The Horizons Foundation last week gave out just over $2 million to a variety of LGBT organizations and projects. Several hundred people gathered inside the top floor events room at the Westin St Francis Hotel [San Francisco] for the December 13 breakfast honoring the latest beneficiaries. This year's grants, encompassing organizations from across the nine-county Bay Area region, totaled $2,086,543. Recipients included youth and transgender advocacy groups, homeless support services, senior services, filmmakers, and arts/performance troupes. Beneficiaries included Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center, or LYRIC; EnGender, which includes programs like the Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp; and filmmaker Erin Palmquist. READ MORE
Despite Deal with City of Charlotte, North Carolina Lawmakers REFUSE to Repeal Odious HB2
North Carolina No Longer Qualifies As a 'Democracy,' According to Political Scientists
The 20-plus members of the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association tapped Moonlight — the acclaimed indie film about being a gay black man in contemporary society — as their top film of 2016. Moonlight was named best picture, best director Barry Jenkins and best supporting actor Mahershala Ali. The film also took the Russell Smith Award, named after the late gay film critic, which recognizes the best in low-budget or cutting-edge films. READ MORE
New 'Overwatch' Comic Already Banned in Russia Because of its Lesbian Hero
Out Actor Colton Haynes Talks Recovery After Drug Addiction That Was Brought On by Crushing Mental Health Issues
a story he wrote for Paper Magazine that describes his mental health issues, which led to a life of turmoil involving drug use. Having these issues not only hurt his physical health, but it interfered with his social life. 'I'm a vampire. A shell. Wishing I was the old Colton,' the Arrow actor wrote. 'The person who used to love going out and talking to my family/friends. Now I'm so closed off to the world that I can't even get up enough courage to go in public.' The star wanted to find a way for things to change, but he felt too lost. 'There are so many things I want to do in this life but I don't know how to start. I don't know who I am anymore.' READ MORE
Wealthy People More Self-Serving When It Comes to Giving to Charity: Study
Colorado Small Businesses Oppose Denying Services to LGBT Customers Based on Religious Beliefs
Around the country, a number of states including Colorado have recently passed or considered legislation that would allow business owners to deny services to LGBT people based on the owner’s religious beliefs. These laws are also sometimes known as religious freedom measures and are often modeled on the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Supporters of these laws often claim small businesses favor them, but a new scientific poll of Colorado small business owners challenges this assumption. The poll finds 65% of Colorado small business owners believe business owners should not be allowed to deny services to LGBT individuals based on the owner’s religious beliefs. READ MORE
Gay Actor/Producer/Writer Charlie David Named 'Author of the Month' by Divine Magazine
Divine Magazine is very proud to present Actor, Author and TV Host Charlie David as our Author of the Month for December. Charlie David has been a host for E! Television, NBC, OutTV, LOGO, here! TV, Pink TV, EGO, Fine Living and Slice Networks on such shows as FYE!, SpyTV, Crash Test Mommy and his travel series Bump which shot over 100 episodes around the world and garnered a Hugo Television award. He has appeared as musical guest on VH1, BBC, CBS’s The Early Show, and dozens of radio shows. In 2005 Out Magazine recognized Charlie in the ‘Out 100’ at their gala in New York. In 2007 the Philadelphia Film Society awarded Charlie with their Rising Star Award. In 2008 the Festival del Sol in Gran Canaria awarded their Best Male Actor Award to Charlie and the male cast of A Four Letter Word. Formerly in a rock band… okay, actually it was a boy band, Charlie opened for Destiny’s Child, Pink, Snoop Dogg, Rick Springfield and Black Eyed Peas. A love of storytelling led Charlie to start Border2Border Entertainment Inc., a production company whose film and television credits include Mulligans, Judas Kiss, I’m a Stripper (series), Studlebrity, Balls, I’m a Porn Star, I’m a Porn Star: Gay4Pay and Positive Youth. Border2Border Entertainment’s films have been licensed to Showtime, Super Channel, HBO Canada, MTV/LOGO, Sundance Channel, Discovery Networks, The Movie Network, Movie Central, Hollywood Suite, hereTV, Encore Avenue, and OutTV in North America as well as finding a worldwide audience through international distribution partners. Read Divine Magazine's Full Interview With Charlie David HERE.
Gay Man Proposes During Bulls vs. Spurs Game in Chicago
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Today's Birthday Boy is Well-Strung's Chris Marchant
Well-Strung (the talented all-male string quartet) took to their social media today in order to wish band-mate Chris Marchant a Happy Birthday! The guys ribbed him by posting a shirtless pic of the VERY fit Marchant: "We are taking a break from all the holiday jolly to celebrate the birth of @chrisjmarchant!! 🎉🎁🎈 #birthdaysuit"
Well-Strung features classical musicians who sing and put their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Adele Lady Gaga, and more! Their debut show sold-out Joe’s Pub on May 1st, 2012 in New York. Since then they have played venues across the world such as The Art House in Provincetown, the Leicester Square Theatre in London, 54 Below in New York, House of Blues in New Orleans and Feinstein’s in San Francisco.
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