Month: August 2012

The Gay & Lesbian Review / Worldwide Will Publish Its 100th Issue This Fall

The GLReview, a bimonthly magazine for thoughtful GLBT people, reaches a major milestone this fall with the publication of its 100th issue. To celebrate, this issue will bring back the most talked-about and important articles from past 99 issues. The selection of articles for the “best of” issue will be based on feedback from readers and input from the editors.

The GLReview is a national magazine of history, culture, and politics that covers the full range of social, scientific, and cultural topics raised by same-sex sexuality. Over the past 19 years, The GLReview has offered a forum for many of the world’s great writers and thinkers to address the big questions of interest to GLBT people and their friends. Contributors have included such notable writers, thinkers, and activists as Edward Albee, Martin Duberman, John D’Emilio, Lillian Faderman, Barney Frank, Andrew Holleran, Larry Kramer, David Mixner, Sarah Schulman, Patricia Nell Warren, John Waters, Edmund White, and the late Gore Vidal. The magazine also features the fabulous caricatures of Charles Hefling.

Each issue features six or seven in-depth essays organized around a central theme, such as “the science of homosexuality” or “election 2012.” About a third of each issue is devoted to reviews of current books of GLBT interest, along with reviews of new movies and plays. Editor and founder Richard Schneider Jr. writes a column called “BTW” that comments on the quirky stories found “by the wayside” on the road to GLBT justice, poetic and otherwise.

Asked by the New York Times to comment on the importance of The GLReview, writer-activist Larry Kramer replied: “If you want to deal with scholarly, intelligent arguments, there’s really no place else you can publish.”

Founded in winter 1994 as a quarterly named The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, the journal sported a simple cover and a black-and-white interior, with few illustrations, for many years. After a series of overhauls, The GLReview is now printed in full color on high-quality paper with lots of fabulous photographs and helpful illustrations.

It was in 2000 that the name was changed to The Gay & Lesbian Review / Worldwide. A few years later, the magazine acquired the web domain “GLReview.com.” The website at www.GLReview.com features a sampling of articles from the current issue for all to peruse. Subscribers get automatic access to each full issue as well as past years. There is also a digital edition for tablet readers, which is can be accessed via the Zinio link on our website.

With over 8,000 paid subscribers, the GLReview prints 11,000 copies and has an estimated 25,000 readers. The 100th issue, which is also our holiday issue (Nov.-Dec. 2012), could well become a collector’s item. The GLReview is sold in bookstores, including Barnes & Noble, and can be found in many libraries nationwide.

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Companies That Support Gay Rights

Let support Business and Corporations that support gay rights

 

(GayWebSource.com) Gay haters had their day at Chick-Fil-A to show their hate for us gay folk.  They let us know they do not think that we should have the same rights they have.  It was nice of the that one restaurant to open it doors to them so they had a place to meet and talk about how to bring down the gay.

 

We gay folk should do something like that and go to the business that supports us.  Lets see what business supports us?  I don’t think there are any.  oh wait Microsoft donated $100,000 to  Washington Families Standing Together and Apple donated $100,000 to the No on Prop 8 campaign and the founders of Google donated $140,000 to the No campaign.  I guess there are some business who like us.  Actually, this year there are 189 business that earned the top rating of 100 percent at the Human Rights Campaign’s.  So, I guess there are a lot of business that we can go support.

 

Pick One Gay Friendly Business and Go Support Them Today!

 

Are you devastated to see all the recent support against gay rights.  Does it make you feel like, “wow there is this many people against gay rights”?  I bet it made you feel bad that this big chicken restaurant is giving millions of dollars to fight against you having the same rights that they have.  Well it’s time to feel better.  You will learn there are far more companies that support gay rights then ones who do not.  I put together a list of some of the top business and corporations that support gay marriage and or gay rights.  There are a lot more then just the ones I listed.  I picked out some of the ones I thought have been doing awesome things to show their support for gays.  Let us know if you can think of some that we need to add.

 

Jim Henson CompanyCut ties with Chick-Fil-A because of there view on gay rights.  Posted this facebook statement.

 

Starbucks – supported Referendum 71

 

Levi’s – the first Fortune 500 company to offer unmarried domestic partners health benefits.

 

American Apparel – produced a Legalize Gay T-shirt in 2008

 

Nike – support of Referendum 71

 

Microsoft –  Donated $100,000 to  Washington Families Standing Together=> in support of Referendum 71.

 

American Airlines – <= They set up a gay and lesbian travel site.  Just look!

 

IBM – offering health benefits and also having an anti discrimination clause, and has won lots of lgbt awards.

 

Boeing – support of Referendum 71

 

Apple – $100,000 to the No on Prop 8 campaign and benefits to their lgbt employees

 

Google – Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8 and Sergey Brin and Larry Page, founders of Google, donated $140,000 to the No campaign.

 

Gap “In Los Angeles, CA, GAP has a billboard located downtown that reads: GAP- BE BRIGHT- BE ONE with two homosexual men pressed together under a shared t-shirt. They are hugging each other and facing the camera cheek-to-cheek. BE ONE is in large letters which emphasizes the same-sex relationship.”  One Million Moms called to boycott Gap and its affiliated stores Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime and Athleta.

 

Old Navy – Old Navy is celebrated 2011 gay pride by donating 10% of proceeds from the new shirts to the It Gets Better Project, which seeks to combat teen suicide.

 

Amazon – Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, and his wife, MacKenzie, have donated $2.5 million to help pass a same-sex marriage referendum in Washington State

 

General Mills – took a public stance on gay marriage, speaking out against a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex couples from tying the knot in Minnesota.

 

JcPenny’s – JC Penney’s advertising in the past year has made it perfectly clear that they stand firmly with the LGBT community.

 

Macy’s – ads have supported marriage equality including ads in California protesting Proposition 8. and health insurance to lgbt couples.

 

Home Depot – sponsored the Southern Maine Pride.  Because of this the American Family Association,  delivered a petition with 500,000 signatures asking to stop supporting the LGBT community.  Despite the backlash Home Depot continues its policies of equality.

 

Walt Disney Company –   Walt Disney World  lets same-sex couples use their Fairy Tale Wedding Program. They also host gay days in their parks.

 

Looking for more gay friendly business to support?

 

The Human Rights Campaign’s 2012 Corporate Equality Index chronicles a decade of progress in workplace equality. 2012 marks the first year of new more stringent criteria regarding transgender health benefits. 189 participants earned the top rating of 100 percent, evidence the CEI has helped transform the American workplace for the better over the past ten years.  Read More..

 

Do you work for a business or know of one that support gay rights that you think we should add to the list?  Tell us about them and why they should be added.

 

(Jeffrey L, GayWebSource.com Publishers Blog)
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Praise for M.Christian’s Very Bloody Marys

In celebration of the re-release of M.Christian’s queer horror/humor vampire novel, The Very Bloody Marys, here’s a very nice round-up of some of the very flattering praise the novel has gotten – out now in a new edition from Renaissance E Books/Sizzler Sizzler Editions.

Kit O’Connell:
It’s no secret that M. Christian and I are friends. I’ve introduced one of his books and we’ve guest blogged for each other too. So even if I’m not the most unbiased critic, I still like to highlight interesting books I read from time to time even if they are by friends of mine.

One of Chris’ many recurring themes are alternate visions of the police. One of the characters in his wonderfully weird novel near-future novel Finger’s Breadth is a freelance officer who receives his orders and files reports via a distributed police ap on his smartphone. “Bluebelle” in The Bachelor Machine explores a future cop’s intimate relationship with his police vehicle, and Christian even co-edited the anthology Future Cops.

The most recent book I read by him is The Very Bloody Marys. Like Finger’s Breadth, it takes place in an alternate San Francisco but creatures of the night. Our hero is Valentino, a young gay vampire so uncertain of his place in the world that he can’t even decide how to start telling his story at the beginning of the book, so he begins again 2 or 3 times. Somehow, despite his Lestat-like confidence or prowess, he’s been selected to join an undead police force charged with maintaining the secrecy of the undead and the weird.

Here, Valentino laments his own impending doom after his superior officer disappears:
Two hundred years. It’d been a good run. Lots of … well, there’d been blood of course. Moons. Stars. Rain. Fog. Hiding, too: all-night movie theaters, bars, discos, stables, warehouses, churches, a few synagogues (even a mosque or two) […] Lots of … I was going to say friends but, to be honest, the nightlife might be advantageous to boogying but doesn’t make for long-term relationships. Some back-alley assignations, sticky stuff in my mouth or pants; not blood, or at least not up until a few years ago.

Two hundred sure sounds like a lot, but … the time just seemed to have hopped, skipped and jumped by. Never skied, never sailed, never surfed, never had two guys at once […] What surprised me the most, though, was what I wanted more: orchids, bow ties, potato salad, string, oil or watercolor, hooks and line, two of everything.

The book has a breezy, playful noir style which would make it perfect summer reading. Though it doesn’t have the usual romance (though it has a handful of interesting unrequited ones), I found it especially interesting as a queer take on the torrid vampires-and-werewolves subgenre of urban fantasy.

Dru Pagliassotti, The Harrow:
Zombie taxi drivers, golems of Abraham Lincoln, a four-star restaurant in the city morgue, vampires, warlocks, fairies, ghouls, and angelic apparitions: they’re all denizens of The Castro’s other night-life, and Valentino must bluster his way through them as he hunts for a murderous faery, his missing dickwad of a commanding officer, and — of course — the pretty and ruthless Very Bloody Marys.

M. Christian has created a character with an unforgettable, if unceasing, narrative voice, an amusing and cliche-busting antidote to the overpopulated literary ranks of hardboiled vampire detectives. The world of Le Conseil Carmin, where vampires literally work for Blood Money and protect humanity from creatures much worse than themselves, is well-wrought; the plot twists, although initially baffling, all get satisfactorily straightened out; and Valentino, a less-than-enthusiastic member of Le Corps Policier Contre, has a self-conscious charm that will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers.

Fresh, quirky, and irreverent, The Very Blood Marys is a vampire novel for readers who’ve become bored with vampires.

Mari Adkins, Apex Science Fiction:
The Very Bloody Marys isn’t so much a vampire novel–the vampires are far and away from Bram Stoker, and I’m glad for that–as it is a good, old-fashioned mystery. I hate be cliché and say “This book is a classic page-turner,” but it is! The plot is quick-paced, and Valentino is as sexy as he is funny. The story is packed with a full, colorful cast of characters ranging from vampires, ghouls, and faeries. Oh, and a zombie or two. If you’re hungry for a different kind of vampire book, don’t miss this one!

Steve Williams, Muse Review:
Deftly, M. Christian has created a novel that is, in fact, a coming of age story in a sugary horror coating. Valentino goes through trials, such as confronting three Marys on Vespors, getting attacked by a pissed off Irish Faery called Liam – I kid you not – and having to contend with a chauffer called Mariah – please, God, let Mariah Carey play him in the movie, a zombie in drag, and she could warble all she’d like off camera just as long as, for those few seconds, she shuts the hell up (like her songs though!) – who is less than forthcoming when it comes to information or help of any kind. And so, time after time, Valentino must battle forces he has… well… to say he has no comprehension of wouldn’t be quite fair. It’s rather like giving an infant a blow torch and not expecting him to roast his little apple cheeks off (I’m suddenly quite hungy. Mutilation, even joking, shouldn’t do that to a man).

Needless to say, there’s a fair amount of swearing, some getting spanked with chains and a dollop of hard ass domineering, but you’ll have to wait and see if Valintino, our underdog (who, incase anybody does want to make a film of this, I think I look quite like; hollywood, call me) makes it through this … well, not alive… but… as dead as he was before… I guess.

M. Christian’s writing really sparkles here, and his wit is obvious, and never labored. There’s a lot to love, amongst characters like a talking cat addicted to cat nip, and a statue of Lincoln that is a wizard’s personal butler. There were a few moments of perplexity on my part as I was reading through, but M. Christian does well in keeping you turning the page, and, whilst everything is tied up in the end rather niceley, this isn’t forced and feels much better for it. In fact, I felt this one book would make an excellent start to a series, and I know I for one would be reading cover to cover.

There was one issue I had. Oh God, what an issue. I mean, really, Valantino fancying Nicholas Cage… well, I suppose, if you’re a walking corpse your taste would change somewhat… but I’ll let M. Christian off on that score, because Very Bloody Marys is one of the most entertaining little novels I’ve read in a good long while, and it does, as they say, exactly what it says on the tin.

4 Muses Out of 5! ***This Weeks Recommended Read.
Out & About Magazine:
Don’t lock your doors – the thing that goes bump in the night is back—and he’s hot!
M. Christian, the best-selling author of Running Dry, has set out to curl your toes and your eyelashes. The Very Bloody Marys is a rollicking noir that sets the hero, a slick gay vampire cop named Valentino, against a wandering gang of vamp twinks, a killer Tinkerbell, and a world wide council of vampires that would make the Vatican seem laid-back and jovial.
Quick paced and full of eye-popping visuals, The Very Bloody Marys whisks down the plot-line at breakneck speeds, daring the reader to keep up. Back-story is held up to make way for the full throttle action that begins almost immediately, and once you’ve started the book, it may prove difficult to put down.

Christian was written the quintessential noir mystery, using sex, the night and a barrage of interesting undead characters to tell a fun and captivating story. There are several references to Humphrey Bogart, and indeed, our gay Bogie is the perfect protagonist, even if he himself doesn’t buy it.

Using all the right details, Christian has created a world that’s one part L.A. Confidential and two parts Tales of The City. The result is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes terrifying experience that will leave you thirsty for more.
Thomas Roche, ErosZine:

With The Very Bloody Marys, prolific writer and editor M. Christian, best known for his vast contribution to the erotica genre, turns his hand to the melding of the classic San Francisco crime-noir thriller (think The Maltese Falcon) and the steamy, sexy vampire-occult tale (think TV shows Angel or The Dresden Files, or Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series of novels). That it is also an irreverent entry into the San Francisco canon of queer coming of age novels might be unexpected, given that its protagonist is a centuries-old vampire, but that aspect of The Very Bloody Marys is no less satisfying for the main character’s age.

Christian is known primarily as an erotica writer, or, more accurately, one of the most widely-published authors ever to assault carnal matters. With Marys, however, that fact is evident only in the briskness of his prose and the frankness with which he treats the dark, sleazy side of the city. Far from being an entry in Christian’s mind-boggling output of boldly innovative, irreverently nasty erotica, The Very Bloody Marys is a tight genre thriller with a taste for the absurd and a dry wit. But it’s also about coming of age; Valentino, as a centuries-old vamp, still has a lot to learn about being a cop, and when confronted with matters of the heart he’s as arrested in his development, as vulnerable and at-risk, as any teenager lost in the byways of human relationships.

Equal parts action and introspection, the 171-page thriller cooks along rapidly, following the formulas of the tried-and-true detective novel while at the same time slyly lampooning it. San Franciscans will recognize the details of their city, the smells and sounds of Fogtown after sunset. If you’ve walked those streets at midnight, you’ll recognize them. If you never have, you’ll want to book the next flight and maybe bring a cross and some holy water.

Like all the best noir thrillers, Marys is about being apart, alone, isolated; it’s about finding a way to bring evil to justice, even if that justice is uglier than the crime; and first and foremost it’s about redemption, as Valentino struggles to find his place in the city’s nightside and make things right, while keeping his skin.

The Very Bloody Marys is a divine confection with a steaming load of pulpy goodness. It’s also got its boots planted firmly in the noir tradition that crosses every sexual boundary in its search for right and wrong. And perhaps most importantly, or most immediately important, it’s a deliciously enjoyable addition to three different, and too, too empty, bookshelves: queer vampires, queer noir, and late-night San Francisco adventure.
… and some short reviews:

M. Christian creates a variety of quirky characters from wizards to zombies to fairies, and the tone captures the feeling of a fast-paced horror movie, alternately funny and creepy.

– HorrorWorld
Atmospherically potent and stylishly polished, Christian marries suspense, terror, black humour and romance intelligently and wittily making The Very Bloody Marys a smart and fun addition to the bloodsuckingly camp vampire genre.

– GayDar Nation
The Very Bloody Marys
Sizzler Editions
$7.99 (ebook edition, all formats)
ISBN: 9781615087792

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Gay Realtors report impact to home values, with violence like the CO theatre shooting?

In this day and age violence seems to be around every corner ~ from violent television to drastically inappropriate video games, and movie ratings dropping (allowing more and more children to watch movies that are too “mature” for their eyes), it’s no surprise people question how safe they are. When the violence jumps off the screen and into the real world, it becomes almost too much to handle for some people.

Events like the recent Colorado theatre shooting definitely impact the value of homes and the desirability of living or relocating to certain areas.

It is a tough age to be living in, both economically and socially. With rising home costs and fewer available jobs, finding a place to call “home” can become increasingly more difficult.

So what impact does the CO theatre shooting, 911 and the recent Mosque shootings have on home values? Looking specifically at the event that occurred on September 11, 2001, studies show us that the price of homes dropped more than 25 percent over night! Now the housing market had already been suffering to some extent, but the increased violence played a huge role in the drop. Business’ suffered everywhere after 9/11 and that included home values.

It is essential to remember that people will always pay for peace of mind, but if that is not available no amount of “a good deal” will make a person choose a home or location they don’t feel safe or protected in.

The recent horrific events of the Colorado “The Dark Knight Rises” theater shooting has left many stunned. Although there are no reports from our Metro Denver Gay Realtors (yet) on how this will affect home values, it is quite simple to predict. Once again this is a simple “do people feel safe?” scenario. Imagine that you have a choice to move to Aurora, Colorado or another place for employment ~ you have children, and enjoy doing things together as a family. Both places offer the same pay, and the same benefits, so which would you choose?

More people today would opt for another location, solely based on the Aurora Colorado shooting. According to a survey of gay realtors nationwide, Aurora home values will decrease just based upon less people choosing to move into the area and the stigma this tragedy has left behind.

Other violently devastating acts such as Columbine prompted people to want to move to a more secure location ~ or maybe it’s just to leave the memory behind… people did move out of the general area, and others I’m sure still remember the horrific event almost 10 years later, when “Littleton, Colorado” is even mentioned.

Let’s not forget to take into account how much these events devastate other businesses such as entertainment and tourism.

There are two choices: continue to watch these violent acts submerge and lose value in your house, or much more importantly, peace of mind. Or take the initiative in your own life and community to ensure sensible laws are brought forward and enforced, to deter these violent acts ~ while maintaining our freedoms and the ability to live our lives and secure our properties and their value without fear.

Jeff Hammerberg is the Founding CEO of www.GayRealEstate.com ~ The Nation’s Oldest and Largest Free Database of Gay, Lesbian and Gay Friendly Realtors Coast to Coast.

What The Bible Forbids In Additions To Homosexuality

Publisher’s Blog

(GayWebSource.com)  As I read all the hate against gays over Chick-Fil-A  from the religious groups, I decided I wanted to learn more why its a sin.  I believe in God, but I don’t believe he gave us the Bible.  I think it was created by man or more so by the Church.  I think if it was given to us by God it would not have so many areas for interpretation.   If  God created the Bible I think there would be a single book and not one for each religion.  The Bible would be perfectly written and no statement could be interpreted in more then one way.  God is perfect and I would expect something he wrote to be the same way.

Now don’t get me wrong I never said I didn’t think the Bible was a good thing.  It is a path of good for many to follow.  I just don’t think it was written by God.  But, I thought I would like to learn what it says about me being gay..

When claiming that the Bible forbids homosexuality, most people point to Leviticus 18:22 which reads, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.”

When they say lie with her.. it’s really is not clear what they mean by lie.  My guess would be giving her the seed.  But it does not say that.  It could also mean lie beside her.  Hang out with her.  Who knows I am guessing if 3 different people read this you might get 3 different answers.

I wanted to learn more about the Bible and I found a few other things that the Bible forbids.  Most of these are a little more clear in their meaning.

I Am Guessing Your Not Eating Ham at Christmas or For Dinner Are You?  Leviticus 11:7-8 reads:  And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.  Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.

I Hope You Don’t Have Any Tattoos? Leviticus 19:28 reads: Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

Did You Get Your Hair Cut This Month? I hope you kept everything straight.  Leviticus 19:27 reads: Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.

Have You Ever Hurt Your Rocks or Got Kicked In The Stones (Your Privates) or God Forbid Had Them Cut Off?  Deuteronomy 23:1 states: He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD.

Do You Check Out Your Daily Horoscope or Have You Ever Talked To A Psychic? Leviticus 19:31 reads: Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

Do You Like To Talk Smack?  Like Gossiping? Leviticus 19:16 states: Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the LORD.

Do Your Children Curse You? Oh I hope not!  That is right up there with being gay. Exodus 21:17 states: “And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.” (<=Does that really say death? My Question is when are you going to have a rally about all those noisy children at Walmart not listening to mom?)

Where You Remarried After Getting Divorced?  Mark 10:11-12 states: Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

Do You Work On Sundays?  Exodus 31:14-15 reads:  “Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.  Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.

Does Your Woman Talk A Lot?  Hope Your Not Heading To Church. 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 states: Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.   And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

I Hope You Don’t Eat Eating Shrimp, Lobster, or other Seafoods? Leviticus 10-11 states: And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:

I hope Your daughter is a virgin and has not had sex yet! Because Deuteronomy 22:20-21 states: But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

When you start teaching everything that your Bible preaches, we can talk more about God hating me because I gay.  I can not imagine God hating someone for loving someone.  If you are going to tell me my life is wrong and does not follow your book, then I hope you’re also following the same book.  Remember, everything listed above is in your book.

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LGBT Households Downsizing – Is a Smaller Home for You?

(GayWebSource.com) – In light of the current economy, many people today have either downsized, or continue the debate of whether they should downsize or not. The housing market over the past 4 years has caused many in every community, not just our LGBT community to be forced into this decision by not being able to keep income up with expenses.

Even today in a rebounding market, we live with the fact that over forty percent of the mortgages are underwater, which in many cases makes it impossible to sell our current home and downsize into another. The market is rebounding and in some parts of the country like where I live in Denver, CO, Denver gay realtors report home prices have completely recovered except in the very high end, over a million dollars.

I believe one thing this economic meltdown has given us, is an opportunity to look at how we’re living. What have we been spending our money on, what have our priorities been… and, what is important to us. As self-employed individuals, over the past 5 years my partner and I have downsized 3 times, each time we’ve consolidated; sold a few pieces of furniture, stored some art, traded the giant screen TV in for a “not so giant”, and in this process, we’ve been able to pay off debt, save more money and actually be happier in our new smaller home. Remember, everything you own, owns you.

For some people the concept of downsizing is easier said than done. A recent survey showed that some people completely identify with “where they live and what they have”, making the thought of a downsize, or getting rid of “stuff” just too painful to actually implement… not realizing in the end, we’ll all be required to let go of everything.

Although some have been forced to move to a smaller home for economic reasons, for some individuals, moving to a smaller home was something very hard for them to do.

1200 Square Feet is the New 3500, just like 55 is the new 35 ~ Oh and I’m so happy about that!

Remember, less is more. Less home means smaller utility bills, smaller cleaning bills, smaller insurance bills, smaller maintenance bills, smaller “furnishing” bills and of course a smaller mortgage which will be paid off quicker, and all of this means more time for everything in life you love.

David Wann, bestselling author of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, tells us many of today’s three-car 900 square feet  garages, are about the average size of an entire home during the 1950?s. The result, our happiness has flat lined or declined.

This recession has put the squeeze on many in the LGBT community. Perhaps it’s time to consider downsizing your biggest expense ~ your home.

If you’re considering downsizing and are curious about your specific market and home values, you can receive a FREE competitive market analysis (no obligation) from any of the gay, lesbian or gay friendly realtors at GayRealEstate.com, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Author Jeff Hammerberg is the Founding CEO of www.GayRealEstate.com ~ Free Instant Access to the Nation’s Top Gay, Lesbian and Gay Friendly Realtors Coast to Coast.

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6th Annual LGBT Community Survey Offers Insights into LGBT Consumers.

Largest-ever study of over 45,000 LGBT citizens living in 148 countries.

(GayWebSource.com) San Francisco, CA USA, August 1, 2012 – Community Marketing, Inc., (CMI) the San Francisco-based LGBT research and communications firm, has released its 6th Annual LGBT Community Survey®, a global snapshot on LGBT motivations, perspectives and purchases. The study was sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Among the findings for the 14,000 United States respondents who completed the survey:

  • 77% of gay men and 84% of lesbians plan to vote for Barack Obama, and many are actively involved in financial and volunteer support. 76% of bisexual and 80% of transgender respondents plan to vote for Barack Obama.
  • 82% of lesbians and 91% of gay men own “smartphones,” up 23% from 2011. The most popular smartphone is iPhone (with Android phones quickly gaining ground), and the most popular tablet is iPad.
  • Straight men drink 3 times more beer than gay men, but gay men drink 50% more spirits/cocktails than straight men. Lesbians consume similar amounts of alcohol beverages as straight women.
  • 49% of gay men under age 30 have a gym membership.
  •  In communications, the term “LGBT” is preferred by gay men over the term “GLBT.” The majority of both gay men and lesbians dislike the term LGBTQQIA.

The report presents additional findings on interaction with LGBT media, new clothing purchases, personal development products and services, brand attitudes, tobacco and alcohol consumption, LGBT fundraising and charitable giving, and much more. The study also tracks the explosive growth of mobile and social media, and early adoption of emerging technologies.

The LGBT Community Survey is an annual study, conducted in partnership with over 200 community-based magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs and mobile sites, as well as events, organizations and community centers. It presents a portrait of where the community is today, as well as trend observation and tracking. Aside from gay men and lesbians, a record 3,506 bisexual men, 1,499 bisexual women, and 721 transgender people participated in the study. CMI has been producing comprehensive research on the LGBT community for leading corporations, organizations and government departments for nearly 20 years.

Download a complimentary copy of the USA report by using this link: www.LGBTCommunitySurvey.com

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Salvation Army, Stop discriminating against people for who they are.

(GayWebSource.com) As Reported by Change.org, 26-year-old Danielle Morantez of Burlington states  “I loved my job at the Salvation Army. I’ve spent much of my life working for Christian organizations, and it made me feel great to work to help poor people. But last week, I was fired because I revealed my sexual orientation.

The Salvation Army has great social service programs that help so many people, but I was uneasy about the organization’s policies about sexual orientation. My unease grew more serious when I heard about an Australian Salvation Army official who was forced to apologize after he said that gay people deserve to die.

So I went to my supervisor to express my concerns, and in the process, I came out as bisexual. That was a Friday afternoon. On Monday morning, I was fired — and I was told explicitly that I was losing my job not because of poor performance, but because my “personal beliefs and position do not 100% align with the values of the Salvation Army.”

I don’t think it’s right that an organization that does so much good should be so prejudiced against people who aren’t straight. So I started a petition on Change.org asking the Salvation Army to change its policies and not fire anyone else on the basis of sexual orientation — click here to add your name.

After I was fired, I was so angry at the Salvation Army. But this past weekend, I walked by a homeless man who asked me for help. I went into a restaurant and bought him some pizza, and sat and talked with him for a while. He made me realize how much I miss my job, and how devastated I was to leave my clients.

The sad truth is that now, instead of worrying about my clients, I have to worry about whether I’ll be able to provide for my own daughter.

I know that petitions on Change.org have prompted major companies — like DynCorp, a giant military contractor — to offer employment protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. I hope that if enough people sign my petition, we can convince the Salvation Army to do the same.”

Click here to sign my petition asking the Salvation Army to pledge never again to fire someone on the basis of sexual orientation. 

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GLAAD AND ATLANTA FAMILY CALL ON CHICK-FIL-A PRESIDENT DAN CATHY TO MEET FOR DINNER

New York, NY, August 2, 2012 – GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today joined a Change.org petition started this morning by Atlanta-based mom Marci Alt, her wife of 8 years and the couple’s two children.

The petition calls on Chick-fil-A President and COO Dan Cathy to meet with the family and discuss the hardships many gay families face because they are denied the chance to marry. The family also asked to speak about the fast food chain’s multi-million dollar donations to anti-LGBT organizations and the growing majority of Christians who support gay and lesbian people.

Supporters can add their name to the petition here: http://glaad.org/meetfordinner

“I hope Mr. Cathy will join my family for dinner, where we can share a respectful dialogue about our faith, work and families here in Georgia,” said Alt. “It’s important that Mr. Cathy meet the people his company is donating millions to stand against. I’ll even make chicken.”

On Friday, the family will be organizing a protest at their local Chick-fil-A in Decatur, Georgia.

Grassroots advocates have created dozens of events in protest of the company’s anti-LGBT donations. Advocate Carly McGehee organized ‘National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A,’ which to date has over 11,000 participants on Facebook planning to kiss at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country on Friday. McGehee will be in Dallas on Friday, joined by dozens of supporters.

“I hope that visibility of the kiss-in helps LGBT youth who feel isolated and are victims of bullying,” said Carly McGeHee. “I want LGBT youth who are growing up in places like Texas, where I was raised, to know that it’s okay to be who you are, because it seems that Mr. Cathy disagrees with that.”

For a complete list of events, visit http://www.glaad.org/chick-fil-a

Since 2003, Chick-fil-A has given more than $5 million to anti-LGBT organizations, including The Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center deems a “hate group.” Additionally, Chick-fil-A has donated to groups that promote so-called “ex-gay therapy,” a practice both debunked and deemed as harmful by nearly every major medical and mental health authority in the country.

“Without question, Dan Cathy has every right to voice his opinions and beliefs,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “But he should meet and get to know the people that he’s speaking out against – the people who are harmed by his company’s multi-million dollar donations to anti-gay hate groups working to hurt everyday LGBT Americans and break apart loving families.”

On Wednesday, thousands of Americans skipped their Chick-fil-A sandwiches, instead choosing to donate the cost to local and national LGBT organizations.

In light of Cathy’s statements attributing his anti-LGBT views to his faith, GLAAD also highlighted the growing majority of Americans who support marriage equality, including millions of Christians.

For instance, a New York Times/CBS News poll conducted between February 8 and 13, 2012 shows that over two-thirds of Catholics believe that gay and lesbian couples deserve some sort of relationship recognition.

GLAAD also directed community members and allies to several LGBT-affirming religious groups, working to achieve equality for all people of faith. Just last month, the Episcopal Church voted to allow priests to conduct blessing ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples, which may be part of a wedding ceremony depending on state law. While the Presbyterian (PCUSA), Methodist (UMC), and Lutheran (ELCA) churches in the United States do not yet officially support marriage equality, Presbyterians and Lutherans welcome LGBT pastors to ordination and LGBT individuals and families are welcomed into their churches.

For more information, visit http://www.glaad.org/chick-fil-a

GLAAD released a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document for media covering the story here:http://www.glaad.org/releases/glaad-releases-facts-and-resources-media-covering-chick-fil-a

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About GLAAD: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.

Rich Ferraro
Vice President of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8011
ferraro@glaad.org

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GLAAD RELEASES FACTS AND RESOURCES FOR MEDIA COVERING CHICK-FIL-A

For the past several weeks, the media has been focused on the firestorm over comments made by Chick-fil-A President and COO Dan Cathy. But many media reports have not asked some critical questions, and have presented incomplete or incorrect stories to audiences. The following FAQ should be used by journalists to get key background on the story before covering it.

Is this all about marriage?

No. Chick-fil-A’s anti-LGBT stance goes well beyond simply opposing marriage equality. They have given millions of dollars to anti-LGBT organizations, including those that have been designated “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and those that push so-called “ex-gay” therapy, which has been denounced by the mainstream medical and mental health community. They have supported organizations that are on record saying that being gay should be recriminalized in America. Chick-fil-A also bans gay couples from its “WinShape Retreats” aimed at growing leadership within the company.

Thanks to Equality Matters, anyone can see the full extent of Chick-Fil-A’s funding of anti-gay organizations; here’s 2010 (almost two million dollars) here’s 2009 (almost two million dollars again) and here’s 2003-2008. (more than one million dollars)

What did Chick-fil-A President and COO Dan Cathy say?

Dan Cathy said that our pro-LGBT culture suffers from a “deprived mind,” that marriage equality is “twisted up,” and that making marriage equality legal is “inviting God’s judgement.”

Do people participating in “Chick-fil-A day” on Wednesday know the extent of the company’s anti-LGBT stance?

It’s likely many do not. Many Americans who do not support full marriage equality would still disagree with the company’s support of programs that try to “convert” gay people into straight people, or the idea that a community that values its LGBT members has a “deprived mind” and is “inviting God’s wrath.”

How should journalists report statements by Chick-fil-A supporters who say the company is merely espousing Christian values?

There are hundreds of thousands of faithful, devout Christian Americans who would disagree with the idea that being anti-gay is a Christian value. Statements of faith by supporters of Chick-fil-A should always be carefully attributed (“Dan Cathy says he is standing up for what he calls Christian values…”) and it would be appropriate to seek out voices of faith who support the LGBT community to add context.

Doesn’t Chick-fil-A have the right to have whatever beliefs it wants?

Yes, as do the millions of Americans who support equality and disagree with the company’s anti-LGBT stances.

“As a private company, Chick-fil-A has every right to alienate as many customers as they want,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “But consumers and communities have every right to speak up when a company’s President accuses them of ‘inviting God’s wrath’ by treating their LGBT friends, neighbors and family members with respect.”

What effect has this controversy had on Chick-fil-A’s approval?

New research from polling organization YouGov finds that Chick-fil-A’s approval rating has plummeted more than 25 points since this story began, just a few weeks ago. Corporate America has already discovered that being pro-LGBT is good for the bottom line. Chick-fil-A is now discovering that the other side of the coin holds true as well; being anti-LGBT is bad for the bottom line.

What other companies are involved in marriage equality?

In November 2011, more than 70 employers including Google, CBS, Gap, Aetna, Starbucks, Xerox, among others signed an amicus brief that said that the Defense of Marriage Act (which bans recognition of gay couples on a federal level) hurts business.

Companies including General Mills, Starbucks, Amazon.com, Microsoft and  Nike have recently donated millions to marriage equality campaigns.

GLAAD has prepared a list of companies who have issued statements or provided financial support LGBT people and marriage equality. Available upon request.

 

AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS:

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick

Chick-fil-A Kiss-in Organizer Carly McGehee. Carly started the event on Facebook which has not attracted thousands as well as national media attention. She plans to be in Dallas on the day of the kiss-in (Friday, August 3) with about 100 supporters.

Organizers of “Donate (the cost of) a Chicken Dinner for Marriage Equality Day” Brian Real and Justin Garrow.

Eye on the Media: More than just marriage, Chick-fil-A is anti-gay

Rich Ferraro
VP of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8011
ferraro@glaad.org

Aaron McQuade
Director of News and Field Media, GLAAD
(646) 871-8026
mcquade@glaad.org

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