Category: Gay Events

Hit Gay Musical ‘Miss Nightingale’ Returns

After a smash hit UK tour last year, Miss Nightingale by Matthew Bugg will tour for a second time this Spring, from 27 March to 3 May.  Miss Nightingale is unusual because not only is it an original British musical – not based on an existing film, book or collection of pop songs – but also because it is a mainstream musical with realistic gay characters right at the heart of the story.  The production also aims to capture the authentic performance style of the 1940s by dispensing with radio mics, electronic instruments and recorded backing tracks that have become the norm in musical theatre.


The company behind the show, Mr Bugg Presents, are also in discussions about possible American and Australian productions of the hit musical next year.


Miss Nightingale tells the story of feisty northern singer Maggie and her refugee songwriter, George, as they struggle to find their big break in the big smoke.  She longs for the bright lights.  He’s hiding a dark secret in the shadows.


Everything changes when they are picked up by wealthy man-about-town Sir Frank.  He needs a new act for his nightclub and with George’s help transforms Maggie into the satirical music hall star ‘Miss Nightingale’.  Her outrageous costumes, saucy songs and scandalous love life make her the talk of the town.


But out of the spotlight the secret romance between the two men proves far more devastating than The Blitz, at a time when being gay was not just illegal but seen as dangerously unpatriotic.


Miss Nightingale is performed by a cast of actor-musicians including Tomm Coles (Sunset Boulevard, Fiddler on the Roof) as Sir Frank, Harry Waller (Sondheim’s Saturday Night, The History Boys) as George, and Jill Cardo (Carnaby Street) as ‘Miss Nightingale’.  From hilarious tongue-in-cheek cabaret numbers to beautifully tender ballads, Bugg’s songs fully capture the ‘live today’ spirit of the 1940s.


It is written by leading British theatre composer Matthew Bugg.  His work has been heard in theatres across the UK and in the West End.  His recent touring and West End productions includes: Cirque Berserk, Black Coffee, Volcano, Barefoot in the Park, Go Back for Murder, Quartet, Some Like it Hotter, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, and Murder of the Nile.


Miss Nightingale is the official touring production celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the National Fairground Archive (NFA) at the University of Sheffield.  The NFA is a unique collection of material covering the culture and history of popular entertainment from the 1800s to the present day.  Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of National Fairground Archive is an expert in fairgrounds, circus, variety and music hall.  She has acted as historical consultant for seven major television productions, including Who Do You Think You Are and The Reel History of Britain.


Miss Nightingale tours the UK from 27 March to 3 May 2014.  It will be performed: The New Wolsey Theatre Thu 27 Mar – Sat 5 Apr, Ipswich Cast, Doncaster (Thu 10 Apr); MAC, Birmingham (Fri 11 & Sat 12 Apr); Clwyd Theatr, Cymru (Mon 14 – Sat 19 Apr); City Varieties, Leeds (Thu 24 – Sun 27 Apr); Library Theatre, Sheffield (Mon 28 Apr – Fri 2 May); Victoria Theatre, Halifax (Sat 3 May ).


Discover more about the show visit or @Nightingale1942


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PRESS PHOTOS: available now from the official 2014 tour Flickr set


Press enquiries, interviews and images please contact:  Toby Oliver, Marketing Director, 07816 133 151 / / @Nightingale1942


Tour Schedule:


Thu 27 Mar – Sat 5 Apr, The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich – 01473 295 900 /

Thu 10 Apr, Cast, Doncaster – 01302 303 959 /

Fri 11 & Sat 12 Apr, MAC, Birmingham – 0121 446 3232 /

Mon 14 – Sat 19 Apr, Clwyd Theatr, Cymru – 0845 330 3565 /

Thu 24 – Sun 27 Apr, City Varieties, Leeds – 0113 243 0808 /

Mon 28 Apr – Fri 2 May, Library Theatre, Sheffield – 0114 249 6000 /

Sat 3 May, Victoria Theatre, Halifax – 01422 351 158 /


Book and lyrics and music by: Matthew Bugg

Director: Peter Rowe

Designer: Carla Goodman

Lighting Designer: David Phillips

Miss Nightingale – the musical is a Mr Bugg Presents and New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich co-production in association with National Fairground Archive at the University of Sheffield and Cast, Doncaster and supported by Arts Council England.

Anti Bullying Song We Are One by Craymo for Sochi

( Kissimmee, FL, USA

Inspiration (def.) the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.

The Olympic Games, every four years we are inspired, by the strength, camaraderie, compassion, human spirit, the personal triumphs and losses as well as the love of family and country. We are inspired by the athletes who wake up every day of their lives with the determination to be the best that they can be, no matter what the odds are that are stacked up against them. We are also inspired by the hundreds of nations around the world, coming together in peace to share their love of sports and competition.

We Are One (One Love One World), written and performed by indie, gay, singer/songwriter Craymo, is a song of inspiration, a song of hope for a better world. It is dedicated to the athletes of the Sochi Winter Games and to all the citizens of the world. It is an anti-bullying anthem that reminds us to simply be nicer and kinder to one another. To focus on the beauty of other human beings instead of our differences. We Are One (One Love One World) is a song of hope, togetherness, equality, love, brotherhood, human rights and world peace. It has been downloaded and performed by children, teachers and their choirs at schools all over the world including the United States, The UK, Canada, Australia and China. We Are One (One Love One World) is featured on the album Cosmos Remastered, available on CD and iTunes.

“My ultimate dream is to hear every school, church and community choir from nations around the world sing this song together in unison to help raise the world’s consciousness towards love and to help erase hatred in our lifetimes” Craymo

In honor of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games Craymo is offering free MP3 downloads of We Are One (One Love One World), as well as the sing a long version, from his website through the end of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games until the end of February.

We Are One (One Love One World), written by Craig Stephen Raymo, BMI and Brandon Jarrett, ASCAP. Produced by Brandon Jarrett and Craymo for Moho Productions, LLC. Published by Craymo Music, BMI and Moho Music, ASCAP.For licensing, performance or personal appearance information Email:


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Miami Beach Gay Pride VIP Kick Off Reception: “Soiree”

( MIAMI BEACH – September 16, 2013 – Proving that “Pride” is a feeling expressed year-round by the South Florida LGBTQ community, Miami Beach Gay Pride will host “Soirée,” a VIP cocktail reception and silent auction, to raise funds to help produce next year’s Pride parade and festival, April 11 – 13, 2014. Created by popular local promoter Edison Farrow who is the Marketing Chair for Miami Beach Gay Pride, “Soirée” will take place Saturday, October 19, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the rooftop of the Gale South Beach & Regent Hotel.


The “Soirée” host committee reads like a “Who’s Who” in South Florida. Lending their bold-face celebrity to the event are Lea Black of Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives of Miami;” Craig Stevens, WSVN-TV anchor; David Bernard, CBS4 chief meteorologist; Nestor Paz from SBS Radio and Mega TV; Richard Jay-Alexander, Broadway Director/Producer; Matti Herrera Bower, Miami Beach Mayor; Michael Gongora, Miami Beach Commissioner; Enrique Santos from Univision Radio; David Pulley from Style Network’s “Hot Listings Miami;” and Rodiney Santiago from Logo TV’s “A-List: New York.”


Also lending their talents to the fundraiser are several prominent artists who will contribute works of art for the silent auction. “Soirée” contributing artists include W. Andre Allen, Pal Stock, Susan Feliciano, Laz Lmnoq, Beatricia Sagar, Havi, Jose Pinto and Frank Ciliberti.


“The essence of Miami Beach Gay Pride is that it’s a celebration of the LGBTQ community, for the LGBTQ community and our allies,” said Joel Stedman, Pride’s Board Chair. “As the event’s popularity and participation have grown exponentially in five short years, so have the expenses to produce it. We’re committed to keeping Pride a free event for the community and fundraisers throughout the year like ‘Soirée’ will help us achieve that commitment.”


Cocktails for “Soirée” will be provided by Herradura, Pavon and Ripe Bar Juice. Catering will be courtesy of Dolce Italian at the Gale.


Tickets for the event are $100 with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Miami Beach Gay Pride. Tickets are on sale now at


Since its inception five years ago, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown from a neighborhood event to an event on the global stage with A-list performers like Adam Lambert last April. Attendance has grown as well. An estimated 15,000 spectators turned out for the first Pride parade in 2009; an estimated 80,000 attended the 2013 event which attracted not only South Floridians, but also visitors from throughout the world. In addition to Parade onlookers, last April’s event included 66 parade entries and 1,200 participants. The Pride Festival which followed featured 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, plus refreshments, two stages of entertainment, a family-friendly play area and fireworks.


The mission of Miami Beach Gay Pride is to bring together members and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBT community. The all-volunteer Pride board produces safe, quality, mass-appeal events that are open to the entire community, including the Parade, Festival and allied Miami Beach Gay Pride sanctioned events. Miami Beach Gay Pride is produced with the support of the Miami Beach Visitors and Convention Authority.  For more information, visit

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4th Annual PR Summit Set to Disrupt Traditional PR

As It Gets More Social With Story Telling

WHAT: The 4th Annual PR Summit Presented by Idomoo, is gathering the industry’s brightest minds in technology, social media and public relations for (2) days July 30/31. Over 300+ executives, top media influencers & entrepreneurs will convene at the Intercontinental San Francisco to discuss the latest trends and best practices in business communications. This two-day confab is bringing together the best marketing minds, for (2) days of ‘Straight-Talk’ about the role public relations plays today.

At this groundbreaking two-day conference, attendees will:
•Hear top media influencers & entrepreneurs discuss the latest trends and best practices in business communications.
•Learn new content and storytelling strategies
•Learn how social media is changing news gathering and reporting, particularly where Twitter is concerned.
•Identify new communication and marketing channels.

With both single-day and two-day passes available, don’t miss out on the chance to join other leaders discuss, debate and shape ideas in the areas of social media, public relations, public affairs and the future of business communications. Tickets are limited, and going fast.

WHO: Featuring an all-star roster of speakers, reporters, and executives from the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, BuzzFeed, Pando Daily, Mashable, Venture Beat, The Washington Post, and many more. The 4th Annual PR Summit will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco’s SoMa district, July 30/31.

WHERE: The Intercontinental, San Francisco, CA

WHEN: Tuesday, July 30th and Wednesday, July 31st 2013

Register Today:

Live Stream:


“Noise in the Quiet Period: Making the Most of a Company’s IPO”
“PR for Crowdfunded Projects in Age of Kickstarter”
“What Is the Future of PR?”

Rainbow Wedding Network Produces 100 LGBT Wedding Expos Nationwide

Since 2003, has produced an ongoing national tour of LGBT Wedding Expos.  Beginning over thirteen years ago as a small home-based business, the lesbian-owned RainbowWeddingNetwork (RWN) has grown to become the most extensive Gay & Lesbian Wedding Resource in America.  RWN has visited 23 states with its events, assisting couples in finding gay-friendly wedding professionals and boosting the legitimacy of marriage rights by presenting the events in diverse locations. Recent RWN ‘Same Love, Same Rights’® LGBT Wedding Expos have taken place in Baltimore, Tacoma, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Orlando:  the landmark 100th event was held at the City Winery in Manhattan.

( Asheville, NC – Despite the oftentimes volatile national dialogue regarding marriage rights for the gay & lesbian community, continues to find success in bridging couples with gay-friendly wedding, travel, home and family-related companies at targeted events in states all across the country.  With recent events in Baltimore and Tacoma, where LGBT couples eagerly cheered the enactment of statewide marriage legislation, and in Philadelphia, where attendees rigorously applauded President Obama’s recent endorsement of full marriage rights, RainbowWeddingNetwork continues to merge aspects of historic merit along with grassroots activism in creating events that are at the same time celebratory for couples and highly productive for exhibiting businesses.

“Our goal is to create a welcoming, elegant environment for couples who are planning their ceremonies; an environment that promotes equality for the LGBT minority,” says RainbowWeddingNetwork co-founder Marianne Puechl.  “At the same time, we offer gay-friendly business professionals the opportunity to directly meet new clients.  It’s a win-win situation.”

RainbowWeddingNetwork’s first Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo was held in Minneapolis in 2003; a second event then followed in Cambridge just 2 weeks prior to the enactment of same-gender marriage rights in the state of Massachusetts.  “We’ve witnessed a great deal of history unfolding,” continues Puechl, “and the emergence of ‘Gay Weddings’ as a viable industry in our country.  We’ve met so many amazing people as we’ve organized these events, and even today couples often attend with tears in their eyes.”

The lesbian-owned was initially launched in 2000 and to date has assisted countless couples with their ceremony plans, and nearly 10,000 LGBT-friendly businesses reach out to the gay & lesbian wedding demographic.  In 2006 the company also began publication of the nation’s first wedding magazine dedicated to same-gender couples.

“Our ongoing vision is to promote a higher degree of legitimization for the LGBT minority,” says Puechl.  “This is a civil rights issue whose time has come.” /
(828) 645-8750, main office / (828) 231-7983, cell
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Palm Springs Leather Pride 2013 Website Launch


( Palm Springs, CA – May 27, 2013 – Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert (PSLOD) is proud to announce the Palm Springs Leather Pride 2013 Website Launch at It contains all the information about this popular weekend-long event taking place November 7-10, 2013. The websites contain all of the details about the event, including the entire weekends schedule, hotel and travel information (including discounted rates with our partners American Airlines and Avis) and the ability to purchase your weekend packages and individual event tickets online. It also has information for potential contestants, vendors and sponsors, as well as a press section.

The weekend package is again only $125, and provides entry to all of the events including the Meet & Greet, the Formal Leather Dinner at the beautiful Leon’s restaurant, the Tool Shed/PSLOD Vendors Market and Back Lot Cruise Party, the Cigar & Pipe Smoker, the Mr. Palm Springs Leather Contest and Victory Dance and the BBQ/Pool Party with the infamous Soaked T-Shirt Contest sponsored by Elbow Grease, as well as a 2013 t-shirt, run pin and dog tags.

Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing a safe atmosphere for growth and support of the Leather Lifestyle while nourishing a sense of sister/brother hood and camaraderie within the organization and the community, and to raise funds for deserving projects, clubs, organizations, defense funds or charities which have given direct or indirect support to the Leather community or to the GLBT community at large.


If you would like further information or would like to schedule an interview please

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Source Events to Produce Fourth Annual Pride Cruise

Aboard Norwegian Sky

( – Miami Beach – January 19, 2013 — From Ocean Drive to the ocean waves, Miami Beach Gay Pride 2013 is setting sail once again with Source Events for the “Miami Beach Pride Cruise” immediately following all the Miami Beach Gay Pride festivities.  The Pride Cruise, Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 19, 2013, is an ideal way to extend the magic of Pride for another five days at sea.  The event also represents an opportunity to “cruise for a cause” as a portion of all tickets sold through Source Events will be donated back to Miami Beach Gay Pride.

The Pride Cruise is a four-night/five-day voyage aboard the luxurious Norwegian Sky with stops in Grand Bahamas Island, Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island.  As the official Pride Cruise producer, Source Events is able to offer exclusive cruise VIP events and activities not offered to other passengers onboard Norwegian Sky.  These private activities include a welcome cocktail party, complimentary happy hours, sail-away tea-dances, private parties with the Pride Cruise guest DJ Chris Racine, a gay beach party on the private island and a special Pride Cruise goodie bag.

“We are thrilled to continue offering the opportunity to sail as a special LGBT grouponboard one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s most popular cruises,” said Craig Smith, president of Source Events.  “We invite the LGBT community to join us with a group of friends, or come onboard to meet fun, new people from all over the country – and the world – to celebrate, connect, unite and share great times.”

In addition to the Source Events activities planned for the cruise, Pride Cruise passengers can take advantage of all the amenities aboard Norwegian Sky including a choice of five restaurants, eight bars and lounges, a full-service Body Waves spa and fitness center, two glimmering pools, five hot tubs, a basketball/volleyball court, two golf driving nets, an Internet cafe and a jogging/walking track.  Nightlife includes the Sky Club Casino, Stardust Theater, Dazzles Nightclub, a karaoke bar, or just chilling out with old and new friends, admiring the view from Norwegian Sky’s beautiful glass-domed atrium.

“Miami Beach Pride has grown into the largest, single-day event of the year in Miami Beach,” said Babak Movahedi, chairman of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Board of Directors. “The Pride Cruise represents an exciting continuation of the Pride festivities, extending the great feeling of Pride to a community at sea.”

Prices for the Pride Cruise begin at $449 per person, based on double occupancy, plus taxes and fees.  For reservations or more information, visit or call (888) SOURCE8.

Additional travel discounts are available from American Airlines and several partner hotels.  For a complete list of discount codes and reservation information, visit

The mission of Miami Beach Gay Pride is to bring together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBT community.  Miami Beach Gay Pride produces free, safe, quality mass-appeal events that are open to all, including the Parade, Festival and allied Miami Beach Pride sanctioned events.  For details on Miami Beach Gay Pride 2013 and related events, visit


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The Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association
announces shortlist of bidders for fourth edition of worldOutgames

MIAMI BEACH – ( — Miami Beach and Miami have been selected as one of two finalists to host the 2017 worldOutgames, announced Bruce Townsend, co-chair of the Miami Beach-Miami Sports & Cultural League, the 13-member volunteer coalition that entered the bid on behalf of the cities.  The other finalist is Reykjavik, Iceland.  No U.S. city has ever hosted a worldOutgames.

The worldOutgames is sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) and take place every four years in a different global city.  Previous hosts have been Montreal and Copenhagen with the 2013 games slated for July and August 2013 in Antwerp, Belgium.  WorldOutgames are open to all who wish to participate, without regard to sexual orientation, and all competitions are arranged according to the skill level of the athletes.  Cultural and human rights components make the event a well-rounded experience for athletes and non-athletes alike.

GLISA co-president Daniel Vaudrin made the announcement of the finalists during a press conference in Antwerp hosted jointly by the Prime Minister of Belgium, Elio Di Rupo, and Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament and former Prime Minister of Belgium.

A site inspection team will now visit both cities and prepare a report that will be presented to the members of GLISA. The final step will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, in February 2013 — each city will be invited to present its bid to the members at a selection meeting. In order to be as inclusive as possible, members will be able to take part and vote by video and teleconference. The winning city will be announced at the conclusion of the meeting.

Included in the Miami Beach-Miami bid were proposals to host a human rights conference, a diverse cultural program, a worldOutgames Village, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and 30 sporting events.

“There’s not a city in the world more capable or more excited to host the worldOutgames than Miami Beach and Miami,” Townsend said.  “Miami Beach and Miami exemplify the true spirit and true culture of world-renowned South Florida. From the sexy sands of South Beach to the exotic wildlife of Zoo Miami to the natural beauty of the Florida Everglades, South Florida overflows with the energy of constant activity — literally 24/7. We are eager to showcase our hometown to visitors from throughout the world.”

Miami Beach-Miami Sports & Cultural League members are:

  • · Ivan Cano, Co- Chair- Executive Director of Miami Beach Gay Pride
  • · Bruce Townsend, Co- Chair, Social Catering Sales Director-Centerplate at the Miami Beach Convention Center
  • · Jerry Torres, Treasurer- Secretary, Principal GT Entertainment LOC
  • · Michael Gongora, Vice-Mayor, City of Miami Beach
  • · Steven Adkins, President & CEO of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • · Bob Balsam, General Manager- Global Spectrum, managing company of the Miami Beach Convention Center
  • · George Neary, Associate Vice President/Cultural Tourism, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • · Cindy Brown, Executive Director of the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens
  • · Nick Tierno, General Manger- Centerplate at the Miami Beach Convention Center
  • · Jose Sotolongo, Executive Director of the Miami- Dade Sports Commission
  • · Keith Hart, Relationship Manager- GBPS- American Express
  • · Richard Murry, President – The Murry Agency Public Relations
  • · Karen Brown, Executive Director of the LGBT Visitors Center

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Tammy Baldwin Elected First Gay U.S. Senator

( New York, NY, November 7, 2012 – GLAAD today responded to historic wins for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. President Barack Obama won re-election after becoming the first acting president to voice support for marriage equality. Voters in Maine and Maryland affirmed marriage for gay and lesbian couples. This is the first time that voters in any state voted in favor of marriage equality. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin also became the first out gay U.S. Senator.

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“Visibility and progress for LGBT people have grown under President Obama and now that momentum must continue,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “LGBT people deserve full equality in every aspect of American life and President Obama, in his second term, should take every concrete step within his power to make it so.”

Mainers United for Marriage and Marylanders for Marriage Equality joined national media in declaring victory for marriage equality in their states. Results of votes for marriage equality in Washington and against a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality in Minnesota have not been announced.

“Voters in Maine and Maryland have shown that full equality for gay and lesbian people is no longer a partisan issue but an issue of human dignity,” said Graddick. “The claims made by anti-gay activists that voters would never embrace marriage for gay and lesbian couples could not be further from the truth. Across lines of politics, race, religion and gender, voters in Maryland and Maine today demonstrated that marriage equality is becoming a real part of American history.”

In Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin became the first out gay U.S. Senator.

“Tonight, Tammy Baldwin made history and shone a bright light across America.  No longer is the United States Senate a place for only a select few but for every citizen, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans,” said Graddick. “Baldwin’s victory showed what a majority of Americans already know: that candidates should be judged on their qualifications for the job and not their sexual orientation.”

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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 or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.

Rich Ferraro
Vice President of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8011

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