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OUTmedia is a leading queer cultural activist organization and social enterprise. Our mission is to increase the positive visibility of LGBTQQIA people and promote inclusive multiculturalism through the arts.To support that mission, OUTmedia has become a leading global source for LGBTQQIA and queer-affirmative national acts and celebrity talent.


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Each year, Americans observe National (Latino/a) Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

MORE on these amazing talents: Ecuadorean and Puerto Rican slam poet Emanuel Xavier, and the hottest and funniest Cuban and Chicana dykes, Mimi Gonzalez and Sandra Valls!

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October is a very special time for the LGBT community: it is not only National LGBT History Month, but October 11 is the 26th annual National Coming Out Day and October 16 is Spirit Day. It is a perfect time to use our voices to inspire others and to make people feel safe in a world that tries to keep them down. Coming out is never easy and today is all about reminding LGBT individuals, as well as straight allies, of that fact.

A little over a year ago, one of my best friends, Coleen McMahon, and I first heard the beautiful song “Define Me” by Ryan Amador and Jo Lampert. We were deeply moved by the song, which is about love and acceptance. The song was such a powerful reminder that despite our differences, we are all human and should not allow others define who we are or dictate who we love. On a whim, Coleen and I decided to record a cover of “Define Me.” We never imagined doing anything with it, mostly because years of insecurities made me ashamed of my creative side and as a result I have always been embarrassed to sing in front of anyone other than my closest friends. I decided to overcome that fear, however, and share this part of me with you today.

To those of you who are thinking about coming out, remember that there are people out there who will love and respect you, even if your peers and family do not. You are beautiful, you have purpose, and I believe God has a wonderful plan for you.

Tap Tap Tap,
Shane Bitney Crone 

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LZ Granderson on CNN: Why conservatives blame Obama for Ebola 
I guess if some religious conservatives can blame Hurricane Sandy on gay marriage then certainly there is room to lay blame for the outbreak of Ebola on the steps of the White House. Especially if you’re comfortable with ignoring reality and rejecti

LZ Granderson on CNN: Why conservatives blame Obama for Ebola 

I guess if some religious conservatives can blame Hurricane Sandy on gay marriage then certainly there is room to lay blame for the outbreak of Ebola on the steps of the White House. Especially if you’re comfortable with ignoring reality and rejecti

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OUTmedia celebrates Rosh Hashonah and wishes our Jewish artists,Jessica Halem, Jessica Kirson, Ben Rimalower, Ben Lerman, Jason Stuart, Harvey Fierstein, Julie Goldman, Tami Gold,  Winnie and Rachel from the Kinsey Sicks, Jennifer Miller from Circus Amok!, Bruce Vilanch, and Gina Mamone , our Jewish friends,  and all communities to experience a New Year filled with joy, love, health, justice and peace! L’shana tovah!


Here’s  a source of extraordinary divine and artistic inspiration for me (Shelly Weiss, Founder of OUTmedia) since March 2001! Do read these Jewish musings from Irwin Keller, someone you might know as Winnie Kinsey Sicks, but is also the lay rabbi and armchair parshan at Congregation Ner Shalom in Cotati, CA. 
http://itzikswell.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-year-of-not-doing-quite-so-much.html

OUTmedia celebrates Rosh Hashonah and wishes our Jewish artists,Jessica Halem, Jessica KirsonBen RimalowerBen LermanJason StuartHarvey FiersteinJulie GoldmanTami Gold,  Winnie and Rachel from the Kinsey SicksJennifer Miller from Circus Amok!Bruce Vilanch, and Gina Mamone , our Jewish friends,  and all communities to experience a New Year filled with joy, love, health, justice and peace! L’shana tovah!

Here’s  a source of extraordinary divine and artistic inspiration for me (Shelly Weiss, Founder of OUTmedia) since March 2001! Do read these Jewish musings from Irwin Keller, someone you might know as Winnie Kinsey Sicks, but is also the lay rabbi and armchair parshan at Congregation Ner Shalom in Cotati, CA. 

http://itzikswell.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-year-of-not-doing-quite-so-much.html

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2 SIDES OF GAY: Out actors Jason Stuart and Tank Burton share about the success of Love is Strange
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2 SIDES OF GAY: Out actors Jason Stuart and Tank Burton share about the success of Love is Strange

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On Sunday, 9/21,CNN commentator LZ Granderson and Sports Illustrated assistant managing editor Mark Mravic assess how Roger Goodell has handled the media scrutiny surrounding the NFL - and how media outlets have performed.

One person happy for the airstrikes in Syria is Roger Goodell. Now traditional news outlets are redirecting resources/coverage- LZ Granderson

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Click on image to have a new experience in programming for the social good! Have your dollars work triple-time: sustain the community’s diverse and inclusive cultural workers, and OUTmedia as a progressive movement builder, and also foment change when you can and where you are “one act at a time.” 
We’d love to cause a ruckus with you and ignite queer consciousness about our vast range of identities!

Click on image to have a new experience in programming for the social good! Have your dollars work triple-time: sustain the community’s diverse and inclusive cultural workers, and OUTmedia as a progressive movement builder, and also foment change when you can and where you are “one act at a time.” 

We’d love to cause a ruckus with you and ignite queer consciousness about our vast range of identities!

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Mazel tov galore LZ Granderson…but you ain’t #24 in the rankings if it wasn’t media folks who were polled, but readers, and viewers!! Others above you may be seen, but they don’t ignite those conversations at water coolers, classrooms, and on stoops. Undoubtedly, top 10!

The 50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media

Mazel tov galore LZ Granderson…but you ain’t #24 in the rankings if it wasn’t media folks who were polled, but readers, and viewers!! Others above you may be seen, but they don’t ignite those conversations at water coolers, classrooms, and on stoops. Undoubtedly, top 10!

The 50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media

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How fantastic it was to join Shane Bitney Crone, Stacy Galligan Vogel, Emily Walker and the Centenary College I AM folks at the SRO crowd of 350 students at a 1400 student campus where only 650 live on campus. 2 standing ovations, and a crowd utterly inspired by Shane. Then Shane was on to NY for sightseeing and Pace U!
"Shane’s visit to campus is the highlight of my career as an educator. To witness the positive and truly caring fashion in which he interacted with students was astounding—it’s an educator’s dream to see students so moved and engaged.”-Prof. Andrew Stout, Instructor of Composition & Rhetoric and Women’s & Gender Studies, Pace U

How fantastic it was to join Shane Bitney Crone, Stacy Galligan Vogel, Emily Walker and the Centenary College I AM folks at the SRO crowd of 350 students at a 1400 student campus where only 650 live on campus. 2 standing ovations, and a crowd utterly inspired by Shane. Then Shane was on to NY for sightseeing and Pace U!

"Shane’s visit to campus is the highlight of my career as an educator. To witness the positive and truly caring fashion in which he interacted with students was astounding—it’s an educator’s dream to see students so moved and engaged.”

-Prof. Andrew Stout, Instructor of Composition & Rhetoric and Women’s & Gender Studies, Pace U

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The NFL’s Ray Rice lesson: Football is about more than football
We have allowed people in the NFL to hide behind X’s and O’s for too long. The Ray Rice incident has made it clear: It’s time they all took a stand on the very key societal issues they are helping shape.-Cyd Zeigler
Is your campus in need of looking at the compelling social issues revealed through sports?  
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Ben Rimalower on Being Gay and Bad With Money

The Patti Issues star discusses his new NYC solo show about his addiction to overspending.

Most daring night of truth-telling in theater I’ve ever seen. Is it pre- Rosh Hashonah running rampant on the distance we have to travel for self-improvement? A gay confessional on when our appealing selves also feature demons that seemingly know no bounds? No one does it like Ben, with such brutal honesty dripping relenlessly with haimishe unbridled humor.

Ben Rimalower on Being Gay and Bad With Money


Most daring night of truth-telling in theater I’ve ever seen. Is it pre- Rosh Hashonah running rampant on the distance we have to travel for self-improvement? A gay confessional on when our appealing selves also feature demons that seemingly know no bounds? No one does it like Ben, with such brutal honesty dripping relenlessly with haimishe unbridled humor.

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Yesterday: To Josina AndersonESPN, and everyone else who wants to talk about gay NFL players getting naked with their teammates - welcome to Cyd Zeigler’s shower…

Today: St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher SLAMMED both ESPN and reporter Josina Anderson for their ‘unethical,’ ‘unprofessional,’ ‘manufactured’ story on Michael Sam in the showers. This report is now becoming a pretty bad black eye for a network that has a good track record on LGBT issues.

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Decision week for Michael Sam, Rams, NFL
If Sam gets cut by St. Louis, it will be a football decision. If he gets passed on by the 31 other teams, homophobia will be a reason.-Cyd Zeigler, Outsports

Decision week for Michael Sam, Rams, NFL


If Sam gets cut by St. Louis, it will be a football decision. If he gets passed on by the 31 other teams, homophobia will be a reason.-Cyd Zeigler, Outsports

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Gotta see this film this weekend i  NYC. Raves from the NY Times! In addition, Jason Stuart marries John Lithgow and Alfred Molina’s characters! 
Prolific character actor Jason Stuart plays one of the most important supporting roles in Love Is Strange. As the officiant who marries John Lithgow’s Ben and Alfred Molina’s George, he sets the whole story in motion, and inadvertently affects the lives of all the other characters in the film. For this week’s episode of Love Stories, we asked Jason to tell us about a particularly important moment in his life: the moment he knew he was gay. It’s a truly amazing story that ironically begins with his appearance on one of the straightest TV shows in history: The Dating Game.  WATCH. 
To keep up with Jason, you can follow him on Twitter, or visit his website to find out about his latest guest appearances, comedy gigs, radio shows and more. 

Gotta see this film this weekend i  NYC. Raves from the NY Times! In addition, Jason Stuart marries John Lithgow and Alfred Molina’s characters! 

Prolific character actor Jason Stuart plays one of the most important supporting roles in Love Is Strange. As the officiant who marries John Lithgow’s Ben and Alfred Molina’s George, he sets the whole story in motion, and inadvertently affects the lives of all the other characters in the film. For this week’s episode of Love Stories, we asked Jason to tell us about a particularly important moment in his life: the moment he knew he was gay. It’s a truly amazing story that ironically begins with his appearance on one of the straightest TV shows in history: The Dating Game.  WATCH

To keep up with Jason, you can follow him on Twitter, or visit his website to find out about his latest guest appearances, comedy gigs, radio shows and more. 

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CNN’s LZ Granderson: How many unarmed people have to die?

I am tired.Tired of our streets being peppered with dead, unarmed black people. Tired of listening to armed assailants describe how they feared for their lives. Tired of being told “this has nothing to do with race.”I am tired of having to march to have murderers arrested. Tired of worrying about my 17-year-old being gunned down by some random white guy who thinks his music is too loud. Tired of knowing the same could happen to me.

CNN’s LZ Granderson: How many unarmed people have to die?

I am tired.Tired of our streets being peppered with dead, unarmed black people. Tired of listening to armed assailants describe how they feared for their lives. Tired of being told “this has nothing to do with race.”I am tired of having to march to have murderers arrested. Tired of worrying about my 17-year-old being gunned down by some random white guy who thinks his music is too loud. Tired of knowing the same could happen to me.