It’s called Gmojiz (iOS only for now), and the new app is packed with hilarious stickers, sounds and gifs. They keyboard app-maker has done other focused emoji apps for sports teams and other brands, but this is their first attempt at the LGBTQ market.
The gay/lesbian stickers were designed by influential players in the LGBTQI+ community.
London based Italian artist Fabio Esposito is running a Kickstarter campaign to put on an art show at the Art Academy’s Graduate Show in London this July. The show’s themes focus on androgyny. “I have met a few people in my life who were affected by Gender Dysphoria and, being a gay man myself, I could always relate on some levels to their suffering caused by feeling inadequate, out of place and even not complete in some way,” says the artist.
The series is titled The Lost Myth of Androgyny about a relatable reality where the agony of not feeling in your own skin is the protagonist. In a society where labelling is becoming the twisted norm, we are facing a reality where gender, identity and sexual orientation are becoming more and more fluid.
With ordinary yet unsettling scenarios, the paintings aim to weaken people’s phobias through representations of true pain, love and loss. There’s a particular uneasiness of these other-worldly photos, yet still a grounding that makes the scenes appear realistic and relatable. The scenes present the feelings we have regarding the transition and anxiety toward acceptance in regards to gender, sexuality and identity. Accepting who we are, our limits and our uniqueness can be as much rewarding as distressing. Ultimately it’s about loss and rediscovery as we skip through a version of ourselves to another.
The largest-ever Tel Aviv Pride Parade took place today, June 3rd, with the participation of over 200,000 people from Israel and abroad, making it the largest in the Middle East. Among the participators were the Tel Aviv Pride Ambassadors, Alan Cumming and Lea DeLaria. The spotlight of this year’s Nonstop City’s Pride Parade was “Women for a Change”, highlighting the role of women in the LGBTQ community.
The Gay Pride Parade started at 10am at Meir Park (home of the Tel Aviv Gay Community Center) with music, shows and speeches. The parade kicked off at 12pm with floats by the Beef, Shirazi, Lizi, Zoti, Tel Aviv Sauna and Beshela.
The parade was followed by a huge beach party at Charles Clore Park until sunset.
Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai, upon launching the Parade: “My friends, we have been marching for some years now, and we will keep on marching in pursue of equality. We will keep marching these streets of Tel Aviv with the hope that the pluralism, tolerance and liberalism of this city will spread to the country, the Middle East and the world.”
The Tel Aviv Pride Parade is the only parade in the world that is fully sponsored by the Municipality. In the last few years Tel Aviv has significantly deepened its investments to promote gay tourism to the city, while an estimated number of 35,000 tourists are expected to arrive this year in Tel Aviv to take part in the pride events. Upon launching a campaign to promote Tel Aviv Pride earlier this year, the government was criticized for not providing enough support to the LGBTQ community in Israel. And in an op-ed from 972mag yesterday, Fady Khoury wrote: “The image of the queer Israel is often presented in political discourse as one-dimensional, usually summed up by their sexual or gender identity, while totally ignoring the intersection of other crucial identities.”
PlanetRomeo has been connecting guys all over the world for almost 13 years, but now the original gay dating site is undergoing its biggest transformation to date. Gone are the endless blue pages, now replaced with a far more modern design aimed at making gay dating easier than ever before.
For the first time, PlanetRomeo’s beta site is open to everyone. Optimized for mobile use and designed to give users a smooth and simple dating experience, the new look on PlanetRomeo allows you to easily browse unlimited guys all over the world. While well-loved features such as footprints and advanced search filters are here to stay, new tools such as a travel feature and activity stream are now available to users too.
The PlanetRomeo Beta is always improving, but for guys looking to find dates, friends or love at home or abroad, there aren’t many better websites out there. Whether you’re spending the summer traveling or staying at home, try the updated PlanetRomeo to chat, meet and date guys from all over the world.
June is pride month in Boston. Packed with city-wide events from block parties and parades to comedy shows and roller skating, the city will be celebrating the LGBTQ community of all ages in Boston, New England and beyond.
Massachusetts has been the leader in gaining LGBT equal rights, becoming the first state in the nation to grant same-sex marriages, and most recently Boston Mayor Marty Walsh raised the transgender flag at Boston City Hall to encourage the passing of a bill to protect transgender rights, which was passed into law this month.
Among the pride events, the Boston Red Sox will be hosting a Pride Night on Friday, June 3. Proceeds of tickets will benefit the Boston Pride organization.
Fans will receive a Red Sox pride flag, and have the opportunity to purchase an upgraded VIP ticket to meet Billy Bean, MLB’s Vice-President of Social Responsibility and Inclusion. The VIP ticket will also include a food and beverage buffet in the Champion’s Club and a copy of Billy Bean’s book “Going the Other Way: An Intimate Memoir of Life In and Out of Major League Baseball.” Billy Bean provides awareness of baseball’s social responsibility initiatives, with a strong focus on LGBT inclusion, and serves on the advisory board for the Sports Equality Foundation, aimed to provide support to LGBT athletes, coaches and team leaders in every sport.
Plus, the Red Sox are providing new healthy and gluten-free food options throughout the park, as well as new activities for fans of all ages like their new behind-the-scenes Virtual Reality Dugout.
Boston Red Sox’s Pride Night tickets can be purchased here, and a full list of all Boston pride events can be found at www.bostonpride.org.