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Tiny Home Summit 2.0 convenes experts to explore affordable, small-scale housing June 13  

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Tracy Baim, tracybaim@gmail.com CHICAGO—A gathering of more than 250 elected officials, developers, advocates, philanthropists, community members, and people with lived experience will take place June 13, 2024 to discuss and strategize around […]

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Read-Audre-Thon

From ZamiNobla.org This year marks the 90th birthday of Audre Lorde, a Black lesbian, writer, warrior poet, and unapologetic feminist who taught us the power of speaking out, and living authentically. Help us Celebrate in […]

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February – June 2024 Film Festivals

Updated March 26 Check out this list of film screenings and festivals you might consider patronizing. Midwest Film Fest (Chicago): A year-round festival fest that celebrates and supports the Midwest filmmaking community. midwestfilm.com Masc: trans […]

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Spring THAW 2024

Spring Trans Health and Wellness (THAW) Summit, presented by Life is Work in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health. Join us as we cover topics such as trans masculine sexual health, harm reduction/sex work, […]

Positive Affirmations

Positive Affirmations: Wholeness

By Healing Friday January 26: “Those who see themselves as whole make no demands.” When we recognize our wholeness, we will realize that we require nothing from our brothers/sisters. Wholeness means that we have all […]

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2024 Bayard Rustin/Audre Lorde Breakfast

From Press Release The Southern Unity Movement, an Atlanta-based social justice organization committed to building a more unified Black LGBTQ+ community through advocacy, education, and recreation, and the official organizer of the Bayard Rustin/Audre Lorde […]

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today, on this Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember every transgender person who lost their life to violence because of who they were. According to a report by the Human Rights Campaign, 33 transgender or […]

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Black Queer Called

Updated December 29, 2023 Rethinking The Narrative & The Esteem Awards invites you to join us for a virtual convo of Black Clergy about Sexuality and Spirituality. Black, Queer, and Called virtual panel will take […]

LGBTQ And African American History Icons

LGBT History Month 2023 October 1 – 5

October 1: Marin Alsop, TRAILBLAZING CONDUCTOR born. October 16, 1956 Photo © GETTY IMAGES “Success means pursuing a career that inspires you — brings passion to your life and totally absorbs your energy.” She is […]

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2023 Fall Film Festivals

As the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes continue, no one knows if there’s an end in sight. The strikes have wreaked havoc on entertainment with postponed movie premieres and awards shows and have halted television and […]

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Artistically Yours, Lena Ingram

Photos by Stuart Locklear A version of this story was published on PrideIndex on February 22, 2012. With the recent success of the Barbie Movie and after catching up with Lena Ingram after all these years, we thought […]

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In Memoriam: Stephaun Elite Wallace

PrideIndex was saddened to learn about the passing of the 2023 Esteem Award for Outstanding Healthcare Professional National Dr. Stephaun E. Wallace. A message on his Instagram page reads: “Today at 10:27 am, Dr. Stephaun […]

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Chicago Black Gay Pride 2023

Events for her including BLYSS! & PEACH, Lipstick & Lace/Mad Man Productions have been added. We’re T-minus eight days away from the 2023 Esteem Awards, the annual celebration of honor which takes place during Chicago’s […]

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Google Special Salute to Willi Ninja

PrideIndex was surprised and excited at what we found this afternoon while doing a simple search on Google. This wonderful salute to ball scene Icon and Legend Willi Ninja. Google’s homepage features illustrations of Ninja […]

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Hotter Than July Book Festival

From Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bee Brown, The Bee Agency bee@thebeeagency.com Join LGBT Detroit for the Hotter Than July Book Festival on Friday, July 14, at 8:00 pm. The event […]

Pride On Film

Girls Rule the World Part 2

Image from Deana Williams‘ short film Tracks Our favorite lesbian themed movies continue. Tracks (2009) Filmmaker Deana Williams made her directorial debut with Tracks.  This short film fest circuit movie is a coming of age story […]

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Girls Rule the World Part 1

Our favorite lesbian themed movies. Photo from Stud Life Stud Life (2012) J.J., a lesbian, and Seb, a gay man, are best friends – they work together and play together. Then J.J. falls for Elle […]

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2023 Poetry Slam

Poetry Slam Jul 03, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT Sidetrack, 3349 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657, USA SAVE THE DATE – Over $2023 in prizes–More details coming soon including how to enter this […]

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Support Our Go Fund Me Campaign

Photo from 2022 Esteem Awards The Esteem Awards is seeking community support of our annual celebration of honor. Since 2007, the EAs has honored local and national organizations and individuals for their continued support of […]

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The 2023 Esteem Awards Finalist

avery r. young Photo by: Sulyiman Stokes Chicago, March 15, 2023 – Today, we’re excited to announce eleven individuals and two organizations have been selected to be honored during this year’s 16th Annual Esteem Awards. […]

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Gift ideas for your boo for Valentine’s Day Part 2

Viveré Chocolates pronounced (vi-ve-re), meaning: TO LIVE!Viveré Chocolates was founded by Tuscaloosa native Robert Bowman. Viveré specializes in custom corporate chocolate gifts. The company’s artisanal chocolates are handmade using a premium blend of all-natural, 70% […]

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Artists in the Afternoon: Beyond Publishing

REThink the Narrative Media Company, TheEsteemAwards.com & EBANMAN.com present Artists in the Afternoon: Beyond Publishing. Join us for an afternoon highlighting written and spoken word, music, art, and more. As we discuss why representations matters, it is sure to […]

Pride On Film

The 25 African American LGBTQ+ People that Hollywood should consider making a biopic about right away

Our list of “The 25 African American LGBTQ+ people that Hollywood should consider making a biopic about right away” represents people from all walks of life. These entertainers, politicians, journalists, activists, and athletes have blazed […]

Television, Stage & Other Stories

WATCH: Keiynan Lonsdale’s Character Tal is “literally stepping up to the plate” in “Step Up” Season 3

By Dino-Ray Ramos GLADD.org | December 5, 2022 Courtesy of STARZ Step Up has returned for its third season on STARZ and there is a lot to expect from this season – specifically with Keiynan Lonsdale whose character Tal is back, and he […]

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THE COLOR IS: RENAISSANCE WEEKEND

A two-day experience –Symposium and Closing Ceremony Hosted by Danny Dunson, Director of Curatorial Services and Community Partnerships for The DuSable Museum Celebrating The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center’s groundbreaking presentation of NICK CAVE/JACK CAVE: THE […]

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Chicago Reader to celebrate its 50ish anniversary at MCA on November 30

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 15, 2022  Contacts: Tracy BaimPublisher, Chicago Readertbaim@chicagoreader.com773-387-2394 JT NewmanOwner & Event Producer, Sprout Partnershipsjtnewman@sproutpartnerships.com917-750-7021  On November 30, the Reader Institute for Community Journalism (RICJ), the nonprofit publisher of the legendary Chicago […]

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Election 2022: What We Know So Far

By GLAAD.org |  November 9, 2022 The midterm voting is complete, but the big picture implications—for LGBTQ rights, abortion, voting rights, election denial—are still coming into focus. One thing was absolutely certain, however. The expected dramatic […]

Television, Stage & Other Stories

WATCH: ‘Abbott Elementary’ Writer Brittani Nichols Talks Success And Value Of Black Queer Representation In Hollywood

By Dino-Ray Ramos GLAAD.org | November 9, 2022 Since its premiere, the ABC sitcom Abbott Elementary has quickly found success and brought hope back to network TV, a space that has been an afterthought in a landscape of streamers and […]

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Election 2022: In the “Vote With Pride” Video Series, Billy Porter Talks the Power of the Black Vote with Color of Change

By GLAAD.org | November 1, 2022 Photo by Meredith Truax The third in GLAAD’s “Vote with Pride” video series is released today. In conversation with Emmy-winning artist and activist Billy Porter is Rashad Robinson, President of Color of Change, […]

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WATCH: Trailblazing ‘Chicago’ Star Angelica Ross And E.C. Pizarro III Set Special TransTech Matinee Event On Broadway

By Dino-Ray Ramos GLAAD.org | October 25, 2022 Many were first introduced to actress Angelica Ross as the scene-stealing Candy Ferocity in the groundbreaking Emmy-winning FX series Pose. Now, Ross’s career trajectory has skyrocketed with roles in American Horror Story and most recently, she […]

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Representatives and Senators throughout the U.S. stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community for #SpiritDay

By Lana Leonard GLAAD.org | October 21, 2022 Politicians throughout the nation unite in GLAAD’s anti-bullying campaign, Spirit Day. This day is to influence awareness of the LGBTQ community against lethal harms that bullying causes. This includes at the legislative […]

Authors of Note

The Genius of Ryan Douglass

Ryan Douglass is an author, freelance writer, and poet from Atlanta. Douglass contributed to the Huffington Post, the Atlanta Black Star, and LGBTQ Nation. He is the author of the poetry book “Boy in Jeopardy” (2019) […]

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LGBTQ Issues in Ohio’s Senate Debate

By GLAAD.org | October 10, 2022 Monday night in Cleveland, the candidates for U.S. Senate in Ohio answered questions in their first debate of the midterm campaign, including questions about marriage equality and other issues important to […]

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 28th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival

From Press Release October 4, 2022 Dear Film Center Community, We’re thrilled to announce that passes for the Gene Siskel Film Center’s 28th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival are ON SALE NOW! The Black Harvest Film Festival is Chicago’s […]

Press Releases and important breaking news

39 Chicago-area media host joint fundraiser October 3-17

CONTACT: Tracy Baim, publisher, Chicago Reader773-387-2394 Collaboration includes independent community and diverse media, legacy and newer outlets under the hashtag #WeAmplifyChicagoVoices Pledges made on 3rd & 4th have 3X the impact  CHICAGO —Nearly 40 independent Chicago-area […]

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Emmys 2022: ‘The White Lotus’s Mike White & Murray Bartlett, Jerrod Carmichael, And Lizzo Score Wins During TV Awards Season with Low LGBTQ Representation

By Dino-Ray Ramos  GLADD.org |  September 13, 2022 There were plenty of surprises and expectations met during tonight’s 74th Emmys ceremony which was on the fairly low side when it came to LGBTQ representation – but […]

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LGBTQ wins at MTV VMAs: Lil Nas X’s “Industry Baby” scores three Moon Person trophies, Dove Cameron wins best new artist

By Dino-Ray Ramos GLAAD.org | August 29, 2022 Photo from GLAAD.org Lil Nas X walked away from last night’s MTV Video Music Awards as the prince of the ceremony, nabbing three Moon Person trophies for his video for […]

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“Hand in Hand” Book Event Featuring traci kato-kiriyama and Imani Tolliver

Photo by Rubén Esparza for ONE Archives Foundation. ONE Archives Foundation and Queer Biennial present the author event Hand in Hand, featuring traci kato-kiriyama and Imani Tolliver. Hand in Hand will feature readings from new works by traci kato-kiriyama and Imani Tolliver, followed by an exchange between […]

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NEW POLL OF LGBTQ AND ALLY VOTERS IN FLORIDA SHOWS THEY ARE POSITIONED TO MAKE A DECIDING DIFFERENCE IN THE STATE’S ELECTIONS THIS NOVEMBER

By GLAAD | August 1, 2022 VIDEO: FAMILIES AND TEACHERS SPEAK OUT ABOUT IMPACT OF ANTI-LGBTQ LAWS NOW IN EFFECT AND AS STUDENTS GO BACK TO SCHOOL IN FLORIDA “Florida’s LGBTQ and ally voters have grave concerns about […]

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Midwest Film Festival’s ‘First Tuesdays’ presents a night of work from Women & Gender Non-Conforming Filmmakers Tuesday, August 2nd at the Gene Siskel Film Center

July 20, 2022  GSFC Contact: Lori Hile  lhile@saic.edu  MFF contact:  Carlos Rogelio Diaz carlos@midwestfilm.com info@midwestfilm.com   The Midwest Film Festival (MFF) is proud to present our 13th annual celebration of creators who identify as female and […]

Pride Profiles

Emmy Nominations Include “Hacks,” “Drag Race,” “Yellowjackets,” “Changing the Game,” But Fall Short On LGBTQ Representation In Acting Categories

By Dino-Ray Ramos GLAAD.org | July 12, 2022 Representation matters, but this year’s list of Emmy nominations doesn’t seem to reflect that – at least in some of the major categories. Melissa Fumero and JB Smoove announced the […]

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Presenting “Love Has No Labels'” #LoveLivesOn campaign: “Turn pain into purpose,” with stories of resilience from three incredible people creating change in their communities

By Allison Bloom, Communications Consultant GLAAD.org | July 6, 2022 GLAAD is proud to present the newest roundup of PSAs from our partner Love Has No Labels. Three powerful videos show the impact everyday people living in America […]

Press Releases and important breaking news

‘Hacks,’ ‘Somebody Somewhere,’ ‘Euphoria’ Lead in LGBTQ Critics Dorian TV Nominations

GALECA Press Release Photo: Janelle James in Abbott Elementary © 2021 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.  JUNE 22, 2022 – As frighteningly reactionary Florida governor Ron DeSantis frets that grade school teachers will somehow turn kids queer . . […]

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Chicago Black Gay Pride Events 2022

It’s approximately one week from showtime for the 2022 Esteem Awards, part of Chicago’s Black Gay weekend. As the excitement and anticipation are building by the second moment, I wish I could add another couple […]

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The Dragon Sisters, are pushing boundaries and celebrating “all the shades of Queer” for Pride Month

By Yolanda Lenge, Entertainment Consultant  | June 21, 2022 Photo Credit: [Grizz Studios] For Pride this year, you’ll find The Dragon Sisters eagerly embracing every soul that is lucky enough to experience their fierce and powerful presence all […]

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The Queer Liberation March is Sunday, June 26. Here’s what to expect. Here’s why the Reclaim Pride Coalition marches this Pride.

By Lana Leonard GLAAD.org | June 17, 2022 The 4th annual Queer Liberation March will take place Sunday, June 26th starting at Foley Square at 2 p.m. and ending at Washington Square Park.  The Reclaim Pride Coalition (RPC)—a […]

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Announcing New LGBTQ+ History Podcast

ONE Archives Foundation is thrilled to launch a new podcast project for this year’s Pride season – Periodically Queer. The podcast will dive deep into the history and stories around LGBTQ+ print media, periodicals, and organizations. […]

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Michael R. Jackson’s Musical ‘A Strange Loop’ Wins Big At Tony Awards; Showcases Impact Of Diverse Queer Storytelling

By Dino-Ray Ramos GLAAD.org | June 13, 2022 If there was one year that Michael R. Jackson’s queer-fronted musical A Strange Loop to win the Tony Award for Best Musical, this was the year. After a raging pandemic, a racial […]

Pride On Film

‘First Kill’: Sarah Catherine hook And Imani Jones Sink Their Teeth Into Netflix’s Queer Teen Vampire Romance

By Dino-Ray Ramos GLAAD.org | June 9, 2022 Whether blatant or subtle, the world of vampires has always been sexy. More than that it has always been queer coded. From Interview with a Vampire to Blade to the Twilight franchise to Buffy the Vampire […]

Press Releases and important breaking news

Announcing Our 2022 Cohort: Leaders for a New Chicago 

Photo avery r. young CONTACT:June 7, 2022analía rodríguezField Foundation of Illinois(773) 259-4826arodriguez@fieldfoundation.org A’Lexus MurphyRise Strategy Group(817) 703-6419alexus@risestrategygroup.com FIELD AND MACARTHUR FOUNDATIONS ANNOUNCE 2022 LEADERS FOR A NEW CHICAGO COHORT10 Diverse Leaders Across the City to […]

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Must-See LGBTQ TV: ‘Tom Swift’ premieres Tuesday, ‘This Is Going To Hurt’ debuts Thursday, new seasons of ‘The Boys’ and ‘P-Valley’ premiere on Friday, and more!

By Amanda Hurwitz, Entertainment Research Jr. Associate | May 29, 2022 GLAAD.org Photo Credit: The CW Grab the remote, set your DVR or queue up your streaming service of choice! GLAAD is bringing you the LGBTQ highlights on […]

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The Trans 25: A Salute to Transgender Activist Part 2

Lasaia Wade along with Gloria Allen Photo from Lasaia Wade Facebook page PrideIndex proudly presents part two of The Trans 25. Profiles from Wikipedia Angelica Ross  Angelica Ross is an American actress, and businesswoman. A self-taught computer programmer, […]

Press Releases and important breaking news

5 Things we learned from listening to audiences when launching a LGBTQ+ collaborative

Queer Media Collaborative By Dana Piccoli, project manager In early 2022, News is Out, a pioneering queer media collaborative featuring seven legacy media publishers (Bay Area Reporter, Dallas Voice, Philadelphia Gay News, Q Voice News, Tagg Magazine, Washington Blade and Windy City Times), […]

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GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER ANNOUNCES MAY – JUNE 50/50 FILM-SERIES TITLES AS PART OF ITS YEAR-LONG 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 

May 6, 2022 Contact: Lori Hile lhile@saic.edu GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER ANNOUNCES MAY – JUNE 50/50 FILM-SERIES TITLES AS PART OF ITS YEAR-LONG 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION   Films are presented each Monday to commemorate the Film Center’s 50-year history […]

Esteem Awards

The Esteem Awards, A Celebration of Honor

The Esteem Awards is a 501c3 organization which honors local and national organizations and individuals for their continued efforts in supporting the areas of entertainment, media, civil rights, social services, business and the arts. M. […]

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Transgender Day of Visibility: Meet the Organizations Fighting Anti-Trans Legislation on the Ground

By Serena Sonoma GLAAD.org | March 31, 2022 On this International Transgender Day of Visibility, GLAAD is honoring the exemplary work of trans-led organizations fighting harmful legislation on the ground by providing care to those who need it most. […]

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CyArk, Friends of the Lyon-Martin House and GLBT Historical Society Announce Virtual 3D Tour of San Francisco Lesbian Landmark

March 22, 2022 MEDIA CONTACTMark Sawchuk(415) 777-5455 ext. 8mark@glbthistory.org CyArk, Friends of the Lyon-Martin House and GLBT Historical Society Announce Virtual 3D Tour of San Francisco Lesbian Landmark San Francisco — Digital historic preservation firm CyArk, […]

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LGBTQ Critics Name Power of the Dog Best Film, Passing, Ariana DeBose and Pedro Almodóvar Are Double Winners, Rita Moreno Anointed ‘Timeless Star’

March 17, 2022 – Hollywood, California – GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics announced the winners of its 13th Dorian Film Awards, again honoring movie content from mainstream to LGBTQIA+. To perhaps Sam Elliott’s […]

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Idaho’s Senate Republicans Shelve a Bill that Would Criminalize Gender-Affirming Treatment

By GLAAD | March 17, 2022 On Tuesday, Idaho’s Senate Republicans rejected H.B. 675, which would have criminalized parents who seek gender-affirming treatment for their children, and the medical providers who treat them. The legislation would have made […]

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IN THE SPIRIT OF BLACK HARVEST: Don’t miss LOSING GROUND and THE TORCH, screening March 14 & 18 at the Film Center!

📽️Dear Film Lovers, Starting April 1, we’ll be accepting entries for our 28th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, which will take place this year from November 4- 27! In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this pair of […]

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Featurette: Video Interview with Zachary Quinto, Billy Porter, and producers of Disney+’s “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder”

By Jose Useche, Communications Coordinator GLAAD.org | March 9, 2022 Billy Porter and Zachary Quinto have joined the cast and respectively voice Randall and Barry Leibowitz-Jenkins, mixed-race adoptive parents to 14-year-old activist Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, voiced by Keke […]

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2022 Clarence Darrow ceremony to highlight efforts to transform criminal justice system

Media content:Nina Barrett, 847-977-4788barrett.nina@gmail.com 2022 Clarence Darrow ceremony to highlight efforts to transform criminal justice system  CHICAGO — With its mission of bringing the spirit of famed attorney and social justice advocate Clarence Darrow to […]

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Blowing the roof off the beauty queen factory. Bárbara López on “Señorita 89” and on being part of a beloved queer couple

By mtrasandes GLAAD.org | February 27, 2022 “Pretty on the outside, scary on the inside” describes the sumptuous mountain lair, La Encantada, where a group of women vying to become Miss Mexico are taken in the new series Señorita […]

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Creating The Change, I Want to Be

Today, I have the pleasure of speaking with Antonio Driver, Executive Director of SpeakOut, a Washington DC-based nonprofit community engagement organization representing more than 6,000 same-gender-loving (SGL) men and women of color. Since its inception […]

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Stream “Love Overdue” Today!

IT’S OUT! “Love Overdue” is finally out just in time for Valentine’s Day.  I wrote, “Love Overdue” over 10 years ago for the play Love’s Gonna Get You – a romantic comedy by James and Michelle Woodson.  […]

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Biden Accountability Tracker Hits 100th Entry: 100+ Appointments, Policies, Statements for LGBTQ Americans

By GLAAD.org | January 21, 2022 Photo Credit: White House Flickr As President Joe Biden and Vice President Harris begin their second year in office, today GLAAD marks the 100th entry in the GLAAD Biden Accountability Tracker, an […]

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Send ‘Love by FRUITLOOTS’ and Support LGBTQ+, AAPI, Black and Female-Founded Businesses this Valentine’s Day

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 10, 2022 Contact: Samantha O’Neil Samantha@TCRStrategies.com Send ‘Love by FRUITLOOTS’ and Support LGBTQ+, AAPI, Black and Female-Founded Businesses this Valentine’s Day Bravo TV ‘Matchmaker’ Elevates Minority-Owned Brands with Curated […]

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Voting Rights Are an LGBTQ Issue

By | January 10, 2022 By GLAAD.org Voting rights legislation has stalled in the U.S. Senate, with Republicans using the filibuster to block debate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has promised to make a rules change to […]

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BIDEN ACCOUNTABILITY TRACKER

By GLAAD.org GLAAD is monitoring the Biden administration’s executive orders, legislative support, speeches and nominations that affect LGBTQ people and rights. 01.05.2022 Health and Human Services proposes rule change to reinstate and expand protections against discrimination based on […]

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Hung Up Podcast

Coming Soon an Interview of Hung Up Podcast creator Eric Cole. Dial in with Systems Analyst & Tennis Athlete Eric Cole as he tackles society & culture from a Black Queer perspective. I interview artist, […]