Category Archives: Community

Empire State Pride Agenda LGBT Equality & Justice Day

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WHO:Empire State Pride Agenda with:
New York State Legislators

Prominent community members
Rally speakers and issue expert workshop instructors

Hundreds of LGBT New Yorkers and allies from across New York State

 

What:                          Rally at Equality & Justice Day, the largest statewide annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy day

Where:                        West Capitol Park (backup in case of rain is Convention Center)   Albany, NY

When:    Tuesday, April 28, 2015         1 – 2 p.m. Rally

 

Speakers:

  • Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Nathan M. Schaefer
  • Daniella Carter: Rising star and trans activist who was featured in the MTV & Logo TV documentary “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word;” guested on MSNBC’s “Out There on Shift;” initiated a project to bring visibility to trans youth issues; collaborated with Miss Universe and others to share their experiences in overcoming homelessness; and was recently listed as a 2015 Trans100 honoree;
  • Angelica Clarke: the Executive Director at the Albany Social Justice Center, working to build movements that center the experiences of Black and Brown women, trans, genderqueer and gender non-conforming individuals;
  • Q and Francisca Montaña: a mom and her 9-year-old trans son who live in Brooklyn, and who are both fierce advocates for our community;
  • Jane Shurka: mother of conversion therapy survivor Mathew from Long Island, who is now a strong supporter of her proud, gay son and advocate to end conversion therapy in New York and across the country;
  • Reverend Dee Lowman: a progressive United Methodist clergyperson who has turned her efforts towards supporting and influencing the rights and respect of trans people and
  • Aileen Roman: a 34-year-old mom who navigated New York State’s arcane laws around parenting and surrogacy and will share her story about how she overcome challenges to build her family

Pride Agenda Justice Day

BOYCOTT Out Hotel and Fire Island Pines Project

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WORST  GAY  NEW YORK

Gay men  using Gay Money  to Fund  ANTI  GAY Politics!

  • Boycott Fire Island Pines Establishments (Pavilion, Low Tea, High Tea, Botel, Botel Barracks, Pool Deck, Harbor Club, Blue Whale, Cultured Elephant), Out NYC Hotel, and XL Nightclub after owners hold reception for Senator Ted Cruz.

    FROM HRC’s WEBSITE:

    Whether the issue is marriage or protection from discrimination, Sen. Ted Cruz has consistently opposed equality for LGBT Americans. And he’s gone even further, attacking fellow Republicans for marching in pride parades, and using his opposition to marriage to win his first Senate campaign.


    imagine an America where gays forever stay second class citizens

     


    Marriage: Ted Cruz led the charge to deny Texas couples marriage equality. In the Senate, he has supported a constitutional amendment that would prevent the federal government from recognizing marriage equality.
    Discrimination: Cruz has consistently opposed granting protections to LGBT Americans. Cruz has opposed both local ordinances in Texas that would protect LGBT Americans, and ENDA’s explicit federal workplace protections.

    Conversion Therapy: Cruz has refused to speak out against “conversion therapy” that coerces minors into “treatment” that can lead to depression and suicide.

    Harmful Rhetoric: Cruz has no problem about using equality as a wedge issue against fellow Republicans – he’s attacked Republicans for appearing in pride parades and suggested that he believes being gay is a “choice.” He even bragged about intervening in a case to stop a civil union.

    Significant Findings on Marriage Equality

    Says marriage is between “one man and one woman”

    Pledged to introduce Federal Constitutional Amendment opposing marriage equality

    Introduced The State Marriage Defense Act (twice) which would cede definition of marriage to states for federal purposes

    Opposed Proposition 8 ruling

    Ran for Senate based on his opposition to marriage equality

    Bragged about intervening to prevent recognition of civil union

    Said people can “vote with their feet” if they don’t like living in a state without marriage equality.

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Humans of New York

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I just love this site – and I am sure you must know of it, but if not, NOW YOU DO!

“Brandon and I began Humans of New York in the summer of 2010. I thought it would be really cool to create an exhaustive catalogue of New York City’s inhabitants, so I set out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map. I worked for several months with this goal in mind, but somewhere along the way, HONY began to take on a much different character.

I started collecting quotes and short stories from the people I met, and began including these snippets alongside the photographs. Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog. With over eight million followers on social media, HONY now provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City. It has also become a #1 NYT bestselling book.. It’s been quite a ride so far. Feel free to follow along.”

Humans of New York

I would highly recommend the BOOK  as well!

 

 

The Center – Once Upon A Time

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LGBT Center: Once Upon A Time And Now

February 3, 2015 – March 3, 2015

The Center is revisiting The Center Show  (1989) by reinstalling artworks from artists such as David LaChapelle and incorporating new artwork, under the curatorial direction of Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The goal of the exhibition, Once Upon a Time and Now, is to encourage guests and supporters to explore The Center including our rich, cultural history while continuing our role as a cultural destination for years to come.

LaChapelle’s artistic temperament is characterized by an unremitting effort to discover the ever newer possibilities offered by the medium of photography. His works from the 1980’s often represent a sort of fusion of photography, collage and graphic art.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center has undergone a major renovation of their historic main building over the last year and a half, upgrading the capabilities of the space while preserving their unique history in New York City.

Presented to celebrate the renovation of The Center, Once Upon A Time and Now, examines historic works from the 1980s preserved in the renovation and looks to the future with new works.

Featuring: Arch Connelly, Leon Golub, Gran Fury, Keith Haring, David LaChapelle, Stephen Lack, Thomas Lanigan Schmidt, Kay Rosen, Barbara Sandler, Kenny Scharf, Nancy Spero, Robert Storr, Susan Strande, Richard Taddei, George Whitman, and Martin Wong

Alongside more recent work by Deborah Kass, Tseng Kwong Chi, Glenn Ligon

Curated by Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011 | www.gaycenter.org

ONCE UPON A TIME AND NOW
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
6:00-9:00 PM
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011 | www.gaycenter.org

Phone:
212.620.7310

Building Hours:
Mon–Sat 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sun 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Men of Matinee NYC and Boxers Bar

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This year, Matinee NYC announces  the launch of  their sexy 2015 charity calendar, featuring the Men of Matinee and Boxers Bar, shot by celeb photographer Marco Ovando.

100% of the proceeds will directly help provide homeless LGBT youth with the support and nourishment they need to succeed and thrive in NYC.

Grab your copy at any of the 3 Boxers Bar locations (Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Philadelphia) for a minimum donation of $20, and receive a free Stoli cocktail.

With your help, we can reach our fundraising goal of $50,000!

MEET THE  MEN!   Thursday  Jan 8th – Boxers Chelsea

                                       Friday   Jan  9th   – Boxers   Hells  Kitchen

All proceeds  benefit  Ali Forney center

GayFace Launches

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GAYFACE: 1st Class prepares to launch on April 8th. We are excited to announce that our project is ready to launch – GAYFACE: 1st Class uses photo portraiture to empower queer individuals and give the public a personal relation to the individual. Alongside with its sister project ALLYFACE, which allows allies of the LGBTQ+ community to show their support.

Ashley Kolodner began GAYFACE as a personal project in 2011, but in 2012 it gained traction as a powerful way to give a voice to the LGBTQ+ community. Since then we’ve been taking the project where ever we could and are ready to take it national.

 My mission through GAYFACE: 1st CLASS, and the accompanying ALLYFACE photo series is to unite and empower the full-spectrum LGBTQ+ community and our allies. In doing so we will be able to give this community a voice through the pages of this first edition portraiture book. For more info contact us at gayface1stclass@gmail.com

 

Exergamers NYC: Senior Centers connect online for first-ever Xbox Bowling Competition

   Many of New
York’s
innovative senior centers have begun exergaming by offering Zumba
dancing and bowling with Microsoft Kinect for Xbox.
  Classes and friendly competitions have taken
place within the senior centers and between them.

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Participating
senior centers reflected some of New York City’s most innovative and diverse
senior centers. In fact, the sites that competed in the virtual bowling league
included the Services
& Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) Center,
Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center, and the VISIONS/Services
for the Blind and Visually Impaired center.

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SAGE: Services
& Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country’s largest and oldest
organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) older adults.

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SelfHelp
Community Services Inc.
: For the past 70-plus years, Selfhelp Community Services, Inc., a
non-profit organization, has been dedicated to enabling seniors and at-risk
families to live in their own homes, independently and with dignity.  Selfhelp serves seniors in Flushing, Queens, which
is one of the most ethnically diverse areas of New York.

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VISIONS: Celebrating
its 87th year of service, VISIONS assists people of all ages who are blind or
visually impaired to lead independent and active lives in their homes and
communities; and educate the public to understand the capabilities and needs of
people who are blind or visually impaired

 

Third Party Research

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According
to a study by the American Journal of Preventive
medicine in February 2012, exercise may prevent or delay dementia. However, only 14 percent of adults aged 65
to 74 years and 7 percent of those over 75 years exercise regularly. 


In
a public/private partnership that builds upon the past success of New York
City’s first Virtual Senior Center, created in 2010, the Department for the
Aging (DFTA) and the Department of Information Technology &
Telecommunications (DoITT) teamed up again with Microsoft to launch the very
first Kinect for Xbox virtual bowling match. The interactive competition will
take place between two of DFTA’s Innovative Senior Centers (ISC) – The SAGE
Center, the first LGBT senior center in the city,
and
Selfhelp, the city’s first virtual senior center. A third ISC – VISIONS, the
City’s first Innovative Senior Center for blind and visually-impaired seniors,
will also host an exhibition of its Kinect program.

 

“Technology
is rapidly changing the way we perform even the most routine activities and it
is important that we promote digital inclusion,” said NYC Department for the
Aging Commissioner Lilliam Barrios-Paoli. “We must make sure our seniors are
actively engaged with technology, whether it is social media, a discussion with
family over Skype, or through an email with a loved one. When we can have our
seniors not only embrace technology, but also have it benefit their physical
wellbeing, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

 

“‘Exergamers
NYC’ is a shining example of how the City can use its public-private technology
partnerships to help New Yorkers – in this case our seniors – connect with
innovative solutions to improve their quality of life,” said DoITT Citywide Chief
Information and Innovation Officer Rahul N. Merchant. “The Bloomberg
Administration is committed to using technology to better serve New Yorkers.
Through this program we are collectively providing more opportunities for
seniors to engage with readily available technology to boost activity, social
interaction, and overall wellbeing.”


READ MORE  at the Department of Aging

SAVE New Yorks Gay Halloween Parade

The
New York City Village Halloween Parade, a not-for-profit arts
organization, today announced the launch of their Kickstarter Campaign,
set to go live on September 17th. The campaign will raise
monies in an effort to recover considerable financial losses from the
last minute cancellation of last year’s Parade due to Superstorm Sandy,
as well as provide financial backing to ensure that the Parade will
celebrate its 40th Anniversary this Halloween.

 

The
iconic event has provided an exuberant cacophony of lights, sounds and
magical visuals on Halloween night for the past 40 years, attracting
over 2 million people from across the globe at the 2011 Parade alone.
Last year’s cancellation was the first in the Parade’s history, marking a
milestone the organization never hoped to meet. In the face of
devastation and destruction, the Parade has always been there to lift
the spirits of the global community, having been the first major event
in New York after 9/11, welcoming thousands of Hurricane Katrina
refugees in 2005 and commissioning Haitian Carnival Puppets in 2010
after the earthquake in Haiti.

 

“While
nothing compares to the tragic loss of life and home caused by Sandy,
the last minute cancellation proved to be a financial disaster for the
Parade, putting our

organization
out over $50,000,” said Jeanne Fleming, Producer and Artistic Director.
“We have been hard at work to overcome the setbacks Hurricane Sandy
brought, but

now
we are asking the millions of people who have ever marched  in or
watched to parade to help us make certain the Parade lives on.”

 

Through the help of crowd funding via Kickstarter, the Parade will continue to entertain the public for a 40th
year with a special appearance of the Giant Spider by Master Puppeteer
Basil Twist on the Jefferson Market Library Clock Tower.  For more
information on how to become involved in the Kickstarter campaign to
save the New York City Village Halloween Parade, please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/729950056/bring-halloween-back-to-nyc or www.halloween-nyc.com/

Gay New York Online Dating

 Are you tired of clubs and the bar scene? Online dating has exploded in
recent years and now 1 in ever 3 couples meet online. If you are looking
for someone in New York now there is a website strictly for gay men and
women in the Big Apple, GAYNY.net.  GayNY is not a typical website. 

It doesn’t have members from California
and Florida. With some help from state of the art technology members
can only sign up if they live
within a 60 mile radius of New York City. Now you don’t have to look at
emails from people in Boston or Philadelphia. GayNY has several
thousand members and is always looking for more innovation to connect
gay men and women in New York City.

Best of all, it’s free to
sign up and browse the personals. You only have to pay if you want to
begin contacting other members. One month is only 19.95 and three months
is only 39.95. If you compare this to other dating sites such as  Match
and eHarmony you are saving just as much and have access to just as
many members.

What are you waiting for? Someone in New York is looking for someone just like you.

New York Photographer Launches GayFace 1st Class project

GayFace is a current collection of
fine photography works by New York City photographer/artist, Ashley
Kolodner.
 Gay rights, as human rights, have long been thrown aside by
the American society.  Sexuality cannot be defined as black and white
for all. There are many members of the LGBTQ Community that do not
identify with just one label. Queer culture is most often portrayed as
radical, quirky, off-beat even unserious, or detrimental to social and
familiar norms.  The goal of this project is to break barriers that the
LGBTQ community has lived under. The purpose is to give this community
the voice it deserves and the power to speak their truth.
 This collection of works is done to portray the innovative, personal,
and participatory face of the gay movement and American culture at
large and in the home.

 

Each
subject is photographed with their eyes closed, then eyes open.
The
images are meant to be seen side by side. Closing their eyes gives the
viewer a sense of the subjects’ vulnerability. The eyes open, allows the
subject to look the viewer directly in the eye.  Once the photographs
have been taken, each subject participates in a short interview stating
their name and their identifiable label of their choosing. 

 

The work will then be projected onto different buildings and landmarks, to superimpose this true-to-life image of the gay community and further the aims of the movement in light of the

current ACLU and marriage court
cases.  She has and will continue to tour the United States to shoot
individuals who overtly, or covertly,

identify
themselves within the LGBTQ community.  Her work has already
contributed greatly to the self-identity and empowerment of these
individuals, producing a massive support system.  This work will also be
contributed to book projects, street art and gallery exhibitions.  She
is working to unify others in her movement in celebration of sex,
freedom of identity, freedom of association, and culture.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/GayFace/346789112104570

 

Tumblr: http://gayfaceinyourface.tumblr.com/

 

Website: www.akolodnerphotography.com

+ Pool Will Become a Reality in New York’s Hudson River


It’s going to happen!  A  pool in the Hudson River! It started with a vision – not it’s going to become a reality!

Like a giant strainer dropped into the river, + POOL makes it possible
for everybody to swim in clean river water right here in NYC.
+ POOL started with a simple goal: instead of trying to clean the entire
river, what if you started by just cleaning a small piece of it?  
And
what if you could change how New Yorkers see their rivers, just by
giving them a chance to swim in it?

Press Conference on Anti Gay Hate Violence in New York…

JUNE 7, 2013, THE BRONX, NY: “The Bronx LGBTQ Center (the “Center”) has gathered you here to announce a series of outreach initiatives to combat the anti-LGBTQ sentiment that begets incidents of hate violence highlighted by recent media reports of thirteen anti-gay attacks in Manhattan since May, as well as let the community know that we are here, and we are here to stay,” Tym Moss, the Center’s president, announced.

“We  are  working  closely  with  the  NEW YORK CITY ANTI-VIOLENCE PROJECT (AVP),  SCAN  NEW YORK, NYS Senator Jose M. Serrano, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., UNION COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, the BRONX PRIDE COALITION,  IN THE LIFE MINISTRIES,  and the NYPD, all of  whom support our efforts, in developing programs to diminish the ignorance about our LGBTQ communities that results in homophobia, transphobia, and hatred,” Peter C. Frank, the Center’s secretary, stated.
Also in attendance were Chanel Lopez (New York City Anti-Violence Project’s Community-Based Counsel/Advocate), Minister Nakia Alford-Saunders,  Cesar Sanchez  (Bronx Pride Coalition representative),  Cynthia Thompkins, Esq.(founder of WAVE-NYC (women against violence everywhere), president of the 46th precinct community council, activist,and community leader), and Det. Thomas Verni (NYPD LGBT liaisons office). The three victims of hate crimes who were scheduled to speak –  did not appear. 
The Center announces  six outreach initiatives to combat anti-LGBTQ sentiment, homophobia, and transphobia:
First, we will bring AVP’s “Friday Community Safety Nights” program to The Bronx starting Friday, June 21.  Second, we will hold monthly town hall meetings, beginning in August.  Third, we are partnering with SCAN-NY’s GLAS program to bring their “Over the Rainbow” panels to The Bronx and some of our Town Halls.. 
Next is our 2013 Bronx LGBTQ Pride & Health Fair on July 20
Next, we are co-sponsoring self-defense workshops with NYC Council Speaker Quinn’s office that will be held in The Bronx. Finally, we will be sharing information and working on other programs with our partners and sponsors.
“We welcome the input of the community to guide us. Anyone can join our Center as a member and have a voice in our operations. We also want to let our LGBTQ communities know that there is a new center—a new resource—for them,” Moss advised. “Our initiatives will become a fixture in The Bronx for as long as they are needed,” Frank added.
Borough President Diaz proclaimed, “Our LGBT community is filled with hardworking, loving individuals who work each day as teachers, doctors, business men and women to uplift our neighborhoods and help shape the minds of our children. These are individuals who are being judged and harassed by close-minded criminals simply because of how they choose to live their lives. Enough is enough. We need to put a stop to these senseless acts of violence against our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community. We need to educate our communities with outreach programs like the ones being launched by the Bronx LGBTQ Center. The Bronx continues to be a partner in the fight for the human rights of our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community.”
“The LGBT community consists of vibrant, talented and hardworking individuals who are our neighbors, our friends, and our family members. These individuals should be celebrated and respected like all members of our community. It is extremely unfortunate that violent hate crimes targeting the LGBT community still occur. We must continue to work together to prevent and discourage hate crimes and create a safe environment for all members of society regardless of sexual orientation,” Senator Serrano exclaimed.
“AVP will continue working to create safety in all communities across New York City. We want to bring safety to every neighborhood and we encourage everyone to join us,” said  Sharon Stapel,  Executive Director,  New York City Anti-Violence Project, “We also know that people are deeply affected by this violence and AVP is here through our free, confidential, bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline: 212-714-1141.” For more information about AVP’s Community Safety Nights, visit AVP’s web site at

“>www.avp.org/get-help/report-violence.

The Bronx LGBTQ Center hopes to begin operating its helpline in the near future. A number has already been reserved for that purpose: 347-LGBT-HLP. Currently, calls to this number are sent directly to voice mail.

New Yorks Bronx LGBT Center talks Anti-Violence June 7th

This Friday!  Bronx LGBTQ Center to Address Spike in Anti-LGBTQ Violence

On Friday, June 7th,
the new Bronx LGBTQ Center will address a recent and disturbing spike
in the number of incidents of anti-LGBTQ hate violence that have been
committed in NYC. 

At the event, the Bronx LGBTQ Center’s president, Tym Moss,
with the support of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., will
announce outreach initiatives that it will undertake to combat the
sentiment that begets such attacks.

In addition to Mr. Moss and Borough President Diaz, other
community leaders and organizations–including victims of these
attacks–will speak on this issue and join in support of the Center’s
outreach initiatives.

WHEN:       Friday, June 7, 2013

WHERE:
    Steps of the Bronx County Building, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY

TIME:
        1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

CONTACT:
 Peter C. Frank, secretary of the Bronx LGBTQ Center, 

914-417-9579 

Gay Hate Crime Laws are Examined in New York

Sen. Brad Hoylman, the state Senate’s only openly gay member, plans a forum to discuss the state’s hate crime law.

In the wake of a recent spate of attacks on gays in Manhattan, a state
senator plans to hold a public forum on the effectiveness of the
state’s 13-year-old hate crimes law.

Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), plans the forum for June 14 in the city.

“It’s time to put the law under the microscope and see how effective
it’s been,” Hoylman told the Daily News. “Certainly the rash of
anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered violence in the last month
is the impetus.”

Gornell Roman Arrested in Connection with Killing Mark Carson

ARRESTED!  

ABC news reports – A suspect was arrested Wednesday in an assault in Manhattan’s East
Village that police say was one of several anti-gay attacks in recent
days.

Gornell Roman was arrested on charges of assault and aggravated harassment, both as hate crimes.

Roman is accused of yelling an anti-gay remark and attacking a drinking
companion on Monday. Roman and the victim, Dan Contarino, lived at a
nearby homeless shelter.

It was one of 2 anti-gay attacks authorities announced Tuesday following the killing of a gay man over the weekend. midnight

Police said two men were walking in lower Manhattan Tuesday morning when
two other men yelled homophobic slurs in Spanish and attacked them. Two
suspects were arrested on hate crime assault charges.

Mark Carson was killed Saturday as he walked with a companion through
Greenwich Village. Police say a man charged with murder as a hate crime
shot Carson just blocks from the Stonewall Inn, where riots sparked the
modern gay-rights movement in 1969.

Following the deadly shooting, officials said police would increase
their presence there and in nearby neighborhoods through the end of
June, Gay Pride Month.

Carson’s shooting came after reports of several other anti-gay attacks
in recent weeks. Those include an assault on two men who were walking
arm-in-arm near Madison Square Garden on May 5, police said.

The Center SUMMER CAMP Events

 

 This
summer, the Center is sending you back to CAMP with our annual Summer
“Camp” Festival. But not the kind of icky outdoor camp with tents and
mosquitoes – instead, we’re serving up drag queens and NO WIRE HANGERS!
Jump start your summer with fun, games and a celebration of the elusive
queer aesthetic known simply as “camp.”

FOURPLAY – Thursday, May 9; 7:30 p.m.
Giving John Waters a run for his sleazy money, Kyle Henry’s raucous
independent film, Fourplay presents a quartet of sex tales in four
American cities. Henry and Paul Soileau (Christeene) host.

HOLLY WOODLAWN: A LOW LIFE IN HIGH HEELS – Thursday, May 16; 7 p.m.
Once appearing alongside Candy Darling and Jackie Curtis, the legendary
Andy Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn will read from her biography and
screen her 1973 short film Broken Goddess.

DRAG BINGO WITH HEDDA LETTUCE – Tuesday, May 21; 7 p.m. Drag bingo returns to the Center for one night only with kooky prizes, double entendre and a cash jackpot. Time to get lucky!

BRINI MAXWELL DOES BARBARELLA – Tuesday, May 28; 7 p.m.
Wall-to-wall shag carpeting, evil Lava Lamp goo and glittery spacesuits
that fall off at a moment’s notice? Forget Jane Fonda…we’ve got the
mod-tastic Brini Maxwell to help us through this camp classic.

MATCH GAME LIVE – Thursday, June 13; 7:30 p.m.
A live stage version of the campiest, kitschiest game show in history —
The “Match Game”! Match Frank DeCaro, Jackie Hoffman and other celebs
for prizes. Get ready to laugh your _BLANK_ off!


THE CENTER

First AIDS Generation Reunites to Discuss The Early Crisis Years in New York City May 9th

Hundreds
of New Yorkers who lived during the worst devastation of the AIDS
years, joined by leading educators and scientists, will come together in
a free panel discussion and town-hall meeting to discuss the unique
challenges they face as a group.

 Titled “Is This My Beautiful Life? Perspectives From Survivors of the AIDS Generation,
this first-ever community forum will take place on Thursday, May 9,
from 7-9 pm, in Mason Hall at Baruch College, 17 Lexington Avenue (enter
on 23rd Street). The space is wheelchair accessible. The
panel discussion will be followed by a public forum for attendees to
discuss their experiences, share their challenges and ask questions of
panelists.


The event is free
but pre-registration is required at www.broadwaycares.org/life
. This town hall is particularly targeted at gay men in midlife,
whether HIV-positive or HIV-negative; all person living with HIV; former
and current AIDS activists, caregivers, and service providers; and New
Yorkers who lost friends, lovers, and colleagues to AIDS.

The evening will be hosted by the Tony Award-winning star of Angels in America,
Stephen Spinella. It will begin with short presentations by experts on
aging, activism, mental trauma, and chronic disease. The panel of
experts will be moderated by Dr. Perry N. Halkitis (Associate Dean for
Research and Doctoral Studies, Professor of Applied Psychology and
Public Health, NYU Steinhardt, Professor of Population Health, NYU
Langone School of Medicine and author of the soon-to-be-released book, The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience). 

 “As
the youngest of those people now enters middle age, it’s clear
that—like soldiers—the AIDS generation suffers even after its fight has
abated,” said event co-organizer John Voelcker. “Many members of the
group that fought the ravages of the epidemic, buried its brothers and
sisters, and endured a war that the rest of the world felt it could
ignore seem to suffer what may be something similar to post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD). Their depression rates are higher, they may
engage in unsafe sex, and a few of those with HIV inexplicably stop
taking the lifesaving anti-retroviral medications that saved their lives
15 years ago.”


REGISTER ONLINE

Gay Pride New York 2013

HOW COOL IS THAT PHOTO? Such CELEBRATION!  

I think it’s pretty hard to beat Gay Pride in New York! 40+ years since the Stonewall Riots…and LOOK how far we have come!

Two Years Following the Passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Act, NYC Remains Nation’s Most Popular LGBT Travel Destination, Attracting Visitors From Around the Globe.
Nearly 2 Million Expected to Attend Flagship Heritage of Pride Events this June.

NYC & Company,
New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership
organization, is highlighting several annual gay pride events taking
place throughout the City as the summer travel season begins.
Recognized as the number one LGBT travel destination in the United
States, New York City will be brimming with energy, diversity and
excitement. From the flagship Heritage of Pride events in
Manhattan—where nearly 2 million people are expected to attend—to
the diverse pride events and celebrations happening in the boroughs
outside Manhattan, New York City is the ideal destination for visitors
seeking a unique and festive pride experience.

“New York City is an
iconic destination for LGBT travel, particularly during our annual
Pride Week celebrations,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC &
Company. “Following the legalization of same-sex marriage
in New York two years ago, the City remains the most popular gay travel
destination in the United States. We encourage visitors from around the
world to book their travel now and experience the many pride
festivities taking place throughout the five boroughs.”

A full listing of NYC 2013 pride activity can be accessed at nycgo.com/gay.  Highlights of activity taking place throughout
the City, organized by borough, follows: 

 

Manhattan

 

Heritage of Pride,
which organizes the City’s flagship LGBT events and
commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots that sparked the modern
gay-rights movement, features the theme “Rain to Rainbows” for its
lineup of pride events this year.

 

“After
years of inequality in this country we are finally turning the course
toward receiving full equality. While this won’t be achieved overnight
we
are proud of our community’s accomplishments over the last decade and
look to the future with a positive stance on the state of LGBT rights,”
said Chris Frederick, Managing Director of Heritage of Pride. “With the
Supreme Court deciding on same-sex marriage
days prior to NYC Pride’s largest day we are projecting an increase in
attendance to nearly 2 million individuals and are excited to welcome
the world with open arms.”

The PrideFest street fair, now in its 20th year, will take place on
Sunday, June 30, 11am–6pm. Thousands of visitors attend the event at
Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th Street each
year, joining locals, corporate sponsors, community leaders and business
owners.

With Edith Windsor (the central figure
in the case challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act), Harry
Belafonte (singer, songwriter and longtime social activist) and Earl
Fowlkes (president and CEO of the
Center for Black Equity) as the grand marshals, The March will
take place on Sunday, June 30, at noon. The parade, which has taken
place to celebrate the gay community since 1970, begins at 36th Street
and Fifth Avenue and ends in Greenwich Village.
Free registration is now open online.

Three events will take place at Pier 26 (on the West Side Highway; attendees should cross at Laight Street) this year:

 

·        
The Rally will take place on Friday, June 28, 7–10pm, showcasing speakers and well-known
performers in honor of the first NYC pride rally that occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots.

·        
Rapture on the River,
one of the nation’s largest ladies-only dance events, will celebrate
its 10-year anniversary on Saturday, June 29, 3–10pm. Tickets
are available online.

·        
On Sunday, June 30,
Dance on the Pier is back for its 27th year with
award-winning DJs and the world’s longest-running LGBT fireworks display
along the Hudson River. The event, 3–10pm, is the official close to NYC
Pride events. Tickets are available
online.

To purchase tickets, register and access a comprehensive list of all events, visit
nycpride.org or follow Heritage of Pride on Twitter (
twitter.com/nycpride)
or on Facebook (
facebook.com/nycpride).

 

Bronx

 

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in partnership with Boogie Down Pride and Brainpower, will host the third annual
Bronx LGBT Allies Award Ceremony on Thursday, June 20, 2013, 6pm,
at the Rotunda at 851 Grand Concourse. The event will honor individuals
who have made positive contributions to the LGBT community in the
Bronx. For more information, go to
bronxboropres.nyc.gov/.

 

Brooklyn

 

New
York City’s most populous borough celebrates gay pride with events on
Saturday, June 8. Brooklyn Pride 2013 features the 16th annual
Brooklyn Pride LGBT 5K Run through the historic Prospect Park. Runners must sign up at
nycruns.com (limited to 500 participants). Runners can check in at 8am; the
race starts at 10am.

 

Also on June 8, visitors and locals can attend the
Brooklyn Pride Festival, 11am–5pm at a new location, on
Fifth Avenue, between Third and Ninth Streets. This year’s festival will
feature two stages for local performers and LGBT–friendly sports teams
that will be playing behind the Old Stone House
at J.J. Byrne Park.


At 7:30pm, the Brooklyn Pride Parade will begin at a new location, at Sterling Place, and march down Fifth Avenue, ending at Ninth Street.

 

For more information, please visit
brooklynpride.org.

 

Queens

 

On Sunday, June 2, Queens Pride, which promotes education and awareness of LGBT issues in the borough, hosts its
Parade and Multicultural Festival, noon–6pm, in Jackson Heights,
with the theme “Equality. Everyday. Everyone.”  The parade starts at
85th Street and 37th Avenue at noon, and will follow 37th Avenue through
75th Street. Also starting at noon, the festival
will take place through 6pm on 37th Road between 74th and 77th Streets.
Parade participants will have the opportunity to win “Queenie Awards,”
ranging from the best use of color to the best drag performance.

 

For more information and to register for the events, go to
queenspride.org.

 

Staten Island

 

The Staten Island LGBT Community Center hosts the
LGBT Pride Parade & Festival 2013 in the St. George
neighborhood on Saturday, June 1, noon–5pm. The parade kicks off at noon
at on Central Avenue at Slosson Terrace, ending at Tompkinsville Park,
where the festival will feature LGBT–friendly entertainment,
amusements and vendors till 5pm.

 

For more information and to register for the events, visit
silgbtcenter.org or
facebook.com/statenislandparade.

New Yorks Dog Poop Problems

WE LOVE OUR DOGS!
      But lets face it , dog poop is gross.

It’s hard to imagine eight million people trying to avoid dog refuse on
the streets of New York City on a daily basis. It’s harder not to
imagine New Yorkers from all walks of life picking up after their
canines. Using plastic bags or trendy, mechanized devices, pet owners
have become a unified force in cleaning up the sidewalks of the Big
Apple. We forget that Health Law 1310, which went into effect in 1978,
was the first such legislation to work in a major city, and that the
strange custom of scooping in New York continues to influence
communities around the world. READ THE BOOK – New York’s Poop Scoop Law: Dogs, the Dirt, and Due Process (New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond)

How do you pick up your dogs poop? 

Many
dog
owners pick it up with a non-biodegradable plastic bag. They “recycle”
(re-use) one of those plastic bags from the grocery store. They pick up
the poop and throw it away. Those are just about the worst invention EVER!

But then what happens? It gets sent
off somewhere, to live on forever and ever and ever.

You
may not think about it, but chances are if you have a dog you’re creating
excess waste, somewhere. There are approximately 78.2 million owned dogs in the
United States. That’s a lot of poop!

NOW – We have better choice!  A smarter Green solution!

Paul Cannella, the owner of Chicago-based PoopBags.com, created a solution. 

Cannella’s PoopBags are 100 percent  TOTALLY biodegradable dog waste bags  —
Made from corn starch and other renewable resources, PoopBags are shelf stable products that will degrade, after use, at the same rate as the core of an apple. 

“I used to always run out of bags for my dog, May. I started grabbing extra bags when I could: my Mom would save them for me, I always asked for double-bagging, etc. I started looking for sources on the web and discovered just how bad plastic bags were for the environment.” says Paul. 

In 2003, there were very few resources for biodegradable bags — and it remains true today. While many claim to be biodegradable, only a couple actually meet the ASTM D6400 specification, which allows you to legally claim your product is biodegradable.

 Check out Poop Bags.com for an assortment of items!


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Ross Mathews Takes a Bite out of New York City in May

As
a young kid growing up in a farm town, Ross Mathews might as well have
wished for a pet unicorn or a magical calorie-free cookie tree to grow
in his front yard. 


Either of those far-fetched fantasies would’ve
probably been more likely to come true than his real dream: Working on
television in Hollywood, California. I mean, seriously, that stuff just
doesn’t happen to people like Ross. But guess what. It totally did.

Who knew – everyone would fall in love with Ross? We have been watching Ross’s rise to fame and it is so great to see a very gay man!  Rise to such great heights. He is just so likable, honest and  real. The public responds well to him. 

Ross Mathews, is now one of the most in-demand television personalities today. Ross has traveled the world as a Tonight Show correspondent,
interviewing everyone from Oscar winners to British royalty, quickly
becoming a late-night television  staple and a favorite of the
public. 

Currently, Ross continues his Tonight Show correspondent duties, is a weekly regular panelist and occasional guest host on E!’s hit late-night talk show Chelsea Lately and a fixture on the E! Networks’ live red carpet award show coverage and E! News.

Last month Ross worked on a talk show pilot,  produced by Chelsea Handler’s Borderline Amazing Productions that Mathews  hosted, wrote and co-produced!

NOW COMES THE BOOK AND TOUR!
Ross will be at the Gramercy Theater in NY on Tuesday May 7, 8:00pm.  He
will be in New York that week doing press, as May 7 is the official
release date of the book as well!

The MAN UP  book will out May 7th.  The book, Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence , will
be Mathews’ first and include a humorous collection of observations and
personal stories and takes readers inside Mathews’ personal journey as a
super fan, revealing the most embarrassing and hilarious moments of his
small town life and big city adventures, and how he managed to turn an
obsession with pop culture into one on one interactions with celebrities
like Paltrow, Tiffani-Amber Theissen, Madonna, and Michelle Kwan [to
name a few] without ever having a single restraining order issued
against him. It also will feature a foreword by actress Gwyneth Paltrow and an afterword by late-night host Chelsea Handler.

“Ross has been a friend of mine for 10 years, and this book is
hilariously sad, hilariously naïve and hilariously gay. I love this
book,” Handler said.

“The book is about my experiences, thus far, in
life. Growing up in a small town and then navigating Hollywood. The
theme that’s been running through that is something I talk about on
Chelsea a lot; what I’ve coined as “man-up.” I think I always try to
man-up,”
explains Ross. 

“What I mean by that is, understanding you are what you are and
you’re going to have your flaws, but rather than heaping a lot of
negativity on whatever makes you different or whatever makes you unique,
really shine the light on that and use it to make you stand out, I
think that’s just something innately that I’ve done my entire life,
totally on accident. I probably owe it to my mother, because she was
effusive with her compliments, even when they were undeserved. I would
love to spread that message. Like, come on, life is short you gotta love
yourself. Get over it and let’s keep movin’ on to make a difference in
the world.


Mathews
currently lives in Los Angeles with his partner, Salvador, and their
two rescue dogs, Louise and Mijo. When not working on his many projects,
Mathews is a strong supporter of the Human Rights Campaign, speaking at
many of their nationwide events and he received their Visibility Award
in 2011.

When once asked, Why do you think visibility is so important for our community?

He says, “Oh my gosh, it’s like crazy, super, big time important!
I grew up in a teeny farm town in Mount Vernon, Washington, and I was a
little gay kid and I didn’t know what it meant to grow up to be a big
gay grown-up. I didn’t know any gay people and back then I didn’t see
any gay people on TV. I didn’t learn until I went to college that I
could be a totally happy grown up, loud, proud, out gay person. It’s a
different world now, in part, not to toot my tooter, partly because
people like me are on TV, out, loud and proud for a decade now!”                        
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!



5/7/13
New York, NY
Gramercy Theatre


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