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by Steve Majors                                                                         

LGBT Family Pride Celebrations Planned for Boston, DC and Minnesota

Washington, DC - Family Equality Council, the nation organization dedicated to connecting, supporting, and representing the one million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents raising two million children in the U.S., today released details of “Family Pride” celebrations scheduled across the country throughout June.

“Pride celebrations are increasingly attracting LGBT families,” said Family Equality Council Director of Programming Brent Wright.  “As a result we have planned special family programming for parents and children in several cities including Boston, Washington D.C. and the Twin Cities.”

"Pride can be a wonderful chance to create a new family tradition" said Wright, and he offered the some tips to make Pride a family friendly event. 

Volunteer. Take pride by giving back. Go with your kids to help out the local sage chapter, or donate supplies to a shelter that works with LGBT youth.
  • Talk to your kids: Teach your kids what pride means and why is it celebrated. Talk about LGBT history and about the discrimination the LGBT community faced through the years. Teach them the importance of freedom to all, and the freedom to marry who you love regardless of their sexual orientation.
  • Call your local Pride organizer and find out about family friendly activities for PRIDE month.
  • Go with friends, family or other parents with kids. Make the event your own! Combine it with a cookout or picnic and make your own family Pride tradition.
  • Show your pride. Don't just be an observer, encourage the kids to dress up and or decorate their wagons with rainbow colors,  showing their PRIDE.
  • Make connections! Use the occasion to introduce your kids to other gay families who are part of our community. Visit gay seniors who enjoy seeing the new generation.
  • Share your stories. Help your kids take photos, create a scrapbook. These items will become will be useful next year when your kids interact with their friends, camp mates and classmates and show them why it matters.
  • Volunteer. Take pride by giving back to LGBT organizations such as your local sage chapter, or a LGBT youth shelter
BOSTON
Boston Pride Festival :  June 9, 12 noon – 6 pm • Family booth for parents and kids.
Pride Family Dance:  June 9, 5:15pm-8pm • Hyde Community Center, 90 Lincoln St, Newton, MA • Fun for the whole family.
North Shore Pride:  June 30, Salem, MA. Non-denominational prayer service, parade, festival, and after party.

WASHINGTON, DC
DC Pride Parade: June 9,   4:30 pm • Come view the parade and cheer on the marchers.
DC Pride Fesitval June 10, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm • Pennsylvania Ave and 7th St, NW

MIDWEST
Gay Pride: Sharing Our Families’ Stories:  June 16,  10:00 am – 12 noon  • Hennepin County Central Library, Doty Room, 300 Nicollett Mall, Minneapolis, and via livestream at www.rainbowrumpus.org. Music, books, storytelling, celebration of LGBT-headed families.
Pride Picnic: June 17, 11am-2pm • East Picnic Pavilions, Como Park, St. Paul, MN.
Pride Festival: June 23, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and June 24, 12 noon- 6:00 pm Minneapolis, MN • Visit the family information booth and march with us in the Pride Parade.

 
 

Photos courtesy of IML and RVJ Studios Inc.
On Sunday night,  Woody Woodruff, Mr. Michigan Leather won the title IML 2012. 

The crowd was on their feet when Mr Chuck Renslow, the Founder of IML announced the winner. What an incredible moving moment for all the leathermen of Michigan! 

IML 2012 TitleWoody Woodruff, Mr. Michigan Leather 2012
First Runner up: A.C. Demidont Mr. Eagle New York 2012
Second Runner up: Kevin Jordan Mr. DC Eagle 2012
International Mr. Bootblack 2012 Winner: Nick Elliot from Portland, Oregon 

PINK congratulate all the winners of 2012!
 
 
by David Ernesto Munar
President and CEO • AIDS Foundation of Chicago

How does an exclusive party on Wrigley Field or waking up on the beach of Waikiki sound?  
You can do this AND help support vital programs for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS by joining TEAM TO END AIDS (T2), the endurance training program of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC).

I invite you to one of T2's summer training programs and have an experience of a lifetime while improving and saving lives:

Honolulu Marathon
Grass skirts, flower leis, beautiful sunsets, and warm ocean breezes. Where else would you rather be this December than in the Islands of Aloha?  T2 has training programs for both beginners and experienced runners, so it doesn't matter if you haven’t run a step in years, everyone is welcome. With T2 you’ll experience the "aloha spirit" every step of the way. So you can just focus on having an unforgettable marathon experience, we even help with your travel arrangements with Travel Options by T2.

Wrigley Field Road Tour
Whether you’re a Cubs fan or cycling enthusiast the Wrigley Field Road Tour is a thrilling event for cyclists of all ability levels.  And after you complete the 100 mile ride you are treated to an exclusive party on Wrigley Field!  This out and back ride begins and ends at the Friendly Confines.  It’s so friendly they open the club house showers for riders to clean up before hitting the party on the field.

We’ve Got Your Back!
Training for the Honolulu Marathon and Wrigley Field Road Tour begins on June 16.  With T2's training programs, you will train with people at your level with experienced coaches and staff to help you along the way. As you train; you raise funds for the vital services provided by AFC.  You will not only be doing something for yourself, but you will be giving less fortunate people who are affected by HIV/AIDS a better quality of life in the process.

Take the step and join todayRegistration is $65 (normally $95) through May 31st,  and includes training, training jersey, race entry, hotel or hotel and airfare(if applicable)*.  Use promo code T2AFC12 and we’ll give a $100 credit toward your fundraising to get you started.

If you have any Questions? Call our office and speak to one of our Team Managers at 312.725.8232; visit our website at TEAM2ENDAIDS.com/chicago; or send an email to T2EA@aidschicago.org.

T2 still has entries to the sold out Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Chicago Triathlon and Chicago Half Marathon or Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon.

This is YOUR summer to change lives AND cross the finish line!

 
 

Posted on July 23, 2010 by David Cohen

Two lucky fans will get the opportunity to meet Academy Award® and Grammy Award® -winner legend CHER via an online auction.  Bid on this amazing package on www.charityfolks.com.  All proceeds to benefit the New York Restoration Project.  

This package will include two VIP first row orchestra seats for a Saturday night performance of CHER’s  Las Vegas extravaganza at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace Hotel. This is a once in a life time opportunity to meet the amazing Cher live. Taking photos behind the scenes before and after the show with the amazing Cher for sure will be the icing on the cake. Cher will autograph the photos making for an amazing memory of her spectecular show!
Don’t live in Las Vegas?  That’s not a problem, as JetBlue Airways will provide roundtrip airfare to the winning bidder.

With a successful career that has lasted over four decades and a unique ability to entertain millions worldwide, Cher is the epitome of glamour and stardom.  The Cher Las Vegas show features hits from the star’s legendary career and features state-of-the-art lighting, special effects, and of course, the ultra-glamorous Cher.  The Cher in Las Vegas show also features elaborate costumes, as well as dancers and aerialists who dazzle guests with amazing choreography and daring acrobatic moves.

New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to reclaiming and restoring New York City parks, community gardens and open spaces.  NYRP focuses its work in underserved neighborhoods throughout the city’s five boroughs, as well as providingenvironmental education and programs to thousands of youth and adults.  In partnership with the City of New York, NYRP is also leading MillionTreesNYC – an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City’s five boroughs by 2017.

Charity Folks is the leading online marketplace for nonprofit fundraising, corporate cause-marketing campaigns and celebrity-driven charity initiatives. Managing thousands of successful charity auctions, Charity Folks has raised millions for nonprofit organizations around the world, all while offering consumers highly-coveted auction lots donated by today’s hottest celebrities, musicians, sports stars, high-profile personalities and top-tier brands.

For further information visit www.charityfolks.com.
 
 
by David Cohen

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) presents the 76th annual fashion show, FASHION 2010, Friday, May 7. For the first time in its storied history, the fashion show takes place in the critically acclaimed Renzo Piano-designed Griffin Court of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing (159 East Monroe Avenue). This marks the return of SAIC’s annual fashion show to the Art Institute of Chicago for the first time in 15 years. Fashion and art lovers from across the nation will have the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular runway show featuring cutting-edge garments by the next generation of up-and-coming designers, presented against the backdrop of Renzo Piano’s stunning architecture.

The 7 p.m. show is part of SAIC’s annual gala scholarship benefit, THE WALK 2010, which begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and concludes with an elegant post-show dinner in Terzo Piano at 8 p.m. Tickets to THE WALK 2010 start at $500 and are available now. Call 312.899.1439 for tickets.

Night Walk 2010 is a new late-night fashion party from 9 p.m.-midnight, with a standing-room-only “Best of Show” runway presentation at 10 p.m. featuring 10 designs by SAIC Legend of Fashion honoree Gary Graham (SAIC BFA 1992). NightWalk includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert. Tickets to NightWalk 2010 are on sale now, priced at $100 and available online only via www.saic.edu/fashionshow.

For more information about tickets to Night Walk 2010, call 312.899.7484. Night Walk tickets are only available for purchase online, at www.saic.edu/fashionshow.

 
 
Posted on April 19, 2010
by David Cohen

Dine Out. Fight AIDS on Thursday, April 29th.

AIDSCare Progressive Services (APS), now a member of EdgeAlliance, will celebrate its 17th Annual Dining Out For Life in Chicago on Thursday, April 29, 2010. Partnered with 58 cities across the United States and Canada, Dining Out For Life is the single largest HIV/AIDS benefit in the country.

More than 80 Chicago restaurants will come together to celebrate good friends, good food, and a good cause. Each restaurant will pledge to donate a portion of their proceeds to APS, and a volunteer Ambassador will be assigned to each participating restaurant to encourage individual tax-deductible contributions from diners, and to help raise HIV/AIDS awareness throughout the city. As an additional fundraiser this year, Chicagoans may also participate in a Text-to-Donate campaign by texting EDGE, then their preferred donation amount, to 27138.

Inspired by Carl Sandburg’s poem ‘Chicago,’ this year’s event focuses on shoulders as symbols of support, denoting incredible power and strength. Built on the premise of interdependence and the need to lend our shoulders in support of one another, the photographs for this campaign, graciously taken by John Gress, proclaim Chicago as an incredibly diverse city. But more importantly, that we are all people, regardless of race, gender, creed, and age, and that our work has universal significance: “Under his wrist is the pulse. / And under his ribs the heart of the people / Laughing!” (Carl Sandburg, from the poem ‘Chicago’ in Chicago Poems).

AIDSCare Progressive Services, a member of EdgeAlliance, provides supportive and life progress services to families and individuals living with HIV/AIDS on EdgeAlliance’s North Lawndale Housing Campus on Chicago’s West Side.  The campus currently houses more than 124 children, women, and men who are otherwise homeless and living with HIV/AIDS.

For more information or to get involved, visit www.EdgeAlliance.org or www.DiningOutForLife.com.

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Pink Pages is Sponsoring Dining Out for Life
Posted on March 18, 2010 by David Cohen.

We are proud to announce our partnership with the 17th Annual Dining Out for Life on Thursday, April 29, 2010!

This year’s Dining Out for Life event will mark the culmination of our new citywide fundraising campaign, Dining Out for Life: City of Big Shoulders! This campaign, inspired by Carl Sandburg’s poem ‘Chicago’, will utilize the idea of shoulders as symbols of support. It will feature a range of photographs with groups of people in fun, supportive poses. The new campaign represents Chicago’s incredible diversity, and is sure to attract more volunteers and diners to the event than ever before!

As part of our commitment to the community PINK  is going to announce next week where we are going to host this year and why.

PINK will be giving away many Prizes, so stay tune as we promised you will  not be disappointed…
 
 
Posted on March 5, 2010 by David Cohen

The 2010 Chicago Flower & Garden Show is back again at Navy Pier and will be open this coming Saturday March 6, through Sunday March 14, 2010.

Attend some of  the seminars where you will be able to learn the secrets of gardening from leading experts in the filed. Some of the experts who are going to be at the show this year will share their knowledge with the you.

Award-winning landscape architect and garden designer Craig Bergmann, will talk about Making Art in the Garden. Since 1982, Craig Bergmann Landscape Design Inc. has specialized in putting a Midwestern modern-day twist on the classic garden designs of Europe . His  work has been featured in several books, on PBS-TV’s “The Victory Garden” and on HGTV’s “Gardener’s Journal.”

Author and television personality Charlie Nardozzi will share tips from his latest book Vegetable Gardening for Dummies. The  horticulture educator of the University of Illinois Nancy Pollard, will teach you how to Farm Your own Patio. Another perennial favorite from previous shows, is the famous PBS television host Melinda Myers, who will talk this year about Planning and Plants for a Small Space Garden.

Attendance to all seminars is included in the price of show admission. To confirm seminar times, dates and subjects visit  www.chicagoflower.com.

Opens: Monday to Saturday, 10am-8pm • adults $15 • children 4-12 years $5 • Sundays 10am-6pm • adults $17 • children 4-12 years $5. • Tickets can be ordered online at www.chicagoflower.com, where no service fee is charged. They also can be purchased at the door.
 
 
Posted on February 11, 2010 by David Cohen

Events : Around the Gay World 

Chicago
EdgeAlliance [sic] recreates the allure of Tinseltown’s fabulous 1930s-‘40s flare in a Hollywood-glam and celluloid-chic-catered celebration of solidarity and cinema at the social support organization’s sensational Fat Saturday Ball. Reeling 7-11 p.m. on Saturday Feb 13, the agency’s annual premiere fundraising gala transforms the Westin Chicago River North into a tantalizing theater of masquerade, minimally made-up models and movie-making marvels with proceeds benefitting EA’s non-profit membership initiatives servicing the disabled, veterans and people living with HIV/AIDS. $225/person, $2,250/table; reservations can be linked to online at www.edgealliance.org, or inquire by phone at 773.359.0103.

Detroit
Akin to its 2010 theme, “The Journey Continues” at the 14th Leather Leadership Conference which is being held in the Motor City this year, April 9-11. Launched in 1997, the LLC is all about making strong and well-informed leaders in the SM/leather/fetish communities to foster connections and success. Check www.leatherleadership.org for hosting updates and info.

Los Angeles
It’s educational and intoxicating: Every Saturday, Sunday and alternating Fridays, Out & About Tours takes LGBT sightseers on a bus ride from West Hollywood to Downtown L.A., highlighting the origins of the city’s Pride Parade, the first porn theater founded in the 1980s, one of the last gay piano bars, The Other Side of Silverlake and more. The tour features over 100 historically “queer” points of interest with alcohol and other refreshments served along the way. $75 per person; 21 and older. www.outandabout-tours.com.

Miami Beach
The Food and Wine Festival hits the South Beach shore for four days in February, the 25th-28th. Sponsored by the Food Network, the festival showcases the “talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities” with all the network big wigs, like Rachael Ray, Sandra Lee and Paula Deen, scheduled to make appearances. Proceeds benefit FIU’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Teaching Restaurant and The Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center.   www.sobefest.com.

Miami’s famed Winter Party Festival musters the global circuit sect in SoBe  to benefit the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force during the city’s annual week-long, LGBT scene-wide fundraising fiesta, March 3-8; www.winterparty.com.

Montreal
Exploring “the complexity of contemporary feminism, through fun, experimental, and community-building artistic events,” the Edgy Women Festival returns to Montreal March 20-28, with an Edgy Meow Mix opening the event at the Eastern Bloc March 20. The call for submissions ends Jan. 11; interested exhibitors and attendants can learn more about the fest at www.edgywomen.ca so long as said interested can read French.

New orleans
The 2010 edition of Gay Mardi Gras (www.gaymardigras.net) lends its annually iniquitous fun and flesh sin-sation to the lower French Quarter, with beads, boys, DJs, BJs and discoball blowouts, Feb 11-16. After Ash Wednesday, guilty gay Mardi Gras-ers, penitent of their pre-Lent lasciviousness, can save their salacious souls at the 11th Annual Official New Orleans Gay Easter Parade with apologetically bold bonnets, innocently pastel-painted egg shells, selflessly chaste cash contributions to local charities and other acts of contrition, Easter Sunday, April 4 www.gayeasterparade.com.

New York
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission honors those recognized for advocating equality across the globe, while bridging the gap between LGBT issues and those of other disenfranchised groups, in a Celebration of Courage. The 2010 Human Rights Awards takes place at the Rosenthal Penthouse at NYU’s Kimmel Center, Monday March 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and again on the west coast, Thursday March 18, at San Francisco’s W Hotel. Support the cause at www.iglhrc.org.

Washington D.C.
The District of Columbian incarnation of famed musicians Bob Mould and Rich Morel’s dance party BlowOff hits the 9:30 Club Jan. 16 all night from 11:30-3:30 a.m. The disco ball moves to San Fran and then Brooklyn, NY in Feb. www.blowoff.us

Gay republicans congregate during the Log Cabin National Convention, April 15-18. Roundtable discussions will most likely cover capitalism and conservatism. Check for agenda, location and scheduling updates at www.logcabin.org.

POWDER PUFFS
At any one of the below-listed, LGBT-oriented ski  weeks, ice queens and kings make for the mountains,  hitting host-resort slopes to openly cruise the cabins, paw at the snow patrol, sexually solicit celebrity guests or just leisurely spend an allotted day getting liquored-up at the lodge. There will probably be skiing and snowboarding available to those who are actually into that sort of thing too. Check Web sites for accommodations, lift-ticket packages and special event schedules. 
Aspen Gay Ski Week; Jan 17-24. www.gayskiweek.com Vail Gay & Lesbian Ski Week; Jan 27-31. www.vailgayskiweek.com • Telluride Gay Ski Week 10; Feb 20-27. www.telluridegayskiweek.com • Winter PRIDE Whistler, BC; March 1-8. www.gaywhistler.com