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May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

May 17th. – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

May 17 is recognized as the International Day Against Homophobia, and Transphobia. (IDAHOT), which is a global awareness day observed annually to draw attention to the discrimination and violence faced by the LGBTQIA+ community.

The day aims to coordinate international events to garner support for the respect of lesbians, gays, and transgender rights worldwide.

The day was first celebrated in 2004, and it was initially known as the International Day Against Homophobia. Since then, it has evolved to encompass the experiences of all members of the LGBTQIA+ community, including bisexual, transgender, and intersex individuals.

Various events, such as rallies, conferences, and cultural events, are held worldwide to mark the day. People come together to raise awareness about issues that affect the LGBTQIA+ community and discuss ways to combat discrimination and promote acceptance.

By May 17, 2005, as a result of a year-long campaigning effort, 24,000 people worldwide, and well-known international organizations like ILGA, IGLHRC, the World Congress of LGBT Jews, and the Coalition of African Lesbians, had signed the appeal to support the IDAHO initiative.

Organizations in more than 70 countries in the world now include the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia as part of their annual mobilization plan. In some of them, the Day has become the major focal point of action.

IDAHOT has now been officially recognized by the EU Parliament, Spain, Belgium, the UK, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, France, Luxembourg, and Brazil. It is also recognized by numerous local authorities across the world, such as the province of Quebec or the city of Buenos Aires.

Please do your part.  Now more than ever. PLEASE  stand up and speak out against Homophobia and Transphobia wherever and whenever you see it.

We need to now more than ever.

INDIANA - GOP Governor Signs "Don't Say Gay" Bill Into Law.

INDIANA – GOP Governor Signs “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Into Law.

Many in the LGBTQ+ Community are under the very wrong impression that these laws only affect the trans community. But in truth “sexual orientation” pertains to us all.

On May 5th, 2023, the Governor of Indiana, Eric Holcomb, signed into law a controversial bill dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. This bill prohibits public school teachers from discussing sexual orientation or gender identity with their students, except when such discussions are directly related to the curriculum. The bill has drawn fierce criticism from LGBTQ+ activists, who say it will further marginalize LGBTQ+ students and deprive them of critical support and resources.

The bill, which was introduced by Republican lawmakers, passed both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly earlier this year. Its supporters argue that it is necessary to protect children from exposure to controversial topics that are best discussed by parents or guardians. They also claim that discussions of sexual orientation or gender identity are not age-appropriate for young students.

However, opponents of the bill say that it sends a harmful message to LGBTQ+ students, who may already feel isolated and unsupported in school. Many argue that discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity are crucial to promoting acceptance and understanding of LGBTQ+ individuals, and that banning such discussions will only exacerbate existing prejudices and discrimination.

The “Don’t Say Gay” bill has been compared to similar legislation in other states, such as Tennessee’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which was signed into law in 2011. That law prohibited public school teachers from discussing homosexuality in any context, including when responding to questions from students. It was eventually repealed in 2019, after years of protests and legal challenges.

Governor Holcomb, however, has defended his decision to sign the bill, saying that it is consistent with his conservative values and his belief in parental rights. In a statement released after signing the bill, Holcomb said, “This legislation is about protecting the rights of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children. It is not about discriminating against any individual or group.”

While supporters of the bill argue that it is necessary to protect children from exposure to controversial topics, opponents say that discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity are crucial to promoting acceptance and understanding of LGBTQ+ individuals.

This is not just a “trans” problem.

NYC's Metropolitan Opera's "Champion" is a KNOCKOUT!

NYC’s Metropolitan Opera’s “Champion” is a KNOCKOUT!

The true story of black gay boxer Emile Griffith punches al the right places.

The Metropolitan Opera is renowned for its exceptional productions, and one of the most intriguing among them is undoubtedly “Champion.” This boxing opera, composed by Terence Blanchard, tells the story of Emile Griffith, a welterweight boxer who rose to fame in the 1960s. With a libretto by Michael Cristofer, this gripping production features powerful performances, striking visuals, and a musical score that blends classical and jazz influences.

The story of “Champion” is a true one, based on the life of Emile Griffith. The opera takes us through the boxer’s journey, from his humble beginnings in the Virgin Islands to his rise to fame as a professional fighter. Griffith is shown as a complex character, struggling with his sexuality of being a gay man and the pressures of the boxing world. In a poignant moment, he reveals that he never intended to become a boxer – it was simply something he was good at.

The production features an exceptional cast, including Arthur Woodley as Emile Griffith, Denyce Graves as Emelda Griffith, and Alfred Walker as Howie Albert, Emile’s trainer. The singers deliver powerful performances that capture the emotion of the story, particularly during the climactic fight scene. The ensemble cast also provides strong support, with the boxers in the ring conveying the tension and brutality of the sport.

Visually, “Champion” is stunning. The set design by Riccardo Hernandez is minimalist yet effective, with a ring at the center of the stage surrounded by a few key props. The lighting design by Christopher Akerlind enhances the mood of each scene, shifting from warm and nostalgic in the flashbacks to stark and harsh in the fight scenes. The projections by Elaine McCarthy add an additional layer of depth, providing context and atmosphere throughout the production.

Continue reading NYC’s Metropolitan Opera’s “Champion” is a KNOCKOUT!
FLORIDA: Recruits Going AWOL From DeSantis' Private Army: “It’s A Militia”.

Disney Sues Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis For “Targeted Govt Retaliation”

And its about damn time Mickey!

The yearlong fight over “Don’t Say Gay| has strained what had long been a cozy relationship between Florida’s government and the state’s best-known employer and attraction of tourist dollars Disneyworld.

The fight between Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and the Walt Disney Company is headed to court. On Wednesday, a board appointed by Mr. DeSantis to oversee government services at Disney World voted to nullify two agreements that gave Disney vast control over expansion at the 25,000-acre resort complex. Within minutes, Disney sued Mr. DeSantis, the five-member board and other state officials in federal court, claiming “a targeted campaign of government retaliation.”
Last year, under pressure from its employees, Disney criticized a Florida education law labeled “Don’t Say Gay” by opponents and halted political donations in the state — and landed in the cross hairs of Mr. DeSantis, who put a plan in motion to revoke Disney World’s self-governing privileges. Disney’s lawsuit accused Mr. DeSantis of a “relentless campaign to weaponize government power against Disney in retaliation for expressing a political viewpoint.”
Via The NY Times
GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Announces NEW Dorian Theater Awards

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Announces NEW Dorian Theater Awards

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics today announced it is expanding its mission to honor Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, across a variety of inaugural categories, beginning with the current 2022-2023 theater season..

One winner and two finalists will be selected per category. In the future, the wing may expand to a more traditional nominations/winners timeline.

The voting period this year is Monday, May 22, 2023 to Monday, May 29, 2023. Winners and finalists will be announced on June 1, 2023, in time for Pride Month.

Dorian Theater Awards inaugural categories:

Outstanding Broadway Musical
Outstanding Broadway Play
Outstanding Broadway Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Broadway Revival of a Play
Outstanding Lead Performance in a Broadway Musical
Outstanding Lead Performance in a Broadway Play
Outstanding Featured Performance in a Broadway Musical
Outstanding Featured Performance in a Broadway Play
Outstanding LGBTQ Broadway Production
Outstanding Broadway Ensemble
The Broadway Showstopper Award
(To a standout production number or scene)
LGBTQIA+ Theater Trailblazer Award
Outstanding Off-Broadway Production
Outstanding Off-Broadway Performance

GALECA’s Executive Director John Griffiths personally hand picked the Theater Wing’s 31 Members despite some questionable “parameters” of who could be chosen.

The voting period this year is Monday, May 22, 2023 to Monday, May 29, 2023. Winners and finalists will be announced on June 1, 2023, in time for Pride Month.

Due to the small size of the event the awards will not be broadcast or podcasted.

We’ll keep you updated on any changes and information as the event date comes closer.

MISSOURI: Man Who Pled Guilty To Shooting Gay Teen Sentenced To 22 Years in Prison

MISSOURI: Man Who Pled Guilty To Shooting Gay Teen Sentenced To 22 Years in Prison

Malachi Robinson who pled guilty to shooting a 16-year-old eight times because of his sexual orientation has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act .

The 16 year old identified as “M.S.” in court documents met outside the Kansas City Public Library in May 2019, Robinson and M.S. talked briefly online, and walked for a time in Swope Park, according to court documents. Robinson suggested they walk into a wooded area to engage in a sex act, then Robinson messaged his girlfriend that he “might shoot this boy” because he is gay.

When M.S. changed his mind, and turned to leave the woods, Robinson shot him with a 8times in the back with a Taurus 9mm pistol. M.S. survived the shooting after spending two weeks in the hospital. He has since undergone multiple surgeries and has been doing physical therapy and living with several bullets inside him, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

U.S. District Judge Brian Wimes sentenced Robinson to o 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole.

The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, passed in 2009, created a new federal law that criminalized bodily injury when it was committed because of perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

We are setting up our first gay (LGBTQ and STR8 ally) cruise group to Bermuda on November 27th for 5 fabulash nights out of NYC on the MSC Meraviglia.

Cruising At Sea: Gay Men’s Cruise Group Set for Bermuda – November 27, 2023 – NYC – 5nts.

We are setting up our first gay men’s cruise group to Bermuda on November 27th for 5 fabulash nights out of NYC on the MSC Meraviglia.

This group is limited to 40 people.

FIRST 10 BOOKINGS RECIEVE $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD! (After completion of cruise)

This will be the first cruise of our new PRIDE LGBTQ+ Travel consulting offshoot.

I will be booking all reservations and will be onboard as Group Leader to take care of any last minute issues. (NO BOOKING FEES EVER!)

It’s also a fantastic bargain. There will be group meet-ups, gay trivia contests, and dare we say….DISCO!

Prices below reflect stateroom pp Double Occupancy with Unlimited Drinks and Wifi PLUS OBC.

Contact me at freewil@hotmail.com to book!

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Proud Boys Descend On NYC LGBT Center To Protest Drag Queen Story Hour. Counter-Protestors Push Back - [VIDEOS]

Proud Boys Descend On NYC LGBT Center To Protest Drag Queen Story Hour. Counter-Protestors Push Back – [VIDEOS]

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Eyewitnesses claim that the NYPD did not do enough. As usual.

Approximately 200 parents and children enjoyed the read-a-thon, led by the Drag Kings, Queens and Royalty of Drag Story Hour NYC at The Center, a resource hub for New York City’s LGBT community hosted by state Attorney General Letitia James on on Sunday.

Then the Proud Boys showed up.

Outnumbered by 4 to 1 Proud Boys, Orthodox Jewish Rabbi’s, and one lowly self hating homo from Gay’s for Trump named “Paul” however, got more than they bargained for while trying to intimidate the people attending the event. Chants of “Fuck the Proud Boys rang” out from counter-protestors at the venue, letting the violent chaos agents know that they WERE NOT welcome.

Despite police attempting to keep the two groups separated, a few broke through the ranks. One man wearing a gold Guy Fawkes mask attacked those defending the story hour, deeming his adversaries “ANTIFA” as he threw punches and grabbed at press cameras..

According to longtime LGBT Civil Rights Activist Ken Kidd who was in attendance and spoke with us:

I saw it happen. And was one of the ones who insisted that the cops make the cuff. They were ignoring it. It took at least 10 minutes of our chanting at them to do their jobs and, ultimately reminding them that we had the assault AND THEIR REFUSAL TO DO ANYTHING on video (When the video becomes available we will add it to this post/)

Kidd continued:

Oh, and those haters were just screaming obscenities and hate language, and their posters had incredibly offensive photos on them—really racy, PG-13 to R rated stuff that they were shoving down the throats of the kids and parents just trying to pass safely through us to hear a story told by someone in fun makeup and a bright outfit. We kept drowning them out by chanting BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH over and over until I came up with the idea of putting all the BLAH BLAH BLAHS to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. It was so much fun, so simple, joyful, and SHADY.

While one Proud Boy by the name of Robert Porco, 53, who was arrested for punching a protestor. Later out of nowhere and with no witnesses a Proud Boy trotted around with blood on his nose claiming a counter-protestor punched him. “I came here to help, not get the shit beat out of me”. The thug’s accusation of violence has over 2 million views on social media at this writing. Many believe it is a set up call to arms to further embolden Proud Boys and supporters to become more violent. Which is dangerous for our community and very disturbing in light of Donald Trump’s impending arrest Tuesday.

Please. Every LGBT and Ally should be on heightened alert to keep safe and be prepared to stand up and fight back for what is right.

Evil never backs down. And neither should we.

Human Rights Campaign Settles Racism Lawsuit w/Former Prez Alphonso David

Human Rights Campaign Settles Racism Lawsuit w/Former Prez Alphonso David

The Human Rights Campaign the largest, and most inept LGBTQIA+ in the United States has settled a lawsuit brought against it by former President Alphonso David after he had alleged racial discrimination in his firing, the two sides said on Wednesday.

David was fired in September 2021 after New York state Attorney General Letitia James issued a report saying that David had advised former Governor Andrew Cuomo about dealing with sexual harassment allegations, while heading HRC. David was identified as having been involved in efforts to undermine Cuomo’s first accuser, Lindsey Boylan.

According to David’s LinkedIn profile, he was president of Human Right Campaign for two years. He had spent over eight years prior to that working for Cuomo’s office – first as counsel for civil rights and then as chief counsel.

After the report was released In a lawsuit filed last spring in the Eastern District of New York, Mr. David described a “toxic workplace” at the Human Rights Campaign, where “nonwhite staffers were marginalized, tokenized and denied advancement to high-level positions” before his ascent. He also said that he had been underpaid compared with his white predecessor. The “underpaid” Mr. Davis’ salary was $517,269 compared to his predecessor Chad Griffin who made $570,446 . After 5 years at the helm. (Financials info available at HRC Annual Reports page. )

The Human Rights Campaign denied those claims in documents filed before a federal judge, saying that Mr. David had manufactured allegations of racial bias “rather than take responsibility for his behavior that did not live up to H.R.C.’s values and mission.

Despite of this In a joint statement on Wednesday, the Human Rights Campaign and Mr. David said that they had chosen to “amicably resolve” the lawsuit out of court and that the terms of the settlement were confidential.

“Mr. David and H.R.C. agree it is in their mutual best interests, and the interests of the communities that they serve, to put this matter behind them,” the statement said.

While the exact settlement is confidential be sure that Mr Davis had a payout in the millions.

This is where your HRC donation money goes. Bloated salaries, Galas and lawsuits.

No equality. Just embarrassment and much head shaking.

It’s time for HRC to close it’s doors.

Remembering The Limelight NYC (1988 - 2001)

Remembering The Limelight NYC (1988 – 2001)

The Limelight was a infamous nightclub in New York City that operated in the 1980s and 1990s. It was located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and became an iconic destination for club-goers during its heyday. The Limelight was originally a church called the Church of the Holy Communion, which was built in 1844. In the 1970s, the church was abandoned, and the building was used as a warehouse.

The Limelight was known for its unique atmosphere and eclectic crowd. The club was open seven days a week, and different events were held each night. On Sundays, the club hosted a popular party called Disco 2000, which was known for its wild and eccentric costumes. The Limelight was also a popular destination for New York’s underground music scene, with DJs playing a variety of genres including house, techno, and hip-hop.

One of the unique features of The Limelight was its design. The club retained many of the original architectural features of the church, including stained glass windows and a large pipe organ. The dance floor was located in the nave of the church, and the VIP area was located in the choir loft. The club also had several themed rooms, including a medieval room and a chapel room, which added to the club’s unique atmosphere.

Despite its popularity, The Limelight was not without controversy. In the 1990s, the club was raided by the police several times, and the owner, Peter Gatien, was accused of drug trafficking. Then there was the small matter in 1996, when club kid and party promoter Michael Alig was arrested and later convicted for the killing and dismemberment of Angel Melendez, a fellow member of the Club Kids and a drug dealer who frequented the club. Gatien was eventually deported to Canada, and the party was over at The Limelight and was shut down in 2001.

The Limelight was more than just a nightclub; it was a cultural phenomenon. The club attracted a diverse crowd of people from all walks of life, including artists, musicians, and celebrities both gay and straight. The Limelight was also known for its cutting-edge fashion, with club-goers donning elaborate and outlandish outfits. The club was a symbol of New York’s vibrant nightlife scene, and it helped to shape the city’s cultural identity.

The Limelight may be gone, but its influence is still felt today, and the club remains an important part of New York’s cultural nightlife heritage.

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