193 posts categorized "CHARITY"

Nov 13 2015
Tie One (Or Two!) On Comments (0)


In honor of Transgender Awareness Week (November 14—20), Jack Jackson of Alljackedup has designed a commemorative bow tie  in honor of the “activists, pioneers and heroes of the transgender, gender-varient and gender non-conforming communities.”

 The tie name-checks Laverne Cox, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera and others.

Half the proceeds from the sale of the tie (and all other Alljackedup products) during Transgender Awareness Week will go to Supporting Our Youth.


'Tis the season for using bow ties to help others, apparently: The Pocket Square collection (that goes live on November 17) is a series of sharp menswear accessories that reflect and assist Africa. All proceeds go to AidForAfrica.org, so that each item sold brings books to school kids, protects wildlife and helps those with HIV/AIDS in Africa.


Nov 06 2015
A Collection Of BROADWAY BARES Posts Comments (0)

BROADWAY BARES (2008—2013, 2015)

Boy Culture turns 10, so look for a massive missive on some of my favorite-ever posts today. Until then, here's a fun-the-fun-of-it round-up of my Broadway Bares coverage.

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 12.53.02 AMI had never so much as seen a male stripper when my friend Jason pushed me hard to come to Broadway Bares with him. Manhattan's annual burlesque charity show for HIV/AIDS was a real eye-opener (and an effective wallet-opener, too). I quickly became enamored of, well, most of the guys on the stage. I wound up becoming a fixture at the shows (is that a..."good" thing?), and my coverage has delighted and, occasionally, horrified the participants. (The kindest take-down notice I ever got was when Guto Bittencourt took me to coffee to politely ask if I might consider removing a video of him in the nude. Some others were a little more direct, but no one was ever rude or freaked out.)

Unfortunately, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS spent an inordinate amount of time fighting me—they would never credential me, and when they did finally invite LOTS of press to cover a Solo Strips event, I didn't make the cut...and their marketing manager threatened to have me kicked out while demanding I stop taking photos. I skipped a year and got over it.

Anyway, I think most of the participants are, or should be, proud of their bodies and their artistic contributions to this unique event.

Following: All of my coverage of Bares and of its related Solo Strips events, roughly in chronological order...

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Nov 02 2015
Will You Be HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS? — Cyndi Lauper Will! Comments (0)

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Cyndi Lauper, one of the world's most prominent straight allies to the LGBT community, today unveiled the roster of artists appearing at The 5th Annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays benefit concert.

The concert takes place at the Beacon Theatre in NYC on Saturday, December 5, and earns money for the True Colors Fund's programs, which raises awareness about LGBT youth homelessness. Cyndi, as always gives 100 percent of the net proceeds to the program.

Cyndi's lineup after the jump ...

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Oct 12 2015
Shake It Off... Shake It ALL Off Comments (0)

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Supercute Jack Ashton of the BBC show Call the Midwife has joined the #ShakeItOff4CP campaign to fight cerebral palsy.

Check out the video and look into the cause ...

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Oct 09 2015
Well, Hello ... Teddy! Comments (0)
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I was honored to meet Carol Channing (and her late hubby) at a Hollywood Show a while back. Lovely woman!

Here, the Chanel-clad icon poses for Michael Freeby on behalf of Kids Beating Cancer, which covers costs for kids who need life-saving, money-costing surgeries. The bear is Bunky, who is sent to kids in hospitals all over the world to cheer them up.

Good Causes Comments (0)

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Donate here to help Sylvia's Place Homeless Youth Services, and be sure to check out History in the Making, a great doc featuring the Marriage Equality New York (MENY) Archives 2007-2015. It follows the progress as we achieved equality in New York State, and it's up now to help raise cash for the very deserving charity.

Watch the movie below ...

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Sep 25 2015
HIV-Friendly: Check Out This Event To Honor AIDS Warriors Comments (0)
Get tickets now for The Second Annual Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards, billed as “an extraordinary event that honors those organizations and individuals who have gone above and beyond to help the HIV/AIDS community. 
“The event will screen short tribute videos highlighting the accomplishments of the honorees and organizations, and feature 14 stellar performances by Broadway and the ballet world’s finest.”
Melba Moore is this year's star! Love her.
Sep 12 2015
Nailing It With A Statement Comments (0)

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Keep reading to find out why #PolishedMan is encouraging people to paint one fingernail as a statement of solidarity ...

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