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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

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Urban Wonderer App Walking Tour of New York City

Whether you are visiting  New York City, or live here and are curious about the history of the buildings and landmarks you pass, Urban Wonderer FREE app is here to help!


It’s difficult to really
look at and appreciate these sites when you’ve got your nose stuck in a
guide book. This audio app solves that problem.

UrbanWonderer, an iPhone and Android audio walking tour app, was launched to solve just this problem.
Created by licensed NYC tour guide, Steven Craig Sickles, UrbanWonderer
offers informative and highly entertaining narrated walking tours of
some of New York City’s most popular neighborhoods, including SoHo,
TriBeCa, Central Park, Greenwich Village, and W42nd Street in
Times Square. Additionally, the UrbanWonderer app offers a non-narrated
map of the Chelsea Art Galleries, as the exhibits change constantly.

UrbanWonderer walking tours cover not
only New York City history and its landmark sights, but also some of the
city’s best restaurants, art galleries and shops, as well as dozens of
film and TV shooting locations that have helped make New York the most
celebrated city on both big and little screens.

With the UrbanWonderer walking tour app you’ll learn the history of over 100 popular NYC destinations, including:

          How Houston Street got its name and, perhaps more importantly for New York City newbies, how to pronounce it!

o   Listen: SoHo: The How of Houston

          The history of the Washington Square Park Arch

o   Listen: Greenwich Village: Washington Square Arch

          The controversy over the creation of Central Park and how Sheep Meadow got its name

o   Listen: Central Park: Sheep Meadow

Check it out!   Urban Wonderer

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New York Historical Society Present AIDS in New York: The First Five Years

The
early history of the AIDS epidemic in New York City—from the first
rumors in 1981 of a “gay plague” through the ensuing period of intense
activism, clinical research, and political struggle—will be the subject
of a major new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, AIDS in New York: The First Five Years, on view from June 7 through September 15, 2013.


With a wealth of materials drawn from New-York Historical’s archives
as well as the archives of the New York Public Library, New York
University, and the National Archive of LGBT History, the exhibition
will use artifacts including clinicians’ notes, journal entries,
diaries, letters, audio and video clips, posters, photographs,
pamphlets, and newspapers to revisit the impact of the epidemic on
personal lives and public culture in New York City and the nation.  

“For those who lost partners, children, siblings, parents, and
friends, the memory of the fear and mystery that pervaded New York at
the beginning of the AIDS epidemic remains vivid,” said curator Jean S.
Ashton. “For many people today, though, these years are now a
little-understood and nearly forgotten historical period. Yet the
trajectory of HIV/AIDS changed paradigms in medicine, society, politics,
and culture in ways that are still being felt, and the disease remains
with us, affecting some 100,000 New Yorkers and more than one million
Americans today. This exhibition explores a history that we continue to
live.”

The exhibition will begin by recalling life in New York in the
pre-AIDS period, especially the exhilarating sense of artistic and
sexual freedom that followed the 1969 Stonewall Riots, which establishes
the social and political context for the earliest reports from medical
professionals of the physical decline and deaths of previously healthy
young people afflicted with diseases usually found only in the aged.
This section will feature the personal stories of the first AIDS
patients and their caretakers and give voice to the doctors who cared
for these patients. Because more than 80 percent of those infected were
homosexual males, rumors of a “gay plague” circulated. Anchor objects in
this area of the exhibition include a copy of the national medical
bulletin Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report that first mentioned the disease, the July 3, 1981 New York Times article that was the first national media story, and a variety of reports published in the gay press.

As cases of this new epidemic were discovered outside the gay
community, in heroin drug injectors, babies, and people who had had
blood transfusions, the challenges posed to researchers and those caring
for the sick intensified.  Racing at once to discover the possible
cause or causes of the disease in order to contain its spread and to
alleviate the social and political impact of the growing rate of
infection and death, scientists, social workers, and members of the
affected populations and their friends struggled together to raise funds
and influence research priorities. By the middle of 1983, responses
from the community, including increasingly militant victims of the
disease, began to take shape to demand support for social services and
raise new monies for research.  In New York, even more than elsewhere,
AIDS was a political issue, pitting the Mayor against a vocal
constituency that demanded action.

The second section of the exhibition will explore the impediments
that prevented any quick solution to the growing problem.  An epidemic
of fear swept the city, fueled by rumors and stoked by exploitative news
coverage, as funeral directors refused to embalm the bodies of AIDS
victims, parents protested the admission of AIDS victims to public
schools, and some hospitals refused to admit people suffering from the
disease.  

The third and final section traces both the progress of
research on the causes of the epidemic, the development of AIDS
philanthropy, and the growth of the anger and mistrust that would
explode after the founding of ACT-UP in 1986. On display in this section
will be slides and documents from the 1984 Park City Utah conference
where Jean-Claude Chermann, a virologist from the Nobel-Prize winning
team at the Pasteur Institute in Paris electrified the room by
presenting evidence announcing the discovery of the retrovirus which
would ultimately be identified as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV),
and would make possible the development of the first commercial test kit
for the presence of the virus (also on display).  


The founding of amfAR
and other philanthropic organizations, and the strengthened role of the
Gay Men’s Health Crisis, also documented here, would enable the
successful public outreach of the following decades.  The gallery will
focus on the landmark New York production of Larry Kramer’s powerful
call to action, The Normal Heart, and will end with the highly publicized illness and death of movie star Rock Hudson in October, 1985.

Also included in the exhibition is a panel from the AIDS quilt
memorializing Roger Gail Lyon, an early victim of the epidemic whose
plea that he not die of “red tape” articulated the frustration of the
AIDs community.
      
The years documented in AIDS in New York: The First Five Years
preceded the founding of ACT-UP, whose commitment to activism and
dramatic achievements will be illustrated in an exhibition at the New
York Public Library entitled  “Why We Fight: AIDS Activism and American Culture” running October 4, 2013-April 6, 2014.



Generous support for AIDS in New York: The First Five Years
 is provided, in part, by Ford Foundation and by The New York Community Trust.
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David Mixners Equality Vigil in New Yorks Time Square March 24th

IN case you have been under a rock in recent years, author, political strategist, civil rights activist and public affairs  adviser David Mixner blogs on his passions: progressive politics,
foreign policy, LGBT rights and wildlife advocacy.

Yesterday he said, “The week of March 24 will be a historic week for the LGBT community,
family and friends. For two days on that week, the United States
Supreme Court is hearing arguments on both the DOMA and Proposition 8
cases. Rarely has a time called for dignified reflections and ‘giving
witness’ to the moment.

Not acknowledging the importance of those hearings in our lives is
unacceptable. All over America at sunset either on Sunday March 24 or
Monday, March 25 there will be vigils, visits to Congressional offices
and editorial boards, LGBT couples seeking marriage licenses and even
some getting arrested.

Show up and be counted somewhere in America. Just do it.

On Sunday evening (March 24) at 7:00PM, I will be taking a candle to Times Square – the window to the world and standing silently for one hour to give witness.
I will be standing behind the half price ticket booth. There will be
no speeches (although music is always welcomed) and no anger.

Have zero idea if it will be just me standing alone with my candle or just me and a few friends.

However, I am inviting you to come and stand with me to give witness
to the nation and the world how important that week will be for LGBT
American obtaining freedom and equality.

If the spirit moves you and you in New York City come on down to
Times Square with your candle, your determination to fully equal and
spend an hour with me.

Much love and peace.”

See YOU on March 24th at 7pm in TIMES SQUARE!


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Gay Pride all over New York City and Beyond

Gay pride Month all over NEW YORK!!

Brooklyn Pride  June  6-9, 2012

Long Island Pride  June 9

Maplewood  NJ  Pride   June  9

Rockland County  June 10

Hudson valley Pride  June 15-17

The Big Rally  NYC   June 16

Garden Party for The Center  June 18

Dyke March    June  23

Harlem Pride   June 23

The main events – New York City Pride
aka  Heritage of Pride

Rapture on the River  June  23

The March! Biggest in the world!   with Cyndi Lauper  June 24

PrideFest    June  24

The Pier Dance  June 25

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Glbt Travel Expo in New York May 5

GLBT  TRAVEL  EXPO!    – FREE Admission!

The 2012  Travel Expo Tour is an exciting event where
you can learn about new travel destinations, rediscover old ones, find
glbt friendly travel providers and get information to plan your next
vacation.

Airlines
Hotels
Trains
Cruise lines
Car Rentals
Resorts
Exotic Destinations
Convention & Visitors Bureaus
Travel Magazines

Attendees will be able to get the latest travel information, get
special travel packages and great deals from the very best travel
providers as well as win great prizes.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –  Thursday – May 3, 2012 –  The William Way Center.

New York , New York –  Saturday May 5, 2012 –  The LGBT Center.  12-5pm


We are pleased to announce Carlos as the winner of the GlbtTravel Store’s Male Model Contest!

Carlos won a professional travel themed
photo shoot, $300 cash and will star in the Arrive in Style presentation at the
glbt Travel Expo, NYC,  on May 5th, 2012. You’ll be seeing and getting to know more
about the star model in the near future.

 A big round of applause and three
cheers for Carlos!


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Times Square Social at Traffic w/ Special Guest David Drake

Wednesday February 22, 2012 from 6-9PM

Traffic Bar & Restaurant, 701 9th Ave. Corner of 48th St.


RSVP: Trafficfebruary.eventbrite

FREE EVENT – Since
2004 TheMenEvent has been bringing you the HOTTEST Gay Networking
Events. This month, we descend upon a new venue, Traffic in Hell’s
Kitchen. Expect to meet lots of other gay professionals (or professional
gays – wink), make new friendships, win stuff, enjoy drink specials and
get some free appetizers (but you have to get there early for the yummy
treats).

Featuring:
*
Prize Giveaways including DVD’s and Show Tickets. PLUS Enter to win 1
of 3 Top Men’s Fragrances from the Fragrance and Beauty Outlet.
* No cover!
* Drink Specials- $4 Coors Light Drafts, $5 mixed well cocktails $5 Glass of Traffic’s signature sangria & $5 house wines.
* Hundreds of Amazing Guys!
* Free Appetizers from 6-7pm

 

* CELEB ALERT: Meet DAVID DRAKE (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me) who is currently donning drag in new comedy MY TAWNY VALENTINE.

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Simon Doonan at The Center Feb 15… Gay Men Don’t Get Fat!

On Wednesday, February 15th, Center Authors and Second Tuesday present the witty, clever, and talented Simon Doonan, who will present and read from his new book of essays, Gay Men Don’t Get Fat
.

A fashionista and trusted adviser, Doonan can tell a story like no one else, moving you from outright laughter to a little tear in the corner of your eye. In his new book, Doonan talks about himself (and his designer hubby, Jonathan Adler) with honesty and hilarity; offering wisdom, advice, and inspiration beyond the same old diet and exercise tips.

He uses his own life experiences and insights to show us all how we can make every day a memorable event. Gay Men Don’t Get Fat continues Doonan’s tradition of linked stories and essays, this time to give away all the best gay secrets we use to stay svelte, fabulously accessorized, and beautifully decorated.

Originally from England, Simon Doonan worked for Savile Row before
becoming the creative director for Barneys New York, where he designed
legendary window displays for more than twenty years. Formerly a
columnist for The New York Observer, he is now a contributor to
Slate.com. He has appeared on Gossip Girl, Iron Chef America, and
America’s Next Top Model.

He is the author of several books, including
“Wacky Chicks,” “Confessions of a Window Dresser,” and “Beautiful
People,” which was adapted for television in the UK. Doonan lives in New
York with his husband, Jonathan Adler.

WHEN
  Wednesday, February 15 PM, 6:30 PM – 8 PM
WHERE

  The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street
New York City

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LIKE US on FACEBOOK for Sweet Deals

Ok –  I don’t get it. We have 7500 friends on Facebook (Michael Snell and Derrick Sorles)
yet only  a couple hundred people  LIKE US  for  BEST GAY NEW YORK.

Did you know, if  you LIKE US – we won’t bother you. But we will start offering those who  LIKE  US, special contests and special invitations to parties we host in NYC!

So what are you waiting for –   LIKE US!!

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“Ask Not”– Free documentary Screening at NY Public Library

It’s barely one year past the anniversary of Obama’s monumental repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the subject is still stirring controversy.

On Sunday, January 29th, the New York Public Library will host a screening of the 2008 PBS documentary Ask Not, a compelling film that explores the effects of the US military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gay and lesbian soldiers and service members.

This film exposes the political battles that led to passage of the law, and investigates the societal shifts that have occurred since then. Interviews with current and veteran gay soldiers reveal how “don’t ask, don’t tell” affects them during their tours of duty, and details the struggle they face as they live a double life.


This screening is part of the weekly Sunday afternoon film program held at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library. They will be held at 2 pm on the 6th floor of the branch, located at 40th Street and 5th Avenue.
Other films include:

  • January 8: Vanishing of the Bees, edited by Ellen Page, this documentary examines the mysterious disappearance of entire honeybee populations across the US, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Called Colony Collapse Disorder, the phenomenon has far-reaching effects on the production of hundreds of fruits and vegetables. The film explores the link between human activity and the welfare of the earth. 
  • January 15: Scrabylon, filmed primarily during the World SCRABBLE Championships in Las Vegas, this documentary delves deep into the competitive and colorful world of tournament SCRABBLE. Interviews with players from around the globe address the timeless allure of the popular word game.
  • January 22: Bag It, follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he travels the world, investigating the systematic effects of our use of plastic on our oceans, environment, and bodies. Using the ubiquitous plastic bag as a touchpoint, Berrier hones in on our role in a system which prizes convenience over thoughtfulness, and the effect this has on our oceans, environment, and bodies. This documentary comes at a great time, as Seattle just recently banned plastic bags: READ MORE

 

Up next month: The Films of Pedro Almodovar!

Almodóvar is arguably the most successful and internationally known Spanish filmmaker of his generation. His films, marked by complex narratives, employ the codes of melodrama and use elements of pop culture, popular songs, irreverent humor,
strong colors and glossy décor. Desire, passion, family and identity are
among Almodóvar’s most prevalent themes. His films enjoy a worldwide
following and he has become a major figure on the stage of world cinema.


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Gay Message Boards for New York City

You 
have searched  for a long time for the person with whom you can   fall asleep in the evening with and  you will cozy wake
up in the morning….

Maybe you are going on some  travel to  the most beautiful
cities of the world and want to find the fellow traveler….

Maybe  you
have decided to change a job or your living situation, and you can not find suitable choices….

Thanks to a brand new free service of message boards and  announcements GayFG.com,
it  will  became much easier to solve any  gay  issues!

Sort of a gay New York CraigsList!

The procedure of placing of the announcement on the board is easy and  convenient.

Just fill out  the special form on a site,  fill out your  name and  e-mail address.

NO  registration needed  and it is absolutely
free!  

Responses to the announcement come directly to your e-mail, thus interested visitors/responders  may  attach  a photo and other images. Your e-mail remains
hidden  and confidential before you make a decision to answer on the entering message.    

Placeannouncements  or  responses  to  :
– ADS ABOUT DATING,
– WORK,
– RENT,
– GAY FITNESS AND SPORTS,
– TRAVEL,
– OF 30 AND OLDER,
– BEARS,
– BDSM,
– LESBIAN,
– GAY+LESBIAN,
– TRANS
etc.

GAY FUCKING GOOD         GayFG.com


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New Yorks Broadway FLEA MARKET & AUCTION Sept. 25


Sunday, September 25, 10 am – 7 pm
Times Square & West 44th Street, NYC

Broadway dreams can come true as you find showbiz treasures, meet the stars and bid on once-in-a-lifetime items and experiences at the 25th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction.


Make your plans now to spend Sunday, September 25 with Broadway Cares and thousands of other theatre fans in Times Square and along West 44th Street for those one-of-a-kind keepsakes. This not-to-be-missed event for any serious Broadway theatergoer is free and open to the public and has been called one of the “Best Once-a-Year Markets” in New York City.


From photos with your favorite Broadway star to buying that lost cast recording, signed show posters and Playbills, rare costume sketches or special gift for a theatre-lover you can’t find anywhere – this year’s Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction promises to offer something for everyone.


Autograph Table & Photo Booth | Grand Auction Pre-Bids


New for 2011 are special “flash auctions” which feature instant experiences with Broadway stars live on the Grand Auction stage, including:
• Spamalot karaoke with Tony Award-nominated Spamalot star Christopher Sieber
• An on-the-spot appearance in the hit Web series “Side by Side by Susan Blackwell
• A coaching session with Chicago star Kara DioGuardi, former American Idol judge and head judge on Bravo’s Platinum Hit
• Your favorites tunes sung especially for you by Rent star Anthony Rapp and Wicked star Julia Murney
• Your outgoing voice mail message recorded in the voice of the diva of your choice by singer and comedian Christine Pedi, known for her spot-on impersonations.


It’s a flea market like no other!



 Among the shows signed up for tables are The Addams Family, Anything Goes, The Book of Mormon, Follies, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins, The Phantom of the Opera, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Rock of Ages, Sister Act, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Wicked and Cirque Du Soleil’s Zarkana, as well as Actors’ Equity Association, The Actors Fund, Broadway Impact, The Broadway League, Givenik, Paper Mill Playhouse, Seth’s Broadway Chatterbox and United Scenic Artists.


You also can place early bids now on dozens of unique theater items and experiences that will be offered throughout the day in the silent auction and in the day’s exciting finale, the live auction. Online pre-bidding ends at 12 pm ET on Saturday, September 24.


For the first time ever, the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will encompass all of 44th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, and will stretch across Broadway into Times Square, filling the wide pedestrian plaza between 43rd and 44th Streets..


“We look forward to turning this year’s construction challenge into a golden, sun-drenched opportunity to expand into Times Square’s wonderful pedestrian plazas,” BC/EFA executive director Tom Viola said. “Filling Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets, there will be booths overflowing with theatrical memorabilia and at the end of the afternoon the Grand Auction. I hope you will take the few steps across Seventh Avenue with us, as you enjoy the high energy and activity that every year stretches down 44th Street to Eighth Avenue. Whatever the terrain, the best of Broadway shows up for the Broadway Flea Market. I hope you will too!”


Dozens of tables from Broadway’s most popular shows will set up shop for what Time Out New York calls one of the “Best Once-a-Year Markets” in New York City. Fans can buy that lost cast recording, signed show posters and Playbills, rare costume sketches, props and special gifts theatre-lovers can’t find anywhere else.


Silent auction lots offered every half-hour will give way to the live Grand Auction at the end of the day featuring a collection of unique items and experiences that will offer something for everyone.


One of the most popular sites at Broadway’s “one-day sale” is the Celebrity Autograph Table at which your favorite stars from Broadway and Off-Broadway sign autographs and pose for photos in exchange for donations to BC/EFA.



Some of the celebrities this year willing to sign autographs for a $25 donation – or pose for a photo for $10 – are Adam Godley, Nick Adams, Patina Miller, Sutton Foster, Tony Sheldon, Rory O’Malley, Alice Ripley, Annaleigh Ashford, Josh Gad, Joyce DeWitt, Nikki M. James, Patrick Page, Victoria Clark, Roger Rees, Adam Pascal, Montego Glover, Beth Leavel and Charles Busch. (All appearances subject to change.)


Last year, some of the big prizes at the grand auction included a chance to appear in “Wicked” that sold for a whopping $16,500 and a tank top worn by Daniel Craig in “A Steady Rain” and signed by Craig and co-star Hugh Jackman that fetched $6,500.


The auction and market, which cost about $60,000 to produce, plus three other Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS events – the Easter Bonnet Competition, Gypsy of the Year and Broadway Bares – helped the group last year award some $10 million in grants to The Actors Fund and to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations.


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DRINK UP WITH THE “GIRLS” OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT


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 Sunday morning and throughout the day if clouds are gray.



See you there!

BestGayNewYork.com


 

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New Yorks Best Wedding Planner Can Help You with your Gay Marriage Event!

 


SO YOU WANT TO GET MARRIED?! 

Weddings are supposed to be a once in a lifetime experience.


You should be focusing on the love you have found and are going to be sharing forever.

You should be thinking about the bond you will be forming and the commitment you will be making.  It should be joyous and exciting.  And the planning of your wedding should be done with the same enthusiasm.


You don’t need to feel overwhelmed by the endless details and decisions that will need to be made. Who will do your invitations?   Where will you find your tuxedos? What about the Cake?
Will there be food served?


AND THE BIG QUESTION….Where to have it? How big? How Small? What venue really expresses who you are as a couple?

And ALL OF THE PHONE CALLS to vendors gathering information and prices!!




This is just a small sampling of the many details that you have to think about. Small soiree?  or a big fancy affair?

Now take a deep breath! I have 2 words for you…Successful Affairs. Let them do the work for you – and the service is free. Yes, FREE!


We  educate clients from start to finish, and walk them through the process,” says owner Lisa Rice.”You will feel at ease and confident that your big day will be your best day!”


 “No matter what your budget is, our experience and resources will make your wedding a Successful Affair.

Successful Affairs specializes in locating the perfect venue for you.
Whether your needs require a hotel, club, restaurant, penthouse or a huge open loft space, or intimate elegant spaces,  I  guide clients through this ever changing city to the exciting options that New York has to offer!”
says Lisa.


When I started in the event planning industry in 1988 it was just blossoming, and to say the least…it has come a long way baby!  And there is most certainly something to be said about experience.  What  really is necessary for pulling off the perfect affair comes down to 5 things: motivation, common sense, organization, negotiation and a great out going personality.


All attributes that  I excel in! I have done the homework, so you don’t have to. My relationships with the many vendors will save you time and money – and best of all, my service is free to clients.”


 



 What better city than Manhattan to explore for your event?  “Each and every day I am out and about researching the newest and most exciting of venues,” explained Lisa.   “My portfolio includes the old traditional standards as well as the unusual and unique.

We will save clients  – Time, money and their sanity!

1.Time: Our photo portfolios of Manhattan hotels, clubs, restaurants, landmarks, and little-known private event locations are comprehensive. In less than an hour they will take a virtual tour of all locations which could work for your event. In one meeting they will view hundreds of venues without ever leaving their office — or mine.


2.Money: Successful Affairs brings clients to these venues on a continual basis, which gives us an advantage in our negotiations to meet their budget restrictions. Allowing Successful Affairs to represent clients in vendor negotiations gives them  a valuable edge.

3.Sanity: Clients  may be feeling overwhelmed with the amount of details involved in planning their  upcoming event. 

Successful Affairs has organized thousands of events since 1988. We know all the secrets to making an event run smoothly.




After planning thousands of events, I am well connected and my reputation stands tall.  From our first meeting, new clients realize the knowledge and confidence I exude.  They  know immediately that they  made the right choice in contacting me, and any stress they might have felt prior to our meeting, just fades away!


When you’re in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, all you want to do is take in the view. There are spaces that can offer breathtaking skylines, unique perspectives and much more.


Sometimes you just need to be different, and New York certainly has it’s share of unique spaces. Make your event stand out and have people remember it. Our portfolio of properties I work with, can offer something for everyone – and every budget.

Let us help you have a  Successful Affair!”

Lisa Rice   212-684-6402  Find them on Facebook.


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Casting Call New York City – Sex and Plus Sized


AMAZING CASTING
OPPORTUNITY FOR A
CABLE NETWORK!


New documentary-style cable network project casting NOW for people of all shapes, sizes, and sexual orientations!


Do you openly prefer, pursue, and date plus-sized individuals?

Are you only physically attracted to full-figured partners? 

Are you proud of your voluptuous figure and want to share with the world how fantastic your sex life is?

Do you think being plus size makes sex better?
 
If so, we want to hear from you!


We are looking for couples/individuals who can show the world that sex can be incredible no matter what your size! We are interested in fun, fearless couples and individuals who want to share with us their experiences and stories about why “bigger is better”!


To learn more and obtain an application, please email your story, contact information and a photo to PlusSizeCasting@gmail.com.

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Gay Art in Harlem by Patrick Perry

 






 


FREE event

“Soft Blows”
@Azucarera Gallery,
414 West 145 Street,
Harlem, New York

between St Nicholas & Edgecombe
646-725-7336
azucareranyc.com

 Harlem-based artist Patrick Perry, plays with the concept of ‘subversive cross stitch’ fusing traditional cross-stitch designs with grossly pejorative anti-gay slurs that both seduce and repulse the viewer, ultimately engaging the audience in the exploration of their own feelings of attraction, comfort, disgust or guilt.


The Opening Reception is
June 19th  5-9pm.


Tues 4-7pm, Wed 6-8pm, Sat & Sun 2-6pm. Subways: A,B,C,D,1 to 145th Street. 

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GLBT Travel Expo Tuesday April 26th at the Center

The 2011  Travel Expo 
is an exciting new event where you can learn about new travel destinations, rediscover old ones, find glbt friendly travel providers and get information to plan your next vacation.
 
Exhibitors will include:
Airlines
Hotels
Trains
Cruise lines
Car Rentals
Resorts
Exotic Destinations
Convention & Visitors Bureaus
Travel Magazines

Every one of them reaching out to the glbt consumer.


Attendees will be able to get the latest travel information, get special travel packages and great deals from the very best travel providers as well as win great prizes.


2 night stay in the Hotel of South Beach


2 night stay at the DC Comfort Inn


2 GLO TV gift travel bags





April 26, 2011      New York    @    The LGBT Center 
208 W. 13th Street  NYC, NY 10011

Show hours – 4-8 pm


Stop by our booth!  Look for the big PINK CROWNS!   
BEST GAY NEW YORK.com as well as their sister sites Best Gay Cities.com, Best Gay News and the Best Gay Travel Guide.com.

We’ll be playing the hot new gay trivia game sweeping Christopher Street and the Castro.
HOMOgenius!  We’ll be testing you GAY IQ and giving away prizes!

Including……
 
gift cards from one of our favorite restaurants!
ONE IF BY LAND.

condoms by 
SIR RICHARDS CONDOMS –  the finest condoms!

FREE Best Gay New York shopping bags and more!

Stop by and say HI!


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Best Gay New York.com Turns Three at VLADA April 24th


Do you know what you are doing yet for Easter?

Perhaps a traditional dinner with family? 
or maybe a non-traditional
 fabulous brunch with friends? 
or just looking to get your free drink on??


It’s been a while since we have been in NYC. Most of you we know – some of you we have not met yet, face to face. And since BestGayNewYork.com is turning THREE this month, we’re having a little party! And YOU are personally invited to come celebrate with us!


Easter Sunday April 24th   8-10pm 
at  VLADA   331 West 51st Street


Come out for a fun meet-and-greet with  BestGayNewYork.com owners
Derrick Sorles and Michael Snell


VLADA will be serving up complimentary beer, wine and their spectacular infused vodkas for the first hour!

And there will be a special Live performance by Michael Chase DiMartino!

There were will be fabulous people like yourself! Plus some local bloggers and writers, movers and shakers,  as well as a few well known New York personalities. And maybe a go-go boy…or two? Plus some cool free giveaways! We’re expecting Jesse Archer, Casper Andreas, Nick Adams,   and  More!


Due to limited space and number of guests we  can accommodate, please RSVP and get your name on the guest list.  773-878-5323   or  by  email.  Do Not Call VLADA.  There is no cover charge of course, this is a free private event, but we can only accept a limited number of guests and will take names on a first come basis. You can bring a guest – just tell me +1  in your response. WE HOPE YOU CAN COME!


THANKS to VLADA!
voted New York’s best Vodka Bar (TimeOut Magazine)
Known for their Award winning infused vodkas
and Voted best gay bar 4 years in a row.


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PBS to show Stonewall Uprising April 25th

HOW CAN YOU BE GAY AND LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY AND NOT KNOW WHAT THE STONEWALL RIOTS WERE?  HELLO?  REALLY?!

I talked with two people recently under the age of 25, who had no clue!




When police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City on June 28, 1969, the street erupted into violent protests that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.







DID YOU KNOW?   In the late 1960s, the American Psychiatric Association still classified homosexuality as a mental disorder, and gay men and lesbian women received almost universal moral condemnation from mainstream religions. The act of homosexual sex, even in private homes, was punishable by a light fine, 20 years in prison, or even a life sentence!!


New York City had the largest gay population in the United States. It was also the city that most aggressively upheld anti-sodomy laws. In the mid-1960s New York created police vice squads to raid gay bars and baths, and began using decoys to solicit and entrap gays. By 1966 over 100 men a week were arrested as a result of this effort. “It was a nightmare for the lesbian or gay man who was arrested and caught up in the juggernaut but it was also a nightmare for the lesbians or gay men who lived in the closet,” Yale Law School professor William Eskridge says in the film. “This produced an enormous amount of anger within the lesbian and gay community in New York City. Eventually something was bound to blow.”

STONEWALL UPRISING is a very important film we should all see!  PBS and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is airing it on Monday, April 25th!  Check your local listings!  GET A SNEAK  PEAK  ONLINE.

Coming soon to DVD!

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My Parents Were Awesome by Eliot Glazer April 5th

NEWSFLASH:
Your mom and dad weren’t always parents
.

They used to be people—and they were awesome. Eliot Glazer visits The powerHouse Arena (Brooklyn) with his new book based on his popular blog
 MY PARENTS WERE  AWESOME
to convince you that your parents were once Awesome, too.
TUESDAY, APRIL 5th, 2011.


He’ll be joined by Rachel Shukert, Rachel Sklar, and Dave Itzkoff with stand-up from Giulia Rozzi.

About “My Parents Were Awesome”:

They bathed you. They fed you. They raised you to become the person you are today. Your parents are an integral part of your story. But guess what? They have a story too—one that started long before you entered the picture. Before embarrassing fanny packs and Lite FM, there was a time when Mom and Dad were young and carefree—just like you. They were also fun and flirty, full of hope and desire and effortlessly cool.

Based on the wildly popular website, My Parents Were Awesome shares heartwarming and hilarious essays by sons and daughters—including Jamie Deen, Christian Lander, Dave Itzkoff, Katherine Center, Laurie Notaro, and Holly Peterson—who tell tales of their folks before babies, mortgages, and receding hairlines: the mom and dad who traveled by VW bus to see Led Zeppelin for $1, the grandmother whose halter top and shorts belied her perfect demeanor, the father whose wanderlust passed down to his equally nomadic daughter. Accompanied by treasured vintage photographs, these stories will make you laugh, melt your heart, and spark your own reflections of Mom and Dad.


 Tuesday, April 5 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm   @   The Powerhouse Arena
37 Main Street    in D.U.M.B.O.   Brooklyn, NY
There will be a Q&A, as well as readings from Dave Itzkoff, Rachel Shukert, and Rachel Sklar, and stand-up comedy courtesy of contributor Giulia Rozzi.

 There will also be wine!  
Free wine!  Like Ancient Greece!


·  Originally created as a website with over 10,000 submissions, 1,600 postings, and 1.2 million unique visitors myparentswereawesome.com is an Internet phenomenon; The site became an instant hit, with features on NPR’s All Things Considered, Fox News, ABC News and more. And now Glazer combines the spontaneity and nuance of old photographs with stories by sons and daughters in a heartwarming collection of essays.


·  MY PARENTS WERE AWESOME is now a book published by Random House and includes 40 essays with pictures of moms and dads from authors including the son of Paula Deen, New York Times columnist Dave Itzkoff, Onion News Network writer Aaron Khefeits, Christian Lander (the author of Stuff White People Like) and many more;

Eliot Glazer is a gay writer, producer, and comedian. He  blogs for MTV’s Buzzworthy and is an editor at the humor website Urlesque.com. He performs regularly at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade.


BUY THE BOOK!
My Parents Were Awesome: Before Fanny Packs and Minivans, They Were People Too


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New Yorkers enraged over Gay Bashings and Marching Against Hate Crime


Multiple gay bashings this month in New York City have shaken not only the LGBT community but New Yorkers in general.

Action group Right to feel Safe is organizing a march on April 10th leading to the crime scene of the most recent gay bashing and ending at the historical Stonewall inn.


Late Sunday night 26 year old Damian Furtch was brutally gay bashed after leaving a MC Donalds in the West Village in New York City.


In a statement Furtch shared with GLAAD yesterday, he says:
The attack against me is part of the larger issue of violence against gay and transgender people in New York City.

While I am grateful for the opportunity to share my story, I hope to shed light on the larger issue of violence against my community. This has to stop. Under no circumstance should a person be attacked for their sexual orientation.”


Damian´s attack is the second gay bashing this month in New York City. Late February 26 year old Barie Shortell was gay bashed a block away from his home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


Action group Right to feel Safe is fed up and has taken the initiative to organize a march against hate crime. Right to feel safe consists of a group of friends of Damian Furtch who each have dealt with anti gay violence in the past.


Right to feel Safe broad support all around the world. Queen of electroclash; Peaches participates by creating an inspiring video to supports efforts of “Right to feel safe”.


The march will take place on April 10th starting at 3.30 pm at Washington Square park and will lead to the location where Damian was beaten after which it will end at the Stonewall inn; location of the historical Stonewall riots.


Right to feel Safe: “It is extremely important to us that we end our March at the Stonewall inn because it shows that we will never forget our history and that we will keep fighting for the rights that generations before us fought for with blood, sweat and tears.


“We are dealing with a global trend here that needs to be stopped now!” “It seems that gay bashing is prevalent even in some of the most liberal cities in the world and that is something that just simply cannot be tolerated!”


After a 24 percent increase in gay violence in 2010, Right to feel safe organized two Marches against gay bashing in former gay capitol Amsterdam, Netherlands.


 Right to feel Safe feels LGBT communities have come to a boiling point:“For over forty years we have been actively and openly fighting for our rights.” “It is time we get what we have been fighting so hard for: full equality and for all!”


For more info:


 RIGHT TO FEEL SAFE on Facebook

Fya Hopelezz     fyamrya @ invents.nl

David Ortiz     dortiz317 @  yahoo.com


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