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NetWERQ with actor, country music singer, and life coach Brian Falduto

Queer News Tonight Is Proud To Host Our Thursday Night Business Professional Segment We Call “Netwerq”… With A Q, Where We Will Highlight & Network Live With Lgbtq Business Leaders, Individuals, & Organizations! Tonight’S Segment Features Brian Falduto, Professional Actor, Country Music Singer-Songwriter, & I.C.F. Certified Life Coach. He Is A Singer/Songwriter & Icf Certified Professional Life Coach Best Known For His Child Actor Days As “That Gay Kid From School Of Rock.” Since Re Emerging As An Out & Proud Advocate & Artist, He Has Been Privileged To Share His Story, Including His Now Viral Interview With “Now This News” (Receiving Over 5 Million Views). Pridelife Magazine Subsequently Named Brian One Of “The 20 Most Influential, Outspoken, & Optimistic Individuals On The Planet.” In 2020, Brian Launched The Gay Life Coach Podcast, The Gay Men’S Self-Help Book Club, & The Gay Men’S Mindfulness Collective As Part Of His Continual Efforts To Create Mindful Conversation & Content Surrounding The Effects Of Internalized & Externalized Homophobia & How One Might Heal From Those Experiences Through Expanded Awareness & A Deeper Connection To Oneself. Here To Tell Us More, Let’S Please Welcome Professional Actor, Country Music Singer-Songwriter, & I.C.F. Certified Life Coach, Brian Falduto, To Netwerq… Here On Queer News Tonight!

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NetWERQ with actor, country music singer, and life coach Brian Falduto

Queer News Tonight Is Proud To Host Our Thursday Night Business Professional Segment We Call “Netwerq”… With A Q, Where We Will Highlight & Network Live With Lgbtq Business Leaders, Individuals, & Organizations! Tonight’S Segment Features Brian Falduto, Professional Actor, Country Music Singer-Songwriter, & I.C.F. Certified Life Coach. He Is A Singer/Songwriter & Icf Certified Professional Life Coach Best Known For His Child Actor Days As “That Gay Kid From School Of Rock.” Since Re Emerging As An Out & Proud Advocate & Artist, He Has Been Privileged To Share His Story, Including His Now Viral Interview With “Now This News” (Receiving Over 5 Million Views). Pridelife Magazine Subsequently Named Brian One Of “The 20 Most Influential, Outspoken, & Optimistic Individuals On The Planet.” In 2020, Brian Launched The Gay Life Coach Podcast, The Gay Men’S Self-Help Book Club, & The Gay Men’S Mindfulness Collective As Part Of His Continual Efforts To Create Mindful Conversation & Content Surrounding The Effects Of Internalized & Externalized Homophobia & How One Might Heal From Those Experiences Through Expanded Awareness & A Deeper Connection To Oneself. Here To Tell Us More, Let’S Please Welcome Professional Actor, Country Music Singer-Songwriter, & I.C.F. Certified Life Coach, Brian Falduto, To Netwerq… Here On Queer News Tonight!

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Night Moves in Style From InkedKenny

At Queer News Tonight We Bring The LGBTQ Community The Best Of Queer Culture From Writers, Photographers, Books, Painters And More.  So Tonight We Bring The Latest From Famed Photographer InkedKenny. This Artist Is Celebrated In The Leather Community And Is Featuring A New Digital Exhibit Called “36 Risky, Sweaty, Sort Of Scary Photos By InkedKenny.” Out Of His Studio And On To The Streets As Night Time Models On The Streets Of Vancouver Make The Visuals Stunning. Inkedkenny Exhibits At The Leather Archives And Museum In Chicago And Is A Match Made In Hell… Umm… We Mean Heaven.  We Encourage You To Visit InkedKenny’s Social Media For More Images Or To His Website InkedKenny.Com For Complete Retrospective.

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That Last Lesbian Bar in America. Please Turn Off The Lights

The pandemic has exacerbated an already troubling trend for lesbian bars. Just two months into the coronavirus pandemic, in early May of 2020, NBC News reported there were only 16 lesbian bars left across the U.S., compared to about 1,000 bars that cater to gay men and mixed-gender LGBTQ crowds. Now, that number has dropped with many others barely surviving.  In 2021, the home of the Gayest Place on Planet Earth, Wilton Manors, the lesbian bar has closed. In many cities, bars are the only spaces where LGBTQ people can come together, but for queer women, these spaces are now almost nonexistent, leaving an already isolated community even more alone. A number of the roughly 15 surviving lesbian bars have already reopened at limited capacity, though it is unclear whether some that closed amid the pandemic will ever reopen. Reporting is limited but many of the Lesbian bars that are open are saying revenue is only 20% of what it used to be. At least nine lesbian bars around the country launched fundraisers to stay afloat during the crisis. Even New Yorks landmark lesbian bars Henrietta Hudson and Cubbyhole has needed to raise more than $120,000 just to stay open. At Queer News Tonight we bring attention even to our own news division.  The L of LGBTQ community is not being represented in the way that is healthy for our entire community.  The loss of America’s lesbian bars is just a symptom of the problem we are watching.

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Sneak Peek of Orbitz’s New LGBTQ+ Ad Campaign: Travel As You Are

We continue to report at Queer News Tonight that surveys are showing that travel will be the #1 spend from the LGBTQ community as Pandemic comes to a new normal. So it came to our attention when Orbitz unveiled a new advertising campaign that centers LGBTQ+ travelers and invites everyone to travel on their own terms. Directed by LGBTQ+ photographer Cass Bird – known for her work with YSL, Dior, Calvin Klein, and celebs including The Obamas, Jay-Z, Kendall Jenner, and Gigi Hadid – the campaign Travel As You Are features a lesbian couple, a Black queer male couple, and a nonbinary single traveler. Bird says. “A world where we can take up space, are free to love and be welcomed everywhere, a place where we don’t have to disguise and hide our true selves because of who we choose to love. I aspire to create work where myself and others who identify as LGBTQ+ are being seen.” The ad campaign stars a diverse cast of young LGBTQ+ travelers.  The campaign officially premieres on Orbitz’s new LGBTQ+ channel today. 20 years after launching its first LGBTQ+ print ad encouraging travelers to “see the world on your terms” Orbitz has recently doubled down on their commitment to the queer community. In honor of 2020’s LGBTQ+ History Month, the travel company teamed up with queer influencers, including Lance Bass and Todrick Hall to highlight queer-friendly destinations via Orbitz.com/Pride. Carey Malloy, Orbitz marketing director said “Despite these unsettling times, Orbitz remains committed to finding new ways to celebrate this community, during LGBTQ History month and throughout the year.” In December, Orbitz collaborated on a campaign #TheJourney which donated $50,000 to the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association, IGLTA. With this new campaign, Orbitz continues to claim more space in the industry for LGBTQ+ travelers. Happening Out Television Network has started a new LGBTQ Travel News Show called HappeningOUT.travel and will support Orbitz and other Queer Travel providers.

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“Revolutionary” photo book of lesbians reissued for the first time since 1979

Where there was absence, Joan E. Biren saw potential. As a lesbian and photographer in the early 1970s, Biren, who goes by JEB, said she was dismayed at the dearth of images that truly reflected her life and the lives of so many in the lesbian community. So, around 1970, she borrowed a camera from a friend and simply held it out at arm’s length as she and her lover at the time kissed. While the image wouldn’t look out of place today, it was a radical act at the time. JEB, who is 76 years old, declared it her “first lesbian photograph.” It was that self-portrait that would launch her on a photographic odyssey to visually document the lesbian community. The years long endeavor culminated in her self-publishing a book of photographs, “Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians,” in 1979. Now, the book has been reissued by Anthology Editions for the first time since its initial release. “Eye to Eye” had a profound impact for its time. And the images are breathtaking. “Eye to Eye” was a watershed moment — and one of deep personal significance for the women whose lives were depicted on its pages. When the book was published in 1979, the book was priced at $8.95, which was a considerable amount of money for many at the time. You can see more of these images at Biren social media and the book is available from many book providers.

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Gay Days at Disney World canceled for 2021

 It’s Been A Tough Couple Of Years For Gay Days.  Chris Manley And One Of The World’s Most Famous LGBTQ Events Announced This Weekend That Gay Days Would Be Cancelled For 2021.  And This Is The 2nd Year In A Row.  Traditionally Held The First Weekend Of June, It Celebrates Red Shirt Day At The Magic Kingdom And The Walt Disney Resort In Orlando.  When Covid-19 Brought The World To A Hault In March 2020, It Forced The Cancellation Of Gay Days To 2021.  But Now It Is Clear, Our World Has Not Yet Returned To Normal To Allow Chris Manley And The Producers Of An Event That Attracts More Than 100,000 Guests To Return To The Level Of Normalcy Needed.  That Have Rescheduled Gay Day To May 31 – June 6, 2022 And Promise A New Host Hotel.  Gay Days Said In The Announcement “Although Vaccines Have Become Available Throughout The U.S. We Want To Ensure That We Can Host Our Event With The Utmost Safety For All Who Participate. In Partnership With Our 2021 Gay Days Host Hotel, Margaritaville Resort, And Adhering To The Federal, State, Local And CDC Guidelines, We Have Made The Decision To Cancel.”  Queer News Tonight Applauds Gay Days Decision And Lends Our Voice To Support The Return Of Gay Days 2022 Will Be It’s Greatest Celebration In Their History.

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Joel Kim Booster, Jay Jurden Star in Grindr’s ‘Gag Reflex’ Comedy Show

The gay dating and hookup app Grindr announced a new live stream comedy special for its burgeoning library of video content. Gag Reflex has debuted on YouTube and in-app with a lineup of LGBTQ+ comedians including Joel Kim Booster and Jay Jurden. Much like other opportunities to be found on Grindr, the comedy special hopes to have you bent over and gagging, only this time from laughter. Grindr Executive Producer Paul Rogers said “Comedy is such an integral part of the queer experience and we couldn’t think of a better time to show off our brightest queer comedic talents. After getting through a particularly difficult year for the community we’re so excited to share in some much needed laughter.” The new program launches  on YouTube as well as in-app. Gag Reflex will star Booster (Sunnyside), Sydnee Washington (Broad City and Up Next Showcase), and Jurden (The Tonight Show). East coast comedians Jaye McBride and Zach Zimmerman will also take the stage. The performers will feature their own comedic insights into dating and the overall queer experience in their standup sets.

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IGLTA Global Convention Coming to Atlanta This Fall

Surveys show that as the LGBTQ community emerges from pandemic, the #1 placement of our disposable income will not be in our bars, our restaurants or at the movies.  Our #1 expenditure will be on travel.  The question will become when are we ready to move out of our quarantines and back into the world at large.  The best way to understand that as both an LGBTQ traveler and the tourism industry that will provide those services is showcased through the International Gay Lesbian Travel Association, commonly called IGLTA. So today, the LGBTQ community became excited as the IGLTA announced that their 37th annual Global travel convention is coming to Atlanta September 8-11. The convention is the world’s premier educational and networking event for LGBTQ tourism professionals. LGBTQ-friendly travel and tourism suppliers and buyers from around the world will gather to take part in a buyer and scheduled appointment program, numerous educational workshops, and networking receptions. The event is hosted by couple Suzanne Baugh and Colleen Wogan, co-owners of Q&A Events. Registration for the event is open now. Both IGLTA members and non-member businesses are eligible to register. IGLTA was founded in 1983 and is the world’s leading network of LGBTQ welcoming tourism businesses. They provide free travel resources and information while continuously working to promote equality and safety within LGBTQ tourism worldwide. IGLTA’s members include LGBTQ-friendly accommodations, transport, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media located in over 80 countries. Happening Out Television Network has launched the world’s first LGBTQ weekly travel news show called HappeningOut.travel The network will be the premiere source of television LGBTQ travel news. You can watch the live show every Tuesday at 8 pm.

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April Fools Day Best “Catches Ever”

It is April 2020 and America moves into lockdown. Almost overnight LGBTQ America and the entire world comes to a halt.  One of the many consequences of Covid-19 was the lots of fun and silly April 1 celebrations.  Commonly referred to as April fools. But this 2021, and we have vaccine bitches… so we raise our heads and take a look at April fools. Many businesses and brands are having some fun again. Here are some of our favorites today. 

Lego knows the pain fans have felt when accidentally stepping on a plastic brick with bare feet, so it introduced a dreamy new concept for the building toys: SmartBricks that automatically slide away from you as you walk, leaving a clean, brick-less path.

The Canadian Space Agency decided to engage in a little image manipulation to connect NASA’s Perseverance rover mission on Mars to all the single socks that have gotten lost in dryers on Earth.

The hard seltzer craze sweeping the nation finally reached its apex with Bud Light Seltzer’s gag-inducing gag for April Fools’ Day: a pizza variety pack featuring fizzy flavors like anchovy, pepperoni, extra cheese and veggie.

Gaming company Razer is stepping into the high-tech haircare realm with Rapunzel, an app-controlled nanotech hair dye guaranteed to get you more streaming viewers.

Velveeta cheese is often described as creamy. Moisturizers are also often described as creamy. Put the two ideas together and you get the distinctly unsettling new V by Velveeta skincare line.

Language-learning app Duolingo knows people like to read on the loo, so it created the three-ply Duolingo Roll that “turns your bathroom into a classroom.” The Roll website is a spot-on parody complete with reviews like “Keeps my language learning on a regular schedule.” In pandemic, we hope you had some fun today.