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Brian Sims: Out Gay Pennsylvania State Lawmaker Announces Running for Luitenent Governor

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with out gay Pennsylvania State Lawmaker Brian Sims, who just days after this recorded chat wherein I asked about political aspirations, he announced that he is running for Pennsylvania Lutienent Governor.   Sly devil.

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Here is his announcement regarding running for Pennsylvania Lutienent Governor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejiy3kNTI6g

At 29:00 Brian shares what his calendar looks like today, an average day.  Oh goodness, I needed another coffee just hearing that.  After a week of that schedule, a good date night and massage sound in order.  😜  

Son of two Army Luitenent Colonels, Brian moved around quite a bit as most military families do.  From an early age, he knew he wanted to become a lawyer with a focus on equality and women’s issues.  His parents with his twin brother, older brother, and younger sister settled in Pennsylvania where he attended high school and undergraduate school. After law school in Michigan, he returned to Philadelphia.  At this point, he was aware of sexuality and realized he was moving back to a state with zero LGBTQ equal rights.    

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Brian Sims relaxing after a long day’s work enjoying the sun and a very gay cocktail.

To this day, Feb 2021, if not for the Federal Workplace Nondiscrimination at the Pennsylviania state level they still, despite a continued effort often led by Sims, Pennsylvania cowardly Republican lawmakers choose to force all state citizens to live in fear of LGBTQ legalized discrimination due to their lack of humanity, civility and common sense. As Sims describes, Pennsylvania Republicans hold power not by popular democratic vote but rather manipulate the district lines to suit their whim.  Elected officials such as Sims is striving to restore fair representation and instill human deginity values to the state.    

See Brian Sims impassionately beg Pennsylvania State Republicans to support LGBTQ state level equality.  See his speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV-tAnpQ2cA

The real rub is that many of those lawmakers personally support equality, yet due to the corrupt Republican Party, they had to toe to line and vote as they were told to vote else suffer the political schoolyard style bullying.  They don’t see that not standing up to their own bullies means they are leaving thousands of Pennsylvania LGBTQ citizens open to bullying, discrimination, homobobic attacks, and more. They can’t even stand up for what they know is right.

What is the answer?  REPLACE them. Run for office.  Support diverse candidates including out LGBTQ political candidates at all levels.  Learn more about The Victory Fund here: https://victoryfund.org/  

Get to know Brian a bit as we chat about his coming out while the captain of his college football team.  We continue on discussing how diversity matters in politics and the corporate workplace.  We round out the conversation chatting about being on PrEP where I give a shout out to the great care I have received at the Veterans Affairs getting my PrEP through the VAcfor two years and now through http://www.HeyMistr.com.  See the interview with Tristan the founder of Mistr here for all the info. https://outburo.com/hey-mistr-are-you-on-prep-hiv-aids-prevention-online-prescription/ 

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Introducing the LGBTQ Intersectional Pride Flag by Denmis Velco OutBuro founder

The LGBTQ+ Intersectional Pride Flag

Created by LGBTQ social entrepreneur, founder of OutBüro – the LGBTQ Professional and Entrepreneur Community, and artist Dennis Velco in July 2020 in an attempt to represent the full LGBQ spectrum in an inclusive manner building upon the tradition, progress, and color inclusive designs. At the foundation and widest encircling colors are those that represent persons of color. White on the top while black on the foundation bottom as in the light spectrum all colors in between. Artistically black is a weighted, heavy color and in a simple design makes sense to represent the grounding base. The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, all cyclic movement, and a higher power. In the Intersectional Pride Flag, transparent circles of color overlap the strips and other circles creating structure and numerous additional shades of color. At the center is a yellow circle often referenced in other Pride Flag as representing gender and non-gender. It sits over Pink and Blue interlocking circles that are encompassed and intertwined with magenta, a pinkish purple all together harkening to complexities and spectrums of gender identity and expressions with complementary color flanking on either side balancing the composition that is you.

Notice how then black and white circles break the border boundaries and overlap into the other color strips. Just as LGBTQ+ persons break boundaries and strive to reach and grow beyond imposed borders.

Due to the design as noted many ranges of colors are present. I specifically left out additional symbols other than the stripe and the circle. I left current and future specific iconography to others to serve unique subcultures and the fetish community.

Critics and comments welcomed. The design needs some fine touch adjustment as it was created in a PowerPoint-like software without fine graphic editing ability.

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Guide to 72 LGBTQ+ Pride Flags

Guide to 72 LGBTQ+ Pride Flags

I will start by saying if you want a flag that represents you, great. Make it, fly it, and wear it proudly. In the below, I am providing both information and the occasional sarcastic comments as I personally find it a tad bit odd that there are so many “Pride Flags”. So in response, I had to add to the lot and therefore I created the Intersectional Pride Flag in July 2020. It truly is an aim to be inclusive. However, based on this list you can rest assured there will be many more to come with various levels of popularism. There are many fetish flags I didn’t include drawing the line somewhere at an already huge list. It also made me wonder why no one has yet created a flag for others. My curiosity and admittedly slightly sarcastic nature had to get this accomplished to reduce the rabbit hole effect. I hope you find this useful, informative, and via the comments provide your thoughts, design ideas, and comments.

This list is broken into pages in an attempt to make it digestible and allow comments on pages of topically similar designs.

1. Gilbert Baker Pride Flag – The Original

In 1977, gay politician Harvey Milks tasked veteran Gilbert Baker to come up with a Pride flag. Milk said he felt that queer people “needed something that was positive, that celebrated our love.” Inspired by Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow,” each color has symbolism: Hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic/art, indigo for serenity, and violet for spirit. Gilbert Baker (June 2, 1951 – March 31, 2017) was an American artist, gay rights activist, and designer of the rainbow flag (1978), a worldwide symbol of LGBTQ pride. His flag became widely associated with LGBT rights causes, a symbol of gay pride that has become ubiquitous in the decades since its debut. California state senator Scott Wiener said Baker “helped define the modern LGBT movement

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2. LGBTQ Pride Flag – 1978-1999

Harvey Milk was assassinated in 1978, and demand for the flag increased as people wanted to show their support. Apparently, Baker had trouble getting the pink color, so the flag began selling with seven colors instead. He also replaced the teal with the second shade of purple on the lavender side.

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3. LGBTQ+ Pride Flag – Today’s Common

This is probably the flag you’ll see most often: Six colors, apparently easier to produce than the odd-numbered seven. The rainbow flag can operate as a general flag for the LGBTQ+ community, but according to some, it’s not necessarily all-inclusive as also apparent with this huge list of pride flags of all sorts. Many of the following flags (intersex, asexual, non-binary, etc.) embody different identities that exist within Q (queer) and/or outside this acronym while others represent fetishes.

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4. Philadelphia People of Color-Inclusive Flag

Philadelphia added brown and black at the top of their flag in 2017 to spotlight the importance of including queer people of color in the LGBTQ+ community. This caused some debate within LGBTQ+ circles. LGBTQ+ persons span all races. Are the plight and struggles different, sure yet even in the white/caucasian LGBTQ community, there are struggles. The original rainbow flag didn’t exclude persons of color. Aren’t all persons important? Adding race in an exclusionary manner puts one above the other. Where are the white and salmon flesh tone stripes if it aims to be inclusive? Is representation good? Sure. Is increased visibility good? Sure. I personally view all people as shades of brown, from a pale tan to a dark brown. Artistically, having the colors black and brown on top just visually doesn’t work. Putting race literally above all else in the LGBTQ community to me personally doesn’t work. I get the idea and appreciate the concept. But artistically the execution flounders. Again, this and the following drove me to toss my attempt into the ring.

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5. Progress Pride Flag

This flag takes inclusion even further, thanks to queer, nonbinary artist Daniel Quasar (xe/xem).

Graphic designer Daniel Quasar has added a five-colored chevron to the LGBT Rainbow Flag to place a greater emphasis on “inclusion and progression”.

Quasar‘s Progress Pride Flag adds five arrow-shaped lines to the six-coloured Rainbow Flag, which is widely recognised as the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.

The flag includes black and brown stripes to represent marginalized LGBT communities of color, along with the colors pink, light blue, and white, which are used on the Transgender Pride Flag.

Overall I get and appreciate this design over the Phillidelphia Color-Inclusive Flag. I appreciate having the Trans flag incorporated. But, alas exactly how did the common 6 colors of the rainbow exclude anyone? That it didn’t include Charchruce and Periwinkle that to you represents something. Ok. So, this includes the Trans community. Now, what about asexuals, intersex, pansexual, demisexuals, how are bisexuals, leather, twinks, bears, and all others represent?

By adding and thus complicating a simple already nonexclusionary symbol the attempts at being inclusive is actually exclusionary. Again. If you want a flag, great. Create it and fly it proudly. If that doesn’t represent me I am personally OK with that. But, if stating it is inclusive, be apparently fully inclusive. I like the name of this, Progress Flag. Its progress led to me creating the Intersectional Flag.

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6. Intersectional Pride Flag

Created by LGBTQ social entrepreneur, founder of OutBüro – the LGBTQ Professional and Entrepreneur Community, and artist Dennis Velco in July 2020 in an attempt to represent the full LGBQ spectrum in an inclusive manner building upon the tradition, progress, and color inclusive designs. At the foundation and widest encircling colors are those that represent persons of color. White on the top while black on the foundation bottom as in the light spectrum all colors in between. Artistically black is a weighted, heavy color and in a simple design makes sense to represent the grounding base. The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, all cyclic movement, and a higher power. In the Intersectional Pride Flag, transparent circles of color overlap the strips and other circles creating structure and numerous additional shades of color. At the center is a yellow circle often referenced in other Pride Flag as representing gender and non-gender. It sits over Pink and Blue interlocking circles that are encompassed and intertwined with magenta, a pinkish purple all together harkening to complexities and spectrums of gender identity and expressions with complementary color flanking on either side balancing the composition that is you.

Notice how then black and white circles break the border boundaries and overlap into the other color strips. Just as LGBTQ+ persons break boundaries and strive to reach and grow beyond imposed borders.

Due to the design as noted many ranges of colors are present. I specifically left out additional symbols other than the stripe and the circle. I left current and future specific iconography to others to serve unique subcultures and the fetish community.

Critics and comments welcomed. The design needs some fine touch adjustment as it was created in a PowerPoint-like software without fine graphic editing ability.

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7. Lesbian Labrys Flag

This flag isn’t widely used—and part of the reason may be that the flag was thoughtfully designed in 1999 by a gay man, Sean Campbell. The design involves a labrys, a type of double-headed axe, superimposed on the inverted black triangle, set against a violet background. Among its functions, the labrys was associated as a weapon used by the Amazons of mythology. In the 1970s it was adopted as a symbol of empowerment by the lesbian feminist community. Women considered asocial by the Third Reich because they did not conform to the Nazi ideal of a woman, which included homosexual females, were condemned to concentration camps and wore an inverted black triangle badge to identify them. Some lesbians reclaimed this symbol as gay men reclaimed the pink triangle (many lesbians also reclaimed the pink triangle although lesbians were not included in Paragraph 175 of the German criminal code). The color violet became associated with lesbians via the poetry of Sappho.

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8. Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag

The Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag represents lesbians with a ‘more feminine gender expression’.

The original version had a lipstick kiss symbol in the top right corner but the flag is also used without the kiss.

Some people have presented this flag as an alternative flag for the whole lesbian community. However, others have rejected this idea, arguing that the red and pink shades do not represent butch women.

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9. Femme Lesbian Flag

Interestingly, this flag has a controversial element—it used to be called the “lipstick lesbian” flag and had a pair of lips on the upper left corner. It was designed by Natalie McCray in 2010 to celebrate lesbian femmes but isn’t necessarily loved for its lack of inclusivity.

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10. Butch Lesbian Flag

The Butch Lesbian Flag is designed to represent lesbians with a more ‘masculine’ or ‘dominant’ personality, style, or identity.

It’s a redesign of the original rainbow flag and the pink lesbian flag which is associated with more ‘femme’ lipstick lesbians (see below). The colour scheme of blues, purple, grey and white was apparently just designed as a ‘butch makeover’ of the flag.

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11. Lesbian Pride Flag

The Lesbian Community Pride Flag, or just Lesbian Pride Flag, was inspired by the earlier Lipstick Lesbian Pride Flag (see below).

This design, introduced on social media in 2018, took the pink and red colors from the earlier flag and added a dark orange bar to indicate gender nonconformity. 

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12. Lesbian Twink Flag

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The Gay Men Pride Flags

Not to be left out of the pride flag creation, the following is a series of developments representing gay Men via pride flags. Interesting if you search Lesbian Flag, Transgender Flag and others, the search result will instantly show those unique flags. However, if you search Gay Flag most results will be the overall LGBTQ Pride flags. You have to be more specific and search, “gay man pride flag”. Personally, I have never seen any of these flags periods to my research for this article.

13. GAY Male Pride Flag 1

The flag consists of shades of blue and azure, symbolizes the attraction of men to each other and the diversity of the gay community itself. Blue and azure shades for the gay flag were chosen on the basis that these colors are used for the symbolic image of men and homosexual men in particular.

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14. GAY Male Pride Flag 2

As if many shades of blue weren’t clear enough, another version adds the double male symbol to drive the message home.

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15. GAY Male Pride Flag 3

After the introduction of the above, some took offense that only shades of blue where used citing the stereotypical color associated with males so another version was created adding shades of green to teals.

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16. GAY Male Pride Flag 4

Yet another simplied version reduced the number of stripes.

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17. Gay Twink Flag

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18. Bisexual Flag

In 1998, Michael Page wanted to spotlight bisexual people within the LGBTQ+ community. Overlapping over the stereotypical colors for boys (blue) and girls (pink) is lavender—attraction to both sexes. Bisexuality doesn’t necessarily JUST mean an attraction to two sexes, and there are other flags to represent attraction to more than one gender (as you’ll see).

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19. Transgender Pride Flag

Those who are transitioning or have neutral/no gender are also included in the white. Trans woman Monica Helms designed this in 1999. The blue and pink represent boys and girls, and no matter which way you hold it, the flag is always right-side up.

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Transgender Bisexual Pride Flags

Below are three versions of a transgender bisexual pride flag.

20. Transgender Bisexual Pride Flag 1

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21. Transgender Bisexual Pride Flag 2

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22. Transgender Bisexual Pride Flag 3

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23. Intersex Flag

Intersex International Australia designed this flag in 2013 with non-gendered colors “that celebrate living outside the binary.” Intersex (variation in sex characteristics) is also represented in the transgender flag (see next slide).

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24. Agender Flag

Designer Salem X or “Ska” created a reversible flag—much like the transgender flag—to represent the rejection of gender. Green is nonbinary, and black and white are absence of gender.

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25. Genderfluid/Genderflexible Flag

This flag was designed to embody all that genderfluidity can contain (since their gender can vary over time): Pink for femininity, blue for masculinity, white for no gender, black for all genders, and purple for the combination between masculine and feminine. JJ Poole created the flag in 2012.

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26. Genderqueer Flag

Marilyn Roxie designed the genderqueer flag to represent those identifying outside the gender binary: lavender is androgeny, white is agender, and green is nonbinary. This is also known as the “nonbinary” flag.

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27. Nonbinary Flag

To add to the genderqueer flag’s representation, 17-year-old Kye Rowan created the nonbinary flag in 2014 for gender existing outside the binary (symbolized by the yellow). White is all genders, black is no gender, and purple is a mix of genders.

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28. Androgynous Pride Flag

Androgynous people are a mix of both male and female. The blue stripe represents masculinity and the pink femininity. The grey area represents that the metaphorical ‘grey area’ between these two genders.

Of course, androgynous people don’t necessarily feel exactly equally male and female – you can be slightly more masculine or feminine. But the flag forms an ‘equals’ sign to signify gender equality.

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29. Bigender Pride Flag

If you are bigender you feel simultaneous both male and female. Or you may swap between those roles or take the best of both.

Unsurprisingly, the pinks and blues represent femininity and masculinity respectively. The purple stripes are for those genders combined.

Lastly, the white stripe is taken from the center of the Trans Pride Flag (see below). In this case, white stands for non-binary identities and shifting from one gender to another. 

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30. Genderflux Pride Flag

Genderflux people feel different levels of gender identity over time. So they may fluctuate between feeling very female and agendered.

Notably, it is different to genderfuidity. Genderfluid tends to be a variation in the gender they feel (they may vary between male and female). Whereas a genderflux person (in this case a boyflux) would vary between feeling gendered (male) and agender or somewhere in between.

The dark pink stands for female and the lighter pink for demigirl. Similarly, the darker blue for males and a lighter blue for demiboy. The grey stripe represents agender and the yellow, nonbinary.

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31. Trigender Pride Flag

As the name implies, trigender people experience exactly three genders. They may feel all three at once or vary between them.

The flag’s meaning is simple. Pink stands for feminine genders, blue for masculine and green represents the range of non-binary genders.

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Demigender Pride Flags

Demigender literally means ‘half gender’ but practically is an umbrella term for people who are nonbinary but have a partial connection to a certain gender.

32. Demigender Pride Flag – Neutral

The grey, yellow and white striped Demigender Pride Flag is the most common used for them.

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33. Demigender Pride Flag – Masculine

But there is also this flag for the partly male ‘demiboys’.

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34. Demigender Pride Flag – Femme

And this flag for the partly female ‘demigirls’.

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35. Neutrois Pride Flag

Neutrois people typically identify as having no or neutral gender. In some cases they may want to reduce the physical signs of their sex so they appear more gender neutral.

White represents being neutral, unidentified, or questioning gender.

Dark chartreuse green is the ‘opposite’ of lavender, a mix of pink and blue. So this stripe symbolises being not male or female or a mix of those.

Black is for being agender or genderless.

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36. Gender Questioning Pride Flag

Anyone who is questioning whether they are really cisgender may identify as gender questioning.

And an artist named Roswell created this flag in 2017 to represent them.

It takes colors from other gender flags with the pink and blue spectrums representing levels of femininity and masculinity. Meanwhile, the grey in the middle symbolizes uncertainty and seeking answers.

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37. Two-Spirit Pride Flag

Two-Spirit is a modern, pan-Indian term to describe people who have been part of Native American culture for countless generations.

Simply, Two-Spirit people have both a male and female spirit within them and see life through the eyes of both genders. Many indigenous communities not only accepted these two-spirit, or third-gender, people but gave them a ceremonial role in their culture.

Two-Spirit is often confused by outsiders with being ‘gay Indian’ or ‘LGBT+ Native American’. But the term was created to preserve the cultural history of these particular LGBT+ Native Americans, rather than for the whole community.

The flag’s simple design combines the traditional rainbow flag with a double feather.

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38. Hijra Pride Flag

Hijra share both a long culture and a gender identity. Across South Asia, hijra live together in small groups, guided by a guru. Hijras include trans women, intersex and other gender non-conforming people.

Hindu and Muslim religions recognize them but also ostracize them. However India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh offer ‘third gender’ – neither male or female – passports to hijras.

The flag combines both gender and spiritual symbolism. So: ‘Pink and blue are for those of us [hijras] who identify with binary genders as trans people, while the white is for those of us who are nonbinary, the red represents the divinity we were blessed with by [Hindu god] Rama.’

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39. Maverique Pride Flag

Maveriques have a gender – and feel they have a gender – but it is completely separate from male or female.

The designer used yellow because it is a primary color. Therefore, it is completely separate from other colors (like pink or blue) just as maverique is separate from male and female identities.

The white stripe represents independence from the gender binary. White is not on the spectrum of colors so is a blank slate on which maveriques put their own identity.

Finally, orange stands for the burning inner conviction that a maverique feels about their gender. It is perceived as an unorthodox color, again reflecting maverique identity.

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40. Pangender Pride Flag

Pangender people typically embrace all genders or a large number of genders. They may be genderfluid too, in which case they are fluid between many genders over a period of time.

The colors on the flag are deliberately bright to represent the abundance of genders.

White is used as it is a combination of all colors, and therefore all genders. Yellow signifies genders that are not related to female and male. Meanwhile red shows the transition to masculine and feminine genders. And violet-pink combines male and female.

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41. Pocket Gender Pride Flag

One of the more interesting parts of gender discovery is the little world of pocket genders. Technically these are a range of gender identities that are only held by one or a few people.

Often pocket gender discussion groups allow people to discuss or discover different, radical or even eccentric ways of experiencing a gender.

Alex Stowe created the pocket gender flag.

Firstly the colours. Pink and blue represent feminity and masculinity. Purple is a mix of both traditional genders but also genderlessness. Likewise black represents either a mix of genders or a lack of gender. Orange stands for Maverique, a specific non-binary identity (see above).

In this case, Stowe specifically chose triangles rather than stripes used in other Pride flags. They wanted to show the levels of the genders may vary.

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42. Pansexual Flag

This flag, for example, represents pansexuality’s interest in all genders: Pink for women, blue for men, yellow for “nonbinary and gender-nonconforming people.” It was created in 2010 to distinguish pansexuality from bisexuality.

If you can be attracted to people regardless of their gender, you are pansexual or omnisexual. You may think of yourself as gender-blind. Some pansexuals feel they could be attracted to a humanoid alien.

But more practically level, it’s not letting someone’s gender define who you fancy. Of course, many bisexuals also feel they are attracted to people who are not male or female but another gender. But pansexuals make this more explicit.

The Pansexual Pride Flag emerged on the internet around 2010 and has become popular since.

It’s based on a similar design to the bisexual flag with three horizontal stripes. Unsurprisingly pink represents attraction to women, blue to men and yellow to people who are neither male nor female.

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43. Asexual Flag

In 2010, the Asexual Visibility and Education Network stated that they wanted to “have a symbol that belongs to all of us.” The flag is inspired by their logo; Black represents asexuality, gray for graysexuals (between sexual and asexual), and demisexual (sexual attraction following emotional connection). Purple represents the community. A demisexual flag also exists with similar colors in a different configuration.

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44. Polysexual Flag

Polysexual (attracted to multiple but not all genders, unlike pansexual) is still similar to the pansexual flag, with green representing non-conforming genders and pink and blue female and male, respectively. Polysexuality can sometimes be expressed as an attraction to masculinity/femininity, not gender. The flag was created on Tumblr in 2012.

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45. Aromantic Flag

In a similar color scheme, the green in the aromantic flag represents those living without romantic attraction or different romantic attraction. Gray and black are meant to represent all aromantic sexualities.

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46. Demisexual Pride Flag

Demisexuals aren’t totally asexual. They may be sexually attracted to someone, but once they’ve fallen in love.

The Demisexual Pride Flag uses the same colors as the asexual flag. So black represents asexuality, white for non-asexual friends and partners, purple for the community, and grey for grey-asexuality.

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47. Graysexual Pride Flag

Graysexuals feel somewhere between asexual (not interested in sex) and sexual (interested in sex). This is a deliberately vague term, for people who don’t want to be defined too narrowly.

The flag, also known as the Gray-A or Gray-ace Flag uses similar colors to the asexual and demisexual flags. Just like them, purple means community, grey for graysexuality and white for non-asexual friends and partners.

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48. Omnisexual Pride Flag

Omnisexuality is literally attraction to people of all genders. It’s slightly different to pansexuality which is attraction to people regardless of their gender. But, of course, individuals may be both omnisexual and pansexual.

The pink shades, unsurprisingly, mean attraction to feminine people and the blue attraction to masculine people. In the center, the black stripe stands for other genders.

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49. Polyamory Flag

Just as the symbol pi goes on indefinitely after the decimal, there are infinite partners available to those who identify as polyamorous. Gold represents emotional connection, not just sexual love. A modified version was created in 2017 with infinity hearts instead of the pi symbol.

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50. Bear Brotherhood Flag

Craig Byrnes and Paul Witzkoske in 1995 made the “bear flag” for “a subculture of masculine-presenting gay, bisexual and trans men who embrace facial and body hair and may have larger bodies.” Each stripe represents the different colors of bears.

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51. Leather, Latex, & BDSM Flag

There’s also debate over this flag, centered around whether kinks exist within or outside of the LGBTQ+ community. But the most widely celebrated of Tony DeBlase’s achievements in the world of leather is and probably always will be the Leather Pride Flag which he presented to the world as a “proposed design idea” on May 28, 1989, at International Mr. Leather. As the creator of the flag, he was often asked to explain the colors and design, but consistently refused to do so, insisting that each person could do that for himself. The design was immediately embraced and began appearing in parades within a month of its introduction, and turned up in shops as a bumper sticker barely two months later. Deconstructions and re-compositions of the flag’s familiar black, blue and white stripes with a red accent-originally a heart-are common, but the design itself was accepted worldwide as introduced. More info here.

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52. Female Leather, BDSM flag

Te flags can be horizontal or at an angle. That is purely artistic with no addition meaning. The blue of Leather Pride is substituted with pink to represent female leather-lovers. Designed by Sheryl Dee for the Ms San Diego Leather Contest in November 2003.

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53. Boy-Boi Pride Flag

The Boy-Boi Pride Flag was created and designed by boy Keith and debuted at Mid-Atlantic Leather in 1999. The original flag now hangs in the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL.

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54. Fetish Pride Flag

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55. Switch Pride Flag

Some members of the leather and BDSM communities enjoy taking both dominant and passive roles, switching from one to the other. This is represented by the 2 arrows. I can find no reference to it before 2009. More information into its symbolism, history, etc. can be found here: http://c4bl3fl4m3.dreamwidth.org/16143.html

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56. Fat Fetish Pride Flag

Designed to represent someone who is attracted to persons of obease weight.

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57. Military and Uniform Fetish Flag

The Military Fetish Flag has been floating around on the web for sometime; sadly Its creator is unknown. The flag appears here for the community and not for any commercial use.

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58. BDSM Pride Flag

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is intended to represent the belief that people whose sexuality or relationship preferences include Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, or Sadism and Masochism (“BDSM”) deserve the same human rights as everyone else, and should not be discriminated against for pursuing BDSM with consenting adults.

The flag is inspired by the Leather Pride Flag and Quagmyr’s BDSM Emblem, but is specifically intended to represent the concept of BDSM Rights and to be without the other symbols’ restrictions against commercial use. It’s designed to be recognizable by people familiar with either the Leather Pride Flag or BDSM Triskelion (or Triskele) as “something to do with BDSM”; and to be distinctive whether reproduced in full color, or in black and white (or another pair of colors). For more information: http://www.bdsmrights.com/

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59. Owner Pride Flag

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60. Master/Slave Pride Flag

The “Master/slave and Dom/sub Flag” was unveiled at the Master/slave Conference in DC in July 2005 by Master Tallen and Slave Andrew. For more information, please visit their website: http://www.masterslaveflag.com/html/home.html.

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61. Demisexual BDSM Pride Flag

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62. Bootblack Pride Flag

After a two year debate within the community, on July 4th, 2005 Jesse ‘Spanky’ Penley came up with a design that would eventually become the accepted Boot Black Pride Flag. … The large red heart positioned behind the boot signifies the heart that the bootblack puts behind his or her boots. A Bootblack is someone who tends to boots such as shining.

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63. Puppy Pride Flag

This is a flag that represents a part of the community into Pet Play. It is semi-derivative of the leather flag, but on an angle, and with a red-bone in the middle. The White stripe is slightly bigger to represent the broadness of the community, the bone represents the unconditional, non-judgmental heart of the puppy.

Created in 2011 by Pup Flip Gray (LeatherPup) for the Tampa Leather Club, the Tampa Bay Leather Sir & Leather boy Contest, The Saint Petersburg Pride Parade and the Tampa Bay Leather n Fetish Pride Event.

The Puppy Pride Flag has the same number of stripes as the Leather Pride Flag. The stripes are set on a 30 degree diagonal reminiscent of the boy flag to indicate a new direction. The white stripe is wider than the other stripes to represent the broadness of the puppy movement. The blood red bone in the center of the flag indicates the unconditional, non-judgmental heart of the puppy.

For more information: http://www.leatherpups.com/z

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64. Foot Fetish Pride Flag

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65. Rubber Pride Flag

Members of the rubber/latex fetish community have a flag to express their preferences and passion. Peter Tolos and Scott Moats created it in 1995 and say that black represents “our lust for the look and feel for shiny black rubber,” red “our blood passion for rubber and rubbermen,” and yellow “our drive for intense rubber play and fantasies.” Also, there’s a kink in it—which totally makes sense, actually.

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66. Pony Flag

Another fetish flag, the pony play flag was designed in 2007 by Carrie P., and includes black to express unity with the larger leather community.

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67. Watersports Fetish Pride Flag

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68. Drag or Feather Pride Flag

The Feather Pride Flag is a symbol for the drag community. Artist Sean Campbell created it in 1999.

The phoenix represents the rebirth of the LGBT+ community. Meanwhile, as a mythical firebird it also stands for the ‘fires of passion’ the drag community had in the early days of HIV [and] AIDS epidemic when drag artists were key fundraisers.

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69. Drag Pride Flag

The alternative drag flag debuted much later in 2016. It was the result of a worldwide competition run by Austin International Drag Foundation to symbolize pride among drag queens and drag kings.

The flag’s designer Veranda L’Ni set out the meaning as follows:

Purple represents a shared passion for drag. White stands for ‘the blank slate that is our bodies and face and that we all change to create the characters that we become’. Blue symbolises both self expression and loyalty.

Finally, the crown is for leadership in the LGBT+ community and the stars for the many forms of drag.

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70. Straight Ally Flag

This is a combination of different symbols—the straight flag is black and white stripes, the traditional pride flag is a rainbow—and the combination is meant to show allyship for the LGBTQ+ community

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71. Straight Pride Flag

The simple black and white stripe version, a mockery and opposite of Gilbert Baker’s rainbow design, is the most common version. Alternatives are similar, with shades of grey, black and white.

The Ally Flag (see above) is, of course, the LGBT+ supportive antidote to this from straight, cisgender people.

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Darren Loli: Creating LGBTQ Content with Passion and Vigor

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Darren Loli, Founder/CEO and Executive Producer of Happening Out Television Network providing an LGBTQ perspective and programming.    

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Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Darren has a long and rich career background in business operational efficiency consulting via his company, the Loli Group.  The Loli Group focuses on operations consulting specializing in turnaround and new division management. It has cross-industry experience guiding high-level management in developing business vision and overall strategy. They design and build human and IT resources to meet larger vision and strategy.  Darren leverages this experience in Happening Out Television Network.   What started as one show in a View like pannel discussion format, within its two year time has sprung into 4 district show as of Feb 2021 with new shows being launched and more on the horizon.  All shows are broadcast live with recordings available for watching or listening at later times. Darren shared that around 30% of the traffic listens to the broadcasts.    

Its current line up includes: 

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It’s Happening Out: Where it all started, is a weekly panel discussion with regular and guest panelist fully representing the LGBTQ+ and ally community.  The topics are wide with a brisk pace and witty commentary.  It’s Happening Out, the World’s Most Popular LIVE gay TV Show started in Nov 2018 with less than 1,000 viewers. Darren is responsible for business strategy, overseeing content production, and managing show growth. The show has grown to over 600,000 unique weekly viewers and has established strategic partnerships for continued expansion. (Ex. Human Rights Campaign, Worlds Aids Museum, Prides across the country).  

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QNews Tonight: Is a nightly news broadcast featuring prime news from the LGBTQ perspective. Larger mainstream news outlet partners include CNN and NBC news for content and media.    

Gay Town Hall:  In an effort to deepen and broaden the LGBTQ perspective the weekly 

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Gay Town Hall has numerous regular and guest panelists, often in the 15-25 range.  It further encourages live audience participation through view comments that get incorporated in the live dialogue.    

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Sunshine Cathedral – is a Sunday weekly live broadcast of the Metropolitan Community Church LGBTQ affirming service.  This community service broadcast launched in March 2020 and as of February 2021 has on average 30,000 weekly viewers with the majority of those viewing live each Sunday morning.   

HAPPENING.fun, South Florida’s Most Popular Source for “Things to Fun.” Started late august 2019 has grown to over 20,000 unique weekly viewers per episode and continues to grow.  

To connect with Darren find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/darrenloli/  

Join me and Darren on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com  

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Wesley Smoot: Unleashed LGBTQ – Virtual Showcase

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Wesley Smoot, Marketing Director for Unleashed LGBTQ.

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Located in Dallas, Texas Unleashed LGBTQ is an expo and due to COVID a virtual event featuring brands, talent/entertainers, apps, films, fresh music from LGBTQ artists, virtual tours of LGBTQ travel destinations, tutorials, virtual fashion show, panel discussions, keynote speakers such as Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims, and more. They tout it as brands, services, and campaigns entering the LGBTQ market.

The 2021 event will be held March 25-27th. https://www.unleashedlgbtq.com/

On their website, they provide cocktail recipes so viewers can sip the same beverage as those on screen.

If you missed the March 2021 virtual event get on their email list to be informed of future events.

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LGBT Individuals Experience More Severe Eating Disorders New Study Finds

LOS ANGELES, May 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A new study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders finds that eating disorder patients who identify as LGBT have more severe eating disorder symptoms, higher rates of trauma history, and longer delays between diagnosis and treatment than heterosexual, cisgender patients.

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“While we know there is a higher prevalence of eating disorders among LGBTQ folks, particularly trans and non-binary folks (with rates estimated to be anywhere from 40% to 70%), our field is in its infancy with researching this health disparity, so I believe research like ours is especially important,” said clinical psychologist Jennifer Henretty PhD, CEDS, one of the study’s co-authors who serves as the Executive Director of Clinical Outcomes for Discovery Behavioral Health, Center For Discovery.

Eating disorders are a serious mental health concern: At least 30 million people—of all ages, sexual orientations, and gender-identities—experience an eating disorder in the U.S. alone, and every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result of an eating disorder. In fact, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. (Source: National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders)

The most common eating disorders are binge eating disorder, where people regularly eat a large amount in a short period of time; bulimia nervosa, where people regularly eat a large amount in a short period of time and then try to offset the food using harmful behaviors (like vomiting); and anorexia nervosa, where people regularly eat too little due to a fear of gaining weight and thus are malnourished. The causes of eating disorders are not clear but both biological and environmental factors are thought to play a role. Eating disorders typically begin in adolescence but it appears that the rate of the disorder may be on the rise in middle-aged and even older adults.

The peer-reviewed academic study analyzed data from 2,818 individuals treated in residential (RTC), partial hospitalization (PHP), and/or intensive outpatient (IOP) levels-of-care at a large eating disorder treatment organization; 471 (17%) of the participants identified as LGBT. The facilities were operated by Center for Discovery, a U.S. healthcare provider specializing in the treatment of eating disorders.

Research shows that individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or other non-heterosexual/non-cisgender identities have significantly higher rates of mental and physical health conditions compared to their heterosexual, cisgender peers.

“LGBT individuals are more likely to experience housing and employment discrimination, and to struggle with multiple mental health challenges related to minority stress; this perfect storm of barriers means eating behaviors are often overlooked,” said Vaughn Darst, RD, who serves as Operations Advisor for Discovery Behavioral Health, Center For Discovery and who also discussed in a TedX talk the complex issue at the intersection of gender, body image, food and identity.

Center For Discovery, which opened in 1997, is a leading provider of eating disorder treatment in the U.S. Weekly residential programming includes two to three individual sessions; one to two family sessions; dietary, medical, and psychiatric sessions; and between 35 and 40 therapeutic groups. Modalities such as Exposure Response Prevention, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and a Family Systems Approach are utilized. Importantly, Center For Discovery is trans/gender-affirming and trauma informed.

The study found a full 12-month delay in treatment for LGBT patients compared to non-LGBT patients. “Delays in accessing treatment are especially widespread for transgender and nonbinary individuals with eating disorders. Some of the causes include delayed diagnosis by providers who fail to assess non-cisgender female patients for disordered eating, as well as limited access to trans-affirming treatment options, particularly at the residential level of care” said Darst. Center For Discovery hopes to reduce this delay by being a trans-affirming treatment center and by providing trainings for staff and community providers on best practices for addressing eating concerns within LGBT communities.

For the full research article, please visit  https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/eat.23257

About Discovery Behavioral Health

Discovery Behavioral Health is a leading, in-network, U.S. healthcare provider delivering accessible, evidence-based community care for substance use, eating disorders, and behavioral health.  Discovery’s programs include residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient care for teens and adults. The company was established in 1997 and is headquartered in Orange County, California. More: https://discoverybehavioralhealth.com

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LGBTQ Loyalty Secures $10-Million Equity Credit Line

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LGBTQ Loyalty Holdings, Inc. (OTC PINK: LFAP) (“LGBTQ Loyalty” or “the Company”), a diversity and inclusion driven financial methodology company that quantifies corporate equality alignment with the LGBTQ community and minority interest groups, is pleased to announce that the Company has executed a term sheet for a $10,000,000 equity line of credit (“ELOC”) with Cavalry Fund I LP (“Cavalry”). “We believe that the ELOC will (i) provide the necessary funding to assist the Company in creating diversity and inclusion thematic preference Indices and becoming a niche ETF Sponsor, and (ii) create recognition for the Company as a leader in the LGBTQ equality and environmental, social, governance (“EGS”) marketplace,” said CEO Bobby Blair.

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The term sheet provides that the Company may not sell shares of its common stock below an agreed-upon price, which was included with the goal of preventing excessive dilution to our shareholders. The term sheet also provides that certain principal shareholders of LGBTQ Loyalty agree to a lock-up of their shares, with a length of time to be determined and provided in the definitive ELOC transaction documents.

LGBTQ Loyalty CEO Bobby Blair said, “We are pleased as a company over the past 7 months with the launch and listing of the LGBTQ100 ESG Index on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the effectiveness of registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission with respect to the LGBTQ100 ESG ETF, and the assembly of our proprietary quantifiable data analytic reports. We feel it’s a wonderful opportunity and appropriate time for our LGBTQ community leaders to be aligned and engaged with us in our pursuit of Advancing Equality.”

“As we continue to attempt to scale our business, Cavalry provides us with not only capital, but also strategic experience in our quest to become the leading global index platform to advance equality, maximize impact, and deliver performance for investors and the community globally.”

Since officially listing the LGBTQ100 ESG Index on the NYSE in October 2019, LGBTQ Loyalty’s index has out-performed the S&P 500 Index benchmark by over 2.0%.

About LGBTQ Loyalty Holdings, Inc.

LGBTQ Loyalty is a diversity and inclusion driven financial methodology company that quantifies corporate equality alignment with the LGBTQ community and minority interest groups. The Company has benchmarked the first-ever U.S. Loyalty Preference Index which the Company believes empowers the LGBTQ community to express their preferences for the nation’s high performing corporations most dedicated to advancing equality. The Loyalty Preference Index, branded as LGBTQ100 ESG Index, is an ESG Index, offering an added perspective for those seeking to align with equality-driven ESG responsible corporations. LGBTQ Loyalty’s leadership includes seasoned authorities in the financial industry and the LGBTQ community. www.lgbtqloyalty.com

About Cavalry Fund I LP
Cavalry Fund I LP is a privately held investment fund with a flexible and creative approach to investing in emerging growth companies. Cavalry Fund identifies investment opportunities with asymmetric risk/reward profiles by focusing on the underserved small cap market. Cavalry provides capital solutions to companies unable to access traditional funding sources.

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Brucecy – Bridging Sponsors With Virtual Prides

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Brucecy Marketing Group is a high-spirited and creative event management and planning firm based in northern New Jersey specializing in promoting brands at existing consumer events such as a legacy of innovation at engaging pride event attendees. Founded by Tom Legan, an out LGBT entrepreneur, with a remarkable history in television marketing leadership and a keen focus on end to end project execution. Under Legan’s leadership, Brucecy has been instrumental in bringing non-profit Pride organizations top-notch sponsors year after year. Legan understands how to make a brand stand out at Pride and how important the financial support of sponsors is in enabling Pride to happen. Not only does that support affect the Pride non-profit’s ability to put on a great event, but it also has a direct and indirect impact on the local community. We’ll discuss a little background and how Legan got involved in supporting the Pride ecosystem. We’ll also chat about some of the challenges that the COVID-19 virus forced upon the Pride festivals and opportunities it also created.

OutBüro-Q – How long has your marketing agency been involved with Pride festivals?

I started doing pride festivals through my first national marketing agency called Legan Promotions Inc. in 2003.  Prior to that, I worked for Showtime Networks for six years and headed up National Promotions and Events where I had the amazing opportunity to promote all Showtime Original Series including the premiere of the groundbreaking hit series Queer As Folk in 2000. I started the LGBTQ outreach area at the network and sponsored over 100 pride events during my time there. Along with Queer As Folk, later I also promoted The L Word at pride festivals.  When I left Showtime in 2003 to form Legan Promotions, Showtime became my first client!  Other clients included ABC (Dancing With The Stars), TLC, Lifetime, IFC, Ovation, Macy’s, and Wolfgang Puck.

In 2011, I  closed Legan Promotions as an incredible opportunity came my way from AMC Networks to be the Director of Activation, Promotions, and Licensing for their original series, many of which were favorites of mine. From 2011 to 2014, I got to promote major hit series like The Walking Dead, Mad Men and Breaking Bad, to general audiences – a very exciting period! 

By 2014, several past TV network clients from Legan Promotions had been reaching out to see if I could help them promote at gay pride festivals again, so it was at that time I made the tough decision to leave AMC and form Brucecy Marketing Group, my current agency which is basically “Legan Promotions 2.0”.  The name of the agency comes from the first names of my mom and dad – Bruce and Cecy – who always valued diversity and supported me in every way.  Since then, our agency has worked with global brands like SKYY Vodka and 2(X)IST underwear and networks such as Freeform, Game Show Network, Amazon Prime Video, and more.

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OutBüro-Q – What has been the traditional role of your agency with Pride festivals?

Our agency connects brands, TV networks, and movie studios directly to the LGBTQ community through a presence at Pride festivals, parades, gay film festivals, and related events to promote brand awareness, new series premieres for networks, and new movie releases for studios.  We handle everything from start to finish for our clients making it all turnkey for them.  This includes recommending the best Prides based on what they are promoting (the premiere of a new series or the launch of a new brand product, for example) followed by planning each activation and negotiating directly with each pride organization on the sponsorship details.

Then we manage the activation onsite for each client with our trained brand ambassadors and provide a complete summary recap after each event to the client. Through our long-standing relationships with the Pride organizations, our clients typically get exclusive added value benefits they can’t get by going direct, so many return to our agency year after year. Plus we’ve received many compliments from clients on how our agency has some of the best-personalized customer service they’ve encountered, better than with agencies ten times our size, so we’re proud of that! 

HGTV was a client of ours for four consecutive years and we managed over 80 Prides for them. One of the main things they loved about our agency was how turnkey everything was for them and how easy it was to reach us anytime. 

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OutBüro-Q – How has that changed this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

This year is unprecedented in terms of how we celebrate pride and how our agency does business. As there are no plans for physical pride events until at least September, Pride organizations, especially those who normally host prides March through June, have had to get very creative to still find ways to celebrate pride. Pride festivals are a big source of revenue for many pride organizations, most of which are non-profit entities, so it was critical Prides find a way to still celebrate but also raise critical funds for their local LGBTQ communities. 

In addition to Global Virtual Pride on June 27 which I’ll talk more about, several larger Prides like NYC Pride, San Francisco Pride, Denver Pride, Washington DC Capital Pride, and several others will be having their own virtual Pride festivals where everyone can still celebrate pride from the comfort of their home and brands can still sponsor these virtual events and support the community.

OutBüro-Q – What new challenges has the concept of a Virtual Global Pride brought and how have you and the team addressed and potentially capitalized upon those?

Virtual Prides, in general, have been a tough sell for our clients who are used to traditional event marketing at large Pride festivals where attendees can experience the brand activation firsthand and interact directly with brands.  We’ve been bringing our clients up to speed on how virtual Prides will work and how they still can connect to the LGBTQ community in a personal and quality way. 

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Brucecy Marketing Group’s Founder Tom Legan pictured center – JUDY movie activation at Pride event.

As much as we’d love to promote movies like JUDY starring Renee Zellweger as we did at Prides last year for our client Roadside Attractions studios, where Judy Garland drag queens posed with pride attendees as they walked along a VIP red carpet area, that’s just not feasible in these times. But we can still get creative with how to connect to the community while still being far apart.

OutBüro-Q – What new opportunities, maybe unexpected, has this created?

The number of people virtual Prides has the potential to attract is far greater than physical attendance at regular pride events as anyone can watch the pride celebration online. This is exciting for our clients as they consider sponsorships. Also, with all 50  states reopening in at least some way as of this week, brands can sponsor virtual Prides to support the community but also use the opportunity to promote they are back in business. This is especially applicable to the hard-hit travel and tourism industry like cruise lines, hotels, airlines, restaurants, movie theaters, theme parks, and similar companies.  It seems to make a lot of sense in the next few weeks for these types of brands to tell millions of loyal consumers eager to get out of their homes that they are back (and at a very low cost to do so too!)

OutBüro-Q – Has past Pride corporate and community sponsors embraced this necessary new approach? Is sponsorship steady, increased, lower?

We’re still speaking with all clients and potential clients about virtual Pride sponsorships and participation. Normally by March every year (usually earlier), we would have locked in clients for regular physical pride campaigns for the entire year especially those occurring in June as many of those Prides sell out of space and sponsorship options early.  This year, everything has shifted later as Prides had to scramble to come up with another option to celebrate (virtual Prides) when the crisis hit the US in March. So we are all working fast and furiously to introduce clients to this new concept but timing is very tight. Therefore we do expect fewer clients to sponsor virtual Prides, at least those Prides occurring in June. 

OutBüro-Q – Naturally, attending a Pride Festival in person has its emersion experience and loads of people watching. How will the Virtual Pride engage attendees to participate and feel a part of it

We have a lot of fun and creative ideas we’ve been discussing with clients and with the various virtual Prides.  There are many ways to engage consumers from their homes as they watch Pride celebrations online so they still feel a part of this community experience. The biggest obstacle we have to deal with is time since all virtual Prides really just came together in the past few weeks. Putting together a sponsorship or campaign for clients in a matter of weeks versus months is challenging. 

OutBüro-Q – Are there new technologies and/or new media partnerships being leveraged? If so, what and how will they create the vision of Global Virtual Pride?

Global Virtual Pride’s goal is to allow as many people as possible to watch the 24-hour stream all around the world, so there will be several platforms on which people will be able to view the festivities. Some countries block access to platforms we use here in the US everyday like YouTube and Facebook, so we’re working on ways to be sure everyone who wants access to Global Pride can get access.

OutBüro-Q – Will attendees need to download apps to participate – if so, what are they? Let’s get ready.

Yes, these are some of the ideas and concepts we have been discussing such as:

  • Participation through an app or through social media
  • Getting a physical object of some sort in people’s hands before they watch the stream on June 27
  • Asking them to submit photos or videos of what pride means to them and incorporating those into the broadcast and so many more ideas. 

It will just be a matter of seeing what can be done in the short amount of time before the broadcast as we’re just five weeks away now.


OutBüro-Q – Since the date is set, can people already register to join the virtual party, and if so where and how?

Details will be forthcoming! It’s a new and exciting time for all of us, so stay tuned!

As soon as additional details are available to OutBüro we’ll update it here and likely also post a fresh new announcement article.

Gay Marketing Association Names OutBuro 2020 Business of the Year for LGBTQ Corporate Equality Employer Branding Ratings Reviews Monitoring

Gay Marketing Association Names OutBuro as 2020 Business of the Year for LGBTQ Corporate Equality

On December 30, 2019, the Gay Marketing Association awarded OutBuro the 2020 Business of the Year for LGBTQ Corporate Equality.

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Gay Marketing Association proudly awards the GMA 2020 Business of the Year Award: LGBTQ Corporate Equality to OutBüro!

Why this matters to us: LGBTQ workplace equality is especially important for the founder of Gay Marketing Association, Will Senn, who was previously terminated for coming out as gay at work and created a group he always wanted with Gay Marketing Association.

How does Outbüro most contribute to the LGBTQ community?

Recently, Fabrice Houdart, a top Human Rights Advocate for the United Nations publicly said via a posting on LinkedIn, ”This (Outbüro) is fascinating and much more aligned with the UN’s Global LGBTQ Standards for Business than most (any) indexes! (LGBTQ Corporate Equality Indexes)”.

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Outbüro’s mission is to connect the world’s LGBTQ employees, professionals, and entrepreneurs with opportunities to grow in their careers and grow their companies. We strive to connect companies and organizations that support LGBTQ Corporate Equality with quality candidates while providing a voice and insight into workplace culture and LGBT workplace issues.

LGBTQ employees ratings/reviewing their employers to improve LGBTQ Corporate Equality, and impact the economic growth of individuals and the LGBTQ community as a whole. It also provides a LinkedIn-style professional online community. Employers of any size, any type and anywhere in the world may participate leveraging the employer branding to convey in a consolidated platform all they do for their employees, clients/customer and the community. They also may utilize the site as a review/rating monitoring and interaction platform to stay abreast of what LGBTQ current and former verified employees think of them as an employer.

How does Outbüro feel about winning the GMA 2020 Business of the Year Award for LGBTQ Workplace Equality?

I am honored to be nominated and receive the recognition of this award. I started the first LinkedIn Group for LGBTQ professionals and entrepreneurs 12 years ago 100% voluntarily. After I began working to build Outbüro (www.OutBuro.com) I branded the LinkedIn group as a service of Outbüro.

I am so grateful that the community, including the Gay Marketing Association, is starting to take notice. Not for me, but for the entire LGBTQ community. Outbüro is where you belong and your voice matters.

Do you have any exciting plans for Outbüro in 2020? How will the organization expand?

Like most businesses, we had some early hurdles to overcome. Outbüro around 6 months behind where I wanted to be. So I am considering 2018-19 a soft launch and January 2020 it’s official launch.

So our exciting plans for 2020 is to be 100% fully functional by the end of January. There is just a small part to reach that. Then to start aggressively reaching out to employers of all types and sizes to join.

We will be expanding our grassroots marketing to attract more LGBTQ professionals and entrepreneurs to leverage the employer ratings/review platform where verified current and recent past employees may anonymously rate their employer on not only LGBTQ focused topics such as discrimination and harassment, but also general areas such as how happy are you to go to work each day, effectiveness of meetings and more. It is a tool to provide employers the accolades for supporting LGBTQ workplace equality. Posted ratings and review provides LGBTQ job seekers the information they need to find their next amazing employer.

Additionally, Outbüro is launching LGBTQ Virtual Career fairs bringing LGBTQ friendly employers together with quality LGBTQ candidates. Although not only a job site, we believe this will create a great value proposition for employers to get on board and LGBTQ professionals to join the site. The first 12 planned virtual career fairs are already listed on the site – easily found in the top navigation menu.

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The Gay Veteran Entrepreneur Behind LinkedIn’s Largest LGBT Professional Group

By Andy Smith – Updated May 14, 2019, for current accuracy by Dennis Velco.

First appearing on Edge Media Network

Since 2008, Dennis Velco founded and has nurtured  LinkedIn’s largest LGBTQ networking group from a concept to an international networking resource with over 46,000 global members – that grows daily.  Velco is a social entrepreneur with a passion for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. OutBuro on LinkedIn 46000 global members- Largest LGBT Professional Entrepreneur Networking Community Group Gay Lesbian Bisexual Queer Transgender Network

It was the driving force for Velco to launch the LGBT media crowd-sourced corporate social justice tech startup OutBüro.  Additionally, OutBüro is a growing site of LGBT related business news, information, resources, and stories of careers and business owners.

Velco continues to moderate and grow the LinkedIn group yet now branded as and supported as a service of OutBüro.

For Dennis, creating, cultivating and growing the OutBüro on LinkedIn group has been a persistent and passionate endeavor.

OutBüro on LinkedIn welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT), queer, intersex and questioning professionals and entrepreneurs, along with friends, allies, recruiters and diversity professionals seeking to connect, network and communicate to advance their careers.

A Persistent Pioneer – How it began

“I’ve been on LinkedIn since way before people knew what it was, when I was living in New York City 16 years ago,” says Velco, now based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “Back then it wasn’t as prominent as it is today. I put it on the backburner for a couple of years. As more clients began to mention it in casual conversation in late in 2007, I got more involved and did what most people do-I filled it out like a resume and began to prospect on it.”

As he became more involved, Velco began noticing other features of the networking service, especially the preponderance of collegiate alumni association groups listed on people’s profiles.

“I scoured LinkedIn searching for an LGBT Group and looking up very prominent LGBT community members to see if their profiles had any LGBT group listed. I found nothing,” he says. After several patient inquiries and a few months of back and forth, it turned out the site wasn’t hosting an LGBTQ networking group.

Velco contacted LinkedIn providing a strong case for an LGBT group on the site. Eventually, LinkedIn gave the green light, and Velco agreed to be the group’s owner and moderator voluntarily donating his time and resources.

He approached the project with fervor and a sense of mission. “I felt and continue to feel it is vital to have a strong open and out LGBT presence on the world’s largest professional networking site,” he says. “People are much more likely to be out on Facebook yet still hesitant to be out on LinkedIn.” At Velco’s request, all groups on LinkedIn offer the option to hide a group’s membership on public profiles.

Adding Members & Content 

Once LinkedIn signed off, Velco jumped in with both feet, embracing the project, donating hours of time each day – including weekends – to building the group, taking a labor-intensive, trial-and-error approach.

“I would search LinkedIn and find profiles of people that had ‘LGBT, GLBT, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer and so forth’ in their listing and send them invitations to join the group. I’d have to be careful to weed out people who have ‘Gay’ in their names,” he says. “I then would send each person a personalized invitation to join the group.”

Building and maintaining this group has been a labor of love. “My past life partner thought I was crazy in the beginning of building it due to the amount of time and personal money I was investing in the group. The first several years I would spend anywhere from two to six hours a day combing the Internet for pertinent content to post,” Velco recalls.

“March 2018 will mark ten years that I’ve done this voluntarily,” he says.

In addition to writing pieces for the group, Velco searched international news sites to curate LGBTQ-focused, business-oriented pieces. “I would strive to stay non-political and avoid content that would alienate members,” he says. “I’d try to get global content because I didn’t want it to just be an echo chamber of U.S. and Canadian content. I can’t wait until LinkedIn gets automatic translations because I would like all members to be able to contribute, view and participate in their native language. I believe that being an English only site is a deterrent to many. Having such a feature I believe would increase member active participation.”

Nixing NSFW Content

Despite what a handful of aspiring members might think, LinkedIn is not an adjunct to Grindr or a Circuit Party Facebook page. Deflecting accusations of being sex-negative, Velco has spent a fair amount of time screening out applicants who submit genital images as their profile photos. As a business-oriented (rather than social) site, even shirtless pictures are typically verboten.

“Policing the group is important because while Facebook is typically banned at most businesses via the company internet, LinkedIn is not,” he emphasizes.  I want OutBüro main site and our channels such as OutBüro on LinkedIn to remain Fortune 1000 level office friendly.

“I hold to LinkedIn’s terms of service. I’ve had to moderate and get involved with spats and even had a stalker who ended up banned from LinkedIn for life. I’ve had blatant anti-LGBT content in profiles. Every single person’s profile in the group must be reviewed by me to a degree.”

Worthy Endeavors 

Today he’s exploring his new home town of Wilton Manors and the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area.

The group has from high school students through White House staff of both the Obama and Trump administration and every role in between. “Knowing that people at that level value the group enough to have an open LGBT or they are friendly representatives present makes me feel great.  My effort to date has been well spent.”

Nevertheless, Dennis and his passionate quest continue with OutBüro being part of the evolution.  He states, “I feel good because OutBüro is about helping people and companies/organization be better and make good decisions be being a resource and a tool of communication, growth, and change.”

Directly connect with Dennis Velco on LinkedIn.  Use the contact form to send a message or request a 30-minute phone or skype introduction call with him.

Join the LinkedIn LGBT group here.