Month: April 2015

BELIEVE IN THE MUSIC

BELIEVE IN THE MUSIC by Jeffrey Eric Funk

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Opening song for the millennium NBC telecast of the 74th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as performed by America Sings!

“Believe in the Music”is a dynamic Glee-style pop choral rock song written as a high-energy opening number for concerts. This edition includes the octavo for SATB voices with piano accompaniment and optional instrument parts for: Conductor/Studio Horns, Bb Trumpet 1&2,…

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BELIEVE IN THE MUSIC

BELIEVE IN THE MUSIC by Jeffrey Eric Funk

believecoverchoral3

Opening song for the millennium NBC telecast of the 74th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as performed by America Sings!

“Believe in the Music”is a dynamic Glee-style pop choral rock song written as a high-energy opening number for concerts. This edition includes the octavo for SATB voices with piano accompaniment and optional instrument parts for: Conductor/Studio Horns, Bb Trumpet 1&2,…

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Josie Cunningham Channels A Gay Icon…

It's probably just us, but is Josie Cunningham looking a little bit Madonna circa Vogue/Express Yourself?

Josie Cunningham (C) Twitter

The controversial mother of three, famous for her NHS boob job, seems to be channeling her inner most gay icon a la Madonna. Wearing a tight, structured corset, with bleach blonde locks pulled back into a high ponytail, and thick darkened eyebrows, she tweeted a picture with the caption:

"Getting ready for a fun packed day" along with numerous pampering icons, although with all that slap on you'd think she was just about to hit Wembley.

We only hope her day was spent Voguing and smashing the dance floor.

Read our issue this month with the Boy Who Wants To Be Katie Price, spending £50,000 to look like her.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years is a rare breed. It is an (off) Broadway Hit Musical that has been very successfully adapted as a movie and avoided the disastrous transition from stage to screen that usually ruins most of Broadway's exports.

★★★★

The simple story explores a five-year relationship between Cathy, a struggling actress, and her boyfriend Jamie who is a new novelist destined for big things. The show bravely tells Cathy's story starting at the end of their marriage and working backwards, whereas Jamie's is told in chronological order.

With very little dialogue this two-hander is a series of songs with the couple singing to each other about their romance as it takes off and then falls apart, and in fact there is only one number in the middle of the movie when they sing a duet. So Cathy starts with her sad lament Jamie it's Over'whereas Jamie's exuberant first song Shiksa Goddess is about when they first meet and he totally falls in love with her and declares she can be anything, but preferably not Jewish as his Orthodox family had pressured him for years.

As the title gives away the young couple meet, fall in love, marry and then part all in five years. Cathy gets stuck midway doing Summer Stock Theater in Ohio (!) whilst Jamie's literary success makes him the toast of Manhattan. Evidently so closer based on composer Tony Award Winner James Robert Brown's own life that he had to change one of the original songs after his actress ex-wife threatened legal action.

It is completely enchanting and although sometimes the songs are a tad more passionate than the actual relationship, the infectious score and the very witty lyrics make this movie such a sheer delight. Credit too for a rather wonderful performance from rising star Anna Kendrick who showed in Into The Woods recently that she can sing as well as she can act. She is teamed with handsome Jeremy Jordan (from TV's Smash) who is obviously a seasoned musical performer.

The original stage show was first produced in Chicago in 2002 before setting in off-Broadway and picking up a few Awards. It has aged well with time, and this movie adaption from director Richard LaGravanse ('PS I Love You') will appeal to people beyond the usual musical aficionados.

@rogerwalkerdack

SEX ADVICE: I Had An Unprotected Blowjob. Do I have HIV?

A young reader asks whether a quick session of Oral Sex put him in danger of contracting HIV.

Dear TGUK

Me and a former boyfriend had partial sex several months ago. We performed hand jobs on one another and he gave me a blowjob. The blowjob wasn't long (only four sucks) and I didn’t cum. However, as a hypochondriac I'm concerned about HIV. Prior to sex I asked him if he had sex before. He had sex only once in the past and it was only mutual masturbation and fellatio. My parents won't let me take a test because it would worsen my health anxiety. But should I be worried?

Joe 16,

Hello Joe

Thank you for writing to us with your worries, it sounds as though you had quite a low risk encounter with your ex. Oral sex is considered a low risk activity for catching HIV, especially if you’re on the receiving end of the BJ. However it’s not just HIV that you have to consider here. Other nasties like Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea can be passed on by both receiver and giver, and might not even show symptoms, however all these infections can be treated effectively, if caught soon enough.

If you are worried you should make an appointment to go to a clinic, or just pop along to a walk in clinic. There are some amazing services – and now, there’s even an online clinic called S24, where you can take tests at home and have the results sent to your mobile phone, Google it. If your parents are standing in your way of getting a health check maybe you need to have a conversation with them about your worries, however at 16 you can go to a clinic by yourself you have the right to be treated confidentially.

Hand-jobs and mutual masturbation are very safe activities, as long as you keep bodily fluids such as semen away from open cuts or sores. If you’re worried in future you can use condoms during oral, and there are even flavoured ones to try.

Visiting a sex health clinic is an important part of life, taking responsibility for your health and for others you’re having sex with. Making regular visits every six months to once a year is suggested if you’re sexually active.

So don’t delay and more importantly try not to worry yourself too much.

Have you got sexual health worries? Get them answered here.

A great service for more information is GMFA.

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LEGAL ADVICE: The Trans Battleground

Is the battle for transexual equality over? Ten years on from the Gender Recognition Act

This April, the LGBT community and their supporters will celebrate the ten year anniversary of the Gender Recognition Act 2004. This landmark law gave the trans community the ability to be legally classified by their chosen gender, i.e. to obtain a new birth certificate recognising that person as being a man or a woman (known as a “Gender Recognition Certificate”). The test was whether the person in question suffered from gender dysphoria (i.e. severe discomfort with one's biological sex) and had lived as their chosen gender for two years.

Until December of last year there was a quirk in the law, which meant that any married person who wished to obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate had to divorce their spouse if they wished to have their gender recognised. However, thanks to gay marriage, that quirk has now been removed.

Yet more good news came in the intervening 10 years, in the form of the Equality Act 2010. This act means it is now unlawful for a person to discriminate someone for being (among other things) trans. The definition for trans is whether someone has undergone, is undergoing or is proposing to undergo a process “for the purpose of reassigning the person’s sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex”. This means it protects trans people both before and after the operation, but not people who are happy with their biological sex but prefer to dress as the opposite.

But we are not there yet.

Alarming figures from the Home Office show that in 2014 there were over 550 hate crimes perpetrated against the trans community. This mightn't seem like a lot, but it represents around a quarter of the trans community in the UK (based on the 2009 figure of how many Gender Recognition Certificate had been issued). What is of further concern is that the gap between the social acceptance of LGB people and trans people is widening. There is a danger of trans people being “left behind”, losing some of the unity that previously aligned their cause with that of the LGB community.

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So whilst on the statute books the battle against inequality and prejudice has apparently been won, in the hearts and minds of many, trans rights are irrelevant or even abhorrent. It is up to all of us to continue to show solidarity in the fight for equality so that the abbreviation remains LGBT, not LGB and T.

Have you got a question for our legal team? Check out our legal pages here

Charles Irvine is a barrister at 1 Gray's Inn Square; David Peachey is a barrister at Enterprise Chambers. Both practice in the area of trusts of the home, inheritance and property law. Special thanks to Phillipa Woodrow, pupil barrister at 1 Gray's Inn Square, who helped research this article.

Executive Assistant SF LGBT Center

The San Francisco LGBT Community CenterSan Francisco, CA

The Executive Assistant provides skilled administrative and program support to the Executive Director Program responsibilities include communications (social media, press releases, and reports), special projects, serving as a liaison to community groups, and participation in planning for program and/or fundraising events. Administrative support includes scheduling, prioritization, maintaining administrative systems, and communicating with constituents. The Executive Assistant interacts with a wide range of stakeholders, including political leaders, donors, volunteers, community members and representatives of community organizations, and must do so with the utmost professionalism, tact and discretion. The ideal candidate will be a nimble and skilled problem solver with exemplary people skills who handles pressure with grace.

Executive Assistant SF LGBT CenterExecutive Assistant SF LGBT Center

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Assist the Executive Director in ensuring efficient and effective communications including: serve as lead in producing and coordinating social media, press releases, managing press & media lists, organizing press conferences, drafting updates and communications to constituents and donors.
  • Provides program support to Executive Director, including coordination of Center response to emerging issues (which may involve work with constituency groups and collaborating agencies), plan and/or implement program initiatives and special projects, participate in program and fundraising events including receptions, lectures, press conferences, and other events.
  • Provide administrative support to the Executive Director, including scheduling, communication with constituents, managing tasks and priorities, and maintaining administrative systems. Exercises excellent judgment in the role of gatekeeper by prioritizing and/or responding to requests for information, meetings or access to agency resources. Prepare board packets, maintain board files, and ensure compliance with local, state and national regulations regarding public access to agency documents and meetings.
  • Independently research, prioritize, and follow up on multiple incoming issues and concerns as assigned, including those of a sensitive and/or confidential nature; determine appropriate course of action, referral and/or response.
  • Manage a variety of internal and external special projects, some of which may have institutional impact.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent judgment and people skills, ability to work with stakeholders in a sensitive and effective manner. Ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy, ability to maintain strong boundaries and confidentiality when needed.
  • Strong administrative skills, including proficiency in Windows, Excel, Word and database programs required. Experience with Exceed donor tracking software and graphics software strongly desirable.
  • Must be accurate and detail oriented, possess strong organizational and time management skills and the ability to prioritize competing priorities in a complex and fast paced environment.
  • Excellent problem solver, able to bring creativity to finding win-win solutions, excels at working through the complexity of situations.
  • Ability to handle pressure with grace and humor, works well under tight deadlines.
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial approach, including solution oriented approaches to complex issues. Ability to adapt to changing environment and priorities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, is effective communicating with a wide range of audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal relationship skills and ability to work both independently and within a team-oriented organizational structure.Ability to build strong partnerships across boundaries of roles or socio-economic status.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with San Francisco’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender communities and commitment to the mission and vision of the Center.
  • Committed to working with and representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender community and the ability to work effectively in a diverse environment with people of all races, ethnicities, ages and class.

THE San Francisco LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER

The mission of the Center is to develop programs and services that welcome the entire diversity of the LGBT community; unite our community across lines of religion, age, race, gender and economics; give visibility to the history and culture of all the diverse parts of our community; foster discussion and planning for our political and cultural future; and nurture new and start-up organizations to meet emerging community needs.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

The SF LGBT Center is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex are encouraged to apply. The SF LGBT Center maintains a policy of non-discrimination with respect to employees and applicants for employment. No aspect of employment will be influenced in any matter by race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, physical disability (including HIV or AIDS), medical condition, perceived physical disability or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by statute.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Submit both resume and cover letter expressing your interest, experience and qualifications to:

The SF LGBT Community Center

1800 Market Street

San Francisco CA 94102

www.sfcenter.org

Email: jobs@sfcenter.org

Or fax to :( 415) 865-5501|865-5501

Please include: Executive Assistant

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

DEADLINE: Position open until filled.

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April gardening tips – It Is all kicking off.

Here we go fellow gardeners. April is the month when there’s no looking back!

Ever since Andy and I began keeping bees we’ve been super aware of which plants flower at which time of year. Nature is a clever mistress and bees are provided with different flowers to feast on throughout the year.

Our bees have just begun to stir on warm days are finding food from flowering trees, daffodils and the bright yellow flowers of the local gauze bushes

April showers

Rain and sun. The perfect combination for growing plants. April is the month to get sowing a huge variety of seeds. Many can be sown straight outdoors now. I usually find the mixture of wet and warm weather this month gets seedling off to a great start - but be aware of late frosts and dry spells.

If you’ve been sowing seeds indoors over the last few months you will have some small plants ready for the great outdoors. On warm days put them outside and bring them in overnight. This is called ‘hardening off’ and will save your young plants from the shock of being put straight outside.

Sweetie Darling

April is your last chance to sow sweet peas. These annuals are hugely popular with gardeners of all abilities as they are easy, colourful and wonderfully scented. We usually plant them in specially made baskets with support sticks built in. As they grow we just help guide them onto the framework for stunning results.

Sow your seeds in fertile, well drained soil mixed with seed compost. Put your pots out in an area of full sun and watch them go! Pick flowers throughout the summer for fragrant and beautiful table decorations.

Off with their heads!

Now’s the time to start deadheading. The process of deadheading not only keeps your garden looking fresh and vibrant but keeps your plants producing more flowers for longer.

Have a go now at pansies, primulas and any other spring flowering plants.

And so to bed

Keep an eye on your flower beds. April is a great time to feed and top up with compost to give your borders a boost. Now is also the time to start checking your borders for any plants that are thriving a little too much. Flower beds are about balance so make sure nothing is getting out of control and smothering smaller, later blooming plants.

Also it’s time to start weeding! Everyone’s favourite job. As with most things in life, a little bit everyday will work wonders. Stick on the radio and try and dedicate a bit of time to tidying up your beds. It will transform your garden and keep your flowers looking gorgeous.

So there we have it – a few tit bits to help you out this month. If you’ve never grown anything before, April is definitely the month to get started. Results are fast and impressive – boosting your confidence as a gardener straight away. Try a few pots this year and see how you get on.

Enjoy!

Adam and Andy are writers and smallholders making a living in the Welsh countryside. @AndyandAdams – Facebook ‘Andy and Adam’s’ – www.andyandadam.co.uk

April gardening tips – It Is all kicking off.

Here we go fellow gardeners. April is the month when there’s no looking back!

Ever since Andy and I began keeping bees we’ve been super aware of which plants flower at which time of year. Nature is a clever mistress and bees are provided with different flowers to feast on throughout the year.

Our bees have just begun to stir on warm days are finding food from flowering trees, daffodils and the bright yellow flowers of the local gauze bushes

April showers

Rain and sun. The perfect combination for growing plants. April is the month to get sowing a huge variety of seeds. Many can be sown straight outdoors now. I usually find the mixture of wet and warm weather this month gets seedling off to a great start - but be aware of late frosts and dry spells.

If you’ve been sowing seeds indoors over the last few months you will have some small plants ready for the great outdoors. On warm days put them outside and bring them in overnight. This is called ‘hardening off’ and will save your young plants from the shock of being put straight outside.

Sweetie Darling

April is your last chance to sow sweet peas. These annuals are hugely popular with gardeners of all abilities as they are easy, colourful and wonderfully scented. We usually plant them in specially made baskets with support sticks built in. As they grow we just help guide them onto the framework for stunning results.

Sow your seeds in fertile, well drained soil mixed with seed compost. Put your pots out in an area of full sun and watch them go! Pick flowers throughout the summer for fragrant and beautiful table decorations.

Off with their heads!

Now’s the time to start deadheading. The process of deadheading not only keeps your garden looking fresh and vibrant but keeps your plants producing more flowers for longer.

Have a go now at pansies, primulas and any other spring flowering plants.

And so to bed

Keep an eye on your flower beds. April is a great time to feed and top up with compost to give your borders a boost. Now is also the time to start checking your borders for any plants that are thriving a little too much. Flower beds are about balance so make sure nothing is getting out of control and smothering smaller, later blooming plants.

Also it’s time to start weeding! Everyone’s favourite job. As with most things in life, a little bit everyday will work wonders. Stick on the radio and try and dedicate a bit of time to tidying up your beds. It will transform your garden and keep your flowers looking gorgeous.

So there we have it – a few tit bits to help you out this month. If you’ve never grown anything before, April is definitely the month to get started. Results are fast and impressive – boosting your confidence as a gardener straight away. Try a few pots this year and see how you get on.

Enjoy!

Adam and Andy are writers and smallholders making a living in the Welsh countryside. @AndyandAdams – Facebook ‘Andy and Adam’s’ – www.andyandadam.co.uk

Instagram Bans "Penis" Emoji

Say goodbye to the humble aubergine emoji on Instagram as the photo social network has now apparently blocked it, because some say it symbolises the penis.

Instagram

Those who have recently updated the software will have noticed that you can no longer search for posts using the aubergine emoji, because, according to Instagram, it violated community guidelines.

However the just as suggestive banana and peach are unaffected. When TheGayUK tried to search Instagram using the icon, "No tags found" was the result. However you can still search for people using the naughty symbol.

Writing in a blog post, Instagram said:

"Over the past few years, emoji have become part of a universal visual language,"

"And just as, we share photos and videos, we use emoji to communicate emotions and feelings in ways that anyone can understand, regardless of language or background".

"With emoji hashtags, you can discover even more by adding them to your own photos and videos, searching them on the Explore page and tapping on them when you see them in captions,"

The app also bans the words penis, cock and dick.

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