Month: November 2012

Home Prices | Rising or Falling? | Gay Realtor

(GayWebSource.com) Denver, CO by GayRealEstate.com Nov. 30 2012 – For those of you homeowners looking into selling a home, the first question to ask yourself is when will home prices bounce back? – If it ever truly can. Depending on whom you ask, some say it never will, but we don’t believe that to be the case.

Everyone has their own opinions on when housing prices will rebound; in today’s economy it’s hard to answer this sort of question with 100% certainty. In the past, when the real estate market was up, even the professionals couldn’t accurately predict what way the market was going to swing at any given moment.

There are many factors to consider; if the economy remains shaky, people tend to hunker down making prices stagnant, when the economy is hot and rates are low, people tend to move more, which drives housing prices up.

There are some things you can look at to gauge which direction the market is headed.

It’s always wise, no matter what the current state of the market, to look at the trends in your area – both in the zip code, and in the surrounding city. Even when the economy is down, you’ll notice times when there will be clear up-swings in activity, like we’re witnessing in many markets today. Plan your home sale around those swings, and with the input of well-trusted market advisers, like your gay realtor.

There are always doomsayers who will proclaim that home prices will never recover, and that anyone who buys or sells now will only see losses ~ but there are also doomsday buyers, who take advantage of it being a buyer’s market to make purchases at a reduced cost, recognizing the direction of the market and trends locally and nationwide!

As a buyer, with home inventory low and prices rising, your personal dedication to the numbers, and willingness to take a risk while all things seem to be aligned on your side, will result in the highest potential profits. It pays to be an opportunist, and to watch the way things go over time.

As a seller, you can weigh the potential profits of selling in today’s market vs. the potential higher price you will pay for a replacement home if you wait to sell ~ for most of us we “buy up” so it would be better to buy the more expensive home at today’s lower prices.

So, the bottom-line is that no one can definitively say when home prices will “come back” although a careful analysis of today’s markets show prices increasing almost across the board. What we can do is look at current trends, in order to determine if a particular time seems like it will provide a return on your investment, and ensure that you get in while prices continue to climb.

With a little luck, and some research, you can successfully navigate the market of today.

Contact Info: GayRealEstate.com manager@gayrealestate.com

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LGBT Music Fest Nashville To Spotlight Artists, Songwriters And Industry

(GayWebSource.com) – Open call to LGBT performing artists, music creators and industry of music genres to “Come Out” and visit Nashville’s Music Row from Feb. 1-3, 2013 for the “LGBT Music Festival”. Performers and songwriters will take the stage from noon-midnight Friday-Sunday at multiple entertainment venues such as the Music Row Best Western Lounge. Music creators can introduce their songs by performing scheduled or at “open mic” indoor stage locations in the vicinity

The Lesbian, Gay Bisexual & Transgender Music Fest also will host “Speak To A Pro” with one on one mentoring sessions to answer your questions about the “Music as a Business.” Chat, Critique, Learning and Networking areas will be set up from Noon-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. On Sunday continues as a casual Networking Mixer. Attendees can receive hands-on advice on topics such as Career Critique, Products Critique, Recording, Publishing, Plugging, Legal, Records, Duplication, Distribution, Radio, Video, Broadcasting, Shop, Management, Promotions, Publicity. Productions… LBGT educational partners will be on hand to answer your music biz and industry questions. The educational portion of the event is hosted by the Independent Music Association.

The “Valentines Carnival” will feature an informal costumed party with dancing from 6 p.m.-midnight on Feb. 2, 2013 (Saturday) while Thursday the day before the festival is a Pre Fest Opening STIR party.
The ‘LGTB Music Fest’ is a wonderful networking mixer and career-building opportunity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender artists and songwriters from all levels of the music industry. More than 100 community industry/ volunteers will donate their time and resources to make this possible. Shows are open to the public.
The LGBT Music Fest / Nashville is sponsored in part by the Nashville SongWriters Festival on Music Row, The Independent Music Fest / Nashville and the Independent Music Association, it’s friends and family.Festival badges are “All Inclusive”. Badge holders can attend all parties, be scheduled to perform if desired, “Speak To A Pro”, attend as Non Performing / Industry and other fest functions. Do one or all at your own pace!

To register or for more information about the “LGBT Music Fest”, visit www.LGBTMusicFest.org , or send an email inquiry to Info@LGBTMusicFest.org , or call (615) 424-1491.
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Sizzler Books Announces The M.Christian Manlove Collection: The Best-Of-The-Best Queer Books From Celebrated M.Chrstian

M.Christian and Renaissance E Books/Sizzler Editions are extremely proud to announce a special imprint commemorating Lambda Award Finalist M.Christian’s best queer fiction and erotica: The M.Christian ManLove Collection!

(GayWebSource.com) – Featuring special re-releases of M.Christian’s critically-acclaimed novels and collections, the The M.Christian ManLove Collection also includes a extra-special, brand-new, best-of-his-best of his queer erotic fiction: Stroke the Fire: The Best ManLove Stories of M.Christian

The M.Christian ManLove Collection collection includes:

Stroke the Fire: The Best ManLove Stories of M.Christian

Sizzling tales of bad boys, bruised hearts, and sweaty encounters. Lambda Award finalist M.Christian’s stories of men-who-love-men have been selected for Best Gay Erotica, Best American Erotica, and Best of the Best Gay Erotica. Eavesdrop on what hot men who are doing hot things with other hot men say to each other between the sheets … and up against the wall. Start reading the fiery ManLove fiction of M.Christian with this personally selected collection of his very best stories.

M.Christian’s stories are the fairy tales whispered to one another by dark angels whose hearts and mouths are brimming with lust. He goes beyond the pale, ordinary definitions of sexuality and writes about need and desire in their purest forms. Readers daring enough to stray from the safety of the path will find in his images and words a garden of delights to tempt even the most demanding pleasure-seeker.

 – Michael Thomas Ford, Lambda Award winner

M.Christian is a literary stylist of the highest caliber: smart, funny, frightening, sexy — there’s nothing he can’t write about …  and brilliantly.

– Tristan Taormino

$8.50

9781615084890

ISBN 232 Pages

(available on ibooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine eBook distributors

The Very Bloody Marys
Can San Francisco survive a marauding gang of Vespa-riding vampires? Before it’s sucked dry, the city’s only hope may be gay male Valentino, only a trainee for the supernatural law enforcement agency, Le Counseil Carmin. Swept up in the whole blood-sucking business when his mentor goes missing, Valentino is called upon to deal with the menace of these “Bloody Marys.” But Valentino soon realizes that, in order to dispose of the gang, he must go into areas he never dreamed of, deal with some very strange characters and learn the truth about the dark side of town. The Very Bloody Marys is a horror novel about vampires, ghouls, faeries, and the undead that move around after dark. Part chase, part gallows humor, and all shivery excitement, this man love story from the wildly imaginative.

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

$7.99

9781615087792

186 Pages

ISBN (available on ibooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine eBook distributors)

Dirty Words: Provocative Gay Erotica
Here it is: the Lambda Literary Award Finalist Dirty Words: the queer collection shows just how hot and imaginative Manlove erotica can be!  From mischievous Native American spirits, to victims of cybernetic nightmares, these stories will amaze, amuse, terrify, fascinate and – always – excite you. Subtle and not, these well-crafted tales will touch you – and always excite you – in ways you’d never expect.  With a very special introduction by Patrick Califia.

Dipping into his erotic prose is like being doused with a bucket of icy cold water on a sticky Summer’s day. It’s a sense awakening experience, which enlivens and sweeps you away in the same narrative breath. It’s dark, it’s dangerous, it’s horny, it’s mouthwatering, it’s witty and it’s sharp.  Read my lips: Read this book.

– Skin Two
$7.99

9781615087464

ISBN 169 Pages

(available on ibooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine eBook distributors)

Me2: The Classic Gay Gothic

M.Christian’s controversial horror/thriller of queer identity is back in a brand new edition!  He looks just like you.  He acts exactly like you.  He takes away your job.  He steals your friends.  He seduces your lover. None of them can tell the difference. Every day he becomes more and more like you, pushing you out of your own life, taking away what was yours … until there’s nothing left.  Where did he come from?  Robot?  Alien?  Clone?  Doppelganger?  Evil twin?  Long lost brother?  A fascinating novel of identity, Me2 is a groundbreaking Manlove chiller you’ll remember for a long time – no matter who you are, or who you think you may be. (Despite rumors that this book was written by an impostor – but, rest assured, this is the real ‘M. Christian.’  Accept no substitutes!)

Me2 is a unique and always entertaining fable-novel about what exactly identity may entail and how we may or may not decide whether it’s worth the price of keeping it.

– Felice Picano, author of Art & Sex in Greenwich Village

$7.99

ISBN 9781615088058

186 Pages

(available on ibooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine eBook distributors)

Filthy Boys: Male-Male Erotica

A fantastic collection of queer erotica spanning both literature and hotter-than-hot erotica – with a special introduction by Lambda-Award winner Felice Picano.  Includes the celebrated stories such as “The Hope of Cinnamon,” “Suddenly, Last Thursday,” “That Sweet Smell,” “Utter West,” and “Friday Night at the Calvary Hotel”

If you are looking for sexually-charged fiction that also has heart and intelligence Filthy Boys is the collection for you.

– Emily Veinglory, author Lovers and Ghosts

To say this is a great book is an understatement. Filthy Boys transcends its genre of erotica and enters the realm of literature.

– Donovan Brown, author My Brotha My Brotha.

$5.99

9781615084265

ISBN 204 Pages

(available on ibooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine eBook distributors)

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BodyWork: Male-Male Erotica

There is simply no one better at writing hotter-than-hot gay erotica than the Lambda Literary Award Finalist M.Christian, and with this — his newest collection — you’ll see why!  From cowboys looking for some same-sex love on the range to jocks working out in unique ways this book is guaranteed to reach out and give your gay desire a good tug! Check out this brand new book by an acknowledged master of genre and see why everyone says he’s an wonderful erotic writer.

Reading these tales is like climbing on for a sexual magic carpet ride through different times and places, diverse bodies, and infinite possibilities.

– Carol Queen

Rarely is raunch paired with such style and wit, M.Christian’s stories offer the sizzle of stroke-book sex combined with the dark lyricism of the perverse.

– Lucy Taylor

ISBN 9781615089390

$5.99

126 Pages

(available on ibooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine eBook distributors)

Calling M.Christian versatile is a tremendous understatement. Extensively published in science fiction, fantasy, horror, thrillers, and even non-fiction, it is in erotica that M.Christian has become an acknowledged master, with more than 400 stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and in fact too many anthologies, magazines, and sites to name.  In erotica, M.Christian is known and respected not just for his passion on the page but also his staggering imagination and chameleonic ability to successfully and convincingly write for any and all orientations.

But M.Christian has other tricks up his literary sleeve: in addition to writing, he is a prolific and respected anthologist, having edited 25 anthologies to date including the Best S/M Erotica series; Pirate Booty; My Love For All That Is Bizarre: Sherlock Holmes Erotica; The Burning Pen; The Mammoth Book of Future Cops, and The Mammoth Book of Tales of the Road (with Maxim Jakubowksi); Confessions, Garden of Perverse, and Amazons (with Sage Vivant), and many more.

M.Christian’s short fiction has been collected into many bestselling books in a wide variety of genres, including the Lambda Award finalist Dirty Words and other queer collections like Filthy Boys, BodyWork, and his best-of-his-best gay erotica book, Stroke the Fire.  He also has collections of non-fiction (Welcome to Weirdsville, Pornotopia, and How To Write And Sell Erotica); science fiction, fantasy and horror (Love Without Gun Control); and erotic science fiction including Rude Mechanicals, Technorotica, Better Than The Real Thing, and the acclaimed Bachelor Machine.

As a novelist, M.Christian has shown his monumental versatility with books such as the queer vamp novels Running Dry and The Very Bloody Marys; the erotic romance Brushes; the science fiction erotic novel Painted Doll; and the rather controversial gay horror/thrillers Fingers Breadth and Me2.

M.Christian is also the Associate Publisher for Renaissance E Books, where he strives to be the publisher he’d want to have as a writer, and to help bring quality books (erotica, noir, science fiction, and more) and authors out into the world.  His site is www.mchristian.com.

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Sizzler Editions – an imprint of Renaissance E Books – has been one of the leading publishers of erotica in ebook form since 1999. Sizzler Editions publishes the best in contemporary and classic erotica.

Sizzler Edition’s list of writers includes many bestselling and award winning authors, such as Reese Gabriel, Powerone, Terri Pray, Heather McVey, Rod Harden, Marilyn Jaye Lewis, R. Greco, Tilly Andrews, Mykola Dementiuk, and others.

Visit our site at sizzlereditions.com for new book excerpts, cover previews, to listen to new author interviews, and more.

Sizzler Editions was founded by the late David O. Dyer, Sr., to whom all the company’s subsequent efforts are gratefully dedicated.

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For review copies of any of these books – or for further information – please do not hesitate to contact M.Christian:

M.Christian

General site: www.mchristian.com

Queer fiction site: mchristian-queerimaginings.blogspot.com

mchristianzobop@gmail.com

(415) 305-8742

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When Will Housing Prices Rebound?

(GayWebSource.com) Denver, CO by GayRealEstate.com – Nov. 28 2012 – For those of you homeowners looking into selling a home, the first question to ask yourself is when will home prices bounce back? – If it ever truly can. Depending on whom you ask, some say it never will, but we don’t believe that to be the case.

Everyone has their own opinions on when housing prices will rebound; in today’s economy it’s hard to answer this sort of question with 100% certainty. In the past, when the real estate market was up, even the professionals couldn’t accurately predict what way the market was going to swing at any given moment.

There are many factors to consider; if the economy remains shaky, people tend to hunker down making prices stagnant, when the economy is hot and rates are low, people tend to move more, which drives housing prices up.

There are some things you can look at to gauge which direction the market is headed.

It’s always wise, no matter what the current state of the market, to look at the trends in your area – both in the zip code, and in the surrounding city. Even when the economy is down, you’ll notice times when there will be clear up-swings in activity, like we’re witnessing in many markets today. Plan your home sale around those swings, and with the input of well-trusted market advisers, like your gay realtor.

There are always doomsayers who will proclaim that home prices will never recover, and that anyone who buys or sells now will only see losses ~ but there are also doomsday buyers, who take advantage of it being a buyer’s market to make purchases at a reduced cost, recognizing the direction of the market and trends locally and nationwide!

As a buyer, with home inventory low and prices rising, your personal dedication to the numbers, and willingness to take a risk while all things seem to be aligned on your side, will result in the highest potential profits. It pays to be an opportunist, and to watch the way things go over time.

As a seller, you can weigh the potential profits of selling in today’s market vs. the potential higher price you will pay for a replacement home if you wait to sell ~ for most of us we “buy up” so it would be better to buy the more expensive home at today’s lower prices.

So, the bottom-line is that no one can definitively say when home prices will “come back” although a careful analysis of today’s markets show prices increasing almost across the board. What we can do is look at current trends, in order to determine if a particular time seems like it will provide a return on your investment, and ensure that you get in while prices continue to climb.

With a little luck, and some research, you can successfully navigate the market of today.

Contact Info: GayRealEstate.com manager@gayrealestate.com

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For Her Ears Only

(GayWebSource.com) – Poems are devices used to get your loved one to notice you. They can also be used as a last resort after sending three dozen roses, twelve teddy bears and a mermaid to the house of the one you love didn’t work. If you’ve done something bad then you can write an apology poem and attach it to the pieces of broken plate that she hurled at you. ‘I love you so much you make my heart blister, I’m really sorry for fucking your sister.’

With writing them you really do have to put a bit of thought into it. You can’t just bung a load of words on a piece of paper and hope they work. It takes time, effort and detailed planning while chewing on the end of a pencil and sipping on brandy. If you don’t lose a few pounds with the stress or lose a few weeks of your life or lose your dignity with the stuff you write down then you’re really not doing it right.

You have to brave in this endeavour. You can of course say that you love them but anyone can do that. You should say exactly what it is you love about them. ‘Your hair smells of roses and slightly of wet cat and I love it when you put it in my face.’  Brainstorm some ideas about what to write down. With poems, they apparently don’t have to rhyme but I think they sound a lot better if they do. Words like bum and cum for example have a nice ring when they’re put together on a page and that gives you a lot to work with. Don’t add the word mum in there though. You could also go with love and shove, face and ace or boobs and lubes.

You don’t have to write just about the relationship you have or want but you could describe exactly how you feel when you fell for them. ‘I fell for you like the little girl in the ring fell down the well.’ ‘When I realized I was in love with you the world seemed an amazing place and unicorns began to sing to me.’ ‘Falling for you was like being smacked in the face with a lollypop stick of love.’

What girls get very impressed with is if you know ‘little’ things about them. This means stuff like if their favourite smell is cinnamon, if they like popping bubble wrap, if they like riding on the shopping trolley at Asdas, if they like eating chocolate best when it’s cold, if they like the look of untouched snow, if they like when tangerines peel easily or if they like leaving three rings before answering the phone. Stuff like that that maybe only you and her cat know.

If you chuck a load of adjectives in and some stuff about flowers you should get there in the end. Or tell them all the things you would do for them like make them a massive princess sandcastle or take them to Mcdonalds and let them pick whatever they want off the pound saver menu. Or just tell them what you’d like to do to them. I bet you that it will work.

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HRC Reacts to Renewed Efforts to Pass Anti-Gay Bill in Uganda

HRC Calls on American faith leaders to do their part in stopping human rights abuse

(GayWebSource.com) – WASHINGTON – Upon news the Ugandan Parliament is poised to consider a bill as soon as today that proposes jail terms for gay individuals, including a life sentence in some circumstances, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, calls on American faith leaders to reach out to their influential friends and colleagues in Uganda to urge them to condemn the bill and work to halt consideration.  The bill, originally proposed in 2009, has been delayed numerous times. Experts believe the Ugandan Parliament is now positioned to vote on and pass the anti-LGBT bill.  The bill also prohibits promoting LGBT rights and calls for the punishment of anyone who funds or sponsors gay rights.  It is reported that a clause in the original bill calling for the death penalty will be dropped.

“American faith leaders know that calling for the death penalty – or even calling for imprisonment of – an entire community is not in line with Christian values,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.  “American Christian faith leaders with ties to Uganda, like Rick Warren and T.D. Jakes, must reach out to their influential Ugandan friends to ensure that the human rights of Ugandans are not put up to a vote.”

American Christian faith leaders have been active in Uganda for decades and have significant ties to Ugandan political leaders and faith leaders. Such influential American faith leaders, including Rick Warren, T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, and voices from the Trinity Broadcasting Network, have a moral obligation to urge their Ugandan friends and allies to condemn the bill.  Many of these American faith leaders have shown a commitment to fighting the HIV/AIDs epidemic in Uganda and know passage of this bill would curtail these efforts. Public statements and private conversations by these American faith leaders, if they are done immediately, could save the lives of thousands of Ugandans.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

To contact HRC please visit our contact us page. If you are a member of the media, you can reach our press office at: (202) 423-2885 or emailpress@hrc.org.

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IT’S RAINING REINDEER by JEFFREY ERIC FUNK

It’s Raining Reindeer is a story told in the form of a song about an unfortunate mishap with Santa’s sleigh. With toys scattered everywhere and elves falling through the air, will Santa be able to deliver all the toys in time?

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GLAAD ANALYZES TEN YEARS OF TRANSGENDER IMAGES ON TELEVISION; MORE THAN HALF OF ALL CATALOGUED EPISODES CONTAINED NEGATIVE IMAGES AND STEREOTYPES

As nation observes Transgender Day of Remembrance, new report finds transgender characters cast as victims or villains more often than not; Anti-trans language found to be present in at least half of all episodes

(GayWebSource.com) – Los Angeles, CA – In recognition of Transgender Awareness Week and the Transgender Day of Remembrance, GLAAD has reviewed its archives of transgender images on television episodes over the past ten years, and found that a great deal of progress still needs to be made for fair and accurate depictions of the transgender community.

You can also review the findings on GLAAD’s website.

Since 2002, GLAAD catalogued 102 episodes and non-recurring storylines of scripted television that contained transgender characters, and found that 54% of those were categorized as containing negative representations at the time of their airing.  An additional 35% were categorized at ranging from “problematic” to “good,” while only 12% were considered groundbreaking, fair and accurate enough to earn a GLAAD Media Award nomination.

The release of these findings coincides with the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.   You can find more information at http://glaad.org/tdor  orhttp://transgenderdor.org

Over the ten-year period examined, offensive representations and storylines were found on every major broadcast network and seven different cable networks, demonstrating that the problem remains widespread.

Additionally GLAAD found:

  • Transgender characters were cast in a “victim” role at least 40% of the time.
  • Transgender characters were cast as killers or villains in at least 21% of the catalogued episodes and storylines.
  • The most common profession transgender characters were depicted as having was that of sex workers, which a fifth of all characters were depicted as (20%).
  • Anti-transgender slurs, language and dialogue was present in at least 61% of the catalogued episodes and storylines.

Some of the exploitive and negative representatives included:

  • CSI (CBS), which not only featured a transgender serial killer who murdered his own mother, but scnes in which transgender murder victims were openly mocked by the show’s lead characters while examining their bodies and crime scenes.
  • The Cleveland Show (Fox), in which a man vomits onscreen for a lengthy period of time after discovering he had slept with a transgender character.  The episode also contained anti-trans language and defamatory characterizations.
  • Nip/Tuck (FX), which featured a storyline about a transgender woman who regretted her transition, a transgender sex worker being beaten, and an entire season about a psychopathic trans woman depicted as a baby-stealing sexual predator who sleeps with her own son.

Earlier this summer, GLAAD had to downgrade the Showtime network from an “excellent” score in this year’s Network Responsibility Index because of several examples of transgender content on the network that was stereotypical or negative in nature on shows like Californication and House of Lies.  In fact of the ten scripted television episodes catalogued in 2012 so far which contained transgender content, six have been largely defamatory.

“We hope that representations of transgender people on television evolve to become as diverse, nuanced, and inspiring as the community those images reflect,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick.  “Media has a history of telling the world a story that transgender people are always victims or villains, instead of true depictions that show the transgender community as citizens worthy of equality and respect.  On Transgender Day of Remembrance — a day on which we remember those who lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence — we hope television networks will think about what they can do to combat ignorance by improving their depictions of trans people.”

There have been several high points as well, however.  Episodes of shows like Grey’s Anatomy (ABC),Cold Case (CBS), and Two and a Half Men (CBS) have demonstrated that transgender storylines can be depicted very well in both comedy and drama, and received GLAAD Media Award nominations for doing so.

For the purpose of this study, GLAAD excluded the few regular or recurring transgender characters that have appeared over the years.  Although not always perfect, the groundbreaking storylines on shows like The Education of Max Bickford (CBS), Degrassi (Teen Nick), The Riches (FX) and Ugly Betty (ABC) deserve credit for their more fully-formed and complex representations of transgender people.  GLAAD also has high hopes for the potential storylines developing on shows like Glee (Fox) and the scripted series the Sundance Channel is currently developing about a young transgender man.

Earlier today, it was announced that GLAAD has joined organizers of the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) to memorialize those who lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence and to raise public awareness around increasing rates of violence facing transgender people. GLAAD is urging its constituents to participate in vigils around the country, and GLAAD staff members will attend vigils in New York and Los Angeles. Observed annually on November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. A full listing of TDoR vigils and events is available here: http://transgenderdor.org

GLAAD also released new resources for journalists covering stories of transgender people who are victims of violent crimes. The new resource kit, released to coincide with Transgender Day of Remembrance, is available here: http://glaad.org/tdor. GLAAD will share the resource kit year-round with local and national journalists.

A new timeline was shared on GLAAD’s Facebook page to illustrate milestones in transgender visibility and activism since 1952 as part of Transgender Awareness Week. That timeline is available here:  http://www.glaad.org/blog/timeline-look-back-history-transgender-visibility

“With anti-transgender violence on the rise, we remember our colleagues, friends and family whose lives were taken simply because of who they are,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “We must stand together to end the violence, working every day to spread awareness and acceptance of transgender people.”

Transgender Day of Remembrance marks the end of Transgender Awareness Week, a national campaign to raise visibility and awareness of transgender people and issues, which began November 12. GLAAD observed Transgender Awareness Week with the national launch of new “I AM: Trans People Speak” videos, featuring New York Times bestseller Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan, actress Laverne Cox, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) attorney Noah Lewis, and performance poet Kit Yan. The campaign, first started by Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) in 2010, aims to spotlight the stories of transgender Americans and their allies in an effort to educate the public about transgender issues, as well as speak to transgender youth and adults. Videos and more information about Transgender Awareness Week is available here:http://glaad.org/transawarenessweek

Follow the Transgender Day of Remembrance on Twitter with hashtag #TDoR and find more information at http://transgenderdor.org and http://glaad.org/tdor.

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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.
Matt Kane
Associate Director of Entertainment, GLAAD
(323) 634-2013
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Caught in the Budget Battle: How the ‘Fiscal Showdown’ Impacts LGBT Americans

(GayWebSource.com) – WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 — As fiscal cliff deliberations intensify, the Center for American Progress, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and a coalition of 23 other national LGBT organizations today released “Caught in the Budget Battle: How the ‘Fiscal Showdown’ Impacts Gay and Transgender Americans.” This new report details the negative effects that sequestration would have on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans in areas such as employment, health, housing, higher education and safety.

“If Congress fails to strike a deal before the end of the year, all Americans will suffer, including those that are LGBT,” said Jeff Krehely, vice president of CAP’s LGBT Research and Communications Project. “Sequestration in particular would inflict significant harm by requiring wholesale cuts to programs that are critical to the health, wellness and livelihood of LGBT people and their families. We cannot afford to let that happen.”

As this report details, many federal programs, both directly and indirectly, function to support and serve the LGBT population. If across-the-board budget cuts go into effect, this community will experience a host of negative outcomes as a result of sequestration, including:

  • Threats to the employment security of LGBT workers because federal agencies would have fewer resources to investigate claims of employment discrimination
  • Lower quality health care for LGBT families because of reduced programmatic funding used to address their health care needs
  • Absence of critical resources from government agencies currently working to combat bullying and school violence against LGBT youth
  • Limited ability of the federal government to address the high rates of homelessness among LGBT youth
  • Limited governmental capacity to prevent discrimination in housing against LGBT renters, tenants and potential homeowners
  • Hampered governmental efforts to prevent violent crime against LGBT people through enforcement of hate crimes legislation

“Lives are literally on the line if Congress lets our country tumble off this cliff. LGBT people and our families — like so many families — are already struggling in this recovering economy, and draconian budget cuts will only make things worse,” said Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “This critical report spotlights just how severe the consequences will be for LGBT people — from tackling LGBT youth homelessness and bullying in the schools, to fighting discrimination, to enforcing hate crimes laws, to ensuring proper health care for all. Our elected leaders must act responsibly and not put lives in harm’s way.”

Under sequestration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces federal employment discrimination laws, would see an automatic cut to its budget in 2013, and these cuts will continue from 2013 through 2021 if no budget resolution is reached after sequestration occurs. As a consequence of these cuts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission would have fewer resources to investigate discrimination complaints and to enforce our nation’s nondiscrimination laws. This limitation has especially important implications for LGBT workers, who face extraordinarily high rates of discrimination on the job.

Luckily, many federal programs are in place to support the physical and mental health of LGBT Americans, some which are especially important for LGBT youth (for example, anti-bullying initiatives) and others for meeting the specific needs of LGBT elders (for example, resource centers and Medicare). For elder LGBT Americans, sequestration would cut Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers for FY 2013. For LGBT youth, sequestration would reduce funding for agencies within the Department of Education and Department of Justice responsible for investigating bullying claims against students based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Housing and Urban Development Department has made significant progress in ending housing discrimination against the LGBT community. The department agencies, however, would experience a sharp reduction in program funding under sequestration. With fewer resources it would become more difficult to enforce the relatively new federal regulations prohibiting discrimination against LGBT renters, tenants and potential homeowners. Sequestration would greatly undermine the progress made over the past four years toward ending housing discrimination among this population.

As we approach the end of the year, Congress must come up with a rational and balanced solution to reducing our country’s deficit without compromising the health, wellness and livelihood of Americans, including those who identify as LGBT.

For the full list of coalition members, which includes more than 20 national LGBT organizations, please see the full report here.

To learn more about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, follow us on Twitter: @TheTaskForce.

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646.358.1463
isorensen@theTaskForce.org

Center for American Progress:
Christina DiPasquale
202.481.8181
cdipasquale@americanprogress.org

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Boca Raton To Consider LGBT-Inclusive Nondiscrimination Policies

(GayWebSource.com) – Boca Raton, Florida – At last week’s Boca Raton City Council meeting, City Attorney Diane Grub Frieser was directed to research updating the city’s nondiscrimination policis to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and to report back to the council “in the very near future.”

The action was taken following heartfelt comments made by Boca Raton native Tyler Morrison, a high school student at the Dreyfus School of the Arts.

“Currently in Boca Raton, LGBT employees have no legal recourse to protect themselves. LGBT employees are fair game for discriminatory acts,” said Morrison.  “It is simply unacceptable.”

Boca Raton’s longstanding animus against its gay, lesbian and gender non-conforming municipal employees came to light again two months ago when it was revealed that the city had quietly opted out of Palm Beach County’s Equal Employment Ordinance
in 2011.

The county ordinance provides legal recourse to individuals who may have been subjected to discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, familial status, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

“Since no federal or state law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, the Palm Beach County Equal Employment Ordinance provided the only legal recourse to gay, lesbian and gender non-conforming employees working for the City of Boca Raton,” said Rand Hoch, president and founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council. “Boca Raton’s gay, lesbian and gender non-conforming employees were stripped of all of their civil rights in 2011.”

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council is a local non-profit organization which, since 1988, has been dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.  It promotes equality, through education, advocacy, direct action, impact litigation, and community outreach.

“Since we had no idea just who it was in city hall that was responsible for taking away the all of the rights of the city’s gay, lesbian and gender non-conforming employees, we filed a series of public records requests to find out,” said Hoch.

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council also launched its “Boca Bigots Run City Hall” media campaign to prevent city officials from ignoring the issue.

When Boca Raton failed to timely provide the requested public records, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council hired attorney W. Trent Steele to file suit against the city for violations of the Florida Public Records Act. Shortly thereafter, the city began to produce some of the requested documents.

Palm Beach County Human Rights Council attorneys reviewed hundreds of pages of public records in an attempt to discover who was behind Boca Raton’s discriminatory actions against the city’s gay, lesbian and gender non-conforming employees.

That review led to the conclusion that the city attorney and City Manager Leif Ahnell had not provided complete and accurate information when the city council opted-out  of the Palm Beach County Equal Employment Ordinance back in 2011.

“I do not believe that a majority of the members of the Boca Raton City Council have any problems protecting the rights of Boca Raton’s gay, lesbian and gender-nonconforming employees,” said Hoch.  “Unfortunately, over the past few years, they made some very harmful decisions because city staff did not provide them accurate and complete information.”

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council took steps to provide the city council members with the information that had been withheld by city administrators.  That information, along with Morrison’s eloquent public comments at last week’s city council meeting, moved the council to take action.

Immediately after City Council Member Constance Scott initiated the discussion on updating the city’s nondiscrimination policies, the city attorney took an offensive position, as she had done previously.  However, it was obvious she had little support from the city council members.

In response to questioning by Deputy Mayor Susan Haynie, City Attorney Freiser was forced to admit that Boca Raton had not updated its list of protected classes in the Boca Raton Code of Ordinances since 1966.

“It is frightening that we have not looked at the policies since then,” declared Haynie.

“Based on the comments made at the meeting, it appears that had the city council been presented with full and accurate information back in 2011, they would not have opted-out of the county’s Equal Employment Ordinance,” said Hoch.

“The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council is particularly encouraged by the hands-on approach taken by  Deputy Mayor Haynie and City Council Member Scott,” said Hoch.  “It is our hope that the City of Boca Raton will soon rescind the 2011 opt-out ordinance, adopt LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination policies, and offer the full range of domestic partnership benefits to its lesbian and gay employees.”

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