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Until now, the Internet has been one of the main resources available for many gays and lesbians seeking new friends or a partner. With emale mobile(TM), they can now expand their social network while offline and make friends according to their search criteria anywhere they are, be it school, work, the gym, commuting on public transportation, or any other social gathering places.
After downloading the software from www.emalemobile.com and creating a profile, emale mobile(TM) scans for others nearby while the user goes about his or her daily routine. When emale mobile(TM) detects another user, and if a match is found, both users' profiles are exchanged automatically and saved to the mobile phone's memory. Personals are text-based, and users also have the option to upload photos in their profile. Upon viewing a profile, the user has the option of sending a wink, kiss, spank, or a text message to express interest in the other person. emale mobile(TM) is able to run on a wide variety of mobile phones from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Samsung, BenQ/Siemens, LG, Panasonic, and others that support the Bluetooth API.
"emalemobile.com has attracted huge interest from the gay and lesbian community with over 15,000 unique visitors during its first month online. This is an encouraging indication to the success of the product. We hope to work with partners with stakes in the global gay and lesbian community to continue emale mobile's(TM) push towards becoming a standardized platform for mobile gay content and networking. We are currently discussing partnerships with some of the best-known online gay portals and aim to have a global launch of the product later this year", said John Woodburn, Managing Director, AJ Entrepreneurs.
While previous attempts have been made to market similar hardware based gaydar devices, AJ Entrepreneurs is confident their mobile software based solution will achieve more success than its predecessors. John added, "what makes emale mobile(TM) unique is its graphical user interface, profiles that contain pictures, the ability to contact the other person even when they are out of range, and its sexual awareness". What he means by "sexual awareness" is that if you are a male seeking a male, profiles can only be exchanged if it detects another male seeking a male. Another unique feature is the ability to specify an age range, allowing different age groups to filter out others.
The latest beta version of emale mobile(TM) is available for download free of charge. For more information or to download the software, visit http://www.emalemobile.com
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About AJ Entrepreneurs
Started in 2006, AJ Entrepreneurs was founded with an ambition to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to explore their ideas and help make them a reality. The company is currently home to the emale mobile venture as well as a talent venture providing modeling, dance, and entertainment services.
"An Evening with Sandra Bernhard" at the Colony Theater
On Friday July 27th at 7:30pm and 10pm, and Saturday July 28th at 7:30pm and 10pm, Sandra Bernhard will perform at the historic Colony Theater on Lincoln Road. A portion of the proceeds from these four performances will benefit Switchboard of Miami's GLBT Suicide Awareness Initiative.
For 25 years, Sandra Bernhard has been challenging fans and critics with her knife-edged humor, satire and emotive performances on film, television and stage. "An Evening with Sandra Bernhard" includes comedy, commentary and music, and Bernhard appears with musical director/pianist, Mitch Kaplan and her band.
The SF Weekly praised Bernhard, "One moment, her voice is lulling you into a wistful sigh; the next, she's knocking you back several rows with it." Bernhard's last show, "Hero Worship," featured a five piece band and was a post September 11th tribute to Bernhard's commitment to irony - that it, too, has survived September 11th. The show featured a range of musical numbers (some original and some covers). It was a fearless attempt to show that life must continue and the show must go on. Other notable performances include her participation in the "Stormy Weather Benefit '98," organized by Don Henley, which also featured Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell, as well as "The Elton John Tribute for Broadway Cares."
Her critically acclaimed 1998, one-woman Broadway hit, "I'm Still Here Damn It!" which played the Booth Theater, had critics raving. Created and conceived by Bernhard, the show first ran for five months off-Broadway at New York's Westbeth Theatre, where it garnered ecstatic reviews. The New York Times called Bernhard's performance "An angst driven, foul-mouthed poison-laced joy ride that banks and careens frenetically through the worlds of fashion, celebrity, rock, and religion. In her own voice, unfiltered, Bernhard is a living, breathing bonfire." The show went on to play sold-out runs in Boston and San Francisco, and one of the Bay Area performances was filmed for an HBO special "I'm Still Here Damn It!" which aired in the summer of 1998) photographed by cinematographer Haskel Wexler, and produced and directed by Marty Callner. Since her first film accolades in 1983 in Martin Scorseses', "The King of Comedy" featuring Jerry Lewis and Robert De Niro, Bernhard has since appeared in numerous films including "Inside Monkey Zetterland," "Hudson Hawk" and more recently, "Dinner Rush."
Throughout her career, Bernhard's formidable presence has also had a place on television. From 1991-1996, she portrayed Nancy on "Roseanne," and has had guest starring roles on "Ally McBeal," "Chicago Hope" and "Will & Grace." She has appeared on "Late Night with David Letterman," as well as "The Tonight Show," "Rosie O'Donnell" and "The View." She hosted the season premiere of "MadTV" and the Bravo network recently profiled her career. In 2001, Bernhard hosted her own talk show, "The Sandra Bernhard Experience" for A&E television.
Along with writing for performance, Bernhard has put her musings into book form. Currently working on her fourth collection, her books, just as her shows, are full of personal insights, introspective rants, prose and essays. She made her publishing debut in 1987 with "Confessions of a Pretty Lady" and followed that up with "Love, Love, and Love." Her third book, "May I Kiss You on the Lips, Miss Sandra?" was published in 1998, prior to her Broadway run. Her work has also been published in numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, Interview, Spy, Elle and Allure.
Switchboard of Miami's GLBT Suicide Awareness Initiative
A portion of the proceeds will go the Switchboard of Miami, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that operates the GLBT Suicide Awareness Initiative. The mission of the GLBT SAI is to save lives by raising awareness of suicide, depression other mental health related issues that impact the GLBT community in Miami-Dade County. Their dedicated hotline 305-646-3600, available 24/7, is staffed with trilingual counselors (English, Spanish, and Creole) that are ready to assist those in need and friends of those in need of suicide prevention and crisis intervention.
The GLBT SAI has saved over 32 lives with direct intervention provided through the hotline and is receiving over 25-30 calls each month. Switchboard of Miami has placed a series of print media "info ads" targeting those at risk and friends of those at risk. These ads have been seen by over 30,000 people in various GLBT publications raising awareness of suicide and the availability of the hotline.
At a 30 percent greater risk of suicide than its heterosexual counterpart, the GLBT population is exposed to a lethal combination of high-risk behaviors including drug use, sexual promiscuity, high HIV infection rates, social rejection, conflict between sexual orientation and religious beliefs, financial hardships, loneliness and depression. "Bringing the topic of suicide out of the closet will be an important outcome of the initiative" says Yocasta Juliao, Director of Helpline Services at Switchboard of Miami.
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Contact Person: Joe Murray – 312-266-0182
Priests have withheld communion from people wearing the rainbow sash in prior appearances by the RSM. According to Joe Murray, US Convener for the RSM, parishioners have taken it upon themselves to share their wafer with ribbon-wearing churchgoers, much to the consternation of the priests.
“For some reason,” says Murray, “Church officials have chosen to go against their own teaching, that individual conscience is paramount in guiding the individual to spirituality. These ill-advised bishops cannot possibly know our hearts when they deny us communion. They actually turn the Holy Eucharist into a weapon of division and exclusion.
“American bishops have a history of viciously opposing equal rights and even civil rights for people whose lifestyle is not ‘traditional.’ In Chicago and New York, they stooped to working against job and housing rights for gays and Lesbians. Today, they are still demanding a 13th century lifestyle where they are the arbiters of right and wrong. They are hopelessly out of touch.”
Murray adds, “Pentecost Sunday celebrates the reunion of ALL of humankind to the Light of God. In this spirit of unity, we will be joined by straight people, bi-sexual people, transgender people, tall people, short people, fat people and thin people. It’s time the bishops catch up with their own congregations.” Announcing their intentions in advance, and asking bishops again to drop their phobic and unscriptural antagonism to people with different orientations, the RSM send the following letter:
RAINBOW SASH MOVEMENT (letterhead)
Eminences and Excellencies:
The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
I am writing to inform you that members and supporters of the Rainbow Sash Movement will be entering Cathedrals and parish churches around the nation on May 27, 2007, Pentecost Sunday. We come as part of the people of God. Pentecost represents God’s gracious, enabling presence actively at work among Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender people, calling and enabling us to live out in dynamic ways the witness of being part of His people.
Our Catechism defers completely to moral conscience: “In all he says and does, man is obliged to follow faithfully what he knows to be just and right.” This obligation to follow our individual consciences is at the heart of church teaching on moral matters. Truthfulness calls us to disagree with you about Gay Marriage. Would you have us jump the broom stick as slaves did in the past to marry? War and Poverty are the plague, not gay marriage.
I call on you stop manipulating language to hide the reality and truth about Gay and Lesbian marriage and adoption. Such behavior is fruitless. These efforts reflect an hysteria focused on sexual acts. Our lifestyles are far less about sexuality than they are about relationships, exactly the same as heterosexual unions. Your strategy of pitting Social Justice Concerns against Family values and Pro Life issues is smoke and mirrors. It is more an expression of prejudice than any kind of a real argument. Your actions are a sign of diminished moral authority.
Pentecost is a celebration of newness, of recreation, of renewal of purpose, mission, and calling as God’s people. It is a celebration of God’s ongoing work in the world. Yet, it is also a recognition that His work is done through the diversity of His people as He pours out His presence upon them.
The Rainbow Sashes that we wear reflect that we are part of the diversity that is the Church. It is our hope you will not use the Holy Eucharist as a tool of degradation. In the past your decision to do so unjustly denigrated a group of people simply for who they are.
One’s conscience, thoughtfully and honestly formed, supersedes other influences. This is a central tenet of the Catholic faith. Your model of “Error has not right” is not pastoral. How can you know what is in our hearts when you reject us and withhold communication.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
April 20 2007
Brian J. Stephens
True Azimuth, LLC
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"This is a great tool for couples as well as coaches, counselors or therapists who work with gay men and gay couples," says Scott Graham, a life and relationship coach who developed the program. The program has four main parts: a self assessment, setting ground rules for discussion, comparing notes and developing an action plan for growth. The program explores a range pf gay relationship topics including: home, money, sex, emotions, purpose and community. "Many items are challenging, provoking and difficult to answer 'yes' to," says Graham. "It's not about getting a perfect score in order to convince yourself that you have a great relationship. It's about creating a blueprint growth and communication."
"The "Don't Just Survive, Thrive!" program focuses exclusively on male couples. "We are currently developing a similar program for female couples, collaborating with a number of women, and expect to release it this fall," says Graham.
True Azimuth, LLC, headquartered in West Fairlee, Vermont, began offering business, personal and relationship coaching in 2006 as well as the Navigating TogetherT Relationship Course for gay couples. To download a copy of the "Don't Just Survive, Thrive!" Program, go to http://NavigatingTogether.info/program.htm. For more information about life, business or relationship coaching call Scott Graham at 802-380-1026 or email email@example.com.
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MEDIA CONTACT: Yesi Leon
Event co-producers Alison Burgos, Amy Alonso and Yesi Leon, the team behind seven years of successful Girls in Wonderland parties during Gay Day at Disney, often had single moms ask if they had a day care option or if they could bring a child under the age of 18 to their events. Rather than just saying "no," they realized they needed to provide a different, more inclusive option – and Gay Day Family was born.
"Disney is a place for kids and families," Leon says. "We didn't want gay families staying home, because they felt excluded. We're creating a weekend that feels safe and welcoming for everyone."
Whether your family includes toddlers or teens, the Gay Day Family weekend has fun-filled offerings guaranteed to bring smiles to their faces. Grandparents, aunts and uncles, and family friends are welcome too!
The vacation package includes: accommodations at the Fairfield Inn at Marriott Village host hotel; roundtrip airport transfers; admission to the Magic Kingdom and roundtrip transportation from the hotel; admission to the Gay Day Family Luau (buffet style dinner, entertainment, non-alcoholic beverages); Shamu picnic at SeaWorld (picnic style buffet, non-alcoholic beverages), park entry and roundtrip transportation; a Gay Day Family T-shirt; complimentary breakfast each morning at the Fairfield Inn; and complimentary use of the Treasure Cove Kids Club on Friday and Saturday evenings for children 4-14.
Additional child care services must be arranged independently. Information about local vendors providing in-room babysitting and detailed information on the entire weekend is available at www.gaydayfamily.com.
Friday, June 1, 2007
Milk & Cookies Welcome Party: 5-7 p.m.
Fairfield Inn at Marriott Village, 8623 Vineland Ave., Lake Buena Vista
Meet and mingle with other gay families while snacking on complimentary milk and cookies. Kids can decorate their own cookies and play games (supervision provided).
Friday, June 1, 2007
Treasure Cove Kids Club: 6-11 p.m.
Marriott Courtyard at Marriott Village, 8623 Vineland Ave., Lake Buena Vista
The exclusive Gay Day Family Treasure Cove Kids Club is a fun-filled place just for kids ages 4 through 14. Age-appropriate, supervised activities will keep kids entertained while adult family members check out Orlando's nightlife or go out to dinner. Activities include arts, crafts, movies, board games, video and arcade games, nightly themed activities with cool prizes, and souvenirs. A team of caring counselors will staff the Treasure Cove, so parents can be assured of a safe environment that their young ones will love.
Friday, June 1, 2007
Medieval Times Dinner Tournament: 8-10 p.m.
Medieval Times Castle, 4510 West Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee
Take a family trip back in time to the 11th century for a knightly battle and a four-course feast fit for a king. The Gay Day Family group will be privately shuttled to their own table in the castle for this special dinner show. Adventures continue after the show in the Knight Club, which offers full bar service, lively music, and a dance floor. Resident knights and royalty will sign autographs and pose for pictures surrounded by authentic suits of armor, etched swords and shields, and medieval murals.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Disney Character Breakfast at the Crystal Palace on Main Street: 8-10 a.m.
The Magic Kingdom at Disney World
A private shuttle will whisk you to the Magic Kingdom for a bountiful breakfast buffet with your favorite Disney Characters. Includes early admission to the park. This will be a limited capacity event.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Gay Day at The Magic Kingdom at Disney World: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Put on red T-shirt to show your Gay Day spirit and join more that 30,000 gays and lesbians and their friends as they descend on the Magic Kingdom for 15 acres of classic Disney attractions, special parades and nighttime fireworks. Meet all of your new friends dressed in red in front of Cinderella's castle at 3 p.m. for the Main Street Parade. It's the Happiest Place on Earth (and the gayest spot in the park)!
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Gay Day Family Luau : 8-11 p.m.
Marriott Village at Lake Buena Vista, 8623 Vineland Avenue
Celebrate with family and friends at this exclusive Gay Day Family Luau, with a scrumptious Polynesian style buffet, a live steel drum band by the pool, and the chance to do the limbo. The kids will have their own customized schedule, including a hunt for pirate's treasure. Wear your favorite island-themed outfit and enjoy entertainment for all ages.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Treasure Cove Kids Club: 6-11 p.m.
Marriott Courtyard at Marriott Village, 8623 Vineland Ave, Lake Buena Vista
The Gay Day Family Treasure Cove Kids Club will be in full swing for kids ages 4 through 14 to enjoy games and camaraderie while their parents have an evening out. On-site counselors will ensure a safe and fun experience.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Sea World Shamu Family Picnic: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando
Climb aboard a private shuttle for a family outing to the world's premiere marine adventure park, featuring 200 acres of world-class shows, thrilling rides, and unforgettable animal encounters. Gay Day Family members will meet at noon in the complex's Sea Harbor Pavilion for a family-style picnic with grilled goodies, salads, and sweets. Shamu the Killer Whale will make a special appearance and play games with the kids.
Gay Day Family Sponsors: Jane and Jane magazine, Gay Parenting Magazine, Miami and the Beaches, Miami Boutique Hotels, KB Toys, Family Pride Coalition.
For more information, please visit www.gaydayfamily.com or call 305-527-9760.
The Founder and the original publisher of the Express Gay News, Fort Lauderdale attorney Norman Elliott Kent, pictured, has announced the launch of an online daily gay national electronic newspaper.
Nationalgaynews.com hits the web in force today, with a front page story exposing possible homophobia in the operation of an international cruise line which arbitrarily canceled a popular 'Bears' cruise. The story can be viewed online at NationalGayNews.Com
Kent, now 57 years old, had sold the Express to Window Media in January of 2004, and waited until his three year non competition covenant was fulfilled before inaugurating his latest project.
Stated Kent, "The gay community can be an affluent, sophisticated high tech environment, and it is my belief that a clean online publication, which captures the breadth and diversity of our world, will be very popular and inviting. I really do not want to give any long speeches. I want the product to speak for itself."
The online newspaper will be filled on a daily basis with original writing, linked news sources, and columns on all aspects of gay and mainstream life. Links on the home page generate connections to sports, lifestyle, science and technology, business, health and HIV, as well as entertainment and a host of other gay and lesbian related interests.
Working on the project, Kent has already hired Bill Meyer, 52, who has operated an online gay guide for Florida, as well as originating online gay BBS systems. He has now created at nationalgaynews.com a nationwide resource guide for gays and lesbians to find activities and interests anywhere in the United States. Also joining Kent is the Website Administrator and Programmer, Dennis Jozefowicz, 36, who has been involved in computer multimedia since 1996, expanding into dynamic content design.
Interactive features will invite readers to submit their favorite pet photos, as well as images of a 'Hunk' and 'Amazon' of the day, or share their favorite website. Gay news feeds and a clearinghouse for national gay non profits and news media will also be posted online in the electronic paper. As he did with the Express starting in 1999, Kent is bringing substance to the paper immediately, contracting with Associated Press affiliates to present credible news stories from reputable journalists around the country.
"We will still be a cross section of our lives. There are nationally known gay columnists joining us and popular cartoonists to lighten the burden of each day. We want you to start each morning reading your horoscope and the weather on our home page," Kent added.
"We are still building the site and laying the foundations," stated Kent. "Our project is still being born. But the news does not wait and when an entire segment of our population gets blatantly discriminated against in a wholesale manner as we have seen today with the Bearcruises, we just have to go with what we got and get the word out there. My original intention was to tinker with the site for another month. But there is a saying you may have heard before, 'If not now, when?' The when has just become today."
Ms. Lyman, who produced and directed a long-running production of LAST SUMMER AT BLUEFISH COVE in Los Angeles, produced and directed THE NORTHERN KINGDOM, much of which was filmed in and around her upstate New York farm.
In the film, a lesbian couple, Nan and Sandra (Dorothy Lyman and Dey Young), play a central role in a crisis involving three, disparate Vermont families. The characters discover the potential for growth and grace, even in the dead of winter. THE NORTHERN KINGDOM is billed as a chamber piece in the tradition of independent and foreign films of the 1960’s.
The screenplay was written by NANCY FALES GARRETT, based upon her award-winning play.
New York actors LINDA POWELL, (daughter of former Secretary of State Colin Powell), COSMO PFEIL, BETTY GILPIN, DEY YOUNG, RICHARD BEKIN, (FLIGHT 93), KATE BUDDEKE (CHOKING MAN), and Ms. Lyman head the cast; SEBASTIAN TILLINGER (HUFF) is featured.
Dorothy Lyman is known primarily for her comedic roles, originating the character of the outrageous Opal Gardner in the long-running daytime drama, ALL MY CHILDREN. She earned two Emmy® awards for the role. She went on to star with Vicki Lawrence and Ken Berry in CBS’ MAMA’S FAMILY as the sartorially-adventurous Naomi Harper. Ms. Lyman’s dramatic roles are also notable. She starred with Ashley Judd in Victor Nunez’ acclaimed indie, RUBY IN PARADISE, was seen in THE DEPARTED and WORLD TRADE CENTER, as well as guest roles on LAW AND ORDER, THE PRACTICE, and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. Fran Drescher tapped Ms. Lyman to direct CBS’ hit sitcom, THE NANNY, for which she delivered 75 consecutive episodes.
Grammy® nominated jazz pianist and composer/arranger BILL CUNLIFFE scored the film. New York cinematographer MARK SCHWARTZBARD served as Director of Photography. LEAH O’DONNELL edited the film, which features special visual effects by BARBED WIRE FX of Santa Monica, California.
Julie M. Thompson, Victoria Preminger and Melissa Sweeney produced; Northern Kingdom was executive produced by Stuffed Olive, Inc. and Eumenides Entertainment Inc.
THE NORTHERN KINGDOM is not yet rated.
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March 30 2007
Brian J. Stephens
True Azimuth, LLC
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DiSC, a behavioral-style assessment to help people learn about their own behavior, improve communication and reduce conflict, has been used worldwide in business for organizational development and performance improvement. DiSC has 30 years of proven reliability and over 40 million users.
"We've taken the information from Inscape's DiSC to a whole new 'interpersonal' level," says life and relationship coach Scott Graham who authored the workbook. "When you complete a DiSC profile you get a report that summarizes your behavioral style and includes recommendations for your work environment. If you want to use DiSC to increase your effectiveness in your personal life or with your partner -- unless you were working with a coach to help you -- there was little to bridge the gap - until now," says Graham.
The self-directed workbook provides the process toward increased effectiveness as a couple. "First you evaluate your DiSC report -- highlighting insights from behavioral summaries outlined in the report including what motivates you and what you need -- based on the report. Then you do the same for your partner," says Graham. "Then you compare perspectives."
According to Graham, the part of the workbook where couples compared perspectives was the most significant exercise reported by couples while the workbook was being developed. "Perspective is a key area I work on with my coaching clients, says Graham. "Sometimes how we see our selves doesn't match up with how we really are. Making sure we are seeing things accurately is pivotal in gaining traction toward building not only a winning relationship but a winning life!"
Finally a seven-day success chart couples learn a game plan for building a winning gay / lesbian relationship. "Both the DiSC Report and the workbook introduce a new language for couples to use in their relationship" says Graham. "Introducing DiSC language into the culture of a relationship enhances communication and problem solving."
The workbook is free but requires the purchase of an online DiSC profile. "Each workbook is individualized based on the results of two DiSC profiles: yours and your partners," says Graham. "We take the data and create two personalized workbooks which we send to each couple along with their reports."
The workbook is not just for new couples - or even couples who may be struggling in their relationship. "Whether you have been together 50 days or 50 years there is room to create a stronger, winning relationship," says Graham
True Azimuth, LLC, headquartered in West Fairlee, Vermont, began offering business, personal and relationship coaching in 2006 as well as the Navigating TogetherT Relationship Course for gay couples. For more information and to preview the workbook, go to http://NavigatingTogether.info/workbook.htm. For more information about life, business or relationship coaching call Scott Graham at 802-380-1026 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inscape Publishing, renowned as the world's leader in DiSC learning, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are the leading independent publisher of research-based self-assessments.
Some of the photography from the shoots to make the CD are on our web site www.bodephotos.com but the photographs that are on the CD have been held back until the new CD is released. If you are not familiar with BodePhotos, we offer Stock Photography at a very reasonable price and the photography that we offer is specifically for gay publications.
When we do a shoot we are thinking of our clients and what they might need. Please take a look at our web site and see what we might have that you need, and remember, the new CD Everyday Gay Couples will be on the web site at the end of April. If you need to contact us by phone the number is 303-778-5948.
Screening March 25, 2007, 8:30pm at the BFI Southbank
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Stephen C. Thompson
New York, NY -- March 15, 2007 -- Kirk Shannon-Butts’ critically acclaimed debut feature film “Blueprint” has been accepted by the 21st Annual London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, (LLGFF) organized by the British Film Institute. (BFI). The festival is the third largest film festival in the UK and attracts audiences of over 25,000. The LLGFF will run from March 21 through April 4, 2007.
Director Kirk Shannon-Butts observes: “My goal is to balance cinema through provocative stories and images of those members/citizens of the American landscape not fully addressed/realized in Hollywood films.
I am influenced by the work itself rather than a particular director or genre. My favorite films include ‘Happy Together’, ‘The Krays’, ‘Trainspotting’, ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ and ‘Menace II Society’. A modern aesthetic to filmmaking is important to me. We must appreciate, support and nurture ‘real’ independent film again. Hollywood spends $20 million on a film with noted actors and call it ‘independent.’ Well I have a new ‘Blueprint’ for Hollywood!
I want to reach everyone and influence everybody. Film is so powerful!”
Following a recent sneak preview screening in Washington, DC, Shannon-Butts was recognized as “definitely a director to watch” and “the new face of Black Gay & Lesbian cinema.”
THE STORY “Blueprint” -- blu” print (n) – 1. a plan of action that can be used as a guide in the future.
“Blueprint” is the story of Keith and Nathan whose worlds collide to the rhythm and chaos of the New York City. Whether it is the sound of cars, subway, cash registers, kids, birds, cell phones, radio, television or the thump of the human heart, Keith and Nathan are on their way to something.
Set amidst the hustle of NYC’s most vibrant neighborhood, Harlem, “Blueprint” charters the last days in New York City for a precautious young college student, Keith, who finds himself at the end of the path and on the mind of an aimless young fellow college student, Nathan.
Independent and privileged, Keith’s earliest and fondest memories in life are those of him leaving his Mother behind in search of the unknown. One day while sitting in his favorite café waiting for his friend, Leo, to arrive Keith is greeted by Nathan. Nathan is someone Keith does not see, although they attend the same university. In many ways Keith does not see himself. Nathan recognizes, understands and compels Keith’s innermost quest. After Nathan travels with Keith around New York City he realizes Keith needs to be taken away -- stolen -- for a moment.
For Nathan, Keith, and the world, they are reflections – merely the same. However, as the layers are peeled back and they go beneath the surface – Keith and Nathan are challenged to see each other. Slowly Keith and Nathan strip away the clothing, the identities and the masks to reveal themselves, to each other and the world.
Inspired by such films as “Happy Together,” “My Beautiful Laundrette,” and “Nico and Dani,” “Blueprint” is sure to be considered an urban/Black “Brokeback Mountain.” Horses have been replaced with motorcycles, pitched tents have become Manhattan studio apartments, lush vistas make way for urban prowl, and western attire is undressed for urban wear -- yet never on the DL (downlow).
Damion Lee (Nathan)
A fresh face and natural born talent, this Brooklyn native is born for the silver screen. Controversial and awe inspiring, Damion emits an infectious charisma on screen. This charisma led to his discovery by a modeling scout on a subway train. Eventually, leading to a supporting role in the feature length film “Finding Forrester” with Sean Connery and Anna Paquin. Damion stars in two soon to be released independent films: “Blueprint” and “Knock Knock,” and a couple of internet based projects, Kindred and the Sprite sponsored “Marcus Hates His Job.”
Blake Young-Fountain (Keith)
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts alum, Blake Young-Fountain, is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. Young-Fountain graduated with a BFA in drama and BA in journalism. Blake has worked on the TV shows, “Chapelle Show,” “As The World Turns,” “Law & Order,” and the television pilot, “Always There.” He has worked with 50 Cent and Young Buck on their music video, “Bonafide Hustler Look at Me Now.” In addition to film and television, Blake has performed onstage in both London and New York City.
THE PRODUCTION COMPANY AND CREATIVE TEAM
boiWONDA pHilmZ’s intention and goal with “Blueprint” is to defy the typical and target all movie lovers with a great little film with a wonderfully fresh story and great acting.
boiWONDA pHilmZ was originally established as BAP! pHilmZ in 1998 by Kirk Shannon-Butts. BAP! pHilmZ produced the short video films “cK Theory,” “Immaculate” and “Angel Art.”
BAP! pHilmZ transitioned from video to film and became boiWONDA pHilmZ. boiWONDA pHilmZ has produced “Beneath the Surface,” “Complete Abandon” and our first feature length film “Blueprint.”
Kirk Shannon-Butts (Writer / Director)
Fashionista (Glamour, Vogue, Rolling Stone) by day and filmmaker every other second of the day, Kirk graduated from Chapman University in 2000 with a MFA degree in Film & Television Production. Kirk’s graduate thesis film, “Complete Abandon,” premiered at the Jamerican Film Festival and went on to screen at Cannes, The Kennedy Center, and New Festival. “Complete Abandon” was one of twelve short films selected to represent the Pan African existence/experience across the Diaspora. In 2004 he received the Plant-a-Seed Emerging Filmmaker Award from Reel Affirmations/1 in 10 for his short film follow-up short film “Beneath the Surface” and a Jerome Foundation grant for “Blueprint.”
Kirk was recently invited to participate in Shout, HBO’s GLBT Short Film Competition. HBO has partnered with Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay Festival, Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF), and the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF) to create their first Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Short Film Competition.
Trevite Willis (Producer)
Trevite Willis has been active in the development and production of multimedia productions for over seven years. She holds an MBA in International Business and has been continuously engaged in the production of motion pictures since 1999. Willis has produced international, national, and regional commercials, music videos and feature films including the romantic comedy, “What a Man Wouldn’t Do for a Woman” and “Blueprint.” She has held influential roles in marketing and promotions with the Independent Feature Project (IFP) and The Fremantle Corporation.
Jarrod Kloiber (Cinematographer)
Jarrod Kloiber has been a cinematographer for eight years. Kloiber’s love for film has only grown over the years, reflected by his ability to manipulate light and shadows to create cinematic art. “I learn something new every time on set in always willing to experiment.” Inspired by the works of Edward Hopper, Dante Spinotti and Martin Scorsese, Jarrod’s favorite part of filmmaking is being able to travel and work with friends and strangers -- a like -- for a common purpose.
Nectarios Leonidas (Editor)
Born in Rhodes, Greece and later would relocate with his family to Hartford, Connecticut. Upon graduation from the University of Connecticut, he moved to New York City to pursue filmmaking, Leonidas attended the School of Visual Arts. His credits include several high profile film and television projects: “Basquiat,” “The Mirror has Two Faces,” and Matt Waters’ “WGBY a PBS Station.” In the last few years he has created several short films and videos installations utilizing the new digital technology. His work has been shown in several theaters and locations though-out New York.
“My goal with ‘Blueprint,’ ” notes director Shannon-Butts, “ is to grow the aesthetics of Black, Gay, Urban and Independent filmmaking. The ‘Blueprint’ is a definitely plan of action that filmmakers can use as a guide for the future of filmmaking.”
Director Kirk Shannon-Butts will be exhibiting “Blueprint” in upcoming festivals worldwide, and promoting the film on U-Tube, MySpace, BlackFilm.com, PlanetOut.com and other emerging websites.
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Full info on the screening: www.llgff.org.uk/films_details.php?FilmID=106405
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New UK start up NewYorkProperties.co.uk has been launched to offer travellers a one stop shop for traveling to arguably the most cosmopolitan, desirable city in the world.
Designed specifically for the needs of travellers to New York, NewYorkProperties.co.uk offers a far more tailored, specialist approach than generic travel websites.
Rather than offering hotel rooms as is the case with the majority of websites, NewYorkProperties.co.uk offers the traveler the chance to rent an apartment to be able to see the city ‘from the inside’ and to really get under the skin of NYC as only someone living as a New Yorker can.
And with fully furnished studio apartments starting from as little as $50 per person per night, the apartment accommodation offers a realistically priced alternative to the average price of a hotel room in NYC.
NewYorkProperties.co.uk offers a wide variety of accommodation, from budget to VIP quality, with many options between. Examples of the types of accommodation currently available include studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom or loft style apartments located throughout Manhattan, each of which is classed as silver, gold or platinum.
With prices starting at $190 per night per apartment for a three person studio in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the cost of accommodation is both favourable and affordable when compared to hotel rates. Similarly a four person apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side works out at just $50 per person per night ($200 per night per apartment).
Apartments are also available to accommodate 6 to 8 people, making them ideal bases for a group of friends or family to do some shopping or take a short break whilst further reducing the cost per person. These 2-3 bedroom apartments are available from $300 per apartment and are perhaps the most cost effective way for visitors to stay in quality Manhattan-based accommodation.
For those looking for something extra special, luxury, fully serviced and doorman-fronted studio apartments in the platinum collection begin at just $210 per apartment.
Critically, the vast majority of NewYorkProperties.co.uk’s apartments are centrally located in Manhattan as opposed to being located in any of the other boroughs or indeed New Jersey.
The NewYorkProperties.co.uk site also offers insights into local clubs, restaurants, events and activities in New York to make each trip unique and memorable – the company even provides personalised itinerary ideas, based on each customers top-five ‘must see’ or ‘must do’s’ along with NewYorkProperties.co.uk’s specialist local knowledge. Together, these itinerary ideas assist visitors to make the most of their time in the city that never sleeps.
For Immediate Release
The local Notre Dame GLBTQ leadership expressed concern that Soulforce’s visit would negatively impact, and hinder its on going dialogue with campus leadership. Also that Soulforce’s communication with the local community appeared to only be concerned Soulforce’s agenda, and not the effect it would have on the local community. After a lot consultation we felt that Soulforce had been somewhat disingenuous in its communication efforts with the local Catholic GLBTQ leadership at Notre Dame. The Rainbow Sash Movement could not turn a deaf ear to the concerns of the local community.
We asked Soulforce to reconsider its visit in the light of the concerns expressed by the local GLBTQ Catholic Community, as sign of its willingness to understand, and respect those concerns. We felt the local community was far better at dealing with local concerns around GLBTQ issues on campus, than were uninvited outsiders.
It is with deep sadness we find ourselves issuing this press release to publicly call on Soulforce to respect our Catholic Space in this matter. We must begin to listen, and respect the various diversities in our National GLBTQ Community, if we are genuinely going to make progress in the areas of civil rights. One group or individual does not speak for all of us. Yes, that means an none Catholic Organization such Soulforce cannot speak for a Catholic Community.
We are calling on Soulforce to reconsider this action, which we believe to be reckless, and ill conceived, and at odds with Soulforce’s call for genuine dialogue. Furthermore, we call on Soulforce to enter into a meaningful dialogue process that will ensure we are not working at cross-purposes with each other as we go forward.
Rainbow Sash Movement
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Photo Attached: msy Wind Star
On the heels of this growing trend, Source Events, the Miami Beach-based travel company specializing in adventurous travel for the gay community and their friends, has announced plans for a luxury cruise to Italy and Greece aboard the five-star sailing ship msy Wind Star. Italy to Greece: An Epic Voyage takes place from May 12 to May 19, 2007. Sponsored by Gay Naturists International, the cruise is clothing-optional.
Clothing optional cruises for gay men has been one of the fastest growing niche markets in the gay community. While Europeans have long enjoyed clothing optional vacations, gay men in the U.S. now desire the same freedom of choice.
According to the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR), the oldest and largest organization of its kind, the earliest documented form of nude recreation is found in the first Greek Olympics. Therefore, it is wholly appropriate that Source Events has chosen Greece as a destination for its first-ever gay naturist luxury cruise.
For several years, all of Source Events’ clothing optional cruises have sold out well in advance, and the cruise from Italy to Greece aboard the Wind Star has been one of their fastest selling cruises to date. In fact, only a few cabins are available for this eight-day adventure.
“Our travel ventures are about experiencing the world in a new light; opening our hearts and following our dreams – wherever they may lead us,” says Craig Smith, the company’s founder. “Extraordinary things happen when we open ourselves to adventure. At Source Events, we think of ourselves as an ‘experience’ company, in that we not only offer travel alternatives, but also create events and lasting memories.”
Stepping outside the familiar is part of the allure of naturist or clothing-optional travelers, and nude travel has grown into a $400 million+ global industry, a fact that merited a front-page story in the Wall Street Journal in 2003. The AANR also recently reported that nude recreation and tourism has more than doubled in size in the past ten years, as evidenced by the increasing numbers of clothing-optional luxury resorts, condos, airline flights and more.
For the discriminating gay traveler, luxury also has its appeal. Italy to Greece: An Epic Voyage is designed to cater to those who wish to not only experience the world of adventurous travel, but who also want to do it “in style.” And the Wind Star is the epitome of the luxury and pampering a sophisticated traveler would demand.
Each ocean-view stateroom on the 148-passenger Wind Star is appointed with fine bed linens and plush robes, as well as the most advance high-tech electronics, such as iPods™ and flat-screen LCD TVs. Complimentary room service is available round-the-clock, and each cabin receives daily turn-down service. With an onboard pool and hot tub, and an enhanced Fitness Center and salon, passengers will be at no loss to find the luxuries of home.
The focal point of the Source Events’ Italy to Greece adventure is the itinerary itself. The journey begins in Rome, sailing down Italy’s spectacular Amalfi Coast to Sorrento to visit the ruins of Pompeii and the legendary beauty of Sicily. Passengers may disembark to visit the fabled amphitheater in Taormina or view Mt. Etna, the largest volcano in Europe.
The voyage continues on to the spectacular Greek islands of Kythira, legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, to the beautiful villages of Santorini and on to Mykonos, the “Gay Mecca” of Greece. The journey culminates in the capital city of Athens, home to the famed Parthenon on the Acropolis and the Temple of Poseidon.
In catering to the needs and desires of its guests, Source Events provides a plethora of activities, events and excursions to appeal to their spirit of adventure and enjoyment. Customized excursions, entertainment, theme parties and complimentary kayaking, waterskiing or sailboat skiffs are just a few of the amenities guests may enjoy.
While guests may choose to go ‘au naturel’ throughout most of the journey, they must be fully clothed in the dining room and on land-based portions of the trip, with the exception of designated nude beaches.
For several years, Source Events has been the exclusive producer of gay cruises aboard the famed Windjammer tall sailing ships, catering to those who enjoy a more hands-on sailing adventure. In addition to the ongoing Windjammer sailing cruises, upcoming adventures include travel to the jungles of Costa Rica, islands in the Caribbean and the mysteries of Machu Picchu.
For more information or to make a reservation for Italy to Greece: An Epic Voyage, go to www.SourceEvents.com where you may download the brochure and registration information. Or, call Source Events at 1-888-SOURCE8 (888-768-7238) or 305-672-9779 to speak with one of their travel professionals.
Source Events, Inc.
407 Lincoln Road, Suite 6b
Miami Beach, FL 33139
1815 Bay Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33141
Communicating With Integrity
PO Box 13375
Silver Spring, MD 20911
JEB (Joan E. Biren)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (February 28, 2007) Please forward, reprint and repost this notice wherever appropriate.
Heckman is a former foster child and orphan who says she is inspired to make this film for her own personal exploration and survival, as well as to share stories of hope with young people trying to succeed without parental support or societal encouragement. “America’s Most Unwanted” will also investigate the special challenges to gay youth in state care.
In June 2005, Heckman finished her first short documentary, “Wrong Bathroom,” which is touring on the festival circuit. In 2006 she won Best of the Bay in the SF Weekly category of “Best Tireless Performer of Thankless and Payless Tasks” for her work as an independent publicist for queer artists and producer of many events including film screenings.
This Prize was established by Moonforce Media in 2006 to honor Tee A. Corinne, an artist with bold vision and a fierce dedication to encouraging and preserving lesbian art. Lesbian media artists are usually excluded from funding opportunities because the form and/or content of their work lie outside the bounds of traditional grantmaking. The award furthers Tee’s wish that individual lesbian artists be financially supported to work independently and without censorship.
On receiving the grant, Shani Heckman wrote:
“It is a real honor to be the inaugural winner of the Tee A. Corinne Prize for Lesbian Artists and the timing could not be better. Every filmmaker who doesn't have their own personal funnel of money has it hard in the struggle to complete any film project. This grant will give a much needed boost to my documentary project. Not only will this prize support rentals of equipment to continue production, but I hope it will also provide the initial support that will encourage other funders to support the project too. I am honored at the chance to continue Tee's legacy--being proud to present lesbian work to the world.”
Next year, Moonforce Media would like to award grant money to more than one of the many deserving applicants for this Prize. Most funders explicitly exempt the work of lesbian filmmakers and photographers. Supporters can ensure the ongoing success of this grant with a tax exempt donation to Moonforce Media. Donations can be sent to: Moonforce Media, PO Box 13375, Silver Spring, MD 20911. All checks earmarked for the Tee A. Corinne Prize go entirely to the artists.
Applications for the 2007 grant are due on Tee’s birthday, November 3rd. See the website, www.jebmedia.com, for details.
Moonforce Media is a non-profit 501c(3) organization that has been serving progressive communities by producing and distributing documentary films and videos since 1979. Productions have been broadcast and used by organizers and activists in the peace, feminist and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender movements. We are dedicated to promoting social justice through media and to encouraging queer media making.
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Hot Salsa Media/GFA SA
+27 33 346 2864
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa - 14th February 2007 -
An international collaboration between British gay and lesbian Honeymoon Specialists, Heaven Sent Travel, and South Africa's niche-market experts, Hot Salsa Media, who manages Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife's local and international gay marketing and public relations, are pioneering unchartered territory that will see that marriages between same-sex couples from the UK taking place on South African soil be binding under British law upon their return.
The British Consulate in Pretoria, South Africa, anticipates that the British Government will include South Africa on the revised Schedule 20 to be posted on the Consulate website, which lists countries who's same-sex partnerships are recognised under British law. This is the same recognition afforded to heterosexual couples.
Professor Robert Wintemute, a lecturer in law at King's College London, says, "I believe it's just a technicality, which will be changed eventually. South African marriages and civil partnerships contracted by same-sex couples under the Civil Union Act will almost certainly be recognised as civil partnerships in the UK. But regulations must be made by the relevant ministry to amend the Schedule to the Civil Partnership Act 2004 that lists the legal relationships in other countries that are considered the equivalent of a civil partnership in the UK."
Ongoing communications resolves to pave an open road for international gay marriages taking place in South Africa and for the marriages to be legal and binding providing that the country of the couples permanent residence recognises same-sex unions. The UK's Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into effect on the 5th December 2005. For same-sex couples who form legal relationships in South Africa, and if these relationships meet the requirements of the Civil Partnership Act 2004, they will not need to register in the UK as well.
The UK's Civil Partnerships Act 2004 sets out which overseas relationships are eligible. If the 'relationship' is not recognised in the Schedule 20 then it means there is no agreement in place between the UK and that country. South Africa is not yet in the Schedule 20, which sparked the flurry of intense communications in order to push for a set date.
Says Vivienne Quann, Senior Strategist at Hot Salsa Media, "The recent change in legislation legalising gay and lesbian civil unions in South Africa is set to change the face of tourism into our country. We met the owners of Heaven Sent Travel in December 2006 and immediately recognised a smart synergy between our core business, theirs and our client, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Eco-Tourism resorts, especially Didima in Cathedral Peak where same sex couples can get married in their Chapel with all the bells and whistles. We are already formulating a long-term strategy to manage all the LGBT traffic from the UK into South Africa through Heaven Sent Travel and our sister company, GFA South Africa (Gay Friendly Approved South Africa), which ensures all GFA SA members undertake full staff quotient LGBT diversity skills training and that they agree to include a non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation in their Human Resource policies. We believe that Ezemvelo have the right mix to potentially dominate this market right from the start. They are progressive in their business and their marketing and are ground level hands-on management. They have been open to this market right from the start and did whatever needed to be done to ensure that every person no matter race, greed or orientation receives the absolute best that they have to offer. We have experienced this first hand as have hundreds of other LGBT guests throughout the year."
Sam Gerin, UK Director of Co-ordination at Heaven Sent Travel says, "Heaven Sent Travel is proud and thrilled to be a part of such an exciting partnership. GFA is a groundbreaking concept and its success is not surprising. It is very rare in business to find perfect timing combined with the perfect partnerships. Usually there is some middle ground somewhere, but Heaven Sent Travel, Hot Salsa and Ezemvelo share the whole ground. This project is driven by the prospect of breaking new ground and by the desire to pioneer, rather than of commercial success. However, the dynamic we have created will also bring us to the fore of our respective niches within the Industry. In addition, the prospect of arranging gay and lesbian weddings in some of the world's most stunning locations is the most exciting prospect of my career."
Last year saw Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife resorts pioneering the LGBT market by contracting Hot Salsa Media in providing professional LGBT Diversity Skills training to over 70 staff members that are employed in their 68 resorts around the KwaZulu Natal province. This vision forms part of the pioneering stance lead by Gladman Buthelezi, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife's Executive Director of Commercial Operations and CEO of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Mr Khulani Mkhize.
Says Sal Govender, Group Marketing and Advertising Manager for Ezemvelo Resorts, "We first entered the LGBT market a year ago with Hot Salsa Media and immediately recognised that our staff and our guests would greatly benefit from professional LGBT diversity skills training to fully realise the potential and impact this market has in our business. We want to nurture this market in that we are putting our resources behind a great strategy entering the international LGBT market with professional and experienced partners. We see the LGBT market as a big growth area locally and internationally and we will ensure that we offer our unique and welcoming resorts and game reserves that include wedding and honeymoon services to all of our guests, further broadening our eco-tourism drive internationally. We pride ourselves in being progressive and mature and partner with companies with this same vision. This mandate is from the very top of our organisation and embraced by all who work here."
Hot Salsa Media is currently preparing a package that will allow South African and international same-sex couples in South Africa to get legally married in the Chapel at Didima Camp by a marriage officer or minister. As it stands, there are only one or two ministers that can legally marry same-sex couples, as the law requires a marriage officer wishing to marry same sex couples, to re-register. They will then be licensed to solemnise same-sex civil unions. Says Vivienne Quann, "If we can help couples avoid having to get married at a Home Affairs office to avoid the homophobic giggles and finger pointing then this is the way to go. The problem is in the Home Affairs administration. Home Affairs are not processing any re-registration certificates, which is holding up the process. Home Affairs website still has same-sex couples on their marriage exclusion list."
Same-sex marriages are a new affluent market for many industries. Wedding and honeymoon trappings is big business. With an estimated 9.9% of the South African population over the age of 20 classifying themselves as lesbian or gay, it may be surprising that this figure is approximately 0.4% higher than the entire white population in South Africa. Those of you that think the gay and lesbian market will be grateful enough to accept anything less than equal treatment and expectations, will be disappointed by the lack of business coming there way. END
Additional Info: GFASA (Gay Friendly Approved South Africa)
GFA South Africa focuses on readying South African service providers in all industries for the LGBT tourist market. Highly qualified diversity skills-training experts provide GFA member staff, full training, and through their human resource divisions, in implementing LGBT-friendly policies in order to gain GFA Status so that these members may provide the ultimate South African experience to all gay and lesbian holidaymakers, same-sex couples wishing to get married and honeymooners. This project will increase LGBT tourism into South Africa and GFA member resorts respectively.
Once endorsed, a GFA member is marketed through the GFA website with easy-to-navigate search facilities, a worldwide marketing and publicity drive all year round plus direct marketing through email marketing. GFA has already gained worldwide access to over half a million-email addresses of opt-in subscribers who want to receive the latest GFA has to offer.
Hot Salsa Media/GFA SA
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Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Travel Trade Manager
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Heaven Sent Travel
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Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
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January 10 2007
Brian J. Stephens
True Azimuth, LLC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
True Azimuth, LLC announced today the 2007 dates for their 3-day adventure-based gay couples course. Each course, held in the mountains of Vermont, takes place on the second full weekend of each month from June through October. Couples will be involved in orienteering, adventure-based problem-solving exercises, trust activities, a solo reflection experience, and even an open fire cooking challenge.
"The cooking challenge was a popular activity last year," says Scott Graham, a life and relationship coach who co-leads the course. "It's based upon excavated kitchen set ups used during the Revolutionary War. Couples have to work together to make a dinner using minimal tools - like some cooking activity you would see on Bravo's 'Top Chef' TV show - but unlike 'Top Chef' the focus is not on creating a winning meal but learning about each other to create a winning relationship."
Creating a winning relationship is not the only topic covered during the course. Other topics include: building a personal foundation, stopping problems at the source, maintaining balance in life, talking about sexuality and living with integrity.
The course includes a pre-course behavioral-style assessment to help couples understand their own behavior, improve communication, appreciate different styles and reduce conflict. Post-course coaching sessions help translate what couples learn during the weekend into reality back at home.
"Coaching is the most highly rated part of the experience," says Graham. "Couples can integrate what they learn and move beyond good intentions to dynamic growth"
And the course is not just for new couples - or even couples who may be struggling in their relationship. "Whether you have been together 50 days or 50 years there is room to create a stronger, winning relationship," says Brian Stephens, Graham's partner of 18 years and course co-leader. "An enduring relationship that remains viable for both people over the long haul is hard work. Each year brings new changes as well as new challenges and with few role models where do we go?" asks Stephens.
"Vermont, the second weekend of each summer month," adds Graham.
Each course is limited to 6 couples. The 2007 dates are:
June 8 - June 10
July 13 - July 15
August 10 - August 10
September 14 - September 16
October 12 - October 14
True Azimuth, LLC began offering the Navigating Together Course in 2006. The firm offers a wide array of services including business, personal and relationship coaching. For more information about the course and to register, go to http://NavigatingTogether.info or email Brian Stephens at bjstephens@TrueAzimuth.biz. For more information about life and relationship coaching go to http://TrueAzimuth.biz or call Scott Graham at 802-380-1026 to set up a complimentary coaching session.
American Social Health Association
PO Box 13827
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Lisa Gilbert, PhD
Senior Researcher, ASHA
Some men who have sex with men are at increased risk of hepatitis A (HAV) and hepatitis B (HBV) infection and, therefore, CDC and Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) recommend both hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccinations. Vaccination levels in the MSM population are inadequate and so, as part of a five-year project, ASHA has posted an educational campaign, and a web-based evaluation. The overall goal of this campaign is to increase levels of awareness and knowledge, and to increase intentions to get hepatitis A and B vaccinations. Please take time to view the campaign and take the survey by visiting www.ashastd.org/hepatitis_survey/hepsurvey.html.
ASHA, a nonprofit organization devoted to preventing sexually transmitted infections since 1914, offers additional resources about hepatitis A and B and other STI's through many venues including its websites (www.ashastd.org; www.iwannaknow.org; and www.quierosaber.org).
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ATLANTA, GA, JANUARY 20, 2007 -- L.A. JohnTre writes to close a file. A dominant lesbian shares her life and dating experiences. In Man with a Womb she explains how she attempted to hide her homosexuality during her elementary and high school years by appearing to be promiscuous to male classmates. She gives details of her brief heterosexual marriage; becoming a mother, coming out and discovering that she was a butch lesbian; and a 4-year domestic partnership full of infidelity and betrayal and the numerous women that she would date in Atlanta from 1995 to 2006.
L.A. JohnTre wrote Man with a Womb to educate the heterosexual community on the challenges and similarities of living life as a dominant lesbian. Heterosexual men can actually relate to the dating experiences in this book. A male reviewer writes,
"This is shocking. I guess dominant lesbians should be friends with straight men. We go through the same hurt, misuse and rejection. I used to despise lesbians like L.A. JohnTre, but after reading this book, I see them in a new light."; T. Stith, Miami, Ohio.
Man with a Womb is also to inspire and inform younger gays and lesbians that there are roles required of them from the people that they date. Also, that there is such a thing as being dubbed, too gay. This is not what gay youths would expect from within the GLBT community but it does happen to some.
A complimentary full version review of the book is available for download from the website. Link to http://www.manwithawomb.com
Man with a Womb will be available for purchase online and in bookstores after February 1, 2007. (208 pages), Hardback $25.00 Paperback $14.95.
FOR RELEASE January 18th 2007
January 18th 2007
Under the Founding Partners programme, gay and lesbian owned or friendly businesses will be given the opportunity to advertise on the soon-to-be-launched OUTRadio 2 station, free of charge throughout 2007. It is anticipated that both OUTRadio 1 and OUTRadio 2 will become fully commercial stations, and members of the Founding Partners programme will be offered "buy one, get another free" discount for advertising in 2008 onwards.
The Founding Partners programme, which was launched today, will be open for submissions until February 28th 2007, with preference given to businesses that will link back to OUTRadio Australia.
The programme will however, exclude businesses involved in alcohol, gambling, pornography or any other unacceptable area of involvement to advertise on the new station.
Businesses interested in registering for the Founding Partners programme, are encouraged to visit www.outradiomedia.com for information on how to participate.
About OUTRadio Australia
OUTRadio Australia currently is Australia's only 24/7 internet-based and APRA-licensed gay and lesbian radio service. Launched in mid 2006, OUTRadio is a 24/7 commercial free music radio station playing songs from the 1970s through to the present.
Artists on OUTRadio Australia
OUTRadio Australia's Saturday Night Dance features DJ Tim Jones [UK], DJ Davidb - Goodtimes and DJ Teva [both from the USA] and DJ DareN [Canada]. Sundays features shows like The Magic Geek, Curve Cast, Shockingly Tasty, Zentiki Lounge and Outright Radio, as well as the OUTRadio productions Jeb's Viewpoint and Australia's only GLBT dedication show - The Love Connection.
OUTRadio will be split into two stations on February 3rd 2007.
OUTRadio 1 will remain commercial-free during 2007 and focus entirely on music. The new station OUTRadio 2 will become a commercial station broadcasting some of the best talk shows from within Australia and around the world.
For more information on OUTRadio Australia, visit www.outradio.com.au today.
James Bailey, OUTRadio Australia
Within Australia - 0404049876
Worldwide - +61404049876
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Matisse: Painter as Sculptor, Jan. 21-April 29, Nasher Sculpture Center (www.nashersculpturecenter.org) - In its first collaborative exhibition, the Nasher Sculpture Center and The Dallas Museum of Art will present concurrently Matisse: Painter as Sculptor. Co-organized also with the Baltimore Museum of Art, Matisse: Painter as Sculptor will be the first major exhibition of Matisse's sculpture organized in the United States in almost two decades.
North Texas Irish Festival, Feb. 2-4, Fair Park (http://www.ntif.org/) - The largest music festival in Texas offers more than 47 different bands.
Savor Dallas: An International Experience of Wine, Food, Spirits and the Arts, Mar. 9-10, Dallas Arts District (http://www.savordallas.com/) - Savor Dallas invites you to celebrate a weekend in Dallas with the best wine food, spirits and arts Big D has to offer.
Dallas Blooms 2007, Mar. 10-April 15, Dallas Arboretum (http://www.dallasarboretum.org/Events/Dallas_Blooms.htm) - Dallas Blooms is a celebration of spring at the Dallas Arboretum, which is arguably one of the top-five floral display gardens in North America. The 2007 festival theme is Flower Power, a salute to the 60s, and will include theme-inspired flower topiaries throughout the garden.
Greenville Ave. Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Mar. 17, (www.greenvilleavenue.org) - Get into the Irish spirit of Saint Patty's by cheering on the Greenville Ave. parade, which includes floats, tons of candy flying though the air and appearances by local celebrities.
St. Patrick's Day Parade, Mar. 17, Dallas City Hall - this festive Irish parade starts at 2 p.m. in the Arts District and ends much later in the evening with bands, dancers and lots of kid activities.
Mundo Maya Exhibit, Dallas World Aquarium (www.dwazoo.com) - Mundo Maya is
an eight-story, immersion exhibit that takes visitors from the waters of the
Yucatan's gulf coast to the highland rainforests.
AFI Dallas Film Festival, Mar. 22 - Apr. 1, Victory Park
(www.afidallas.com) - More than 150 films, including international, documentaries and shorts, will be shown on 53-foot-wide, high-definition outdoor screens at Victory Park as well as theaters around town.
TGRA Big D Rodeo, Mar. 2-4, Fair Park (www.tgra.org/cms_rodeos/index.html) - Cowboy up with spectacular athletes competing in events ranging from bronc and bull riding to roping, barrel racing, pole bending and much, much more Western action.
Dallas Spring Home & Garden Show, Mar. 2-4, Dallas Market Hall (http://www.texashomeandgarden.com/index.cfm?npageid=15) - Get your green thumb ready for this ultimate one-stop event for your home and garden.
Plow, Plant and Shear, Mar. 31, 10 am to 4 pm, Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park (www.oldcitypark.org) - Visitors are invited to help prepare the 1861 living farmstead for the spring. Learn from costumed interpreters how and what crops were prepared, how to shear a sheep and the process of turning wool into a pair of mittens. Knitters, weavers, spinners, potters and blacksmiths will be demonstrating how pioneer crafts were created and used.
Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Apr. 6-8, Deep Ellum (www.meifestivals.com/deepspr.html) - This free street party features performances by bands, a juried arts show, world-cuisine vendors, and the Rock Art Show-with works by such legends as John Lennon and Bob Dylan.
37th Annual USA Film Festival, Apr. 19-26, (http://www.usafilmfestival.com) - Featuring the best new U.S. and foreign films, special tributes and retrospectives, the 28th Annual National Short Film & Video Competition, and more.
For more information or to view a full list of Dallas events, visit the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau's Website at www.visitdallas.com or the GLBT site at www.glbtdallas.com.
MEDIA AND PRESS Sharon Kersten, Kersten Communications
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EVENT CONTACT: Michael Bath, Miami Office, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
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2007 Festival theme “Beyond Borders” features headliner DJs from six countries; Over 10,000 visitors expected from across the country and around the world
Tickets for the 14th Annual Winter Party Festival, which will be held in Miami Beach, Florida, from February 28 through March 5, 2007, are now on sale at www.winterparty.com. Multi-event passes, which offer substantial savings over individual ticket prices, are being sold at early bird discount rates through January 15.
The six-day celebration, produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, features dance parties at some of the most popular nightclubs in South Beach and downtown Miami, as well as an expanding line-up of cultural events and programming for specific segments of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The climax of the Festival is the Winter Party Beach Party, which will bring over 5400 attendees to an outdoor dance on the sands of South Beach on Sunday, March 4. More than 10,000 people from across the country and around the globe are expected to attend at least one Winter Party Festival event.
In keeping with the 2007 theme “Beyond Borders”, the Task Force has assembled a line-up of DJs from six countries that reads like a” Who’s Who" of international spin talent: Kate Monroe (Australia); Dudu Marquez (Brazil); Pagano (Italy); David S (Taiwan); Wayne G and Luke Johnston (UK); and Abel, Roland Belmares, Twisted Dee, Eddie Elias, Joe Gauthreaux, Manny Lehman, Tony Moran, Pride, Kimberly S and Michael Tank (USA).
The DoubleTree Surfcomber at 1717 Collins Avenue will once again serve as the Festival’s host hotel and the site of the Under One Sun Pool Party on Saturday, March 3. The hotel is offering discounted rates for Festival guests who reserve their rooms prior to January 29. Surfcomber guests receive two complimentary tickets per room to the Pool Party.
Two-thirds of the net proceeds from Winter Party™ Festival will be distributed to the Miami-Dade LGBT community through a granting program administered by the Dade Community Foundation. The remaining one-third of the proceeds will benefit the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Since assuming responsibility for both events, the Task Force has donated more than $312,000 from Winter Party Festival and the Miami Recognition Dinner to the local community.
About the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
Founded in 1973, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force was the first national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights and advocacy organization and remains the movement's leading voice for freedom, justice and equality. The Task Force builds grassroots LGBT political strength from the ground up by training state and local activists and organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation. Its Policy Institute, the community's premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality. As part of a broader social justice movement, the Task Force works to create a world that respects and makes visible the diversity of human expression and identity where all people may fully participate in society. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., offices are also located in Miami, New York City, Los Angeles and Cambridge, Mass. The Task Force is a 501(c)(3) corporation incorporated in Washington, DC. Contributions to the Task Force are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
WINTER Party™ FESTIVAL SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
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