release of Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled, which includes “I Run for Life,” commissioned by Ford Cares as part of their cancer initiative in support of The Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure.

In April 2007, Etheridge received the distinguished ASCAP Founders Award and released her ninth studio album, The Awakening, selected by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of its Top 50 Albums of 2007. In 2009, Etheridge released her latest studio album, Fearless Love, to a Top 10 Billboard debut.  In 2011, Etheridge also made her Broadway debut as St. Jimmy in Green Day’s rock opera, American Idiot, and received her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

An iconic gay and lesbian activist, Etheridge is the proud recipient of GLAAD’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which honors openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equal rights.

Tickets are $32 in advance and $45 at the gate and can be purchased online at www.pittsburghpride.org/tickets or by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS.  $2 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Harvey Milk Foundation.  To attend the event, you must be 18 or older.

 

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About The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh:

The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh is dedicated to improving the quality of life for and visibility of the members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the Pittsburgh region.  Pittsburgh Pride 2012 is sponsored by the City of Pittsburgh, Clear Channel, Coors Light, Highmark, Jim Beam Brands, PNC Bank, and UPMC.  For more information, visit:  pittsburghpride.org

 

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Palm Beach County School Board Establishes LGBT – Inclusive District Diversity and and Equity Committee

(West Palm Beach, Florida) The Palm Beach County School Board voted unanimously this evening to create a District Diversity and Equity Committee to advise the School Board and Superintendent.

The advisory committee consists of 24 voting members nominated by various community organizations in Palm Beach County, including the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council and Compass Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Lake Worth and the Palm Beaches.

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council has been the leading advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in Palm Beach County since 1988.
“The School Board’s inclusion of the two leading organizations serving Palm Beach County’s  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is very significant,” said Human Rights Council President Rand Hoch,  “Once again the School Board has confirmed its commitment to addressing the needs of LGBT students, parents, and District employees.”

A copy of the policy creating the District Diversity and Equity Committee may be found at:  http://www.schoolboardpolicies.com/notices/10971adopt4-18-12.pdf.

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For further information, contact:

Rand Hoch,  President and Founder

561-804-9399 (office)
561-358-0105 (mobile)
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RAINBOW LAW COMMISSIONED TO WRITE LGBT LEGAL GUIDE

PITTSBURGH, PA, APRIL 3, 2012: Carrie Stone, lesbian activist and co-owner/operator of Rainbow Law, has been signed by John Wiley & Sons to co-author a do-it-yourself legal guide aimed at the LGBT Community. With a working title of ?Same-Sex Legal Kit for Dummies? the book is part of the Wiley & Son?s series of ‘for Dummies’ reference guides.

Unlike most LGBT-centered self-help legal books, the Same-Sex Legal Kit is not written in legalistic jargon. On the contrary, our book provides a comprehensive set of step-by-step instructions complete with sample forms, worksheets and other documents so the average LGBT person can create fundamental legal protections, rights and benefits for his or her family of choice.

If you are thinking about getting married, changing your name, setting up house with a life partner, adopting or having a child, are concerned about issues of illness, injury, aging, or virtually any other vitally important legal matter, this is one reference book you need to own.

Whether LGBT, straight, male or female, the ?Same-Sex Legal Kit for Dummies? is an essential resource for anyone who has ever wanted to do everything in their power to make sure their loved ones are cared for and protected ? no matter what.

?The Same-Sex Legal Kit for Dummies? will be available at bookstores and online in September 2012.

About Carrie Stone:

An LGBT legal rights activist and co-founder of Rainbow Law, Stone has a JD from WVU College of Law. Together with her life partner, Elisia Ross, Stone tours the U.S. to advocate for marriage equality and to present LGBT Estate Planning Workshops. On their website at www.RainbowLaw.com, the couple provides legal information as well as free and affordable legal documents to the LGBT Community. In 2003 and 2004, Carrie and Elisia rode bicycles from coast-to-coast to promote equal marriage rights. In 2004 a documentary film entitled ?Lesbian Grandmother?s from Mars? was produced by Wall-Eye Films.

Carrie Stone is available for interviews, workshops, speaking and book signing events.

CONTACT: ELISIA ROSS
PHONE: 304-796-4045
EMAIL: Elisia@rainbowlaw.com

RAINBOW LAW
3548 Big Elk Road
Phone (304) 796-4045
www.RainbowLaw.com

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3rd Annual International Gay Polo Tournament

Saturday, April 14, 2012  – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  Grand Champions Polo Club, Wellington, Florida

Tickets at the gate $20

GPL Sunday Brunch

International Polo Club Palm Beach at the Mallet Grill

Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

$150 per person
Includes brunch, Champagne, beverages and valet parking
Reservations and prepayment required (Limited availability)
Call (561) 753-3389

Saturday’s “After Party”

Featuring  DJ, Adam West 

IS SOLD OUT!

 Watch a short video from last year’s 

GPL Tournament

 

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CHAZ BONO TO LEAD MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE PARADE AS GRAND MARSHAL SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012

MIAMI BEACH – March 19, 2012 – LGBTQ rights activist, author, lecturer and transgender issues advocate Chaz Bono will headline the Fourth Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade as Grand Marshal, announced Babak Movahedi, president of the Pride board of directors.

 

Bono will lead the parade by riding in a vintage Rolls Royce convertible waving to an anticipated 60,000 fans and supporters who are expected at this year’s parade and festival.  The Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade kicks of at noon on Sunday, April 15, along Ocean Drive from 5th to 15thStreets.  The year’s Pride weekend is presented by Stolichnaya® Premium vodka.

 

“Chaz’s courage, activism and contributions to the whole community stand as inspirations to us all,” Movahedi said.  “We are extremely proud to have Chaz, who is a true trailblazer, as our Grand Marshal this year.”

 

The only child of famed entertainers Sonny and Cher, Bono came out as a lesbian to his parents at 18-years-old in 1987, but he did not come out publicly until April 1995 in an interview with The Advocate, the national gay and lesbian news magazine.

 

Bono’s decision to come out prompted his public work in support of LGBTQ rights and social justice. He has contributed as a writer-at-large toThe Advocate and became spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, promoting National Coming Out Day. Bono also served as Entertainment Media Director for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

 

An acclaimed author, Bono has written three books including last year’s Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man – a ground-breaking and candid account of a 40-year struggle to match his gender identity with his physical body and his ultimate transformation from female to male. He told Oprah Winfrey on her May 10, 2011 show, “as early as I had memory and consciousness, I was a boy.”

 

Other books include Family Outing: A Guide to the Coming Out Process for Gays, Lesbians, and Their Families, which is based on Bono’s own stories and experiences as well as the experiences of about a dozen other gay people and their family members; and The End of Innocence: A Memoir.

 

His first documentary, Becoming Chaz, is an intimate and honest documentary revealing the humanity and courage it took for him to ultimately embrace his true self. The film received a standing ovation at its Sundance debut and was nominated for three prime-time Emmy Awards.   Rosie O’Donnell also predicted the film to be a breakthrough in molding the American conversation about transgender issues. The world premiere of this highly anticipated documentary took place on May 10, 2011 on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

 

His follow up, Being Chaz, chronicles Bono as he embraces his new life and he prepares for his debut on the 13th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars amidst controversy and threats to his life over his decision to participate in the show.

 

Bono began his public speaking career in 1995 as the keynote speaker at the annual fundraising event for the Mautner Project, the national lesbian health organization. Since then, he has spoken at numerous LGBTQ events for other national organizations such as The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). He has also served as a featured speaker at Gay Pride events in cities all across the country.

 

While Bono has found great fulfillment in his work as a national activist, his true passion lies in reaching out and raising awareness among young minds through college lecturing. He also facilitates workshops in conducting tolerance in the workplace for major companies and corporations.

 

At the podium, Bono candidly shares his personal journey of attaining sobriety, gaining acceptance from his family and proceeding with his transition in the public eye. He touches on a range of LGBTQ issues including marriage equality, portrayals of gays and lesbians in the media, issues related to the coming out process, gays and lesbians in the workplace, gay and lesbian politics, transgender equality, issues facing transgender youth, and the physical and emotional process of hormonal and surgical transition.

 

Bono continues to create visibility, increase awareness and impact change for transgender issues. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

Following the parade, the Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival will feature musical performances by Kristine W, Wynter Gordon, Jessica Sutta from the Pussy Cat Dolls, JoJo, Frenchie Davis and Inaya Day; a roster of international DJs, including Scotty Thomson; as well as 125 LGBTQ-friendly vendors and businesses; a food court; refreshments; and a family-friendly play area.

Coming into its fourth year, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown into the largest, single-day event of the entire year in Miami Beach.  The hugely successful event in 2011 attracted more than 40,000 people from all walks of life, all parts of the country, all age groups and all orientations.  The mission of Miami Beach Gay Pride is to bring together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community, their friends, allies and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBTQ community by producing free, safe, quality mass-appeal events that are open to all, including the Parade, Festival and allied Miami Beach Pride sanctioned events.  For more information as well as a schedule of  events that begin April 12, visit www.miamibeachgaypride.com.

 

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OUR FUND LAUNCHES SOUTH FLORIDA LGBT COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT SURVEY

Results will be used to address the issues raised, develop programs and advocate for funding

South Florida, one of the largest, most diverse and fastest growing LGBT communities in the country is home to Our Fund, an LGBT community foundation that is conducting a study to better understand the South Florida LGBT community’s needs.

The online, anonymous survey is designed to evaluate LGBT issues such as housing, education, discrimination, health, aging and art/culture and provide information on donor preferences and trends.
The results of the study will be shared by Our Fund and used by the South Florida LGBT non-profit community to address the issues raised, develop programs and to advocate for government and private sector funding.

The survey is available online at www.our-fund.org/survey and will take less than 10 minutes to complete.

 

Our Fund, Inc.  

2301 NE 13th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304

(954) 683-6619
www.our-fund.org
www.our-fund.org/blog/index.html

Our Fund’s mission is to promote a culture of philanthropy by uniting donors with organizations supporting the LGBT community. Focused on expanding philanthropy in South Florida and working to develop stronger non-profit organizations, South Florida’s only LGBT community foundation has been established to help build endowments that support donor’s charitable interest and organizations providing services throughout the LGBT community.
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