Jeffrey Sanker’s WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS May 5-8, 2017

Jeffrey Sanker’s WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS May 5-8, 2017


Jeffrey Sanker’s White Party Palm Springs heats up the desert valley May 5-8, 2017 bringing revelers innovative new parties, and extraordinary experiences, including totally redesigned Day Club Pool Parties at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

Join tens of thousands of the hottest men from all over the world as they once again take over the entire city for the world’s premier gay dance festival – with three days of unforgettable parties and with our new title sponsors: Almar Resort and Mantamar Beach Club (Puerto Vallarta).

Morning Panel: Queer Identity in Media & Tech Community

Morning Panel: Queer Identity in Media & Tech Community


Venture Out 2107 is starting their day with a discussion about self-identity and representation in the media and technology sector. Building a personal brand is key in both the technology sector and within the LGBTQ2+ community. They will discuss: how do they intersect? What makes our intersectional identities unique?

LGBT Media Conference to Take Place in Orlando

LGBT Media Conference to Take Place in Orlando


LGBT journalists, bloggers, and other professionals will gather March 23-26 in Orlando for the 7th annual #LGBTMedia convention. The media members who most proudly cover the LGBT community plan to convene on March 23 at Orlando’s Rosen Centre with the specific goal of better informing each other on the current topics that most prominently impact the LGBT community. 


Matt Skallerud's insight:

The convening of journalists this year is sponsored by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) and funded by the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, a private family foundation based out of San Francisco that “promotes equal rights and opportunities with an emphasis on immigrants and gays and lesbians,” according to the foundation's mission statement.

“#LGBTMedia2017 is focused on giving LGBT journalists deeper insights into current topics and skills-building,” said Matt Foreman, Senior Program Director for the Haas, Jr. Fund. “Because we’ve added an extra day to the event this year, we’ll be covering a broad range of topics, including coverage of international issues and understanding journalism on trans issues.

Sydney's Mardi Gras | More than Glitter and Joy

Sydney's Mardi Gras | More than Glitter and Joy


In depth reporting from Mardi Gras 2017. I will take you into the two weeks of events and parties that make Sydney's Mardi Gras parade one of the best!

Back Stories: LGBT Groups Join St. Patrick's Day Parade (VIDEO)

Back Stories: LGBT Groups Join St. Patrick's Day Parade (VIDEO)


LGBT groups struggled for decades to be included in the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Pride and Prejudice Interview with Tony Tenicela of IBM

Pride and Prejudice Interview with Tony Tenicela of IBM


Diversity is my passion and it is an integral part of who I am. From an early age, I was exposed to different cultures, languages, customs, and beliefs being encouraged by my parents to see these differences as energizing, engaging, and ultimately freeing. Embracing the “other” in the world enabled me to ultimately embrace my own sense of self –to accept and nurture my own differences. As a result, when I joined IBM back in 1996, I was an openly gay Hispanic man with a drive for making an impact.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

IBM was attractive to me as an employer primarily due to the company’s global reputation for driving diversity and inclusion and its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community. The company has consistently taken the lead on inclusive policies – long before it was required by law. In 1953, IBM issued the first Equal Opportunity Policy letter, more than ten years before the United States’ Civil Rights Act of 1964. The company then incorporated Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression into the letter in 1984 and 2002, respectively. In addition to IBM’s impressive record on diversity and inclusion globally, my reason for joining IBM was the group of interviewers who proudly embodied the company’s all-inclusive and respectful culture. The authenticity that characterised those conversations made a lasting impression on me.

inQ: An Incubator for Queer Thought Leadership - Friday May 19 at LGBT Week NYC

inQ: An Incubator for Queer Thought Leadership - Friday May 19 at LGBT Week NYC


This interactive program brings together LGBTQ+ thought leaders from across the sectors and living at the intersections to deliver a leading edge, experiential event.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

Advance your knowledge and expand your peer group by learning from LGBTQ+ Thought Leaders, sharing experiences and ideas in the areas of business, the arts, social impact / policy, well-being and technology.

Las Vegas Welcomes Fabulous LGBT Events and Visitors in 2017

Las Vegas Welcomes Fabulous LGBT Events and Visitors in 2017


The Entertainment Capital of the World welcomes LGBT visitors to special events throughout the year


Matt Skallerud's insight:

Las Vegas bolsters its reputation as the premier LGBT travel destination with a variety of thrilling special events, conferences, parties and more throughout the year. Recently awarded destination of the year by GayTravel.com, Las Vegas is extremely welcoming of the LGBT community, offering every visitor an experience they won’t soon forget.

IGLTA Foundation Announces 2017 Conference Scholarship Recipients

IGLTA Foundation Announces 2017 Conference Scholarship Recipients


Global LGBTQ travel organization welcomes the next generation of tourism professionals to St. Petersburg, Florida


Matt Skallerud's insight:

The IGLTA Foundation recently selected the recipients for its fifth annual Building Bridges Scholarships, who will receive an all-expenses-paid trip and conference registration for the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s Annual Global Convention in St. Petersburg, Florida, 4-6 May.

Celebration of Courage 2017 by Outright Intl

Celebration of Courage 2017 by Outright Intl


When: Monday, May 15, 2017
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Delegates Dining Room of the United Nations, U.N. Headquarters



Matt Skallerud's insight:

Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with majestic views of the East River and the United Nations headquarters. Details about our special honorees, celebrity guests and performances will be announced shortly.

MCC LGBT Network Presents: LGBT Financial Planning in the Trump Era

MCC LGBT Network Presents: LGBT Financial Planning in the Trump Era


On Tuesday, March 21st the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and its LGBT Committee will be hosting “LGBT Financial Planning in the Trump Era” at Microsoft, 11 Times Square. The event will focus on discu

Boston Business Women Conference

Boston Business Women Conference


The Boston Business Women Conference will be filled with breakout sessions, inspiring celebrity speakers, learning and networking with other Boston women.

Matt Skallerud's insight:

Join Boston Business Women at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, May 17, 2017 for the Be BOLD Conference for Boston Business Women. Surround yourself with inspiring, BOLD women and experience the power of supporting and being supported. It's going to be a truly memorable day!

Walt Whitman’s New Orleans Awakening (Hint: It Wasn’t the Coffee)

Walt Whitman’s New Orleans Awakening (Hint: It Wasn’t the Coffee)


At one time, it was thought that Whitman's stay in New Orleans was so short because he had an affair. The story tells of "him" not "her".

Chamber summit highlights LGBT businesses

Chamber summit highlights LGBT businesses


Chamber summit highlights LGBT, diversity in business

Matt Skallerud's insight:

The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce had its first LGBT Business Summit at Muhlenberg College's Seegers Union. About 170 people attended the event. The Chamber formed an LGBT Business Council aimed at the Valley's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in 2012.

Sydney's Gay Mardi Gras seeks relevance alongside pizazz

Sydney's Gay Mardi Gras seeks relevance alongside pizazz


Once a symbol of rebellion, the event has become mainstream