Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Victory seeks transgender and LGBT people of color for groundbreaking program

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute is launching a first-of-its-kind fellowship opportunity to help openly transgender people and openly LGBT people of color gain public service and community leadership experience. The Victory Empowerment Fellowship program, created in partnership with the Arcus Foundation, will give 10 fellows full scholarships to one of the organization's Candidate & Campaign Trainings and the annual International LGBT Leadership conference. 

"LGBT people of color and transgender people often face unique barriers to serving as public officials, which is why they are still vastly underrepresented in government," said Torey Carter, Victory's interim executive director. "This fellowship is the beginning of a focused effort to change that."

Fla. lesbian couple obtain joint parenting rights

A county judge in Florida ruled Wednesday that both partners of a lesbian couple are entitled to parenting rights over a 7-week old infant. Lisa Maxwell and Christine Stephens-Maxwell, who married in New York in 2012, had sought joint recognition as parents after the latter became pregnant via in vitro fertilization.

Hawaiian transgender community seeks change to birth certificate regulations

A group of transgender advocates in Hawaii is pushing state officials to change a law that requires residents to undergo gender reassignment surgery to change their gender on state-issued identifying documents, including birth certificates. 

"Everybody deserves to be recognized for who they are, and gender identity as an expression is one that clearly rises above the rest," said Democratic state Rep. Chris Lee, who plans to introduce a bill that would update the law. Currently, six states and the District of Columbia do not mandate gender reassignment surgery as a prerequisite for gender changes.

Okla. lawmaker pushes trio of anti-LGBT bills - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - | Oklahoma state Rep. Sally Kern, a Republican, introduced three bills late last week that opponents say would drastically curtail LGBT rights in the state. 

Kern, who once referred to the state's gay community as "an enemy who wants to destroy us," is seeking to defund the entities responsible for giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as well as prohibit restrictions on LGBT "conversion therapy" and permit business owners to refuse service to LGBT patrons.

Ala. judge stays marriage equality ruling

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade on Sunday issued a stay of a ruling striking down Alabama's marriage equality ban, granting a request from the state's attorney general to allow time for an appeal to be filed. The stay will expire Feb. 9 unless the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals extends it. 

"As long as a stay is in place, same-sex couples and their families remain in a state of limbo," Granade wrote. "In its discretion, however, the court recognizes the value of allowing the Eleventh Circuit an opportunity to determine whether a stay is appropriate."

Travel: 77 LGBT Cruises!

Passport presents their annual Cruise Calendar, an expansive list of the world’s best gay and lesbian cruise voyages for 2015.

Beech Creeps - Sun of Sud

Beech Creeps hit us with their new video "Sun of Sud" - it's a banger. The Brooklyn rock-n-roll Chimera (the kind that breathes fire) are releasing their self-titled album on
Monofonus Press come March 3rd. The debut was recorded in Brooklyn's Secret Project Robot by Jonathan Schenke who's worked with the likes of Parquet Courts and PC Worship. It captures the glory of the Creepsound-- at times sublime, crusty, swirling and headbanging. It's like Mötörhead kicking Superchunk's ass and Soundgarden cheering them on. Or the Melvins eating the Cure. Real rock and roll with juice and bile and sweat and heart.

Broadway Legend Joel Grey Opens Up About His Sexuality - PEOPLE Exclusive

He reached the heights of stage and screen, was married for 24 years and proudly raised two children. But for decades, Joel Grey kept one aspect of himself decidedly out of the spotlight.

Now, at 82, the Cabaret Oscar winner talks for the first time in PEOPLE's new issue about his sexuality. "I don't like labels," says Grey, "but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man."

While it's not a secret to his friends and family, the entertainer's never spoken about it publicly before. "All the people close to me have known for years who I am," Grey tells PEOPLE. "[Yet] it took time to embrace that other part of who I always was."

It was different for a man of his generation. Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of noted actor-comedian Mickey Katz, Grey remembers "hearing the grownups talk in the next room, my mother included, talking derisively about 'fairies' and men being dragged off to jail and even worse for being who they were."

At about the same time, he says, "I came to realize, along with being attracted to girls, I had similar feelings for boys."

Grey didn't reveal his truth for many more years to come.

He was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years, a period he calls "the happiest of my life." Together they have two children: actress Jennifer Grey and son James, a chef.

"I feel very happy for my dad that he has come to a point in his life where he feels safe and comfortable enough to declare himself in a public way as a gay man," Jennifer tells PEOPLE. "Mostly because the more people are free to own their true nature and can hopefully come closer to love and accept themselves as they really are, no matter what age, no matter how long it takes, to finally be free of the lies or half truths, it is freedom."

Now after more than seven decades in the spotlight, Grey looks back fondly on the magic he made on stage and screen. His favorite leading ladies feel the same.

"He is so alive and such a force on stage," says his Cabaret costar Liza Minnelli. "It was just tops working with him."

Close friend Bernadette Peters, with whom he starred in the musical George M!, agrees. "He won an Oscar and a Tony for his iconic role in Cabaret, and now he's at an interesting time in his life," she says. "He can look at how he's lived and how he can impact other people. It's a whole attitude towards life and his is one of joy."

Now a passionate photographer (two of his works hang in the Whitney Museum in New York City), Grey's next photo book will come out later this year, as will his upcoming memoir.

He also loves the new fans he's made thanks to later turns in Private Practice and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

"Teenage girls stop me on the street," says Grey. "I'm a very happy guy. I'm still cookin'."

Grammy Award-Winning Musicians Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer To Partner with HRC and Its Welcoming Schools Program

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, announced a partnership with award-winning children’s musicians Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, who will dedicate a portion of proceeds from their new album to the HRC Foundation’s unique Welcoming Schools program.

The duo will also debut its latest CD, “Dancin’ In The Kitchen,” which celebrates diverse families, with a performance February 28th in the Equality Center at HRC’s Washington D.C. headquarters. Through direct work with educators, and a curriculum that addresses family diversity, bullying and LGBT inclusion, HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program helps ensure that elementary schools make all students, with all kinds of families feel welcomed and supported.

“My children grew up with Cathy and Marcy's music, so I'm especially delighted that we will be working with them to make their songs a powerful part of our expanding Welcoming Schools efforts,” said Ellen Kahn, director of the HRC Foundation’s Children, Youth & Families program. “Their music and message will resonate with a whole new generation of families, including and especially LGBT families.”

The new album, the married duo’s 44th, celebrates diverse families, including one-parent and two-parent households, grandparents raising their grandchildren, LGBT parents, extended and blended families, mixed-race families, and LGBT children. Their songs reflect the growing diversity of family structures around the world, and highlight the reality that families are bound by love.

“This project has been in the works for a long time,” said Cathy Fink. “While we have produced many themed recordings for families, this one is very special and particularly timely.” Fink and Marxer say the album’s title song, “Dancin’ in the Kitchen,” was inspired by parties and gatherings they’ve hosted during which everyone invariably ends up in the kitchen.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, click here.

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Stonewall Fitness: Carbohydrates: Good For You or Spawn of the Devil?

By David Smith

If you have been conscious in the late 90s early 00s you probably remember diet fads such as Atkin’s that promote a low carb/high protein diets. The idea behind it is that since carbs (sugars and starches) are your primary fuel source, if you restrict your carbohydrate intake your body will be need another fuel source to function and will burn fat instead. If you burn more fat throughout the day then you lose weight right? This process is called ketosis, when the body burns fat to maintain it’s function. Ketosis primarily occurs when you are asleep to help the body and mind restore and repair itself however ketosis may occur when you’re awake as well if your carbohydrate stores are empty.

It all sounds great in theory however ketosis when you’re awake is not good for the body and can lead to fatigue, exhaustion and lethargy. Your body and especially your brain’s primary fuel source is carbs, especially the glucose (sugar) in your blood to give it energy to keep you awake and functioning throughout your day. They are also important for super intense bursts of energy when your body needs the calories really fast, this could be sprint exercise, reflexes from a fall or being startled by an obnoxious kid.

Pet Portraits By Maurice Becnel

Immortalize your furry friends with a pet portrait by Maurice Becnel. Clients admire Becnel's ability to capture the essence of a pet's personality in his work.

Says Becnel, "Painting animal portraits, for me, is more fun than it is work. I began painting them several years ago. The first one I did was for a friend on her birthday. Because it was a gift it never dawned on me that other people would commission me to do more. Word got out and before I knew it more and more of the emails I was receiving from my website were going to the dogs! And cats!"

Mark Your Calendars for OutBoard 2015

Mark your calendars because OutBoard is returning to Steamboat Springs, February 17-22nd, 2015 for OutBoard 2015!

This year's new Februrary dates will bring even more great snow to enjoy as you snowboard and ski Steamboat's 2965 acres of terrain including 5 peaks filled with groomers, bumps, trees, and of course, Steamboat Springs' "Champagne Powder" with all of our friends.

For 2015, the changes coming with a new host lodging property, Trailhead @ Wildhorse Meadows, one of Steamboat's newest properties. OutBoard will be offering exclusive, all inclusive rates on Studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units which means there's an option for everyone. Featuring a private gondola to the base area, a hot tub grotto and pool area with fire pits, a health club, and a private shuttle service, Trailhead is perfect for OutBoard 2015.

OutBoard 2015's schedule will also include some new events as well as the return of some of your favorites including the our Kick Start Breakfasts, the Hot Springs Party, and Ragnar's Sleigh Ride Dinner.

Details on lodging, meals & events, pricing and reservations are now available

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gay Help Wanted: Sales Reps for MileHighGayGuy

Award-winning is seeking advertising sales reps. The position requires someone who is self-motivated, detail-oriented and who, preferably, is familiar with the GLBT community. This is a contract position and pay will be commission-based.

To apply, email resume to Drew Wilson at

Tom Goss - Wait: The Remixes

After eight months of collaborating with remixers all over the world, Tom Goss' Wait: The Remixes is here. This record is a mix of several styles, from industrial to ambient, dance to pop, a beautiful re-imagintion of Wait.
Says Goss, "It was an honor to work with so many talented remixers such as Marr Zimm, Ian Carmichael, Liz DeRoche, Zadiques, NinjaKub & DJ Nineteen69."