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Back to School: GLAAD Video of LGBTQ Families in Florida Speaking Out about Legislation Targeting Classrooms

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. and NEW YORK, Aug. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, and Equality Florida are releasing video of LGBTQ families and educators in Florida speaking out about returning to school today with new laws in effect targeting them.

Newsrooms can download the videos, scripts, additional interviews, stills and graphics to include in their back to school coverage.

LGBTQ people and families in Florida speak out about the impact of anti-LGBTQ legislation in class as students go back to school.
LGBTQ people and families in Florida speak out about the impact of anti-LGBTQ legislation in class as students go back to school.

New laws are banning LGBTQ-related conversation in class, books are removed from shelves and state leaders are targeting evidence-based healthcare, despite the fact that every major medical association supports it as safe and lifesaving for transgender youth.

GLAAD’s poll of LGBTQ and ally voters in Florida finds 71% believe the laws’ intent is to attack LGBTQ people; 70% say the laws are emotionally damaging to children.

The poll shows 77% strongly agree it’s more important than ever to vote as human rights for women and LGBTQ Floridians are being taken away by elected state officials, and that 67% are “extremely motivated” to vote in the midterm elections.

77% of LGBTQ and ally voters have an unfavorable opinion of Gov. Ron DeSantis. The 2018 gubernatorial race was decided by 32,463 votes out of 8+ million. LGBTQ and ally voters are positioned to make a decisive difference in Florida’s election this fall. (Read the pollster memo.)

“Florida’s LGBTQ and ally voters must send an unmistakable message that they are not going back in the closet or back in time,” said GLAAD President and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis. “Discriminatory, defamatory and dangerous rhetoric and behavior must stop now.”

“It is imperative that Floridians use the power of their votes to hold Governor DeSantis and his allies accountable for the hate they unleashed on our state,” said Equality Florida Press Secretary, Brandon Wolf.

4.6% of Floridians are LGBTQ; 24% of LGBTQ Floridians are raising children.

About Equality Florida:
Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Visit eqfl.org or follow Equality Florida on Facebook and Twitter.

About GLAAD:
GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. Visit www.glaad.org, connect on Facebook and Twitter, contact: press@glaad.org

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‘Reveille’ Star Jared Becker and ‘Law & Order: SVU’ actress Rebekah Kennedy to Lead Mind2Sight’s LGBTQI+ Dark Drama ‘Never Strangers’

Elizabeth Singh is set to direct the upcoming film telling the story of mental health and trauma and giving a voice to the diverse minority

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Never Strangers, a new LGBTQI+ dark drama film starring Jared Becker (Reveille, Sorry For My Loss) and Rebekah Kennedy (Law & Order: SVU , Station 19, Criminal Minds), is set to begin filming later this fall. Elizabeth Singh (Sins in the Suburbs, Secrets on Campus) will bring the story to life in her full length film directorial debut.

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Jared Becker

The film’s plot centers around Becker as Alex O’Neal, who is struggling with the loss of his husband after a tragic accident. In order to find the turning point in his life, Alex seeks out a unlikely friend in Rebekah Kennedy’s Kate. The movie delves into the struggle of survivor’s guilt and acute hallucinations while Alex embarks on a journey of rediscovering what life means to him with an unexpected new friendship.

Kennedy, no stranger to darker roles, will assist Alex on his journey to confront his demons while also fighting her own past.

“This film is unlike something I’ve seen or worked on before”, says Jared Becker. “Having a film that dives into the darker elements of mental health and the struggles one goes through is emotionally captivating.”

“I was profoundly drawn to this film and this character,” says Kennedy. “Mental health is something that can be really frightening to address, but I believe the more we can showcase the struggles someone has we can reduce the stigma that surrounds it.”

The film’s goal is to do more than just entertain, but also give exposure and respect to a community who is underrepresented. The story will blend a compelling and provoking narrative about love, loss and hope into an often dismissed genre.

The film is produced by Mind2Sight.

Rebekah Kennedy
Rebekah Kennedy

Never Strangers was written by Jared Becker and Elizabeth Singh. Matthew Golden joins the team as Executive Producer.

About Mind2Sight:

Mind2Sight was created by Elizabeth Singh in 2020 to produce immersive community based story telling. The production company is led by diverse creatives that are committed to building stories based on human connection, community and relatability. 

About Jared Becker:

Jared Becker was raised in Du Quoin, Illinois, Jared Becker is an actor, writer and producer. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Master’s Degree in Project Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Recently, Becker has written, produced, and starred in multiple films including Sorry for My Loss, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and his latest feature film Reveille will premiere in early spring 2023.

Becker is represented by Courtney Peldon of Aqua Talent and Diana Bassett of DBPR.

About Rebekah Kennedy:

Rebekah Kennedy is a Los Angeles based actor with Texas roots. Her credits include guest starring on Law & Order SVU, Criminal Minds, and Station 19. She can also be seen in Netflix’s To The Bone with Keanu Reeves, Season of The Witch with Nicolas Cage, and starring in the horror films Bastard and House Hunting.

Her upcoming film ‘Two Witches’ is set to release this October. She most recently wrapped The Veil with Sean O’Bryan and The Unseen with RJ Mitte.

Rebekah is represented by ATB and Advanced Management.

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Government of Canada Invests More Than $150,000 to Advance Gender Equality in Manitoba

WINNIPEG, MB, Aug. 9, 2022 /CNW/ – Indigenous women, women with disabilities, members of LGBTQ2 communities, as well as newcomers, Black, racialized, and migrant women are all disproportionately impacted by longstanding inequities. Through support for Manitoba-based organizations that advance gender equality and work to break down barriers, individuals in these communities will be able to fully participate in the economic, social, and democratic life in Canada.

Today, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, visited the Rainbow Resource Centre and announced more than $150,000 for two Manitoba-based organizations to advance gender equality in their communities:

  • $26,390 for the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba to conduct research and make policy recommendations to ensure that Manitoba’s COVID-19 recovery is responsive to and supportive of the needs of marginalized communities
  • $127,144 for the Rainbow Resource Centre to strengthen its capacity and improve the inclusiveness of policies and practices with respect to sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.

These projects will improve the wellbeing of women and gender-diverse individuals and will help ensure that women and gender-diverse individuals and their families and communities can prosper—creating a more inclusive Canada for all.

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“As a society, we cannot progress if women and gender-diverse individuals continue to face barriers that prevent them from fully accessing economic, social, and leadership opportunities. I applaud the Rainbow Resource Centre, the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba, and all other organizations working to advance gender equality in Canada. It’s through collaboration that we’ll make a difference.”

The Honourable Marci Ien, P.C., M.P., Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

“Capacity building is often neglected by funders who prefer to support outcomes related to service delivery. We are deeply grateful that Women and Gender Equality Canada understands the importance of strengthening internal processes to support long-term sustainability and success. The $127,144 funding will help the Rainbow Resource Centre nurture inclusive spaces for the 2SLGBTQ+ community to thrive.”

Noreen Mian, Executive Director of the Rainbow Resource Centre

“The Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba (IIWR-MB) is exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to hire our first staff member, who is focused on bringing a Gender-Based Analysis Plus perspective to Manitoba and building capacity for an intersectional feminist recovery. The IIWR-MB is rooted in five values, one of which is collaborating with the wider community to raise issues related to gender equity, justice, and power within governments, institutions, and systems in order to achieve our vision of a world where dignity, gender equity, and justice are actualized for all people. The funding provided allows us to take action within our values towards such a world.”

Teruni Walaliyadde and Christine Williams, Co-chairs of the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba

Quick Facts

  • The Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba project is funded through the Women’s Program, while the Rainbow Resource Centre project is funded via the Equality for Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Program. 
  • Women are less likely than men to participate in the labour force, partly because women take on a greater share of unpaid domestic and care responsibilities while being more likely to hold part-time or temporary jobs. As a result, women, particularly older women, have less earning ability and lower overall economic security.
  • Since November 2015, the Government of Canada has significantly increased funding to women’s and equality-seeking organizations, providing more than $488 million to over 1,100 projects to ensure that everyone can participate fully in Canadian society.
  • Budget 2022 demonstrates the Government of Canada’s continued commitment to supporting an inclusive response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and support for women and LGBTQ2 communities. Key gender equity investments in this budget include:
    • $539.3 million over five years to work with provinces and territories to enhance services and support to prevent gender-based violence and support survivors
    • $25 million over two years to establish a national pilot project for the Menstrual Equity Fund to help make menstrual products available to Canadians in need
    • $100 million over five years to support the implementation of the Federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan to support an equal Canada for LGBTQ2 people.
  • Since April 2020, approximately $300 million in emergency COVID-19 funding has been committed to organizations supporting individuals experiencing gender-based violence.
    • This includes over $230 million provided to date to over 1,300 women’s shelters, sexual assault centres, and other organizations that provide critical support and services to those experiencing gender-based violence.
    • This funding has helped ensure continuity of services throughout the pandemic and is enhancing the capacity and responsiveness of gender-based violence organizations.
    • Because of this funding, more than 1.3 million individuals experiencing violence have had a place to go and access to support during the pandemic. 
  • Budget 2021 provided $55 million over five years to bolster the capacity of Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ organizations to provide gender-based violence prevention programs aimed at addressing the root causes of violence. A call for proposals for this funding closed in March 2022, and Women and Gender Equality Canada will be announcing the recipients this fall.
  • Other recent investments to support LGBTQ2 communities include $15 million over three years, starting in 2021–22, for a new, distinct LGBTQ2 Projects Fund dedicated to supporting community-informed initiatives to overcome key issues facing LGBTQ2 communities. Recipients of this fund will be announced this fall.

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CONTACT: Johise Namwira, Press Secretary and Issues Manager, Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, 873-353-0985, Johise.Namwira@cfc-swc.gc.ca; Media Relations, Women and Gender Equality Canada, 819-420-6530, CFC.Media.SWC@cfc-swc.gc.ca

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Lesbian Erotica Novelist Pioneers Polyamorous Fiction with ‘A Taste for Three’

HOUSTON, Aug. 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Boldly breaking new ground in a sought-after genre, Ro Smith takes lesbian lit erotica to the next level with a tasteful take on ménage à trois.

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A Taste For Three
  • A Taste for Three will be released on Amazon on August 31st, 2022, with the kindle version already available to pre-order.
  • The author is known for her lusty lesbian micro reads, often with a black female lead.
  • Previous publications includes The Little Book of Quickies Series – a three-part series of sensual short stories, with each new release attracting an array of rhapsodic reviews.
  • A Taste for Three follows on from Pandora’s Box, a quickie from Part 1 of the series, featuring lesbian couple Eve and Chloe and their unexpected new lover, Renae.

Raunchy romance novels are nothing new, but most feature a tired take on heteronormativity that fails to arouse interest among even the straightest of readers.

Evocative novelist Ro Smith is ready to revolutionize the romance literary landscape with her latest triumph, A Taste for Three. Alluring and avant-garde, this story serves to satisfy those innermost desires, exploring the uncharted intricacies of a three-woman relationship.

Eve and Chloe are the couple that becomes a triad when curvaceous beauty, Renae, brings a much-needed dose of desire, with unexpected consequences. Expertly written to underscore themes of exclusion, Ro Smith’s take on this typically taboo lifestyle is absorbing no matter your orientation.

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It allows for heightened awareness and understanding by drawing on realistic dialogue and themes that resonate with all who have ever felt desire. Most importantly, Ro Smith paves the way for other black female authors by featuring a strong black female lead, bringing much-needed representation to an international readership.

As she told us; “Black women…especially black, curvy women who happen to be lesbian, are rarely ever written as the main character or love interest in books. I want to change that. Being black is beautiful. Being curvy is beautiful. Being lesbian is beautiful. We, too, deserve to be placed on pedestals.”

And when it comes to diversity in romance novels, Ro’s not wrong. According to The State of Radical Diversity in Publishing, only 11.9% of all romance novels in 2021 were penned by BIPOC (black, indigenous, and/or people of color) authors. In 2017, that number was as low as 6.2%. The report is carried out annually by Bea and Leah Koch, who proudly run a queer-owned romance bookstore named The Ripped Bodice.

These statistics show that A Taste for Three is sure to provide a much-needed dose of diversity in a systemically stagnant romance literary genre.

About the Author

Ro Smith is a risqué erotica and fiction writer with a penchant for providing refreshing character roles in a contemporary literary market. Previous titles include the Little Book of Quickies Series. All three are currently available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback format.

Her debut standalone story puts polyamorous romance books on the map with a realistic portrayal of diverse romantic relationships.

A Taste for Three is available for pre-order here.

For more information and inquiries:
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Students and Teachers Warn That Schools’ Use of Monitoring Software Is Harming Students

New research findings have education and privacy advocates calling for urgent action to ensure technology doesn’t infringe on students’ civil rights

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) released new research detailing the concerning impact of software that tracks students’ online activity on devices like laptops or tablets. With 89% of teachers reporting the use of such software in their schools (up five percentage points since last year), the report cites students being targeted for disciplinary actions, law enforcement contact, and being outed without their consent.

“We’ve found that nearly every school in the country is giving devices to students – and monitoring is hurting them,” says CDT President and CEO Alexandra Reeve Givens. “Our data shows that nearly half of teachers say they know of at least one student who has been contacted by law enforcement as a result of student activity monitoring. When you combine the resurgence of violence in schools with the mental health crisis among kids, schools are surveilling students’ activities more than ever. But these efforts to make students safer more often result in disciplining students instead.”

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The new research shows that 78 percent of teachers whose school uses monitoring software say that students have been flagged for disciplinary action, and 59 percent were actually disciplined as a result. Additionally, 44 percent of these teachers report students have been contacted by law enforcement due to an alert generated by this technology.

“Certain groups of students, like those with disabilities, Black and Hispanic students, and  LGBTQ+ youth, bear the brunt of the unintended consequences of student activity monitoring.” says Elizabeth Laird, Director of the Equity in Civic Technology Project at CDT. “Fortunately, federal laws already exist to protect these students, but they must be enforced–which is why CDT is calling on the U.S. Department of Education to protect students’ civil rights online in the same way they do in the classroom.”

Disciplinary actions that resulted from student activity monitoring fell disproportionately along racial lines, with 48 percent of Black students and 55 percent of Hispanic students reporting that they or someone they know got into trouble, compared to 41 percent of white students. 29 percent of LGBTQ+ students report that they or another student they know has had their sexual orientation or gender identity disclosed without their consent. Finally, students with a learning difference or physical disability were more likely than their peers to suppress their true thoughts online because they know they are being monitored.

Givens noted that student monitoring is also a concern after the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, since students seeking to access reproductive health websites or message friends about abortion options must now anticipate the risk of being monitored or potentially flagged for law enforcement in states where abortion is illegal.

In response to the new research, multiple influential civil society groups have signed a letter calling for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to issue a policy statement that clarifies the ways that student monitoring technology violates civil rights laws, condemns surveillance practices that run afoul of these laws, and states its intent to take enforcement action against violations that result in discrimination.

The letter has so far been signed by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Library Association, the Center for Democracy & Technology, Civil Rights Corps, Common Sense Media, the Data Quality Campaign, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Freedom to Read Foundation, InnovateEDU, LGBT Tech, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Next Century Cities, the People’s Economic & Environmental Resiliency Group, and the State Educational Technology Directors Association.

The research was compiled based on surveys of parents, teachers, and students. You can find the full text of the research report and corresponding summary report here.

For more information about the report or to be connected to a spokesperson from CDT, please email Press@cdt.org or call (202) 407-8811.

CDT is a 27-year-old 501(c)3 nonpartisan nonprofit organization that fights to put democracy and human rights at the center of the digital revolution. It works to promote democratic values by shaping technology policy and architecture, with a focus on equity and justice. The Equity in Civic Technology Project works to advance responsible civic technology use and strong privacy practices that protect the rights of individuals and families.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Seeger, Center for Democracy & Technology
Press@cdt.org | (202) 407-8811

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Amazon Canada unveils Fièr.e.s, a colouring book for raising employee awareness of the experiences of people in the LGBTQ2S+ community

MONTRÉAL, Aug. 2, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Today, Amazon Canada unveiled Fièr.e.s [Proud], a project to raise awareness among the company’s Quebec employees on the realities encountered by their peers who are part of the LGBTQ2S+ community. In the form of a colouring book and collection of true stories, Fièr.e.s shares the experience of five Amazon employees

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in Quebec and Canada who tell their stories as members of the LGBTQ2S+ community. The 50-page book with their stories accompanied by their portraits for colouring is being distributed to staff members of all Amazon centres in Quebec to encourage an engaged, constructive dialogue on inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

Book Fièr.e.s, Amazon Canada. Preface by Chris Bergeron and illustrations by Maxime Prévost (CNW Group/Amazon Canada)
Book Fièr.e.s, Amazon Canada. Preface by Chris Bergeron and illustrations by Maxime Prévost (CNW Group/Amazon Canada)

“At Amazon, our teams are made up of people from all sorts of backgrounds with unique life experiences,” says Zoya Zayler, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Canada. “We’re so proud to launch Fièr.e.s to raise awareness about the various realities of our employees; It is our goal to continue to make our workplace an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity and values its positive impact.” 

“When I talk about my job at Amazon, I’m proud to tell people it’s a safe place where I feel respected and valued,” said Yahir Castillo, Human Resources Business Partner, YUL2, Montreal. “There are so many programs, initiatives and activities that are implemented to ensure an inclusive work atmosphere. Fièr.e.s is the perfect example of this, and the impact projects like this can have on the lives of employees is immense.”

To bring Fièr.e.s to life, Amazon worked with Chris Bergeron, the established Quebec author of the novels Valide and Vaillante, who endorsed the book’s texts and wrote its preface. Visual artist Maxime Prévost created all the illustrations for the project.

Pride is contagious; that is its strongest quality. One person’s pride awakens another’s. That is the value, the usefulness of the few portraits you are holding in your hands. Spend some time with these touching testimonials. Embellish the illustrations, by Maxime Prévost, which accompanied them with all the colours of the rainbow.

It’s through small gestures like these that we push back the darkness.

Portrait of Yahir Castillo, Human Ressources Business Partner, Amazon YUL2 center, Lachine. Created by Maxime Prévost, illustrator, Montreal, Quebec (CNW Group/Amazon Canada)
Portrait of Yahir Castillo, Human Ressources Business Partner, Amazon YUL2 center, Lachine. Created by Maxime Prévost, illustrator, Montreal, Quebec (CNW Group/Amazon Canada)

– Chris Bergeron (translated excerpt from the preface of Fièr.e.s)

This initiative is part of Amazon’s efforts in line with its mission to become Earth’s Best Employer by creating inclusive workplaces where diversity is celebrated and where everyone has equal opportunities to succeed and advance.

You can take a look at Fièr.e.s at the Amazon booth at Montréal Pride on Friday, August 5. The company will also be there on Sunday, August 7, when several dozen staff members from the greater Montréal area will participate in the Pride Parade.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Amazon strives to be Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company, Earth’s Best Employer, and Earth’s Safest Place to Work. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Career Choice, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Just Walk Out technology, Amazon Studios, and The Climate Pledge are some of the things pioneered by Amazon.
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Glamazon Affinity Group

Glamazon is one of the 14 affinity groups at Amazon that helps connect, support, and empower communities of employees across the globe. The affinity group aims to raise awareness about LGBTQ2S+ issues and promote opportunities for engagement both inside and outside the company through mentorship and social gatherings, year-round. There are currently more than 40 Glamazon chapters around the world, including a chapter in Quebec.

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Men’s Only Groups

We recently implemented the ability to categorize groups. Now at the top level, you can choose to go to the group list categorized for men.

  • search
  • chat
  • share
  • information
  • support
  • educate
  • engage
  • connect
  • meet
  • thrive together
  • Currently, there are over 240 groups on OutBüro. Each has been categorized
  • Search and join groups that interest you. Create groups and set the group tone
  • Delegate, assign other group members as moderators, as managers, and transfer group ownership

All while shaping your own OutBüro experience and the community. See the What can I do in Groups, and Control Your Experience articles. in the Knowledge Base.

Access to groups is now part of the Yearly/Monthly membership plans.

Get Connected. Subscribe today.

Here are a few ideas for groups you might create:

  • Gay/Bi Relationships
  • Gay Dating
  • Men’s Health
  • Gay Entrepreneurs
  • Gays In Sports
  • Guys in College
  • Gay/Bi Lawyers
  • Gay/Bi Realtors
  • Gays in Science
  • Gays/Guys in _________
  • Gay Travels
  • Gay Hiking
  • Drag Queens
  • Men in Dallas
  • Men in India
  • Gay Comedy
  • Gay Films/Shows
  • Gay Literature
  • Gay Surfers
  • Leather
  • Furries
  • Gaymers

etc… you get the idea.

If you create it, be direct or creative with the group name, avatar, and cover. Check out the Joining and Creating Groups Knowledge Base article.

Thriving together

We recently refocused the site and allowed active Yearly/Monthly members to optionally be affiliates/influencers and earn a residual income. Check out the Affiliate/Influencer Income Estimator.

Are you interested in the group because you are a writer or content creator? See Get Published on OutBüro.

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Alternative Spaces and Onix Systems Long-time Software Development Partners

Pride Month is a time to celebrate equality for all, as Ukraine is fighting to preserve its culture, democracy and equality for its citizens. 

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June is Pride Month when the LGBTQ+ community comes together to celebrate our progress and remember those who fought for our rights. This year, we want to highlight our work at  Alternative Spaces and our Ukrainian partner, Onix Systems.  We have been working together daily for 15 years, producing high-quality software, innovative applications and complex installations. 

What’s more, Alternative Spaces is LGBTQ+ owned and operated, while Onix Systems fully embraces and supports our LGBTQ+ Community. Despite the horrific Russian invasion, Onix continues to work with us daily, even after spending nights sheltering in basements during multiple air raid warnings. Onix is located in a remote area of Ukraine and all 340 team members are safe.   

This June, as we celebrate Pride Month, please take some time to explore our blog posts and learn more about the value we offer. You can read about how misterb&b is working to create a safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ travelers worldwide. This is what Francois de Landes, VP IT and Operations, misterb&b has to say:

Andy Cramer, CEO of Alternative Spaces, and I have developed an extraordinary working relationship over the past five years. 

He undoubtedly has our best interests in mind. Andy helped with our strategic scaling opportunities, sent us our CTO, with his marketplace experience suggested solutions to add inventory for available guest accommodations, and assisted us as we moved through COVID and the war with Russia. 

Andy is in constant contact with me. He consistently adds his knowledge, expertise, contacts, and support to misterb&b’s benefit. I highly recommend working with him and his team. They will ensure you get the best programmers, that project milestones are completed on time without errors, and the benefit of his wisdom as a veteran CEO. 


We hope that this information will help you see how your company can benefit from working with us and support our Ukrainian partners at the same time. Thank you for your time, and we look forward to working with you.  Link to the misterb&b story

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Groups Just for Women

We recently implemented the ability to categorize groups. Now at the top level, you can choose to go to the group list categorized for women.

  • search
  • chat
  • share
  • information
  • support
  • educate
  • engage
  • connect
  • meet
  • thrive together
  • Currently, there are over 240 groups on OutBüro. Each has been categorized
  • Search and join groups that interest you. Create groups and set the group tone
  • Delegate, assign other group members as moderators, as managers, and transfer group ownership

All while shaping your own OutBüro experience and the community. See the What can I do in Groups, and Control Your Experience articles. in the Knowledge Base.

Access to groups is now part of the Yearly/Monthly membership plans.

Here are a few ideas for groups you might create:

  • Lesbian Relationships
  • Lesbian Dating
  • Women’s Health
  • Women Entrepreneurs
  • Women In Sports
  • Lesbians in College
  • Lesbian Lawyers
  • Lesbian Realtors
  • Women in Science
  • Women in _________
  • Lesbian Travels
  • Lesbian Bikers
  • Drag Kings
  • Lesbians in Dallas
  • Lesbians in India
  • Lesbian Comedy
  • Lesbian Films/Shows
  • Lesbian Literature
  • Lesbian Surfers
  • Women Who Hike

etc… you get the idea.

If you create it, be direct or creative with the group name, avatar, and cover. Check out the Joining and Creating Groups Knowledge Base article.

Thriving together

We recently refocused the site and allowed active Yearly/Monthly members to optionally be affiliates/influencers and earn a residual income. Check out the Affiliate/Influencer Income Estimator.

Are you interested in the group because you are a writer or content creator? See Get Published on OutBüro.