Posts Tagged “LGBT”

The Darlings

By | September 26, 2017

Can an OUT Gay man be a pro race car driver? In an all straight sport, can Evan Darling succeed and make it back to the winners circle?

Evan Darling, Professional Race Car Driver and extreme sports enthusiast is “Googling” his brother, Brian Darling on the internet and finds Business Manager Brian Darling instead. They strike up a conversation. Complete opposites, Evan and Brian bond as brothers, and quickly become the brothers they never had, forming a strong and unbreakable duo.

While looking for racing sponsors and getting back on the race track, Evan brings Brian out of his shell and they go on wild adventures at 150 miles per hour around a track. Evan was a successful pro until he came out publicly, and then lost all his sponsors. Brian kicks and screams the entire time, and struggles to keep up. Evan is very competitive. Brian would rather be in a spa or sitting by the pool.

Evan pushes Brian to find his inner sense of adventure and to try crazy wild new things. Will Evan find a new sponsor and be accepted in the all straight sport of Pro racing?

Congratulations to Laverne Cox for her Historic Emmy Nomination!

By | July 12, 2014

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Laverne Cox made history this week by becoming the first openly transgender actress to receive an Emmy nomination. Cox got the nod for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Sophia Burset in Netflix’s hit series “Orange is the New Black.” This monumental achievement will surely inspired transgendered individuals everywhere.

Even before the nomination, Cox was quickly becoming one of the most important advocates for the LGBT and specifically transgender community. Last month she became the first openly transgendered person to appear on the cover of Time Magazine. This fall she’ll be doing an extensive college tour giving motivational talks to young people.

“Orange is the New Black” is all about breaking down barriers and Cox is a major part of that goal. This nomination is a mark of their success in opening the hearts and minds of the mainstream. In the words of GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis, “Today, countless transgender youth will hear the message that they can be who they are and still achieve their dreams – nothing is out of reach. Laverne’s success on a hit series is a clear indication that audiences are ready for more trans characters on television.”

Congratulations, Laverne, on your milestone nomination!

 

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AIDS/Lifecycle 2014 Photos

By | July 3, 2014

Here are a few photos from this year’s incredible AIDS/Lifecycle. 2014 was the most successful year yet as the event raised over $15 million to support the fight against AIDS. My team alone raised $20,000! Check out some great photos taken by Yolanda Jones and visit www.aidslifecycle.org for more information about the campaign and how you can contribute.

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A Message From LA LGBT Center CEO Lorri Jean About AIDS/Lifecycle

By | June 12, 2014

AIDS/Lifecycle 2014 is over, which means it’s time to start preparing for AIDS/Lifecycle 2015! LA LGBT Center CEO Lorri Jean sent out a message to center supporters discussing her feelings about the event and offering a special discount for next year. Read it below:

The end of AIDS/LifeCycle is always emotional for me, as it is for nearly all who participate. If you weren’t with us this year, let me explain why.

For seven days, nearly 3,000 men and women from 14 countries and nearly every state in the union, representing all races/ethnicities and sexual orientations—ranging in age from 18-83—were united by one heroic challenge and one common goal: riding a bike (or supporting those who do) from San Francisco to Los Angeles to help end AIDS and care for those living with HIV.

It’s a bittersweet feeling when the event comes to an end because while many of us are exhausted from 7 days of being on the road and are happy to be home, for those 7 days we are what the world should be: a world without stigma, a world in which differences are celebrated, and a world in which people care about and whole-heartedly support one another.

It’s hard to understand these emotions unless you’ve experienced this incredible week yourself, but it’s the reason people keep coming back to AIDS/LifeCycle. And it’s why we already have more than 1,500 people registered for next year’s AIDS/LifeCycle (May 31 – June 6)!

Just through this Sunday, June 15, we’re offering Center supporters the opportunity to save $45 on registration for next year’s AIDS/LifeCycle. When you sign up using discount code “LORRI” your registration fee is only $50. We’ll never offer a lower rate.

We’ll help you train. We’ll help you fundraise. And you’ll experience a life-changing event that helps the Center continue to provide life-saving medical care to people living with AIDS, find better treatments for HIV, and help prevent new infections.

Curious to know more about the ALC experience? Take a look at this short video recap of last week’s Ride. And then do something bold and register to join us for next year. You belong here.

Sincerely,

Lorri L. Jean
Chief Executive Officer

Actress Traci Dinwiddie Talks AIDS/Lifecycle

By | June 4, 2014

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Brian chatted with actress, director, LGBT activist, and top fundraiser Traci Dinwiddie about her experience preparing for AIDS/Lifecycle. The 545 mile fundraising bike ride is held every June and each year raises millions of dollars for the LA LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation as they fight against AIDS.

Website: www.tracidinwiddie.com
Click here to donate to AIDS/Lifecycle

 

 

 

LGBT Pride Month Spotlight: Cyndi Lauper

By | June 3, 2014

Cyndi Lauper’s music let her rise to fame, but today she may be more well known for her LGBT activism than for her songs.

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Beloved by the LGBT community, Cyndi played pride concerts all through the 80s and 90s when it wasn’t as cool and trendy as it is today. Her countless equality efforts include the massive True Colors Tour benefiting the Human Rights Campaign, the Forty to None campaign that seeks to eliminate the staggering problem of homelessness among LGBT youths, and her Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boots, which addresses the acceptance of drag queens in society. She was even present at the White House when President Obama signed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law in 2009.

A true hero to the LGBT community, Cyndi Lauper is one of the most important and influential advocates for equality of the last 30 years.

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Documentary BEFORE YOU KNOW IT by PJ Raval opens in LA June 13

By | June 1, 2014

The award winning documentary Before You Know It will be making it’s Los Angeles theatrical debut on June 13th at Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills. Director PJ Raval followed three gay seniors as they go through the usual struggles of reaching old age while being gay in today’s society.

The film has been praised by critics for its intimate profile of an often overlooked group within the LGBT community. Many have found the doc emotional and inspiring as it sheds light on some important issues while delving into the personal stories of three very different men united by their common sexuality and challenges.

IndieWIRE called Before You Know It “A crucial addition to the LGBT doc canon”. Now, after appearing in theaters and festivals all over the world, the film is set for its Los Angeles run. Click here to go to the event page on Facebook for all the details. 

Watch PJ Raval on The Brian Darling Show where he talks about the film, his inspiration as a director, and the state of the LGBT community. 

For more information about the movie, visit the website: www.BeforeYouKnowItFilm.com

PJ’s website can be found at www.unraval.com

PJ Raval: Documentary Filmmaker

By | December 3, 2013

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Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s ‘25 new faces of independent film 2006′ and Out Magazine’s ’100 OUT 2010′, PJ Raval discovered film and video after working with photography and media installation art. His latest film BEFORE YOU KNOW IT follows three gay seniors as they navigate life and the challenges of being gay in your golden years. The documentary has played at festivals and theaters all over the world. Brian and PJ talk about the film, his inspiration as a filmmaker, and the star of the LGBT community.

PJ’s previous film TRINIDAD is a feature documentary that uncovers Trinidad, Colorado’s transformation from Wild West outpost to “sex change capital of the world” and follows three influential transgender women who may steer the rural ranching town toward becoming the “transsexual mecca”. Called “a must see” by Ellen Huang (GLAAD), TRINIDAD won the Cleveland International Film Festival Documentary Jury Award and currently can been seen on SHOWTIME as well as MTV’s LOGO network.

For more about the film, visit the website: www.BeforeYouKnowItFilm.com
For more PJ, go to www.unraval.com

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling in New Jersey

By | October 8, 2013

Same-sex marriage continues to be an uphill battle for the LGBT community. Last month, Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that gay marriage must be allowed in New Jersey. However, Gov. Chris Christie’s administration quickly announced they would appeal the ruling because state law can’t violate the state constitution.

New Jersey has civil unions for gay couple, just not marriages, which are legal in 13 states.

On October 4th, gay rights advocates asked a New Jersey judge to implement the order, allowing same-sex marriages this month. I believe the judge should remove the ban immediately. Even Vice President Biden recently said, “gay marriage is the issue of our day.”

Lets hope the Christie administration drops their appeal and allow the New Jersey LGBT community to enjoy the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples.

3 Significant Events in LGBT History

By | September 25, 2013

September is a milestone month in LGBT history. Today, I read an article about three different events that happened on September 20. The events happened in three different decades and really helped move the LGBT movement forward and backward (according to how you look at it).

I was very young when the first one took place so I don’t remember much about it but the other two I remember very well.

So what are these three events? Well, in 1973, Tennis superstar Billie Jean King faced Bobby Riggs in the ‘Battle of the Sexes.’ King Won. In 1996, President Bill Clinton announced he would sign the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which recognized married being between a man and a woman. Then, in 2011 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the US policy on gays serving in the military, was repealed.

Of course, this month Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated at a friend’s same-sex wedding so September continues to deliver.

Check out the entire article about September 20 here. It includes great videos.