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4West Lounge, Harlem's Premier LGBTQ+ Bar, Celebrates Its First Anniversary

4West Lounge, Harlem's Premier LGBTQ+ Bar, Celebrates Its First Anniversary

4West Lounge has become Harlem’s premier LGBTQ+ bar lounge where “You can be You and Free.” 4West prides itself on hosting diverse, curated events for guests to connect, grow and be entertained. It is home for everyone - from creatives to corporate managers to stay-at-home entrepreneurs - where they can come together and have their social and entertainment needs met in an environment that is welcoming to all, regardless of skin color or orientation. - August 03, 2022 - 4WestLounge

Women Who CAN Holds Largest Cannabis Event Highlighting Women of Color

Women Who CAN Holds Largest Cannabis Event Highlighting Women of Color

Women Who CAN Business Expo, now in its forth year, is the largest one day event showcasing speakers and businesses owned by women of color in the legal cannabis industry. - July 30, 2022 - Women Who CAN

New Independent Film "Fetish," Directed by Gender-Fluid Director

New Independent Film "Fetish," Directed by Gender-Fluid Director

Chainreaction Studio presents "Fetish," an independent film directed by gender-fluid director Alexa Makky. “Fetish” is an erotic drama film following the story of Oskar Pratz, a handsome, successful, and manipulative man with a strong fetish for nylons. At first, this seems... - July 19, 2022 - Chainreaction Studio LLC

Logan Woods Featured on 6x Glamour Magazine’s Cover

Logan Woods Featured on 6x Glamour Magazine’s Cover

Logan Woods, Model and Instagram Influencer, Featured on 6x Glamour Magazine. - July 07, 2022 - Logan Woods

You:Flourish Selects AppIt to Develop the First Wellness & Behavioral Health App Serving the LGBTQ+ Community

You:Flourish Selects AppIt to Develop the First Wellness & Behavioral Health App Serving the LGBTQ+ Community

AppIt Ventures, an award-winning, woman-owned custom software development company, has been selected by You:Flourish to design the first wellness and behavioral health smartphone application created specifically for the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. Working with a team of wellness and behavioral... - June 16, 2022 - AppIt Ventures

Janora McDuffie & Wife Leila Ryan to Attend White House Pride Celebration

The 2022 Academy Awards voice announcer, Janora McDuffie, and LAPD SWAT Officer Leila Ryan joined the list of White House attendees for President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden's Pride Celebration on Wednesday, June 15. McDuffie, as the first openly gay announcer for this year's 94th Academy Awards and Leila Ryan, as a 24-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and the second woman in the organization's history. - June 16, 2022 - Janora McDuffie

AIDS Walk South Dallas 2022

AIDS Walk South Dallas 2022

11th Anniversary of AIDS Walk South Dallas - 5K Walk - Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 8AM - June 11, 2022 - AIDS Walk South Dallas

Sidekick Productions is Producing Their First Feature Film, the World’s First Queer, Fat-Positive Horror Film – And You Can Help

Sidekick Productions is Producing Their First Feature Film, the World’s First Queer, Fat-Positive Horror Film – And You Can Help

From the mind of Joshua R. Pangborn, creator of the queer hits Skeleton Crew and Demon Doctor, comes A Taste of Youth, co-directed by Pangborn and NBC’s The Voice’s Nakia. - June 05, 2022 - SideKick Productions

Teas Etc.’s PRIDE Green Tea Blend Does Double Duty Supporting Local and National Programs for LGBTQ Youth

Teas Etc.’s PRIDE Green Tea Blend Does Double Duty Supporting Local and National Programs for LGBTQ Youth

Teas Etc. is brewing acceptance in their support of The Trevor Project and their local Fernandina Beach Pride Event with a colorful tea that is purple, delicious and gives back to LGBTQ Youth. - May 27, 2022 - Teas Etc., Inc.

Douglas Bell’s Debut Novel, “Cake Walk,” Receives Praise from Transgender Readers

Douglas Bell’s Debut Novel, “Cake Walk,” Receives Praise from Transgender Readers

Riveting story of authentic love, loss, and family with an underlying message that confronts conformity and promotes radical self-acceptance. - May 26, 2022 - Douglas Bell Books

Judy Garland's 100th Birthday Bash Introducing Debbie Wileman

Judy Garland's 100th Birthday Bash Introducing Debbie Wileman

It’s the worldwide celebration of the 100th Birthday of one of the Greatest Performers of our time, starring overnight internet sensation Debbie Wileman in an uncanny recreation of the sound of Judy Garland. Wileman has gained over 1 million online views for her spot-on recreation of Judy Garland and she is now, direct from London, onstage to dazzle Judy’s fans as well as her new followers. Fresh off her newest album release, “I’m Still Here” orchestrated, conducted & produced by Steve Orich. - May 20, 2022 - Stander Group Inc.

First Stark Pride Festival Set for June 11, 2022

Thousands are expected for the inaugural LGBTQ+ event in downtown Canton, Ohio. - May 08, 2022 - StarkPride

Good Coworking Launches Brazen Scholarship for 2022, Supporting the Business Incubation & Growth of BIPOC + LGBTQIA Entrepreneurs

Good Coworking Launches Brazen Scholarship for 2022, Supporting the Business Incubation & Growth of BIPOC + LGBTQIA Entrepreneurs

Good Coworking announced the call for applications for year two of its Brazen Scholarship, which provides one year of coworking for an underrepresented entrepreneur who is in an incubation of growth phase of their business. - February 09, 2022 - Good Coworking LLC

Executive Leadership Coaching in High Demand, Mariposa Leadership, Inc. Brings on Four New Coaches and Celebrates 25 Years in Business

Executive Leadership Coaching in High Demand, Mariposa Leadership, Inc. Brings on Four New Coaches and Celebrates 25 Years in Business

While some businesses pulled back on leadership development during the pandemic, many continued to use executive coaches to support high-level leaders as they navigated through unprecedented uncertainty. And now, businesses are beginning to turn to the future with more optimism and are... - December 03, 2021 - Mariposa Leadership, Inc.

Gay, Disabled Texas Man Files Federal Employment Discrimination Lawsuit Against Mortgage Giant LoanDepot & Its Founder/CEO Anthony Hsieh

LoanDepot, Inc. and its Founder/CEO Anthony Hsieh have been sued in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas by Trevor Dickens, a gay, disabled man, allegedly a former LoanDepot employee who was subjected to discrimination based on his disabilities and sexual orientation while employed at LoanDepot's Plano, Texas office. - November 22, 2021 - Robinius, Epsinosa & Wietzel

Here TV Launches New Series “Collar Confessions”

Here TV Launches New Series “Collar Confessions”

HERE TV, America’s first and largest LGBTQ+ premium subscription TV and streaming service, has launched a new scripted series based on the Dwight Allen O’Neal novel “Collar Confessions: Sharing the Man of God.” The new series “Collar Confessions” is written and... - October 14, 2021 - Here TV

NY AG Letitia James, Pose Star Dominique Jackson Among Honorees at Hetrick-Martin Institute Gala - The LGBTQ+ Youth Organization’s Annual Emery Awards Takes on New Format

HMI will be hosting their annual Emery Awards on November 18, 2021 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in NYC. The event will celebrate the Kiki community and ballroom culture with a Ballroom Showcase and Photo Exhibition featuring some of the most important ballroom icons that have shaped the community, including an in-depth look into the Kiki scene. Honorees include NY AG Letitia James, "Pose" Star Dominique Jackson, Aisha Diori, Luna Luis Ortiz, Raul R. River and the late Arbert Santana. - October 09, 2021 - Hetrick-Martin Institute

GivingTuesday Announces 2021 Cohort of the Starling Collective

GivingTuesday Announces 2021 Cohort of the Starling Collective

Today, GivingTuesday announced the Starling Collective’s newest cohort: 50 grassroots activists, artists, organizers and changemakers inspiring generosity in innovative and creative ways to tackle critical issues and heal their communities. The Starling Collective is a global fellowship... - October 05, 2021 - GivingTuesday

Serpentine Pink, a Hard Knock Productions Film, Receives Coveted ReFrame Stamp

Serpentine Pink, a Hard Knock Productions Film, Receives Coveted ReFrame Stamp

Serpentine Pink, an LGBTQ+ neo-noir film confronting abuse and trauma, receives coveted ReFrame Stamp - an inclusivity recognition award created by Sundance Institute and Women in Film celebrating a female-led production. - September 29, 2021 - Hard Knock Productions

Tequila Has Become the New Bourbon Whiskey

Inclusive Brands introduces Extra Anejo and Cristalino Tequila. The meaning of the word Inclusivo "Inclusive" is straightforward it encompasses all and excludes none. Join Inclusive Brands in supporting their vision promote an environment where inclusivity and inclusion occur naturally. - September 16, 2021 - Inclusive One World Brands

Joy Nash Joins Cast of LGBTQIA+ Film Serpentine Pink

Joy Nash Joins Cast of LGBTQIA+ Film Serpentine Pink

Joy Nash joined the cast of Serpentine Pink - an LGBTQ+ neo-noir set in the desert-weird world of Joshua Tree, CA, confronting domestic violence and the trauma that stems from it. - August 09, 2021 - Hard Knock Productions

"Waltzing a Two-Step: Reckoning Family, Faith, and Self" by Dan Juday is a Cautionary Tale That Resonates in 2021, an Unsettled Time Like the 60s and 70s; LGBTQ Memoir

"Waltzing a Two-Step: Reckoning Family, Faith, and Self" by Dan Juday is a Cautionary Tale That Resonates in 2021, an Unsettled Time Like the 60s and 70s; LGBTQ Memoir

Author Dan Juday grew up in the conservative, protestant Midwest, feeling like an outsider at school and home in Indiana. His journey of discovery involves his Catholic upbringing, understanding his disdain of machoism and love of peaceful relationships. Taking place during the 60s and 70s, with stories from his youth that echo many of today’s issues. His writing shows his compassion through tough and good times. Engaged to a French girl in college, breaking up began his acceptance of Self. - July 30, 2021 - M.P. Zarrella Books, Inc. DBA Calling Card Books and Z Girls Press

P1Presses Latest Release "My Life Being a Sensitive" Receives Accolade from Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly's review of "My Life Being A Sensitive" says, "This novel fully embraces the tropes of the supernatural genre. LGBTQ+ characters make this l tale all the more interesting." An "engaging supernatural drama and romance!" - July 30, 2021 - P1EG

Seizing the Moment: Nod Head Records’ Dres Smuzic Helping Forge Path for LGBTQ Artists

Seizing the Moment: Nod Head Records’ Dres Smuzic Helping Forge Path for LGBTQ Artists

Young, Talented and Prepared, 23 year Old Dres Smuzic Looking to Rip Through Barriers in the Music Industry - July 01, 2021 - Nod Head Records

Boy Butter Celebrates Pride on UFC Fight Night

Boy Butter Celebrates Pride on UFC Fight Night

This Pride month Boy Butter makes history as first LGBTQ+ Pride Campaign to ever run on ESPN. - June 17, 2021 - Boy Butter

MSys Technologies Celebrates Pride Month 2021 and Relays "We All Are Equal"

MSys Technologies continues to relay its commitment in safeguarding the right of LGBTQ+ communities and building a diverse and inclusive workplace that promotes justice and equality. - June 12, 2021 - MSys Technologies

Illyasha Peete Named Executive Director of CLS Racial and Social Equity Initiative

Illyasha Peete Named Executive Director of CLS Racial and Social Equity Initiative

Will Lead Organizational Focus on Addressing Racial & Social Equity within Life Sciences Industry. - June 07, 2021 - California Life Sciences

The Center for Adoption Support and Education™ (C.A.S.E.) is Opening a New Baltimore City Location

The Center for Adoption Support and Education™ (C.A.S.E.) is Opening a New Baltimore City Location

The Center for Adoption Support and Education™ (C.A.S.E.) is opening a new office in Baltimore, co-located with the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS) at 2923 E. Biddle Street. This new location will be dedicated to helping economically challenged adoptive, foster and... - May 19, 2021 - Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.)

New Record Album Release by 1970's Soul/R&B Legend, Freda Payne; Out Friday April 16, 2021

New Record Album Release by 1970's Soul/R&B Legend, Freda Payne; Out Friday April 16, 2021

Singer, legend, Freda Payne pairs up with four of the other world's greatest singers of Jazz for a duets album. It is a classic jazz big band album. Featured on album with Freda are: Johnny Mathis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Kenny Lattimore. - April 16, 2021 - Alain Franke Records

Local Filmmaker Wins Big with LGBT-Themed Short Film, "Kings & Queens"

Local Filmmaker Wins Big with LGBT-Themed Short Film, "Kings & Queens"

People are almost universally familiar with the term "drag queen" in a variety of contexts, but have you heard of drag kings? Kings and Queens, tells a story about one such person and is potentially a breakout film for this year, introducing the public to a lesser-exposed and certainly underappreciated cultural segment of drag. - April 05, 2021 - Thrive Productions

Rev. Dr. Dawson Taylor to Give Address for Lancaster Seminary's 196th Commencement

Rev. Dr. Dawson Taylor to Give Address for Lancaster Seminary's 196th Commencement

The Rev. Dr. Dawson B. Taylor, Senior Pastor of Naples United Church of Christ, Naples, Fla., will deliver the commencement address to Lancaster Theological Seminary’s Class of 2021 on Saturday, May 8, at 11:00 a.m. at Church of the Apostles in Lancaster. Naples United Church of Christ is... - March 22, 2021 - Lancaster Theological Seminary

Eastern PA Trans Equity Project Launches New Program

Eastern PA Trans Equity Project has announced the launch of a new rapid response grant program serving vulnerable members of the transgender community throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. - March 03, 2021 - Eastern PA Trans Equity Project

Tyler Reks Transforms from Gabe to Gabbi

Tyler Reks Transforms from Gabe to Gabbi

Gabe Tuft, a former WWE Superstar, (Ring Name “Tyler Reks”) makes a long awaited gender reveal exclusively on Extra. - February 05, 2021 - Gabbi Tuft

Inner City Cultural Center II is Proud to Present a Short Film by Tuesday Conner, "Young & Na!ve," a Masterful Work of Art

Inner City Cultural Center II is Proud to Present a Short Film by Tuesday Conner, "Young & Na!ve," a Masterful Work of Art

Inner City Cultural Center II is proud to present a short film by Tuesday Conner. "Young & Na!ve" is a masterful work of art that brings the taboo world of Sexual Abuse into mainstream conversations through Performance Art, Open Dialogue and Honest Talk-Back with the Audience about the Signs, the Pain and the Healing. - January 26, 2021 - Inner City Cultural Center II, Inc.

The William Meredith Foundation and Poets-choice.com Are Pleased to Announce the Publication of SOMETIMES SAY MY NAME, Prose Poems by Herbert Woodward Martin

The William Meredith Foundation and Poets-choice.com Are Pleased to Announce the Publication of SOMETIMES SAY MY NAME, Prose Poems by Herbert Woodward Martin

Master poet Herbert Woodward Martin imagines the life of Willie Short, a young African American service worker who contracts AIDS and deals with the physical and spiritual ramifications of his illness. We watch the deterioration of his body and the final spiritual triumph as he faces death and the unknown. It is a remarkable achievement of the imagination as Martin traces the life of one who mattered for his courage facing a fate that awaits us all. - December 12, 2020 - The William Meredith Foundation

Center for Adoption Support and Education Awarded $50,000 Grant from Greater Washington Community Foundation to Serve Foster Children in Northern Virginia

Center for Adoption Support and Education Awarded $50,000 Grant from Greater Washington Community Foundation to Serve Foster Children in Northern Virginia

The Greater Washington Community Foundation (The Community Foundation) has awarded the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) a grant in the amount of $50,000 through the Fund for Children, Youth and Families to provide therapy sessions to 33 children in foster care in eight target jurisdictions in Northern Virginia; the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudon and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas Park and Leesburg. - December 10, 2020 - Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.)

Best Mobile Web Sites and Best Mobile Apps of 2020 Named by Web Marketing Association

Best Mobile Web Sites and Best Mobile Apps of 2020 Named by Web Marketing Association

The Web Marketing Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 8th annual international MobileWebAward competition. This award program recognizes the individual and team achievements of Web professionals all over the world who create and maintain the best mobile Websites and the best... - December 09, 2020 - Web Marketing Association

Purple Lotus Productions Announces the Final Embracing Your Journey Expo of 2020 with Mini-Marketplaces for Social Distancing While Shopping

Purple Lotus Productions Announces the Final Embracing Your Journey Expo of 2020 with Mini-Marketplaces for Social Distancing While Shopping

There is still time to get discounted tickets on line for the final Embracing Your Journey Expo of 2020. The Expo opens Sunday Nov. 15th from 9 am to 5 pm at the Sheraton Crescent in Phoenix AZ just in time for the holidays. The Crescent Ballroom and nearby areas have been transformed into several Mini-Marketplaces to provide small gathering areas with less than 50 people and allow a safer, more relaxed and comfortable experience. Please wear a mask per local requirements. - November 13, 2020 - Purple Lotus Productions

Vocalist Christian John Thomas Reveals the Tragic Real Life Event That Inspired His Debut Song and Music Video "Lost in the Waves"

Vocalist Christian John Thomas Reveals the Tragic Real Life Event That Inspired His Debut Song and Music Video "Lost in the Waves"

Christian John Thomas’ debut song and music video, "Lost in the Waves" (written and composed by Kooman and Diamond) were released worldwide on November 10, 2020. His song was inspired by the tragic true story of a father who gave his life saving his young son from a deadly ocean... - November 10, 2020 - Fair Dinkum TV

Never Specific, an LGBTQ+ All Inclusive Clothing and Lifestyle Brand Gets Approved for Official U.S. Trademark.

Never Specific, an LGBTQ+ All Inclusive Clothing and Lifestyle Brand Gets Approved for Official U.S. Trademark.

A new clothing brand called Never Specific whose logo features two non-descript stick figures holding hands has been officially granted Federal Trademark protection from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This designation gives the brand exclusive rights to use that imagery on clothing and... - November 05, 2020 - Never Specific

Preservation Maryland Completes Maryland's First Statewide Study of LGBTQ History

The Maryland LGBTQ Context Study is a milestone in Preservation Maryland’s multi-year commitment to LGBTQ heritage visibility and adds important inclusive history to the official historic record. - October 29, 2020 - Preservation Maryland

A New Era for Bodega Body

Bodega Body today announced the launch of its brand-new apparel line, a new apparel with the mission of helping people find health and wellness. This product line offers a way for people to vocally fight for the issues they believe in, while wearing clothing items that help them build self-confidence. - October 17, 2020 - Bodega Body

Mexican Filmmaker, DACA/DREAMER, LGBTQ Gets Golden Globe Buzz

Mexican Filmmaker, DACA/DREAMER, LGBTQ Gets Golden Globe Buzz

Announcement of film Your Iron Lady by Jorge Xolalpa Jr. Golden Globe consideration. - September 19, 2020 - Jorge Xolalpa Jr.

Intrigue, Terrorism, History, Art and the Secrets of the Church Collide in the New Thriller "Upon This Rock"

Intrigue, Terrorism, History, Art and the Secrets of the Church Collide in the New Thriller "Upon This Rock"

A gay American couple in Italy investigate the suicide of a cleric in the picturesque city of Orvieto -- and find themselves plunged into a conspiracy that may destroy the Catholic Church -- in the stunning new thriller, "Upon This Rock." - September 16, 2020 - Linden Publishing

State of the Underdog Report Shows Upside for Investors but the Gap is Widening for Underestimated Entrepreneurs to Access Capital

State of the Underdog Report Shows Upside for Investors but the Gap is Widening for Underestimated Entrepreneurs to Access Capital

The 2nd Annual State of the Underdog Report 2020 shows there is tremendous potential upside for investors if the barriers faced by underestimated entrepreneurs can be overcome. Underdogs include women, Blacks, Browns, Latinx, LGBTQ, older, differently-abled, non-Ivy League graduates and all others who have been conditioned to believe that entrepreneurial success is not possible for people like them. Promise Phelon, an underdog, highlights the upside for investors and opportunity for founders. - September 10, 2020 - The Growth Warrior

Actors Gary LeRoi Gray and Eugena Washington Cast as Leads of Original Scripted Limited Series, TRACE for New Streaming Service VIM2Tv

Actors Gary LeRoi Gray and Eugena Washington Cast as Leads of Original Scripted Limited Series, TRACE for New Streaming Service VIM2Tv

The producers, directors, and cast of TRACE, an original scripted limited series, is delighted to announce the addition of actors Gary LeRoi Gray (from The Cosby Show) and Eugena Washington (from American's Next Top Model) to the cast. - September 07, 2020 - VIM Media LLC

Q26 Winter Fundraiser 2020: Giving Back to Our Creative QPOC Community

Black + Queer-owned creative collective, Q26, is fundraising to support young LGBTQ+ creatives of color. Q26's mission is to help alleviate the effects of the disadvantages faced by young queer BIPOC on their journey due to systemic racism and discrimination. - August 31, 2020 - Q26

LGBT Community Praises Veto of Northampton County Voter Referendum

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center and the Eastern PA Trans Equity Project Thank County Executive Lamont McClure for his veto. - August 30, 2020 - Eastern PA Trans Equity Project

KIN4LIFE Celebrates Their 21st Anniversary in Music with "I Love KIN4LIFE" Re-Release

KIN4LIFE Celebrates Their 21st Anniversary in Music with "I Love KIN4LIFE" Re-Release

On August 28, KIN4LIFE re-released their seminal album "I Love KIN4LIFE" on indie label Artists First Records. The release will kick off a retrospective look at the group's two decades of contributions to the music industry, and in particular, to the visibility of LGBTQ artists. - August 29, 2020 - Artists First Records

Dating Coach to Discuss "Toxic Masculinity" with Young Men in High School and College

Dating Coach to Discuss "Toxic Masculinity" with Young Men in High School and College

Alan Roger Currie, a self-help book author and professional dating coach for single heterosexual men, will soon be collaborating with Katie Koestner who is the nation's leading date-rape & sexual assault prevention activist and Executive Director of the Campus Outreach Services Organization, which provides mentors, counselors, self-help gurus and public speakers for a number of high schools, colleges, and universities all across the United States. - August 19, 2020 - Mode One Multimedia, Inc.

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