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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kevin Rennie
kfrennie@snet.net
860.528.2838 (Sunday)
860.644.5618 (Monday-Friday)
  
Veteran NYPD Detective to Testify for Civil Unions, Column Tells His Story
  
Hartford, Connecticut--February 23, 2003-- New York Police Detective Frank 
Coppola will testify on behalf of civil union and same sex marriage Monday 
before the Connecticut legislature.
  
Coppola, 38, lost his life partner, a New York firefighter, on September 11th.  
They last saw each other in the 2nd floor lobby of the North Tower as Coppola 
assisted an injured woman out of the building and his partner ascended into 
the Tower.
  
Coppola, an 18 year police force veteran,  tells his story to the Hartford 
Courant's Sunday magazine political columnist, Kevin Rennie, in today's 
edition.  
  
Rennie is a former Republican state Representative and Senator.
  
The column appears at this site:



http://www.ctnow.com/news/local/northeast/hc-rennie0223.artfeb23.story

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For review copies, contact: Rebecca Grose, HarperCollins, Senior Manager of
Publicity: 212/261-6792 Rebecca.grose@harpercollins.com

To schedule an author interview, contact: Brent Hartinger: (253) 272-8425
brenthartinger@earthlink.net



GEOGRAPHY CLUB TELLS TIMELY TALE OF GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

In 1989, exactly one American high school had a gay-straight alliance. Now
over 1000 high schools do, and many of them are making headlines--lately, in
Boyd County, Kentucky, and Klein, Texas, where administrators are
desperately trying to shut the clubs down.

Now gay-straight alliances have also found their way into the pages of a
book, in the new gay teen novel, Geography Club.

"It's the story of a group of students who want to form a gay-straight
alliance at their high school," said author Brent Hartinger. "Problem is,
they don't want anyone to know they're gay. So they disguise the true nature
of their club--and discourage anyone else from joining it--by giving it the
most boring name they can think of: the Geography Club. Unfortunately, their
disguise doesn't last."

Hartinger's novel is getting a much warmer reception than those gay-straight
alliances in Kentucky and Texas. Advance sales have been "terrific," said
Steve Fraser, Hartinger's editor at HarperCollins, the publisher of the
book.

"There's already been interest in the foreign rights, and in the movie
rights too," Fraser said.

"HarperCollins has been unbelievably supportive," Hartinger said, pointing
out that the publisher has already bought a Geography Club sequel, The Order
of the Poison Oak, and two of the writer's other novels.

"That's four books," Hartinger said in amazement. "And that was before
Geography Club had even been released!"

Early industry reviews have been consistently positive. The Journal for the
Center for Children's Books called the book "a lively and compelling story"
and praised its "heart-palpitating romance" and "witty writing." Horn Book
Magazine called Geography Club's narration "pitch-perfect," and said, "This
is the most artful and authentic depiction of a gay teen since M. E. Kerr's
groundbreaking Charlie Gilhooly in I'll Love You When You're More Like Me."

"Everything has worked out so well for this book," Hartinger said.
"Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming."

With all the attention being paid to gay-straight alliances in high schools
across the country, the timing for the book couldn't seem to be better.

"I wish I could say it was because of some brilliant marketing strategy on
my part," Hartinger said. "But the truth is, it's just a coincidence. In
fact, I didn't even want to write the book, because I was convinced no
publisher would ever buy it."

Hartinger said he was discouraged by the reaction to his first gay young
adult book, which he wrote back in the early 1990s.

"It won a couple of major writing awards," he said. "But the reaction among
New York publishers was indifference bordering on outright hostility. One
editor told me outright that there was absolutely no market for a book about
gay teens. If it hadn't been for my agent--a straight woman--I never would
have written another gay teen book. She talked me into writing Geography
Club, because she was convinced that the times had changed, and that the
world was finally ready for just such a book."

"It's partly good timing," said Hartinger's agent, Jennifer DeChiara,
explaining the early success of the novel. "But I give most of the credit to
the book itself. I mean, this book has everything. Humor, romance, passion.
I spend all day reading manuscripts, and I know a page-turner when I read
one."

For his part, Hartinger is just glad the book is drawing still more
attention to the subject of gay-straight alliances.

"I think most adults have no idea what gay high school kids go through,"
said Hartinger, who helped found a gay-support organization in his hometown
of Tacoma, Washington, and who currently acts as an advisor to a
gay-straight alliance at his old high school.

"I think sometimes even some of us adult gay men and women forget," he said.
"We move to the big cities and start to think that the whole world is
gay-tolerant. Hopefully, my book will remind people that some of the most
courageous heroes in the gay rights struggle are still in their teens."

For more information about Geography Club, visit "Brent's Brain," Hartinger's 
website, at www.brenthartinger.com.

____________________________________________________

Explore the inner workings of my mind at my web-site, "Brent's Brain":
http://www.brenthartinger.com  And look for my first novel, GEOGRAPHY CLUB
by Brent Hartinger, in stores now!

Photographs Available:

http://www.gaydata.com/download/GeographyClub.bmp"

http://www.gaydata.com/download/BhartingerH20.jpg"

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Media Contacts:     Phil Lobel/Christopher Kingry
LOBELINE COMMUNICATIONS
310-271-1551
slashcom1@aol.com

GIRLS GO WILD AS DINAH SHORE WEEKEND INVADES PALM SPRINGS

PALM SPRINGS, CA - Girls galore will invade Palm Springs March 27-30 for the thirteenth annual Dinah Shore Weekend, the largest event for lesbians on the planet. The hottest women from all over the world will converge on the picturesque desert oasis for a four days of nonstop parties, music, poolside action and fun in the sun, produced by Girl Bar and Club Skirts.

"The diversity of our weekend is inspiring. We boast the most colorful exchange of every type of lesbian imaginable. Plus, the variety of entertainment, from comedy, to live performances, to go-go dancers, to house and hip hop, to a separate retro 70's room, guarantees that, with the Dinah, there is something for everyone," comments Mariah Hanson, owner of Club Skirts. 

"Dinah Shore Weekend continues to be the most spectacular women's weekend in the world," says Sandy Sachs co-owner of Girl Bar. Robin Gans, co- owner of Girl Bar says, "It's unique! Where else can you meet lesbians from all over the world in one place amidst the beauty of Palm Springs?!"

VIP Weekend Passes and event tickets for DINAH SHORE WEEKEND 2003 are now on sale. VIP Weekend Passes include entry to all seven events (except Queens of Comedy IX) and are $110 if purchased before March 1, $125 after - a savings of $65. See event listings below for individual event ticket prices and availability. Call the Dinah hotline at (888) 386-4677 to also get event details or charge by phone. Visit www.clubskirts.com or wwwlgirlbar.com for additional information or to order tickets online

This year activities will center on DINAH's two luxurious host hotels: The Wyndham Palm Springs Resort and The Doral Resort. Their central locations, spacious accommodations and amazing amenities make The Wyndham and Doral the perfect places for an action-packed weekend of women's festivities. The Wyndham rooms and suites start at $165 per double occupancy. Wyndham Reservations can be made by calling (760) 322-6000. The Doral Resort offers rooms starting at $159 per double occupancy. Doral reservations can be made by calling (888) 386-4677. Don't forget to mention Dinah Shore Weekend to receive these special rates when calling either host hotel.

Complimentary shuttles will be operating for most events for registered guests at the host hotels. Departure times will be posted in the hotel lobbies.


For those who want maximum partying with minimal effort, The Dinah V.I.P. Package is the way to go! The special package has all the details covered, so you can focus on the important things: the festivities! It includes three nights at the beautiful Doral Resort, airport transfers, breakfast each morning, daily passes to the LPGA Dinah Shore and a special V.I.P. welcome party with the event producers on Thursday night at the Doral, VIP Weekend Passes for all the parties (including express VIP entry), preferred seating at the comedy show and shuttle transportation to all events. Dinah V.I.P. Packages start at $499 per person, based on double occupancy. Add $200 for single occupancy. Four and five night options are also available. Make reservations and start getting the VIP treatment right away by contacting the Doral Resort directly at: 888-386-4677.

GO WILD, GIRLS!

The action begins Thursday night at 9pm with the totally outrageous KICK-OFF PARTY. This year the girls will take over Palm Springs' hottest new nightclub, Heaven, for an evening of out-of-control fun! Doors open at 9pm and There will be a special performance at 9:30pm by a local talent, Josie Cutting who will surely remind you of a Dixie Chick!  Meet your friends - or make new ones - as women from around the world arrive for a wild and crazy night of socializing and dancing starting at 9pm. DJ Kimberly S. AND Page Hodel will be mixing up the hottest hip-hop, R&B and house sounds. Individual event tickets are $15 at the door, or included in the VIP Weekend Pass.

Just when you think things couldn't get any wilder, Friday night brings a double-shot of hilarious and sexy mayhem with Queens of Comedy IX and the completely over-the-top White Party. Get set for an evening of sidesplitting humor with the hilarious high jinx of comediennes Vickie Shaw, Michele Balan and POPPY CHAMPLIN! The Wyndham Resort Grand Ballroom becomes comedy central as doors open at 7:00 pm for cocktails and seating. Vickie, Michele and Poppy seize the stage starting at 8pm. Tickets for Queens of Comedy IX are $30 before March 1st ; $35 afterward, and $40 at the door -- not included in the VIP Weekend Pass.

An invasion of wild women in white take control of the Doral Resort's Ballroom for the infamous The White Party, beginning at 8pm. DJs Page Hodel & Kimberly S. will whip the crowd to a frenzy as hot bodies transform the dance floor into a blinding sea of beauty. Temperatures will rise with a special performance from the insatiable Desert Sin at midnight, and continue to burn all night long. Doors open at 8:00pm. Dress: White attire recommended. $35 at the door or included with VIP Weekend Passes. No separate advance tickets for this event.


GET WET AND WILD POOLSIDE AT SATURDAZE & GIRL ROCK!
Poolside party time starts bright and early Saturday morning for Girl Rock at the Doral Resort and SaturDAZE at the Wyndham. Both events begin at 8am and boogie on until 4pm.

Apply an extra coat of Coppertone and kick back in the sun as Girl Rock's special guest DJs grind out the grooves all day long. Hot rocking live entertainment includes a special in-person performance by Finding Stella, Lexie Shine and Cause for Concern. 

Over at the Wyndham Resort pool, DJs Page Hodel & Heather Vaughn will drive poolside dance floor wild at SaturDAZE. Go-Go Goddesses will be making waves at special live performances throughout the party.

Tickets to rock at both parties are $25.00 at the door -- or included with VIP Weekend Pass. No separate advance tickets for these events. Admission good for either party.

GIRLS GO DOWN UNDER & OVER THE RAINBOW
You can click those heels together, but you WON'T want to go home after experiencing the excitement of A Return to Oz. Follow the trail of crazed women down the Yellow Brick Road as the Wyndham Grand Ballroom is transformed into a magical emerald playground! The sensational party cycle starts Saturday night at 8pm as DJs Page Hodel and Kimberely S and sweep you away with swirling sounds that are sure to make you shake it. You'll feel just like Dorothy, Glinda and Toto, too… as you trek through the incredible population of friendly inhabitants - all gathered for an unbelievable all-night excursion of wild excitement.

International recording artist Gioia from the famed 80's group "EXPOSE" will drop in for a special performance Don't forget to also check out this event's Retro Dance Room - back by popular demand. Featuring the best of 70's & 80's music, it's sure to be a trip! For those of you who are willing to take a gamble, our Casino returns with Black Jack and roulette tables to add to this exciting night!

Tickets for Return to Oz are $35.00 before March 1st; $40.00 in afterward and $45.00 at the door - or included with VIP Weekend Pass.


THE WILDEST WAVES OF FUN!
Sunday morning, dive headfirst as the women go completely wild at the Wyndham Hotel's main pool area for SPLASH! This all-day assortment of good clean fun starts flowing at 8am. DJs Heather Vaughn, Kimberly S. & Page Hodel pump out a tsunami of sound that will have the dance floor drenched as Go-Go goddess make waves on stage. Get swept away by the flash flood of frolicking females at the largest women's pool party/t-dance/vendor fair ever. A sumptuous optional BBQ will also be on deck as the excitement grows by the gallon all afternoon! Hot Go-Gos will be the order of the day with a special surprise performance that will surely leave you needing a dip in the pool!

Tickets for SPLASH are $25.00 at the door- or included with VIP Weekend Pass.

ONE LAST WILD RIDE AT THE GRAND FINALE
The weekend's wild ride will come to an end with one last party on Sunday night. To make this last evening special, The Grand Finale will take place at Atlas (formerly Muriel's), Palm Springs most state of the art nightclub. Don't miss this special event as all the girls gather for one last wild and crazy dance at 9pm. To ensure everything ends on the right note, Kimberley S. and Page Hodel will be spinning the favorite hits of the weekend. The acclaimed erotic dance troupe, Lezbo a Go Go, will perform a titillating show to bring the weekend to a boil!.To add to the warm memories of DINAH 2003 and get everyone psyched for 2004, special performances and other surprises will also take place take place throughout the evening. Tickets for The Grand Finale are $15.00 at the door, or included with VIP Weekend Pass.


Corporate sponsors for DINAH SHORE WEEKEND 2003 include: American Airlines, Captain Morgan, Damron, Girlfriends Magazine, LesbiaNation.com, Miller Lite, Captain Morgan's Parrot Bay and Smirnoff Twist.

Dinah Shore Weekend, produced by Club Skirts of San Francisco and Girl Bar Los Angeles, is the largest special event weekend gathering for lesbians in the nation. Held in March every year in the beautiful and warm desert setting of Palm Springs, California, Dinah Shore Weekend features a non-stop, fun-filled schedule of innovative, high-quality social events and parties with the hottest women from around the world in attendance.

NOTE TO EDITORS:  High resolution color artwork and additional background and schedule information can be accessed online at:    www.lobelinepr.com/dinah2003


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IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Jeffrey S. Garber, president/ jeff@opuscommgroup.com 
              OpusComm Group, Inc. 
              834 Oakwood Street 
              Fayetteville, NY 13066 
              tel:  (315) 637-2018 
              www.opuscommgroup.com

  

Thousands of Gays Speak Out in the Largest Annual Gay Consumer Study 
92% of Gay Respondents Are Out to Their Friends 
22% of Lesbian Respondents Are Parents 
82% Prefer to Purchase From Known Gay-Friendly Companies


Syracuse, New York - November 4, 2002 - The 2002 Gay & Lesbian 
Consumer Online Census finished with 8,831 participants, a 39 percent 
increase over the number of respondents in 2001. The annual study, 
conducted by GLCensus Partners, is an in-depth look into the consumer 
behavior of the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT) community. 

Respondents needed 45 minutes on average to complete the survey, 
which was available online from July 9-August 20, at www.glcensus.org.
While the number of participants rose dramatically, many of the 
results are remarkably consistent with those from the previous year. 

"The consistency between the data sets is one of our key findings," 
said Amy Falkner of Syracuse University, lead researcher on the 
project. "With a group as difficult to survey as the GLBT community, 
the similarity in the results, even with a nearly 40% increase in 
participation, means we are getting a clear picture of what this 
community is like. The results should be of interest to everyone - 
from social scientists to politicians to corporate America." 

The 2001 and 2002 Gay & Lesbian Consumer Online Census is an endeavor 
of the GLCensus Partners, a partnership between the S.I. Newhouse 
School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, advertising 
and public relations firm OpusComm Group, Inc., which specializes in
consultation of sensitivity issues and market plan development for 
all types of advertisers to target the GLBT community, and GSociety, 
Inc., a media/entertainment company whose family of companies feature 
Internet portals GayWired.com, LesbiaNation.com and online travel 
publication QTMagazine.com. 

Here is a look at the similarities between the 2001 and 2002 
results: 

                                                    2001     2002 
# of respondents                                   6,351     8,831 

% of male respondents                             54.8%       54.2% 
% of female respondents                           44.1%       44.8% 

% intersexed/other                                 1.1%        1% 
  

Median age                                         35          37 

In a committed relationship                       51%         51.1% 

U.S. registered voters                            89.8%       90% 

Being "out" 
"out" to friends                                  91.8%       92.3% 

Education 
College graduate                                  36.7%       37.2% 
Graduate School degree                            20.5%       21.4% 

Religion 
Percentage who are affilated 
with a particular religion                        65.3%       63.7% 

Gay-Friendly/Purchase behavior 
% of respondents who are more likely to buy products or purchase 
services from companies they know are gay-friendly 
                                                              82%          82% 

Parenting 
% that have children under 18 living at home 
Female respondents                                22.7%       21.7% 
Male respondents                                   5.2%        4.9% 

"This year’s results solidify that parenting is an important 
component to our survey base and proposes a strong market for those 
advertisers looking to grow their markets that are targeted to 
families," says Jeffrey Garber, president of OpusComm Group Inc., 
and founder of the GLCensus Partner’s study. 

Further similarities between the 2001 and 2002 results: 
- Both the 2001 and the 2002 GLCensus respondents reported income 
in all income brackets ranging from less than $19,999 to greater 
than $200,000. 
  
  

                                                    2001     2002 
Personal Income 
Male (largest bracket reported) 
 $20,000-$39,999                                   28.4%     30.4% 

Female (largest bracket reported) 
 $$20,000-$39,999                                  37.5%     37.7% 

Household Income 
Male (largest bracket reported) 
$40,000-$59,999                                    19%       19% 
- % of males who reported household 
incomes of $100,000 or more                        28.2%     31.8% 
Female (largest bracket reported) 
$20,000-$39,999                                    23.2%     22.5% 
- % females who reported household 
incomes of $100,000 or more                        15.2%     16.9% 

"These numbers are no surprise, considering the findings on eduation. 
For the most part receiving a good education usually goes hand and 
hand with good paying jobs," comments Garber. 

Part Two delves into consumer categories, focusing on GLBT consumer 
behavior.  In-depth analysis is provided on: automotive, childcare, 
computer equipment, electronics, entertainment, financial, food and 
beverage, home and garden, medical, pets, sports and fitness, and 
travel. 

Additonal survey findings and information on the GLBT respondents  
including media popularity can be found at www.glcensus.org. 

Both mainstream and GLBT media worldwide have quoted the Gay & 
Lesbian Consumer Online Census as an authority on the understanding 
of GLBT consumer behavior.  Corporate America has taken notice as 
well, making the study an integral part of Fortune 100 advertising 
plans developed to target this unique, powerful and much needed 
market in such a lagging economy 

The survey was announced via news articles on wire services as well 
as in mainstream and gay print, broadcast and online media. A public 
relations campaign resulted in numerous media sponsors running PSAs 
and hyperlinks to the survey from their respective Web sites. In 
addition, an e-mail referral system was used at the survey completion 
screen so respondents could easily pass the URL along to their 
friends, encouraging them to participate. 

     For further information and to review a full summary of the 2001 
or 2002 Gay & Lesbian Consumer Online Census, contact Jeffrey Garber, 
president of OpusComm Group at jeff@opuscommgroup.com (315) 636-2018 
or visit www.glcensus.org.  A detailed description of the 2001 or 2002 
Gay & Lesbian Consumer Online Census methodology can be viewed at 
http://www.glcensus.com/downloads/Why_Online_Surveys.htm 

GLCensus Partners (www.glcensus.org) - The world leader in GLBT 
consumer research, includes: 
- The S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University (www.syracuse.edu) - 
One of the world’s leading academic and research institutions in the 
field of communications. 
- OpusComm Group (www.opuscommgroup.com) - Innovative Advertising, 
Marketing, Communication and Public Relations experts on the 
Gay/Lesbian market. 
- GSociety, Inc. (www.gsociety.com) - A media/entertainment company 
whose reach and distribution channels target the millions of gay and 
lesbian consumers worldwide. Traded on the NASDAQ: GSOC 

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Contact: Jeffrey S. Garber, president/ jeff@opuscommgroup.com 
              OpusComm Group, Inc. 
              834 Oakwood Street 
              Fayetteville, NY 13066 
              tel: (315) 637-2018 
              www.opuscommgroup.com 
  
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IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Contact: Jeffrey S. Garber, President 
OpusComm Group, Inc. 
Jeff@opuscommgroup.com 
(315) 637-2018 
www.opuscommgroup.com 
www.glcensus.org


Largest Gay Consumer Study Reveals Automotive, Food and Beverage
Preferences 

Ford and Toyota Lead the List of Favorite Automakers 
26% of Respondents Will Buy a New Car within Next Two Years 
31% Spend $300 to $499 a Month on Groceries

Syracuse, New York - January 30, 2003 - With 8,831 respondents, 
the recently released 2002 Gay/Lesbian Consumer Online Census is 
the largest and most comprehensive GLBT consumer study yet prepared. 
Conducted by GLCensus Partners (Syracuse University and OpusComm 
Group), the annual study fills the growing need among manufacturers 
and service providers for detailed information on consumer behavior 
and preferences of the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT) 
community. 

Several areas of consumer interest are examined by the census, 
including automotive ownership and usage and food and beverage 
preferences. 

Ford leads the pack of preferred automakers in the Gay and Lesbian 
community, judging by number of purchases and leases. Toyota, 
Chevrolet, Honda, and Dodge round out the top five. Among the most 
popular models, Ford is out in front in the truck, SUV, and Sports 
Car categories with the Ford Ranger, Explorer 4 door, and Ford 
Mustang. The Dodge Caravan, Mercedes-SL-Class, the Honda Accord, 
and the Subaru Legacy Wagon are also frequently found in 
respondents’ garages. 

The study reveals that 10.2% of respondents drive a 2002 model 
vehicle. More than one third own a car less than three years old, 
and respondents between the ages of 25 - 34 make up the group mostly 
likely to purchase a new car within the next 7 -12 months. 

"Regarding the Gay and Lesbian community, it is just this kind of 
consumer preference information -- detailed, up-to-date, relevant -- 
that manufacturers and the service industry urgently need," according 
to Amy Falkner of Syracuse University, lead researcher on the project,
 "And until now it simply was not available. The auto industry is 
taking notice of the numbers and moving quickly to provide consumer 
goods to what is only today becoming recognized as a large and 
powerful purchasing group." 

Food and beverages continue to be a big-ticket item.  The 2002 
Gay/Lesbian Consumer Online Census shows that 31% of respondents 
spend an average of $300 to 499 a month on their household grocery 
bill.  The same percentage average $100 to $199 monthly on 
restaurant tabs.  Twenty-one percent of census respondents pay 
between $36 and $45 for a restaurant dinner for two. 

Almost 38% of respondents drink 2-4 glasses of wine a week, with 
California and French wines leading the list of favorites. Among 
liquors, vodka, rum and tequila are the preferred choices. Nearly 
half of those replying prefer large brewery domestic beer over 
imported, and a little less than one-fifth do not drink alcohol 
at all. 

"Food and beverage sales are big business, so it is no wonder that 
the industry is scrambling to better serve the preferences of the 
GLBT community," explains Jeffrey Garber, president of OpusComm 
Group Inc., and founder of the GLCensus Partners' study. 
"Restaurants, food packagers, airlines -- all have a vested interest 
in better understanding their client’s needs, and this is the first 
time they’ve had the accurate information they need to make informed 
business choices about the Gay and Lesbian market." 

The 2002 Gay/Lesbian Consumer Online Census also reports significant 
new findings in the areas of childcare, electronics, entertainment, 
finances, home and garden, medical care, pets, sports and fitness, 
and travel. 

The 2001 and 2002 Gay & Lesbian Consumer Online Census is an endeavor 
of the GLCensus Partners, a partnership between the S.I. Newhouse 
School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and 
advertising and public relations firm OpusComm Group, Inc., which 
specializes in consultation of sensitivity issues and market plan 
development for all types of advertisers to target the GLBT community.
 

    For further information and to review a full summary of the 2001 
or 2002 Gay & Lesbian Consumer Online Census, contact Jeffrey Garber, 
president of OpusComm Group at jeff@opuscommgroup.com (315) 636-2018 
or visit www.glcensus.org.  A detailed description of the 2001 or 
2002 Gay & Lesbian Consumer Online Census methodology can be viewed 
at http://www.glcensus.com/downloads/Why_Online_Surveys.htm 
  

- GLCensus Partners (www.glcensus.org) - The world leader in GLBT 
consumer research, includes: 

- The S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University (www.syracuse.edu)- 
One of the world’s leading academic and research institutions in 
the field of communications. 

- OpusComm Group (www.opuscommgroup.com) - Innovative Advertising, 
Marketing, Communication and Public Relations experts on the 
Gay/Lesbian market. 

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Distributed by GLINN's Gay News Distribution Service at
www.gaydata.com



Media Contact:  Pam Derderian 610-397-0100
inqueerie@aol.com       


Martina Navratilova Relaunches Rainbow Card
With Long Term Funding Commitment from MBNA America Bank
Subaru Of America Renews Support Of Gay/Lesbian Charity
                      
(New York, NY) November 20, 2002 -- Tennis legend and ace activist 
Martina Navratilova announced a long term funding commitment to gay
and lesbian causes today at the Gay Life Expo in New York City where 
MBNA America Bank unveiled their relaunch of the Visa Rainbow Card 
which was cofounded by Navratilova in 1995. She also confirmed Subaru 
Of America, Inc.¹s  renewal of its founding sponsorship of the Rainbow 
Endowment, the non-profit beneficiary of funds raised through the 
Rainbow Card. The program has generated over $1.3 million to date.

"We are grateful to secure a revenue stream for the Rainbow Endowment 
at least through the later part of the decade," stated  Navratilova. 
"We attribute our program¹s success to the tremendous loyalty of 
Rainbow Card members and the partnerships we have developed with 
visionary corporate leaders," she continued. "Partnering with 
companies dedicated to diversity and equality is of highest priority 
and I¹m proud to say we have met our match with both Subaru and MBNA."

MBNA is commited to equality for all employees through its 
nondiscrimination policy, which includes protection for gays and 
lesbians. In addition, beginning January 1, 2003, MBNA will offer  
domestic partners inclusion in the bank¹s benefits coverage.

The largest independent credit card lender in the world, MBNA also 
provides retail deposit, consumer loan, and insurance products. 
"MBNA is dedicated to serving its Customers and their individual 
communities with meaningful benefits," according to Jim Murphy, 
Director of Special Interest Marketing Programs at MBNA. "We are 
pleased to relaunch the Rainbow Card with such wide ranging 
benefits as online access and banking, the lowest annual APR offered, 
and the finest Customer service in the business." MBNA Corporation, 
a bank holding company and parent of MBNA America Bank, N. A., a 
national bank, has $102.8 billion in managed loans.

"Subaru is a company committed to recognizing diversity and providing 
an equitable level of benefits for all its employees," remarked Tim 
Bennett, director of marketing for Subaru Of America, Inc. "We¹ve 
earned high regard as the nation¹s first auto company to integrate 
niche marketing to gays and lesbians as an integral part of our 
overall marketing mix."

As a Rainbow Cardholder for more than 6 months, you are entitled to 
a special VIP offer when you lease or purchase any new Subaru model.  
For every car sold to a Rainbow Card member, Subaru will make an 
additional donation to the Rainbow Endowment.  
Visit www.rainbowcard.com  to find out more about the VIP Partners 
Program as well as other Card member benefits.

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Photo caption: Co-founder and spokesperson Martina Navratilova 
relaunches the Rainbow Card program with MBNA America Bank, N.A. 
at a reception in New York City
-- 
Valerie Cucinotta   
"15 Minutes" Inc.      
610-832-1515   
610-832-1585          
v.cucinotta@verizon.net

Photo Available:
http://www.gaydata.com/download/MN_on_stage.jpg



Rainbow Endowment Marks Charitable Contributions In Excess of 
$1.3 Million

Founding Sponsor Subaru of America Renews Commitment
 
(Philadelphia, PA) November 17, 2002--The Rainbow Endowment, a 
philanthropic organization whose funds are generated by use of the 
Rainbow Card, a Visa credit card issued by MBNA America Bank, 
continues its work as a significant fundraising tool for the gay 
and lesbian community as it exceeds donations of over $1.3 million 
this year.

Founded in 1995, the Rainbow Endowment¹s mission is to promote 
health, visibility and full access to social, cultural and civic 
life for members of the diverse gay, lesbian, bisexual and 
transgender community. ³To date we¹ve donated over $1.3 million 
in charitable contributions, a significant milestone when you 
consider that less than 2% of all philanthropic dollars in the 
U. S. are targeted specifically to lesbian and gay causes,² stated 
Rainbow Card co-founder and Endowment spokesperson, Martina 
Navratilova.

³Subaru has played a significant role in the program¹s success, 
and we are pleased to announce their renewed commitment as founding 
sponsor of the Rainbow Endowment,² continued Navratilova. ³With less 
than 45 foundations throughout the country that support this under 
served community, it remains a priority for us to support the 
philanthropic goals of the Rainbow Endowment,² stated Tim Bennett, 
director of marketing  for Subaru Of America, Inc.

The following organizations were recently awarded grants from the 
Rainbow Endowment: American Civil Liberties Foundation, for their 
support of ³Every Student, Every School²;  Gay, Lesbian, Straight
Education Network for their support of work to stop harassment of 
gay students and empower educators to keep all students safe; Human 
Rights Campaign in support of FamilyNet, a user friendly web based 
resource for gays and lesbians and their families; Lambda Legal 
Defense & Education Fund in support of initiatives for gay youth 
in foster care, in schools; and the Latino Outreach Project, 
Equality Forum (formerly PrideFest America) in support of a 
documentary in progress with MTV and PBS about gay youth and 
teen suicide; Service Members Legal Defense Network in support 
of a new legal database to enhance their overall watchdog effort.


The Rainbow Endowment recently named Jean Buchnowski, Executive 
Director to facilitate the growth needed to catapult the organization 
to the next level. ³Thanks to the Rainbow Card program¹s vital 
commitments from Martina, MBNA, and the renewed support of Subaru of 
America, we are able to look into the future and guarantee continued 
funding to the community for many years to come,² explains Buchnowski. 

Those interested in applying for funding from the Rainbow Endowment 
are urged to carefully review the Endowment¹s funding guidelines 
available online at www.rainbowcard.com/endowment, or by written 
request to:  P. O. Box 2165, Philadelphia, PA 19103. 

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Photo Caption: Spokesperson Martina Navratilova joins board members 
of the Rainbow Endowment (L-R  Bill Peters, Paul Ross, Karen Mudd, 
Donna Knutson, Jean Buchnowski, Stephen Kazanjian) and Pam Derderian, 
Rainbow Card co-founder.
-- 
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"15 Minutes" Inc.      
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Wanted...Unsung Heroes
Visit www.advocate.com to Nominate Your Favorite
Gay/Lesbian Cause or Leader for the 2003 Subaru Rainbow Leadership 
Award


November 15, New York, NY -- For the past six years The Rainbow 
Card program has been a significant funding tools for gay and 
lesbian causes, contributing over $1.3 million. As an extension 
to their fundraising efforts,  Martina Navratilova, Nancy Becker 
and Pam Derderian, co-founders of the Rainbow Card, introduced the 
Subaru Rainbow Leadership Award to honor individuals and/or 
organizations whose work has positively impacted the gay and 
lesbian community. 

In partnership with The Advocate, the Rainbow Card program and 
Subaru Of America, Inc., Founding Sponsor of the Rainbow Endowment, 
welcomes public nominations for the 2003 Subaru Rainbow Leadership 
Award. "It¹s a great way for members of our community to help those 
who are striving on a daily basis to better the lives of gays and 
lesbians," stated Navratilova.  The award is accompanied by a 
$10,000 grant.

The Rainbow Card Program is looking across the country for activists 
who work on a local or national scope.  The nominee can be involved 
in creating visibility for LGBT social and/or cultural achievements; 
achieving equal rights; working to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS or 
to improving the lives of people with the disease; mentoring or
providing resources to lesbian and gay youth; etc. Past Leadership 
Award recipients include: Bailey House which provides housing and 
services for people with AIDS; Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education 
Network which fights to end homophobia in schools; Lambda Legal 
Defense and Education Fund which works for justice within the legal 
system; LIFEbeat the music industry HIV/AIDS fundraiser; Mautner 
Project for Lesbians with Cancer and community leaders Urvashi Vaid 
for her state-to-state political advocacy efforts and the late 
Kiyoshi Kuromiya to continue his pioneering Critical Path AIDS 
Project, a comprehensive online resource for HIV/AIDS treatment 
information.

"We believe in community outreach as a way to encourage the public 
to share stories of a local nature," stated Tim Bennett, Director 
of Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc.  "By seeking people or 
organizations who may not have the resources to cultivate their 
own funding, we may truly be of help to an unsung hero of the 
community."

Applications for the 2003 Subaru Rainbow Leadership Award may be 
accessed and submitted electronically at www.advocate.com.   For 
more information about the Rainbow Card or about the 2003 Subaru 
Rainbow Leadership Award visit www.rainbowcard.com

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-- 
Valerie Cucinotta   
"15 Minutes" Inc.      
610-832-1515   
610-832-1585          
v.cucinotta@verizon.net



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MEDIA CONTACT:     Sharon Kersten            (305) 867-0933 /
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MAZE OPENS WITH A WHITE PARTY WEEK WHIRLWIND

First-Ever FREE White Party Week Event -- with DJ Lydia Prim!


MAZE, the hot new entertainment and party complex, is soaring onto the SoBe
nightlife scene with a White Party Weekend whirlwind of events!

With three sanctioned WPW events -- White Journey, White Heat and Stay --
for its Grand Opening Weekend, MAZE is already giving back to the community
by hosting the first-ever FREE White Party Week event.  White Journey, a
Morning Party on Saturday, November 30, will feature DJ Lydia Prim, one of
the most talked-about DJs in the country.  Lydia, who spins nearly all on
vinyl, will keep the party going from 8 AM until 1 PM.

In lieu of charging admission for White Journey, MAZE owners Rich Van De
Boom and Stacy Gallowhur decided to make a substantial donation to Care
Resource and give an unprecedented free WPW party.  "Our goal for MAZE is
create a high-energy space without the attitude," said Rich.  "This is a
great opportunity for us to make a difference and to show the community what
we’re about."

In addition to White Journey, MAZE is hosting White Heat on Saturday night,
November 30 and Stay on Monday morning, December 2.    White Heat is also
the kickoff of "Rize Saturdays," MAZE’s weekly Saturday night event for
South Florida’s GLBT community.  DJs James Anderson of NYC and Wayne G from
London will be spinning at White Heat, along with a special performance by
Celeda, the latest "Grand Diva of Dance."  Celeda’s latest collaboration
with Grammy award-winning producer Peter Rauhofer in "The Underground" is
perched at #1 on the Billboard Dance Charts!  Stay, the 9 AM -- 1 PM morning
party on Monday, features DJ Escape, whose cutting edge style and five mix
CDs have earned him a coveted space in the gay party circuit.

With a totally new updated look, MAZE will definitely amaze you!  The
Funktion-One sound system is beyond compare, as it is the only one of its
kind in the world; only one other club, in Ibiza, has a similar system, the
previous generation to this revolutionary sound.  Fantastic Coemar lighting,
a totally revamped space and a constant flow of energy combine to create a
one-of-kind experience.

With an eclectic mix of energy, MAZE offers something for everyone during
White Party Week and beyond.   Stay tuned for updates on Rize Saturdays and
other special events for the community.  The club is located at 1290 18th
Street at West Avenue.   www.clubmaze.com   (305) 534-9975.

Tickets
Individual tickets are $50 for White Heat on Saturday, November 30, and $20
for the Stay morning party on Monday, December 2.  To order tickets and
passes, please go to www.whiteparty.com or call (305) 667-9296, ext. 44.


Sharon Kersten
Kersten Communications
1815 Bay Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33141
Ph    305.867.0933
Fax   305.867.8554
Cel   305.458.3639

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Contact: Jeffrey S. Garber, president/ jeff@opuscommgroup.com 
              OpusComm Group, Inc. 
              834 Oakwood Street 
              Fayetteville, NY 13066 
              tel:  (315) 637-2018 
              www.opuscommgroup.com

  

Thousands of Gays Speak Out in the Largest Annual Gay Consumer Study 
92% of Gay Respondents Are Out to Their Friends 
22% of Lesbian Respondents Are Parents 
82% Prefer to Purchase From Known Gay-Friendly Companies


Syracuse, New York - November 4, 2002 - The 2002 Gay & Lesbian 
Consumer Online Census finished with 8,831 participants, a 39 percent 
increase over the number of respondents in 2001. The annual study, 
conducted by GLCensus Partners, is an in-depth look into the consumer 
behavior of the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT) community. 

Respondents needed 45 minutes on average to complete the survey, 
which was available online from July 9-August 20, at www.glcensus.org.
While the number of participants rose dramatically, many of the 
results are remarkably consistent with those from the previous year. 

"The consistency between the data sets is one of our key findings," 
said Amy Falkner of Syracuse University, lead researcher on the 
project. "With a group as difficult to survey as the GLBT community, 
the similarity in the results, even with a nearly 40% increase in 
participation, means we are getting a clear picture of what this 
community is like. The results should be of interest to everyone - 
from social scientists to politicians to corporate America." 

The 2001 and 2002 Gay & Lesbian Consumer Online Census is an endeavor 
of the GLCensus Partners, a partnership between the S.I. Newhouse 
School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, advertising 
and public relations firm OpusComm Group, Inc., which specializes in
consultation of sensitivity issues and market plan development for 
all types of advertisers to target the GLBT community, and GSociety, 
Inc., a media/entertainment company whose family of companies feature 
Internet portals GayWired.com, LesbiaNation.com and online travel 
publication QTMagazine.com. 

Here is a look at the similarities between the 2001 and 2002 
results: 

                                                    2001     2002 
# of respondents                                   6,351     8,831 

% of male respondents                             54.8%       54.2% 
% of female respondents                           44.1%       44.8% 

% intersexed/other                                 1.1%        1% 
  

Median age                                         35          37 

In a committed relationship                       51%         51.1% 

U.S. registered voters                            89.8%       90% 

Being "out" 
"out" to friends                                  91.8%       92.3% 

Education 
College graduate                                  36.7%       37.2% 
Graduate School degree                            20.5%       21.4% 

Religion 
Percentage who are affilated 
with a particular religion                        65.3%       63.7% 

Gay-Friendly/Purchase behavior 
% of respondents who are more likely to buy products or purchase 
services from companies they know are gay-friendly 
                                                              82%          82% 

Parenting 
% that have children under 18 living at home 
Female respondents                                22.7%       21.7% 
Male respondents                                   5.2%        4.9% 

"This year’s results solidify that parenting is an important 
component to our survey base and proposes a strong market for those 
advertisers looking to grow their markets that are targeted to 
families," says Jeffrey Garber, president of OpusComm Group Inc., 
and founder of the GLCensus Partner’s study. 

Further similarities between the 2001 and 2002 results: 
- Both the 2001 and the 2002 GLCensus respondents reported income 
in all income brackets ranging from less than $19,999 to greater 
than $200,000. 
  
  

                                                    2001     2002 
Personal Income 
Male (largest bracket reported) 
 $20,000-$39,999                                   28.4%     30.4% 

Female (largest bracket reported) 
 $$20,000-$39,999                                  37.5%     37.7% 

Household Income 
Male (largest bracket reported) 
$40,000-$59,999                                    19%       19% 
- % of males who reported household 
incomes of $100,000 or more                        28.2%     31.8% 
Female (largest bracket reported) 
$20,000-$39,999                                    23.2%     22.5% 
- % females who reported household 
incomes of $100,000 or more                        15.2%     16.9% 

"These numbers are no surprise, considering the findings on eduation. 
For the most part receiving a good education usually goes hand and 
hand with good paying jobs," comments Garber. 

Part Two delves into consumer categories, focusing on GLBT consumer 
behavior.  In-depth analysis is provided on: automotive, childcare, 
computer equipment, electronics, entertainment, financial, food and 
beverage, home and garden, medical, pets, sports and fitness, and 
travel. 

Additonal survey findings and information on the GLBT respondents  
including media popularity can be found at www.glcensus.org. 

Both mainstream and GLBT media worldwide have quoted the Gay & 
Lesbian Consumer Online Census as an authority on the understanding 
of GLBT consumer behavior.  Corporate America has taken notice as 
well, making the study an integral part of Fortune 100 advertising 
plans developed to target this unique, powerful and much needed 
market in such a lagging economy 

The survey was announced via news articles on wire services as well 
as in mainstream and gay print, broadcast and online media. A public 
relations campaign resulted in numerous media sponsors running PSAs 
and hyperlinks to the survey from their respective Web sites. In 
addition, an e-mail referral system was used at the survey completion 
screen so respondents could easily pass the URL along to their 
friends, encouraging them to participate. 

     For further information and to review a full summary of the 2001 
or 2002 Gay & Lesbian Consumer Online Census, contact Jeffrey Garber, 
president of OpusComm Group at jeff@opuscommgroup.com (315) 636-2018 
or visit www.glcensus.org.  A detailed description of the 2001 or 2002 
Gay & Lesbian Consumer Online Census methodology can be viewed at 
http://www.glcensus.com/downloads/Why_Online_Surveys.htm 

GLCensus Partners (www.glcensus.org) - The world leader in GLBT 
consumer research, includes: 
- The S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University (www.syracuse.edu) - 
One of the world’s leading academic and research institutions in the 
field of communications. 
- OpusComm Group (www.opuscommgroup.com) - Innovative Advertising, 
Marketing, Communication and Public Relations experts on the 
Gay/Lesbian market. 
- GSociety, Inc. (www.gsociety.com) - A media/entertainment company 
whose reach and distribution channels target the millions of gay and 
lesbian consumers worldwide. Traded on the NASDAQ: GSOC 

# # #

Contact: Jeffrey S. Garber, president/ jeff@opuscommgroup.com 
              OpusComm Group, Inc. 
              834 Oakwood Street 
              Fayetteville, NY 13066 
              tel: (315) 637-2018 
              www.opuscommgroup.com 
  


Wellfinder
Suite 261, 701 Rossland Road East
Whitby, ON, Canada L1N 3V2
Joe Johnston
(905) 668-0886
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  
  
A Recent South American Discovery Has Proven To Boost The Immune 
System, Giving Hope To Millions.
  
Joe Johnston, founder of the organization "Wellfinder", reports the 
discovery of Bio Immune Response Modulator (BIRM) that has proven to 
help those suffering from debilitating and often fatal immune-related 
diseases. Developed by Dr. Edwin Cevallos, an Ecuadorian Oncologist, 
BIRM is a rare Amazon plant extract; so rare in fact that it is only 
found in one area of the Amazon. It is made by hand and administered 
as a natural food supplement. It is exported under the direction of 
Dr. Cevallos exclusively. Information concerning BIRM is available 
via confidential email to ANYONE who feels that they may benefit 
from this discovery. The email address is immuneplus@getresponse.com
  
Johnston, an international wellness advocate and entrepreneur, says 
that "Wellfinder" is dedicated to bringing such medical breakthroughs 
as BIRM to the public's attention. He says, "over 50 million people 
in the United States alone suffer from immune-related diseases such 
as Scleroderma, Multiple Sclerosis, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In 
addition, HIV and AIDS prey on millions, often with devastating 
results." Johnston adds, "if this information concerning the 
availability of BIRM helps just one person on the road to wellness 
then my organization will have served its purpose."
  
For further information, contact Joe Johnston at 
press@wellfinder.com or (905) 668-0886.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
  

Contact: KellyAnn Tucci 
         OpusComm Group, Inc. 
         315-422-6250 
         kellyann@opuscommgroup.com 
         www.opuscommgroup.com 
  
  
Commentary Shows Human Side to the GLBT Numbers


     Syracuse, NY - August 6, 2002 - The GLCensus Partnership, 
creators of the now annual Gay & Lesbian Consumer Online Census, 
is looking forward to analyzing the 2002 GLCensus (www.glcensus.org), 
which is at the midpoint of the survey period. And if the 2001 survey 
was any example, corporate America is anxiously awaiting the results 
as well. The census, which analyzes the spending habits of the GLBT 
community, is in its third week and ends August 18. Participation so 
far has nearly doubled over the 2001 six-week tally.  And so has the 
commentary from those respondents. 
     Syracuse University, OpusComm Group and GSociety, which make up 
the partnership, wanted to ensure that participation in the GLCensus 
was strictly voluntary, and completely private, which led them to use 
the Internet as the vehicle.  Respondents spend approximately 40 
minutes answering multiple-choice questions on categories such as 
childcare, , entertainment, automotive, pet care, healthcare and 
electronics/technology, among others.  At the end, however, they 
have a chance to share their thoughts on the GLCensus, the GLBT 
community and society in general, instilling a profile of the 
humanity, aside from the cold hard facts and statistics. 

A young participant's request and support... 
"Thank you for caring enough to create this census. I would love to 
participate in anything that might help my community, but do remember 
that I live with my parents (who do not know about my orientation) 
and cannot receive any mail identified as gay-related. But feel free 
to send anything to my email, which is private."


     Due to the fierce protection of privacy for the respondents 
insisted upon by the GLCensus Partnership, the comments, which 
accompany the completed surveys, are completely anonymous.  "It’s 
no secret that there are still strong acceptance issues and 
discrimination factors towards the GLBT community," says Cary 
Gilbert, vice president of GSociety, one of three partners of 
GLCensus Partners. "Even though these people understandably want 
to protect their privacy, in most cases, that doesn’t mean they 
don’t want the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings." 
  
 "Being as old as I am, and not being out but 3 years, I’m so 
surprised and pleased that this type of survey is conducted. I 
know it will be, and is, helpful. I’m anxious to see the results."


     Jeff Garber, president of OpusComm Group, founding partner of 
the GLCensus, talks about the poignancy of most of the commentary, 
and how remarks have struck a nerve among the GLCensus staff 
members. 
     "As happens in a lot of grand-scale research projects, we 
sometimes get so embroiled in compiling statistics, we lose sight 
of the fact that the numbers represent people’s lives," he said. 
"The thoughts and feelings they have shared with us are astounding, 
and I have to say, affirming as to why we are trying to accomplish 
our goal with the GLCensus. And the diversity of people from which 
they come... it’s unbelievable!" 

Donna Red Wing, director of policy and special initiatives at the 
Gill Foundation comments,  "As we work toward achieving equal 
opportunity for all people --regardless of sexual orientation or 
gender identity -- we are pleased to see research articulating who
"gay America" really is.  We hope that information gathered from the 
GLCensus will help to build bridges between the LGBT and straight 
communities, by illustrating how lesbians and gays participate in 
every aspect of American life." 
  
"I live on a limited disability budget because of AIDS - don’t really 
have a life anymore. Don’t know how valuable my info will be to you, 
but here it is..."
"Thanks for doing this. I would love to see the word get out to 
those in the marketing field. My partner and I went to an appliance 
store with cash in hand to buy a top of the line front-loading washer 
and dryer. Not one sales person even made eye contact with us.  They
missed out on a $2500 sale.  Again, thanks. I hope you make a 
difference." 

"There needs to be more tests like these to expose the normalcy of 
gay life to the straight public and also the monetary value of the 
gay dollars being put back into the community. We are here, and we 
spend money. We are the future and we deserve notice and respect."


Corporate Response Ability 

 "This is a typical theme," says Garber.  "Even with the great 
response we’ve had from Fortune 100 corporations who have purchased 
the results of the 2001 GLCensus and sought consultation on how to 
target the GLBT market, many of them never considered the fact that 
it takes more than a gay-oriented ad to serve the community. Ad 
campaigns will only get them in the door,  that, and a commitment 
to being gay-friendly inside and out.  Its an investment, but one 
that pays off quickly in brand loyalty." 
  
"Gay friendly companies are very important in my decision making 
process. One of the main reasons I bought my Subaru Outback was
because of the company’s support for the GLBT."  "


     Comments like this echo throughout, many explaining that while
they were drawn in by advertising, it was the comfort level they 
experienced while being serviced that sealed their buying decisions. 

Time Spent Elicits Change 

     Hundreds have responded to the length of the GLCensus, but 
very few negatively.  A repeated theme: "That was long, but thanks 
for the opportunity to have a voice." 
     Amy Falkner, a professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of 
Communications at Syracuse University, and leader of the research 
development team for the GLCensus Partnership, explains: "With 
research of this stature, we try to gather as much information as 
possible from as many participants as we can reach.  We try to keep 
the length as manageable as possible; otherwise, completion would 
be a big issue. 

According to the comments we’ve received, most of the people who give 
that hour of their time to complete it share the same goal as we do: 
recognition of the GLBT community as not only a viable market, but 
one which corporate America needs to openly address." 
  
"Thanks for such a comprehensive survey! Hopefully, the results will 
reveal how ingrained in the fabric of life we are as the GLBT 
community, and that our demographic counts!!" 

"I’m glad I had this opportunity to respond.  I am young, female, 
educated, and I vote!!!"
     "We’ve also received a lot of constructive criticism from the 
participants," says Falkner.  "This can be some of the most valuable 
information derived, enabling us to improve and expand on pertinent 
economic information.  For example, last year we received a lot of 
requests to include a category on pet care.  We did some further 
research and found that the GLBT community is a huge market for that 
particular industry.  Based on those factors, that is the one new 
category on the 2002 GLCensus." 

     The GLBT respondents expressed the overwhelming need for the 
information gathered by the GLCensus Partnership to go farther, as 
well as research into other aspects of the community. 
  
"Keep up the active interest in the betterment/improvement of the 
Gay Community. If I were allowed one wish - ok maybe 3 wishes - one 
would surely be that the info given on behalf of your participants 
be utilized constructively to initiate Gay rights-oriented laws, 
education, etc. The Gay Community, and ultimately the world in 
general, is a better place because surveys such as this one exist. 
Cheers!"


     "While we have concentrated on the consumerism side of the GLBT
community, we are vitally aware of the need for changes across the 
board: socially, politically, etc.," says Garber.  "The underlying 
motivation for a lot of people to participate in such a study is 
that consumerism is a form of activism." 

     As one participant points out: 
  
"Thank you for including me in this census --these things are vitally 
important --not just for the GLBT Community, but as a way of educating 
the world-at-large about ourselves -- and education always leads to 
tolerance and acceptance."


     The 2002 Gay & Lesbian Consumer Online Census is open for 
participation until August 18th of this year.  Members of the GLBT 
Community can go to www.glcensus.org to take the survey, find 
results from the previous year and information about the GLCensus 
partnership. 
  

GLCensus Partners (www.glcensus.org) - The leader in GLBT consumer 
research, includes: 
- The S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University (www.syracuse.edu) - 
One of the world’s leading academic and research institutions in the 
field of communications. 
- OpusComm Group (www.opuscommgroup.com) - Innovative Advertising, 
Marketing, Communication and Public Relations experts on the 
Gay/Lesbian market. 
- GSociety, Inc. (www.gsociety.com) - A media/entertainment company 
whose reach and distribution channels target the millions of gay and 
lesbian consumers worldwide. Traded on the NASDAQ: GSOC 

     For more information, contact KellyAnn Tucci, VP Public 
Relations at 315-422-6250 or kellyann@opuscommgroup.com. 




WWW.RainbowPrideCoach.com, a personal, professional, and business 
coaching organization based in Columbus, Ohio has formed to help gay, 
lesbian, and bisexual individuals achieve their career, relationship, 
social/recreational and spiritual goals. 

Owner Craig Campbell asserts that coaching differs from other helping 
professions, like psychotherapy, in a number of ways.  He explains, 
"Clients come to therapy driven by emotional pain and turmoil, 
whereas clients come to coaching driven by passion and excitement. 
Coaching focuses more on the future; therapy is more oriented to the 
past. Coaching is more collaborative and action oriented. Generally, 
folks who hire a coach are already high functioning, and if they have
abuse or neglect issues from childhood, they have significantly 
worked through them in therapy already, or they are currently seeing 
a therapist to resolve those issues. What coaching clients want is 
support, encouragement, and accountability in achieving some 
important life goals and in creating an extraordinary life. Therapy 
is about going from the basement to the first floor. Coaching is 
about going from the first floor to the mezzanine." 

Campbell, who is gay himself, states that he has worked with the 
gay, lesbian, and bisexual community for twelve years because of 
his desire to help and empower that population.  "We're still the 
easiest target of prejudice and discrimination.  This fact is 
reflected even in our language: it hasn't been OK for decades to 
use the 'n' word, but it's still OK to use the 'f' word and the 
'd' word."  Campbell asserts, "I believe the GLB community is 
filled with gifted, creative, extraordinary people, but years of 
oppression and vilification have taken there toll on us, and in 
some cases, resulted in stymied or thwarted careers and relationships,
wasted talent, and lost potential.  I'd like to do what I can to 
reverse this trend. I want to help gay, lesbian, and bisexual 
individuals in the United States and all over the world design 
rich, full, successful lives for themselves.  They deserve it!" 

Coaching services at www.RainbowPrideCoach.com are provided via 
the telephone and email, and group coaching is offered through a 
teleconference phone line. A free quarterly newsletter can be 
obtained by subscribing at the website. For more information, 
call Craig at 614-457-7699 or email him at CRussell12@AOL.com. 

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e-mail: rebeccat@kgadvertising.com


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Legendary Racquet Club of Palm Springs Makes History Again 
with Gay and Lesbian Retirement Community



(Palm Springs, Ca)  For decades Hollywood celebrities made 
The Racquet Club of Palms Springs one of the premier desert 
hideaways. Founded in the early 1930’s by movie industry 
icons Charlie Farrell and Ralph Bellamy, the resort catered 
to celebrities including Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra. 
The stars came out to play tennis, relax and wine and dine 
at the famous Bamboo Lounge. 

While it has been many years since The Racquet Club’s 
heyday, the resort’s legacy is being rediscovered through a 
revolutionary new vision. It is being transformed into the 
first gay and lesbian retirement community on the West 
Coast. Not only has the time come for the rebirth of The 
Racquet Club, the time has come for a community that will 
cater to the needs of gays and lesbians who want to enjoy 
their golden years in a warm and accepting environment. With 
estimates of nearly 500,000 gays and lesbians turning 50 
every year in the United States there is a great need to 
provide service to this market.

"We think a variety of retirement housing opportunities 
should exist for the gay and lesbian community, and resort 
living is one of them," said Mary Thorndall, Executive 
Director of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Retiring 
Persons.

The Racquet Club is a unique retirement community, designed 
to meet the needs of seniors with charm and style. It is 
located on 11 acres in "uptown Palm Springs" at the base of 
the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains. The resort-style 
retirement community has 46 fully furnished units, ranging 
in price and size -- up to a four-bedroom villa with a 
private pool. Residents aren’t locked into long-term leases; 
instead they pay on a month-to-month basis. Animal lovers 
will also be pleased to know The Racquet Club allows small 
animals.

Rent includes utilities, meals from the Bamboo Lounge menu, 
local transportation, recreation, laundry and housekeeping 
services, as well as access to the resort’s health club. 
Those who enjoy an active lifestyle will appreciate the 
resort’s Olympic-sized swimming pool, spa and 10 tennis 
courts. 

The Bamboo Lounge, as well as the resort’s health club and 
conference facilities, will remain open to the public. 
On-site accommodations can be made for residents’ family and 
friends on an "as available" basis.

"We want residents to feel a part of the greater Palm 
Springs community," said Mishael Patton, Executive Director 
of The Racquet Club of Palm Springs Retirement Community. 
"And, likewise we want Palm Springs to continue to enjoy all 
that The Racquet Club has to offer."

The Racquet Club is owned and operated by Sign of the Dove 
Retirement Communities, a company with eight other 
facilities in Southern California. Management is committed 
to ensuring its residents receive the best possible service 
and living environments.

"We have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to retirement 
communities, and we’re looking forward to bringing our 
experience to this community," said Bernard Rosenson, owner 
of Sign of the Dove Retirement Communities.

As a grand opening bonus, The Racquet Club will waive its 
administration fee for the first 10 residents and give them 
their sixth month rent free.

Sign of the Dove was founded in 1977 with the goal of 
providing excellence in care for the elderly, in fabulous 
surroundings, at the most efficient price.  At Sign of the 
Dove our mission is to promote the well being of our 
residents through a wide range of residential and supportive 
services.  A continuum of care meets physical, mental and 
social needs while fostering dignity and independence.

For more information contact Racquet Club Executive 
Director, Mishael Patton at (760) 325-1281.

FACT SHEET:

The Racquet Club of Palm Springs Retirement Community...
"Continuing a golden tradition of classic hospitality."


The Racquet Club of Palm Springs was built in the early 
1930’s by Hollywood icons Charlie Farrell and Ralph Bellamy. 
For decades it was a retreat for the stars -- a world class 
resort where they could relax and play tennis. Today, The 
Racquet Club caters to members of the gay and lesbian 
community who want to spend their golden years in a warm, 
accepting environment where they’ll be pampered like the 
many  Hollywood greats who came before them.


** Located on 11 acres in beautiful uptown Palm Springs
** 1st Gay and Lesbian Retirement Community in the West Coast
** 46 fully-furnished units 
** 10 tennis courts
** Olympic-sized swimming pool and spa
** Sauna
** Access to famous Bamboo Lounge restaurant

** Rent includes:

* Utilities, including telephone service and cable.
* Membership to health club
* Laundry and housekeeping service
*



NEWS_RELEASE: 'Growing Up Gay In America'
A New Resource Offering Informative and Practical Advice
For Teen Guys Questioning Their Sexuality and Growing Up Gay


Contact: Peter Simmons
Teen Talk Communications
(508) 698-0123
GrowingUpGay@aol.com

For Immediate Release


Boston, MA -- 'Growing Up Gay In America' ($11.95 / Franklin Street 
Books / ISBN #: 0-97194140-8 / 232-pages), by best-selling author 
Jason R. Rich, is now available from Amazon.com, BN.com and 
traditional booksellers nationwide. This informative resource 
provides answers to common questions and offers positive, practical 
and accurate advice on a wide range of topics and issues currently 
facing gay, questioning and bisexual teen guys as well as their 
parents, teachers, friends and relatives.

Topics covered within Growing Up Gay In America include:

 
*	Determining Your Sexual Orientation
*	Coming Out
*	Building A Support System
*	Dealing with Parents & Relatives
*	The Gay Social Scene
*	Relationships & Dating
*	Sex
*	Gay Club Etiquette
*	Gay Life In Cyberspace
*	Planning For The Future
*	Gay Marriages / Domestic Partnerships
*	Homosexuality Versus Religion
*	Gay-Oriented TV Shows & Movies
*	And Much More 

For readers who are uncomfortable going to a bookstore to purchase a 
gay-oriented book, or who are scared to be caught reading one, 
'Growing Up Gay In America' is also now available in several popular 
electronic (eBook) formats, so it can be downloaded and read on a 
computer screen, Palm PDA or eBook reader. The eBook editions are 
published by Dimension Publishing and support the following formats: 
Palm eBook Reader for Palm PDAs ($9.95, ISBN #: 0-7952-0002-1), Adobe 
Reader ($9.95, ISBN #: 0-7952-0001-3) and Microsoft Reader ($9.95, 
ISBN #: 0-7952-0000-5).

Author Jason R. Rich is currently available for interviews and review 
copies are available upon request. For more information, visit the 
book’s Web site at www.Growing-Up-Gay.com.

Contact: Peter Simmons, Teen Talk Communications, (508) 698-0123, 
GrowingUpGay@aol.com



Special Announcement 
  

Syracuse University - OpusComm  - GSociety  invite you to: 

Stand Up and Be Counted... Again! 

July 8th - August 18th 

You matter and so does your voice... 
You are invited to voice your opinions and state some cold hard facts 
about  what it is to be a member of the GLBT Community. 

The 2002 G/L Consumer Online Census started on July 8th, and continues 
until  August 19th of this year.  Once again, we are providing the 
opportunity to   Stand Up and Be Counted - showing Corporate America, 
politicians, the media and  fellow citizens just how influential the 
Gay Community is. 
  
6,351 of you got their attention by completing the 2001 Census. 
That is the  LARGEST pool of respondents in the history of research 
into the GLBT community.  We even made it to the front page of USA 
TODAY with our GLCensus GLBT opinion polls. So flex your network 
muscle and get EVERBODY involved again this  year! 

Knowing that there is so much more we can do - must do - in the 
coming year, we are asking you to partner with us to reach our goals. 

***  Get online and fill out the Census 
***  Get other GLBT family and friends to participate. 
***  Send us your comments and suggestions.  There are 
improvements in this year's Census as a direct result of YOUR input. 
***  Take pride in knowing that you are affecting a change in 
the world for yourself and the future of the GLBT Community. 

Thank you for helping us do what was considered impossible. 
We've shown the world that the GLBT Community is not "elusive".  
We are a force  to be reckoned with - and let's be honest, catered to. 

Ready to take the census? Click here to Stand Up and Be Counted: 
http://www.glcensus.org 
  
  

Thank you! 
  

2002 Gay/Lesbian Consumer Online Census 
July 8th - August 18th 
http://www.glcensus.org 



2001 Gay/Lesbian Consumer Online Census: A Syracuse University,
OpusComm Group, GSociety Study -- GLCensus Partners 2002 © 
  
  

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
  
  

Contact: Jeffrey Garber 
OpusComm Group 
315.422-6250 
jeff@opuscommgroup.com 
www.glcensus.org 
  
  



Landmark Research Continues into GLBT Community 

GLBT Consumer Habits revealed: 
77% of the Female respondents listed books as their #1 form of 
Entertainment 
59% of the Males preferred attending Theatrical Movies 
76% of the the 35 - 44 age group have Cable TV 
28% of the Males respondents and 27% of the Females spent at 
least 5 -10  days in a hotel per year






Syracuse, New York - June 28, 2002 - The 2001 Gay/Lesbian Consumer 
Online Census Internet-based study was designed to poll gays and 
lesbians about their education, jobs, spending practices, and 
politics, and to market that information to advertisers. 

"Gays and lesbians, collectively, are an important consumer 
constituency," says Jeffrey Garber, president of OpusComm Group, 
founding partner of GLCensus Partners.  "The 2001 Gay/Lesbian 
Consumer Online Census will become one of the primary tools used 
to educate mainstream advertisers about this unique and widely 
ignored niche market." 

The Census, a joint project of OpusComm Group, a GLBT Advertising/
Public Relations firm, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications 
at Syracuse University, and GSociety, Inc., the first publicly traded 
gay company specializing in media/entertainment, is the most in-depth 
study to date, exploring the consumer patterns of gay and lesbian 
people. 

"A few major corporations are beginning to reap the rewards as 
pioneers in this market," says Syracuse University Professor Amy
Falkner, an expert in targeted advertising and how different groups 
use the Internet.  "Gay and lesbian advertising is moving ‘out of the 
closet’ and into the mainstream market." The results of the 2001 G/L 
Census were published and made available for purchase in October 2001.  Since then, a large number of the Fortune 100 companies have purchased the information in an effort to successfully market directly to this coveted segment.  Garber states:  "GLBT consumer clout is gaining fast respect and attention.  GLBT consumers are hoping that their consumer loyalty will be valued by advertisers who will in turn, reciprocate in assisting the community in efforts to pursue legislative equality — in essence consumerism is a form of activism." 

"With the 2001 G/L Census, our hope was to get a higher, more 
respectable number of respondents, making it the largest independent 
survey of the GLBT consumer market to  date, enabling it to accurately
express the attitudes and opinions of a larger GLBT population", 
Garber said. "Launching the ’Stand Up and Be Counted‘ campaign, and 
choosing the Internet as the vehicle for the study, was obviously a 
potent combination. We had 6,351 respondents.  That is practically 
unheard of in most research, much less in a targeted community 
considered so elusive." 

"You’ll be seeing many more large corporations ‘coming out’ as 
friendly to gays once they see what a positive image in the gay 
community can do for sales," explains Cary Gilbert, vice-president 
of gay entertainment/media company GSociety, Inc.  "It isn’t being 
deceptive or devious on the company’s part.  Instead, it’s a matter 
of taking the opportunity to be open and positive about their 
policies and goals concerning the gay population.  Recognizing gay 
clients has a positive effect on the bottom line.  It’s a side benefit 
-- and a compelling one." 

With the success of the 2001 G/L Census, The GLCensus Partnership is 
ready to unveil the 2002 Gay/Lesbian Consumer Online Census on July 
8th, delving further into the spending habits and overall economic 
structure of the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender community. New 
topics will be added to the original survey areas covered in the 
history-making 2001 study.  Since the close of the 2001 research, 
which drew 6,351 respondents and the attention of worldwide media, 
politicos and businesses alike, the GLCensus Partnership has accrued 
a database with thousands more GLBT members registering each month to 
participate in this year’s study. 

The 2002 G/L Consumer Online Census will be made available to members
of the worldwide GLBT community beginning July 8th through August 
18th, 2002 at www.glcensus.org.  The study will include basic 
demographics (gender, self-identification, ethnicity, geography, 
family/relationship structures, occupation, household income), as 
well as spending habits in a number of targeted industries, such as 
automotive, financial, health and human services, pet care, travel 
and entertainment, just to name a few. 
  

NEW Release of GLBT Consumer Research: 

Highlights of GLBT respondents on  twelve Consumer categories from 
the "2001 Gay/Lesbian Consumer Online Census. 

6,351 respondents completed the 40 minute long census conducted 
between July 9 -  August 20, 2002.  5,869 were from the U.S.  The 
following statistics reflect the U.S. respondents only. 

Summary: Base for the U.S. is 5,869 respondents — 3,228 men (55%) 
and 2,586 women (44.1%), ranging from age 18 to 80. Median age of 
respondent base was 35. Median age of adults (18+) in the U.S. is 
42, based on Nov. 1, 2000 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. 

Child Care 

Almost a quarter (23%) of the respondents said they spent some 
money on child/baby items each month. Of those who did, 21% spend 
$100-299. 

- Out of the respondents, 13% said they had children living with 
them under the age of 18 
- By age group of households with children, the most consistent 
shoppers were 
25 - 34 (37% spent $100-299/month, 27% spend $300-499/month, and 
11% spent $500-600/month).   The 35 - 44 age group (37% spent 
$100-299/month, 28% spend $300-499/month, and 13% spent $500-600/
month). 

Of those who spent on child and baby items, most recently did their 
shopping in supermarkets (53%), discount stores (45%) and drugstores 
(42%). 

Clothing and Accessories 

Monthly Spending on Clothing by Gender 

Male 
(24%, Less than $49/month, 31% spent $50-99/month, 33% spent 
$100-299/month, 8% spend $300-499/month, and 5% spent $500-600/month). 

Female 
(38%, Less than $49/month, 34% spent $50- 99/month, 24% spent 
$100-299/month, 4% spend $300-499/month, and 1% spent $500-600/month).

In general, male respondents were more likely to spend more money on 
clothing and accessories. 

Department stores received the most amount of business (51% had 
shopped in the last month, 43% at discount stores, and 35% at drug 
stores. 

The 18-24 age group shopped the most at department stores with 56%; 
followed by the 35-44 age group who shopped 52%. 

The 18-24 age group shopped the most designer stores with 56%, 
followed by the 25-34 age group who shopped 38%. 

40% of the respondents had a separate wardrobe for work. 

Influence on clothing and accessories purchases: 
- 6 out of 10 say the #1 factor is fit, and 8 out of 10 saying it 
was either #1 or #2 concern. 

35% said quality for their #1 concern, followed by 34% who said 
cost, and 10% said brand name. 

Computers, Electronics, Entertainment, Financial, Food & Beverage, 
Home & Garden, Medical Insurance, Personal Care Products, Sports & 
Fitness and Travel and the  FULL Press Release can be found at: 
http://www.opuscommgroup.com/PressReleases/gl_release.html 
  
  
GLCensus Partners (www.glcensus.org) - The world leader in GLBT 
consumer research, includes: 

    - The S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University 
(www.syracuse.edu) - One of the world’s leading academic and 
research institutions in the field of communications. 
    - OpusComm Group (www.opuscommgroup.com) - Innovative Advertising,
Marketing, Communication and Public Relations experts on the 
Gay/Lesbian market. 
    - GSociety, Inc. (www.gsociety.com) - A media/entertainment 
company whose reach and distribution channels target the millions 
of gay and lesbian consumers worldwide. Traded on the NASDAQ: GSOC 
  

For further information contact Jeffrey Garber, president, OpusComm 
Group, Inc., at (315) 422-6250 or jeff@opuscommgroup.com. 
  

Full Methodology and Details: http://www.glcensus.com/downloads/
Why_Online_Surveys.htm 
  
  
IMPORTANT NOTICE


IN GRANTING BROADCAST/PRINT PERMISSION TO PUBLICIZE ANY/OR ALL 
PORTIONS OF 2001 GAY/LESBIAN CONSUMER ONLINE CENSUS INFORMATION 
PROVIDED. 

You are authorized to quote from this report only if credited as 
follows: 
 "A Syracuse University, OpusComm Group, GSociety Study". 

You may also want to add: "For more information please visit 
http://www.glcensus.org" 
  

NEW STUDY - (Please include following information in article) 

The 2002 G/L Consumer Online Census will be made available to 
members of the worldwide GLBT community beginning July 8th through 
August 18th, 2002 at www.glcensus.org.  The study will include basic 
demographics (gender, self-identification, ethnicity, geography, 
family/relationship structures, occupation, household income), as 
well as spending habits in a number of targeted industries, such 
as automotive, financial, health and human services, pet care, 
travel and entertainment, just to name a few. 
  
  
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Grand Diva Public Relations Press Release

ROCK MUSIC'S BAD BOY STRIKES AGAIN
*V*I*R*G*O* INVITED TO PERFORM AT THE 2002 NYC GAY PRIDE RALLY

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- One would think that closing out last 
year with one of OutMusic's Top 50 Songs of 2001 wouild be
enough for an industrial rock prodigy. But when that artist
is *V*I*R*G*O*, a single accomplishment is never enough. 
*V*I*R*G*O* will be performing selections from his debut LP,
"Moderate Extremism", at the 2002 New York City Pride Rally 
at Bryant Park.

Last year, *V*I*R*G*O* took the New York Gay Pride Festival
by storm with his sensual and sinister debut single, 'Alpha
Male'. This year, *V*I*R*G*O*'s harsh, defiant performance
at the 2002 New York Gay Pride Rally will undeniably leave
people astounded. In stark contrast to the usual, trance/
house music that the gay community has embraced for so long,
*V*I*R*G*O* delivers a unique musical challenge to his
listeners. From the abrasive lyrics of his next single 'U SUCK'
to the submissive slave fantasy of 'Black Leather'',
*V*I*R*G*O*'s June 23rd performance is certainly not to be
missed.

*V*I*R*G*O* WILL PERFORM AT THE 2002 HERTITAGE OF PRIDE GAY 
PRIDE RALLY AT BRYANT PARK (42nd STREET and 6th AVENUE) ON
JUNE 23rd, 2002. THE RALLY BEGINS AT 2 PM. VISIT 
WWW.NYCPRIDE.ORG FOR MORE INFO.

*V*I*R*G*O*'s virtual EP which contains, 'U SUCK', 'BLACK
LEATHER' and 'PARASITE' is available for free at 'WAVEFORM'
-- The Official *V*I*R*G*O* website. (www.intraxis.com/virgo).

Press Contact for *V*I*R*G*O*
Shelbric Arrington Fuller for the Grand Diva Group -- 212-463-
6893. sfuller@granddivagroup.com


NEWS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Red Dog Sportswear
461 2nd Street #C329
San Francisco, CA  94107

Phone:  (415) 536-4173
Fax:    (877) 471-0269

http://www.reddogsportswear.com

MOVE OVER ROVER, THERE’S A NEW DOG IN TOWN – INTRODUCING RED DOG
SPORTSWEAR!

New Clothing Retailer Debuts on the Web

San Francisco, CA – June 3, 2002 – There’s a new retailer on the web
with the official launch of Red Dog Sportswear today.  The company’s
primary audience is gay men in their 20’s and 30’s.

Red Dog Sportswear is positioned to be unique in the fashion industry.
It’s signature product is 100% organic underwear.  Later this year, the
company is planning the introduction of personalized clothing with an
‘online element’.

“With so many different brands out there, we have to be different.”
states Brian Almashie, President of Red Dog Sportswear.  “For example, I
commissioned a San Francisco artist to paint a mural that we could use
as a backdrop for the models and our products.  During the shoot, some
of the models even had body paint applied to them.”

In addition to offering casual clothing at affordable prices, Red Dog
Sportswear aims to build a community.  The Red Dog Sportswear web site
provides an opportunity for site visitors to “Meet the Models” via an
interactive photo gallery.  Site visitors also have the opportunity to
vote
for their favorite models and download free desktop backgrounds.  Those
that wish to see private galleries of the models (that include artistic
nude photos of select models) can do so by joining “ClubRed.”  Members
have access a private VIP area on the site and receive a 20% discount
off every purchase they make including sale items.

“I believe in rewarding our customers,” adds Brian.  “For example, we
include an “edible treat” with every order we ship.”  Those that sign up
for the company’s free catalog will even receive an eCard on their
birthday.  To save costs, Customer Service is handled online via live
chat or e-mail. “Our number one priority is providing excellent service
to our customers,” states Brian.  “By being a virtual retailer, we pass
the cost savings to the consumer by offering competitive pricing.”

To celebrate its launch, Red Dog Sportswear is having a STOCK UP FOR
SUMMER SALE.  Those that visit the site will have the opportunity to
save up to 70% on selected products.

For more information, contact Brian Almashie at 415.536.4173 or e-mail
him at:  brian@reddogsportswear.com.

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ANDERSON PRIZE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FUNDING OF NGLTF ANNUAL 
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS



CHICAGO, JANUARY 20, 2002 - Allen Schuh, President of The Anderson 
Prize Foundation has announced a three year commitment to fund the 
National Gay Lesbian Task Force's Community Services Awards with 
$30,000 annually.

The awards are presented at the NGLTF's annual Creating Change 
Conferences. Beginning last fall and continuing for the next two 
years three awardees will receive $10,000 each in cash, no strings
attached.

Well known for the past ten years for funding and distributing The 
Stonewall Awards, the Anderson Prize  Foundation was founded by the 
late Paul Anderson of Chicago in 1991 shortly before his death of 
AIDS-related illness.  Mr. Schuh, an attorney in Chicago and a 
resident of Chicago and San Francisco, was Anderson's companion for
13 years and is president of the Foundation.  They set up the awards 
to reward those who have contributed to the gay and lesbian community
and are made without regard to sexual orientation, race, ethnic
origin, age or gender.  In past years, nominators from the gay and 
lesbian community who remained anonymous to the general public were 
invited by the Foundation to recommend award candidates from the four
quadrants of the United States.

To date there have been 38 Stonewall Award winners receiving a total
of nearly $1 million in prizes. Winners have included gay rights 
leaders who went on to national prominence, and local activists, 
straight and gay, whose work on behalf of the gay community continued
relatively unknown.

"For our second decade," explained Mr. Schuh, we wish to work more
closely with  established gay and lesbian organizations--organizations
whose members have direct knowledge of all those unsung heroes who 
contribute so selflessly to our community."

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NEWS_RELEASE: NEWS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT: Cindy L. Abel,
bizvox Marketing Communications
Phone: (678) 641-2329
Email:  cabel@bizvox.cc


ATLANTA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 
WELCOMES GAY AND LESBIAN VISITORS
TO ATLANTA PRIDE WEEKEND JUNE 28 -- 30
Register at www.gay-atlanta.com to Win a Free Weekend


Atlanta, GA  --  The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) 
has launched a new web site, www.gay-atlanta.com, to provide gay and 
lesbian visitors to Atlanta current and accurate information about 
local events and attractions, gay-friendly neighborhoods, dining, 
shopping, and to facilitate online hotel reservations.

The new web site’s launch coincides with the upcoming annual Atlanta 
Pride Weekend events June 28-30, when more than 200,000 gay and 
non-gay, locals and out-of-towners will take part in the three-day 
festival.  Now in its 32nd year and one of the largest such events 
in the country, Atlanta Pride centers on a gigantic festival in 
Piedmont Park and a massive parade through Atlanta on historic 
Peachtree Street. 

To help introduce the new web site and promote Atlanta Pride weekend, 
ACVB is to giving away a free deluxe weekend for two during Atlanta 
Pride (including hotel accommodations and dinner for two) in a 
drawing from names of people who register online at: 
www.gay-atlanta.com.

"We continue to look for ways to encourage tourism growth in Atlanta,"
said Gregory Pierce, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, 
Technology.  "The gay and lesbian travel market represents a viable 
target market for Atlanta, as this segment has maintained its 
traveling frequency in the past 8 months. The inclusive quality of 
our city makes it particularly attractive and receptive to gay 
tourists, and we look forward to welcoming them for special occasions 
as well as throughout the year." 

Atlanta Pride 2002 kicks off Friday, June 28, with the opening of 
the Pride Festival by the Atlanta Freedom Marching Band.   Festival 
hours are 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sunday.

Entertainment at the Bell South Stage (at the Charles Allen Avenue 
entrance) and the Coca-Cola Stage (at the ball fields near the 14th 
Street entrance) runs continually during the festival. Beverage 
vendors and the Showtime Queer As Folk Market, set up along the 
Park’s roadway, link the stage areas.

Visitors are invited to stay an extra day and take me OUT to the ball 
game Monday, July 1st at the 2nd Annual "Night Out" at the Braves 
Game.  The Braves play Montreal at 7 p.m. 

A list of Atlanta Pride events is available online at 
www.gay-atlanta.com and complete Atlanta visitor information is 
available at www.atlanta.net.

For more details, call the Atlanta Pride office at 404-688-4800. 

Established in 1913, the ACVB is a private, non-profit organization 
created exclusively to market metro Atlanta and Georgia as the premier
conventions, meetings and leisure destination in the regional, 
national and international marketplace, and favorably impact the 
Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism.


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NEWS_RELEASE: duanesimolke@yahoo.com

(Lubbock, Texas) West Texas author Duane Simolke returns with a
fourth book: Degranon. This unusual release marks Simolke’s first
novel, and his first book of science fiction.

Most scifi novels, movies, and TV shows ignore human diversity. 
Even among a wild variety of alien races, the human characters 
mostly stay within the usual frameworks of white and heterosexual. 
Aside from the occasional black man-who probably dies in an early 
scene or fades in and out with little consequence to the narrative-
we rarely see people of color. And gay characters appear even less
often.

In the alternate universe Simolke created for his science fiction 
adventure, we encounter characters that we might think of as Native 
American, African American, Latino, Asian, or gay. In fact, white 
characters receive only passing references, while gays seem idealized.

Simolke stops short of calling Degranon a "gay novel," since he wrote 
the book for a general audience, and since the main characters are 
heterosexual. However, he uses some of those non-gay characters to 
explore gay themes, as well as wider themes of diversity, freedom, 
and violence.

Though primarily a high-concept adventure, Degranon challenges every
reader’s views, perceptions, and prejudices. Everyone who reads it 
will find it disturbing at times, exciting at times, and ultimately 
optimistic. In fact, many people will interpret certain scenes, 
characters, and events in differing ways.

Readers wanting to learn more about Duane Simolke and his writing 
should visit his home page (http://www.duanesimolke.com). They’ll 
find links or writings related to diversity, homophobia, cancer, 
writers, and many other topics. They’ll also find Rainbow: Lubbock, 
Simolke’s gay newsletter for Lubbock, Texas, which is where he lives,
and where he received a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.

Free review copies of Simolke’s books are no longer available. He 
asks that readers support his work by ordering his new book at their 
favorite local or online bookstore.

http://www.duanesimolke.com

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NEWS_RELEASE: Freedom Fund, Inc.
329 Wappoo Road
Charleston, SC 29407

Daryl Crouse
daryl@freedomfundsc.com
843-276-3124


Charleston Hosts Second Annual Freedom Party July 5-7

Charleston, SC--The Second Annual Freedom Party will be held 
July 5-7, 2002.  The Freedom Party is an annual event to raise 
awareness and funds to support local gay and lesbian charities.  
Freedom 02 is expected to draw more than 1000 party boys from all 
over the southeast.  This year's beneficiaries include Lowcountry 
AIDS services, We Are Family, Low Country Gay & Lesbian Alliance 
and Alliance for Full Acceptance.  

This year’s events include a high energy opening party at Pantheon 
(formerly Club Avalon) in downtown Charleston.  Featuring DJ Friddo,
one of the fastest rising Billboard reporting DJ’s on the circuit.  
Friddo is the resident DJ at Velocity (Charlotte, NC) and can be 
heard on Circuit Party Mix.

On Saturday, the main event will be held at The Maritime Center.  
DJ Julian Marsh, one of the favorite daytime party DJ’s, will spin.  
The Maritime Center has a green space, warehouse, and boat docking 
facilities. The crowd will be entertained by Jordan Kennedy of 
Atlanta, GA.  Parasailing will also be offered to those adventurous 
partygoers.  An air conditioned lounge on the second floor will be 
open to those VIP Pass holders.

Saturday night, the party turns it up a notch with an event at the 
cavernous Music Farm.  A former train station, the Music Farm 
features two balconies and stage and has hosted some of the 
Southeast's best talent.  PDA Lighting and Sound will create a 
lighting and sound extravaganza.  DJ Roland Belmares will spin 
with be a special performance by Velvet Nation's favorite entertainer,
Aubrey.

The weekend of events concludes with a cruise through the historic
Charleston harbor. Celebrate freedom during the harbor cruise tea 
dance with DJ Chad Youngblood.  Chad is currently serving a residency
at New Orleans’s hottest club, OZ.  

Anyone having visited Charleston before will tell you, the spectacular
architecture and beaches aren’t to be missed.  Don't miss the social 
event of the summer! Last year's event sold over $11,000 in tickets 
toward the benefit of local Charleston gay and lesbian charities.  
Tickets are on sale now.  The Fourth of July weekend is about Freedom
and we look forward to seeing you celebrate Freedom with us!

The Weekend Party Pass is $150 which includes guaranteed access to 
all events.  The VIP Party Pass is $200 which includes guaranteed 
access to all events, limited edition Freedom 02 muscle tee or 
baseball jersey.  Individual event tickets are available online and 
at the door of each venue.  Venues are limited in space and tickets 
are available online at www.freedomfundsc.com or at any local 
Millennium Music.  Tickets are also available at Manifest Music, 
Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC.

The Freedom Party is produced by The Freedom Fund, Inc.  The Freedom 
Fund organizes an all volunteer committee which is responsible for 
the fundraising and production of each year’s events.   All proceeds 
are donated to designated charities as determined by the Freedom Fund.  The Freedom Fund is still seeking corporate sponsors to offset production costs.

For more information contact Daryl Crouse, 843-276-3124 or 
daryl@freedomfundsc.com or visit http://www.freedomfundsc.com.

Press photos available, contact daryl@freedomfundsc.com.

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NEWS_RELEASE: Freedom Fund, Inc.
329 Wappoo Road
Charleston, SC 29407

Daryl Crouse
daryl@freedomfundsc.com
843-276-3124


Charleston Hosts Second Annual Freedom Party July 5-7

Charleston, SC--The Second Annual Freedom Party will be held 
July 5-7, 2002.  The Freedom Party is an annual event to raise 
awareness and funds to support local gay and lesbian charities.  
Freedom 02 is expected to draw more than 1000 party boys from all 
over the southeast.  This year's beneficiaries include Lowcountry 
AIDS services, We Are Family, Low Country Gay & Lesbian Alliance 
and Alliance for Full Acceptance.  

This year’s events include a high energy opening party at Pantheon 
(formerly Club Avalon) in downtown Charleston.  Featuring DJ Friddo,
one of the fastest rising Billboard reporting DJ’s on the circuit.  
Friddo is the resident DJ at Velocity (Charlotte, NC) and can be 
heard on Circuit Party Mix.

On Saturday, the main event will be held at The Maritime Center.  
DJ Julian Marsh, one of the favorite daytime party DJ’s, will spin.  
The Maritime Center has a green space, warehouse, and boat docking 
facilities. The crowd will be entertained by Jordan Kennedy of 
Atlanta, GA.  Parasailing will also be offered to those adventurous 
partygoers.  An air conditioned lounge on the second floor will be 
open to those VIP Pass holders.

Saturday night, the party turns it up a notch with an event at the 
cavernous Music Farm.  A former train station, the Music Farm 
features two balconies and stage and has hosted some of the 
Southeast's best talent.  PDA Lighting and Sound will create a 
lighting and sound extravaganza.  DJ Roland Belmares will spin 
with be a special performance by Velvet Nation's favorite entertainer,
Aubrey.

The weekend of events concludes with a cruise through the historic
Charleston harbor. Celebrate freedom during the harbor cruise tea 
dance with DJ Chad Youngblood.  Chad is currently serving a residency
at New Orleans’s hottest club, OZ.  

Anyone having visited Charleston before will tell you, the spectacular
architecture and beaches aren’t to be missed.  Don't miss the social 
event of the summer! Last year's event sold over $11,000 in tickets 
toward the benefit of local Charleston gay and lesbian charities.  
Tickets are on sale now.  The Fourth of July weekend is about Freedom
and we look forward to seeing you celebrate Freedom with us!

The Weekend Party Pass is $150 which includes guaranteed access to 
all events.  The VIP Party Pass is $200 which includes guaranteed 
access to all events, limited edition Freedom 02 muscle tee or 
baseball jersey.  Individual event tickets are available online and 
at the door of each venue.  Venues are limited in space and tickets 
are available online at www.freedomfundsc.com or at any local 
Millennium Music.  Tickets are also available at Manifest Music, 
Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC.

The Freedom Party is produced by The Freedom Fund, Inc.  The Freedom 
Fund organizes an all volunteer committee which is responsible for 
the fundraising and production of each year’s events.   All proceeds 
are donated to designated charities as determined by the Freedom Fund.  The Freedom Fund is still seeking corporate sponsors to offset production costs.

For more information contact Daryl Crouse, 843-276-3124 or 
daryl@freedomfundsc.com or visit http://www.freedomfundsc.com.

Press photos available, contact daryl@freedomfundsc.com.

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For additional information:
Tom O’Neill 773-528-2554  
tjoneillexp@aol.com


FOUNDER OF NGLTF’S "CREATING CHANGE" 
WINS STONEWALL® AWARD 2002


CHICAGO, MAY 5, 2002 - Sue Hyde, Field Organizer of the National Gay
and Lesbian Task Force, and co-founder and Director of the "Creating
Change Conference" has been named recipient of this year’s $25,000, 
no-strings-attached Stonewall Award.  The award was announced today 
by Allen Schuh, president of the Anderson Prize Foundation.

Well known for the past ten years for funding and distributing The 
Stonewall Awards, the Anderson Prize  Foundation was established by 
the late Paul Anderson of Chicago in 1991 shortly before his death 
of AIDS-related illness.  Mr. Schuh, an attorney in Chicago and a 
resident of Chicago and San Francisco, was Anderson's companion for 
13 years and is president of the Foundation.  They set up the 
foundation to reward those who have contributed significantly to the 
gay and lesbian community, and the awards are made without regard to 
sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, age or gender.  To date 
there have been 39 Stonewall Award winners receiving a total of over 
$1 million in prizes. Winners have included gay rights leaders who went on to 
national prominence, and local activists, straight and gay, whose
work on behalf of the gay community continued relatively unknown. 

Sue’s involvement in the gay and lesbian movement spans more than 25 
years -- much more if you include her very first organized protest 
back in 1970 in Beardstown, Illinois, a bastion of Midwestern 
conservativism if there ever was one.  She was still in high school 
when she decided to take on the Beardstown school board’s
discriminatory "no pants on girls" dress code. Her first victory was 
only  a harbinger of things to come.

If Sue, a restless child of the sixties, was looking for a cause, 
she found one shortly after that when she picked up a copy of TIME 
magazine and read about the Stonewall riots.  "Here’s something big
happening and it’s about me," exclaimed Sue.  She was off and running.

Her first professional involvement with the gay and lesbian community
was as the News Editor of the Gay Community News, published out of 
Boston and at the time the only national gay weekly in the country. 
Under Sue’s leadership GCN became the most respected source for news 
on the emerging GLBT movement of the 80’s.

Sue left the paper in 1985 to run the Gay and Lesbian Defense 
Committee where she was influential in overturning Massachusetts’
ban against gay foster parents.

Next, Sue joined the staff of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
(NGLTF) where she ran the privacy project, a major national organizing
project to repeal so-called sodomy laws.  She worked in that role for 
the next five years and helped create many of the statewide GLBT 
organizations that exist today and led the movement to shift resources
to building local and state infrastructures.  Sue directly built some
of the most lasting coalitions in the movement.

In 1987 and 1988 Sue was a central organizer of two major national
civil disobedience actions that took place in Washington.  She 
planned and led over 5000 protesters to surround the Supreme Court 
to protest the injustice of the curt’s rejection of the right of 
privacy to GLBT people.  That protest remains to this day the largest
organized civil disobedience action of the modern GLBT movement.  It
was also one of the first gay and lesbian protests to be widely 
covered in the mainstream media -- a major breakthrough at the 
time.

In 1988 Sue Hyde co-founded the Creating Change Conference, the 
largest and most diverse annual gathering of those working for GLBT 
civil rights held anywhere in the world.  As Director Sue plans and 
organizes every aspect of the conference.  She motivates hundreds of
volunteers, manages a complex project involving literally hundreds of
trainers, and oversees all aspects of the budget.  Creating Change 
has trained more than 20,000 activists in 13 years and has been 
presented in 12 different cities.  This conference is perhaps Sue’s
greatest legacy.   Throughout her career Sue has achieved 
extraordinary results while working with little or no resources.  
And, even more remarkably, she has also managed to raise two wonderful
children with her partner of 15 years.

"Sue is exactly the the type of dedicated person Paul had in mind 
when he established the Stonewall Award," said Allen Schuh.  "Not 
only has she contributed significantly to the gay and lesbian 
community, but she has done so at great self-sacrifice.  It was 
Paul’s intention not only to honor them but also to reward them."

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NEWS_RELEASE: Growing Up Gay In America
A New Resource Offering Informative and Practical Advice 
For Teen Guys Questioning Their Sexuality and Growing Up Gay

- Coming To Bookstores Everywhere in Late-April 2002 -- 

Contact: Peter Simmons
Teen Talk Communications
(508) 698-0123
GrowingUpGay@aol.com


For Immediate Release



Boston, MA -- Best-selling author Jason R. Rich, in conjunction with
Franklin Street Books, has announced the pending release of Growing 
Up Gay In America ($11.95, ISBN #: 0-97194-14-0-8). This full-length 
book will be a unique and informative resource for teenage boys who 
are questioning their sexuality or growing up gay. The book is slated
for publication on April 30, 2002 by Franklin Street Books, and will 
be distributed through bookstores nationwide, as well as through 
Amazon.com and BN.com.

Growing Up Gay In America will provide answers to common questions 
and offer positive, practical and accurate advice on a wide range of 
topics and issues currently facing gay, questioning and bisexual teen
males in America. 

There are currently over 2,700,000 teenagers in America who are 
questioning their sexuality or who believe themselves to be gay or 
bisexual. A staggering percentage of these teens are severely 
depressed, confused and frightened. They’re forced to deal with the 
challenges of being a teen; confront the inaccurate misconceptions 
related to homosexuality; and deal with emotional and/or physical 
abuse from homophobic parents, teachers, peers and coworkers. This 
continues to result in high levels of suicide, alcoholism and drug 
abuse among gay teens. 

Growing Up Gay In America will help anyone who is feeling depressed, 
alone, confused and/or aliened by the people around them (as a result
of being afraid to accept and/or confront their sexual orientation). 
This book will help the reader understand who they are; build their 
self-esteem; overcome their anxiety and depression; and deal with 
everyday life as they pursue true happiness. It will also be an 
extremely valuable resource for parents, friends and teachers of gay
teens.

"There are many serious issues facing young homosexuals in America. 
For example, The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reported 
that 30 percent of all teen suicides are committed by youths who are 
questioning their sexuality. This statistic is unnerving," explained 
author Jason Rich. "I believe this book will help young people better
accept who they are and provide them with much needed and accurate 
information so that when they deal with obstacles relating to their 
sexuality, they’re not alone. So much of the ‘information’ teenagers 
have these days about homosexuality and the related lifestyle is 
totally inaccurate, misinterpreted or based on stereotypes."

For potential readers who are uncomfortable buying a gay-oriented 
book from a traditional bookstore, or who are worried about getting 
caught reading it because their sexual orientation is still a secret, 
Growing Up Gay In America will also be available for purchase and 
download in several popular eBook formats, so it can be purchased 
and read privately on a computer screen, PDA or hand-held eBook 
reader.

Jason R. Rich (http://www.jasonrich.com) is a newspaper and magazine
columnist, as well as the best-selling author of over 25 books, 
including: The Unofficial Guide To Starting A Business Online, The 
Everything Guide To Walt Disney World, Universal Studios & Greater 
Orlando, The Everything Organize Your Home Book and The Everything 
College Survival Guide. He currently lives outside of Boston.

For more information about Growing Up Gay In America, please visit 
the book’s Web site at http://www.Growing-Up-Gay.com. Review copies 
of the book are available upon request to media outlets. Author 
interviews are currently available.

Title:	Growing Up Gay In America
Author:	Jason R. Rich
Publisher:	Franklin Street Books
Cover Price: 	$11.95
ISBN #: 	0-97194-14-0-8
Publication Date:	April 30, 2002


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  
Contact:
Craig Smith
DHRF Director of Events
Tel 305-572-1841
csmith@dhrf.com
or
Tim Dodson
Tim Dodson Public Relations
Tel 305-756-6763
timdodson@hotmail.com

ICE PALACE PARTY PROMISES SPECTACULAR WINTER PARTY WEEK FINALE
Superstar DJ Victor Calderone, Mega-Party Producer Mark Baker Pair
Up For First Time
  
MIAMI, February 18, 2002 -- As South Florida's Winter Party Week® 
fast approaches, organizers have announced the debut of The Ice Palace
Party, a new Sunday-evening party that promises a brilliant contrast 
to the sun-drenched Winter Party® itself. "People return to Winter 
Party Week® year after year partly because of the variety of party 
experiences we offer," said Craig Smith, Director of Events for the
Dade Human Rights Foundation (DHRF), beneficiary of the event. "For 
2002 we're capping the week with one of the most innovative and 
extravagant events we've ever presented."
  
Set for March 10 at Miami's Ice Palace Film Studios, The Ice Palace 
Party features music by DJ/producer legend Victor Calderone, famous 
for his remix projects with recording artists such as Madonna, 
Gloria Estefan, Bette Midler and Sting, as well as his engagements
in nightclubs around the world. His 2001 Winter Party Week appearance,
at Miami Beach's Crobar, drew an overflow crowd. "Crobar's one of my 
favorite rooms, but I'm excited about the move to The Ice Palace 
because we can accommodate a larger audience and raise more money for
the Foundation, which is what it's all about," said Calderone. "The 
space has amazing potential and all the right people are involved."
  
That potential will be realized by party producer Mark Barker, creator
of magical events for Orlando's Gay Days and other occasions. "We're
taking full advantage of the architecture of the building to create 
four very dramatic spaces, two inside and two outside," said Baker. 
Ice Palace Film Studios, converted from a former ice plant, is nestled
in an industrial area near downtown Miami that has emerged as an arts,
media and production center. "Each area will have its own theme and 
lighting effects. We're going for a very big, glamorous look," 
Baker added. The party's epicenter, the dance floor, will be housed
in a 12,000-square-foot sound stage with soaring 18-24 foot ceilings.
  
This year, South Florida residents can take advantage of a special 
South Florida Pass which includes admission to both the Sunday 
afternoon Winter Party® and the Sunday evening Ice Palace Party 
for only $140, a $20 savings. The South Florida Pass is available 
only at South Florida ticket outlets and requires valid Florida I.D.
Other passes are available at http://www.winterparty.com or Box 
Office Tickets, (800) 494-TIXS. Visit The Winter Party® online for
special airfare and hotel rates offered by Winter Party® travel 
partners. 
  
Winter Party Week benefits Dade Human Rights Foundation, South 
Florida's leading organization serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual
and transgender community. Presenting Sponsors of Winter Party 
Week® are Bacardi, Centaur Entertainment, and Out magazine.

# # # 
  
The Winter Party® and Winter Party Week® are registered trademarks
of Dade Human Rights Foundation. All rights reserved.
Note to Media: A Winter Party Week® schedule is attached. More 
details (including a Media Credential Request Form) will follow 
shortly. For all media inquiries, contact timdodson@hotmail.com.

2002 WINTER PARTY WEEK® SCHEDULE
 
SUNDAY, MARCH 3
  
Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Event, 7 pm
Screening of documentary "The Celluloid Closet"
Regal Cinema South Beach, 1100 Lincoln Road
Tickets: $10 suggested donation to MGLFF
Call MGLFF, 305-534-9924
  
MONDAY, MARCH 4
  
Legacy, DJ Robert Rodriguez, 10 pm
Bash, 655 Washington Avenue, South Beach
Tickets: $10 at the door only
  
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6
  
Welcome Center Opens
Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Avenue, South Beach
Miami Light Project presents Mercy, 8 pm
A new performance piece by MacArthur "Genius"
Fellowship recipients Meredith Monk and Ann Hamilton
Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
174 East Flagler Street, Miami
Tickets: $20/$30/$40
Call Miami Light Project, 305-576-4350
  
THURSDAY, MARCH 7
  
Noche Tropical, DJ Producers Tony Moran & Monty Q, 10 pm-5 am
Liquid, 1532 Washington Avenue, South Beach
Tickets: $20
  
FRIDAY, MARCH 8
  
Tropical Fever, DJ Peter Rauhofer, 9 pm-5 am
Level, 1235 Washington Avenue, South Beach
Tickets: $60 advance/$70 door
  
SATURDAY, MARCH 9
  
Revelation, DJ Susan Morabito, 8 am-2 pm
Produced by PM Parties
Crobar, 1445 Washington Avenue, South Beach
$25 advance/$35 door
  
Pool Party, DJ Julian Marsh, Noon-5 pm
Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Avenue, South Beach
Tickets: $15 advance/$20 door
  
VIP Cocktail Party, 7-10 pm
Live Brazilian jazz and bar hosted by Bacardi
Private bayfront home, Miami Beach
Information: call 305-572-1841
Tickets: $75
  
Tropical Heat, DJ Abel, 9 pm-5 am
Salvation, 1771 West Avenue, South Beach
Tickets: $50 advance/$60 door
(Salvation members with ID card receive $5 discount)
  
SUNDAY, MARCH 10
  
Morning Party, DJ Lars Peter Andersen, 8 am-1 pm
Salvation, 1771 West Avenue, South Beach
Tickets: Available at Salvation box office and door only
The Winter Party®, DJ Producers Manny Lehman & Lydia Prim, Noon-Sunset
On the beach at 14th Street, South Beach
Tickets: $75
  
Tea Dance, DJ Tracy Young, 5 pm-11:30 pm
Produced by Jeffrey Sanker
Billboard Live, 1501 Collins Avenue, South Beach
Tickets: $30 advance/$35 door
  
Ice Palace Film Studios Party, DJ Victor Calderone, 10 pm-8 am
Produced by Mark Baker
Ice Palace Studios, 59 NW 14th Street, Miami
(Shuttle service from South Beach)
Tickets: $85
  
MONDAY, MARCH 11
  
Morning Party, DJ Eddie Elias, 8 am
Salvation, 1771 West Avenue, South Beach
Tickets: $25 advance/$35 door
  
Tea Dance, DJ Robert Rodriguez, 5 pm-10 pm
Bash, 655 Washington Avenue, South Beach
Tickets: $10 at the door
(All Winter Party Passholders admitted free)
  
National DJ Showcase, DJs Dale Rozman, DJ Pride, Marcus Purnell, 
Chris Racine, dangerous dave, 10 pm-5 am
Steam, 1439 Washington Avenue, South Beach
Tickets: $20 advance/$25 door

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NEWS_RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       		       
February 4, 2002						
Contact: 
Sigward Moser	
Managing Principal
Domini Social Investments
(212) 217-1110		                                
smoser@domini.com      

Zan McColloch-Lussier 
Communications Manager
Pride Foundation    
(206) 323-3318       


INVESTORS URGE EMERSON TO BAR DISCRIMINATION AGAINST 
GAYS, LESBIANS

Pride Foundation and Domini Social Investments Say Company’s 
Employment Policies Should Forbid Discrimination Based on Sexual 
Orientation

NEW YORK, NY & SEATTLE, WA -- Pride Foundation, the nation’s largest
gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community foundation has 
filed a shareholder resolution with Emerson (Ticker: EMR) requesting
that the electrical equipment manufacturer amend its employment 
opportunity policy to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The resolution was co-filed with Domini Social Investments, manager
of the Domini Social Equity Fund (NASDQ: DSEFX), the nation’s oldest
and largest socially responsible index fund, and Ms. Janet Francis 
King, a private investor concerned about discrimination in the 
workplace.    

The shareholder resolution will be brought before Emerson’s annual 
shareholder meeting to take place on February 5, 2002.  An identical
resolution brought before last year’s annual meeting was defeated but
received over 12% approval, entitling the filers to bring the 
resolution forward again this year.  Ongoing negotiations with 
Emerson have been unsuccessful. 

"Emerson executives have stated their commitment to non-discrimination
based on sexual orientation," said Adam Kanzer, Domini’s Director of 
Shareholder Advocacy.  "We applaud the company for this commitment, 
but an internal, unwritten policy is not enough.  We want Emerson to
formalize this policy by putting it in writing for employees, 
customers and all the world to see."

"Nearly 300 Fortune 500 companies include sexual orientation in their
non-discrimination policies," continued Kanzer. "According to the 
Human Rights Campaign, over the past year, approximately 41 Fortune 
500 companies joined these ranks by amending their policies.  We are
asking Emerson to join these companies in ensuring a fair workplace."

"We want Emerson Electric to be inclusive, to attract and retain the
best employees, and to send a message to gay and lesbian workers that
they are valued and respected," added Audrey Haberman, Executive 
Director of Pride Foundation.  "Non-discrimination policies are not
official until they are put in writing, and until they are, Emerson 
will fall short of these goals."  

"Discrimination is bad business and I am glad Emerson doesn’t 
practice it," stated Janet Francis King. "Lets let the world hear 
about our good business by adding words to our actions.

The shareholder resolution cited a study by the National Gay and
Lesbian Task Force finding significant levels of workplace 
discrimination and harassment against gay men and lesbians in twenty
American cities.     

Since 1987, Pride Foundation has funded more than $3 million in 
grants and scholarships to strengthen the gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender community. Located in Washington state, the Foundation 
has worked successfully with General Electric and McDonald’s to add
sexual orientation to their nondiscrimination policies. Pride 
Foundation stewards a $4.5 million endowment. 

Domini Social Investments manages more than $1.9 billion in assets
for individual and institutional investors seeking to create 
positive change in society by integrating social and environmental
values into their investment decisions.  Its flagship fund, the
Domini Social Equity Fund, was the first socially and environmentally
screened index fund and is the nation’s largest socially responsible
index fund. The Fund includes companies with positive records in 
community involvement, the environment, diversity and employee 
relations, and excludes companies deriving significant revenues 
from alcohol, tobacco, gambling, nuclear power and weapons 
contracting.  In addition to the Domini Social Equity Fund, the 
company also offers the Domini Social Bond Fund (NASDQ: DSBFX) and
an FDIC-insured money market account (in partnership with ShoreBank),
both of which focus on community economic development.

Additional information on this and other shareholder initiatives is
available on both Pride Foundation’s (www.pridefoundation.org ) and 
Domini Social Investments’, (www.domini.com) websites. 


The Domini Social Equity Fund and the Domini Social Bond Fund are 
subject to market risks and are not insured. You may lose money. 
Some of the Domini Social Bond Fund’s community investments may be
unrated and carry greater credit risks than the Fund’s other 
investments. As of 12/31/01, Emerson and McDonald’s represented 
0.44% and 0.62%, respectively, of the Domini Social Index Portfolio
(DSIP). Unlike other mutual funds, the Domini Social Equity Fund 
seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing all of its
investable assets in the DSIP, a separate portfolio with an identical
investment objective.  The composition of the DSIP is subject to 
change.  Please obtain a prospectus by calling 1-800-762-6814 or 
online at www.domini.com. Read it carefully before you invest or 
send money. DSIL Investment Services LLC (DSILD), Distributor.  The 
Domini Social Equity Fund is not affiliated with any bank and is 
not insured.  DSILD and ShoreBank are not affiliated. Domini Social
Investments and the Pride Foundation are not affiliated.
Domini Social Investments, Domini Social Equity Fund, Domini 
Social Bond Fund and Domini Money Market Account are registered 
service marks of Domini Social Investments LLC. 02/02

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For additional information:
Tom O'Neill 773-528-2554
tjoneillexp@aol.com



NEWS_RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT: Mike Spanola
Klubz Entertainment, Inc.
Phone: 415 505 8672
eFax: 413 826 0775
bizbox@klubz.com
http://www.circuitspotlight.com
http://www.klubz.com


KLUBZ GIVES AWAY FREE PASSES TO CIRCUIT BOYZ

Nightlife Portal Spins Off and Lands in Gay Circuit Community

San Francisco, CA -- February 8, 2002 -- CircuitSpotlight wants
circuit boyz to have a gay ol' time this winter - for free.

To celebrate its Web debut, CircuitSpotlight is giving away one
weekend pass to Ski Daze in Salt Lake City and four passes to Miami's
Winter Party?.

This new cyber circuit scene is the brainchild of KLUBZ?, the Web's 
most comprehensive guide to the Bay Area's dance music and club scene.

"When KLUBZ was first envisioned three years ago, the idea was to 
create a single online home for every facet of the dance community,"
said John McNamara, Co-Founder and President of Klubz Entertainment,
Inc. "We didn't realize that getting bigger might mean breaking off
into smaller, distinct communities within the larger dance music 
scene -- in this case, the circuit community."

CircuitSpotlight? and KLUBZ? are divisions of Klubz Entertainment,
Inc., a volunteer-staffed media company based in San Francisco. In
its first two years, Klubz Entertainment has grown from an idea for
a local club resource to an international web portal for club, rave
and circuit party information.

"CircuitSpotlight had evolved and matured so quickly as a KLUBZ 
feature, we felt it was ready to leave home and find its own place 
on the Web," added Mike Spanola, Business Strategist for both 
CircuitSpotlight and KLUBZ. 

To participate in the giveaway, send an email to 
circuitspirit@klubz.com describing what the circuit means to you. 
All submissions will be posted in the Circuit Spirit section of 
the Web site. Full contest details are available online at 
http://www.circuitspotlight.com.

For more information, contact Mike Spanola at 415.505.8672 or 
email bizbox@klubz.com.

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For Immediate Release 
Media Contacts:           
Phil Lobel/Chris Kingry 
Lobeline Communications 
310-271-1551 
chris@lobeline.com 

HOT WOMEN, SPECTACULAR SETTING, UNFORGETTABLE EVENTS: 
LET'S GET THE PARTY STARTED -- IT'S DINAH TIME! 

PALM SPRINGS, CA  --  Pack your bags, grab your shades and join 
your friends at the world's greatest gathering of women this last 
weekend in March.  Those famous Palm Springs parties will soon be 
starting, so don't be late, it's DINAH time. 

Girl Bar and Club Skirts present the DINAH SHORE WEEKEND 2002, 
happening March 28th - 31st in the spectacular setting of Palm 
Springs, California.  There's only one DINAH - and the hottest 
women will all be there for an action-packed weekend of unforgettable
events, spectacular pool parties, amazing entertainment and non-stop
fun. 

"It's the most spectacular women's weekend in the world," quotes 
Sandy Sachs co-owner of Girl Bar.  Robin Gans, co- owner of Girl Bar
says, "It's unique! Where else can you meet lesbians from all over 
the world in one place?" 

"The diversity of our weekend is awesome. We boast the most colorful
exchange of every type of lesbian imaginable. Plus, the cross section
of entertainment, from comedy, to live performances, to go-go dancers,
to house and hip hop, to a separate retro 70's room, guarantees that,
with the Dinah, there is something for everyone," adds Mariah Hanson,
owner of Club Skirts. 

VIP Weekend passes and event tickets for DINAH SHORE WEEKEND 2002 are
now on sale.  VIP Weekend passes (includes entry to all seven events)
are $110 if purchased before March 1st and $125 after - a savings of 
$65.  See below for individual event ticket prices and availability.
Visit www.clubskirts.com or www.girlbar.com for additional information
and to order online.  Call the Dinah hotline at 888 44-DINAH to also
get event details or to charge by phone.   

The center of the action will be at DINAH's two luxurious host 
hotels: The Riviera Resort and The Doral Resort.  Their central 
locations, spacious accommodations and amazing amenities make The 
Doral and Riviera the perfect places for the weekend of women's 
festivities.  The Riviera's rooms start at $169 for double occupancy,
call (800) 444-8311 for reservations.  The Doral Resort offers rooms
starting at $159 per double occupancy. Doral reservations can be made
by calling (888) 386-4677.  Don't forget to mention Dinah Shore 
Weekend to receive these special rates when calling either host 
hotel. 

Complimentary shuttles will be operating for most events for 
registered guests at the host hotels.  Departure times will be 
posted in the hotel lobbies. 

For those who want maximum partying with minimal effort, The Dinah 
Executive Package is the way to go!  The special package has all the
details covered, so you can focus on the important things: the 
festivities!  It includes three nights at the beautiful Doral 
Resort, airport transfers, breakfast each morning, daily passes to
the LPGA Dinah Shore, VIP Weekend Passes for all the parties 
(including express VIP entry), preferred seating at the comedy show
and shuttle transportation to all events.  Dinah Executive Packages
start at $499 per person, based on double occupancy. Add $200 for 
single occupancy.  Four and five night options are also available.
Make reservations and start getting the VIP treatment right away by
contacting the Doral Resort directly at: 888-386-4677. 



LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL--
 
DINAH 2002 tees off Thursday, March 28 with its official KICK-OFF
party at The Courtside, located adjacent to the Riviera Resort 
(formerly known as Bono's Restaurant).  Meet your friends - or make
new ones - as women from around the world arrive for an enticing 
evening of socializing and dancing starting at 9pm.  DJ Kimberly 
S. will be mixing up the hottest hip-hop, R&B and house sounds. 
Individual event tickets are $15 at the door, or included in the
VIP Weekend Pass. 

Friday night will feature a double shot of fun with Queens of 
Comedy VIII and The White Party.  Get set for an evening of side-
splitting humor with the hilarious high jinx of comediennes Karen 
Ripley, Maggie Cassella and Karen Williams.  The Riviera Resort 
Grand Ballroom becomes comedy central as doors open at 7:00 pm 
for cocktails and seating. Karen, Maggie, and Karen seize the 
stage starting at 8pm.  Tickets for Queens of Comedy VIII are $30 
before March 1st ; $35 afterward, and $40 at the door -- not 
included in the VIP Weekend Pass. 

Experience a night of women in white at The White Party, beginning
at 8pm at the Doral.  DJ Page Hodel (ClubSkirts/SF) will work the 
crowd to a frenzy as hot bodies transform the dance floor into a 
blinding sea of beauty.  Temperatures will rise when singing 
sensation Tia Label performs at midnight, and continue to burn 
all night long.  Doors open at 8:00pm.  Dress: White attire 
recommended.  $35 at the door or included with VIP Weekend Passes.
No separate advance tickets for this event. 


GET INTO THE GROOVE AT GIRL ROCK & SATURDAZE! 

Poolside party time starts bright and early Saturday morning for 
GirlRock at the Doral Resort and SaturDAZE at the Riviera. Both 
events begin at 8am and boogie on until 4pm. 

Apply an extra coat of Coppertone and kick back in the sun as 
GirlRock's special guest DJs grind out the grooves all day long.  
Hot rocking live entertainment includes a special in-person 
performance by platinum recording artist Sophie B. Hawkins, as well
as the sultry sounds of Sideswipe and Kindness.   

Over at the Riviera Resort, legendary SF DJ Page Hodel (ClubSkirts)
will get the poolside dance floor cooking at SaturDAZE.  Go-Go
Goddesses will be making waves at special live performances 
throughout the party. 

Tickets to rock at both parties are $25.00 at the door -- or 
included with VIP Weekend Pass.  No separate advance tickets for
these events.  Admission good for either party. 

FEEL THE FEMALE FEVER! 

You won't believe your eyes as the Riviera Grand Ballroom is 
transformed into the earth's most luscious tropical rainforest for
Jungle Fever!   The safari starts Saturday night at 8pm as DJs 
Kimberly S. (GirlBar/LA) and Page Hodel (ClubSkirts/SF) drum up
thunderous sounds that are sure to make you shake it.  You'll feel
just like Lara Croft as you trek through the incredible population
of Amazons - all gathered for an unbelievable all-night excursion 
of wild excitement. 

International dance diva Pepper Mashay will make the natives even
more restless with a captivating midnight performance, featuring 
her chart-topping hits including "Dive In the Pool," "I've Got My 
Pride," and "You and Me (feels so good)."  Don't forget to also 
check out this event's newly-added Retro Dance Room.  Featuring 
the best of 70's & 80's music, it's sure to be a trip! 

Tickets for Jungle Fever are $35.00 before March 1st; $40.00 in
afterward and $45.00 at the door - or included with VIP Weekend Pass. 



A TIDAL WAVE OF FUN! 

Sunday morning, dive headfirst into the coolest collection of 
women at the Doral pool area for SPLASH!  This all-day assortment 
of good clean fun starts flowing at 8am. DJs Kimberly S. (GirlBar/LA)
and Page Hodel (ClubSkirts/SF) pump out a tsunami of sound that will
have the dance floor drenched as Go-Go goddess make waves on stage.

Get swept away by the flash flood of fantastic females at the largest
women's pool party/t-dance/vendor fair ever.  A succulent fashion 
show featuring the latest Robert Harper swimwear designs and a 
sumptuous optional BBQ will also be on deck as the excitement grows
by the gallon all afternoon! 

Tickets for SPLASH are $20.00 in advance; $25.00 at the door- or
included with VIP Weekend Pass. 


WRAP UP AT THE GRAND FINALE 

Dinah 2002 will come to an end with one last party on Sunday night.

To make this last evening special, The Grand Finale will take place
at Muriel's Supper Club, Palm Springs most state of the art 
nightclub.  Don't miss this special event as all the girls gather 
for one last dance at 8pm.  To ensure everything ends on the right 
note, DJs Page Hodel (Club Skirts/SF) and Kimberly S. (Girl Bar/LA)
will be spinning the favorite hits of the weekend.  To add to the 
warm memories of DINAH 2002 and get everyone psyched for 2003, 
special performances and other surprises will also take place take
place throughout the evening. 

Tickets for The Grand Finale are $15.00 at the door, or included 
with VIP Weekend Pass. 

Corporate sponsors for DINAH SHORE WEEKEND 2002 include: American
Airlines, The Damron Company, GIRLFRIENDS Magazine, LesbiaNation.com,
MCA Music, Miller Lite, PlanetOut.com and Seagram & Sons/Capt. 
Morgan's Parrot Bay. 



Dinah Shore Weekend, produced by Club Skirts and Girl Bar, is the 
largest special event weekend gathering for lesbians in the nation.

Held in March every year in the beautiful and warm desert setting of 
Palm Springs, California, Dinah Shore Weekend features a non-stop, 
fun-filled schedule of innovative, high-quality social events and 
parties with the hottest women from around the world in attendance. 

NOTE TO MEDIA PROFESSIONALS: Press information and photos for 
editorial use may be obtained online at Lobeline's special media-only
website:  www.lobelinepr.com/dinah   

Free registration is required for access and subject to approval.  
Information will be updated on a continuous basis. 


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ANDERSON PRIZE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FUNDING OF NGLTF ANNUAL 
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS



CHICAGO, JANUARY 20, 2002 - Allen Schuh, President of The Anderson 
Prize Foundation has announced a three year commitment to fund the 
National Gay Lesbian Task Force's Community Services Awards with 
$30,000 annually.

The awards are presented at the NGLTF's annual Creating Change 
Conferences. Beginning last fall and continuing for the next two 
years three awardees will receive $10,000 each in cash, no strings
attached.

Well known for the past ten years for funding and distributing The 
Stonewall Awards, the Anderson Prize  Foundation was founded by the 
late Paul Anderson of Chicago in 1991 shortly before his death of 
AIDS-related illness.  Mr. Schuh, an attorney in Chicago and a 
resident of Chicago and San Francisco, was Anderson's companion for
13 years and is president of the Foundation.  They set up the awards 
to reward those who have contributed to the gay and lesbian community
and are made without regard to sexual orientation, race, ethnic
origin, age or gender.  In past years, nominators from the gay and 
lesbian community who remained anonymous to the general public were 
invited by the Foundation to recommend award candidates from the four
quadrants of the United States.

To date there have been 38 Stonewall Award winners receiving a total
of nearly $1 million in prizes. Winners have included gay rights 
leaders who went on to national prominence, and local activists, 
straight and gay, whose work on behalf of the gay community continued
relatively unknown.

"For our second decade," explained Mr. Schuh, we wish to work more
closely with  established gay and lesbian organizations--organizations
whose members have direct knowledge of all those unsung heroes who 
contribute so selflessly to our community."

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For additional information:
Tom O'Neill 773-528-2554
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Contact:    Rick Remington
rremington@publicagenda.org
		                
Michael Darden			                
212-686-6610
mdarden@publicagenda.org
					  
At Gill:    Margaret Maupin							                                            
303-292-4455
									
	

NOW ONLINE--JUST THE FACTS ON GAY RIGHTS

Nonpartisan guide analyzes, tracks public views on adoption,
marriage, benefits rights, discrimination, gays in the military
and other concerns

NEW YORK--More than half of Americans when surveyed said gay 
partners should receive benefits such as health insurance, Social 
Security and inheritance rights.  But when poll questions refer 
specifically to "marriage" between gay partners, the results take
a different tone: a majority of Americans say they oppose gay 
marriage and 53 percent feel gay and lesbian partners should not 
be entitled to the same benefits as married heterosexual couples.

These are among the findings from recent opinion polls included in
a comprehensive, nonpartisan online guide developed by Public Agenda,
a nonprofit research organization. Launching Wednesday, the on-line 
guide will provide a running analysis of public attitudes as captured
in periodic surveys conducted by respected polling organizations, 
informational background, and more on gay rights issues.  Support 
for the creation of the new guide at www.publicagenda.org was 
provided by the Colorado-based Gill Foundation, an organization 
that seeks to secure equal opportunity for all people, regardless 
of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Reliable Research on Controversial Issues
 
"Public opinion on gay rights, like public opinion on many other 
controversial issues, can be easily misinterpreted and misreported,"
said Jean Johnson, director of programs, Public Agenda. "Public Agenda
Online will gather the most reliable research, place it in context 
and make it readily available to all of those with an interest in 
this topic." 

The new guide provides current, balanced data, survey results, 
extensive resource lists, and news on issues such as sodomy law repeal
efforts, gay health matters and related concerns.

"Public Agenda's track record for gathering and presenting both facts
and opinions of national interest immediately make this new guide an
important resource for audiences interested in gay issues," said 
Claudia French, executive director of the Gill Foundation.  "The 
Gill Foundation anticipates the site will create a more informed and
honest debate around the issues gay and lesbian individuals face in
our society today." 

Balanced, Up-to-Date Information
Data is presented in these useful categories:

Fact File.  A backgrounder, including: a map of states that allow 
gays and lesbians to become adoptive parents; a timeline of key 
moments in gay rights history over the last four centuries; and a 
U.S. Census Bureau chart that tracks the number of same-sex 
households.
	       
Public Opinion.  A synthesis of survey data from leading organizations
such as Princeton Survey Research and the Gallup Organization.  The 
guide includes findings that demonstrate how responses to questions 
about gay rights vary with question wording.  "Red Flags" alert 
policymakers to issues that have not been thought through and require
interpretation. 

For example, 34 percent of respondents in one poll said homosexual 
relations between consenting adults should be illegal. But more than
half that group 56 percent--changed their minds when told this could
mean that consenting adults could be criminally prosecuted for 
engaging in these activities in their own homes.
 
Notable and Newsworthy.  A summary of the latest news stories from
the Associated Press, Time, The New York Times and other media.  Areas
covered range from domestic partner benefits to same-sex civil unions
to international developments in gay rights. 

Sources and Resources.  An extensive catalog of organizations to link
to directly for further information, including: the Alliance for 
Marriage, American Civil Liberties Union Lesbian and Gay Rights 
Project, Family Research Council, Gay and Lesbian Alliance against 
Defamation (GLAAD), the Gill Foundation, the Heritage Foundation and
Scouting for All. This section also provides select links to studies 
such as Social Discrimination and Health: The Case of Latino Gay Men 
and HIV Risk and briefly describes legislation such as the Hate Crimes
Statistics Act of 1990.

Framing the Debate.  A set of discussion frameworks that help people
think through the pros and cons of three key questions: should we 
protect and extend equal rights to all citizens; let communities 
decide gay rights issues locally for themselves; or tolerate private 
behavior, but protect traditional definitions of institutions such as
marriage and family?

Praised as "fabulously thorough" by Forbes.com, and respected for 
presenting issues fairly and with clarity, Public Agenda Online 
(www.publicagenda.org) also features a special guide on terrorism and
public opinion, and 20 other regularly updated, in-depth issue guides
on topics from medical research to education, campaign finance reform,
child care, Social Security, health care and abortion.  In addition, 
the site provides information on Public Agenda surveys and other 
research publications. 
 
Visitors can sign up to receive a weekly e-mail alert of relevant 
policy news and new publication announcements from Public Agenda, 
as well as The Public Agenda newsletter, the inside source for public
opinion and policy analysis, produced three times a year.

Public Agenda, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research 
organization, located in New York City, is well respected for its 
trustworthy public opinion polls and its balanced citizen education
materials.  Founded in 1975 by Cyrus R. Vance, the former U.S. 
secretary of state, and Daniel Yankelovich, the social scientist and
author, its mission is to inform leaders about the public’s views and
to inform citizens about government policy.

Established in 1994 by software entrepreneur Tim Gill, the Gill 
Foundation is a Colorado-based nonprofit philanthropic organization. 
The mission of the Gill Foundation is to secure equal opportunity for
all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, by 
providing grants to nonprofit organizations, strengthening the 
leadership and managerial skills of nonprofit leaders, increasing 
financial resources to nonprofit organizations, strengthening 
democratic institutions and building awareness of the contributions
people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities make to
American society. Since 1994, the Gill Foundation has awarded more 
than $21 million to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) 
and HIV/ AIDS communities with a focus on national organizations, 
the nonurban United States and Colorado. With an endowment of 
approximately $260 million, the Gill Foundation is the country's 
largest funder of LGBT organizations. 


For more information about Public Agenda Online, please call Public
Agenda at 212-686-6610, fax 212-889-3461, or e-mail 
info@publicagenda.org.  Media only please contact Rick 
Remington/Michael Darden at 212-686-6610, ext. 13, or e-mail 
rremington OR mdarden@publicagenda.org. For more information on the
Gill Foundation and its programs, call (303) 292-4455 or visit 
www.gillfoundation.org.

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February 4, 2002						
Contact: 
Sigward Moser	
Managing Principal
Domini Social Investments
(212) 217-1110		                                
smoser@domini.com      

Zan McColloch-Lussier 
Communications Manager
Pride Foundation    
(206) 323-3318       


INVESTORS URGE EMERSON TO BAR DISCRIMINATION AGAINST 
GAYS, LESBIANS

Pride Foundation and Domini Social Investments Say Company’s 
Employment Policies Should Forbid Discrimination Based on Sexual 
Orientation

NEW YORK, NY & SEATTLE, WA -- Pride Foundation, the nation’s largest
gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community foundation has 
filed a shareholder resolution with Emerson (Ticker: EMR) requesting
that the electrical equipment manufacturer amend its employment 
opportunity policy to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The resolution was co-filed with Domini Social Investments, manager
of the Domini Social Equity Fund (NASDQ: DSEFX), the nation’s oldest
and largest socially responsible index fund, and Ms. Janet Francis 
King, a private investor concerned about discrimination in the 
workplace.    

The shareholder resolution will be brought before Emerson’s annual 
shareholder meeting to take place on February 5, 2002.  An identical
resolution brought before last year’s annual meeting was defeated but
received over 12% approval, entitling the filers to bring the 
resolution forward again this year.  Ongoing negotiations with 
Emerson have been unsuccessful. 

"Emerson executives have stated their commitment to non-discrimination
based on sexual orientation," said Adam Kanzer, Domini’s Director of 
Shareholder Advocacy.  "We applaud the company for this commitment, 
but an internal, unwritten policy is not enough.  We want Emerson to
formalize this policy by putting it in writing for employees, 
customers and all the world to see."

"Nearly 300 Fortune 500 companies include sexual orientation in their
non-discrimination policies," continued Kanzer. "According to the 
Human Rights Campaign, over the past year, approximately 41 Fortune 
500 companies joined these ranks by amending their policies.  We are
asking Emerson to join these companies in ensuring a fair workplace."

"We want Emerson Electric to be inclusive, to attract and retain the
best employees, and to send a message to gay and lesbian workers that
they are valued and respected," added Audrey Haberman, Executive 
Director of Pride Foundation.  "Non-discrimination policies are not
official until they are put in writing, and until they are, Emerson 
will fall short of these goals."  

"Discrimination is bad business and I am glad Emerson doesn’t 
practice it," stated Janet Francis King. "Lets let the world hear 
about our good business by adding words to our actions.

The shareholder resolution cited a study by the National Gay and
Lesbian Task Force finding significant levels of workplace 
discrimination and harassment against gay men and lesbians in twenty
American cities.     

Since 1987, Pride Foundation has funded more than $3 million in 
grants and scholarships to strengthen the gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender community. Located in Washington state, the Foundation 
has worked successfully with General Electric and McDonald’s to add
sexual orientation to their nondiscrimination policies. Pride 
Foundation stewards a $4.5 million endowment. 

Domini Social Investments manages more than $1.9 billion in assets
for individual and institutional investors seeking to create 
positive change in society by integrating social and environmental
values into their investment decisions.  Its flagship fund, the
Domini Social Equity Fund, was the first socially and environmentally
screened index fund and is the nation’s largest socially responsible
index fund. The Fund includes companies with positive records in 
community involvement, the environment, diversity and employee 
relations, and excludes companies deriving significant revenues 
from alcohol, tobacco, gambling, nuclear power and weapons 
contracting.  In addition to the Domini Social Equity Fund, the 
company also offers the Domini Social Bond Fund (NASDQ: DSBFX) and
an FDIC-insured money market account (in partnership with ShoreBank),
both of which focus on community economic development.

Additional information on this and other shareholder initiatives is
available on both Pride Foundation’s (www.pridefoundation.org ) and 
Domini Social Investments’, (www.domini.com) websites. 


The Domini Social Equity Fund and the Domini Social Bond Fund are 
subject to market risks and are not insured. You may lose money. 
Some of the Domini Social Bond Fund’s community investments may be
unrated and carry greater credit risks than the Fund’s other 
investments. As of 12/31/01, Emerson and McDonald’s represented 
0.44% and 0.62%, respectively, of the Domini Social Index Portfolio
(DSIP). Unlike other mutual funds, the Domini Social Equity Fund 
seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing all of its
investable assets in the DSIP, a separate portfolio with an identical
investment objective.  The composition of the DSIP is subject to 
change.  Please obtain a prospectus by calling 1-800-762-6814 or 
online at www.domini.com. Read it carefully before you invest or 
send money. DSIL Investment Services LLC (DSILD), Distributor.  The 
Domini Social Equity Fund is not affiliated with any bank and is 
not insured.  DSILD and ShoreBank are not affiliated. Domini Social
Investments and the Pride Foundation are not affiliated.
Domini Social Investments, Domini Social Equity Fund, Domini 
Social Bond Fund and Domini Money Market Account are registered 
service marks of Domini Social Investments LLC. 02/02

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GLINN Offers Discreet Film Processing
and Video/Audio Production Services

KEY WEST, FL (December 31, 2001)-- Now there is a place
to have your personal intimate photographs processed
discreetly and confidentially. Why take risks with your
adult photographs? 

The GayHome Mall at www.gayhome.com offers discreet and
confidential adult film processing. For detailed info,
please visit www.gayhome.com/discreet.

The GayHome Mall also offers professional VHS tape
duplication including labels, packaging and shrink
wrapping. We also offer production of video CD's and
CD-ROM duplication.

GLINN Media in Key West, FL, the parent of the GayHome
Mall has been serving the gay community since 1986. GLINN
provides a range of consumer services, products and
business services for the GLBT community. Visit our gateway
site at gaydata.com for full information.

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For Immediate Release 
  

Contact:                                                                                                                                                 January 7, 2002 

Jeffrey Garber, OpusComm Group/GLCensus Partners (315) 422-6250 
or jeff@opuscommgroup.com 
Alan D. Crockett , Zogby International (315) 624-0200 ext. 240 
  
  

Zogby International, GLCensus Partners 
to Research Gay/Lesbian Political Views


Utica, New York - January 7, 2001 - The collaborative efforts of 
Zogby International and GLCensus (a Syracuse University, OpusComm 
Group and GSociety Partnership), is the first large-scale endeavor 
to focus on the varied political views of the Gay and Lesbian 
population. 

The Zogby/GLCensus Partners Poll, will be the first in a series of 
polls by the new partnership seeking to identify specific social 
demographics and attitudes of America ís Gay/Lesbian population. 
The first Zogby/GLCensus Partners Poll, which is currently underway,
focuses on Gay/Lesbian attitudes regarding several current legal and 
political debates. 

The partnership is the world ís largest panel research into the
habits and attitudes of the Gay/Lesbian market, estimated to comprise 
up to 10% of the nation ís urban marketplace. 

The Zogby/GLCensus Partners Poll is being conducted online over three 
days using an extensive database of Gay/Lesbian U.S. and international
residents. Poll results are expected to be released on Monday, January
14, 2002. 

Poll topics to be addressed include views on President Bush ís
handling of the war against terrorism, the significance of the 
gay/lesbian voting block in local, state and national elections, and 
treatment of same-sex couples who were victims of the World Trade
Center attacks. As well as collecting panel views on current headlines
regarding criminal prosecution of homosexuals in Saudi Arabia leading
to the execution of three men. 

Partners in the new Zogby/GLCensus Partners Poll include: 

Zogby International (www.zogby.com) - A leader for over 16 years in 
the field of public opinion research and world-renowned for offering
superior polling, market research and information services based on 
accuracy and detailed strategic information. 

GLCensus Partners (www.glcensus.org): 
- The S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University (www.syracuse.edu)
- One of the world ís leading academic and research institutions in 
the field of communications. 

- OpusComm Group (www.opuscommgroup.com) - Innovative Advertising, 
Marketing, Communication and Public Relations experts on the 
Gay/Lesbian market. 

- GSociety, Inc. (www.gsociety.com) - A media/entertainment company 
whose reach and distribution channels target the millions of gay and 
lesbian consumers worldwide. 

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Gays Gone Wild Videos Stolen!
Osama Bin Laden Seen Jerking Off Too Gays Gone Wild Videos.
Religious Right - One Hand On The Bible - The Other Down Their Pants!

Press Inquiries
Larry Silver
VP Sales & Marketing
NTB Productions, LLC
http://www.gaysgonewild.com/ntb
http://www.gaysgonewild.com
219-243-5972
lsilver@GaysGoneWild.com

Atlanta, GA (December 31, 2001) - Never Too Busy Productions, an
up-and-coming producer of amateur gay and lesbian videos, announced the
suspected "HI-JERKING" of a Gays Gone Wild video shipment to a major gay
radio talk show, according to Larry Silver Vice President of Sales &
Marketing.

In response to an important shipment that was suspected to have been
"HI-JERKED" prior to a live interview at #1 gay talk show on Arbitron #1
Internet broadcaster, http://www.ChristianandVince.com , Christian Grantham
and Vincent Oropesa had this to say:

"The videos haven't arrived, and we can't wait to see them. with anthrax
and Osama Bin Laden we have a lot to blame, Osama Bin Laden probably has
the tapes and he's probably JERKING off to them in a cave somewhere in
Afghanistan right now.NOT BEFORE I DO DAMMIT!"

And.

"Perhaps it was the religious right causing problems and raising cane about
the Gays Gone Wild videos. If they're playing this at church they've got
one hand on the bible and the other one down their pants!"

Listen to the entire interview at http://www.GaysGoneWild.com and Sneak A
Peek today too find out what's causing gay guys mothers to blush!

Gays Gone Wild's web site is full of hot stuff for gays, gay friendly and
gay curious onlookers.

About Never Too Busy Productions, LLC
NTB Productions, LLC, is an up-and-coming producer of amateur gay and
lesbian videos. 12 new videos are scheduled for release in 2002.  Internet
users can visit the Gays Gone Wild web site at http://www.GaysGoneWild.com

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Lobeline Communications 
310-271-1551 
lobelinePR@aol.com 


Jeffrey Sanker Presents 
MIAMI 2002 
A New Tradition at the Miami Arena 
- NEW YEAR'S EVE - 
MONDAY December 31, 2001 
An 18 Hour Dance Journey 

(MIAMI) - Take THREE superstar DJs... add more than 5,000 of the 
hottest men, join them all in ONE spectacular place, for an EIGHTEEN 
hour dance marathon - and you'll have the PERFECT party equation:  
MIAMI 2002!  The celebration happens from 9pm on Dec. 31 until 3pm 
Jan. 1 inside Miami Arena, located at 701 Arena Blvd, downtown Miami. 

Jeffrey Sanker once again delivers the midnight magic to create a 
New Year's extravaganza of world-class proportions.  As the final 
minutes of 2001 tick away, Miami Arena downtown will erupt with a 
celebration welcoming another new year - accompanied by a non-stop 
cavalcade of sights, sound and mind-blowing special effects - along 
with other surprises. 

"For this special all-night event, we have three of the country's 
favorite DJs lined up to spin back-to-back," said Event Producer 
Jeffrey Sanker.  "And of course we will have the usual spectacular 
décor and incredible performers to make the Moulin Rouge look tame 
by comparison!" 

Abel, Manny Lehman and Victor Calderone comprise Miami 2002's
powerhouse DJ line up.  Over the course of 18 hours, each master 
mixer will take their turn at delivering a non-stop, pumped up 
musical blast through an explosive mega-watt sound system.  As the 
perfect accompaniment, lighting genius Ross Berger will shower the 
action-packed dance floor and sprawling stage with a dazzling display
of lighting effects. 

Décor and stage designs -- created by the one-and-only Sean
DeFreitas -- provide a perfect environment for revelry.  Continuous 
live entertainment takes place all evening long.  Circuit faves Rubio 
& Kidd unleash a kaleidoscope of visual wonders.  Power, as well as 
South Beach's most famous feline, Kitty Meow, will seize the stage 
for unforgettable music and dance performances.   

Tickets for this one-of-kind event are $100 before December 15; $120 
after.  VIP passes are $150 and include priority entrance, VIP lounge
and other amenities.   Advance purchase is recommended.   Tickets and
passes are now available from Box Office Tickets online at 
www.boxofficetickets.com or call (800) 494 8497 to charge by phone. 

Advance tickets also available in Miami at Whittall & Shon and Zoo 
14. For additional information, call (888) 777-8888 or visit 
wwww.jeffreysanker.com. 

The Albion, The Greenview and The Ritz Plaza are the official host
hotels for Miami 2002.   For reservations, call The Albion & 
Greenview at (305) 535-8606 or Ritz Plaza at (800) 522-6400. Mention
Miami 2002 for special rates. 

Complimentary shuttles will run from South Beach.  Official sponsors 
for Miami 2002 include: WET International, CircuitToys.com, Bacardi 
and HX Magazine.  Associate Promoter: Seven Gomez. 

With his award-winning company, JS ENTERPRISES, Jeffrey Sanker is 
known throughout the global gay community as a producer of world-class
special events & event weekends: including: "White Party Palm 
Springs;" "Miami Millennium" and "MasterBeat Millennium" (PS); 
"White Dreams" (during Miami's White Party week); "One Mighty 
Party" (at Disney World during Gay Disney Week); and twice-monthly
"Classic Tea" events at Miami's BillboardLIVE. 


THIS JUST IN... 
Don't miss a special year-end edition of Jeffrey Sanker's CLASSIC 
TEA on Sunday, Dec. 30, at South Beach's incredible new hotspot, 
Billboard LIVE.  Red-hot DJs Tracy Young and RA will be spinning 
the hottest 

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News release
Contact: Allan Mann, 510/271-6366 or Luke Klipp, 415/439-4272

Motorola, IBM, Kodak, Avaya, Disney World Honored for LGBT Workplace Achieve=
ments

"Outie" Awards to be presented at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Cincin=
nati


Motorola and IBM, along with individuals and groups from Kodak, Avaya and Wa=
lt Disney World have selected from among nearly 50 nominees to receive Out &=
 Equal Workplace Advocates' "Outie" awards for efforts to make workplaces sa=
fe and equitable for LGBT employees.

The "Outies" will be awarded during the Out & Equal Workplace Summit in the =
greater Cincinnati area Oct. 5-7.

The Significant Achievement Award for a company that has made the most signi=
ficant progress toward LGBT equality in the past year goes to Motorola, Inc.=
  IBM has been given the Workplace Excellence Award for companies that have =
historically supported LGBT employees.   Cathy Brill and Lisa Vitale of Koda=
k will be given the Champion Award honoring straight allies who have played =
a pivotal role in championing equal treatment of LGBT employees. Mary Ann Ho=
rton of Avaya will receive the Trailblazer Award for an LGBT person who has =
made a significant contribution to advancing workplace equity.  The "Outie" =
for Employee Resource Group of the Year goes to PRIDE at Walt Disney World i=
n Orlando, Florida.  

Motorola was nominated by its Gay and Lesbian Business Council, one of five =
officially sanctioned employee associations formed by the company in 2000 to=
 support various ethnic and cultural groups.  Motorola's award recognizes su=
ch achievements as the inclusion of same sex domestic partnership benefits i=
n the standard benefit package, allowing same sex partner beneficiaries for =
retirement plans, extending travel discount benefits to same sex partners, a=
nd recognizing the needs of same sex partners when hiring and relocating new=
 employees.  

IBM has included sexual orientation in its non-discrimination policy since 1=
984 and offered domestic benefits in 1997.  IBM has actively tracked and enc=
ouraged its gay and lesbian executives, sponsoring both internal and externa=
l leadership development activities.  The company also supports a mentoring =
program for gay and lesbian employees. IBM has also provided much support to=
 LGBT community organizations and recently created a full time LGBT sales an=
d talent team to focus on selling to and recruiting from the LGBT community.=
  

Brill and Vitale have both been exceptionally supportive of Kodak's Lambda N=
etwork employee resource group for LGBTs.  Brill, a human resources director=
, was responsible for giving Lambda a key role in the Culture Change Initiat=
ive she led at Kodak Park.  Vitale, the first non-gay activist in the Lambda=
 Network, has been an integral part of the group since 1994.

A transgender activist who has been involved in a variety of causes and orga=
nizations in support of the LGBT community, Horton is being honored for succ=
essfully getting transgendered employees protected in Lucent Technologies' n=
ondiscrimination policy, leading the effort to ensure that medical benefits =
for transsexuals were covered by the Lucent, Avaya and Agere health plans, a=
nd leading a forum called Transgender at Work to provide information and adv=
ocacy to help employers and employees improve the workplace environment for =
transsexuals.  

PRIDE is being honored for its outreach to co-workers at Walt Disney World t=
hrough such diverse activities as participation in a talent show, developmen=
t of HIV/AIDS awareness sessions, display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and dev=
elopment of awareness sessions during June Pride Month that reached 1500 emp=
loyees.  The group also successfully lobbied for a change in the way family =
passes were provided to employees, making it both inclusive and confidential=
.  

The "Outie" Awards dinner will be emceed by gay comedian Jason Stuart. Plena=
ry sessions at the conference will feature a panel of workplace advocates ad=
dressing the intersection of race and sexual orientation as well as a presen=
tation by Mike Wilke, executive director of Commercial Closet, who will show=
 and discuss his collection of 85 print and television advertisements with g=
ay themes.

Workshops run the gamut from  "Gays, God and the Workplace," a workshop for =
HR professionals on managing the conflict between LGBT employees and co-work=
ers with strong religious convictions, to "Marketing to the Gay Community," =
covering ways in which LGBT employees can help their companies do a better j=
ob of selling their products and services.  A number of workshops are focuse=
d on transgender issues, and an entire cluster is devoted to challenges face=
d by employee resource groups.

The registration fee for the three-day conference, which covers all meals, i=
s $525. One- and two-day rates and separate tickets to the awards banquet ar=
e also available.   To get more information or to register, visit Out & Equa=
l's website at www.outandequal.org, or call 415/439-4272.

Note to editors:

Judges for the Outie awards are: 
· Selisse Berry, Executive Director of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
· Daryl Herrschaft, WorkNet Manager for the Human Rights Campaign.
· Michelle Kammerer, Co-founder of the Center for Gender Sanity.
· Grant Lukenbill, founding co-chair of the Equality Project of the Gay an=
d Lesbian Consumers, Employees, and Investors Working Together and creator o=
f the annual Gay and Lesbian Values Index of the best companies for gay cons=
umers.
· Tim McFeeley, Political Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Fo=
rce, former Executive Director of HRC
· Kim Mills, Education Director of the Human Rights Campaign.
· Rick Partridge, Human Resources Director, bea Systems, Inc.
· Luis Santiago, Marketing Director, Bell Atlantic.
· T Santora, President Emeritus of Pride At Work, the official lesbian, ga=
y, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) constituency group of the AFL-CIO.
· Lia Shigemura, partner with Dragonvision Media and former Director of Co=
rporate Diversity for PG&E.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - GAYS GONE WILD

New Amateur Video has fans screaming, "Where's My Copy?"

Atlanta, GA (December 2, 2001) - Never Too Busy Productions, an
up-and-coming producer of amateur gay and lesbian videos, announced today
the release of 2 new videos from Gays Gone Wild - "Wild Acts/Cocks&Jocks"
and "Southern Decadence" according to Larry Silver, Vice President of Sales
& Marketing.

GGW film crews were on location in Pensacola, Florida for the largest gay
beach dance fest in the country on Memorial Day Weekend as well as Southern
Decadence in September to shoot the wildest amateur videos showing Gays
Going Wild at the beach and in the heart of the French Quarter on Bourbon
Street in New Orleans.  Videos were shot entirely on location in Florida and
Louisiana and are now ready for distribution.  "The pent up demand for our
new videos has been overwhelming", says Silver.  The frenzy started while
film crews were on hand at the summer and fall gay events across the
country.  Silver said, "Everyone was literally GOING WILD to see what we
were up to!"

Gays Gone Wild's web site is full of hot stuff for gays, gay friendly and
gay curious onlookers.  The site offers things like Queer Gear,
Sneak-A-Peek, and a Standing Strong Together T-shirt with the gay flag
incorporated into its theme.

The site has received thousands of viewers from all over the world.  Some
quotes taken from the GGW mailbox read; "I thought Cocks & Jocks was
WONDERFUL, thanks for the video and pictures, see you again soon"
Chuck-Sept-2001.  Another writes, "Buff boys in abundance. You should start
a dating service - Me First!" Lars-Oct-2001.  Kim & Monte from San Diego
write, "We were pleasantly surprised to see our picture first thing on the
video, also on the web site(Top or Bottom). We had a great time at Decadence
and it is great to have a video with us on it!!" Nov-2001

Sneak A Peek TODAY and find out what's causing gay guys mothers to blush!

About Never Too Busy Productions, LLC
NTB Productions, LLC, is an up-and-coming producer of amateur gay and
lesbian videos. 12 new videos are scheduled for release in 2002.  Internet
users can visit the Gays Gone Wild web site at http://www.GaysGoneWild.com.

Press Inquiries
Larry Silver
VP Sales & Marketing
Never Too Busy Productions, LLC
770-846-7733
questions@GaysGoneWild.com


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Gay Home Mall Announces the TIDY BUTT Contest of Wit

(Key West, FL 10-23-01)-- To celebrate the launch
of the new Tidy Butt Enema products, GLINN Media's
Gay Home Mall (www.gayhome.com) is conducting a 
writing contest to find creative, funny, witty, and
biting messages to accompany the enema products.

Tidy Butt offers two humorous enema products. One
is for the "Asshole in Your Life", and the other
is "For the Anal Retentive". Although the enema
products are real and usable, the primary intent
is to deliver a humorous biting message to the
jerks in your life. 

GLINN's Gay Home Mall offers direct delivery of the
enema products. The mall will ship it directly to 
the intended target. The sender can also include
a personal message on a Tidy Butt card.

The Tidy Butt Contest of Wit offers cash and other
prizes for the best submissions which will be included
in a library of witty sayings and other things that
senders can use for their personal message. Submissions
can be in many different forms. Complete rules and prize
listings, together with complete information on the Tidy
Butt products are available at www.gayhome.com/tidy.

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Distributed by GLINN's Gay News Distribution Service at
www.gaydata.com, the home of the Gay Media Database and
a division of the Gay/Lesbian International News Network,
now located in Key West, Florida.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Jeffrey S. Garber 
              OpusComm Group, Inc. 
              315 Highland Ave. 
              Syracuse, NY  13203 
              315.422.6250 
              jeff@opuscommgroup.com 
              www.opuscommgroup.com


Gay Purchasing Power a Significant Force, Major Study Reveals


Syracuse, New York - October 14, 2001 -- The median combined 
household income of gay couples is $65,000, nearly 60 percent
higher than the 1999 U.S. median income of $40,800, a first-of-
its-kind study reveals.  Advertisers are taking notice.  "We've 
always surmised that gay purchasing power is a force to be 
reckoned with," says Jeffrey Garber, founder of the project study.
"What was needed was a yardstick to accurately measure the impact
of gay and lesbian consumerism." 

Garber, president of OpusComm Group, Inc., in conjunction with the 
S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University and media/entertainment 
company GSociety, Inc., has developed the first comprehensive and 
in-depth census of the economics and buying habits of the gay and 
lesbian market. 

The Internet-based census was designed to poll gay men and lesbians
about their education, jobs, spending practices, and politics, and 
make that information available to advertisers.  "Gay men and lesbians
collectively are an important consumer constituency," according to 
Garber.  "The 2001 Gay/Lesbian Consumer Online Census will become one
of the primary tools used to educate mainstream advertisers about this
unique and widely ignored niche market." 

"A few major corporations are beginning to reap the rewards as pioneers
in this market," says Syracuse University Professor Amy Falkner, expert
in targeted advertising and how different groups use the Internet.  
"Gay and lesbian advertising is moving "out of the closet" and into 
the mainstream market." 

Nearly 6,000 U.S. respondents completed the 40 minute long census. 

The study reveals a significantly higher median income for gay 
households than the U.S. median.  More than a fifth of respondents 
reported a total combined income of $100,000 or more.  Nearly 60 
percent of gay male households and 46 percent of lesbian households 
showed a combined income in excess of $60,000. 

"This means well-heeled gay and lesbian couples, sharing two incomes 
and generally without the expense of raising children (13 percent of 
Gay/Lesbian couples have children under 18 years of age living at 
home), can plan to be actively courted in the near future by industry 
and services anxious to open up this "new" market," says Falkner. 

In findings destined to change the way advertisers cozy up to the 
affluent gay and lesbian market, the study reveals a strong tendency 
among this group to buy products or services from companies they know 
to be gay-friendly. 

"You'll be seeing many more large corporations "coming out" as 
friendly to gays, once they see what a positive image in the gay 
community can do for sales," explains Cary Gilbert, president of 
gay entertainment/media company GSociety, Inc.  "It isn't being 
deceptive or devious on the company's part.  Instead it's a matter 
of taking the opportunity to be open and positive about their 
policies and goals concerning the gay population.  That recognizing 
gay clients has a positive effect on the bottom line is a side 
benefit -- and a compelling one." 

Nearly 9 out of 10 census respondents are registered voters, and 
79.8 percent of them voted in the 2000 presidential election, as 
compared to 49 percent of the general public who voted in the 1996 
election, according to the Clerk of the U.S. Congress.   The great 
majority -- 68.8 percent -- are registered Democrats. 

"Money talks, the same in politics as in business," Garber says.  
"As the gay and lesbian economic power base becomes more widely 
recognized, we are sure to see many subtle and not-so-subtle changes
in the way the gay population is courted." 

The Census is the combined effort of three partners: 

OpusComm Group Inc., (Founder of the 2001 Gay/Lesbian Consumer Online 
Census Partnership) 

The founders of the OpusComm Group have been providing exciting and 
effective marketing, public relations and advertising to a broad range
of clients from Fortune 500 to small businesses for over sixteen years. Now, as one of 
the world's leading researchers in Gay/Lesbian consumerism, we provide the strategy 
that can guide you through implementation with unparalleled knowledge to reach untapped
markets. Our strength is in consultation with community sensitivity in the market planning
and execution for all types of mainstream advertisers to target the gay/lesbian community.
www.opuscommgroup.com 

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse 
University -  As one of the world's leading academic and research 
institutions in the field of communications, S.I. Newhouse School of 
Public Communications at Syracuse University is leading the development
of the Census. www.syracuse.edu 

GSociety, Inc. - A media/entertainment company whose reach and 
distribution channels target the millions of gay and lesbian consumers
Media Sponsors: Advocate, Axess Promotions, Curve Magazine, Express, 
Gay Crawler, Instinct, Joey Magazine, metroG, Proud Parenting, and She
Magazine 
  
For further information contact Jeffrey Garber, president, OpusComm 
Group, at (315)422-6250 or jeff@opuscommgroup.com. 

Full highlights of this study on Income, Politics, Consumer Behavior, 
Media habits, Relationships and other findings as well as methodology 
are available at www.glcensus.org 

###

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 

IN GRANTING BROADCAST/PRINT PERMISSION TO PUBLICIZE ANY/OR ALL 
PORTIONS OF "2001 GAY/LESBIAN CONSUMER ONLINE CENSUS" INFORMATION 
PROVIDED.: 

You are authorized to quote from this report only if credited as 
follows: "A  Syracuse University, OpusComm Group, GSociety Study". 

You may also want to add: "For more information please visit 
http://www.glcensus.org" 

---------------------------------------------------------------


News release
Contact: Allan Mann, 510/271-6366 or Luke Klipp, 415/439-4272

Motorola, IBM, Kodak, Avaya, Disney World Honored for LGBT Workplace Achievements

"Outie" Awards to be presented at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Cincinnati


Motorola and IBM, along with individuals and groups from Kodak, Avaya and Walt Disney 
World have selected from among nearly 50 nominees to receive Out & Equal Workplace
Advocates' "Outie" awards for efforts to make workplaces safe and equitable for LGBT employees.

The "Outies" will be awarded during the Out & Equal Workplace Summit in the greater Cincinnati
area Oct. 5-7.

The Significant Achievement Award for a company that has made the most significant progress
toward LGBT equality in the past year goes to Motorola, Inc.  IBM has been given the Workplace
Excellence Award for companies that have historically supported LGBT employees.   Cathy Brill
and Lisa Vitale of Kodak will be given the Champion Award honoring straight allies who have
played a pivotal role in championing equal treatment of LGBT employees. Mary Ann Horton of
Avaya will receive the Trailblazer Award for an LGBT person who has made a significant
contribution to advancing workplace equity.  The "Outie" for Employee Resource Group of the
Year goes to PRIDE at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  


Motorola was nominated by its Gay and Lesbian Business Council, one of five officially
sanctioned employee associations formed by the company in 2000 to support various ethnic
and cultural groups.  Motorola's award recognizes such achievements as the inclusion of 
same sex domestic partnership benefits in the standard benefit package, allowing same sex
partner beneficiaries for retirement plans, extending travel discount benefits to same sex
partners, and recognizing the needs of same sex partners when hiring and relocating new
employees.  


IBM has included sexual orientation in its non-discrimination policy since 1984 and offered
 domestic benefits in 1997.  IBM has actively tracked and encouraged its gay and lesbian
 executives, sponsoring both internal and external leadership development activities.  The
 company also supports a mentoring program for gay and lesbian employees. IBM has also
 provided much support to LGBT community organizations and recently created a full time 
LGBT sales and talent team to focus on selling to and recruiting from the LGBT community.  


Brill and Vitale have both been exceptionally supportive of Kodak's Lambda Network employee
 resource group for LGBTs.  Brill, a human resources director, was responsible for giving Lambda
 a key role in the Culture Change Initiative she led at Kodak Park.  Vitale, the first non-gay activist
 in the Lambda Network, has been an integral part of the group since 1994.


A transgender activist who has been involved in a variety of causes and organizations in 
support of the LGBT community, Horton is being honored for successfully getting 
nsgendered employees protected in Lucent Technologies' nondiscrimination policy, leading 
the effort to ensure that medical benefits for transsexuals were covered by the Lucent, Avaya 
and Agere health plans, and leading a forum called Transgender at Work to provide information
and advocacy to help employers and employees improve the workplace environment for 
transsexuals.  


PRIDE is being honored for its outreach to co-workers at Walt Disney World through such 
diverse activities as participation in a talent show, development of HIV/AIDS awareness 
sessions, display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and development of awareness sessions 
during June Pride Month that reached 1500 employees.  The group also successfully lobbied 
for a change in the way family passes were provided to employees, making it both inclusive 
and confidential.  


The "Outie" Awards dinner will be emceed by gay comedian Jason Stuart. Plenary sessions 
at the conference will feature a panel of workplace advocates addressing the intersection of 
race and sexual orientation as well as a presentation by Mike Wilke, executive director of
Commercial Closet, who will show and discuss his collection of 85 print and television advertisements with gay themes.


Workshops run the gamut from  "Gays, God and the Workplace," a workshop for HR 
professionals on managing the conflict between LGBT employees and co-workers with 
strong religious convictions, to "Marketing to the Gay Community,"  covering ways in which 
LGBT employees can help their companies do a better job of selling their products and 
services.  A number of workshops are focused on transgender issues, and an entire cluster
is devoted to challenges faced by employee resource groups.


The registration fee for the three-day conference, which covers all meals, is $525. One- and 
two-day rates and separate tickets to the awards banquet are also available.   To get more
 information or to register, visit Out & Equal's website at www.outandequal.org, or call 
415/439-4272.


Note to editors:

Judges for the Outie awards are: 
· Selisse Berry, Executive Director of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
· Daryl Herrschaft, WorkNet Manager for the Human Rights Campaign.
· Michelle Kammerer, Co-founder of the Center for Gender Sanity.
· Grant Lukenbill, founding co-chair of the Equality Project of the Gay and 
Lesbian Consumers, Employees, and Investors Working Together and creator of 
the annual Gay and Lesbian Values Index of the best companies for gay consumers.
· Tim McFeeley, Political Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, former 
Executive Director of HRC
· Kim Mills, Education Director of the Human Rights Campaign.
· Rick Partridge, Human Resources Director, bea Systems, Inc.
· Luis Santiago, Marketing Director, Bell Atlantic.
· T Santora, President Emeritus of Pride At Work, the official lesbian, gay, bisexual, 
and transgender (LGBT) constituency group of the AFL-CIO.
· Lia Shigemura, partner with Dragonvision Media and former Director of Corporate 
Diversity for PG&E.


News Release
For Immediate Release

Date: August 15, 2001

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Queerpalm is the first site of its kind, providing quick access through
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Queerpalm has been specifically designed to be accessible through any
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phones, Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) and handheld PC's. Queerpalm is
also accessible using most popular browsers from any desktop or laptop
computer connected to the Internet.

Queerpalm offers daily news and feature updates and is scheduled to add new
and original content.

Content, advertising and other inquiries should be directed to William
Pinyon.


News Release
Contact: Allan Mann, 510/271-6366

Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Cincinnati
To Feature Presentation on Gay-Themed Ads

Commercial Closet founder Michael Wilke will bring his collection
of 85 of the best and worst gay-themed commercials and political 
ads from around the world to the 11th annual Out & Equal Workplace
Summit in the Cincinnati area Oct. 5-7.

Wilke was covering the emergence of gay marketing and advertising
for Advertising Age when he was invited to New York's lesbian & gay
film festival in 1996 to put together a report about gay images in
commercials. "I began talking to my usual contacts at advertising 
agencies about the project" he said, "and, six months later, I had 
collected more material than I knew what to do with."

The 11th annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit is expected to 
attract more than 500 members of LGBT employee resources groups, 
human resource and diversity professionals, straight allies and 
others who advocate for LGBT equity in the workplace to the 
Cincinnati area.

Other plenary session speakers include Mandy Carter, one of the
nation's best known African-American lesbian activists, leading
a panel of workplace advocates addressing the intersection of race
and sexual orientation; shareholder activist Shelley Alpern, 
assistant vice president at Trillium Management Asset Corp., an
investment firm devoted to socially responsible asset management;
and Cynthia Martin, former President of Eastman Kodak's Global 
Customer Service and Support, who was named by the Gay Financial 
Network as one of the 25 most influential gay and lesbian 
executives in corporate America.

More than 45 workshops will address the challenge of creating safe
and equitable workplaces for LGBT employees. Workshops run the 
gamut from "Gays, God and the Workplace," a workshop for HR 
professionals on dealing with conflicts between LGBT employees
and co-workers with strong religious convictions, to "Marketing
to the Gay Community," covering ways in which LGBT employees can
help their company do a better job of selling its products and
services.  A number of workshops are focused on transgender 
issues, and an entire cluster is devoted to challenges faced by
employee resource groups.

A gala celebration is scheduled to give "Outie" awards to 
individuals and businesses that have distinguished themselves
in support of LGBT employees.  A riverboat trip to view the 
Cincinnati skyline from the Ohio River is also on the agenda.  

The registration fee for the three-day conference, which 
covers all plenary sessions, workshops and meals, is $450 
for participants who register by Sept. 15.  One- and two-day 
registration packages are also available.  To get more 
information and register, visit Out & Equal's website at 
http://www.outandequal.org , or call 415/439-4272.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            
Contact:              
Christopher Kingry 
Lobeline Communications 
310-271-1551 
slashcom1@aol.com 

AMERICAN PIE 2 MAKES A SLICK HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE FEATURING WET LUBRICANT 

HOLLYWOOD (Aug. 9, 2001) - Universal Pictures' bold and sexy comedy sequel, 
AMERICAN PIE 2, makes a smooth debut in theaters nationwide this weekend, 
starring world-famous WET Personal Lubricant.  In the film's pivotal 
hilarious scene, star Jason Biggs attempts to watch an X-rated video.  He 
mistakenly picks up a tube of "Super Glue" instead of his "WET" and personal 
lubrication turns into a "gripping" private moment!  See the online trailer 
(which includes WET in a portion of the scene) at 
http://www.americanpiemovie.com/trailer.html . 

In addition to a full on-screen cameo appearance by the hot-selling WET, 
sample gift bags featuring WET Light and WET Flavored Lubricants were given 
to more than 2,000 guests at the film's star-studded Hollywood premiere. 
Bedroom sets were placed throughout the party with WET on the nightstands - 
just like in the movie!  -- NOT your typical, stuffy Hollywood party! 

"WET products are America's favorite brand of personal lubricants and it's
a thrill to have them included in what is sure to be America's summer 
blockbuster," said Michael Trygstad, president and founder of WET 
International.   

WET product samples were also given to all cast and crew members while the 
movie was in production.  There's been no official word yet from the 
producers on which stars actually tested WET products while shooting on 
location, or during the exclusive premiere screening and gala after-party.    
However, insiders say, "a good time was had by all!" 

When American Pie 2 opens, theater-goers nationwide will see WET Light Liquid 
Gel in use during one of the movie's most touching and memorable scenes. WET 
Light, the lighter, thinner version of WET Original Gel, provides unsurpassed 
slippery smoothness in a liquid formula for those who prefer it. Its silky, 
sensuous feel enhances pleasure and brings new levels of comfort and 
sensation to the most intimate situations. WET Flavored Lubricant Gel 
combines WET's world-famous, long-lasting silky feel with a delicious 
assortment of fresh, clear, sugar-free flavors for the most mouth-watering 
intimate moments ever! 

WET International products are created by Southern California-based Trigg 
Laboratories, Inc., a leading maker of products to enhance the most personal 
and intimate moments of a person's life.   WET products are now available at 
all Spencer Gifts locations in shopping malls worldwide.  For more 
information on WET International, visit http://www.WETInternational.com .


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Toshi Reagon and Big Lovely to Perform at National Conference

Toshi Reagon and Big Lovely performance will be one of the may 
highlights of The National Conference for Lesbians of Size. The 
New York Times says of  Toshi: "Ms. Reagon's music originates 
in her love of mixing things up...[her] vocal style ranges 
from a dirty blues moan to a gospel shout to an ethereal 
croon...she'll be a star in the smaller worlds she leaps 
between."(February 1999).The performance will take place on 
Saturday, October 6.  250 Tickets are available to the public. 
Tickets are part of the conference package for conference 
attendees. 

"Whether you are a fat lesbian into politics, personal growth, 
SM, butch/ femme, swimming, dancing, or just hanging out you 
will find something for you here" remarks Dot Nelson-Turnier, 
about the National Conference for Lesbians of Size. 
Nelson-Turnier, Director of NOLOSE (National Organization 
for Lesbians of Size, is referring to the National Conference 
to be held in Parsippany, NJ October 5-8.   In its third 
year running, this conference promises to be most exciting 
yet. 

Co- Keynote speakers, Marilyn Wann and Sondra Solovay led a 
successful effort to make weight-based discrimination illegal 
in San Francisco.  Sondra, along with being an activist is a
writer, educator, and legal consultant and author of Tipping 
the Scales of Justice: Fighting Weight-Based discrimination. 
Her work has also appeared in Curve, The San Francisco Bay 
Times and Fat Women Speak: Journeys to Self-Acceptance.  
Marilyn Wann is the author of Fat!So? and a participant in 
a fat women only synchronized swim group called the Padded 
Lillies which performed on the Jay Leno show. In 1999, 
Marilyn led, about 25 overweight protesters in picketing 
a San Francisco fitness club Monday to protest against a 
billboard claiming that, when space aliens finally do 
encounter humans, "they will eat the fat ones first.''.  
Marilyn was seen on the news prominently displaying a 
sign that said "Eat me!"

Workshops will be presented on topics such as "Food, Sex 
and Sensuality", "Moving our Beautiful Fat Bodies" and "Fat 
and Other isms" and some other events include "Swimming with 
the Fat Girls", the 1st Annual Beach Ball Festival (at the 
pool) and the Grand Fat Opry.

The National Organization for Lesbians of Size is a support, 
social and networking organization for women who identify as 
lesbians and are fat or fat positive, their friends and allies.

For information and/or registration call 718-622-7631, email 
noloselass@excite.com or visit NOLOSE’s website at 
http://www.nolose.org


For Immediate Release
July 30, 2001
Media Contact: Lin Daniels
HawaiiFest, P.O.Box 3564
Los Altos, CA 94024 
(650)917-0523 
www.jurassicproductions.com or
HawaiiFest@aug.com.
photographs available at http://www.jurassicproductions.com

HawaiiFest on Maui, Labor Day Weekend, 2001!

HawaiiFest is a Lesbian festival, happening on Labor Day Weekend
2001 on Maui! Imagine being on a beautiful peninsula on one of 
the most beautiful Islands in the world. 

Then imagine that place with a healthy sprinkling of Lesbians, 
some great Lesbian musicians from the mainland, London (and right 
here!), storytellers, Hawaiian dance and music, workshops, films 
and so much more. 

This years' performers include: Cris Williamson, Teresa Trull, 
Barbara Higbie, Sue Fink, Ginni Clemmens, October Browne, Leilani, 
Rashida Oji, The Pacific Heart Players (from Oahu), and our special 
guest, Ubaka Hill. Ubaka is a world renowned drummer who will be 
teachingand performing throughout the weekend. This is a great 
opportunity for drummers and drummer "wannabees".
 
Cabins and camping areas are available in this beautiful camp 
overlooking the Pacific. Think "Lesbian Summer Camp!".  Across 
the road is an Arboretum,  with a perfect waterfall flowing 
into a perfect pool of crystal clear water.

Our on site archaeologist will take you walks through magical 
places. Enjoy concerts in the afternoon and evening, with dances on 
Friday and Saturday nights. 

You can click onto our site to register or for more information
and performer bios. All women are welcome, and kama'aina rates 
are available. Summer fares are beginning to come down, so now 
is the time to book into Maui! 

For more information and travel tips, contact us: 

HawaiiFest, P.O.Box 3564, LosAltos, CA 94024 
(650)917-0523 or www.jurassicproductions.com or
HawaiiFest@aug.com.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
  

Contact: Jeffrey S. Garber, president 
             OpusComm Group, Inc. 
             315 Highland Ave. 
             Syracuse, NY 13203 
             email: info@opuscommgroup.com 
             www.opuscommgroup.com 

Gays/Lesbians - Stand Up and be Counted!

     Syracuse, New York ­ July 9, 2001 ­ Mainstream advertisers 
and ad agencies are reaching out to the gay/lesbian community for 
participation in the first online 2001 Gay/Lesbian Consumer Online 
Census taking place July 9th through August 9th, 2001. 

     The Census is the first grand-scale research into the consumer 
habits of the worldwide Gay/Lesbian community to be conducted by a 
leading university (Syracuse University), in an effort to become a 
tool to educate mainstream advertisers who don't have a clear 
handle on the power of the Gay/Lesbian consumer, a unique niche 
market. 

     Gays and Lesbians are encouraged to not only "Stand Up and Be 
Counted", but spread the word through the rest of the Community ­ 
one whose consumer clout has widely been ignored in the past - and 
share the opportunity to get pertinent information to advertisers 
and marketers about positive print and electronic media issues. 

     To be an anonymous participant in the survey, log onto 
www.glcensus.org.  On the site is a place to register for a 
personal copy of the synopsis of the results, and to win a 
trip to New York City or Los Angeles, including air, hotel 
and other amenities. 

     The Census is the combined effort of three partners: 

OpusComm Group, Inc., a gay-owned advertising/PR agency with 
over sixteen years mainstream experience, now specializing in 
consultation of sensitivity issues and market plan development 
for all types of advertisers targeting the Gay/Lesbian Community 
in the mainstream media. 

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse 
University, one of the world's leading academic and research 
institutions in the field of communications, which is leading 
the development and result analysis of the Census. 

GSociety, Inc., a media/entertainment company whose reach and 
distribution channels target gays and lesbians around the world, 
featuring powerful e-commerce and travel services.  The company's 
Internet portals feature GayWired.com and LesbianNation.com. 

     For further information on the 2001 Gay/Lesbian Consumer 
Online Census contact OpusComm Group, Inc. at (315)422-6250 or 
at email: info@opuscommgroup.com.  Logo, artwork and press 
releases are available and can be downloaded at: 
http://www.glcensus.org/mediakit.cfm 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
  

Contact: Jeffrey S. Garber, president 
              OpusComm Group, Inc. 
              315 Highland Ave. 
              Syracuse, NY 13203 
              www.opuscommgroup.com 
              email:  jeff@opuscommgroup.com 
  

Press Conference Announces Breakthrough in Gay Consumerism

     Syracuse, New York - June 27, 2001-- A live press conference 
with a simulcast on an interactive web site, will be held 2:00 p.m. 
EST, July 9, 2001 to announce the commencement of a major university 
study being conducted on Gay/Lesbian consumerism and the effect it 
now has on mainstream marketing. 

     The press conference will take place at Syracuse University, 
whose S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, in conjunction 
with OpusComm Group, Inc. and GSociety, Inc., are conducting this 
worldwide study of the Gay/Lesbian Community on a grand scale. 

     "This is the largest, most ambitious research done to date, 
and we are thrilled that a major, well-respected leader in research, 
such is Syracuse University, has partnered with us and GSociety to 
undertake this high profile study," says Jeffrey Garber, president 
of OpusComm Group, Inc.  "It is a subject that has been widely 
overlooked in the past, and mainstream business can no longer 
afford to ignore the Gay/Lesbian Community and stay competitive in 
an oncoming economic turndown." 

   Speaking at the press conference will be Garber, Cary Gilbert, 
who is Vice President of GSociety, Inc. and David Rubin, Dean of 
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Syracuse University. 

     Shaw, along with the 16-member board of trustees executive 
committee, most recently demonstrated the University’s anti-
discrimination policy by refusing the Boy Scouts of America’s 
use of the Carrier Dome and their catering service for their 
annual Boypower Dinner, a major fundraiser held there for 17 
of the past 18 years.  This decision came on the heels of the 
Boy Scouts policy disallowing openly gay adult leaders. 

     For further information on attending the press conference or 
to receive a press kit, call OpusComm Group, Inc. at (315) 422-6250.  
To view the Internet simulcast and participate in the interactive 
question and answer session, log onto www.opuscommgroup.com at 2:00 
p.m., July 9, 2001. 

# # #


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STREET DATE: June 12, 2001

Contact: Kelly Hargraves                       877-457-5133 (toll free)
fax: 212-989-7649
kellyh@firstrunfeatures.com


THE BEST OF QUEER BERLIN - An Interactive Guide to Berlin's Gay and Lesbian 
World now available on DVD

On June 12, 2001 First Run Features will release the only gay film from East 
Berlin, COMING OUT, on DVD. One of the special features of the COMING OUT 
DVD is a very exciting PC-friendly guide, The Best of Queer Berlin. Created 
by Berlin's premier gay/lesbian magazine SIEGESSAEULE, "The Best of Queer 
Berlin" offers an innovative and informative trip to Homopolis!

Whether it's a beer at the world famous Tom's, a stroll through the Gay 
Museum, a cocktail at the chic Schnall & Rauch, a flirtation at the lesbian 
café Begine or an all-night party on Oranienstrasse in Kreuzberg, Berlin is 
one of the most fascinating cities in Europe for lesbians and gays. It was 
here that educator Magnus Hirschfeld began the modern gay rights movement 
over a hundred years ago. Today, visitors to the city of Berlin, whose 
unification continues apace, can expect to find a wide range of cafés, pubs, 
restaurants, accomodations and nightlife.

This extensive guide features insider information on Berlin's best gay and 
lesbian bars, pubs, cafés, clubs and parties, as well as cultural 
destinations such as Europe's only gay museum, the Marlene Dietrich 
Collection and Christopher Isherwood's former residence. There's also a list 
of Berlin's gay/lesbian events which happen throughout the year such as the 
Leather and Fetish Summit during Easter, the Teddy Awards at the Berlin Film 
Festival in February and Europe's biggest gay and lesbian street party every 
June.

Thumbnail guides to the Berlin neighborhoods of Schoneberg, Berlin-Mitte, 
Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg complete this thoroughly unique collection. 
All locations in The Best of Queer Berlin are conveniently referenced on 
easy-to-read, printer-friendly city maps.

Hailed as the first (and only) feature film about gay life ever produced in 
communist East Germany, COMING OUT premiered on the very night the Berlin 
Wall came down. It was awarded the Silver Bear Prize at the Berlin Film 
Festival as well as the (gay) Teddy Award.

Along with The Best of Queer Berlin, this state-of-the-art DVD also features 
newly remastered sound and picture, the original theatrical trailer, a 
featurette highlighting The Best of East German Cinema, a biography & 
filmography of the director, interactive menus, and scene access.

The COMING OUT DVD with The Best of Queer Berlin is available beginning June 
12 at a suggested retail price of $29.95. Press screeners are available upon 
request.

For a preview of The Best of Queer Berlin you can visit: 
http://www.bizzcomm.de/ComingOut/mainmenu.htm but please note that the DVD 
version has been enhanced and will be a much smoother and faster trip 
through Homopolis!

Make it easy for your readers to find us.  Include our toll free number
1-800-488-6652 and our website address www.firstrunfeatures.com.

Please send tearsheets to First Run Features c/o Kelly Hargraves, 153 
Waverly Place, New York, NY 10014

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PRESS RELEASE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE							June 7, 2001

Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
3356 North Halsted Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60657
773.871.4190

Media Contact:  Andrew Arden Hayes, 773.435.1250

Chicago Gay/Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to Be Featured on NPR's 
National Marketplace 

Segment to focus on Chamber's growth, programs and efforts to promote 
tourism in Chicago.

Chicago, IL -- June 7, 2001 -- The Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber
of Commerce will be featured on National Public Radio's "National 
Marketplace" on Friday, June 8. National Marketplace focuses on 
business issues and trends.

The Chamber has grown since its formation five years ago to become 
one of the fastest-growing business organizations -- gay or 
straight -- in the Midwest. Its membership is currently  comprised of 
more than 550 gay and lesbian owned businesses and community 
organizations as well as gay/lesbian-friendly businesses in the 
Chicago metropolitan area. Among those interviewed for National
Marketplace were Joe Sprague, The Chamber's executive director, and 
Lauryn Kushner, the group's director of tourism.

In recent months, The Chamber held the Midwest's first-ever Gay, 
Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender (GLBT) job fair in downtown Chicago.
More than 40 national and regional corporations and local employers
participated in the job fair, which attracted over 800 prospective
employees. 
	
In addition, The Chamber has been actively promoting Chicago as a 
national and international gay and lesbian tourist destination and
-- this past winter -- opened the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Visitors' 
Center located in a storefront location on one of the city's main
thoroughfares. The Visitors' Center is believed to be the first such
facility of its kind in the U.S. 

More information on The Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of 
Commerce, its programs, services and activities can be obtained by
calling 773.871.4190; info@glchamber.org or on the Web at
www.glchamber.org.

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PRESS RELEASE


Sales Consultants' Camp E-Commerce Benefits Non-Profits -
DuBidet Twins, Inc. Announces Its Business Launch

Chicago - June 1, 2001 - Bruce Scrafford and Nelson Sears, independent
contractors for the Tupperware Corporation, announce the launch of the
DuBidet Twins, Inc. 

DuBidet Twins, Inc. partners with charities, non-profit organizations,
and special interest groups helping to raise money through the sale 
of Tupperware(r) products. The company donates 25% of its net profits 
that are generated from a 4-step fundraising strategy of e-commerce, 
direct mail, direct sales, and special events.

Sears and Scrafford have created a unique sales approach for the 
world-renowned name brand product; they dress as 50's time-warped 
twin sisters named Dottie and DeeDee DuBidet.

Decked in identical black and fuchsia polka-dotted dresses with 
matching patent leather heels, gloves, hats, and bags, the DuBidet 
Twins' comic antics and repartee charm audiences into buying 
Tupperware(r) products.

"We offer a fun and quirky fundraising venue to supplement the annual
silent auctions, Mardi Gras nights, and black tie gala events," Sears
added.  "People won't forget an evening with the DuBidet Twins!"

AIDSCARE, a Chicago-based AIDS service organization, will be the 
company's first beneficiary. 25% of the net profits from online on 
the DuBidet Twins'  website (http://www.DuBidetTwins.com) in June will
be donated to the organization.

"We're very excited about raising money for non-profit groups through 
our online incentive sales programs," reported Scrafford.  "With the
touch of a button, a non-profit organization can send an incentive 
based e-mail fundraising offer to thousands of people."

Sears was also confident about the new venture, "The U.S. Department
of Commerce reported that online retail sales were 8.6 billion for 
the 4th quarter of 2000.  And over 59 million Americans log on to the 
Internet daily which indicates that e-commerce fundraising could 
become the wave of the future."

For fundraising or special event information, visit their website at 
http://www.DuBidetTwins.com.


Contact:
Andrea Zarchin
Public Relations Coordinator
954.242.1785
Email: DuBidetTwins@DuBidetTwins.com

Photographs Available at:

http://www.gaydata.com/releases/dubid300.jpg 300 dpi for print use.
http://www.gaydata.com/releases/dubid72.jpg 72 dpi for web use.



Press Release

CONTACT: Patrick Muller
House of Wonder
P.O. Box 10046
Iowa City, IA  52240-0001
patrick-muller@uiowa.edu
319-335-7180

Release date: Immediate

AUTHOR LAUNCHES WEBSITE AND OFFERS FREE BOOKS FOR VISITING

Iowa City, IA  Copernicus again, author of 21 books in his Paradox
and the Human Learning Series, and the person who coined the concepts
"morality of paradox" and "omnimodal polypossibility," announced today the
creation of a website www.copernicusagain.com  to display his vast
production of books.

On this website weekly will be a secret word or phrase.  Visitors
to the website may easily get this secret word and mail it to the author.
At the end of the month, all those who have sent in the secret word will
be eligible for a drawing for free, autographed copies of Copernicus
agains books.

(Visitors are encouraged to visit as much as they want but are
asked not to submit more than one entry per week.)

Winners will be able to select any book, although Copernicus again
recommends the following:

"Fracture: A 12:2 hyp" -- this is a gay "Catcher in the Rye" that
is a bestseller in France and is quickly becoming an American classic.
"How to win the Nobel Prize" -- this gives a pragmatic strategy to
build a $1 billion war chest to achieve unequivocal and irrevocable gay
rights all throughout the world.

"The Sex closest to God" -- this explains with biology and
anthropology how homosexuality is a natural and moral act.  It gives
defenses against the constant charges that homosexuality is perverse,
unnatural, and immoral.

"Humansexuality" -- this maps out the entire geography of human
sexuality and shows how dynamic and multifacted it is.  It also shows how
homosexuality is a legitimate and celebrant part of human sexuality.

"Hello, my name is Adrian" -- this is the "Dick and Jane" reader
we should have read in elementary school.  Like the song the Flirtations
sing, "Everythings Possible," this book gives us a frolicking way to break
down gender stereotypes and the persistent stigma against same-sex
affection.

All of Copernicus agains books may be found on bn.com or
amazon.com by doing an author search.

Copernicus again is an author, painter, dancer, physician, art
collector, and college professor who commissions and creates mythologies
and iconographies that show identities and cultures as living, open,
interactive, hybrid, homeostatic, and confluential systems.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: May 26, 2001

CONTACT: Annie McMaster or Steve Bisyak

PHONE: 1-888-828-6433

Bungee Sex Wins More International Awards

PITTSBURGH-- May 19, 2001 - An international jury at INPEX XVII has
awarded "The Bungee Sexperience TM" the "Outstanding Achievement
Award for 2001". This major award is given to inventions and 
companies who have displayed outstanding growth and success, as 
well as innovative concepts. The Bungee was also awarded a top 
honor silver medal this year in the Medical category. 


INPEX is the world's largest invention and new product expo, held
annually in Pittsburgh, PA. Steve Bisyak, inventor of "The Bungee 
Sexperience TM", and president of Cords Unlimited Incorporated, 
attended this year’s INPEX as an invited guest speaker for their 
"Inventors University". INPEX awarded the Bungee "Best Invention 
of the Americas" in 1999.


"The Bungee Sexperience TM" is a patented weightless sex harness 
system that allows the rider to experience an endless variety of 
sexual positions while bouncing gravity free on a bungee cord. 


A variation of the Bungee is a medical and therapeutic device. 
The medical and therapeutic versions are designed for intimacy, 
exercise, motion therapy or as a lift device for the physically 
challenged.


"I have done a lot of challenging things in my life," says Bisyak, 
Guinness Book world record holder for firewalking and co-author of
the book "Mastering Fear -- The Ultimate Challenge". "But taking an
idea from conception to finished product and making it fly has been
one of the greatest challenges I have met. There have been many 
obstacles along the way, including everything from the challenges 
of being self financed to inferior imitations riding on our
publicity," he adds, "Recognition of this magnitude definitely helps
us keep moving forward." 


Available for interviews and demonstrations. Press kits and more
information available upon request.


INPEX contact http://www.inventionshow.com 1-800-422-0871 

Cords Unlimited Inc. 1-888-828-6433

360-372-2628

PO Box 639, Tracyton, WA 98393

bungee@sinclair.net 

www.bungeesex.com

Photo Available at: http://www.gaydata.com/web/MBungeesex.jpg

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For Immediate Release

Margaret Cho to Star in Pay-Per-View Special

Encino, CA (5/21/01) Comedian Margaret Cho, who made history as the star of
the first Asian-American family sitcom on television, will appear in her
first Pay-Per-View special premiering on June 2, 2001 at 10:00 p.m. ET based
on her critically acclaimed film, I'm The One That I Want. The special will
be replayed throughout June.

The two-hour event, entitled Margaret Cho - I'm The One That I Want, is
available through the Pay-Per-View services iNDEMAND, DirecTV, Dish Network
and Cablevision. It consists of the film and 20 minutes of behind the scenes
footage of Cho on stage and on tour.

In 1999, Cho's one-woman show, I'm The One That I Want, won New York
Magazine's Performance Of The Year Award along with being named one of the
Great Performances Of The Year by Entertainment Weekly. In 2000 the concert
film of the same name, filmed at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, won
widespread praise from film critics, including Roger Ebert, who gave the
movie a "Thumbs Up." The independent film is one of only three movies in
history to gross over one million dollars with fewer than 10 prints.

For the pay per view special, Cho has created an additional 20 minutes of
behind the scenes footage of her backstage and on tour that bring the viewer
insights about the film and Cho's experiences with it.

"In a sense, [the movie] wasn't just a comedy, it was more," comments Cho in
the extra footage. "It became like a social phenomenon."

And critics were quick to notice Cho's cinematic turn in I'm The One That I
Want.

"I laughed until the tears were running down my face," said Stephen Holden
of the New York Times in his review of I'm The One That I Want,  "Her show
is strung with killingly funny parodies." More reviews are available at
www.margaretcho.com.

Cho was awarded GLAAD's inaugural Golden Gate Award, recognizing her as "an
entertainment pioneer who has made a significant difference in promoting
equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or identity."   And,
also in June, along with Adelphia's Bill Rosendahl, she will be presented
with a Lambda Liberty Award.
_________________
Promotional materials for onsite giveaways are available. Please contact
Spring Communications.

Spring Communications
Phone:  818-881-3663
Email:  support@springppv.com


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For release May 22, 2001                        Contact: Tom Rielly
Castro Foundation
        press@castrofoundation.org
        415-254-1394

Castro Foundation Announced to Help Restore
San Francisco's Historic Landmark Castro Theatre

80th Anniversary of Theatre's Construction
Marks Formation of Non-Profit Organization

ELS Architects, designers of the new Berkeley Rep,
Commissioned to Prepare Feasibility Study

SAN FRANCISCO-Against the backdrop of the 25th Anniversary San Francisco
International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, the newly formed Castro
Foundation today announced an effort to help restore and modernize the
Castro Theatre in San Francisco.  Built in 1921 and owned by the Nasser
Bros., a pioneering movie theatre family, the Castro is the last remaining
continuously operating movie palace in San Francisco.

The Castro Foundation, founded by entrepreneur and community leader Tom
Rielly, has commissioned a feasibility study to restore the theatre. Today
it also launched a fund-raising drive to finance the feasibility project.

Heart of the Community
"The Castro Theatre is the secular cathedral and anchor of our neighborhood,
as well as a citywide cultural venue," Rielly said. "It's time for the
community, gay and straight alike, to work with the Nasser family to return
the Castro Theatre to its original opening night splendor."

Many historical events have taken place at the Castro, including Vito
Russo's lecture presentation of his book The Celluloid Closet; the debut of
Peter Adair's groundbreaking The Word is Out; The premiere of Robert
Epstein's Times of Harvey Milk; the debut of Alfred Hitchcock's restored
Vertigo; the 25th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, and
the sold-out run of The Sing-A-Long Sound of Music. The Castro has also
hosted countless benefits for social, community and political organizations
over the years.

Team
The Castro Foundation was created by Tom Rielly, founder of PlanetOut Corp.
(now PlanetOut Partners), the leading lesbian, gay, bi and trans Internet
communities, and co-founder of Digital Queers, a group of technology
professionals who helped national lesbian and gay non-profits with their
technology needs. Rielly, 37, started the Castro Foundation after having
been a patron and devotee of the theatre for more than decade. Rielly has
more than fifteen years' experience in high-tech startups and non-profit
organizations.

The Foundation has engaged ELS Architects of Berkeley, which has extensive
experience in the restoration and modernization of historic movie theatres,
including its current project, the Fox Theatre in San Jose. ELS also
designed the Berkeley Rep's recently-opened new theatre building. Kurt
Schindler and William Gordon of ELS lead the project.
The Foundation has also retained John Pflueger, architect and nephew of the
original Castro Theatre architect Timothy Pflueger, who has carefully
preserved the building's original blueprints.

The Foundation team also consists of Gary Meyer and Paul Richardson,
co-founders of Landmark Theatres for theatre strategy; Chris de Heer,
co-founder of CaregiverZone, for the Foundation's graphic design; and Lorne
Buchman, former president of the California College of Arts and Crafts, for
organizational and fundraising issues.

The Foundation's advisory board includes Jenni Olson, independent film
archivist and PlanetOut producer; Tom di Maria, executive director of
Creative Growth Arts Center and Frameline board member; Lorne Buchman,
former president of the California College of Arts and Crafts; Gail Silva,
executive director of Film Arts Foundation; Steve Levin, Editor and theatre
historian of the Theatre Historical Society America; and Bob Hawk,
independent film producer (Chasing Amy, Trick).

The Castro Foundation is represented by Jill Dodd, Esq. of Steefel, Levitt
and Weiss; and Brett Gladstone, Esq. of Gladstone and Associates.

History
Eighty years ago, the Nasser brothers, pioneers in San Francisco motion
picture presentation, began construction of their flagship, the "new" Castro
Theatre. A 1500-seat fantasy palace, the Castro was designed to resemble a
Mexican cathedral on the outside, and a Moorish tent on the inside. San
Francisco mayor James Rolph, Jr. participated in the opening ceremony at 8
pm, Friday June 23, 1922. The Castro was actually the Nasser family's third
theatre in the neighborhood. The first, a Nicklelodeon named the Liberty,
stood at 18th and Collingwood Sts. Next, the "first" Castro Theatre was
located in the space currently operated by Cliff's hardware store.

Over the years, the Castro served as one of the city's largest neighborhood
theatres, along with the New Mission (closed), the New Fillmore (live
venue), and the El Capitain (demolished). It showed second- and third-run
films after their premieres at the downtown palaces, such as the legendary
Fox Theatre (demolished).

The Birth of a Revival House
Twenty-five years ago, flamboyant theatre entrepreneur Mel Novikoff, owner
of the Surf Theatres chain, leased the Castro Theatre from the Nassers and
instituted a highly successful program of reviving classic films, such as
his 1977 revival of classic Warner Bros. movies.  Mel breathed new life into
the theatre and led its operations until his death in 1987. Since then, the
theatre has been operated by the Blumenfeld family, another important San
Francisco theatre family.

The Castro Theatre Today
Today the Castro Theatre is regarded as one of the best venues in North
America to view classic, independent and international films. In fact, the
Library of Congress selected the Castro Theatre as the only venue in
California to show its touring series of historic American films. The
Castro's current team includes Anita Monga, director of programming; Hal
Rowland, head projectionist; and Stacey Wisnia, theatre manager.
Since 1980, over 40 single-screen theatres have shut their doors in San
Francisco. The Castro Foundation aims to help secure the Castro Theatre for
generations to come.

Architecture
An architectural triumph, the Castro was designed by then-unknown
28-year-old architect Timothy Pflueger. A contemporary of Frank Lloyd
Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier, Pflueger went on to design some
of San Francisco's most important structures, including the 450 Sutter
"Dental" Building, the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph building, the I. Magnin
building, Union Square, the Pacific Stock Exchange, and that Art Deco
masterpiece, Oakland's Paramount Theatre (restored in 1973).  Pflueger also
chaired the architectural committee attached to the Bay Bridge.

A Cornucopia of Film Festivals
The Castro is also home to seven film festivals: the San Francisco
International Film Festival, the Jewish Film Festival, the San Francisco
International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, the San Francisco Silent Film
Festival, Berlin and Beyond (Contemporary German Films), Verdi Goes to the
Movies (Opera Film Festival), and the Jazz in the City Festival Film
Festival, and many other community events.

Scope of Work     
    Among the many improvements being considered for the theatre: improved
seats, concessions, and bathrooms; more lighting, upgraded organ pipes and
Wurlitzer console; improved picture and sound; thorough cleaning, repair and
restoration of all plaster fixtures, organ grilles, paintings and scraffito
murals; restoration of the beautiful Moorish "tent" ceiling; new carpeting,
paint, and technology; and improved ticketing.

To contribute
    The Castro Foundation is currently a project of the Film Arts
Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. Contributions are tax-deductible to the
fullest extent of the law. Castro Foundation non-profit status pending.
Donations should be made out to Film Arts Foundation attn: the Castro
Foundation and sent to the address below. Checks and Visa/MC/Amex accepted.
More details on giving can be found at the organization's website. To
subscribe to the Foundation's free email newsletter, send an email to
subscribe@castrofoundation.org.

Contact Info:
The Castro Foundation can be reached at:
info@castrofoundation.org
www.castrofoundation.org
584 Castro St. #529
SF CA 94114 USA
Tel: 415-282-5902
Fax: 415-970-0911
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(c) 2001 Castro Foundation. The Castro Foundation is not affiliated with
Consolidated Theatres Inc. or Central California Theatres Co.



Tom Rielly
Founder and Executive Director
The Castro Foundation
584 Castro St. #529 SF CA 94114 Tel 415-254-1394 Fax 415-970-0911
castrofoundation@aol.com or tom@planetout.com

Founder, PlanetOut
PlanetOut Partners
415-644-8000 fax 415-644-7890
email tom@planetout.com
www.planetout.com  www.gay.com www.outandabout.com www.kleptomaniac.com

Wouldn't it be great if San Francisco's Castro Theatre finally had
comfortable seats? Stay tuned... Let me know if you want to know more.

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Big Fat Lesbian Conference

"Whether you are into politics, personal growth, activism, SM,
butch-femme, swimming, dancing, or just hanging out with other
fat dykes and their allies, you will find something for you here"
says Dot Nelson-Turnier, about the National Conference for Lesbians
of Size to be held at the Sheraton Parsippany, in Parsippany, NJ, 
October 5 -8, 2001.  In its third year running, this conference 
promises to be most exciting yet!
 
Keynote speakers, Marilyn Wann and Sondra Solovay led a successful 
effort to make weight-based discrimination illegal in San Francisco.

Sondra is an activist, writer, educator, legal consultant, and author
of Tipping the Scales of Justice: Fighting Weight-Based Discrimination.
Her work has also appeared in Curve, The San Francisco Bay Times and
Fat Women Speak: Journeys to Self-Acceptance.  Marilyn Wann is the 
author of Fat!So? and a participant in a fat women's synchronized 
swim group called "the Padded Lilies" seen on the Jay Leno show. 
Marilyn was also on the news sporting a sign that said "Eat me!" at 
a protest against a San Francisco fitness club billboard claiming 
that when space aliens encounter humans, "they will eat the fat ones
first."  

Toshi Reagon and Big Lovely will perform on the second night of the 
conference (Saturday, October 6), in an intimate hotel setting.  The
New York Times says of Toshi: "Ms. Reagon's music originates in her
love of mixing things up...[her] vocal style ranges from a dirty blues
moan to a gospel shout to an ethereal croon...she'll be a star in the 
smaller worlds she leaps between." (February 1999)  Conference 
attendees get the first chance to join in this rapturous, 
hand-raising, foot-stomping musical event! 

Workshops will be presented on topics such as "Food, Sex and 
Sensuality", "Fat Moves: Funky Dancing with Fat Girls" and "Fatphobia
and Other Forms of Oppression." Some other events include Fat Girls
Making Waves, the 1st Annual Beach Ball Festival (at the pool) and 
the Grand Fat Opry.

The National Organization for Lesbians of Size is a support, social 
and networking organization for women who identify as lesbians and 
are fat or fat positive, their friends and allies.

For more information and/or registration call 718-622-7631, email 
noloselass@excite.com or visit NOLOSE's website at www.nolose.org.

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For Immediate Release 

Media Contact:                    
Christopher Kingry/Phil Lobel 
Lobeline Communications 
310-271-1551 

L.A. SPARKS OUTREACH TO LESBIAN COMMUNITY: A MARKETING FIRST 

GIRL BAR® PEP RALLY TO BE HELD AT 
WEST HOLLYWOOD'S FACTORY NIGHTCLUB 

Sparks Team members meet fans, sign autographs and give away game
tickets at the world-famous lesbian nightclub. 

WEST HOLLYWOOD -- In a bold, but savvy marketing move, the LA SPARKS 
professional women's basketball team (and sister team to the LA Lakers) are 
joining up with GIRL BAR®/LOS ANGELES, the country's largest lesbian 
nightclub, to actively promote the team to the nightclub's gay members.  This 
marks the first time a professional sports team has openly acknowledged and 
actively and officially pursued fans within the gay community. 

On Friday, May 4, Girl Bar will host an official LA SPARKS season kick-off 
and pep rally night with team members making a special appearance at the club 
to meet fans in person and sign autographs.  The event, taking place at The 
Factory nightclub in West Hollywood, will also include licensed product, 
t-shirt and game ticket giveaways, which were provided by the Sparks.  Girl 
Bar is located at 652 North La Peer Drive, West Hollywood. Doors open at 9pm; 
Team Bus arrives at 10pm. Info Line: 877-447-5252. 

Although not widely documented, it's generally known that lesbians comprise a 
key segment of the Sparks' fan base.  Earlier this year, Sparks General 
Manager Penny Toler approached Girl Bar founders Sandy Sachs and Dr. Robin 
Gans with the idea of proactively reaching out to lesbian fans as a way to 
increase game attendance, drive ticket sales and set a positive example. 
Together they came up with idea of holding the pep rally promotion, with the 
complete support of the Lakers organization and management, which owns the 
team. 

"This is a smart move for the Sparks," said Girl Bar co-founder Sandy Sachs. 
"They recognize and are reaching out to the very core of their fan base and 
these fans could not be happier.  We are very proud to be working with the 
Sparks and supporting the team to the fullest. It's going to be a fun night!" 

Sachs and Gans also co-produce the annual Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm 
Springs, which attracts several thousand lesbians from around the world to 
its events each spring. 

In addition to hosting the pep rally, Girl Bar is also offering special 
Sparks/Girl Bar premiere ticket packages as well as including official Sparks 
season schedules and ticket information in its monthly mailings to its 12,000 
members throughout the country.  Sparks information is also included on Girl 
Bar's website (www.girlbar.com). 

Girl Bar, in conjunction with the L.A. Sparks, is promoting Sparks games on 
the dates below (with Girl Bar after-parties following each of these games): 
· Tuesday-June 5 - (First Season Home Game) 
· Thursday-June 14 - (Gay Pride Kick-Off) 
· Tuesday-July 3 - (July 4th Kick-Off) 
· Saturday-July 21 
On the opening night, June 5th, there will be a "meet and greet the players" 
cocktail party after the game in the Arena Club. 
Girl Bar Premiere Tickets are $18 (normally Premiere Tickets are $25) which 
include: 
· VIP entrance located at 11th street and Figueroa. Right next to the Fox Sky 
Box. 
· Waitress service so fans never have to leave their seats! 
· Access to the exclusive Arena Club, a large restaurant and bar/lounge area 
on the same level to watch the game and even have dinner 
· Complementary admission to the The Girl Bar After Party in the Arena Club 


Founded Los Angeles in 1990, Girl Bar is the largest and most famous lesbian 
nightclub in the world.  Held every Friday night at the state-of-the-art 
Factory Nightclub in West Hollywood, Girl Bar features the hottest events for 
the hottest women, including top-notch performers and entertainment, dancing 
with world-class DJs and a variety of cutting-edge themed events and 
promotions. 

For more information, visit www.girlbar.com. 

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MEDIA CONTACT:              Lobeline Communications 
310 271 1551 
Phil Lobel ext 13 
Chris Kingry ext 14 

JEFFREY SANKER ANNOUNCES PLANS UNDERWAY FOR WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS 2002 

LOS ANGELES (May 2, 2001) - Jeffrey Sanker, producer of White Party Palm 
Springs 2001, today announced that preparations have already begun for White 
Party 2002. "There have been some rumors that I would not be doing the event 
next year, which are completely untrue," said Sanker. 

Sanker made this announcement in response to several erroneous statements in 
the media recently after the Mayor of Palm Springs expressed concerns about 
the event. 

"One unsolicited statement by the Mayor of Palm Springs (so he could be on 
record opposing substance abuse) does NOT mean the City is against the White 
Party," noted Sanker. "In fact, City Council let the comment pass without 
discussion. And all of our events take place on private business property - 
except for one." 

Sanker added, "Though our event grows in size every year, the already small 
percentage of problems is growing smaller and smaller thanks to our combined 
efforts with the Palm Springs police and fire departments and our on site 
EMT's . 

Sanker noted one email he received from Dr. Christopher Mann, a White Party 
coordinating physician on-site, that stated: 

'The medical incidents came as a result of the reporting on-site by city 
personnel at the convention center on Sat. night ONLY. The center had a city 
staff person recording every single incident that walked-in or were 
accompanied by medical personnel, including the ones we just gave Band-Aids 
to.' 

"While abuse is not to be condoned, let there not be a double standard. Does 
one eliminate rock concerts or football games because of alcohol and 
substance use by a few?  At any large gathering, at some point individuals 
need to take responsibility for themselves. As a producer, planning and 
preventative measures continue to be the key." 

Last year it was reported by the Palm Springs Desert Sun, that the WHITE 
PARTY 1999 brought in nearly one million dollars in occupancy taxes alone 
to the city. 

Finally said Sanker, "In 2002 we look forward to continuing our spring 
tradition, and sharing the desert valley with our Lesbian sisters as the 
Dinah Shore Weekend and Easter Weekend fall at the same time, March 28 to 31. 
Here once again, Palm Springs will embrace diversity with open arms and we 
look forward to returning to our gracious host city." 

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For Immediate release: 
company: OpusComm Group 
contact:  Jeff Garber  (315) 422-6250   
email:  jeff@opuscommgroup.com 

http://opuscommgroup.com           
  

 
Who Are We? 
 
The founders of the OpusComm Group have been providing exciting
and effective marketing, public relations and advertising to a
broad range of clients from Fortune 500 to small businesses and
NPO's for over fifteen years. We know the best measure of a 
marketing/advertising agency is in the success of the work of
our clients. Daniel Fedrizzi and Jeffrey Garber created The 
OpusComm Group after founding the highly successful firm - JSG 
Communications Inc. (jsgcomm.com) over 15 years ago. With 
relentless drive to deliver excellence to their clients, they 
have always set themselves apart by focusing on being a true 
marketing communications company as opposed to being just 
another advertising agency. This philosophy is the exact reason
why, when Fedrizzi and Garber first charted OpusComm Group,
their sole purpose in mind was to provide diversity marketing 
specifically directed towards the Gay/Lesbian sector. The 
concept of the OpusComm Group came from being after having 
been a mainstream ad firm who produced award winning multimedia
ad/PR campaigns for non-profit programs directed to the 
gay/lesbian market. Those successful efforts identified the 
opportunity for the crossover into mainstream targeting the 
gay community.
 
The OpusComm Group is one of industry's leading marketing,
communications and public relations experts on the Gay/Lesbian
marketing (a consumer market sector with and estimated annual 
spending value over $500 billion). Using keen strategic planning
and seamless implementation, we navigate a crisp direction in 
providing a new corporate revenue stream.


Our Mission, your bottomline

OpusComm Group is uniquely qualified to show how mainstream 
consumer-based products can address, direct and capture the 
gay/lesbian market, establishing us as an unequalled resource. 
We deliberately positioned OpusComm Group as an agency possessing 
mainstream experience, as opposed to existing Gay/Lesbian agencies
that have an easier task in assessing clients with gay-oriented 
products in an already predisposed market. The new thresh-hold 
and challenge is to demonstrate how major mainstream consumer 
products should approach this lucrative market effectively and 
have substantial impact on their bottom line - profits!
 
Our first task is to educate mainstream consumer based companies
who may have an ideal product line and should pursue the 
gay/lesbian market. If corporate America constantly hears only 
about gay oriented products being target marketed then we are 
guilty of perpetuating a marketing stereotype "if you don't 
overtly have a gay specific product then you don't advertise to 
them". Through the creation of sensitive brand awareness companies 
can cultivate this loyal and lucrative customer base without 
altering their existing product/service
 
Our mission at OpusComm Group is to help our clients achieve their
advertising and marketing goals. We accomplish this by first 
determining what those goals are and then creating and producing 
materials necessary to achieve them. While the OpusComm Group has 
won many awards for our creative work, it is never a goal when 
establishing a campaign. What good is an award-winning campaign if
it doesn't achieve your goals? None!


Our Committment

The OpusComm Group is committed to placing the highest value on 
our client's goals and input. We presume they are the experts in 
their business and our job is to bring marketing, advertising, and
public relations expertise to the table. That said, we also require
that all team members involved with a particular account quickly and
 effectively become knowledgable in our clients' business. We like 
to think of ourselves as part of our clients' workforce. Our ultimate
goal is to become knowledgeable, as a product manager would be.
 

Our Background
 
The OpusComm Group is proud to have produced a wide range of 
award-winning, result-oriented marketing and public relations 
materials for a diverse client base which includes consumer, 
commercial, service, manufacturing, educational and business-
to-business accounts. We have a proven track record of providing
world class communication services to Northern Airlines, Carrier-
United Technologies, Time Warner Cable, Time Warner Roadrunner, 
Götz Dolls (Germany) Marquardt Switches (Germany), Agway, 
Syracuse University, York International, Lockeed Martin to just
name a few.
 
Why Opus

 
What separates a great communications firm from a good one? The
ability to evolve. In the age of technology, communications 
continues to evolve faster than ever before constantly reinventing
the way business is done. It takes more than a simply knowing what
works. It's knowing what's going to work next.
 
When it comes time communicate your message and create brand loyalty
among the Gay/Lesbian customer, look to the OpusComm Group and get
your project on the right path!

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Media Release
For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Robert S. Rosen
702-592-9217 (cell)
760-202-8900 (home)


ANTI-GAY L.A. COUNTY JUVENILE COURT COMMISSIONER FEELS HEAT
AS HUNDREDS FILE COMPLAINT WITH DISCIPLINARY BOARD AND COURT
OF APPEALS AGREES COMPLAINT HAS MERIT

Los Angeles, CA - A massive outpouring of gays and lesbians and their
supporters from across Southern California have protested Commissioner 
STANLEY GENSER's anti-gay ruling that a child and his gay father should
not be reunited because the father has "a personality disorder that is
not amenable to therapy." 

In a case that is rapidly gaining national spotlight and was recently front
page news in The Desert Sun (Palms Springs, CA), Congresswoman Mary Bono
(R-Palm Springs) has forwarded on information about this case to the State
Attorney General for investigation. The Presiding Judge, Terry B. Friedman,
has received almost THREE HUNDRED written letters of complaint asking him
to investigate the commissioner. He has summarily dismissed all three
hundred complaints without performing any investigation.
 
As a result, hundreds have written letters of complaint to the Commission
on Judicial Performance, the state's disciplinary board for judges and 
commissioners. They charge that Genser has disgraced his position and the 
court system by his blatantly anti-gay bias. He has failed to be impartial, 
has abused his authority, failed to ensure the fundamental religious rights 
of the child, failed to supervise this case and has allowed a volunteer
CASA worker to control and determine the outcome of this case, and has
commented on the case while pending. Genser remarked to the reporter for
The Desert Sun, "I'd look at everything (Rosen) said with suspicion." 
This is hardly an appropriate comment for a commissioner who is supposed
to have "judicial temperament." Genser accused Rosen of being a homosexual
who physically and sexually abused his son, allegations that therapists
and Child Protective Service officials indicate are unsubstantiated.

Many gay men and lesbians feel California's courts are not providing them 
with fair and unbiased treatment, according to a six-year study recently 
released by the Judicial Council of California. Los Angeles Superior Court 
Judge Jerold Krieger, who headed the subcommittee, noted, "there is both a 
perception and, in some cases, actual unequal treatment based upon sexual 
orientation." The Court of Appeals for Los Angeles County has reviewed the 
petition and supporting records and has agreed to decide the matter on the 
merits. In other words, it reviewed the documents and found that the gay 
father's complaint has merit. The case will be heard in the Court of 
Appeals in Los Angeles on May 3, 2001.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:            CONTACT: Evan Cece, 818-782-0605

Teen Violence Escalates Because Americans Are More 
Committed To Teaching Each Other Fear Rather Than Peace


(PHOENIX) The alarming epidemic of fear that is ravaging our nation
and killing our kids has been escalating because it has been ignored.
According to the FBI, between 1990 and 1997 the total crime rate fell
15.4 percent. But between 1960 and 1997, the total crime rate rose
more than 160 percent. Teen suicide rates have tripled since 1970. 
For ages 10-14, suicide rates have increased by 128-percent since
1980. Just say the words "Columbine" or "Santana" today, and people
get the idea. And that is exactly the problem. An email sent out to 
thousands of Americans by a teenager on Monday, 24 April 2000 said,
"Are you going to wait? Still? Because I refuse. I refuse to watch
this happen anymore." That was Jason Martin of Columbine High School.
Like Jason, author David James is doing something about violence many
Americans have yet to do. He is committed to actions that can stop it
rather than settling for just talking about mere ideas. "Americans
are more committed to settling for ideas and belief systems rather
than acting upon them and applying them to their lives," says James. 
What is this young gay author’s solution for ending the violence?
Teaching people how to live without fear and how to live in peace.

"The healthiest way kids can overcome their fears is to find inner
peace. When they go to a space of calm in times of trouble, they base
their reactions on love rather than fear. The best way for them to
learn the value of inner peace is from their parents," says David
James, author of A World Tour of Wisdom: Finding Inner Peace 
(Chicago Press, ISBN 1-929774-02-8, paperback $12.95). He says that
children observe how their parents react to challenges and they 
mimic that behavior. If parents don’t base their reactions and 
decisions on loving values that promote peace in times of trouble,
their children learn that it’s okay to be motivated by fear. 
In order for kids to truly value and understand inner peace, they 
have to be exposed to it at home. James defines inner peace as "a 
state of unconditional love in which we are true to our personal
values." He claims that children and parents alike should feel and
experience fear without denying it, but we should never react or 
make decisions in that space. "If we teach our children to value 
love, honesty and joy, we have to exhibit those values even when 
we feel scared or threatened. When our kids learn how to access 
this same inner peace, we can be confident that fear will never 
overcome their happiness," says James who is donating 50-percent
of his net profits to charity.
	
James challenges us to transcend our differences brought about by a
thought system based on fear, and to focus instead on a thought
system based on what real morality is about: loving one another by
sharing peace. "Sharing love with another life in need is the only 
morality we ever need," Says James. A World Tour of Wisdom is a 
collection of quotes and advice from famous thinkers and the author.
In a section titled, "Wisdom for Families," James presents parents
and young adults with the tools they need to find inner peace. 

For a review copy of "A World Tour of Wisdom", to schedule an 
interview or to request a contributing article by David James, 
please contact Evan Cece, 818-782-0605.

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For Immediate Release 
February 12, 2001 

Nettradedirect.com serving the gay community. 

Jeffrey M. Esposito, President of nettradedirect.com, a subsidiary of
I-Tradedirect, announced today, the formal launch of a full service,
gay owned, on-line trading firm. Experienced professional Stock 
Brokers will be available by phone for direct consultations on
financial matters. The company offers a wide variety of services
ranging from day trading to mutual funds, options, bonds, IPO's, and
private placements. Nettradedirect.com also offers traditional
brokerage services including stock recommendations, portfolio 
analysis, IRA accounts, and a select list of preferred stocks.
   
Nettradedirect.com Corporation, has instituted a same sex benefits
policy, and a strict nondiscrimination policy that includes sexual
orientation. The New York based firm, believes that the gay community
should take concrete steps to secure our financial futures. The 
office can be contacted at 888-260-5260, or the web site visited to
open an account. New clients may state that they heard of the firm 
from  this press release and become eligible for the "cash back" 
program. 

Contact person: Bruce J. Simpson, Vice-president, nettradedirect.com 
                       516-822-4702 
                       516-827-5751 (fax) 
                       Plainview, New York 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK CITY
January 23, 2001

Contact: wgrega@yahoo.com, vpcowboy1@yahoo.com


VILLAGE PEOPLE COWBOY RANDY JONES RELEASES 
NEW SCIFI-ELECTRONICA CD

Randy Jones, original Village People cowboy, releases
his first full-length album since the group's iconic
Seventies disco recordings-on Wednesday, February
14th. 

The CD, Imagining Mandolins is described as
SciFi-Electronica, and is a collaboration with his
long-time partner, Will Grega. 

"It's Village People meets the X-Files," says Jones.
"A 21st century romp through a range of dance music
styles from Techno, House and Hip Hop, to Trance and
Ambient, with whimsical 1950's-era science fiction
elements scattered throughout."  The album can be
heard in its entirety at Jones' web site
(www.randyjonesworld.com).

The album's first single is "Flying Saucer."

Jones' web site takes the music one step further,
using it as the basis of a story peopled with UFO's,
alien invaders, intergalactic space queens, mad
scientists, and Hip Hop heroes.

Grega and Jones are partners in Pop Front Productions,
a New York City-based entertainment company. 

Randy Jones' performance history includes performing
the classic Village People hits "YMCA," "Macho Man,"
and "In The Navy," as well as starring in the 1980
film "Can't Stop The Music." He has appeared on the
cover of Rolling Stone magazine, amassed 65 gold and
platinum albums and singles, sold over 50 million
records, and won an American Music Award (1978). Jones
is the featured narrator on the recently aired "E!
True Hollywood Story: Village People."

Will Grega is a New York City-based writer, composer
and producer. 

For more details, please visit:
www.randyjonesworld.com. The site is a full-featured
multimedia amusement park, with photo galleries,
animations, MIDI files, disco balls, dancing aliens,
and complete MP3 tracks from the new album. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:        Christopher Kingry/Phil Lobel 
 		Lobeline Communications 
		310-271-1551 
		lobelinePR@aol.com 

CDC STATEMENT PROMPTS TRIGG LABORATORIES TO VOLUNTARILY
REMOVE NONOXYNOL-9 FROM WET ORIGINAL FORMULA PERSONAL LUBRICANT 

LOS ANGELES  (November 16, 2000) -- In keeping with its commitment
to customer safety, Trigg Laboratories, Inc., creators of WET(r)
products, has voluntarily and proactively removed the ingredient
Nonoxynol-9 from its WET Original Formula Personal Lubricant Gel.

This is the first personal lubricant line in the nation to take
this action. This change was made because of an August 4, 2000 
statement made by The Centers for Disease Control.  The statement
cited recent findings from an important study about HIV prevention
and the potential health risks that may come from using Nonoxynol-9.
(For more information, visit the CDC website at:  
http://www.cdc.gov/HIV/pubs/mmwr/mmwr11aug00.htm) 

"After thoroughly reviewing this study's findings on the potential
risks from using Nonoxynol-9, we put safety first and voluntarily
removed Nonoxynol-9 from our WET Original Formula,"  said Michael
Trygstad, President and Founder of Trigg Laboratories, Inc.

"Safety is the highest priority in the products we market, so 
while some competitors have only reduced the amount of Nonoxynol-9,
we've chosen to eliminate it entirely." 
  
This recent HIV prevention study was conducted in Africa by
researchers with the Joint United Nations Program on AIDS (UNAIDS).
The researchers found that the participants in the study who used 
Nonoxynol-9 (N-9) gel had become infected with HIV at about a 50% 
higher rate than those who used a placebo gel. Further, the results
indicate the more frequently they used only N-9 gel (without a
condom) to protect themselves, the higher their risk of becoming 
infected. Simply stated, N-9 did not protect against HIV infection
and may have caused more transmission. 

WET Original is the only formula changed, as it is the only formula
WET made containing Nonoxynol-9.   Packaging for the new version of
WET Original Formula is clearly labeled with: "DOES NOT contain 
Nonoxynol-9." 

As a steadfast company policy, Trigg Laboratories, Inc. continuously
monitors research findings in ALL areas of healthcare science and 
stands ready to make any and all necessary product changes, based
on recommendations from the CDC, FDA or any other appropriate agency.
 
WET International products are created by Southern California-based
Trigg Laboratories, Inc. - a leading maker of products to enhance
the most personal and intimate moments of a person's life.   For
more information on WET International, visit   
www.WETInternational.com. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Stephen Ratliff
Alternistock     1316 Gates Place, South Pasadena, CA, 91030
323.982.8943
stephen@alternistock.com
http://www.alternistock.com
Photos are available for use with this press release at
http://www.alternistock.com/prphotos.html

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Alternistock: Offering a More Realistic Picture of the
Gay Community

Los Angeles, CA- November 8, 2000
Alternistock launches its new stock photography web site on 
January 1st that fills the growing needs of advertisers for 
positive gay and lesbian imagery. Alternistock provides art 
buyers with non-sexual, non-stereotyped images depicting the 
daily lives and issues of the gay community. 

"As seen in a number of commercials and print ads today, gay
and lesbian representation in advertising has grown exponentially
within the last five years. With large corporations like American
Express and Citibank advertising to the gay community, we are no
longer seen as a peripheral side market. These corporations are 
driven by a change in policies and attitudes that recognize the 
importance of the gay dollar.  At Alternistock, our goal is to 
provide this emerging market with the positive imagery needed to 
go beyond stereotypes and overtly sexual cliches" says Stephen 
Ratliff, one of three owners. 

"My gay friends are being misrepresented in most areas of the
media. Recently I¹ve noticed a trend toward a more positive 
depiction of gay relationships and issues in advertising and 
on television.  I hope by providing an honest view of the gay 
community, we can give the media tools, from our image library, 
to accurately portray this very diverse segment of our society " 
says Michael Britt, Owner/Photo Director.

"We are a company, which benefits from tolerance.  With three 
partners of diverse sexual orientation we have to maintain an 
open dialog when dealing with gay related issues. Michael and 
I go to Steve for insight, and after the conversation, we¹ve 
all learned something new" says Tom Stratton the third partner
in Alternistock. "Owning a company that is focused solely on the
gay community has been very enlightening."

Alternistock donates a portion of their proceeds to gay and 
lesbian organizations. "We feel that with every sale we can help
a charity or organization that enhances gay life and protects 
the rights of this community." 

Alternistock¹s website is located at http://www.alternistock.com
and any inquiries can be directed to Stephen Ratliff at 
323.982.8943 or at his email address stephen@alternistock.com 

(Photos are available for use with this article as downloads from
http://www.alternistock.com/prphotos.html)
Alternistock Press Release #1001 - November 2000

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Phil Lobel/Chris Kingry 
Lobeline Communications 
310/271-1551 
 
NATALIE COLE PERFORMS LIVE AT SNOWBALL 6 
 
Grammy-winning, multi-platinum diva adds Miami's SNOWBALL to 
U.S. tour 
 
MIAMI - Legendary recording diva Natalie Cole will perform live at
Snowball 6 on Friday, November 24, 2000, event producer Jeffrey
Sanker confirmed today.
 
Ms. Cole will debut her new single, "Livin' for Love," and other 
hits in a special stage production designed by Sean DeFreitas at 
the sixth annual dance party of Antarctic proportions. Turntable 
superstars Manny Lehman and James Andersen are headlining DJs for 
the event, taking place in Downtown Miami at the James L. Knight
Center.
 
Ms. Cole is making Snowball 6 a special addition to her whirlwind
U.S. tour, which includes concerts coast-to-coast, TV appearances
& specials - from "Oprah" to the cover of PEOPLE - and book signings
for her upcoming autobiography and NBC telefilm, Angel on My Shoulder.
 
Upholding the tradition of creating the most unforgettable event
experiences, Sanker debuts a brand-new array of 21st Century 
spectacle for Snowball 6. An all-new location, The James L. Knight
Center, provides a totally fresh palette for Sanker's world-famous
style of pageantry and amazement. DJs Manny Lehman and James Andersen
unleash an arctic blast of the hottest non-stop dance music, pumped
through a thundering mega-watt sound system, custom-installed for
this event. NYC lighting impresario Mitch Amtrak will shower the 
dancefloor with a dazzling display of visual effects and stellar 
lighting design. A slew of other surprises and performers will be 
unveiled throughout the evening, to delight and amaze attendees. 

The meltdown begins at 10 p.m. on Friday, November 24 and lasts all
night long. The James L. Knight center is located at the Miami 
Convention Center: 400 South East 2nd Avenue, Downtowm Miami.
Shuttle transportation will be provided from South Beach.
 
Tickets are $75 in advance (plus tax and applicable service charge).
Advance purchase is recommended. Call Ticketmaster at 305-358-5885
to purchase tickets. For additional information, or to order by phone,
call (888) 777-8888. Order online at www.jeffreysanker.com.  Advance 
tickets also available in Miami at Whittall & Shon and Zoo 14.
Tickets on sale at the event will be $90 (including service charge),
if not sold out. 

Hotel accommodations may be reserved at the Surfcomber Hampton Inn
in South Beach -the official host hotel for Snowball 6 - located at 
1717 Collins Avenue. For reservations, call (305) 532-7715 

With his company, JS ENTERPRISES, Jeffrey Sanker is known throughout 
the global gay community as a producer of world-class special events
and event weekends including "White Party Palm Springs," "Miami 
Millennium," "Snow Ball," "One Mighty Party," at Disney World during
Gay Disney Week and now "Frequency" at LA's Factory nightclub. 

Photos Available:
http://www.gaydata.com/web/HighResolutionNatalieCole.jpg" 
http://www.gaydata.com/web/NatalieColePhoto.jpg

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For Immediate Release
October 20 ,2000

KACEY JONES AVAILABLE FOR GAY-LESBIAN PRIDE FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

New album "Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay or Dead" in stores now!!

Nashville, TN - Kacey Jones, known for her hit singles "I Hate Your Lousy,
Rotten, Stinkin', Guts.But I'm Not Bitter" and "1-900-BUBBA", is promoting
the release of her new album "Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay or
Dead" with performances at Gay-Lesbian Pride Festivals and special events
around the country.

Kacey's new single "You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly" a duet Delbert
McClinton is currently on the radio waves as the video is airing on Great
American Country (GAC).

"Sordid Lives," the new feature film starring Olivia Newton-John, Beau
Bridges, and Delta Burke recently won "Best of Festival" at the Atlanta Gay
& Lesbian Film Festival.  Kacey wrote three songs on the soundtrack.

Kacey Jones is available for parties, pride festivals, concerts, clubs, and
special events.

Here's what people are saying about Kacey.

"A thoroughly entertaining women.  There is a long tradition of country
music humorists from Minnie Pearl to Judy Canova and Kacey Jones fits right
in." - Ralph Novak, People Magazine

"Kacey Jones is the best thing to happen to Country music since Tammy
Wynette." - Greg Roberts, Country Line Magazine

# # #

For booking information contact: Kezia Kidd at 877-999-9975 or
IGOrecords@aol.com

For publicity information contact: Kirt Webster at 615-777-6995 or
kirt@websterpr.com


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Photo of Dr McMahon head of SPIGS available at:
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PRESS RELEASE

Sexual Problems in Gay Men Survey (SPIGS)

IMMEDIATE RELEASE


DATE: Saturday, 14 October
CONTACT DETAILS: Dr Chris G McMahan Tel - 61 2 93572111
Email: spigs@sex-study.com

Sexual Problems in Gay Men Survey (SPIGS)

"Despite significant research into sexual problems in the heterosexual
male, the prevalence of sexual difficulties in gay men has been
largely ignored," Dr Chris G McMahon, a leading Australian Sexual
Health physician, was commenting at today’s launch of a new on-line
research project on sexual difficulties experienced by gay men.

Dr McMahon went on to highlight the lack of well conducted studies
on the type, severity and prevalence of sexual disorders in gay men.
He stated that the lack of research was "...symptomatic of society's
polarised view of male sexuality and, in particular, its attitude to
gay male sexuality."

Dr McMahon went on to say, "We know very little about gay male
sexual performance difficulties and without this knowledge it is 
difficult to plan effective services or treatments. We know that 
in the majority of cases of sexual erectile difficulties amongst
heterosexual men, physical factors are a major cause. What we want
to be able to determine is whether gay men have the same range
of sexual difficulties and the possible co-factors. This initial
project will allow us to start the process of collecting baseline
data and allow more in-depth studies to be carried out at a future
date."

The Sexual Problems in Gay Men Survey (SPIGS) was developed by a
group of sexual health specialists in Sydney Australia. The SPIGS
study group comprises a team of Australian Physicians, psychologists
and other health professionals.

The study is a unique research project involving an Internet
cyber-survey of gay men (www.sex-study.com). The objective of SPIGS
is to determine the nature and severity of sexual problems in gay
men and how these problems affect gay sexuality, their relationships
and their lives in general.

Commenting on how long the survey should take to fill-in Dr McMahon
said "...that it should take no more then 15 minutes to fill out the
survey".

The survey uses drop down boxes from which a person simple chooses a
response.

The survey covers about 50 questions and includes questions on gay
men’s level of sexual desire, their ability to achieve erections hard
enough for anal intercourse, their level of control of ejaculation
and their sexual expectations and beliefs. All responses are totally
confidential and identifying information is not required.

Results of the research project will be submitted for publication
in a major international medical journal and will also be available
on the web.

CONTACT DETAILS: Dr Chris G McMahan Tel - 61 2 93572111
Email: spigs@sex-study.com



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PRESS RELEASE

Maximum Profile Group
1960 N. Clybourn
Chicago, IL 60614

Contact:
Andrew Arden Hayes, 773-435-1250

GAY OWNED CHICAGO FIRM SELECTED
TO PROMOTE MIDWEST GAY & LESBIAN EXPO 2001

CHICAGO, IL - September 29, 2000 - Maximum Profile Group, a gay
owned and operated public relations and marketing firm was recently
awarded the contract to handle the sponsorship, marketing and public
relations for the Midwest Gay & Lesbian Expo 2001 to be held Labor
Day weekend, 2001, at Chicago’s famed, Navy Pier.

Maximum Profile Group principals, Tony Abruscato and Andrew Hayes,
say plans include a business, cultural and educational exposition,
speakers, seminars, job fair, entertainment and assorted special
events. "The Expo is intended to create opportunities for networking
links between individuals, organizations, and businesses," Abruscato
explained.

One of the reasons why Maximum Profile Group was chosen is that they
have served as a link between corporate America and gay consumers for
a number of years, securing sponsorship and promoting gay events.
Among their list of clients include the Northalsted Market Days (the
Midwest’s largest gay outdoor event), AIDS Walk Chicago, and numerous
gay owned businesses.

"Gay consumers are coming out of the closet, and all signs indicate
that our market is growing," Hayes added. "The same-sex marriage and
gays-in-the-military debates, as well positive general public
acceptance of gay characters in an Emmy-award winning TV show like
"Will & Grace" continue to force mainstream America to talk about the
reality and power of our community. Our company is gay owned and
operated, so we know personally the sensitivities that corporate
America needs to understand in order to reach us and meet our needs,
whether male, female, single, coupled, parenting, etc.," he said.

Abruscato and Hayes add that tremendous opportunities to reach this
growing market exist for individuals, businesses and corporations,
whether gay or straight, in the 2001 Expo. For more information about
Maximum Profile Group or the Expo, call 773-435-1250.

# # #

___________________________________________
Andrew Arden Hayes
Maximum Profile Group
Marketing, Public Relations & Business Planning
1960 North Clybourn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614
773-435-1250
andrew@maximumprofile.com

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For Immediate Release
October 2, 2000

Kacey Jones' Album "EVERY MAN I LOVE IS EITHER MARRIED, 
GAY, or DEAD" has critics laughing with joy!!

Nashville, TN - Musical humorist Kacey Jones is receiving
multiple critic accolades for her new album, "Every Man I
Love Is Either Married, Gay, or Dead."  The album was 
released nationally on IGO (Irritating Gentile Optimist)
records and is also available via 1-877-999-9975 or
www.kaceyjones.com.

"There's a long tradition of female country-music humorists--
from Minnie Pearl and Judy Canova to Catherine Bach and the 
Hee-Haw girls--and Kacey Jones fits right in. Bottom Line: 
Here's one Kacey who hasn't struck out."
Ralph Novak - PEOPLE MAGAZINE

"You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly" is the first single
of Kacey Jones' latest CD, "Every Man I Love is Either 
Married, Gay or Dead." The song's a laugh-out-loud duet 
with Delbert McClinton..."
Larry Holden - COUNTRY WEEKLY

"If you are drowning in country-pop schmutz like you hear
constantly on the top 40 stations, then you must grab on to
the life preserver that is Kacey Jones. No fluff and stuff 
here, this gal's probably the best thing to happen to 
country music since Tammy Wynette first hit the scene in 
the 60's."
Greg Roberts - COUNTRY LINE MAGAZINE - Austin, Texas

"Jones wrote most of the songs, produced the album, and 
it's being released on her own indie label, IGO/E Squared 
Records. Where does she find the time and energy to create, 
perform, produce, and run a business? Possibly the answer
is the title of her album: "Every Man I Love is Either 
Married, Gay, or Dead."
Natalie Windsor - ASSOCIATED PRESS

"One of the highlights, and the first single is a duet with
Delbert McClinton, You're the Reason Our Kids are Ugly. One
listen to But I'm Not Bitter and you'll agree that if 
Engvall, Foxworthy, Wilson, Judd, and Kacey had a Texas Cage
Match, it would be Ms. Jones that emerged victorious."
Bruce L. Parrott - AMERICAN COUNTRY MAGAZINE

When you want a smile, a picker-upper, or an album to share 
with a friend, Kacey's Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay,
or Dead is perfect...be prepared to hear a true country sound, 
be prepared to laugh, and be prepared to take the time to listen
again and again as you share it with others--it's good!
Barbara Hayes - MIDWEST COUNTRY NEWS - Des Moines, Iowa

"With Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay, or Dead, Kacey 
Jones proves there's a big difference in being an act that is novel
and being a novelty act. This gal is both a songbird and a 
humorist...the covers include a brilliant rendering of Tom 
Waits' Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis.
Lee Barrish - CLEVELAND COUNTRY MAGAZINE

"Kacey Jones is certainly one multi-talented lady--singer,
songwriter, guitarist, and producer. She is best known for the
humorous songs she first performed in the 80's with her band,
Ethel and The Shameless Hussies. But her humor often masks a
deep sensitivity as she demonstrates on this new disc
released on her own IGO Records label."
Kevin Toelle - THE ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER

# # #

For more information on Kacey Jones or a review copy of her
album, please contact: Kirt Webster / Webster & Associates PR
 - 615.777.6995
kirt@websterpr.com

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Press release/July 2000: New book counters homophobia

Duane Simolke's book Holding Me Together is now
available to order via most local or on-line
bookstores.  This collection begins with the long
essay "Reactions to Homophobia," followed by poems and
short essays on a variety of topics, such as religion,
violence, refugees, friendship, and gay relationships.
 

Readers can find excerpts from "Reactions to
Homophobia" on-line via Duane Simolke's Home Page
(http://way.to/acorn). 

Simolke's writings have appeared in dozens of
publications, including The International Journal On
World Peace, Midwest Poetry Review, Caprock Sun,
sortedCHAOS, The Funny Paper, Perception, Community
Voice, The New Voice of Nebraska, and (on the
Internet) The Electronic Gay Community Magazine. 

The Acorn Stories, Simolke's first book, looks at
relationships, ambitions, and secrets in a Texas town.
One of the most controversial stories in that fiction
collection is "Mirrors: A Blackmail Letter," which
involves censorship, adultery, vandalism, and the
ex-gay movement.  

The Acorn Stories also lampoons "family values"
politicians, the Promise Keepers, and many other
sacred cows.  What will George W. Bush say?

Simolke also wrote Stein, Gender, Isolation, and
Industrialism: New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio.  In
that book, he examines Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg,
Ohio, as it relates to Gertrude Stein, gender roles,
gay subtext, failed communication, and the machine in
the garden. 

Simolke was born in New Orleans on May 28, 1965. 
Majoring in English, he received his B.A. at Belmont
University (Nashville, TN, '89), his M.A. at
Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, TX, '91), and his
Ph.D. at Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX, '96).  He
resides in Lubbock, Texas. 

http://way.to/acorn 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 31, 2000

CONTACT:   Keith Stone  
           ICESTORM International, Inc., 
           Northampton, MA 01060
           (413) 587-9334 or keith@icestorm-video.com


RARE GAY FILM FROM BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN NEW ON VIDEO

Northampton, Mass. - Coming Out, the first and only feature film 
produced in East Germany to deal openly with the subject of 
homosexuality, is now available on video for the first time to 
American audiences. It premiered on November 9, 1989, the exact 
evening of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the following year 
it was awarded the prestigious Silver Bear Prize at the Berlin 
International Film Festival. The new release, due out in video 
rental stores in early September, is a remastered version of 
the original film with brand-new subtitles.

Never Shown in U.S. Theaters
Directed by the late Heiner Carow, Coming Out stars Matthias 
Freihof, Dagmar Manzel and Dirk Kummer. The fact that this film, 
a moving story of a young high school teacher coming to terms with 
his sexuality, was made and released in a suppressive political 
atmosphere is remarkable and was, at the time, groundbreaking. 
Since its premiere, the film has toured virtually all over the 
world, including such disparate locales as Cairo, Copenhagen, 
St. Petersburg, Dublin and Los Angeles (at the Museum of Tolerance), 
yet has never had an official North American theatrical release. 

As an added bonus, the new video release will include a 12-minute 
featurette highlighting the best of East German cinema. In Spring 
2001, the DVD version of the film is scheduled for release and will 
include, among other unique features, French, Spanish and English 
subtitle options.

Hollywood Behind the Wall
ICESTORM International, the leading distributor of films produced 
by DEFA, the state-run studios of the former East Germany, is 
releasing Coming Out. ICESTORM currently holds the world rights 
in all home entertainment media for the entire DEFA collection. 
This "unknown" archive of more than 10,000 films produced between 
1946 and the 1990s includes an eclectic array of genres produced 
behind the Wall and beyond. Included are classic feature films, 
amazing productions of fairy tales by the Brothers
Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, "banned films," documentaries 
and even a series of Westerns made from the Native American 
perspective. ICESTORM works in close association with the DEFA 
Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

"What is truly great about Coming Out," says Gerhard Sieber, 
President of ICESTORM, "is that it is, first and foremost, a 
human story. Any person who has felt the conflicting pangs of 
desire and love can relate to this very honest film."

Attention Press:  Electronic images are available at icestorm-
video.com under "Press Information" or go directly to:
 http://www.icestorm-video.com/com_out_images.cfm. 
Screeners are available upon request.

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**  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  **

Boston Gay Basketball League Announces Tea Party Classic III

BOSTON, MA  July 17, 2000-  The Boston Gay Basketball League (BGBL)
has announced plans for the return of its annual national gay
basketball tournament, the Boston Tea Party Classic, this year to be
held Columbus Day Weekend, October 7th and 8th at the Reggie Lewis
Center in Boston.  After a year's hiatus, the tournament emerges this
year stronger than ever, with a full complement of teams expected to
join several Boston teams in competition.  In an effort to make the
tournament international, additional energy has been spent inviting
Canadian and European teams as well.

An exciting addition to this year's tournament is an alliance with
the Boston chapter of GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network). 
This organization's mission is to assure that each member of every
school community is valued and respected, regardless of sexual
orientation.  A Friday evening forum and benefit basketball game will
bring together gay and straight athletes, students, coaches, athletic
directors, and community members to foster new cooperation and
understanding.

Teams of all abilities are encouraged to participate in the
tournament.  Registration fees are $350 per team prior to September
1st, $400 after September 1st and before the deadline of September 
22nd.  All teams are guaranteed 4 games, 3 in the round robin pool 
play.  Teams will then be seeded in two divisions, and the single-
elimination final rounds will be played.  Tournament related social 
events are also scheduled throughout the weekend.

For more information, visit the Boston Gay Basketball League web site
at www.bgbl.com or send an email to btpc@geocities.com .  You can also
call the league's hotline at 617-426-4669, or write them at P.O. Box
1159, Boston, MA, 02117-1159.

_____________________________________________________________________


**  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  **

Boston Gay Basketball League Announces Tea Party Classic III

BOSTON, MA  July 17, 2000-  The Boston Gay Basketball League (BGBL)
has announced plans for the return of its annual national gay
basketball tournament, the Boston Tea Party Classic, this year to be
held Columbus Day Weekend, October 7th and 8th at the Reggie Lewis
Center in Boston.  After a year's hiatus, the tournament emerges this
year stronger than ever, with a full complement of teams expected to
join several Boston teams in competition.  In an effort to make the
tournament international, additional energy has been spent inviting
Canadian and European teams as well.

An exciting addition to this year's tournament is an alliance with
the Boston chapter of GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network). 
This organization's mission is to assure that each member of every
school community is valued and respected, regardless of sexual
orientation.  A Friday evening forum and benefit basketball game will
bring together gay and straight athletes, students, coaches, athletic
directors, and community members to foster new cooperation and
understanding.

Teams of all abilities are encouraged to participate in the
tournament.  Registration fees are $350 per team prior to September
1st, $400 after September 1st and before the deadline of September 
22nd.  All teams are guaranteed 4 games, 3 in the round robin pool 
play.  Teams will then be seeded in two divisions, and the single-
elimination final rounds will be played.  Tournament related social 
events are also scheduled throughout the weekend.

For more information, visit the Boston Gay Basketball League web site
at www.bgbl.com or send an email to btpc@geocities.com .  You can also
call the league's hotline at 617-426-4669, or write them at P.O. Box
1159, Boston, MA, 02117-1159.

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*** PRESS RELEASE ***


The ALA Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Round Table is pleased
to announce several programs at this years annual American 
Library Association Conference in Chicago, July 6-12, 2000.

***For more information, please contact Roland Hansen:  
rhanse@artic.edu


GAY TEENS PRECONFERENCE PROGRAM
A preconference program titled GAY TEENS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: 
ACCESS FOR THE FUTURE will be held on July 7, 2000 at the Chicago 
City Centre Holiday Inn.  This program is designed for librarians
with interests in intellectual freedom issues that impact library
services to gay teens and other young adults.  Librarians, 
library supporters, intellectual freedom advocates, and youth 
activists will discuss and learn about intellectual freedom issues 
affecting teens, develop advocacy skills to support information 
access, explore effective leadership techniques addressing print 
and electronic censorship, and review quality information resources
for gay teens and other young adults.  For more information, visit: 
www.ala.org/olos/gay_teens_preconference.html


ROUND TABLE GALA
On Monday, July 10, 2000, the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender 
Round Table will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the founding
of the Task Force on Gay Liberation (Annual Conference, 1970) 
with an anniversary gala.  Presentation of the annual Book Awards, 
plus sit-down dinner will be part of this festive event.  The 
keynote speakers are author Nancy Garden and Sol Kelly-Jones, a 
teen activist for glbt rights.  This event will take place in the 
Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Intercontinental during the 2000 Annual 
ALA Conference in Chicago.  Festivities begin at 6pm.  Tickets are 
$60.00 for ALA members, $75.00 for non-members.  Tickets maybe 
ordered via the ALA website at www.ala.org, or purchased at the 
ALA Registration booths on Thursday, July 6 through Saturday, 
July 8 ONLY.  There may be a limited number of tickets available 
at the GLBTRT Exhibit Booth on SATURDAY ONLY in the McCormick 
Place Exhibit Hall.  Find the booth in the Professional Exhibits 
aisle.  For more information, visit: 
http://calvin.usc.edu/~trimmer/ala_hp.html


GLBTRT PROGRAM
On Monday, July 10, 2000, the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender 
Round Table will present a program entitled: IS THERE ANYTHING IN 
THE LIBRARY FOR ME? THE CHALLENGES OF SERVING THE GLBT YOUNG 
ADULT COMMUNITY.  The program runs from 9:30 to 11:30am at the 
Hotel Intercontinental, Exchange Room.

"Is There Anything in the Library for Me?:  The Challenges of 
Serving the GLBT Young Adult Community."  A distinguished panel 
of authors, librarians and educators will discuss the state of 
young adult GLBT literature, questions surrounding Internet access
and filtering, and the future of providing service to this 
community. The panelists are:

Lynn Evarts, Library Media Specialist, Sauk Prairie High School (WI)

Nancy Garden, author, Annie On My Mind

M.E. Kerr, author, Deliver Us From Evie

Christine Jenkins, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library
and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Harriet Selverstone, Library Media Specialist, Norwalk (CT) High 
School

Moderator: Ann Symons, ALA President, 1998-1999



GLBTRT SOCIAL
The Roud Table will be holding a social dinner on Sunday, July 9, 2000
from 6 to 8pm at the Ann Sather restaurant, 929 W. Belmont St., 
Chicago. This famous Swedish diner will be the setting for members, 
prospective members, and other supporters to take a break from 
conference proceedings and socialize in a festive atmosphere.  For 
more information, visit: http://calvin.usc.edu/~trimmer/ala_hp.html

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PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE




GAYCRAWLER.COM LAUNCHES BOYS CAFE, 
AN ONLINE DATING SERVICE IN COLLABORATION WITH VOXTEL 



Montreal, Canada - June 23rd, 2000 -  Boys Cafe, a new dating service
is born today and the proud parents are GayCrawler.com and Vox-Tel.  
GayCrawler announced that its online dating service is now operational
(available at the following URL : http://gc.boyscafe.com), serving 
the needs of the gay community. The President of GayCrawler.com, Mr. 
Gerard Spatafora, described this event as "One step closer in what 
we hope will be a variety of worldwide Internet services for Gays".

The dating service offered by GayCrawler.com and Vox-Tel is offered 
in alternative to the traditional systems of meeting available on 
the market. Currently, classifieds in the newspapers and systems 
of vocal telephone boxes make it possible for gay men to meet. 
However, these services are available only in the great urban 
centres, which leaves out an important fringe of the population. 
Internet makes it possible to break the geographical barriers. 
GayCrawler.com and Vox-Tel believe gay men should be abl;e to meet 
and discuss, no matter where they are located geographically. 

Launched in March 2000, the French version of the service, named 
Boite à male, was met with considerable success.  Strategic 
alliances with market leaders created a network of more than 
2 million pages viewed each month.  "We would like to bring our 
quality of service and expertise already built to the 
English-speaking population, " adds Mr. Spatafora.

Whether for love, friendship or sexual escapades, Boys Cafe will 
make it possible for gay men all over the world to meet in a 
friendly and positive environment.  Information provided to 
Boys Cafe is strictly confidential and not used for commercial 
purposes.  Furthermore, if users feel the need to talk live over 
telephone without revealing their identity, Boys Cafe has set up 
an anonymous phone service which protects one's identity.  This 
way, more gay men will be able to live their homosexuality 
without fear or negative consequences.

Interactive, the site http://gc.boiteamale.com makes it possible 
for the users to be registered by choosing information which will 
be revealed to the other users of the service. Thereafter, a search 
on geographical or personal criteria displays potential matcvhes 
and to discussions can start, either electronic mails or 
instantaneous messages. Technology PHP3 is used to create and 
refresh the pages of the site, which increases its effectiveness 
and speedt. Inscription to the service is free, but some services 
must be purchased.

About GayCrawler.com
GayCrawler.com is a joint venture between Gérard Spatafora, a 
specialist in Internet portals, and Arobas.net, the leading gay 
and lesbian Internet Service Provider in Canada.  Licensing the 
technology of Francité for its search engine, it is also a full-
fledged partner in a network of more than 100 million pages 
viewed / month.  For its banner management, GayCrawler.com was 
picked up by 24/7 International (NASDAQ:TFSM), the industry 
leader in banner advertising.   It currently has offices in 
Montreal, Canada for the North American market and Bordeaux, 
France for the European market.

About Boys Cafe
Boys Cafe is the newborn on Internet of Vox-Tel.  The company 
has developed an expertise in the technology of interactive 
telephony supporting the majority of the systems of meetings 
by vocal boxes in Quebec (Canada), either for heterosexuals or 
homosexuals. This technology is used by a score of daily 
newspapers and weekly magazines, giving it a visibility in 
publications drawing on the whole 1 500 000 readers. Vox-Tel 
is the leader of the French-speaking telephone meeting system 
in North America. On Internet, Vox-Tel developed software in 
PHP3 for its site Compagnie.com, a general meeting system provided 
at the following URL address : http://www.compagnie.com. Its 
offices are located in Montreal, Canada. 

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Trademarks : 
All the names and trademarks used in this document are the sole 
property of their owner.


Contacts For Further Information : 

Marc Gauthier

(1-514) 223 - 9625
m.gauthier@gaycrawler.com
www.GayCrawler.com

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June 22, 2000

Lavender World Site - www.lavender.ws

A Queer site selling the "Straight" goods?

There are a large number of queer websites selling queer goods.
Check out the shopping sections of any of the queer search engines
or directory sites and you will find pride wear, novelties, fashions
etc. You will also see sites selling queer books, movies and music. 
What you will not find is everything else you consume daily. If you 
do, they are sold to you in major online stores that look and feel 
very straight. We aim to change that!

Our "About Us" section on the homepage says it very well:


"We are an online retailer dedicated to providing everyday goods
to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons. We strive to
have our stores reflect the queer community, however, due to the
diversity of the community they may not individually do so. Our
inventories focus on everyday goods. There are many fine queer
retailers and e-tailers with specific merchandise directed at the
community. Our goal is to allow them to thrive by carrying 
complementary, rather than competing goods, and by providing a 
site where they may be listed."

Face it, we all love to read books and enjoy films that are relevant
to us. We love to show off our pride, but we may only buy one pride
item per year for the current year’s celebrations. We do, however, 
spend more of our disposable income on everyday "straight" goods. 
That is why we have over 500,000 everyday items online in proudly 
queer stores, and we ship anywhere in the USA. For example, we carry 
general title books, movies and music. We have pet supplies, sports 
gear, camping equipment, digital cameras, travel goods, computers, 
software, electronics, art, and we have an online pharmacy and a 
wellness store. We are trying to make buying the necessities of 
life, and some of the luxuries, more relevant and hopefully more 
fun. Our store names include: "Same Sex Pets", "Ms. Sheeba Chateau’s
Pharmacy" (guess how we came up with that name), "Swish", 
"Equeerlibrium" and "Stud Software".

We have a large amount of online queer resources which can be 
found in the directories and search engines in our "Queer Searches
and Zines" section. We are working to build our list of queer goods
retailers. Right now most of the queer search engines offer good 
lists of retailers, but we would like to add additional support to 
these retailers by listing them directly. Realizing that the big 
mega stores only carry queer authors after they have "made it",
smaller retailers are the ones which offer us the emerging voices 
which may not otherwise get heard. We want to see these retailers
thrive. We hope to offer them a chance to appear on an online portal
where queer people go to buy things. They are welcome to register at
www.lavender.ws. 

More information is available at www.lavender.ws or upon request 
to info@lavender.ws.

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CONTACT
Sheri Kaye
Sand and Glass Creatives
818.752.8696
dalewilliam@email.com


CONTROVERSIAL GAY AUTHOR TAKES CENTER STAGE AT iUNIVERSE.COM


Author's Novel and Online Community Catch the Eye of the
Large Internet Book Seller


June 14, 2000, Los Angeles- iUniverse.com, dubbed the Internet's
largest bookseller is celebrating Gay Pride Month in a new way
this year. By featuring one of its most notorious gay authors.
Dale William, author of My Clothes are Overcoming Me, is front 
and center on iUnvierse's marketplace homepage during the Pride
celebration month.  Called "fresh and irreverent" by iUniverses
representatives, the author has splashed into the iUniverse
publishing scene the best way he knows how-loudly.


Dale William caught iUniverse's attention through his outrageous
book and the online community he created within their website.  
Dale William's Padded Room is an open forum for anyone to join,
participate, and sound off.  Members are encouraged to submit
articles and opinion that are featured within the community and
all over iUnvierse.  The community has quickly grown in the two
weeks it's been open and fast brought the attention of iUniverse
employees.  With membership in his community growing daily,
William has created a place where everyone is welcome and no
content is rejected.  


William also produces a daily opinion column called "Out of the 
Will," and that's where he's really been noticed.  "I started 
writing the column just to get some content in the community,"
he says.  "Within the first week, I knew I'd have to start writing
it daily.  People were really drawn to it and asking for more."
The focus of the column is to talk about topics no one else wants
to talk about.  "I've really put a lot of thought into the column.
I want to provoke people to look beyond their hang-ups and taboos.
So far, I haven't had a complaint," the 27 year-old author says. 


Also featured on the Marketplace and in the "Padded Room" is 
William's novel My Clothes are Overcoming Me.  The book, recently
published by iUniverse, is a fictionalized account of William's
early adult life in Montana.  The novel recently caused stirs on
the internet when excerpts were leaked before publication and after
it's release.  "It's been a pretty wild ride," says William, who has
received threats over the publication of the controversial book.
"But I'm still moving forward," he confirms.


IUniverse.com is an online publisher and bookseller of current and
out-of-print literature.  Owned in part by Barnes and Noble, the 
web-based publisher has changed the face of publishing with its
Internet and on-demand printing.  Dale William's feature on the
marketplace will be available through the month of June.

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Media Contact: Sharon Kersten (305) 867-0933
kersten@the-beach.net

Assistant U.S. Attorney General, White House Liaison and
Transsexual Teacher Fired from her Job Among Speakers at
Lambda Conference

May 20 event to host national gathering of Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual and Transgender Organizations and Activists


Miami Beach is set to host one of the largest Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Conferences in the Southeastern
United States - Lambda Conference & Business Expo 2000, on 
Saturday, May 20, 2000. Presented by SAVE Foundation, this
is the sixth year of the daylong conference, which has attracted
an impressive list of national speakers.  

Included in the impressive lineup of presenters are keynote
speakers Robert Raben, U.S. Assistant Attorney General for
Legislative Affairs, Elizabeth Julian Potter, Director of Lesbian
and Gay Outreach for the White House Office of Public Liaison and
Dana Rivers, the transsexual teacher fired from her job in
California.

Robert Raben's office is responsible for overseeing the Attorney
General's legislative initiatives. The office responds to
Congressional inquiries, coordinates activity concerning
Congressional oversight of the Department and participates in the
Senate confirmation process for federal judges and Department
nominees, such as Assistant Attorneys General and U.S. Attorneys.
From 1993-1999, Raben served as Counsel to Congressman Barney
Frank (D-MA).

With a direct line to the President, Elizabeth Julian Potter is
responsible for eliciting input from the public regarding
policies, programs and issues, and communicating those views to
the President and his advisors. In addition to her community and
political experience she has worked on many issues of importance
to the Lesbian and Gay community. On the Campaign for Military
Service, she assisted in a national outreach strategy to support
President Clinton's effort to lift the ban on Gay Service members.
During the Clinton/Gore Inaugural of 1997 she served on the host
committee that produced the first Inaugural Gala for Lesbians that
was recognized by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Dana Rivers created an uproar when she arrived at her teaching
position as a woman, whereas she previously held the position as
David Warfield. An award-winning teacher with an excellent nine-
year record as an educator, Rivers' case began when the school
board voted 3-2 to begin dismissal proceedings and put her on
paid leave while she fought her case. The attempted firing of
Rivers attracted national media attention, and feature articles
about her have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times,
Time and People. She has also appeared with Diane Sawyer on Good 
Morning America, on 20/20 and on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

As a male to female transsexual, she has witnessed first hand
discrimination that comes from ignorance about her rare medical
condition, Gender Identity Dysphoria. She possesses a unique 
vantage point from which to observe the barriers still facing
women in our society and economy. As a public educator, she
understands the need to create a safe and accepting environment
for gay youth, not only in schools and institutions, but also on
the streets and in family settings. 

Another important component of the conference will be a round
table discussion - "Where Do We Go From Here?" - featuring leaders
from throughout the nation, including representatives from 
National Center for Lesbian Rights, Human Rights Campaign, LLEGO,
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Victory Fund and Lambda Legal
Defense and Education Fund.

Specific tracks will include five to seven workshops conducted
throughout the day in each of the following categories: Political
/ Legal, Financial, Family, Relationships, Health, Religion & 
Spirituality, Diversity Within, Youth and Gay Culture & Lifestyles.

Individual workshops cover a diverse range of issues, including
The Gayby Boom, Protecting Your Assets, So You Want to Run for
Office, Black and Hispanic issues and Hate Crimes.

The Business Expo showcases local and national businesses and 
organizations with an interest in serving the needs of the GLBT
community. The exhibitors will provide information and discuss 
their issues, products or services in a one-to-one setting. 

Lambda Conference & Business Expo is presented by SAVE Foundation,
whose mission is to empower the GLBT community through education
and information. This year's sponsors include: 
Genre Magazine, TWN, CVS ProCare, Dade Human Rights Foundation,
Burstein Family Foundation, FEDCO Pharmacy, Miamigo Magazine,
Gayborhood.com, Renaissance Women, Dupont Pharmaceuticals and
G&L Internet Bank. Youth and Health Tracks are sponsored by 
United Way of Miami-Dade.  

Lambda Conference & Business Expo takes place on Saturday, May 20
from 9 AM to 7 PM at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901
Convention Center Drive. Admission is $15 per person, and
scholarships are available based on need. Daycare services will
be offered free of charge, with advance reservation required.

For further information, please call (305) 751-7283 or visit
the web site at http://www.lambdaconference.com.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OutLink.net, America's Gay and Lesbian Internet Provider,
Opens for Business!

At last, a true Gay alternative to AOL and other ISP's!



Frustrated Gay and Lesbian Internet users can breathe a sigh
of relief with the announcement that there's an internet
provider catering exclusively to their needs. OutLink.net
opened today, offering its subscribers lightning-fast digital
56k connections, outstanding censor-free Gay chat and access
to the most complete Gay resources on the web. 

"Our friends have whined about their present internet
providers," says Ken Prigal, OutLink's Founder and President.
"Some are AOL users, who say they are often bumped off their
connections. At OutLink.net, we offer AOL users a more stable
connection, so they can use both services if they like."
OutLink.net subscribers pay only $19.95 per month for unlimited
internet access, and can keep their AOL for only $9.95.

"Our subscribers even get up to 15 different identities for
their email, more than double what the competition offers,"
says Prigal. OutLink.net subscribers can access their email
on the web from anywhere in the world. The company offers
world-class web-hosting services, as well.

OutLink.net's mission is to become the "digital on-ramp" for
the worldwide Gay and Lesbian Community. "If everyone logs on
with OutLink.net, we become a concentrated political force that
can immediately address major issues as they develop," notes
Prigal. The service takes no political slant, rather it intends
to keep Gay and Lesbian issues at the forefront for members to
make their own choices.

OutLink.net intends to partner with Gay and Lesbian publications
from around the world to provide valuable, current local GLBT
content and resources. "We want to be a central link to the
community," adds Prigal. 

OutLink.net uses an innovative reward method to support the
Gay and Lesbian community. Each community group receives an
annuitized income stream for the users it signs up. Subscribers
that refer their friends and associates receive a similar
monthly income for the life of their OutLink.net relationship.
"It's a win-win situation for everyone, and it can earn
thousands for each organization," says Prigal.

OutLink.net uses a digital network that was recently rated #1
by Boardwatch Magazine. It's modems are limited to only 10 users,
versus other ISP's that may cram as many as 42 users to a modem.
This results in faster, more reliable connections. 

OutLink.net serves the United States, with Canadian connections
available in early May, and will offer DSL and worldwide access
in the near future. To sign-up, visit www.outlink.net or
call 1-800-OUT-0133.

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"SUB-HUMAN" CONDITIONS ON NYC SUBWAY SYSTEM
New York, NY-- May 11, 2000 -- Are you one of the millions who travel the
New York City subway every day? If so, you know the less than desirable
conditions that straphangers have to endure.

Lesbian producers Pat Lewis and Marya Triandafellos documented the New York
City subway system by showing the horrific conditions and talking with
riders. Most riders complained about filthy platforms and subway cars,
overcrowding, inaudible public address systems, unreliable service and a
lack of security. "Everyone just wants a clean and efficient transportation
system. People are tired of getting hit with fare increases every year and
not seeing improvements in their daily commutes," says Triandafellos. "The
MTA takes in millions of dollars a week in passenger fares, but doesn't
seem to be spending it wisely on improvements that benefit daily riders. We
should be embarrassed about our subway system. We want to see improvements
now, not in 10 years," remarked Lewis.

Lewis and Triandafellos have sent copies of their video, "Sub-Human," to
city officials and MTA executives in an attempt to elicit action on subway
improvements. They are also urging subway riders to contact the offices of
MTA President, Lawrence Reuter, and City Council Member Noach Dear to
demand improvements. "We'll not going to let up on them. We want answers
from the MTA about where all this money is being spent. We'd also like to
see a subway riders' Bill of Rights like cab riders have," remarked
Triandafellos.

Other organizations such as the Straphangers Campaign, the Regional Plan
Association and New York Public Research have also been very diligent and
successful in campaigning for better subway services and conditions. They
recently won a First Amendment case against the MTA which allowed them to
run an ad campaign on MTA buses depicting the overcrowded conditions on the
NYC subway system.

The first segment of "Sub-Human" will be webcast on Thursday, May 11 after
10:30pm on the site of the Greenwich Village Gazette at www.nycny.com. The
entire video will be divided into segments and be available for viewing in
the Real video section of the site.


For additional information or copies of the video, contact:
Pat Lewis
(212) 665-4155
pat@metdesign.com


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