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1 Song for Equality and Peace by Craymo

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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

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West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio places travel ban on city-funded trips to Mississippi

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(GayWebSource.com – West Palm Beach, Florida) — In the wake of Mississippi’s enactment of HB 1523, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio became the first mayor in Florida — and the second in the nation after Seattle Mayor Ed Murray — to place a travel ban on city-funded trips to Mississippi.

HB 1523, which was signed into law yesterday by Mississippi’s Republican Governor, Phil Bryant, allows people with religious objections to deny services to lesbian and gays and permits employers to use religious beliefs as justification in determining workplace policies.

“For more than two decades, West Palm Beach has been in the forefront, protecting the civil rights and ensuring equality for the LGBT community,” said Muoio. “Until the discriminatory laws in Mississippi and North Carolina are repealed, West Palm Beach taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against LGBT people.”

On March 28, Muoio became the second mayor in the nation — after San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee – to impose a similar ban on travel to North Carolina following the enactment of another comprehensive anti-LGBT law in that state.

Mayor Muoio implemented the two travel bans at the request of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (PBCHRC), a local civil rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.  Since 1990, PBCHRC has been responsible for the enactment of more than 100 local laws and policies which prohibit discrimination against the LGBT community.

“Once again, Mayor Muoio has taken steps to ensure that taxpayers dollars will not be spent in places that discriminate against LGBT Americans,” said retired judge Rand Hoch, PBCHRC President and Founder.  “We commend Mayor Muoio for putting her strong beliefs against bigotry into action by prohibiting taxpayer dollars being used in both Mississippi and North Carolina.”

Last year, Muoio was one of a handful of mayors who announced a similar travel ban to the state of Indiana, following the

wake of Indiana’s passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,

As the result of pressure placed on Indiana by civic leaders, businesses, and numerous other entities, the Indiana Legislature promptly amended the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,by specifying that the law could not be used as a legal defense to discriminate against patrons based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Following Muoio’s announcement this morning, travel bans to Mississippi have been implemented by the governors of Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington as well as the mayors of.San Francisco and Seattle

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Newcastle Pride Marks Landmark Anniversary With Belinda, B*witched And More

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Newcastle Pride, which attracted more than 65,000 visitors in 2014, will return to the city’s Town Moor, from Friday July 17 to Sunday July 19, with a One Love theme marking the anniversary of the first Pride marches.

This year’s event, organised annually by charity, Northern Pride, will feature headline performances by platinum-selling American singer Belinda Carlisle and chart-topping Irish girlband B*Witched, with a host of other top acts appearing throughout the weekend.

Belinda Carlisle

Belinda Carlisle

This includes X Factor finalists Lucy Spraggan, Kitty Brucknell and Joseph Whelan, as well as actress and singer Heather Peace, who most recently starred in BBC drama Waterloo Road.

A carnival-style parade, which last year attracted more than 7000 participants, will run from Newcastle Civic Centre to the Town Moor on Saturday July 18, with a special candlelight vigil closing the festival on Sunday July 19.

A host of food outlets, stalls and themed zones, including a family and youth area, cabaret tent, Steve Paske Health Zone and women’s zone, will be open at the Town Moor throughout the three-day festival, with additional events also taking place in pubs and clubs around Newcastle’s Pink Triangle.

Mark Nichols, Chair of Northern Pride, said: “Newcastle Pride 2014 was a huge success, attracting a record number of visitors and boosting the city’s economy by more than £7.5m.

“This year we’re sticking with the extended three day format and promoting acceptance, inclusion and One Love in honour of the original Pride marches 45 years ago.

“We hope that our bumper line-up will appeal to visitors of all ages and bring thousands to Newcastle city centre for three days of fun and live entertainment.”

Newcastle Pride 2015 is free to attend, though a limited number of Gold Circle and VIP tickets are also available. These are priced from £10 and £25 respectively and include a host of benefits such as prime viewing for live music, private toilets and faster bar access.

A series of satellite events, including a dance performance, book exhibition and film screenings is also being planned throughout July and August, with full details still to be announced.

For more information and to see a more detailed schedule for Newcastle Pride 2015, visit www.northern-pride.com or search northernprideuk on Facebook and Twitter.

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Emmerdale and Cucumber stars to host Stonewall Equality Walk

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Alicya Eyo is known for her portrayal of lesbian character Ruby Haswell in ITV’s Emmerdale, and was named Entertainer of the Year at the 2014 Stonewall Awards for her advocacy as an openly-lesbian role model. Bethany Black is a British comedian, and her role in Channel 4’s Cucumber made her the first trans actress to play a recurring trans character in a British series.

Alicya Eyo

Alicya Eyo said: ‘I’ve always been a big supporter of Stonewall and the important work that they do, and I’m really very proud to have become more involved with their work over the last year. The Equality Walk outwardly shows support for the LGBT community, and I’m delighted to be hosting this year along with Bethany Black.

Bethany Black

Bethany Black

‘It’s vital that we continue to support Stonewall’s work helping to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Britain and overseas as there is still a way to go in order to challenge and erase inequalities. So sign up for the walk, get fundraising and we’ll see you in May!’

Bethany Black said: ‘I’m thrilled to be hosting Stonewall’s Equality Walk this year – and look forward to meeting everyone on the day. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for beautiful Brighton sunshine and help raise vital funds to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people!’

Registration is now open for the Equality Walk which typically draws in around 800 walkers and features a picnic in the Royal Pavilion Gardens, live entertainment and games. Money raised from this year’s walk will support Stonewall’s work to help improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

Kimberley Mitchell, Head of Events and Community Fundraising at Stonewall, said: ‘Stonewall’s Equality Walk is a fantastic family-friendly event for everyone – and we’re delighted to have such fabulous hosts this year in Alicya and Bethany. We look forward to seeing more of our supporters there than ever before and together we’re aiming to raise £40,000 to help us continue our work.’

Stonewall currently works with over 700 workplaces, 12,000 schools, 60 local authorities, sports clubs, community groups and international human rights defenders to make a difference for LGBT equality. Millivres Prowler Group are media partners for this year’s Equality Walk.

You can register for the Equality Walk and learn more about it at www.equalitywalk.org.uk.

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Stonewall annual dinner raises £470,000 for LGBT equality

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Speakers on the night included Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt, Vicar of Finedon, broadcaster and writer Reverend Richard Coles and award-winning writer, actor and director Stella Duffy. All emphasised that while there are certainly legislative achievements to celebrate, there is still a lot to do to achieve social equality for LGBT people.

Guests on the night included Graham Norton, Clare Balding, Marcus Collins, Robin Windsor, Alicya Eyo, Lord Alli, Stella Duffy, Jack Monroe and John Amaechi.

Money raised from the event will support Stonewall’s work to go deeper into communities and help to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

Top auction prizes included a private dinner with Liz Hurley and Joan Collins, a mint condition 7” single signed by the Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield, lunch with Lord Michael Cashman in the House of Commons, and a signed self-portrait of Sir Ian McKellen.

Jan Gooding, Chair of Stonewall’s Board of Trustees, said: ‘The Stonewall Equality Dinner is an extremely important event in the organisation’s fundraising calendar. Not only is it a chance to celebrate how far lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality has come, but it’s also an opportunity to focus on the work that’s left to do and raise vital funds to achieve it.’

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall’s Chief Executive, thanked supporters on the night, saying: ‘We’ve come so far in our journey towards equality, but there are still so many big issues that affect different parts of our community. Our work will not stop until every LGBT person, in every country, school, church, street, hospital and school, is free to be themselves and is accepted without exception.’

Alicya Eyo and guest - Photo by  SHOTBYROB.com

Alicya Eyo and guest – Photo by SHOTBYROB.com

Clare Balding and Alice Arnold  - Photo by SHOTBYROB.com

Clare Balding and Alice Arnold – Photo by SHOTBYROB.com

Lord Michael Cashman - Photo by SHOTBYROB.com

Lord Michael Cashman – Photo by SHOTBYROB.com

Marcus Collins and Robin Windsor - Photo by SHOTBYROB.com

Marcus Collins and Robin Windsor – Photo by SHOTBYROB.com

Reverend Richard Coles and Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt - Photo by SHOTBYROB.com

Reverend Richard Coles and Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt – Photo by SHOTBYROB.com

Stella Duffy - Photo by Andy Tyler Photography

Stella Duffy – Photo by Andy Tyler Photography

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Maggie Thatcher Comes back to Support LGBT Rights!?

(GayWebSource.com - Gay News & Press Network) - Posted by mysocalledgaylife.com Of course, the cabaret star was joking, as if she would ever eat at little chef anyway? But what Maggie’s comment rings true is with the record high levels of voter apathy. People are struggling to trust politicians and LGBTI people are just as disaffected despite recent advances. Since the last general election gay people have won the right to get married. And yet, there are so many battles still to be won. Just last week the Prime minister David Cameron responded to a letter from the Same Sex Education campaign, committing to improving PHSE for young people without once mentioning LGBTI rights. He could have just as easily been talking about rights for ginger haired people. Cliff Joannou, founder of the Same Sex SRE campaign, told the Evening Standard: “It’s depressingly ironic that by not referring to the words ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans’ or addressing the issues we presented in our open letter, he has simply further highlighted the invisibility of the young LGBTI community. Labour have already committed to bringing in same-sex education, and now so have the Liberal Democrats. The Green Party have gone one further and tabled a private members bill to introduce the campaign into law and it is currently progressing through the house of commons. This year Student Pride will be hosting a political debate with all five parties invited hosted by BBC and out gay journalist Evan Davis which will set the agenda for LGBT policies and pledges in the run up to the general election. It will take place at the free Student Pride festival University of Westminster opposite Baker Street on the 28th of February at the end of LGBT History Month. Its part of a weekend of events at the annual National Student Pride weekend. Get your tickets by visiting www.studentpride.co.uk/tickets The post appeared first on Maggie Thatcher Comes back to Support LGBT Rights!? . Media Provided by the GayWebSource.com - Gay News & Press Network.
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Eastenders Executive Producer at Student Pride 2015

Dominic Treadwell-Collins has been involved with Eastenders since 2005, with a short gap away to work on other projects. He will joining the “In conversation with Evan Davis” panel on LGBT representation in the media. Dominic recently said he doesn’t want Eastenders to start ‘positively discriminating.’ He told the Radio Times defining such characters with plots around ethnicity, sexuality or disability would turn the soap into “a blancmange”. “The day I start box-ticking is the day I leave,” he said. During his time at EastEnders, Dominic has however, introduced two characters with disabilities, including the market trader Donna Yates, in addition to a number of ethnic and minority characters. He also created the storyline in which Muslim character Syed Masood struggled with his faith and sexuality. Lauren Barnard a film and tv production student, who is on the social media team for Student Pride, said “EastEnders has been a staple of British TV for the last 30 years, and with the anniversary episodes approaching, we couldn’t be more excited to have Dominic joining the 10th National Student Pride event!” With the 30th anniversary just round the corner, and the nation currently gripped by the ‘Who Killed Lucy Beale?’ mystery, Lauren added “We can’t wait to hear Dominic’s views in our discussion of LGBT representation in film and TV, don’t miss it! ” National Student Pride is returning to London for its 10th Anniversary event. Held at the end of LGBT History month (27th Feb – 1st Mar). Tickets for the event are on sale now: Currently at presale price of £5 for weekend wristband www.studentpride.co.uk/tickets The post appeared first on Eastenders Executive Producer at Student Pride 2015 .

Stonewall joins #GivingTuesday movement

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#GivingTuesday – which takes place today (2 December) – aims to provide a charitable antidote to the pre-Christmas consumer boom, falling directly after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It follows two of the big pre-Christmas shopping days with a day of doing good, encouraging people to do one simple charitable act. It is hoped that #GivingTuesday in the UK will replicate the success of the US, where charities have seen a huge spike in donations on the day.

Stonewall receives no core government funding and relies on individual donors to support its work. The lesbian, gay and bisexual equality charity is asking people to get involved in a number of ways, from pledging to stand up to bullying to donating towards their ongoing work tackling discrimination worldwide.

Stonewall’s Head of Individual Giving Lynn Percival said: ‘Since Stonewall was founded 25 years ago we’ve helped secure legal equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain. But we know that there’s still so much to do to end bullying and discrimination.

‘We’re excited about using the momentum of #GivingTuesday to get more people involved in our work and create real social change. Today we’re asking people to pledge, donate, fundraise or shop with us to help support out work.’

#GivingTuesday in the UK is led by the Charities Aid Foundation, with support from Blackbaud. Leaders from businesses, charities and the media have joined them to explore how they can boost donations to charity and volunteering and create a giving movement in the UK.

John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said: ‘We’re bringing #GivingTuesday to the UK to provide a contrast to the peak shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to remind us that the spirit of the festive season should be about community and not just consumerism.’

To find out more and support Stonewall during #GivingTuesday visit www.stonewall25.org.uk/get-involved. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit www.givingtuesday.org.uk.

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Lord Cashman, Pride and Sarah Waters lead 2014 Stonewall Award winners

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Emmerdale’s Alicya Eyo took home the accolade of Entertainer of the Year for her portrayal of lesbian character Ruby Haswell and her advocacy as an openly-lesbian role model.

More than 500 people, including celebrities, sports stars, politicians and writers, joined host Julian Clary at the ceremony to honour those who’ve made a positive contribution to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people (LGBT).

Ugandan activist Pepe Julian Onziema was voted Hero of the Year by thousands of Stonewall supporters for his tireless work campaigning for equality for LGBT people despite threats of violence. Pepe has previously been named Global Citizen by the Clinton Global Initiative for his human rights advocacy work.

The Older Lesbian, Gay and Trans Association (OLGA) was named Community Group of the Year by Stonewall supporters for their work to support older members of the LGBT community. The group was presented with a cheque for £5,000 – kindly provided by State Street – to continue their work.

Channel 4’s Liz MacKean was named Journalist of the Year for the hard-hitting Dispatches documentary Hunted that exposed the brutal treatment of gay people in Putin’s Russia.

The i newspaper was named Publication of the Year for its coverage of gay issues throughout the year including coverage of the Sochi Winter Games and Thomas Hitzlsperger’s coming out.

Stonewall founder Lord Cashman was jointly named as Politician of the Year alongside Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone. Labour leader Ed Miliband took to the stage to pay tribute to Michael Cashman’s partner, Paul Cottingham, who passed away in October. He praised them both for their relentless work to promote equality in both Britain and around the world.

Sarah Water’s page-turner The Paying Guests earns her the accolade of Writer of the Year. Her latest book was praised by the judges for its compelling and complex narrative.

Pride House scooped this year’s Sports Award for their work to support LGBT athletes and fans during this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Being gay is illegal in 42 of 53 Commonwealth countries – making it vital to send a powerful signal to visitors and athletes from around the world.

London Pride and Barclays were honoured for their #FreedomTo campaign that saw positive messages supporting LGBT equality emblazoned on buses and banks across the capital.

This year’s winners were chosen by a star-studded judging panel, featuring Baroness Barker, Charlie Condou, Jonathan Harvey, Paris Lees and Dr. Ranj Singh.

Stonewall Chief Executive Ruth Hunt said: ‘Stonewall’s 2014 Award winners really do demonstrate the passion, commitment and diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and their allies, who together make the world a better place.

‘Our Hero of the Year, Pepe Julian Onziema, is a global beacon of hope who inspires and influences so many people – not just those in his home country of Uganda, but all those fighting for equality around the globe.’

The winners

Hero of the Year (supported by E.ON) – Pepe Julian Onziema

Broadcast of the Year (supported by Bloomberg) – Pride

Entertainer of the Year – Alicya Eyo (Emmerdale)

Journalist of the Year (supported by Bloomberg) – Liz MacKean

Politician of the Year – Lord Cashman and Lynne Featherstone MP

Publication of the Year – i

Sports Award of the Year (supported by Paddy Power) – Pride House

Writer of the Year – Sarah Waters

Community Group of the Year (supported by State Street) – OLGA (Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Association)

Advert of the Year – London Pride and Barclays (#FreedomTo)

Michelle Collins & Danny Dyer

Michelle Collins & Danny Dyer

Pepe Julian Onziema

Pepe Julian Onziema

Ed Miliband, Michelle Collins, Michael Cashman

Ed Miliband, Michelle Collins, Michael Cashman

Cast of Pride

Cast of Pride

Jane Hill and Gok Wan

Jane Hill and Gok Wan

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Manchester Pride Chooses Melbourne as Tech Partner

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Melbourne will help the charity overhaul its digital presence by providing more reliable hosting for a new CRM system which will enable it to communicate better with the thousands of supporters who help it campaign on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.

As well as running an award-winning festival, Manchester Pride supports a range of charities and organisations in delivering projects with direct impact on the LGBT community and those living with, or affected by HIV, across the North West of England. Since 2003 it has raised and distributed over £1.1million.

Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive of Manchester Pride, said: “We’ve grown as a charity over the past few years and are now at the stage where we need to streamline our systems as an organisation. Part of this means looking closely at how we manage our IT. We currently have a number of different and cumbersome systems in place for back up and data management. We will be working with the experts at Melbourne to improve that and bring it all together.”

The focal point of the charity is the annual festival which takes place every year in August with a host of high profile artists performing in the main arena alongside talented performers from the local community, a bustling market and the George House Trust Candlelit Vigil. This summer’s Big Weekend attracted tens of thousands of visitors from across the country and beyond to watch such as Anastacia, All Saints, Foxes and MNEK.

Aside from the Big Weekend, the charity presents Pride Fringe which encompasses a series of art, culture, heritage, debate, sport, music and film events celebrating the great diversity of the LGBT community. 2013 also saw the introduction of Supersonic, a red carpet event held underneath the wings of Concorde at Manchester Airport.

Matt Gardiner, Sales & Services Director for Melbourne, said: “We’re delighted that Manchester Pride has selected Melbourne as its hosting provider. For charities organising big events which have growing databases and huge traffic spikes around the time of those events, it’s vital that the IT infrastructure can support this. The solution we have provided meets the charity’s increasing demands and can be scaled up to support future growth.”

Melbourne is part of cloud company iomart. For more information about the range of hosting services offered by Melbourne visit www.melbourne.co.uk or Tweet @melbournehost

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