Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Turn to Dust with the Avengers: Infinity War Facebook Mask - and Enjoy Avengers: Infinity War Out on Blu-ray Today!

Were you spared by Thanos? Or nah? 

In celebration of the film's release on Blu-ray today, check out the all-new Avengers: Infinity War custom Facebook AR Mask that allows fans to turn themselves “into dust."

OUT in Theaters: Boy Erased

In select theaters on November 2, Boy Erased tells the story of Jared, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russel Crowe) at age 19. 

Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.

Aspen Gay Ski Week Event Passes on Sale Now

Save the Date for Aspen Gay Ski Week - January 13-20, 2019 and purchase your Event Passes ASAP for best deals!

DNC on Anti-LGBTQ Department of Labor Directive

Last Friday, the Department of Labor issued a directive expanding the circumstances under which federal contractors can claim religious beliefs as a defense for refusing to hire LGBTQ people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. In response, DNC Chair and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez issued the following statement:

“The Trump-Pence war against the LGBTQ community never fails to find a way to discriminate against LGBTQ people in every facet of life. They have attacked their health care; they have attacked their right to serve their country; and now, once again, they have attacked their employment opportunity. Our government is supposed to protect the rights of every American. Instead, this administration has used taxpayer-funded federal agencies to enforce their agenda of discrimination and bigotry.

“Our government shouldn’t be in the business of subsidizing hate with taxpayer dollars. This directive is an affront to every LGBTQ federal employee and contractor working to better our great nation. ”

Travel: Portland, Oregon's LGBT Tastemakers

Meet six of Portland, Oregon's incredible LGBT tastemakers from outstanding pastry gurus and vegan chefs to a distiller who makes spirits from kombucha.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Mark Your Calendars for Gay Bowl XVIII

The Gay Bowl XVIII Host Committee and the Board of Directors of the Denver Gay & Lesbian Flag Football League have announced the dates for Gay Bowl XVIII so mark your calendars for September 13-16, 2018!

Gay Bowl is the national LGBT flag football tournament, put on annually every fall by the National Gay Flag Football League (NGFFL). The tournament will feature teams participating in three divisions: Open “A,” Open "B” and a Women’s division.

OutServe-SLDN Applauds Congresswoman Speier’s Determined Efforts to Protect our Veteran Community

Today, OutServe-SLDN issued the following in response to Rep. Jackie Speier’s (D-CA 14) amendment to the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which will be signed today. The Congresswoman’s amendment, which at OutServe-SLDN’s request was attached to the legislation with bi-partisan support, provides three-million dollars to the Boards of Corrections for Military and Naval Records to increase the number of staff members reviewing applications, to provide for cultural competency training of Board members, and to expand the Board’s capacity for review of veterans’ applications. Allocation of these funds to these Boards will ensure that they are able to process applications more effectively and more efficiently, providing our veterans with equitable and just relief.

The Boards for Corrections of Military and Naval Records are the highest level of administrative review within their respective services. Each Board has the mission to correct errors in, or remove injustices from, military records. Currently, these tribunals are operating near their upper time limitations.

“Our courageous servicemembers make huge sacrifices and take untold risks for our country. But too many of them have received other than honorable discharges because of their sexual orientation, trauma linked to sexual assault, or the aftereffects of combat,” said Representative Jackie Speier, Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee. “Further funding of Corrections Boards will enable more of our brave servicemembers to correct the record and access the benefits they’ve earned.”

“We applaud Congresswoman Speier for aggressively ensuring our nation’s Boards for Corrections of Military and Naval Records are properly situated to provide our nation’s veterans with timely and due care,” said Andy Blevins, OutServe-SLDN Vice President of Operations & Strategy. “It has been a pleasure working with the Congresswoman and her office on this important initiative over the last several months. This is not only a win for our LGBTQ veteran siblings, but for the veteran community as a whole.”

There have been concerted efforts between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, state agencies, and community partners to stream-line applications for records corrections and make this avenue of relief more available and widely known. An exponential increase in the number of received applications is expected as veterans become aware of and start utilizing this avenue. After noticing a dramatic increase in time-to-decision for applications made to the Boards, OutServe-SLDN requested that Rep. Speier include increased funding in the Defense Authorization and assisted her office in preparing the legislative language.  Absent this implemented change, these efforts would have resulted in a longer backlog and increased the length of time in which veterans were waiting for their application decisions.

 “OutServe-SLDN’s Restore Honor, Restore Freedom program proudly offers our LGBTQ veteran community pro bono assistance as they begin the process of correcting their unfavorable discharges stemming from their sexual orientation or gender identity and to have their discharge documents amended to reflect their true name,” said Peter Perkowski, OutServe-SLDN Legal & Policy Director. “We look forward to further engaging with these tribunals to continue providing these pro bono services to our members, working together to ensure their discharge documentation accurately reflects the true characterization of their military service and affords them access to due benefits.”

OutServe-SLDN’s legal department has assisted hundreds of LGBTQ veterans in upgrading discharge paperwork to remove their dead names and to reflect the true character of their service to this country. It also serves as the premier LGBTQ-focused VSO in the country, representing LGBTQ veterans in VA benefits cases and appeals, as well as providing cultural competency trainings to interested VSOs, state veteran agencies, and community partners, streamlining advocative efforts throughout the country for the LGBTQ veteran community.

Quiet Heroes: The Story of a Doctor in Salt Lake City Who Risked Everything To Help Fight The Aids Epidemic

QUIET HEROES Teaser Trailer from Vavani on Vimeo.

Quiet Heroes will make its broadcast television debut on Thursday, August 23 on LOGO. Quiet Heroes tells the incredibly touching story of how a doctor in Salt Lake City risked everything to help treat individuals infected with AIDS in the early days of the epidemic.

In conservative Salt Lake City, Utah, at the height of the AIDS crisis, patients in the entire state of Utah relied on only one doctor, Dr. Ries. Quiet Heroes tells her story. And, the story of her fight to save a maligned population everyone else seemed willing to just let die. Under the patriarchal Mormon community, many doctors took a hands-off approach, unwilling to "risk their lives" to save individuals who participated in, what they considered to be, sinful behavior. Dr. Ries, had just moved to Salt Lake City when the crisis began and knew that people needed help, offering assistance to everyone from gay men to young mothers infected by the disease. Through her journey, Dr. Ries found love with her longtime partner (in her practice and her life) Maggie, and the two were able to create a positive wave of change in the Salt Lake City community.

Happy Birthday, Madonna: Logo Celebrates Madonna's 60th Birthday!

To celebrate the Queen of Pop, Madonna, turning 60, on Thursday, August 16, Logo will be airing two episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race featuring Madonna challenges, followed by a 4-hour block of her most celebrated music videos. Additionally, the episode of featuring Madonna will air that morning, followed by a RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 marathon.

The Enchantment Society Presents Siobhan O'Loughlin's 'Broken Bone Bathtub'

Siobhan O'Loughlin brings her intimate solo theatrical event to the Lakewood Glens from September 6-23, 2018. Broken Bone Bathtub is the award-winning immersive one-person play taking place inside a bathtub—in an actual private residence! After a serious bike accident, a young woman musters up the courage to ask for help and shares her story, exploring themes of trauma, suffering, human generosity and connection. The small-scale audience takes on the role of Siobhan’s close friends; listening and sharing their own experiences, and assisting the cast-clad artist in her very real ritual of taking a bath.

Tickets are $35.00 (with a $1 membership to The Enchantment Society) and are now available online at www.brokenbonebathtub.com.

Are You Gay With Something To Say? Bloggers Wanted For Denver's Best Gay Blog!

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Colorado Youth Survey Reveals Significant Disparities for Youth of Color and LGBT Youth

By Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

The 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey shows that some trends among youth in the state–including the prevalence of obesity and the use of tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana–remain largely unchanged since 2015. However, the report, released last week, also reveals stark differences in the health and well-being of students of color, specifically among American Indian and Pacific Islander youth, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.

Food insecurity was one of several areas where racial and ethnic disparities were seen. According to the results, 14 percent of all youth reported that they went hungry because there wasn’t food at home; Pacific Islander and American Indian students were most likely to experience food insecurity, with 34 percent and 30 percent reporting going hungry, respectively, compared to 12 percent of white students. While many factors contribute to food insecurity, major factors include family income, as well as the lack of resources available in a young person’s community due to past and current policies and practices based on race and ethnicity.

Substance use was another area in which large disparities among youth were observed. Pacific Islander youth demonstrated the highest e-cigarette and alcohol use of all racial and ethnic groups, and 25 percent of young people in this group reported misusing prescription pain medication, a rate twice as high as the state average. When compared to their cisgender or heterosexual peers, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth also reported higher use of e-cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana. Explanations for these could include psychological distress due to trauma and perceived family support, as well as the prevalence of alcohol and tobacco retail outlets in communities which have historically been deprived of investments.

The survey found that 7 percent of all youth in Colorado attempted suicide in the past 12 months, with American Indian youth reporting the highest rate of attempted suicide–which was close to double the state average. LGBT youth were also twice as likely to be bullied online and more likely to have attempted suicide compared to their peers. These groups were also much more likely to report experiencing symptoms of depression.

Every young person in Colorado deserves to have supportive adults, safe neighborhoods, high quality schools, inclusive community resources, and culturally responsive physical and mental health providers as well as healthy foods. We need to remove barriers to these resources, especially for those who face the most obstacles due to their race, ethnicity, gender or sexual identity.

Read more highlights from the survey here, and access the full results here.

The Backlot Project Presents: A Conversation with Mel Brooks

Join the incomparable Mel Brooks live on stage for an exclusive, inside look at his storied career, and the making of the legendary and groundbreaking movie Blazing Saddles on Saturday, October 6th, 2018 at Bellco Theatre. This outrageous masterpiece, considered one of the top comedy films of all time, will be presented on the big screen followed by a conversation and audience Q&A with Mel Brooks himself.

Mel Brooks, director, producer, writer and actor, is in an elite group as one of the few entertainers to earn all four major entertainment prizes – a Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Oscar. His career began in television writing for Your Show of Shows and together with Buck Henry creating the long-running TV series “Get Smart.” He then teamed up with Carl Reiner to write and perform the Grammy-winning “2000 Year Old Man” comedy albums and books. Brooks won his first Oscar in 1964 for writing and narrating the animated short The Critic and his second for the screenplay of his first feature film, The Producers in 1968. Many hit comedy films followed including The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World Part I, To Be or Not to Be, Spaceballs, Life Stinks, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Dracula: Dead and Loving It. His film company, Brooksfilms Limited, also produced critically-acclaimed films such as The Elephant Man, The Fly, Frances, My Favorite Year and 84 Charing Cross Road.

For three successive seasons, 1997-1999 Mel Brooks won Emmy Awards for his role as “Uncle Phil” on the hit sitcom “Mad About You.” Brooks received three 2001 Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards for The Producers: the New Mel Brooks Musical, which ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2006. The Producers still holds the record for the most Tony Awards ever won by a Broadway musical. He followed that success with The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, which ran on Broadway from 2007 to 2009 and both musicals continue to be performed and enjoyed by audiences all over the world.

In 2009 Mel Brooks received The Kennedy Center Honors, recognizing a lifetime of extraordinary contributions to American culture. His recent projects include the Emmy nominated HBO comedy specials “Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again,” and “Mel Brooks Strikes Back!” as well as a career retrospective DVD box set titled “The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection Of Unhinged Comedy.” In the spring of 2013 he was the subject of an Emmy Award-winning American Masters documentary on PBS called “Mel Brooks: Make A Noise” and was the 41st recipient of the AFI’s Life Achievement Award.

Tickets range from $49.75 - $129.75 (plus applicable service fees) and go on-sale Friday, August 17th, 2018 at 10:00 AM at AXS.com or 888-929-7849.

Denver Dumb Friends League: Clear the Shelters this Saturday!

The Dumb Friends League is partnering with Telemundo Denver and Hill’s Pet Nutrition for the nationwide Clear the Shelters community adoption drive. Adoption fees on all pets will be waived this Saturday, August 18 at both the Quebec Street Shelter in Denver and Buddy Center in Castle Rock to help families adopt a new furry friend.

Animal shelters in communities across the country will also be participating in this event. Since beginning in 2015, Clear the Shelters has resulted in more than 150,000 pet adoptions.