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    National Minority AIDS Council Applauds Executive Order Protecting LGBT Federal Contractors from Discrimination

    The following is a statement from National Minority AIDS Council Director of Outreach and Public Affairs Kyle Murphy


    Washington, DC – “The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) applauds President Obama’s decision to sign an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity Monday. Once again, he has demonstrated his commitment to the cause of equality and inclusion and has solidified his place as the strongest champion of LGBT individuals ever to reside in the White House. From his dedication to combatting the HIV/AIDS epidemic, to his efforts to ensure LGBT inclusion in health care reform, his endorsement of marriage equality and now his actions to sidestep Congressional obstruction to provide workplace protections to tens of thousands of LGBT federal employees, his legacy in our community will well outlast his presidency itself.

    “This Executive Order, which provides protection to gay and transgender employees of federal contractors from workplace discrimination, is important to advancing the goals of inclusion, and establishing a work environment that recognizes the value of and need to respect all individuals regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Given the link between employment and health insurance coverage, housing stability and food security, ensuring that all workers have access to work environments free from bigotry, fear and retaliation is not only a moral imperative but a public health necessity. While NMAC celebrates this advancement in LGBT equality – at least for LGBT individuals working for federal contractors – we recognize the need for permanent legislation that would extend this protection to all LGBT Americans, both in the public and private sectors. NMAC urges Congress to not only follow the President’s lead, but exemplify the principles of equality upon which this nation was founded, and pass employment nondiscrimination legislation without delay, and without potentially harmful religious exceptions.”

    The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) represents a coalition of faith based and community based organizations as well as AIDS service organizations advocating and delivering HIV/AIDS services in communities of color nationwide. Since 1987, NMAC has developed leadership in communities of color through a variety of advocacy campaigns, public policy education programs, national conferences, research programs, capacity building, technical assistance and trainings, and digital and electronic resource materials. For more information visit www.nmac.org.


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    There Is no Case for Discrimination

    Statement from SPSSI member Rachel Farr on today’s March for Marriage on the National Mall.


    Today’s “March for Marriage” on the National Mall is a last ditch effort to salvage the case against gay marriage by arguing that it causes actual harm to real people—in this case, the children of gay and lesbian unions. Sponsored by The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the march is dedicated to the proposition that “marriage matters because kids deserve both a mom and a dad.” Or as a scheduled speaker from the co-sponsoring Heritage Foundation has written, marriage equality denies “the significance of both mothering and fathering to children.”

    The problem with these claims is that there is no empirical evidence to substantiate them. Decades of psychological, sociological and economic research has yet to discover a single measurable difference in the well-being of children raised by lesbian and gay parents and children raised by heterosexual parents. Studies since the late 1970s have found no discernible difference in cognitive skills and academic achievement, emotional and behavioral characteristics, gender development, or relationships with peers and romantic partners.

    • For instance, Michael Rosenfeld used 2000 Census data to compare children from a variety of family structures that included 2,000 with lesbian mothers and 1,500 with gay fathers. He found that there were no differences in grade retention among children from different family structures. Similarly, Jennifer Wainright and colleagues discovered in anationally representative study of about 90 teens in the United States, published in 2004, that academic outcomes were similar for those with same-sex female parents and those with different-sex parents.

    • Researchers Charlotte Patterson, Abbie Goldberg, Nanette Gartrell and Susan Golombok have all spearheaded major studies investigating parenting and children’s outcomes in families with lesbian and gay parents and all have found strikingly similar results: Children and adolescents do not differ in behavioral, social, or emotional adjustment on the basis of their parents’ sexual orientation and gay and lesbian parents are just as effective in their parenting roles as heterosexual parents.

    • The one study that reportedly found differences between children of same and opposite sex parents was so methodologically flawed that the journal that published it later reprimanded its author; its findings were debunked by the academic community and discredited in courtrooms.

    In research on adopted children conducted with my colleagues Charlotte Patterson and Stephen Forssell, I found no significant differences between the 56 young children adopted by same-sex parents and the 50 adopted by heterosexual parents in terms of behavior problems or gender role behavior. In addition, we found that same-sex and opposite-sex parents were not significantly different from one another in terms of levels of parenting stress, parenting techniques, or couple relationship satisfaction.

    But even if there aren’t quantifiable differences in outcome, aren’t children best served by having parents who bring gender-specific styles to their parenting? Michael Lamb, a psychologist at the University of Cambridge, has exhaustively reviewed this question. He says that “nothing about a parent’s sex determines the capacity to be a good parent,” and that there is “no evidence that children need relationships with parents of both sexes to develop normally.” Rather than some particular constellation of gendered characteristics in both parents, what children need from their parents is love, warmth, support, stability, consistency and guidance.

    NOM is free to oppose marriage equality on the basis of its own moral and religious commitments. What it can’t claim is that preserving marriage as between “one man and one woman” will in any way affect the well-being of children. The research warrants no cause for discrimination against lesbian and gay parents. Rachel Farr is Research Assistant Professor with the Rudd Adoption Research Program in the Psychology Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    For more SPSSI information about same-sex parenting, see here: http://bit.ly/1pmz76o

    For more SPSSI information about adoption among same-sex couples, see here: http://bit.ly/1ynMbfY


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    SIMONSAYS ENTERTAINMENT JOINS THE PRODUCING TEAM of

    5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE


    New York – May 7, 2013 - SimonSays Entertainment, helmed by Ron Simons, a three-time Tony Award® nominee and a two-time Tony Award winner, has joined the producing team of “5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche." SimonSays Entertainment is a production company which develops projects of underrepresented communities for film, television, and live theatre, has joined lead producers Chicago Commercial Collective and Pinckard Production Partners. The show having previously run to rave reviews in Chicago and New York City opened today at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago. The New York Times said the work’s “raw and magnetic dementia seems destined to attract a cult following.”

    Ron Simons notes "We are proud to be a part of this production, the outstanding humor it brings and how it furthers SimonSays’ mission to Tell Every Story.

    About the Pinckard Production Partners
    John Arthur Pinckard is a Tony Award winning producer of theatre and film, most recently represented on Broadway by Clybourne Park which won the Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize and Olivier Award for Best New Play. Other current and recent productions include the international tour of Green Day’s American Idiot, and the long running Off Broadway hit Silence! The Musical!, which he originated at the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival. John is an inaugural recipient of Hal Prince’s T. Edward Hambleton Fellowship for creative producers.

    About the Chicago Commercial Collective
    BRIAN LOEVNER is a theatre manager, producer, production manager, and arts educator. From 2004-2013, Brian served as the Managing Director of Chicago Dramatists. In addition, he was a founder and the Managing Director of Theatre Conspiracy in Washington D.C. for four seasons. In 1998, he co-founded TriArts, Inc., where he created programming partnerships with the Chicago Park District, Gallery 37, and the Department of Aging. Brian has also produced and production managed over 90 shows with companies such as Famous Door Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Collaboraction, Chicago Dramatists and The Actor’s Gymnasium. Further, he has worked as a business consultant, assisting sole proprietors and small companies in setting up accounting and office systems. He attended Virginia Tech University and George Mason University where he majored in Theatre Arts with a focus on Arts Management.

    AURÉLIA F. COHEN is a theater producer and consultant to non-profit administrators. She received a Master of Fine Arts in theater management from Yale School of Drama. Since her move to Chicago, Aurélia has worked with About Face Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, The Music Theatre Company, OnStage in America, American Theater Company, and Lifeline Theater. While at Yale, she worked as the Managing Director for the Yale Cabaret, producing 20 shows in 28 weeks. Prior to her time at Yale, she was the Technical Archivist at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City. During her time in New York City, Aurélia founded Pig Brooch, an ensemble theatre company. Aurélia is a member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.

    BENJAMIN BROWNSON has been working as a Chicago producer, director, playwright, dramaturg, actor, and arts administrator for over five years. Since earning his MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago he has worked with a variety of organizations, including Court Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Theatre Seven of Chicago, Waltzing Mechanics, and Broken Nose Theatre, where he is the founding Artistic Director. BNT highlights include their inaugural hit My First Time, the “surprise musical hit of summer,” (Hedy Weiss) ROOMS a rock romance, and Bechdel Fest, a short play festival featuring 50 artists and an all-female cast. His play Beautiful Broken received its world premiere with BNT after developmental readings at Chicago Dramatists’, the Greenhouse Theater Center, and the Park Theater in Holland, Michigan. He served as dramaturg for Mortar Theatre’s Corazon de Manzana and Theatre Seven’s We Live Here, which earned a Jeff Nomination for New Work, and has performed across the country on three national theater tours. In addition to his role with the Collective, Benjamin is the General Manager of the Greenhouse Theater Center, where he runs the day to day operations and oversees the Trellis Artist Development Program.

    KEATON WOODEN is an Emmy-nominated producer, writer, and director living in Chicago. Studying at Ball State University and the University of Oxford, Wooden was a Rhodes, Fullbright, and Marshall Scholarship nominee before moving to Chicago to produce theater and film. Wooden’s background in science led him to join a ground-breaking writing team to create an original play about the women who built the atomic bomb, the screenplay of the same story was also a finalist for the Sundance Festival’s Alfred P Sloan Commissioning Grant. Wooden’s favorite theater credits include directing”The Promise” in Indiana and remounted at The Side Project Theater as well as “In the Jungle” at the Brown Elephant for AIDS research. He went on to produce “A Map of our Country” for the Samuel French Off Off Broadway festival and Irvine Welsh’s world-premiere adaptation of his famous novel titled “Trainspotting USA.” Film projects include the award-winning web series “Box Boys,” the Emmy-nominated “Vibrations: A Documentary” for PBS, “NightLights” starring Shawna Waldron, and “Calumet” starring Steppenwolf ensemble member Austin Pendleton. Wooden has given presentations on his experience in entertainment and the humanities at the University of Oxford.

    Creative Team
    SARAH GITENSTEIN (Director) is a company member at The New Colony and Collaboraction Theater in Chicago. Sarah is both and actor and director. Acting credits include work at Bohemian Theater, Curious Theater, Infusion Theater, Pavement Group, Teatro Vista, Theater Seven and Timeline Theater. She was the casting director at Collaboraction for four years where she worked on such plays as The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, Jon and Sketchbook 7, 8, and 9. Sarah has directed for various theaters in the Chicago area, including Curious Theater, American Theater Company, Pavement Group, and Victory Gardens Theater. She is a native of Washington, DC, and earned her bachelor’s degree in theater from Kenyon College

    ANDREW HOBGOOD (Co-Playwright) is the founding artistic director for The New Colony, with which he has directed Amelia Earhart: Jungle Princess, FRAT and Hearts Full of Blood, which went on to the New York International Fringe Festival and was featured in its Encore Series. He has served as co-­-writer on many of The New Colony’s original works, including That Sordid Little Story and Tupperware: An American Musical Fable, which he also directed. Most recently he directed and co-­-wrote lyrics for The New Colony’s latest musical, Rise of the Numberless. Outside of The New Colony, Andrew won a 2006 FringeNYC award for 58!, a comedy about bike messengering. Andrew is an adjunct professor of theater at the University of Chicago.

    EVAN LINDER (Co-Playwright) is The New Colony’s associate artistic director. A playwright and actor in Chicago, Evan has worked with Victory Gardens Theatre, About Face Theatre, the side project, Promethean Theatre Ensemble, Collaboraction and Bohemian Theatre Ensemble. For The New Colony, Evan has written FRAT, The Warriors, 11:11, Rise of the Numberless, and The Bearsuit of Happiness, which will premiere as part of The New Colony’s 2013 season. He will also be developing a world premiere work with the University of Chicago this winter, where he is an adjunct professor of theater.

    Synopsis
    It is 1956 Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein’s annual quiche breakfast. The normally idyllic gathering, where the motto is “no men, no meat, all manners,” is upended when the Society’s matriarchs must confront the startling revelation that an atom bomb may be falling on their fair city. As fears are confronted and confessions fly, the chipper ladies stay firm in their commitment that the quiche is a mighty thing and that one must “respect the egg.”

    Following the upward trajectory from its debut as a short play presented at Collaboraction’s Sketchbook Festival in 2010 to a full production during The New Colony’s 2011 season, “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” enjoyed a meteoric rise with audiences and critics. Reviewing for the Chicago Tribune, Kerry Reid said, "The New Colony's show dishes up high-spirited theatrical comfort food with a bit of a saucy kick." After wowing Chicago where Time Out Chicago called it “smart, sharp and hysterically funny,” the comedy went on to play a sold-out engagement at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, winning a “Best Overall Production” award. This was soon followed by a successful off-Broadway run at New York’s SoHo Playhouse.

    About SimonSays Entertainment
    Founded in 2009 with the mission to “Tell Every Story”, SimonSays Entertainment was founded by Ron Simons, a working actor and producer, whose multi-faceted background includes business and the arts. The company develops projects that represent indigenous and underrepresented cultures from all reaches of the globe. SimonSays Entertainment seeks to work with writers, directors, and storytellers who bring their lives and communities to light.


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    Announcing the Los Angeles Theatrical Premiere of a Timely and Important Film

    Winner Audience Award at AFI DOCS, PHILLY Q FEST, FRAMELINE SAN FRANCISCO
    and Best Documentary at the URBANWORLD FILM FESTIVAL
    PROMISED LAND FILM
    PRESENTS

    THE NEW BLACK


    - A FILM BY YORUBA RICHEN -


    THE NEW BLACK addresses the issue of how the African American community is dealing with the gay community in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. It has been a discussion that has been coming for a long time in both of these communities. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda. THE NEW BLACK takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.

    THE NEW BLACK



    View Trailer: http://www.newblackfilm.com/trailer/
    For More Info: www.newblackfilm.com


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    NMAC Expresses Deep Sadness At The Passing of Sean Sasser

    - The following is a statement from National Minority AIDS Council Executive Director Paul Kawata: -


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – “On behalf of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) Board of Directors and staff, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to our colleague and friend Michael J. Kaplan on the loss of his spouse, Sean Franklin Sasser. Following a brief battle with mesothelioma, Sean passed away on August 7 at the age of 44. He was a long time advocate and source of incredible inspiration, living with HIV for 25 years.

    “As the executive director of NMAC, and a personal friend to Michael Kaplan, Sean’s death hits extremely close to home. I knew Michael when he and Sean first met and could tell almost immediately that their relationship would be long lasting and deeply meaningful. Sean was known to the world as a prominent HIV/AIDS activist who rose to notoriety on MTV’s Real World. To those close to him and Michael, he was known more as a talented pastry chef and gentle soul. As a black gay man living with HIV, Sean held a special place in my heart and in the work of NMAC to address the disparities that persist within that community. Sean’s passing serves as a reminder of the considerable work that remains to be done to end this epidemic. NMAC will honor Sean’s legacy and the thousands like him who struggle every day against this disease by redoubling our efforts to support and foster more black gay leaders to lead the fight.”

    “Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael, his family and all those whose lives Sean touched at this difficult time. We pray that the warm embrace from the many that love them and the knowledge of the incredible meaning their work and their relationship have had to our movement and community will help ease the pain of this loss.”

    Donations can be made in Sean’s name to AIDS United at www.aidsunited.org/give.

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    Bayard Rustin to be Posthumously Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

    - President Obama recognizes African-American, Gay civil rights leader at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington -


    Statement by Tico Almeida, founder and President of Freedom to Work, a national organization dedicated to ending workplace discrimination, on President Obama awarding Bayard Rustin the President Medal of Freedom:

    "Freedom to Work is thrilled to learn that President Obama will award one of America's most important civil rights strategists with the Presidential Medal of Freedom," said Tico Almeida, founder and President of Freedom to Work. "Among Rustin's many accomplishments, he organized a 1941 March on Washington so successful that it never even took place, and that cancelled march instead pressured a reluctant President Roosevelt to begrudgingly sign the first federal contractor executive order granting African-Americans the freedom to work without discrimination. Toward the end of his career and life, Rustin also advocated for New York City's ENDA law barring discrimination based on sexual orientation. Now, 72 summers after Rustin organized a national march to focus America's attention on workplace discrimination, LGBT Americans and our straight allies are calling on President Barack Obama to immediately sign the federal contractor executive order giving LGBT Americans the freedom to work without discrimination. President Obama should sign it today in honor of Bayard Rustin. If it were up to me, we'd even name the Obama executive order after Bayard Rustin. It would be a fitting honor that would bring our nation's civil rights history full circle."

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    FreedomtoWork.org is a national organization committed to banning workplace harassment and career discrimination against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender Americans through public education, policy analysis, and legal work.

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    NMAC Lauds Supreme Court Decisions on Same-Sex Marriage

    - The following is a statement from National Minority AIDS Council Director of Legislative and Public Affairs Kali Lindsey: -


    Washington, DC – “Today’s Supreme Court decisions regarding California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) are a historic victory for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and another important step in the inevitable road to full equality for same-sex couples,” said National Minority AIDS Council Director of Legislative & Public Affairs Kali Lindsey. “They are also a breath of fresh air following the Court’s disappointing ruling yesterday on the Voting Rights Act. Gay and lesbian couples have the same capacity for love and commitment as their heterosexual counterparts and seek nothing more than to share in the same rights and privileges that straight couples enjoy, and to which they should be legally entitled.

    “Today’s decisions allow same-sex marriages to go forward in the nation’s most populous state, and ensure that all couples legally married in their states will receive full recognition, protection and benefits from the federal government. While these historic rulings will do much to advance equality for LGBT Americans, the battle is far from over. Constitutional bans on same-sex marriage remain in place in 29 states. Congress has yet to pass the Employment and Student Non-Discrimination Acts. LGBT individuals in the United States, especially those of color, face higher rates of homelessness and poverty than their heterosexual counterparts, while experiencing poorer overall health. In particular, gay and bisexual men continue to bear the heaviest burden of HIV in the nation.

    “NMAC celebrates today’s rulings, which come on the 10 year anniversary of the historic Lawrence v. Texas decision, and the incredible strides that the LGBT community has made in the struggle for full equality. With more than half of all Americans now supporting marriage equality – including more than 80 percent of those under 30 – momentum is on our side. But while we rejoice in this victory, we must be steadfast in our commitment to continue the fight. Marriage is just one of many critical issues facing the LGBT community and our nation. We must build on today’s success and work to advance the rights of all individuals, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, or country of origin. In particular, we must repair the damage done by yesterday’s decision to voting rights for communities of color. NMAC is committed to fighting discrimination and stigma wherever they exist and ensuring that our nation lives up to its founding principles of equality and justice for all.”

    The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) represents a coalition of faith based and community based organizations as well as AIDS service organizations advocating and delivering HIV/AIDS services in communities of color nationwide. Since 1987, NMAC has developed leadership in communities of color through a variety of advocacy campaigns, public policy education programs, national conferences, research programs, capacity building, technical assistance and trainings, and digital and electronic resource materials. For more information visit www.nmac.org.

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    Chirlane McCray: From Gay Trailblazer to Politician's Wife
    By Linda Villarosa


    We wanted to be sure you saw this article in Essence about Chirlane McCray, who is NYC mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s wife. It’s a big interview that gives a lot of interesting background on Chirlane and Bill.

    You may remember in 1979, Chirlane wrote a groundbreaking piece for Essence declaring herself as an African American lesbian, and now of course, she’s married to a man and in what she calls herself a “traditional marriage.”

    In 1979 Chirlane McCray was a lesbian, out loud and proud. She said so herself, in a groundbreaking essay in ESSENCE simply called "I Am a Lesbian." That article was a revelation, perhaps the first time a Black gay woman had spoken so openly and honestly about her sexuality in a Black magazine. "I discovered my preference for women early," she wrote, "before getting locked into a traditional marriage."

    Now, 34 years later, the same Chirlane McCray, 58, is happily immersed in a "traditional marriage." Her husband, Bill de Blasio, is running in one of the most fiercely contested Democratic mayoral primaries in decades, and his wife of 19 years and mother of their two teenage children is front and center in his campaign as strategist, confidante and political partner.

    So how did this self-possessed lesbian turn into a seemingly classic political wife? McCrayreturns "home" to the pages of ESSENCE, and the audience who embraced her so many years ago, to talk about life's unexpected twists and turns, the fluidity of love, dirty politics and her 180-degree turn.

    This story is featured in the June 2013 issue of ESSENCE Magazine, on newsstandsnow.

    http://www.essence.com/2013/05/09/politicians-wife-chirlane-mccray

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    Super Bowl Champ Brendon Ayanbadejo: "Not A Fight For Gay Rights, A Fight For Human Rights!"


    Last night was a special night for a lot of people. For the Ravens players. For the staff and coaches of the team. For the fans. For the city of Baltimore.

    After a hard fought Super Bowl game, the Baltimore Ravens are World Champions! However, one player has been a champion in a lot of people's hearts for a long time, including mine. Brendon Ayanbadejo courageously stood up in support of marriage equality over four years ago. He lives by a saying that has guided my social justice work: The rights you take for granted are only valid if you fight to give those same rights to others.

    As an unwavering ally, he has used his platform as an NFL player to fight for the rights of all people, especially the gay and lesbian community. I have followed Brendon's journey fighting for equality off-the-field, and could not be more proud of him. I had the chance to speak with the Super Bowl champ and wanted to share with you all our conversation about marriage equality, his upbringing and his message to the President.

    Super Bowl Champ Brendon Ayanbadejo
    Credit Global Grind


    Hey Brendon, It is nice to speak you, my brother.
    Thanks Russell, it is a pleasure to speak with you as well.

    I know your time is limited, but I wanted to talk to you a little bit about your incredible commitment for equality. If you could describe equality, how would you describe it?
    Equality means that every single person, no matter your race, creed, sexual orientation, advantages or disadvantages, are all treated equally.

    Read more: http://globalgrind.com/news/super-bowl-champ-brendon-ayanbadejo-gay-rights-interview#ixzz2JxQcPa1Q

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    3rd ANNUAL REVIVAL, QWOC POETRY TOUR NEEDS YOUR HELP!


    - Share A Poem And Spread The Word About Salon-Styled Poetry Tour -

    They say the third time's a charm and this year, salon-styled tour, The Revival travels to Toronto, DC, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Durham and Brooklyn to connect hundreds of queer women of color artists and allies. October 6-13, 2012, The Revival honors a queer tradition of turning homes into sanctuaries and every concert takes place in someone's living room! With one week left for fundraising, our kickstarter campaign calls on the community for help!

    Salon-Styled Poetry Tour
    "No donation is too small and more than anything the power of a kind thought will go a long way!" Adds producer and poet, Jade Foster. "And a facebook like! After Frank Oceans blog post last week, the internet is not to be played with. And there's a new season turning, one that looks for the queer story. It's up to the poets. It's up to us to continue."

    The tour has confirmed collaborations with Durham's Mobile Homecoming Project, Toronto's Kim Katrin Crosby, Brooklyn's LGBT Pride Center and a recent grant recipient of DC's Al Sura Foundation. The Revival Kickstarter Campaign is one week away from closing and confident in reaching their goal! Continue the queer story and donate at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1135904449/3rd-annual-revival-poetry-tour

    The Revival is an annual salon-styled poetry tour of queer women artists. The Revival honors a queer tradition of creating a sanctuary for artists and allies, each concert on the tour takes place in an actual living room. Follow @cereusarts for cities, dates and artists.

    Revival Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1135904449/3rd-annual-revival-poetry-tour
    Revival Kickstarter On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiciPEu29Wk

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    BLACK ENTERPRISE Wins GLAAD Media Award For Outstanding Magazine Article


    “Black & Gay in Corporate America” Takes Top Honors at New York City Ceremony

    (New York, NY) March 26, 2012—BLACK ENTERPRISE, the nation’s premier business and wealth-building resource for African Americans, took top honors for Outstanding Magazine Article at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards held on March 24, 2012 in New York City. Written by Senior Multimedia Content Producer Carolyn M. Brown, the July 2011 cover feature “Black & Gay in Corporate America” took an unflinching look at the cultural and professional obstacles facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) African American professionals and how a growing number are coming out and breaking through isolation and fear within their companies. The award, shared with Metro Weekly’s Chris Geidner for the "15th Anniversary of the Passage of the Defense of Marriage Act,” honors a magazine article or series for its fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

    BLACK ENTERPRISE Wins GLAAD Media Award
    In accepting the GLAAD award from presenters Padma Lakshmi of Top Chef and MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, “Black & Gay” author Carolyn Brown thanked cover subject Sabin D. Blake, a dealer organizational manager for General Motors Corp. (GM), who came forward after keeping his sexual orientation hidden for years while navigating the professional obstacles of being African American and gay. “Black LGBT professionals in corporate America and in the African American community in general, often feel like they need to adhere to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ the former U.S. policy governing homosexuality in the military,” said Brown. “It’s especially important for those of us in black media to break this code of silence and continue to cover stories that elevate LGBT people in the community.”

    "I am particularly proud that we received recognition from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation [GLAAD] for this courageous editorial,” said Black Enterprise Magazine SVP/Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle. “BLACK ENTERPRISE will continue to break new ground and deliver unique, dynamic, and relevant content such as this across all our media platforms, be it in print, television, digital or events.”

    [Pictured L-R: GLAAD presenter & Top Chef star Padma Lakshmi, Outstanding Magazine Article winners Carolyn Brown (Black Enterprise) and Chris Geidner (Metro Weekly) (Tie), with co-presenter and MSNBC Anchor Thomas Roberts. Photo by Wire Image® courtesy of GLAAD].

    BLACK ENTERPRISE accompanied “Black & Gay in Corporate America” with an expanded editorial package at www.blackenterprise.com/blacklgbt highlighting the struggles and successes of the black LGBT community in the workplace and beyond, including Black and LGBT in the Black Church; Being Black & Transgendered; Gay Rights vs. Civil Rights; Homophobia in Sports: The Other Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ; Gender Identity & Sexuality Discrimination in the Office; 49 Milestones in LGBT History; LGBT Trailblazers – Still Black & Proud; and Black LGBT Entertainers: Out & Proud.

    For a complete list of the 23rd Annual GLAAD Award winners, visit http://www.glaad.org.

    BLACK ENTERPRISE, your ultimate source of Wealth for Life, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine provides four million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. As multimedia company, BE produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content and digital media. BLACK ENTERPRISE is the definitive source of information for and about African American business markets and leaders, and the authority on black business news and trends.

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