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University of Phoenix Employees Celebrate Phoenix Pride Parade

Employee Resource Group leads participation in Phoenix community event

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–University of Phoenix employees support the Phoenix Pride Parade, held November 6, the annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community held in Phoenix, Arizona. University of Phoenix Employee Resource Group (ERG), Allies of Pride, with over 500 members, promotes the event to staff, students and faculty and provides volunteer support.

During the pandemic, many similar celebrations and in-person community events and support opportunities were cancelled or delayed.

“It’s important to remember that Pride is not just a parade or a specific month in which we celebrate. Pride is what we do every day. It’s what’s inside us, how we live our lives open and honestly and how we support each other. Pride is never cancelled,” shares Julie Fink, vice president of Human Resources at University of Phoenix. “However, we are excited to have a visual and in-person celebration of our community and support for each other, which is so critical as we emerge from a very difficult year and a half. This parade is an opportunity to celebrate, be together, and to support our loved ones, family members, and each other.”

The purpose of Allies of Pride employee resource group is to promote awareness within the University and community of LGBTQ understanding and acceptance. Additionally, the goal is to attract “allies” who support LGBTQ causes and rights to create a stronger support network both internally and externally of the organization.

“The University of Phoenix is dedicated to the work of advancing inclusion as part of its focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB),” Fink states. “It has received perfect successive scores on the HRC Corporate Equality Index. This highlights the University’s willingness to review practices to make changes or adapt to evolving nondiscrimination views.”

The HRC Corporate Equality Index is a self-reported system that evaluates workplace equality in regard to specific criteria, including workforce protections, inclusive benefits, supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility, and responsible citizenship. University of Phoenix has received a perfect Equality Index score consecutively over the past four years.

Learn more about the Phoenix Pride Parade here.

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is continually innovating to help working adults enhance their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, and Career Services for Life® help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. For more information, visit phoenix.edu.


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Trulieve Celebrates 2021 Pride Month With $60,000 Donation

Donation will be sent to four Florida-based organizations and non-profits dedicated to LGBTQ+ community

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ –Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (“Trulieve” or the “Company”) (CSE: TRUL) (OTCQX: TCNNF), a leading and top-performing cannabis company in the United States and the largest cannabis company in Florida, today announced that $60,000 was raised to benefit the four Florida-based non-profits the Company partnered with in support of Pride Month. Throughout the month of June, Trulieve sold limited edition Ground TruFlower strain Love is Love, vape carts named after Bay Area Pride, Key West Pride, Orlando Pride and Panhandle Pride, and two new pre-roll strains Mary Jane and Mr. Fahrenheit.

A portion of the proceeds in June from Trulieve’s 85 Florida dispensaries will be donated to four local organizations working to support LGBTQ+ people, groups, and communities:

“Trulieve is proud of the partnerships we have built over the years with LGBTQ+-oriented organizations to support those who are driving change in our communities,” said Trulieve Chief Marketing Officer Valda Coryat. “We will continue to work to create a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment for members of the LGBTQ+ community and beyond to those who stand for the rights and dignity of all people.”

In addition to financial donations, Trulieve hosted two Pride TruTalks—video conversations broadcast on Trulieve’s Facebook page and social platforms hosted by company leadership featuring conversations with Justice Gennari, CEO of Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber and Nathan Bruemmer, President of St. Pete Pride.

About Trulieve

Trulieve is primarily a vertically integrated “seed-to-sale” company in the U.S. and is the first and largest fully licensed medical cannabis company in the State of Florida. Trulieve cultivates and produces all of its products in-house and distributes those products to Trulieve-branded stores (dispensaries) throughout the State of Florida, as well as directly to patients via home delivery. Trulieve also holds licenses to operate in California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and West Virginia. Trulieve is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol TRUL and trades on the OTCQX market under the symbol TCNNF.

To learn more about Trulieve, visit www.Trulieve.com.

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This Year’s Montréal Pride Festival Unveils its Programming

A 100% 2SLGBTQI+ Line-up for 2021 Including: Rita Baga, Maxime Landry, Sandy Duperval, Jeremy Dutcher, Tamara Weber and many more

Festival Fierté Montréal Logo (CNW Group/Montréal Pride Celebrations)

MONTRÉAL, June 29, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – The Montréal Pride Festival presented by TD Bank Group, will be a hybrid event entirely adapted to the conditions of the 2021 summer season under the theme Together for All. The festival will strive to be more inclusive than ever in its representation all of the identities of our communities sexual and gender diverse through its programming featuring artist who are all part of the sexual and gender diversity ad showcasing the community organisations that work in support of and advocate for the rights of the 2SLGBTQI+ communities. The Montréal Pride Festival is therefore inviting all festival goers to take in its diversified programming both online and, under conditions that follow public health guidance, in-person next August 9 to 15. Montréal Pride will offer up over 70 hours of content5 conferences5 DJ sets some of which will be presented at iconic venues,  32 community projects that will be announced shortly and 4 large scale spectacular shows along with plenty of other surprises to be unveiled soon.

“I am especially proud and humbled to represent such a diverse programming that reflects our communities. This year, the obstacles and challenges for our communities, especially for the most vulnerable ones, were enormous, yet our ability to mobilize and support each other has never been greater! Our communities have once again demonstrated their strength, resilience and most importantly, their ability to overcome obstacles and emerge stronger! “said Sandy Duperval, spokesperson for the event.

“As the LGBTQ2+ community continues to foster change all around us, we know everyone’s help is required to pursue this journey. Pride is a movement that unites us in celebration of social progress and diversity. Through the TD Ready Commitment, the Bank’s global corporate citizenship platform, we are proud to support Pride 2021 and other LGBTQ2+ initiatives that help pave the way to a more inclusive and sustainable future.” Sylvie Demers, Chair, Québec Market, TD Bank Group

Every day, the Festival will be posting capsules online that touch on mental health issues as well as The BIPOC Hours (focused on the Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit and People of Colour communities) which includes an hour of content on the realities faced by Black, Asian, Two-Spirit, Latinx and Arab persons. Additionally, a series of 5 conferences will be held at the Le National Theatre before an audience.

This year, four pre-taped super shows will be offered along with the spectacular Opening and Closing evening ceremonies. These pre-taped events will be broadcast in the evening on MAtv among other, during the week.

Festival Grand Opening presented by TD (August 9)
To mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Montréal Pride will feature an exhilarating performance by none other than Two-Spirit artist and activist from New-Brunswick, Jeremy Dutcher. This live performance will mark the launch of the hybrid festival and will be hosted by Montréal Pride spokesperson Sandy Duperval.

Xcellence, presented by Trojan (August 11)
A show celebrating racialized queer and/or trans persons and applauding all aspects of our identities. Be ready to experience some unforgettable moments with highly colorful performances delivered by an eXceptional variety of our local artists. Tamara WeberLonely BoyMagbetaRedgeeChristopher MarlotBarb TarboxZaya Solange and Hua Li will thrill you! 

FeminiX, presented by FIDO (August 12)
An electrifying show featuring only women of the diversity who will deliver vibrant and stunning performances as they distill a musical cocktail of pop, rap, indie, and R&B over 90 minutes of eXciting celebrations. CalamineFlora GionestAndy JonShah FrankSheenah KoEadséPoulin and Bayla are but a few of the artists who will be performing on this night.

MajestiX, presented by TD (August 13)
This iconic show regroups all of our eXtraordinary local drag royalty under the MajestiX theme. They will all be performing their majestic and magical numbers with Barbada and Uma Gahd as your hosts. EXpect incredibly camp, pop as well as eXcentric performances from KiaraAlice WildflowerBambi DextrousGabry ElleHeaven GenderfuckGisele LullabyLady BOom BoOmMannyMarla DeerVeils of BollywoodMisty WaterfallsPeggy SuePrudenceRV MetalVelma Jones and Will Charmer!

Cabaret Orgullo LatinX, presented by Casino de Montréal (August 14)
Latino Burlesque Canada production, this show will include burlesque, boylesque and drag numbers along with poems and erotic tales. All the artists performing are all Latinx and most of them live in Québec and Ontario. Expect a hot evening in the company of Anaconda LaSabrosaAugusto BitterBlack MambaCastroCherry ToppEl ToroGay JesusLolita BlancaMiami Minx and Salty Margarita!

Live Closing Event (August 15)
The closing event show will present the live performances of Québec artists Rita Baga and Maxime Landry with Sandy Duperval as presenter. Expect to sing, dance, and just enjoy yourself thanks to the talents of these homegrown artists who are part of the sexual and gender diversity.

On Wednesday August 11, 5pm, at the District Video Lounge, OutTV and Romeo & Fils invite you to the launch of Boy Boy Montréal, the documentary series that will reveal everything you ever wanted to know about the gay porn industry in Montréal. Pride Day at La Ronde will return on August 13 and the 10th edition of Fierté littéraire will run over several days with nine different public events with audience under the theme” Les mots qui démasquent” (Words that Unmask)! Moreover, a new film feature has been added: Image+Nation@fierté, all we are, an online event giving access to 27 short films, while the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec will present BAnQ est fière: 3 activities under the theme of intersectionality. Another novelty, a circus cabaret out of time and genres will be presented by Le Monastère on August 12-13 and 14 in Le Jardin, at the the bell tower of St Jax Church, in person!

Several DJs will also be part of the celebrations and their performances will be broadcast at 9:30 p.m. on Twitch. You will hear Karsten Sollors (Chicago), Ralphi Rosario (Chicago), Crème Brûlée (Montréal) and Gayance (Montréal). An event not to be missed will be Mundo Disko presented by TD on Saturday, August 14. Participating DJs will be announced shortly as well as the spectacular venues where they will be performing from virtually.

Pride in the Village
As we will be unable to congregate at a unique outdoor site, Montréal Pride will be focusing on an enhanced presence in the Village. Festival goers in the Village will have access to the Community Days, an outdoor (and a virtual) art gallery, which will present the exhibition Ensemble pour toustes with the collaboration of Gallea, and mini stages with animation providing entertainment.

Community Days, presented by TD
This event that is so important for our communities will be back in a different format this year to ensure compliance with public health measures and participant safety. For the five days from Tuesday to Saturday, 15 fully-equipped tents will be installed at predetermined locations along Sainte-Catherine Street in the Village and every day, a different community organisation will occupy one of the spaces for the day in order to meet with the public and inform them of their mission and services they provide to specific clientele.

The Pride March
Another Montréal Pride flagship event, the Parade will also be back but in a slightly modified version for this particular year only, in order to comply with health measures in place and the safety of all.  The Pride March will therefore take place on Sunday, August 15 and will not feature any motorised vehicles or floats. More details about the March will be announced later to community groups and individuals wishing to take part.

Les apéros SAQ
This year, various Québec alcoholic products, Village restaurants, festival programming and the SAQ’s 100th anniversary will be honoured via Les apéros SAQ, a series of 3 video vignettes featuring Montréal drags broadcast throughout the week! A great way to discover places to enjoy the festival programming while enjoying a local meal and cocktail!

Thank You to Our Partners
Montréal Pride wishes to express its sincere appreciation to its partners without whom the Festival would not take place: TD Bank Group, Casino de Montréal, The Government of Québec, the Government of Canada, the Ville de Montréal, Québecor, Tourisme Montréal, Fido, Trojan, LSM, MAtv, Fugues, Greencopper, SAQ, SDC du Village, OutTV, BLG and the RÉMI.

About the Montréal Pride Festival
Since 2007, at the initiative of Montréal’s 2SLGBTQI+ communities, the Montréal Pride Festival has been promoting their rights and celebrating their cultural richness and social advances. The largest gathering of the sexually and gender diverse (SGD) communities in the Francophone world, it works locally on a daily basis while serving as a beacon of hope for people living in 2SLGBTQI+ hostile regions of the globe. In 2020, the festival produced a 360 Edition with all of its festivities presented in a digital format in compliance with health measures in place then. In 2021, the festivities are being held from August 9 to 15 and will present a hybrid program mixing in-person physical events with virtual presentations. More information is available on the web page, the Facebook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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Mediaplanet and Frankie Grande Team Up to Promote LGBTQ+ Empowerment

NEW YORK, June 29, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Helping to conclude Pride Month, Mediaplanet today announces the launch of this June’s edition of “LGBTQ+ Empowerment.” With Pride Month coming to an end, this campaign wants to provide tools to empower the LGBTQ+ community year-round. The campaign highlights organizations who are implementing changes everywhere from workplace safety and inclusion to disparities in healthcare and access to equal services.

As the country continues to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, attitudes toward LGBTQ+ Americans and their experiences remain underexamined. More than one in three LGBTQ+ Americans faced discrimination of some kind in the past year, including more than three in five transgender people. While the United States has grown since the Stonewall riots in 1969, there is still much improvement needed.

The print component of “LGBTQ+ Empowerment” is distributed within today’s edition of USA Today in Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, and Washington DC/Baltimore markets, with a circulation of approximately 150,000 copies and an estimated readership of 450,000. The digital component is distributed nationally, through a vast social media strategy, and across a network of top news sites and partner outlets. To explore the digital version of the campaign, visit: https://www.modernwellnessguide.com/campaign/lgbtq-empowerment/

Long-time LGBTQ+ activist Frankie Grande graces the cover of the print publication. In an exclusive interview, Grande why homophobic bullying online had such a traumatic impact on him, and how he’s learned to manage his social media content creation without spinning out of control. “I had worked so hard to build a community of support so that I felt comfortable being my out proud, gay rainbow, loving, glitter-wearing self. And that was the thing that people started bullying me for,” Grande said. “It was just for being who I am.”

This campaign was made possible with the support of GEICO, REALI, Guaranteed Rate, Mountainside Treatment Center, and Calmerry.

About Mediaplanet
Mediaplanet specializes in the creation of content marketing campaigns covering a variety of industries. We tell meaningful stories that educate our audience and position our clients as solution providers. Our unique ability to pair the right leaders with the right readers, through the right platforms, s made Mediaplanet a global content marketing powerhouse. Our award-winning stories have won the hearts of countless readers while serving as a valuable platform for brands and their missions. Just call us storytellers with a purpose. Please visit http://www.mediaplanet.com for more on who we are and what we do.

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Jeffrey Rohrer, First NFL Player to Enter a Same-Sex Marriage, Releases Original Song to Celebrate PRIDE

LOS ANGELES, June 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Jeffrey Rohrer, former NFL linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys and the first NFL player to enter a same-sex marriage, releases original song, “Come Build A Rainbow With Me”, to continue the celebrations of PRIDE beyond Pride Month. Written and performed by Rohrer, as a Dallas Cowboy emoji character, the tune is meant to spread a positive message of love and understanding.

Jeffrey Rohrer, the first NFL player to enter a same-sex marriage, releases original song to celebrate PRIDE.

Last week, Carl Nassib made NFL history by publicly coming out. It was a courageous step previously taken by Esera Tuaolo, Ryan O’Callaghan, Michael Sam and Rohrer himself in 2018 when he married his partner, Celebrity Aesthetician Joshua Ross of SkinLab. “It was a beautiful thing and a great moment for the NFL. I’ve dedicated this song to Carl and to anyone else who’s coming out. It takes a lot of courage and as someone who has been through it, it’s important to get the message out that it’s ok to be gay,” says Rohrer.

Rohrer wrote the “Come Build A Rainbow With Me” lyrics to help build an understanding between the gay community and society. His favorite verse, “love those that hate you, and those that berate you, be bigger than them, come build a rainbow with me” expresses that love wins.

“This is my contribution to pride and I want it to serve as an art piece that spreads joy,” says Rohrer. His hope is that it will help continue the celebration of pride throughout the year.

To listen to “Come Build A Rainbow With Me”, visit: https://youtu.be/_dpZDyLbGLI 

Follow Jeffrey and Joshua Rohrer at: https://www.instagram.com/joshuaandjeffrey/

About Jeffrey Rohrer:
Jeffrey Rohrer is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Yale University and was drafted in the second round of the 1982 NFL Draft. Since his retirement from the NFL, Rohrer has become an award winning Commercial TV Producer, including the production of three top ten Super Bowl TV commercials. His additional artistic talents are painting, singing, guitar playing and song writing.

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Daz 3D and Institute of Digital Fashion Launch Partnership and Digital Double for Pride

SALT LAKE CITY, June 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Daz 3D, a leader in 3D digital art, and the Institute of Digital Fashion (IoDF), a digital strategy and innovation institute that is a driving force in digital diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry, today released the first drop in their much anticipated partnership, a non-binary and photorealistic digital double, Catty 8.1. This release was developed with queer team members to represent queer voices and builds the foundation for these companies’ longer term partnership and the goal of IoDF’s work with Daz, to shift characterization into representation. Catty 8.1 was released for Pride on June 28, to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, and can be found in the Daz 3D marketplace.

Catty 8.1 is a gender-nonconforming digital double of IoDF’s Creative Director and Co-Founder, Cattytay (she/they), sculpted and artistically realized by Daz and its most talented creators, while collaborating with IoDF on concepts and creative direction to authentically note the subtle codes of the queer universe. The bundles will also feature queer fashion at pivotal moments throughout modern LGBTQ+ history with references ranging from club culture to picket lines.

“As technology advances and our visual identities move more into digital spaces, we didn’t want to keep iterating on the quality of our figures without properly representing people from all communities — forwarding our values of innovation and inclusivity in 3D art,” said Matt Wilburn (he/him), President of Tafi and Daz 3D.

“Inclusivity must be thought of in the first stages of development, because it is much harder to ‘tack on’ later,” said Breanna Kilpack (they/them), Production Coordinator at Daz 3D. “If we ask the important questions around representation at the start, we can spend more time inventing limitless realities.”

“An important part of our work at IoDF is giving marginalized voices a space to be accurately represented and to push fairer representation. It was important to support the curation of this bundle for the queer space and for our queer community during Pride alongside Daz 3D,” said Cattytay (she/they), Creative Director and Co-Founder of IoDF.

“With our GLo-CAL networks of makers and artists we have the ability to amplify these changes which starts by listening to those makers. We are the bridge between the industry, those that are using the tools and the developers of those tools; the software companies,” said Leanne Elliott Young (she/her), CEO and Co-Founder of IoDF.

Together, Daz 3D and IoDF are seeking to activate change and propel digital diversity to ensure all underrepresented communities in the physical world are not left behind in the digital world. Cattytay’s digital double is the first release in a longer anticipated partnership between Daz 3D and IoDF as they both work to champion digital representation within 3D content, fashion, and the larger expansion of the metaverse.

About Institute of Digital Fashion
Institute of Digital Fashion : An emblem for change in a broken system. IoDF provides innovative world-class digital solutions as progressive alternatives to old paradigms and worn-out fashion cycles through AR, VR and NFTs. Partnering with major brands like Balenciaga, Nike, Samsung and Conde Nast, IoDF are leading the way for a new future of fashion and technology in unison.

Learn more at http://institute-digital.fashion/

About Daz 3D
Daz 3D, a subsidiary of Tafi Co, is a 3D marketplace and free software suite with content that can go anywhere, so 3D artists and designers can create their own high-resolution 3D stills and animations while building professional quality 3D scenes. Founded in 2000, Daz 3D’s digital marketplace offers hobbyists and professionals 3D products with over five million inter-compatible 3D assets for Daz Studio and other 3D applications.

Learn more and find Catty 8.1 and their Pride bundle at www.daz3d.com.


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Mediavine Partners with PFLAG National to Uplift the LGBTQ+ Community with PSA Campaign to Run Across Mediavine’s 8,000-Independent Publisher Network

BOCA RATON, Fla., June 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Mediavine, the largest exclusive full-service ad management firm in the U.S., is pleased to partner with PFLAG National, the nation’s first and largest organization for LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families and allies, on a year-round PSA campaign in support of PFLAG’s services and resources.

Mediavine and PFLAG National

PFLAG has more than 400 chapters across all 50 states in the U.S. as well as in Puerto Rico. The organization provides the LGBTQ+ community with peer-to-peer support, education and advocacy to change hearts, minds and laws. Mediavine will run a branded PSA campaign for PFLAG that will be available for opt-in on its 8,000 independent publisher websites.

“We are excited to partner with Mediavine in support of our shared vision of a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued and affirmed,” said Liz Owen, Director of Communications at PFLAG National. “Tapping into Mediavine’s broad scale of publishers empowers us to reach millions of families who need PFLAG’s services and support.”

“Diversity and inclusion are a Mediavine cornerstone and working with PFLAG to broaden our commitment to such is a vision we’ve dreamt of bringing to life for a long time,” said Amber Bracegirdle, Chief Brand Officer and Co-Founder of Mediavine. “LGBTQ+ people deserve a safe, valued place in our world, and we’re proud to unite our publishers and employees to help bring light to all the ways we can uplift this community 365 days a year.”

About Mediavine
Mediavine is the largest exclusive full-service ad management company in the United States, representing and monetizing 8,000 publisher partner websites in addition to its owned and operated properties. Mediavine proudly ranks as a Comscore top five lifestyle property with 130 million unique monthly visitors and 17 billion monthly ad impressions. Additionally, Mediavine is an award-winning Google Certified Publishing Partner, Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), Ads.txt and GDPR compliant, and is also a member of the Coalition for Better Ads and Prebid.org

To learn more about Mediavine, visit www.mediavine.com or follow us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

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Media Relations Specialist
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Giant Food Teams Up With P&G and Kellogg’s for E-Commerce Experience in Celebration of Pride Month

Site Features Exclusive Recipes by Chef Elizabeth Falkner, Special Offers, LGBT-Owned Brands, Kellogg’s Together With Pride LTO Cereal and More

Giant Commits to Match P&G to Donate $25,000 to Support Can’t Cancel Pride 2021

LANDOVER, Md., June 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Giant Food today announces that it has teamed up with Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Kellogg’s to celebrate Pride Month. Throughout June, a dedicated immersive e-commerce experience on GiantFood.com features exclusive recipes curated by celebrity chef, cookbook author and LGBTQ+ advocate Elizabeth Falkner and special offers from participating brands. The pages spotlight LGBT-owned brands and offer customers the opportunity to get involved with Can’t Cancel Pride 2021.

“We’re excited to team up with P&G and Kellogg’s to celebrate Pride Month and support the diverse voices that make our communities so special,” said Ira Kress, President of Giant Food and Executive Sponsor of Giant’s Pride Business Resource Group. “Over the past year, we have been working to bring more awareness to our LGBT-owned products through our shelf labeling program and media campaigns. The Pride Month online experience is another great opportunity for customers to discover these products and join us in supporting our LGBT business partners.” 

Throughout the month of June, Giant customers can shop special online offers on select items from P&G to help them celebrate Pride Month, including ingredients featured in four exclusive recipes Chef Falkner has created for Giant customers:

  • Fish Tacos with Enselada de Repollo
  • Baba Ganouj
  • Kale Salad with Cashews, Mozzarella and Cumin Lime Vinaigrette
  • Thai Flavors Chicken Burger with Peanut Chili Special Sauce and Ginger Slaw

Each recipe on GiantFood.com is paired with a video of Chef Falkner preparing the recipe, plus a full shopping list and instructions, making it easy to prepare tasty recipes to share with family and friends in celebration of Pride Month. Customers can order all the ingredients straight to their doors through Giant Delivers or schedule a pickup at their local store through Giant Pickup. Customers can also receive free pickup on Giant Pickup orders when spending $15 or more on participating items and free delivery on Giant Delivers orders of $25 or more on participating items.

Giant is also offering Kellogg’s limited-edition Together With Pride cereal both in-store and online throughout the month of June. The Together With Pride cereal, featuring berry-flavored rainbow hearts dusted with edible glitter, made by Kellogg’s in collaboration with GLAAD, supports the organization’s efforts in accelerating acceptance and advancing equality for the LGBTQ+ community.

Giant’s Pride Month landing page spotlights LGBT-owned businesses as well as offers customers the opportunity to take part in Can’t Cancel Pride 2021, the celebration to raise visibility and funds benefitting organizations that positively impact and support the LGBTQ+ community. To support the event, Giant will match P&G and donate $12,500 for a total of $25,000 to benefit Can’t Cancel Pride 2021.

To explore the Pride pages, recipes and products, visit giantfood.com/pages/pride.

About Giant Food
This year, Giant Food is celebrating 85 years as a community grocery store. Since opening its first location on Georgia Ave. in Washington, DC in 1936, Giant has been an integral part of its customers’ lives and the communities it serves. Giant is committed to being a Better Neighbor and has designated four main giving pillars that address local Food Insecurity, Military Support, Pediatric Cancer Research and Social Equality. Giant is headquartered in Landover, Md. and operates 164 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia with approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 164 stores are 152 full-service pharmacies, 82 full-service PNC Banks and 24 Starbucks locations. Giant fits all the ways today’s busy customers want to shop – whether in store or online. With 147 Giant Pickup locations and Giant Delivery available to all market areas in DC, MD, VA and DE, customers have even more convenient options right at their fingertips to get the best product and prices, whenever and however they want. For more information on Giant, visit: www.giantfood.com.

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RNAO releases new guideline recommendations on 2SLGBTQI+ health equity during Pride weekend

TORONTO, June 24, 2021 /CNW/ – In the midst of Ontario’s Pride celebration, nurses, other health providers and health organizations will soon have evidence-based recommendations to improve access to care and health equity for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and additional (2SLGBTQI+) communities.

As we approach the start of Pride weekend – the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNA+O) will release its best practice guideline (BPG) on promoting 2SLGBTQI+ health equity. The much-anticipated recommendations will be revealed Saturday during the association’s 96th Annual General Meeting.

2SLGBTQI+ people have historically been silenced and face bias, discrimination and violence. Guided by the use of the intersectionality framework, an anti-oppression lens and inclusive of reconciliation and Two-Spirit health, RNAO’s latest BPG provides inclusive and affirming practice, organization and education recommendations to improve access and health equity for 2SLGBTQI+ communities.

“Evidence from across Canada shows 2SLGBTQI+ people face health inequities and barriers to getting the health care they need,” says Dr. Elizabeth M. Saewyc, RN and expert panel co-chair for the BPG. “Health systems are not designed to include them, and health professionals’ education doesn’t adequately cover their lives and health issues, so stigma and discrimination still result in disrespectful treatment in some health-care settings.”

The development of this latest RNAO BPG began in July 2018. A 16-member expert panel came together to determine the purpose and scope of the BPG, and to develop questions that would inform the systematic reviews. The group includes persons with lived experience, as well as individuals with knowledge and experience in clinical practice, education, research and activism across a range of health-service and academic organizations, practice areas and sectors. Each expert shared their insights on promoting health and caring for 2SLGBTQI+ people across the continuum of care.

“This guideline gives nurses and other health providers the evidence to transform health systems – from intake forms and IT systems, to policies and clinical practices – to provide the best care,” says Sheena Howard, RN and expert panel co-chair. “The impact will be felt in the relief of same-sex parents who are welcomed into a supportive birthing unit; the dignity of the older trans woman in the hospital emergency department called by the right name and pronouns; the pleased surprise of 2SLGBTQI+ teens when the school nurse knowledgeably answers their sexual health questions; and the confidence in the health-care provider to respectfully ask a trans man if he has had a PAP test and discuss other cancer screening.”

Following the BPG’s launch, Dr. Paul-André Gauthier, president of RNAO’s Rainbow Nursing Interest Group (RNIG), will share a position statement on respecting sexually and gender diverse communities. RNAO is committed to diversity and inclusivity, and this position statement reflects the association’s core values to advance individual and collective health.


The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) releases its Promoting 2SLGBTQI+ Health Equity best practice guideline (BPG) and its newest position statement on respecting sexually and gender diverse communities.


96th Annual General Meeting, Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 10:45 a.m. ET


RNAO President Morgan Hoffarth, RN, MScN

Expert panel co-chairs for Promoting 2SLGBTQI+ Health Equity BPG

  • Sheena Howard, BScN, MA, RN
  • Dr. Elizabeth M. Saewyc, PhD, RN, FSAHM, FCAHS, FAAN

Rainbow Nursing Interest Group (RNIG) President Dr. Paul-André Gauthier, RN, TCC, DMD, MN, PhD


Please register online to receive the Zoom details via email.

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve. For more information about RNAO, visit RNAO.ca or follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

SOURCE Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario


CONTACT: Madison Scaini, Communications Officer/Writer, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), 1-800-268-7199 x274 / 416-408-5645, mscaini@RNAO.ca

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More Than Words: W Hotels Celebrates Pride 2021 with a Summer Book Club, Amplifying Queer Authors and Narratives

Literary Selections Chosen by ‘them.’–the Next-Gen Community Platform Which Chronicles Stories, People and Voices Through the Lens of Today’s LGBTQ+ Community

NEW YORK, June 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — You can lose yourself in a good book, but you can see yourself in a great one. W Hotels, a champion of inclusivity since its inception, today announces the them. x W Hotels Summer Book Club, a collaboration with them., the next-generation media platform that provides news and commentary through the lens of today’s LGBTQ+ community. By harvesting the power of storytelling, W Hotels and them. hope to bring further attention to queer authors and audiences by shining their collective spotlight on three moving literary titles throughout the summer of 2021.

them x W Hotels Summer Book Club
them x W Hotels Summer Book Club

“Whether through original music, digital art, or dancing in the streets at parades around the world, W Hotels has honored Pride with artists of countless mediums over the years,” said Carly Van Sickle, Senior Director, Global Brand Marketing, W Hotels Worldwide. “This year—in light of smaller gatherings—we wanted to celebrate Pride with anyone, anywhere, who would like to connect through the written word. Together with the incredible team at them., we are excited to support three talented authors with our LGBTQ+ guests and fans.”

The them. x W Hotels Summer Book Club will bring together leading authors, activists, and creatives to dive into outstanding recent LGBTQ+ novels and nonfiction works. From the most unique gay bars on Earth to tight-knit queer communities in the unlikeliest of places, readers are invited to take an inspiring tour of the various ways queer people come together and exist in our world today. From June through August, them. will announce the monthly book selection on Instagram and invite all to read along and share their thoughts throughout the month. Guests at select W hotels across North America can request a copy of the book to borrow during their stay simply by calling Whatever/Whenever™ and mentioning the them. x W Hotels Summer Book Club selection of the month.

The inaugural book is Real Queer America by Samantha Allen, a transgender reporter’s narrative road trip that shines a light on unexpectedly vibrant LGBTQ+ communities in conservative states across the country, introducing readers to extraordinary individuals fighting for change. All book club members are invited to pick up a print or digital copy and read alongside Book Club Ambassadors, influential members of the queer community who have been chosen by W Hotels and them. to share their personal interpretations of what they’re reading. A book review will be written and published by them. and readers can share their thoughts using #whotels.

“We are so proud to be collaborating with W Hotels to put the power of LGBTQ+ storytelling into the hands of people everywhere. Through this book club, we hope readers feel the spirit of Pride all summer long and beyond—no matter where they are,” said Whembley Sewell, Editor-in-Chief, them. “The selections from LGBTQ+ authors in this series are sure to uplift, inspire, and inform —representing the beauty and promise of a more inclusive future. As you—guests and members of them‘s community—read along, be sure to share connections and reactions to these incredible stories.”  

For more information visit the theangle.whotels.com and join the conversation on Instagram @whotels @them #whotels. 

About W Hotels Worldwide
Born from the bold attitude and 24/7 culture of New York City, W Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., has disrupted and redefined the hospitality scene for over two decades. Trailblazing its way around the globe, with nearly 60 hotels, W is defying expectations and breaking the norms of traditional luxury wherever the iconic W sign lands. With a mission to fuel guests’ lust for life, W ignites an obsessive desire to soak it in, live it up and hit repeat. The brand’s provocative design, iconic Whatever/Whenever service and buzzing Living Rooms create an experience that is often copied but never matched. Innovative, inspiring and infectious, the brand’s super-charged energy celebrates guests’ endless appetite to discover what’s new/next in each destination, to see more, feel more, go longer, stay later. For more information on W Hotels, visit whotels.com/theangle or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. W Hotels Worldwide is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

About them.
Them., a next-generation community platform, chronicles and celebrates the stories, people and voices that are emerging and inspiring all of us, ranging in topics from pop culture and style to politics and news, all through the lens of today’s LGBTQ+ community.

SOURCE Marriott International, Inc.mt

CONTACT: Rose Gottwald, Marriott International, rose.gottwald@marriottluxurybrands.com or Alexandra Marín, SEQUEL, amarin@sequel-inc.com

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