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Joe Jervis Recognized as National Grand Marshal for Palm Springs Pride

6 Nov

The National Grand Marshal for the 27th annual Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade is Joe Jervis, the author of the popular, award winning LGBT news and culture blog Joe.My.God. Jervis has been delivering his unique brand of activism for the global LGBT community for nine years. During this time, his signature voice has increased visibility in the fight for equal rights and justice. One of the top 100 most widely read political blogs in America, Joe.My.God. focuses on gay rights, LGBT youth, queer culture, and the blog advocates every day to expose anti-gay bigotry and hypocrisy in politics and the media.

Joe. My. God. gained national attention in 2010 for tracing an anti-gay comment posted on the blog to the offices of Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss. Through reporting and media attention, Joe obtained a public apology. His activism and blog has been cited in the New York Times, Washington Post, Village Voice, and many other national news outlets.

Joe JervisUsing provocative interviews, quotes and videos, Jervis has garnered accolades that put him in a class all his own. In 2012, he picked up the Reader’s Choice Winner award from and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus honored Joe as their Media Champion. He was the first-ever recipient of the 2011 Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Award in the Outstanding Blog category and he was recognized by Web Voice Awards as the Best Politics Blog, and by CBS News New York as the Most Valuable Blogger.

Joe was honored as the 2010 Ali Forney Center’s “Advocate Of The Year,” for his fundraising and advocacy on behalf of New York City’s homeless LGBT youth. In 2009 Joe was named one of Instinct Magazine’s Men Of The Year and the blog received accolades that included “Best Political Blog” from the Village Voice, “Readers’ Favorite” from Advocate Magazine and After Elton, the Entertainment/pop culture site, recognized Joe.My.God with their 2009 Visibility Award as their “Website Of The Year.” Joe was also the recipient of the LGBT Anti-Violence Project “Courage Award” for his campaign against anti-gay hate crimes and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom proclaimed October 10, 2009 to be “Joe Jervis Day.”

Joe has also been on the staff of Pride Magazine, the official national LGBT pride magazine where he is editor-at-large and senior writer. Joe’s work has been published in Pride Magazine as well as numerous other LGBT publications. Joe is also a frequent guest on talk radio to discuss breaking news items of LGBT interest.

6,000 Attend Out on the Mountain Event at Six Flags Magic Mountain

21 Sep

Approximately 6,000 enjoyed a thrilling night at Six Flags Magic Mountain’s annual Gay Night with “Out on the Mountain” on Friday, September 20, 2013. Out on the Mountain is the creation of Six Flags Magic Mountain and DJ Ray Rhodes started in 2008. Out on the Mountain is the Southern California event of thrill rides and private gay party, while raising funds for local gay charities and organizations. The entire park closed to the general public for this private GLBT party from 6pm-1am. Entertainment included Natalia Kills (with her new album “Trouble” from Cherrytree Records), Shangela (of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and other shows), Jessica Sanchez (of “American Idol”), DJ Ray Rhodes (of “TigerHeat”), Kwanza Jones (who performed at Boston Pride and White Party this year), comedian AJ Stacy (from “RuPaul’s Drag U”), and Marky Make-Up. The entire Magic Mountain park was open with rides including the new Full Throttle ride, along with Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, Green Lantern: First Flight, Superman: Escape from Krypton, Batman the Ride, Tatsu, Apocalypse, The Riddler’s Revenge, and X2.

San Diego Salutes Gay Pride

14 Jul

With the nearby navy shipyard, San Diego showed its military force was proud of all of its men and women in uniform at this year’s San Diego Pride event. Tens of thousands revelers celebrated with men and women in uniform the freedoms of marriage and pride.

Gay Marriage Celebrated at San Francisco Pride 2013

30 Jun

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to not intervene in the Proposition 8 case thereby allowing the lower court’s ruling to stand, gay marriage is once again allowed in California. And just in time before San Francisco Gay Pride, which allowed the newly married plantiffs and hundreds of thousands of LGBT and their friends have something to truly celebrate.

LA Pride 2013 Brings Out Ciara, Kerli and New LA Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti

10 Jun

Los Angeles Pride, run by Christopher Street West, brought the West Hollywood community with a weekend of fun and entertainment this June 7-9. Acts included Ciara, Kerli, Luciana, The Pointer Sisters, and much more.

Grand Marshal Maria Menounos of Extra! was the center attraction for this year’s Pride parade down Santa Monica Boulevard, along with supporters of the LGBT community including Los Angeles mayor-elect Eric Garcetti. In all, some 400,000 people lined the street to show their pride.

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Extra! Ready for LA Pride 2013?

1 Jun

Christopher Street West (CSW) has announced Extra TV host Maria Menounos as the Grand Marshal for this year’s LA Pride event, in honor of her dedication to the LGBT community and using her platform for equality. The LA PRIDE Parade takes place Sunday, June 9th at 11 a.m. on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood.

Maria Menounos has demonstrated passion toward various issues affecting the LGBT community including anti-bullying, HIV/AIDS and marriage equality. Through her public outreach, Menounos has lent her voice bringing more attention to these issues and has encouraged countless others to do the same. “The LGBT Pride Parade represents something truly American. It’s the celebration of community, a celebration of uniqueness, diversity and progress, and it’s the celebration of a new United States where we do more than “tolerate” or “accept” our gay brothers and sisters, but embrace and celebrate them,” says Menounos.

In addition, CSW has tapped The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force as the 2013 Community Grand Marshal. With a mission aimed at building the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force trains activists, aids state and local organizations in building campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation. This organization not only creates movements, it builds successful ones through research and policy analysis. 2013 celebrates the organizations 40th year of creating change and swaying public opinion for the good of all people.

This year’s festival entertainment includes Ciara, Luciana, The Pointer Sisters, Kat DeLuna, and Kerli. Tickets can bought online for $20 and service charge at

30 Years of Pride in Long Beach

19 May

In 1983 the founders of Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride (LBLGP), Marilyn Barlow, Bob Crow, and Judith Doyle set out on a quest to take a political stand for equality and change for the gay community of Long Beach. Their mission was “to break the shackles of oppression of homophobia in the local community and the general population.”

Struggling against enormous opposition and hardship, Marilyn, Bob and Judy founded Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride, Inc. Now 30 years later, they are blessed to witness the “30 Years Proud!” celebration of the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival and Parade, which has grown to be one of the largest in the country.

Entertainment acts included Fantasia, Kimberly Caldwell, David Hernandez, Paris Bennett, Frenchie Davis, Beverly McClellan, and Jamar Rogers.

Over 2,000 Sail to Mexico Gay Halloween Style

5 Nov

Atlantis Cruises had its first Halloween cruise and it brought out a ship full of gay revelers with costumes and fun for all. Over 2,000 from around the world arrived in Los Angeles for a weeklong cruise down the Mexican Riviera with stops in Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.

Palm Springs Pride Honors Iraq War Veteran

4 Nov

Greater Palm Springs Pride honored an Iraq War Veteran and national spokesman for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, an original member of Dykes on Bikes and documentary filmmaker, an early out gay reporter, and local celebrities as grand marshals in is 26th annual Pride Parade on Sunday, November 4th, along Palm Canyon Drive through the heart of Downtown Palm Springs.

Retired Staff Sergeant Eric Alva, the first American soldier wounded in the Iraq War, was honored as the 2012 grand marshal. Alva is recognized as a LGBT civil rights activist and a national spokesman for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Community grand marshals include an original member of Dykes on Bikes, director, producer and historian Glenne McElhinney, along with one of the first out gay reporters in the country Hank Plante. Celebrity grand marshals were television, radio and stage performer Joey English and fashion designer Michael Costello.

Alexis Jordan and Shangela Highlight Out on the Mountain Event

22 Sep

Nearly 6,000 people attended this year’s Six Flags Magic Mountain’s annual Gay Night called “Out on the Mountain”. This event created by Six Flags Magic Mountain and DJ Ray Rhodes started in 2008 and is the oldest annual exclusive LGBT amusement park event in Southern California.

Entertainment highlights included Alexis Jordan who sang her #1 dance hits “Happiness” and “Good Girl”, Shangela of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” who performed a special number for the crowd, Daniel Joseph Baker of “America’s Got Talent” who shared his fabulous singing talents, DJ Ray Rhodes (of “TigerHeat”) hostess Ingenue (Outstanding West Hollywood Drag Diva 2007 and 2008), DJ Steve Oaks, and Marky Make-Up.

The event raised thousands of dollars for local gay charities and organizations, including GLAAD, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Lifeworks, The Center Orange County, The Center Long Beach, Pacific Pride Foundation, and API Equality LA. Next year’s event is on Friday, September 20th, 2013.