#PrideMonth

Levi's Pays Tribute To LGBTQ Activists For Pride Campaign

A political activist, a DJ, an artist - for more than 25 years, Juanita MORE! has been a fixture in the drag world. 

MORE! hosts fundraisers for LGBTQ organizations, and in 2017, she organized a march that brought around 10,000 people together. 

For Levi’s 2018 Pride campaign, the denim giant shares her story and how she found her identity through drag.

"When I was growing up all I did was artistic things. I wanted to paint. I wanted to cook. At that time, it just didn't feel like the direction to go, and I had no one to inspire me to do that until I started doing drag and I realized I'd been living my life as an artist, but I didn't believe in it.

"I can't imagine how many drag queens are in every city. I think if I was to have my own TV show, I would get in a little truck, and drive to every rural city and find the one gay bar and the one drag queen, and interview her - because she's important to me."

Levi’s advocacy for the LGBTQ community is nothing new. Dating back to the ‘80s, the casual fashion company helped open the first AIDS clinic in the world (at San Francisco General), and continues today with their support of organizations that stand up for equality, such as the Harvey Milk and Stonewall Community Foundations.

"Our 2018 Pride campaign is about being proud, bold, and most of all, being yourself," says Levi's in a statement.

Check out Juanita MORE! in the video below, and make sure you check out her Levi's fashion designs ;)

#HappyPride2018

 

 

You can find a longer version of Levi’s 2018 Pride campaign by clicking here.

 

Two Boston Police Officers Crashed Their Motorcycles And Hit A Pride Parade Onlooker

Looks like LA Pride wasn’t the only Pride event to mess up.

Over at the Boston Pride Parade, two police officers crashed their motorcycles along the parade route and injured an older woman.

The two officers were responding to a call for help by another cop. Ironically, it was a medical call that caused the two motorcyclists to rush to the cop and collide at Beacon and Joy streets.

When the impact happened around 3:24 pm, the officers ended up falling to the ground and hitting a female pedestrian in the process.

“I heard a sound and all of a sudden I saw two to three cops on motorcycles who had run into each other,” said 35-year-old Gus Jenkins, of Cambridge, to the Boston Herald. “It stopped the parade. Plenty of people came together to make sure the situation was OK,” he said

“It was chaotic,” said Mary Madamcy, 21, of Cape Cod. “There was confusion and people were still chanting.”

“I rushed down to help, to see if they needed water. ... I was just hoping everyone was OK,” said 19-year-old Morgan Gilbert-Koff who's also from Cape Cod.

Afterwards, the two officers and the female onlooker were sent to the Massachusetts General Hospital. There, it was determined that there were no serious injuries.

Bravo's Andy Cohen Celebrates Israel's 20th Anniversary Of Pride In Tel Aviv

Today, a quarter of a million people from around the world gathered in Tel Aviv today to march in the largest ever pride parade in the Middle East where Bravo’s Andy Cohen served as this year’s International Ambassador.

At a press conference for Pride Week, the television personality was effusive about the energy of the people attending the Pride celebrations.

"I live in New York City and this is my first but definitely not my last time in Tel Aviv," Cohen told the media. "I am a proud gay Jewish man and the only gay host in late night TV. I have been struck by how incredible it is, not only to be here, but as a proud gay Jewish man surrounded by my people."

"It's also an amazing thing seeing gay pride flags flying everywhere next to the flag of Israel," he added.

"Celebrating Pride in Tel Aviv is a beautiful celebration of gay rights and visibility in a region where many of the neighbors cannot live as their true selves or be who they were born to be, which makes it all the more special for this massive coming together in support of equality to be taking place in Tel Aviv." 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the City’s first pride events, and the parade paid tribute to the pioneering activists who played a key-role in promoting LGBT rights and visibility in Israel.

From The Jerusalem Post:

The theme of this year’s event is “the community makes history” as the LGBTQ community celebrates  three historic milestones: 10 years to the founding of the Gay Center in Tel Aviv, 20 years to Tel Aviv’s first Pride and 70 Years of Israeli Independence.

In keeping with the growing number of participants in the parade every year, the Tel Aviv municipality is expecting record numbers this weekend - more than then 200,000 that attended last year.

EW Magazine Celebrates Pride Month With The Cast of POSE

Pose, the new drama series from uber-producer Ryan Murphy gets the Entertainment Weekly cover treatment as the magazine celebrates Pride Month.

The FX network drama, set in New York during the go-go 1980s, chronicles the intersection of the underground LGBTQ ballroom culture and the emerging Trump-era elite.

EW calls the series “an unabashedly emotional celebration of those on the outskirts of mainstream society, particularly LGBTQ people of color.”

Ryan Murphy and the cast chat on going back in time, convening the biggest cast of transgender actors ever, and why representation matters.

“I think the power of television is incredible,” says producer Murphy. “I feel like if you put characters in front of viewers, even if they’re not like you, but you learn about them and you love them, it will change your worldview and lead to acceptance.”

Among the cast and crew are more than 140 transgender artists, including author Janet Mock and Transparent’s Our Lady J, who both serve as producer-writers.

“Anyone who would say that there isn’t enough trans talent out there really has not tried and not looked hard enough,” says co-creator Steven Canals. “There’s an abundance out there that is untapped.”

Indya Moore, the 23-year-old actress who plays “Angel” shares, “This show is my heart and my soul. To the healing that it brings up, to the stories that it tells and the solutions that it brings to the table."

"This show is an evolution that I’ve lived through and that I still am going through," she adds. "And it’s going to impact the world in ways that we’ve never seen before.”

Series regular Billy Porter (Tony Award winner for Broadway’s Kinky Boots), who plays ball culture emcee “Pray Tell” puts it out there: “As a black, out gay man, I’ve never felt part of the conversation — this is going to make us part of the conversation.”

In Murphy’s mind, the success of the show won't be measured in money or ratings. “It made history the moment it was greenlit,” he says.

Pose airs Sunday nights at 9PM ET/PT on FX.

Watch the cast chat behind the scenes during the photo shoot for the cover.

 

 

CrossFit Exec Fired Following String of Anti-LGBT Tweets

Members of a downtown Indianapolis Crossfit Infiltrate gym are bailing after general manager Brandon Lowe canceled a pride-themed workout via email. 

The rapid fallout doesn’t end there, though—on Friday evening, Crossfit fired company executive Russell Berger for supporting Lowe’s discriminatory move in a series of homophobic tweets just hours before. 

“Thank you #CrossFitInfiltrate for standing by your convictions and refusing to celebrate sin by hosting an @indypride workout,” Berger shared on his personal Twitter account. "The intolerance of the LBGTQ ideology toward any alternative views is mind-blowing.” The tweets have since been deleted. 

And here is Crossfit’s public statement about their Chief Knowledge Officer's termination mere hours later.

Shortly after receiving an email that the Indianapolis gym’s pride workout had been axed, member Ryan Nix confronted Lowe on Facebook, in a message that has since been made private.

“We emailed the owner since it seemed that there was an issue with people who may be LGBT,” Nix wrote. “You can see from his response that there is…. Please tell your friends not to join this place.”

Lowe told Nix that the gym was for “total health,” and that pride prevents people from seeing themselves “as God truly defines them to be.”

“Our underlying goal for the staff and members at CrossFit Infiltrate and our other gyms CrossFit White river and University Ave CrossFit is total health and well-being for the individual and community. Total health involves the body, the emotions, relationships, and the spirit. At the foundational detractor from health, as we believe God sets the parameters for, is pride. We believe that true health forever can only be found within humility, not pride. Humility is seeing oneself as they truly are, and as God truly defines them to be. As a business we will choose to deploy our resources towards those efforts and causes that line up with our own values and beliefs.

Of course we will continue treat anyone and everyone with the same respect and provide the same service at CrossFit Infiltrate to anyone that wishes to take part.”

Several members and employees of the Indianapolis gym have already cut ties. 

Member Becca Kimball told local station RTV6, “It’s been a fabulous community… I quit my membership within an hour of receiving the email. I didn’t wanna be associated with a discriminatory organization.”

On the upside, Lowe’s decision has brought members of the Indianapolis community together. Some of the gym’s employees have rescheduled the pride-themed workout for Thursday June 7 at an outdoor location. The rescheduled workout will be open to the public. 

It looks like CrossFit still has some serious damage control to tend to.

h/t: https://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/indianapolis/downtown/crossfit-leader-placed-on-unpaid-leave-after-supporting-indy-gym-s-decision-to-cancel-pride-workout

 

Now you can show Pride with your Rainbow Apple Watch!

Just in time for Pride month, Apple has released a special screen face that includes rainbow colored strings that are animated and interactive to the touch. Apple released the new feature with the iOS 11.4 and watchOS 4.3.1 and it was announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) according to 9to5Mac.

The strings move each time you move your wrist to look at the time or if you tap your Apple watch’s screen.

In addition, Apple also released a Pride watch band that goes along with the new Apple watch face, reports Mashable. The new band is white with rainbow stripes along the nylon band. This is not the first time Apple has created Pride watch bands. In 2016, Apple released limited edition bands for their employees who participated in the San Francisco Pride Parade.

The band retails for $49 on the Apple website and stores across the US, UK, Australia, Japan, Germany, France, China, Canada, Brazil and more! Profits from the new band will go toward LGBTQ-supporting organizations like Gender Spectrum, GLSEN, ILGA, PFLAG, The National Center for Transgender Equality and The Trevor Project.

Celebrate Pride in style with your Apple watch, Henny!

h/t: 9to5Mac, Mashable

Nyle DiMarco Shares LGBT Sign Language For Pride Month

Just in time for Pride Month, hunky and handsome Nyle DiMarco is here to help you break down the sign language barrier for when you meet that hot deaf dude at a Pride festival.

 The America's Next Top Model/Dancing with the Stars champ (who has come out as sexually fluid) took to social media to help out with some easy-to-learn American Sign Language.

Nyle is an avid advocate for ASL since out of the estimated 70 million deaf people in the world, only 2% have access to education through sign language.

I had to chance to spend time with Nyle a while back and learned deaf folks appreciate even a small effort in learning to communicate with them. Plus, it's fun.

In this first video, Nyle teams up with gender queer artist Chella Man to teach basic queer signs like gay, bisexual, lesbian, trans, drag and more.

Looking to flirt? Nyle's got you covered:

And then there's the all-important question:

By the way, Nyle is also up for a gym buddy if you're interested:

 

Come train with me!! Hell yes or nah??

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Trump White House Ignores Pride Month - Again

Pride Month proclamations, receptions and rainbow lights at the White House. 

Ah, those were the days.

But those days are days gone by.

Just like his first year in office, Donald Trump has issued presidential proclamations recognizing June as Great Outdoors Month, National Ocean Month, National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, African-American Music Appreciation Month, and National Homeownership Month.

But LGBTQ Pride Month? 

Nope. Nada. Zilch. Zip. 

Remember when he campaigned as Donald “Better for the gays than Hillary” Trump?

Instead, what LGBTQ Americans have gotten from the Trump administration are reversals on transgender students protections, executive actions in the name of “religious freedom” that make anti-LGBT discrimination easier, a Justice Department that now excludes LGBT people from the enforcement of federal civil rights law and a proposed ban on trans folks serving in the military.

Boo.

President Obama, on the other hand, issued a presidential Pride Month proclamation every year of his administration.

That said, some political organizations have stepped up to recognize June as Pride Month this year.

The Democratic National Committee issued a statement honoring “the generations of leaders and activists who have fought for equality” and urging us all to “rededicate ourselves to the work that remains.”

More from the DNC:

“We see the impact of LGBTQ Americans throughout our history. We see it in the hope of Harvey Milk and the trailblazing work of Pauli Murray. We see it in the courageous leadership of Bayard Rustin and the pioneering career of Sally Ride. We see it in the brilliant performances of Laverne Cox, the athletic dominance of Abby Wambach, and the indomitable spirit of the late Edie Windsor.

“Under President Obama, our nation continued its long march toward LGBTQ equality. We ended Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and we fought for transgender equality in schools, military service, health care, and public accommodations. Today, hospitals receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds must extend visitation rights to LGBTQ patients. Across the country, violence against LGBTQ individuals can now be prosecuted as federal hate crimes. And of course, marriage equality is now the law of the land.

“We’ve made incredible progress for LGBTQ rights, and we’ve seen LGBTQ candidates achieve historic victories up and down the ballot. But LGBTQ Americans still face hurdles to equality across our society – from bathrooms to bakeries to the ballot box. Every day, Republicans in Congress, the White House, and at the state and local level are trying to turn back the clock on LGBTQ rights.

“The Democratic Party stands with LGBTQ communities in America and around the world. We believe that no one should face discrimination, bullying, or violence because of who they are or who they love. And we will never stop fighting for the equality every human being deserves.”

Additionally, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued this statement recognizing June as LGBTI Pride Month:

“The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons.

“In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals and their supporters continue to face violence, arrest, harassment and intimidation for standing up for their human rights, participating in peaceful marches and rallies, expressing their views, and simply being who they are. LGBTI persons – like all persons – must be free to enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and association, without fear of reprisal. As Americans, we place a high value on these rights and freedoms, which all persons deserve to enjoy fully and equally.

“The United States stands firmly with you as you exercise your human rights and fundamental freedoms. We wish you a safe and happy Pride Month.

While the statement is certainly appreciated, especially from one of the most vital offices in the United States when it comes to human rights, it's worth nothing that during his confirmation hearings Pompeo reiterated his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Facebook Drops The Pride Reaction Emoji!

Facebook Drops The Pride Reaction Emoji!


Is Their Simple Reason A Poor Excuse?

#NOOOO!!!! Say it ain’t so! Are you wondering where the heck the adorable Facebook “(LGBTQ) Pride” reaction is?! We had it last year on June 1st, 2017 and everyone’s scratching their heads to why we don’t have it again. Well, it turns out the answer is pretty diplomatic in general, but our social media is going to be a little less festive.


According to Business Insider, Facebook is still going to be celebrating Pride with a variety of digital stickers. However, the world’s game changing social media network is doing away with any and all custom reactions for major holidays and moments in culture. Unfortunately, last year’s Pride reaction was simply a “new experience test”.


We shouldn’t get our panties in too much of a bunch: They did nix any and all reactions aside from their standard. And, you can still have a variety of Pride frames, backgrounds, filters, and stickers available in Facebook Messenger and Camera. And, of course – we have Instagram – who has Pride stickers all year round.


Do you understand Facebook’s reason behind the unfortunate drop?

Welcome! Here's Andrew Christian's First Trans Model

A personal trainer in the San Diego area has become the first trans model to be featured in an underwear campaign for a well-known underwear company named Andrew Christian.

His name is Jesse Diamond.  The Tacoma, Washington born model spoke with Gay Stars News about landing this incredible gig, where he revealed how his aspirations in life were to be somewhat like Mark Wahlberg from the early stages of his career.

"When I started working out about five years ago, my dream was basically to become Marky Mark," he said. "I wanted to be an underwear model, a buff guy, and I’ve been buying Andrew Christians for years. So it was definitely like a dream come true for me."

 

Just a friendly reminder

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Jesse began the transition process four years ago, which has had some setbacks along the way including his debut go-go dancing at a gay Los Angeles strip club and the challenge of finding work as a personal trainer.

"Most of the other people I’ve worked with have been trans people. Cis males don’t seem to want to work with me because of my stature. I’m too small. And then women don’t want to work with me because I’m too muscular."

Jesse is featured in Andrew Christian's annual Proud campaign, produced each year to promote the well-known underwear brand around Pride season. What's even better is that this is his first ever modeling job... not too shabby.

"We are so proud to have Jesse Diamond, our first FTM trans model, as one of our brand ambassadors", designer Andrew Christian told GSN.

Congrats to Jesse! Read more on the interview here

 

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