Tai Beauchamp and Wilson Cruz to host 10th Annual ADCOLOR Conference & Awards

Ahead of the organization’s annual award conference and awards, ADCOLOR, the premier organization celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries, is proud to announce that they have secured actor Wilson Cruz and style influencer Tai Beauchamp as co-hosts of the event.

“We are honored to have Wilson Cruz and Tai Beauchamp host our 10th Annual ADCOLOR Conference & Awards,” said ADCOLOR Founder and President Tiffany R. Warren. “In their careers and lives they have used their celebrity to challenge the status quo so that people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ community can see themselves as TV stars, fashion editors and icons. We could not be prouder to have these two points of light helping us to usher in our 10th year!” Read The Rest

Watch Out for Charity Scams After Orlando Shooting

Excerpt of USA Today article by Brooke Niemeyer, Credit.com

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, many want to help victims and their families by giving donations. Unfortunately, scammers may try to take advantage of their kindness.

“Scammers depend on heightened emotion and often follow closely behind tragic events,” Holly Salmons, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Central Florida, said in a press release.

In these situations, crowdfunding sites can be set up quickly to collect donations. Because these sites aren’t generally vetted, anyone may be able to set one up, including scammers, which we saw following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

If you are considering making a donation to the Orlando shooting victims, the Better Business Bureau encourages you to be safe online. Don’t click on links you aren’t familiar with, and be sure to check the URL for accuracy. Scammers often register a misspelled version of a popular website to lure people who hit the wrong key. (You can read more about how to spot an internet scam here.)

Here are a few other things you should be aware of:

Vague appeals: If the site doesn’t explain how they intend to use the funds being donated or say when they’ll be used, the Better Business Bureau says it’s a red flag.

Government registration: The majority of states require charities register with a state government agency before soliciting, so be sure you’re giving to a registered charity.

Family funds: Families may set up their own assistance fund, so it won’t be registered with the government, but the Better Business Bureau says to make sure the money is received and administered by a third party (like a bank, CPA or lawyer), as this will help ensure the funds are used appropriately.

Transparency: A charity should clearly account for the funds they receive and how they’re spent after they’re raised.

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Kerry Washington and Cast of Scandal attend LA Human Rights Campaign Gala

Kerry Washington and the cast of Scandal attended the 2013 Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala on Saturday night.   They rubbed beautifully dressed elbows with the Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, Darby Stanchfield (Abby), President of Disney-ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney, actor Jeff Perry (Cyrus), actress Katie Lowes (Quinn), and actor/producer Dan Bucatinsky. (Photo below via)

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Madonna Joins GLAAD In Campaign to End Boy Scouts’ Gay Ban

This past weekend, Madonna took the stage at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards to present the Vito Russo Award to advocate, award-winning journalist, author and talk show host Anderson Cooper. The Vito Russo Award is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.

Madonna wore a Boy Scouts outfit as part of GLAAD’s year-long campaign to end the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay scouts and leaders.

In her presentation speech, she had a few choice words about the Boy Scouts’ ban on openly gay leaders and scouts.  At first, she playfully listed her qualifications for being a scout, but ended with a strong message about acceptance and bullying. 

“I can rescue kittens from trees. . Most importantly, I know how to scout for boys,” she said, adding, “I think they should change their stupid rules.”

The Boy Scouts of America doesn’t allow openly gay people to serve in leadership positions or become scouts.  In a world where bullying has been a hot topic because of the many teens who commit suicide after succumbing to the abuse of their bullies, tolerance and acceptance has been the mission of many.  But, as we can see, there are still those who lean on closed-minded ways of thinking.

Ever an advocate of the LGBT community, Madge addressed the bullying of young gay, lesbian and transgender people.

When I think about young kids in America who are being bullied and tortured, who are taking their own lives because they feel alone and judged, outcast and misunderstood, I want to sit down and cry a river of tears,” Madonna said.

Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell, who was ousted as her son’s den leader because she is gay last year, also spoke onstage.

We’re making sure that no parent ever has to look their child in the eye, like the Boy Scouts made me do, and say that your family isn’t good enough,” said Tyrrell. “You really need to know about the loving way GLAAD staff has treated our family. Taking my countless phone calls at all hours of the night, crying with me and holding me through rivers of tears.”

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Madonna to Present Anderson Cooper with GLAAD Award on March 16th

Award-winning journalist, author, and talk show host Anderson Cooper will be honored with the Vito Russo Award at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York. Cooper will be presented with the award on March 16, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

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