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UN Secretary-General Honors OutRight at 1st UN LGBTIQ Gala
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I'm not sure I realized how much impact I could have until Monday when UN Secretary-General honored my organization and press from around the world highlighted the story of a critical organization under direct fire at home for its human rights work. Thank you so much for being a part of our success -- because if you're reading this you have helped make it possible!
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Arus Pelangi Honored at 1st UN LGBTIQ Gala
Yuli Rastinawati received OutRight's highest honor Monday at the first Human Rights Awards held at the UN. Alan Cumming hosted as over 300 guests raised over $60K for global LGBTIQ rights and UN Sec-Gen honred OutRight's work.
Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning
While the US Senate confirmed the first openly gay man to be in charge of the Army, the House attached a religious exemption clause to the Defense budget bill that would halt Obama's order ending discrimination by all federal contractors.
Pensacola Pride
Next week, I'm confirmed for Pensacola Pride (no Rehomo this year), then Gay Days in Orlando the next weekend. This week I'm enjoying the new digs in Hells Kitchen. When are you visiting <<First Name>>?
Are you headed out on the Atlantis Cruise or maybe Long Beach or Springfield Pride (which state?!) - if you're not waving a rainbow flag in Cambodia.

Female world news reporter  World News

BREAKING: EgyptAir Flight from Paris to Cairo crashes in Med after making weird maneuver - terrorism possible, airline & aircraft have great safety record.

One less country criminalizes sex! The Seychelles voted this week to repeal its (basically unenforced) law that provided for sentences of up to 14 years for consensual same-sex relations.

On Tuesday, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia IDAHO(B)T Google featured this UN Free & Equal video on its home(o)page (an excerpt was also played at Monday night's OutRight UN Human Rights Awards).


With some controversey, Jamala from Ukraine won the European Song Competition over favorite Sergey Lazarev and this incredible entry from Australia (my favorite!).

LGBTIQ champion, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau introduced legislation to protect transgender Canadians - I'm looking forward to meeting him in Toronto.

For a great source of twice weekly LGBTIQ news, subscribe to Alturi!

  Travel

Enter to win a trip to Israel with Travels of Adam's Abraham tours - Pride in Tel Aviv is coming up the 2nd weekend of June!

Check out this story from the Blade on how Cuba marked IDAHO(B)T with marches and events.

The Guardian highlighted a survey done by ILGA on attitudes about LGBTIQ people around the world - finding them to overall be mostly negative. But if you're feeling down, take a look at the 5 biggest gains in Latin America.

Champagne Icon  Events

NYC. Tonight find me at the Immigration Equality Safe Haven Awards at the Historical Society.

DC. Today begins the OutServe-SLDN Leadership Conference - the largest military LGBT conference at the Capital Hilton.

NYC. Saturday join a festival in Union Square celebrating one of my favorite spots in the world - Taiwan. Also, read my blog (and video) about my time there!


London. Join the newest LGBTIQ global group in the UK - as they host (surprise!) OutRight's Executive Director Jessica Stern for drinks at Muse Soho.

Upcoming! Orlando. If you'll be in Orlando for Gay Days, email me now - I'll be holding an exclusive party at the Double Tree in support of GAYography.

Upcoming! SF. On June 9 join Guest Iraqi refugee Alexander Brochu and OutRight's Executive Director Jessica Stern who recently returned from Iraq as they discuss the dangerous challenges for LGBTIQ people under ISIS.
 

  Featured Tours & Trips

Get $200 off a gay history and art tour of London and Paris! - August 20-28, 2016. Visit Europe's two great cities, and learn about their gay side, from Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde, Alan Turing, Virginia Woolf, and Yves Saint Laurent, with Professor Andrew Lear, world-renowned scholar of gay history and art. Mention 'Gayography' to get $200 off!

Join Oscar Wilde's Andrew Lear at the Met for his Shady Ladies tour! Courtesans, royal mistresses, scandalous women of every sort—the walls of the Metropolitan Museum are lined with them, from ancient Greek 'hetaerae' to Sargent's Madame X and beyond.  These sexy women—often also intelligent, educated, wealthy, or even powerful—were key members of the political and cultural elites of their time, fascinating patrons and artists alike...

Join me in Orlando for Gay Day's 2016 - stay tuned for more promotions around Gay Days and One Magical Weekend over the coming months and let me know if you're coming now by emailing in.
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