LGBT community worries about hate crime prosecutions

LGBT community worries about hate crime prosecutions


In the waning days of President Barack Obama’s administration, supporters of LGBT rights hailed the first federal hate crime conviction for the killing of a transgender woman in Mississippi. With President Donald Trump now in office, they worry about the future of such prosecutions.

Out, The Advocate rumored to be up for sale

Out, The Advocate rumored to be up for sale


Here Media is putting Out and The Advocate up for sale, Media Ink has learned. Sources say Here has hired Houlihan Lokey to shop the two magazines and their related digital sites catering to the LGBT crowd.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

While the magazines are said to barely break even, their gay and lesbian-themed Web sites are money makers, bringing a profit of about $3 million for the combined print and digital operation on revenue of about $15 million.  The titles since 2009 have been owned by Los Angeles-based Here, which operates it through Regent Entertainment Media.

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.

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.

Washington Blade to launch newspaper in Los Angeles

Washington Blade to launch newspaper in Los Angeles


The Washington Blade, the nation’s first and most acclaimed LGBT newspaper, today announced plans to launch a new publication, the Los Angeles Blade, on March 24.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

The Los Angeles Blade will cover Los Angeles and California news, politics, opinion, arts and entertainment and will feature national and international coverage from the Washington Blade’s award-winning reporting team. Troy Masters, a veteran of LGBT media, was named publisher and editor of the new venture. Veteran Los Angeles journalist Karen Ocamb was named senior contributing writer.

A Night Out in L.A.'s Newest

A Night Out in L.A.'s Newest "Gayborhood," Downtown Los Angeles


For decades many have considered West Hollywood the gay capital of Los Angeles. While countless young homosexuals, including myself, have turned to WeHo to sow their wild oats, others have wished for an alternative. Especially as you enter your 30s (as I begrudgingly did last year), Santa Monica Boulevard sometimes feels a little too crazy.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

Luckily for people like me, a new "gayborhood" has emerged in downtown Los Angeles. While divey Mexican gay bar the New Jalisco has been around for years, three new gay establishments all opened their doors in 2015: Bar Mattachine, Redline and Precinct. I went with some friends to check out the burgeoning downtown LGBTQ scene and explore how a night out in DTLA compares to Silver Lake and West Hollywood.

Salzburg Global LGBT Forum joins Finnish independence celebrations in discussion on “Home”

Salzburg Global LGBT Forum joins Finnish independence celebrations in discussion on “Home”


Finnish Institute in Berlin invites Klaus Mueller, founder and chair of Salzburg Global LGBT Forum, to speak on the role of “home” for the LGBT community and the artwork of “Tom of Finland”

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".

Ireland's next PM could be a gay, half-Indian, conservative politician

Ireland's next PM could be a gay, half-Indian, conservative politician


Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s minister for social protection, is the strong favourite to replace Enda Kenny as Taoiseach of Ireland.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

The 38-year-old, who came out as gay during the same-sex marriage referendum campaign in Ireland in 2015, has dropped to 2/5 with Paddy Power to become the next leader of Fine Gael, which leads a minority government.

National gay chamber report: Georgia fifth in nation in LGBT-owned businesses

National gay chamber report: Georgia fifth in nation in LGBT-owned businesses


Money is power, both personally and politically, and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce attempts to quantify how much revenue LGBT-owned businesses create, and how they impact communities across the country by releasing a report called “America’s LGBT Economy.” In Atlanta, there are 44 enterprises that are at least 51 percent LGBT-owned and …

Texas Organizations Launch 'I Pee With LGBT' Campaign

Texas Organizations Launch 'I Pee With LGBT' Campaign


The ACLU of Texas and Legacy Community Health have released a video to highlight the discriminatory nature of the Texas "Bathroom Bill."

Matt Skallerud's insight:

The 60-second spot, entitled "Taking a Seat, Making a Stand," was created by GSD&M and five-time Academy Award-nominated director Richard Linklater. Through targeted digital Facebook buys, the humorous video will try to encourage Texans to reach out to their state legislators to oppose S.B. 6. The campaign behind this effort is called "I Pee With LGBT" and the hashtags include #IPEEWITHLGBT and #StopBS6.

Travel Guide | Adelboden: A Classier Gay Ski Trip

Travel Guide | Adelboden: A Classier Gay Ski Trip


When the winter months arrive, and mini-breaks to beaches become an implausible option, then the best gay vacays to be had are hurtling down a mountain. Yes,

Your California Bucket List: Essential adventures and experiences in the Golden State

Your California Bucket List: Essential adventures and experiences in the Golden State


Drive and see California redwoods, walk beaches, hike parks, explore roadside attractions, historic sites. This list is for travelers, tourists, road-trippers.

Matt Skallerud's insight:

Including "Count rainbow flags in The Castro, San Francisco's LGBTQ HQ"

Alan Turing Law Grants Posthumous Pardons to Gay Men in Britain

Alan Turing Law Grants Posthumous Pardons to Gay Men in Britain


The policy is named after the World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, who was chemically castrated after being convicted of gross indecency for having sex with a man.