Recreating scenes from Ecuador’s gay 'cure' centres

Recreating scenes from Ecuador’s gay 'cure' centres


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'Kings & Queens in Their Castles' is an intimate look at LGBT lives

'Kings & Queens in Their Castles' is an intimate look at LGBT lives


When Tom Atwood decided to launch himself into fine art photography, it was mostly because he wanted to see a different image of gay men. Until not long ago, most

San Francisco’s colorful Mission district explored in gorgeous imagery

San Francisco’s colorful Mission district explored in gorgeous imagery


Murals take center stage in a book that also covers residents, restaurants, architecture and culture

Being Queer, Feeling Muslim: Lia Darjes documents gay people and their religion

Being Queer, Feeling Muslim: Lia Darjes documents gay people and their religion


Queer Muslims who are seeking a safe space to pray, asking the question: am I a sinner or not? Imams identifying as feminists; transgender people wh

Explore the arts in St. Pete! #IGLTA2017

Explore the arts in St. Pete! #IGLTA2017


tOpening Night at The Dali Museum & Mahaffey Theate


Matt Skallerud's insight:

The evening networking begins at The Dali Museum, the largest collection of the surrealist painter's works outside of his native Spain. Attendees will have a chance to view the collection and enjoy cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres before moving to the neighboring Mahaffey Theater, the city's waterfront performing arts venue, for more food and drinks plus live music.

 

Attendees of this year's fundraising event to benefit the IGLTA Foundation are in for a special treat. Join us for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres alongside the astonishing collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique glasswork. The Chihuly Collection is the first installation of his art in a building designed specifically for that purpose. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Foundation's efforts to inspire the next generation of LGBTQ travel professionals through education, research and leadership development.

The Real Reason There Are So Few LGBT Executives

The Real Reason There Are So Few LGBT Executives


Trans entrepreneur Vivienne Ming on the queer brain drain in America's boardrooms.

LGBT People Are Telling Their Stories Through This Touching Photo Project

LGBT People Are Telling Their Stories Through This Touching Photo Project


#BareNakedTruth is a stunning photo project made up of nude portraits accompanied by stories from people in the LGBT community.

Nine Amazing Startups Led by #LGBT Entrepreneurs Show Us How Great America Is

Nine Amazing Startups Led by #LGBT Entrepreneurs Show Us How Great America Is


Nine amazing startups led by #LGBT entrepreneurs showed us what they’re made of today at #StartOutDemoDay hosted by Twitter NYC and StartOut?—?4 out of 9 were led by women, 1 by a Trans entrepreneur.

meet the artist who secretly documented 70s bogotá's gay cruising spots

meet the artist who secretly documented 70s bogotá's gay cruising spots


As his early photographic work finally comes into the light, Colombian artist Miguel Ángel Rojas discusses his 50-year career and his country’s history of queer subcultures.

Chicano artist's 'Gay Lotería' series celebrates queer love and identity

Chicano artist's 'Gay Lotería' series celebrates queer love and identity


The Mexican lotería card game is a cultural staple for Latinos — which now has a queer, identity-based twist thanks to Chicano artist Félix Frédéric d'Eon.  The 36-year-old Latino calls it "Gay Lotería."


Matt Skallerud's insight:

"I honestly feel that in my own small way I am helping to move the conversation forward towards a greater acceptance of love and understanding."

Leading LGBTQ Entrepreneur Organization to Launch First-of-Its-Kind Online Community

Leading LGBTQ Entrepreneur Organization to Launch First-of-Its-Kind Online Community


StartOut, a national non-profit organization that supports, educates and connects LGBTQ entrepreneurs, today announced the launch of its online platform, the StartOut Community. It is designed to address the multifaceted needs of LGBTQ entrepreneurs.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

The primary goals of this digital portal are to accelerate the ability of LGBTQ founded and run companies to reach sustainable success, showcase the significant contributions StartOut members make to societies all over the world, and help level the economic playing field for LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

Why it matters for LGBT entrepreneurs to come ‘out’

Why it matters for LGBT entrepreneurs to come ‘out’


It’s commonplace to think that a person’s sexual orientation is a private matter and irrelevant in business. After Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as a gay man, a substantial portion of social media comments, tweets, and shares asked, “Why would he do this?” which seems to imply that, first, no one should care, and second, people don’t want to know Cook’s orientation.  But conventional wisdom is wrong. Research suggests that, for LGBT entrepreneurs at least, and perhaps others in their orbit, being “out” is relevant in many ways.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

There have been only a handful of articles, conference and research papers, and chapters written about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) entrepreneurs. In 2005, Syracuse University’s Minet Schindehutte and two coauthors published the largest study ever undertaken until that point of LGB entrepreneurs in the United States. Their data set included responses from more than 300 LGB founding business owners and clearly established that LGB entrepreneurs, when starting their companies, face greater obstacles than their straight counterparts. Being LGB adversely affected their ability to engage suppliers, obtain licenses, market their businesses, hire employees, and access loans from commercial banks.