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1 Song for Equality and Peace by Craymo

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3JHZ23suKo">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3JHZ23suKo</a>
(GayWebSource.com) Orlando, FL 1/1/2017

Indie gay Orlando singer/songwriter Craymo releases an inspirational new music video for the re-release single of his reggae pop song One Love One World (We Are One). One Love One World is a heartfelt song promoting world peace, equality, love, tolerance, brotherhood and human rights.

With all of the recent incidents of terrorism, mass shootings and senseless killing of innocent people and children, Craymo wants to start 2016 with a message and vision of love for the world. The music video begins with children in Pang Liu Village in China who were taught English using One Love One World as a learning aid.

It is a thought provoking message of the power of a song to change people’s lives for the better. Craymo says “let’s all put our hands together to help make this world a better place for all of us.”

The music video is co-directed by Craymo along with Nathan McMahan of August Moon Productions. The Director of Photography is Brent Reynolds, also of August Moon Productions and was edited by Jason Barnes, all local central Florida film talents. One Love One World (We Are One) is co-written by Craig Stephen Raymo and Brandon Jarrett of Moho Productions. The song is produced by Brandon Jarrett.

One Love One World (We Are One) world premiere music video is released January 1, 2016 on YouTube and all social media.

One Love One World is from Craymo’s CD Cosmos available on iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/one-love-one-world/id580366397?i=580366635

and CDBaby.com

Gay Heroes and LGBT Comics

Introducing LGBTQ heroes

GAYSAR Comics is a company that has created a line of gay heroes with the purpose to not only entertain the public, but also raise awareness and to fight for gay rights. The first comic book entitled “The Cure” will be released on November 7th and will have a cost of $4.99 a copy. While they will only be publishing their first issue, GAYSAR Comics has already created a wide variety of gay heroes.

Gay Heroes and LGBT Comics

Gay Heroes and LGBT Comics

A representative from GAYSAR Comics was quoted as saying, “At GAYSAR Comics, we have created gay characters with special powers known as gay-heroes. They may be fictional, but they will help create real life heroes. How? GAYSAR will donate 2% of  comic book issue sales to international and national gay nonprofit organizations.”
Though the characters and story lines may be fictional, they are based on the life experiences of our LGBTQ community. Before each of the characters were created, representatives from GAYSAR Comics met with high school students members of the LGBTQ community to discuss various issues that they face on a daily basis. Many of these issues and discussions inspired the stories in the GAYSAR Universe.

“Each character represents current issues that affect each of us, inside and outside of our community. For example, transgender issues; what these people are going through and what they have to face in a daily basic. Also, in Uganda gay people are being punished with life imprisonment or with death penalty. Kids in Honduras are exploited and used by drug cartels. The global political issues we cover also include social justice, AIDS/HIV, love, awareness, and acceptance.”says a representative from GAYSAR Comics.

Some of the unique gay heroes created by GAYSAR include: Dr. Neveah, a transgender super genius who can  transform into other people. Eron, a latino hero whose brain gives him the power to do unexplainable things; his overall skills become limitless as his brain percentage goes up. Queen Izar a Drag who has the power to give and take life. Nami, a twink who can communicate and become one with technology. Kian, a gay bear motivational speaker for the gay community who has the strength and senses of a bear. Jaseri, a lesbian who has the ability to control the elements of nature. GAYSAR attempts to represent all the members of the gay community such as lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, queers, and sub-community as Bigender, Leather, Butch, Bear and Drag Queen.

In order to find out more about GAYSAR comics, their unique brand of gay heroes, about the goals that the company is trying to reach, or to learn how to get a copy of their first issued comic, visit their website right here. GAYSAR Comics, has also launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to give the first comic book a collection item to those who contribute. If you would like to be part of the success of GAYSAR in our community, please share or contribute here to the campaign and help towards the dream of many LGBTQ artists.

Also, to find out which gay-hero are you with a fun game, click here.

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Gay Calendar November 2016

International LGBT events including circuit parties, gay pride, queer film festivals and so much more!

Jan – Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | SeptOct | Nov – Dec

Gay Calendar November 2016

  • Out in the Open – OUTintheOPEN is Shepparton’s newest festival celebrating community diversity. It was developed to address some of the inequalities faced by the local gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (GLBTIQ) & allied communities and to build a more inclusive community in Greater Shepparton. Shepparton, Victoria, Australia; Nov 3-6, 2016
  • Queersicht Gay and Lesbian Film Festival BernThe aim of QUEERSICHT is to organize an event in Bern with highlights of the “queer cinema”, which do not find their way into “normal” cinema. The program includes short, feature and documentary films. The audience prize “The Pink Glasses” is awarded to the best short film. Bern, Switzerland; Nov 3-9, 2016
  • Mezipatra Queer Filmový Festival / Mezipatra Queer Film FestivalWhat is Mezipatra? Around a hundred top-ranking films on lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and queer themes+ an international competition+ exhibitions, lectures, workshops, discussions and parties+ 110 000 viewers, both gay and straight, in ten different cities in the Czech Republic. Prague, Brno Czech Republic; Nov 3-18, 2016
  • SKIN-WEEKEND – Berlin Leather and Fetish eV the popular BLF GAY SKINHEAD – WEEKEND in Berlin. Berlin, Germany; Nov 4-6, 2016
  • Mr Leather Spain – Elección de Mr. Leather Spain 2015. Benidorm, Spain; Nov 4-6, 2016
  • Black Party Weekend – One weekend, 3 parties! To celebrate BLACK PARTY’S 20th birthday, Angels will organize a particularly spectacular party, the motto of which will be FALLING DEMONS. Encouraged by great music, fallen demons in the form of enticing Incubi, Succubi and fear inciting zombies will perform sexy dances on the stage of Club X-TRA, aiming to seduce beautiful und innocent angels. Top DJs from all over the world will heat up the night with their beats. DJ-Producer Mauro Mozart will be joining us from Brazil, Eddie Martinez is flying in from the US. Both DJs, supported by many others, will lead you into the realm of ecstatic dances with their hot beats and great tunes. A highlight of the party will be the live show act by Amannda and our Angels Gogo Boys. Zurich, Switzerland; Nov4-6, 2016
  • Greater Palm Springs Pride – 30 Years of Pride in the Coachella Valley. Palm Springs Pride is Southern California’s popular and longest-running LGBT festival in the Coachella Valley. Palm Canyon Drive will be closed to traffic and transformed into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly Pride Festival, unique to Southern California. A diverse array of artists, entertainers, multiple beverage gardens and purveyors of all sorts including, jewelry, snacks, and sweets. Add all that to great shopping restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues located along world-famous Palm Canyon Drive and the result is like no place else – Palm Springs Pride. Palm springs, CA; Nov4-6, 2016
  • Uno Sguardo Normale, Sardinia Queer Short Film Festivalis a short movie contest dedicated to published and unpublished LGBT and queer films in all their possible meanings, perspectives, and realities. Caligari, Sardinia Italy; Nov 4-12, 2016
  • Tromsø Arctic Pride – We celebrate diversity at 69 degrees north. Any color, gender, and files are welcome to celebrate that we are all unique and of equal worth and that we all have a right to be as similar or different we want. Let us celebrate the diversity and joy of creating heat in a cold winter week. Tromso Arctic Pride is the northernmost pride festival. Tromsø, Norway; Nov 5-13, 2016
  • Winter Pride Maspalomas – Winter Pride Maspalomas is the final gay pride celebration in the European calendar year. An open air event with an average outside temperature of 23 degrees. One week of amazing events with live shows with international artists, pool parties, boat excursions, parade, dance sessions and more! The theme for the 2016 edition is Acceptance & Respect, Keys to Life. Maspalomas, Spain; Nov 7-13, 2016
  • Sneak Week Paris – EUROPEAN SPORTSWEAR/SNEAKERS MEETING Paris, France; Nov 9-13, 2016
  • Florence Queer Festival – International film festival and art gay, lesbian and transgender people. Florence, Italy; Nov 9-15, 2016
  • PinkPanorama Festival Gay and Lesbian Film Festival LucerneWer denkt, dass sich das alljährlich im Herbst stattfindende Filmfestival nur an Direktbetroffene richtet, liegt falsch. Ziel der PinkPanorama-Veranstaltenden ist es schwule, lesbische, bisexuelle und transgender Lebenswelten einem breiten Publikum näher zu bringen. Lucerne, Switzerland; Nov 10-16, 2016
  • Pink Screens – Queer Film Festival BrusselsPink Screens is back for the 15th consecutive time. The Brussels Queer Film Festival celebrates alternative sexualities and genders through nearly 80 films, performances, an exhibition, workshops, gigs, parties and lots of surprises… Brussels, Belgium; Nov 10-19, 2016
  • Outburst Queer Arts FestivalOUTBURST ARTS, Northern Ireland’s queer creative initiative and annual celebration of all that is bold and lovely in the world of lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer + friends creative goodness. Belfast, Northern Ireland; Nov 10-19, 2016
  • PrideFest – Pride Western Australia is WA’s largest community group, representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex community. Originally incorporated in 1993, its roots go back to the 1989 march on Parliament. PrideFest kicks off with a Parade and Celebration in November. Northbridge, Western Australia; Nov 11-20, 2016
  • Come Out with Pride Orlando – The largest LGBT event in Florida is an incredible opportunity for the entire Central Florida community to come together and celebrate our strength, our diversity, and our pride. The 12th annual Come Out With Pride festival, postponed due to the impact of Hurricane Matthew, has been rescheduled to Saturday, November 12 at Lake Eola Park. A full revised schedule of activities and entertainment will be released soon. Orlando, FL; Nov 12, 2016
  • Gotland Pride – Pride festival in Visby on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, Sweden. Visby, Sweden; Nov 15-20, 2016
  • Fringe! The London Gay Film FestFringe! is a film and arts festival rooted in London’s queer creative scene and welcoming everyone. We’re not-for-profit and run by a team of passionate volunteers. From feature films to experimental art, workshops to interactive walks and wild parties, Fringe! Fest 2015 will be hosting a multitude of diverse events to tickle every one of the senses. With our signature blend of eye-opening movies, DIY and experimental work, the thoughtful, the provocative and the strange, we’ll be packing out cinemas, art galleries, pop-up venues and basement clubs. London, UK; Nov 15-20, 2016
  • Waterford Pride – Waterford Pride Mardi Gras Festival, an event celebrating diversity in Waterford City, Ireland. From its humble beginnings in the early 2000s, the event has grown to become one of the country’s biggest pride festivals. In 2013 we take a massive leap by creating Ireland’s first Mardi Gras festival. Waterford, Ireland; Nov 17-20, 2016
  • Annual National NGLCC Dinner Gala – NGLCC will celebrate 14 years of connecting the LGBT business communities with a premier gala at the 2016 NGLCC National Dinner on Friday, November 18 at the stunning National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Each year, this signature event is dedicated to celebrating leading LGBT business owners and entrepreneurs, corporations and supplier diversity advocates, and government and community leaders. Washington DC; Nov 18, 2016
  • International Gay And Lesbian Volleyball Tournament – Vorspiel and the women/lesbian sports club Seitenwechsel invite you again to the international Goldelsen-Cup in Berlin. Nov 18-20, 2016
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence. Nov 20, 2016
  • FACE a FACE Festival du film gay et lesbien de Saint-EtienneThe Festival FACE A FACE is one of the most important LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) film festival in France! Saint-Etienne, France; Nov 24-27, 2016
  • White Party Week Miami South Beach – The Miami White Party features a week of fund-raising events and parties with the main event being the legendary White Party. Miami, FL; No 25-28, 2016
  • Perv Queerotic Film and Video Festival – We will not be holding the proper big Perv Queerotic Film Festival this year. Instead, we will be having one super great screening and panel on Friday 26th November. Big thanks to all the filmmakers that have already submitted their fabulously dirty films for this year’s festival. We will keep your films for consideration for our proper festival next year. Sydney, Australia; Nov 26, 2016

Gay Calendar November 2016

Jan – Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | SeptOct | Nov – Dec

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Gay Calendar November 2016

International LGBT events including circuit parties, gay pride, queer film festivals and so much more!

Jan – Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | SeptOct | Nov – Dec

Gay Calendar November 2016

  • Out in the Open – OUTintheOPEN is Shepparton’s newest festival celebrating community diversity. It was developed to address some of the inequalities faced by the local gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (GLBTIQ) & allied communities and to build a more inclusive community in Greater Shepparton. Shepparton, Victoria, Australia; Nov 3-6, 2016
  • Queersicht Gay and Lesbian Film Festival BernThe aim of QUEERSICHT is to organize an event in Bern with highlights of the “queer cinema”, which do not find their way into “normal” cinema. The program includes short, feature and documentary films. The audience prize “The Pink Glasses” is awarded to the best short film. Bern, Switzerland; Nov 3-9, 2016
  • Mezipatra Queer Filmový Festival / Mezipatra Queer Film FestivalWhat is Mezipatra? Around a hundred top-ranking films on lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and queer themes+ an international competition+ exhibitions, lectures, workshops, discussions and parties+ 110 000 viewers, both gay and straight, in ten different cities in the Czech Republic. Prague, Brno Czech Republic; Nov 3-18, 2016
  • SKIN-WEEKEND – Berlin Leather and Fetish eV the popular BLF GAY SKINHEAD – WEEKEND in Berlin. Berlin, Germany; Nov 4-6, 2016
  • Mr Leather Spain – Elección de Mr. Leather Spain 2015. Benidorm, Spain; Nov 4-6, 2016
  • Black Party Weekend – One weekend, 3 parties! To celebrate BLACK PARTY’S 20th birthday, Angels will organize a particularly spectacular party, the motto of which will be FALLING DEMONS. Encouraged by great music, fallen demons in the form of enticing Incubi, Succubi and fear inciting zombies will perform sexy dances on the stage of Club X-TRA, aiming to seduce beautiful und innocent angels. Top DJs from all over the world will heat up the night with their beats. DJ-Producer Mauro Mozart will be joining us from Brazil, Eddie Martinez is flying in from the US. Both DJs, supported by many others, will lead you into the realm of ecstatic dances with their hot beats and great tunes. A highlight of the party will be the live show act by Amannda and our Angels Gogo Boys. Zurich, Switzerland; Nov4-6, 2016
  • Greater Palm Springs Pride – 30 Years of Pride in the Coachella Valley. Palm Springs Pride is Southern California’s popular and longest-running LGBT festival in the Coachella Valley. Palm Canyon Drive will be closed to traffic and transformed into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly Pride Festival, unique to Southern California. A diverse array of artists, entertainers, multiple beverage gardens and purveyors of all sorts including, jewelry, snacks, and sweets. Add all that to great shopping restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues located along world-famous Palm Canyon Drive and the result is like no place else – Palm Springs Pride. Palm springs, CA; Nov4-6, 2016
  • Uno Sguardo Normale, Sardinia Queer Short Film Festivalis a short movie contest dedicated to published and unpublished LGBT and queer films in all their possible meanings, perspectives, and realities. Caligari, Sardinia Italy; Nov 4-12, 2016
  • Tromsø Arctic Pride – We celebrate diversity at 69 degrees north. Any color, gender, and files are welcome to celebrate that we are all unique and of equal worth and that we all have a right to be as similar or different we want. Let us celebrate the diversity and joy of creating heat in a cold winter week. Tromso Arctic Pride is the northernmost pride festival. Tromsø, Norway; Nov 5-13, 2016
  • Winter Pride Maspalomas – Winter Pride Maspalomas is the final gay pride celebration in the European calendar year. An open air event with an average outside temperature of 23 degrees. One week of amazing events with live shows with international artists, pool parties, boat excursions, parade, dance sessions and more! The theme for the 2016 edition is Acceptance & Respect, Keys to Life. Maspalomas, Spain; Nov 7-13, 2016
  • Sneak Week Paris – EUROPEAN SPORTSWEAR/SNEAKERS MEETING Paris, France; Nov 9-13, 2016
  • Florence Queer Festival – International film festival and art gay, lesbian and transgender people. Florence, Italy; Nov 9-15, 2016
  • PinkPanorama Festival Gay and Lesbian Film Festival LucerneWer denkt, dass sich das alljährlich im Herbst stattfindende Filmfestival nur an Direktbetroffene richtet, liegt falsch. Ziel der PinkPanorama-Veranstaltenden ist es schwule, lesbische, bisexuelle und transgender Lebenswelten einem breiten Publikum näher zu bringen. Lucerne, Switzerland; Nov 10-16, 2016
  • Pink Screens – Queer Film Festival BrusselsPink Screens is back for the 15th consecutive time. The Brussels Queer Film Festival celebrates alternative sexualities and genders through nearly 80 films, performances, an exhibition, workshops, gigs, parties and lots of surprises… Brussels, Belgium; Nov 10-19, 2016
  • Outburst Queer Arts FestivalOUTBURST ARTS, Northern Ireland’s queer creative initiative and annual celebration of all that is bold and lovely in the world of lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer + friends creative goodness. Belfast, Northern Ireland; Nov 10-19, 2016
  • PrideFest – Pride Western Australia is WA’s largest community group, representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex community. Originally incorporated in 1993, its roots go back to the 1989 march on Parliament. PrideFest kicks off with a Parade and Celebration in November. Northbridge, Western Australia; Nov 11-20, 2016
  • Come Out with Pride Orlando – The largest LGBT event in Florida is an incredible opportunity for the entire Central Florida community to come together and celebrate our strength, our diversity, and our pride. The 12th annual Come Out With Pride festival, postponed due to the impact of Hurricane Matthew, has been rescheduled to Saturday, November 12 at Lake Eola Park. A full revised schedule of activities and entertainment will be released soon. Orlando, FL; Nov 12, 2016
  • Gotland Pride – Pride festival in Visby on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, Sweden. Visby, Sweden; Nov 15-20, 2016
  • Fringe! The London Gay Film FestFringe! is a film and arts festival rooted in London’s queer creative scene and welcoming everyone. We’re not-for-profit and run by a team of passionate volunteers. From feature films to experimental art, workshops to interactive walks and wild parties, Fringe! Fest 2015 will be hosting a multitude of diverse events to tickle every one of the senses. With our signature blend of eye-opening movies, DIY and experimental work, the thoughtful, the provocative and the strange, we’ll be packing out cinemas, art galleries, pop-up venues and basement clubs. London, UK; Nov 15-20, 2016
  • Waterford Pride – Waterford Pride Mardi Gras Festival, an event celebrating diversity in Waterford City, Ireland. From its humble beginnings in the early 2000s, the event has grown to become one of the country’s biggest pride festivals. In 2013 we take a massive leap by creating Ireland’s first Mardi Gras festival. Waterford, Ireland; Nov 17-20, 2016
  • Annual National NGLCC Dinner Gala – NGLCC will celebrate 14 years of connecting the LGBT business communities with a premier gala at the 2016 NGLCC National Dinner on Friday, November 18 at the stunning National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Each year, this signature event is dedicated to celebrating leading LGBT business owners and entrepreneurs, corporations and supplier diversity advocates, and government and community leaders. Washington DC; Nov 18, 2016
  • International Gay And Lesbian Volleyball Tournament – Vorspiel and the women/lesbian sports club Seitenwechsel invite you again to the international Goldelsen-Cup in Berlin. Nov 18-20, 2016
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence. Nov 20, 2016
  • FACE a FACE Festival du film gay et lesbien de Saint-EtienneThe Festival FACE A FACE is one of the most important LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) film festival in France! Saint-Etienne, France; Nov 24-27, 2016
  • White Party Week Miami South Beach – The Miami White Party features a week of fund-raising events and parties with the main event being the legendary White Party. Miami, FL; No 25-28, 2016
  • Perv Queerotic Film and Video Festival – We will not be holding the proper big Perv Queerotic Film Festival this year. Instead, we will be having one super great screening and panel on Friday 26th November. Big thanks to all the filmmakers that have already submitted their fabulously dirty films for this year’s festival. We will keep your films for consideration for our proper festival next year. Sydney, Australia; Nov 26, 2016

Gay Calendar November 2016

Jan – Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | SeptOct | Nov – Dec

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Acceptable Behavior

Many suggest that events like Folsom Street hurt the “gay movement.”  If advancing the gay movement is about adhering to the ideals of others, then count me out.  Here is a old blog post from following Dore Alley that you might enjoy.  Remember, live life on your own terms!

Acceptable Behavior

Acceptable Behavior Folsom Street

This past weekend was Dore Alley. For those of you out of the area, Dore Alley is an annual leather street festival that features mild to wild, with everything in between. My business partner recently broke her ankle and attended the event in a wheelchair – which you may be interested in knowing is about at cock level – “You might want to put some sunscreen on that . . . .”

The next day, I was driving to work listening to the radio and the local gay radio jocks were bitchin’ about Dore Alley. “It’s stuff like that that sets back the gay movement. Don’t they know that the media loves that kind of stuff, which hurts our chances with gay marriage . . .” According to these two (who will remain nameless), we are supposed to be respectable and passable.

WHAT?

Ok, so I nearly drove off the road yelling at my radio (which is not as productive as you would think). These are the types of gay men who scare me. The whole idea of acceptance is accepting oneself for who you truly are and not being defined by the media or political agendas or simply by others. It’s about living life on your own terms.

And to borrow heavily from the Laurel Thatcher Ulrich quote – Well-behaved gays seldom make history. Those that could fit in have always retreated to the safety of their closets.Let us not forget – Stonewall was a bunch of pissed off drag queens.

So, you are going to tell me what is acceptable gay behavior? Oh No Miss Thing – You did not go there!! Once you start to define “the norms” by which I am supposed to live – you’ve started down a very slippery slope. I don’t what to be acceptable; I don’t need to “pass” as straight and I surely don’t need you to tell how to act.

Am I threatening our chances for gay marriage? Well – if I am, then I don’t want it on those terms. “If you promise not to act gay . . .” Marriage is a right afforded to most couples in our country and I as a citizen deserve that basic right. I am not a second class citizen, and no “straight” couple has to adhere to guidelines on what is acceptable “straight” behavior.

So, I will continue to be different. I may be the 7 foot tall drag queen in stiletto heels and I will get media coverage – because I am fabulous and I am interesting. Why don’t “average” folks get the media spotlight – Well, because you’re not interesting, you are average. So, we are officially putting the gay community on notice – We will not be clones. We will wear leather – We will be a bears – We will wear drag – We will be Dykes on Bikes – We will be tranny kids – but we will not try to pass just to fit in.

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Acceptable Behavior

Many suggest that events like Folsom Street hurt the “gay movement.”  If advancing the gay movement is about adhering to the ideals of others, then count me out.  Here is a old blog post from following Dore Alley that you might enjoy.  Remember, live life on your own terms!

Acceptable Behavior

Acceptable Behavior Folsom Street

This past weekend was Dore Alley. For those of you out of the area, Dore Alley is an annual leather street festival that features mild to wild, with everything in between. My business partner recently broke her ankle and attended the event in a wheelchair – which you may be interested in knowing is about at cock level – “You might want to put some sunscreen on that . . . .”

The next day, I was driving to work listening to the radio and the local gay radio jocks were bitchin’ about Dore Alley. “It’s stuff like that that sets back the gay movement. Don’t they know that the media loves that kind of stuff, which hurts our chances with gay marriage . . .” According to these two (who will remain nameless), we are supposed to be respectable and passable.

WHAT?

Ok, so I nearly drove off the road yelling at my radio (which is not as productive as you would think). These are the types of gay men who scare me. The whole idea of acceptance is accepting oneself for who you truly are and not being defined by the media or political agendas or simply by others. It’s about living life on your own terms.

And to borrow heavily from the Laurel Thatcher Ulrich quote – Well-behaved gays seldom make history. Those that could fit in have always retreated to the safety of their closets.Let us not forget – Stonewall was a bunch of pissed off drag queens.

So, you are going to tell me what is acceptable gay behavior? Oh No Miss Thing – You did not go there!! Once you start to define “the norms” by which I am supposed to live – you’ve started down a very slippery slope. I don’t what to be acceptable; I don’t need to “pass” as straight and I surely don’t need you to tell how to act.

Am I threatening our chances for gay marriage? Well – if I am, then I don’t want it on those terms. “If you promise not to act gay . . .” Marriage is a right afforded to most couples in our country and I as a citizen deserve that basic right. I am not a second class citizen, and no “straight” couple has to adhere to guidelines on what is acceptable “straight” behavior.

So, I will continue to be different. I may be the 7 foot tall drag queen in stiletto heels and I will get media coverage – because I am fabulous and I am interesting. Why don’t “average” folks get the media spotlight – Well, because you’re not interesting, you are average. So, we are officially putting the gay community on notice – We will not be clones. We will wear leather – We will be a bears – We will wear drag – We will be Dykes on Bikes – We will be tranny kids – but we will not try to pass just to fit in.

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Herts Pride 2015

August 22, 2015

Hertfordshire Pride – The Hertfordshire Pride Society is a group of friendly, passionate, creative volunteers from the local lesbian, gay men, bisexual and trans* (LGBT*Q) community and their straight allies. Watford, England.

Herts Pride 2015

Herts Pride 2015

Aim:

To set up, plan, organise, raise funds and implement an annual Pride and family fun day event in Hertfordshire that promotes equality and diversity for the public benefit, through raising awareness of discrimination on age, disability, race, religion and belief, and in particular the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Objectives:

The Society will fulfill the aim by:

To work in partnership with organisations committed to progress on age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, and whose aims are also to ensure the rights and needs of lesbian, gay men, bisexual, trans* and queer people are addressed in the wider community.

To be a central point of contact and resource, working with local businesses, statutory and other voluntary organisations to find ways of improving services and employment opportunities for lesbian, gay men, bisexual, trans*, queer community living and working within Hertfordshire.

To work with the Hertfordshire LGBT*Q Partnership to promote a Hertfordshire accreditation ‘Commitment Workbook’ scheme for local organisations and businesses in Hertfordshire to ensure that their services are supportive and friendly to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and trans community customers and staff.

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Halifax Pride 2015

July 16, 2015toJuly 26, 2015

Halifax Pride – Halifax Pride is a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to producing a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Festival.

This year marks the 28th year for the Halifax Pride Festival. Please join us this July in Downtown Halifax for Canada’s fourth largest Pride Festival! Celebrate with over 120,000 people from July 16th – 26th, 2015. The Halifax Pride Parade will take place as always on the last Saturday of the month, July 25th. Halifax, Nova Scotia; July 16-26, 2015

Halifax Pride 2015

Halifax Pride 2015

Beginning in 1987 with Halifax’s very first Pride March, members of the city’s gay and lesbian community organized Pride Week without the benefit of legal protections.  Amidst growing unrest about rampant prejudice and discrimination, that first Pride March was primarily a protest over the lack of legal protection from discrimination, and the all-too-common threat of homophobic violence.

About 75 people marched through Halifax’s North End that first year. A handful wore paper bags over their heads, not out of shame, but out of the very real fear for their livelihoods and their safety. Since that time, the Halifax Pride Festival has grown into a celebration that includes numerous events that highlight the unique character of our diverse community, welcoming upwards of 120,000 participants every summer.

The Halifax Pride Society is a not-for-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to producing a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2 Spirited, and Allies (LGBTTIQQ2SA+; herein referred to as LGBTQ+) Pride Festival.

Our mission is to produce a Pride Festival that is: Accessible to all; Fiscally responsible; Rewarding for all who participate, and Reflect and celebrate the best of the LGBTQ+ community and culture in Halifax and throughout Nova Scotia.

The Halifax Pride Festival is a celebration which draws in more than 120,000 participants and is Canada’s 4th Largest pride festival.

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Pride RI 2015

June 20, 2015

RI Pridefest & Parade – RI PrideFest: IndiVISIBLE will be held on June 20, 2015, from noon to 8pm, on the South Water Street Greenway, in Providence.  Presented by Dark Lady & Alley Cat, PrideFest features a Kids’ Zone, Youth Center, over 100 vendors, the Beer/Wine & Spirits Garden, and performances by American Idol’s Crystal Bowersox, Pearl & the Beard, Shannel from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Mimi Gonzalez, Sir Ari Gold, Pamela Means, Derek Capobianco, Heather Rose in Clover, Shryne, and so much more!  And it’s all free to the public!

  • Creating opportunities for integrating and promoting visibility for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
  • Promoting equal rights and diversity through public education and the arts.
  • Providing safe opportunities and venues for people to come out and express and celebrate their sexual identities and genders.

Pride RI 2015

The Illuminated Night Parade kicks off at 8:45pm, and winds through the streets of downtown Providence.

Pride RI 2015

RI PrideFest attracts 30,000 festival-goers.

For generations sexual minorities have been feared, ridiculed, discriminated against, and ostracized because of misinformation and misunderstanding. In 1976, lesbian and gay Rhode Islanders began to organize our first ever pride march, believing it is essential that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people have avenues to educate the larger community, as well as opportunities to come together and openly celebrate who they are. State and City leaders attempted to block the parade, but those early organizers pursued litigation which eventually led to a court ruling allowing this “pride” event to take place. About 75 individuals marched through downtown Providence to celebrate their diversity, and to highlight the contributions they had made to the wider community. Thus was born the group that would become Rhode Island Pride. In four decades, participants have grown annually from just under 100 in 1976 to over 30,000 at RI PrideFest today.

In the 1970s and 80s, gay men and lesbians across the nation were engaging in a variety of grass roots actions that we now identify as the “gay liberation movement.” Through the production of seminars, rallies, performances, theme events, art, literary programs and projects, as well as televised political issues, individuals have been able to learn about the oppression, concerns and contributions of LGBTQ people. Here in RI, early gay pride celebrations were the first steps that eventually led to civil rights protections being extended to gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals in 1995, and to transgender individuals in 2001. Rhode Islanders have been able to legally marry in their home state since 2013. In keeping with this tradition, RI Pride continues to reach out to an increasingly diverse and growing population, hoping to make it easier for all gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people to be themselves.

GOALS

RI Pride is one of the most active and visible LGBTQ organizations in the New England region. We provide year-round programming, and share our office space with the upcoming RI LGBTQ Community Center, and Options Magazine as we work together to establish a space that will welcome all through its doors. RI Pride provides resources and referrals to callers, and space for open house gatherings, community meetings, and celebrations. We produce the annual Pride Fest and New England’s only Nighttime Pride Parade which draws over 30,000 — LGBTQ and heterosexual individuals of all race, ethnicity, and age — to celebrate their individuality, and their culture. The PrideFest Kid’s Zone includes an educational and interactive recreational area where LGBTQ parents engage in family-oriented activities with their children. RI PrideFest attracts attendees from all over the world, especially Canada, New York, Boston, and Washington D.C. Annual events like The Goddess Show: A Celebration of Women in the Arts, The Triple Crown Pageant, Rhode Island Pride Honors, Gallery Q, and our Pride Prom are examples of our vital efforts to provide safe opportunities and venues for the LGBTQ community to come together, be visible, and express themselves.

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

RI Pride is proud to have an event or function every month throughout the year. These programs and projects help LGBTQ individuals develop self-pride and self-esteem. In addition to the annual RI PrideFest and Illuminated Night Parade, RI Pride has produced or sponsored the following programs or services:

  • The Goddess Show: A Celebration of Women in the Arts featuring local performers.
  • Gallery Q – An LGBTQ themed pop-up art gallery.
  • Countdown to Pride – A statewide outreach and information program.
  • RI Pride Honors – An awards event in tribute of outstanding members of Rhode Island’s LGBTQ community.
  • Triple Crown Pageant – Competition for the titles of Ms. Lesbian, Mr. Gay, and Miss Gay RI.
  • Triple Crown Fundraisers – “Crowned ones” act as liaisons to organizations outside of the LGBTQ community to lend support and foster connections.
  • Rainbow Flag Raising – A festive, public kick-off event at Providence City Hall in June.
  • Business After Hours – Professional networking hosted by RI Pride at both LGBTQ, and non-LGBTQ businesses.
  • International Gay and Lesbian Entertainment and Business Expo in New York City – Promoting Pride events and Rhode Island in general.
  • InterPride – Participation in a conference for delegates from Pride organizations around the world to meet for networking, education and information exchange.
  • Northeast Regional Pride Conference – participation in an annual conference of pride organizers in New England and the Mid-Atlantic states where RI Pride      members present workshops. RI Pride has hosted the conference in the past.
  • PrideTV – An innovative tool created for YouTube to reach a wide audience with news and information about the RI Pride Community
  • RI PrideFest Video Retrospective – Annual video production that captures the spirit of the annual Pride celebrations.
  • Presentations to community organizations and businesses about LGBTQ issues to address homophobia and prejudice.
  • PrideFlicks and the LGBTQ Film Festival – LGBTQ-themed movie events.
  • Community workshop focused on coming out, identity and self-affirmation.
  • Support and organizational development assistance to smaller LGBTQ organizations to enhance programming to their target audience.

These events and programs also reach thousands of non-LGBTQ individuals, helping them to gain a better understanding of the LGBTQ community. RI Pride hopes that with better knowledge and awareness by non-LGBT people, prejudice, discrimination, and acts of violence will be relegated to history.

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Columbus Pride Festival 2015

June 19, 2015toJune 21, 2015

Columbus Pride – Central Ohio’s Annual Festival and Parade for the LGBTA Community. Columbus, OH.

Columbus Pride Festival 2015

Columbus Pride Festival 2015

In response to community need, Stonewall routinely adds programs to our growing roster, facilitates ever-increasing numbers visiting the Center, increases visibility for other agencies, and brings new and innovative perspectives to our service delivery. It is our intent to continually expand programming so that community members seeking a variety of services and activities – in addition to the base services and ongoing support groups we offer – can find ways to connect with others in a safe, comfortable and culturally enriching environment. As the leading organization on GLBT issues in the Central Ohio area, we have made countless strides in educating the larger community, increasing social awareness, and collaborating on political advocacy by providing stronger programs, services, and alternative social activities. As we move towards an exciting milestone of celebrating 34 years in the community, we are building on past accomplishments, developing sustainable systems and growth processes and focusing on strengthening not only our agency, but the Central Ohio GLBT and allied community by enhancing our Community Center.

Our Mission

Stonewall Columbus serves the Central Ohio LGBT community by providing a community center and offering programming and services that enhance the well-being and visibility of our diverse community through discovery, affirmation and celebration. Each program or service presented at the Center on High aligns with at least one of the organization’s core values: Health, Diversity, Faith or Art. Stonewall Columbus supports good health in body, mind and spirit. Stonewall Columbus recognizes that the LGBT community is diverse and it is important to embrace that diversity making sure that all feel welcome at the center. Stonewall Columbus acknowledges the need for some LGBT people to maintain their faith and the organization strives to help people reconcile their true selves with their faith. The Center on High is located in the Short North Arts District and participates in the arts community by presenting and encouraging artists of all mediums.

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