Why it Gets Better: 10 2015 Ads Featuring LGBTs

As mentioned in a previous post, seeing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) folks in advertising used to be considered marketing poison. General public sentiment against LGBT folks kept advertisers from featuring our community in their ads. Those that did market to us did so quietly; in specific gay-only publications. That is now no longer the case.

Out magazine notes Ad Age‘s highlight of 10 LGBT advertisements of 2015.

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Why It Gets Better: You Can Help Promote Tourisim

The Hawaii Convention and Visitors Bureau has come out with a video for their #LetHawaiiHappen campaign which stars a gay male couple. Christian Alarid and Shane Alarid (née Barnes) get a surprise Hawaii wedding with family and friends being flown in from the mainland.

Honolulu Civil Beat notes that both men are in the military:

Christian serves in the Air Force and will enter the Air Force ROTC program next fall at the University of Hawaii, while Shayne recently completed his service in the Marines and is now a full-time student at Hawaii Pacific University. (source)

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I Love LoCash’s ‘I Love This Life’

While This tune is defiantly one to be grouped into the ‘Ol’ Dirt Road’ songs that litter country music like beer cans in the moonlight, LoCash’s ‘I Love This Life’ connects with me for the following reasons: 

1) I love the quick pace of the song. The rapid fire of the lyrics and the instrumental carry you along with it. It’s a good head nodding in the truck song. 

2) The twang of singer (Peston Burst or Chris Lucas? It’s hard to tell the boys apart). His high pitch, nasal sound fits a song like this so perfectly.

3) The lyric of ‘I love driving my truck across a railroad track/if you hit it too quick, it will hit ya right back.’ Everyone loves that bounce that happens when you come across the tracks too fast. It is that mix of ‘wahoo’ and ‘oh crap, hope I didn’t scrape up my undercarriage.’

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Social Newtorking Website, Gay-Cowboys.com, to Close

GayCowboysDotComScreenshotProgress does not come without a price. Our advancements in equality have come in leaps and bounds. We celebrating the joyful time of the holiday season of 2015 with greater acceptance and equality than many in our community could have ever dreamed of when the fight for our rights first started. But that acceptance also comes with a price to be paid. Our greater acceptance and equality means that some of the old ways we had of connecting with each other no longer have the activity and interaction that they once had. One of those ways, the social networking site, gay-cowboys.com will be ceasing operations at the end of 2015.

From the gay-cowboys.com webmaster: Continue reading

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Steve Grand Covers ‘All I Want For Christmas’

Though much more subdued than the original Mariah Carey version, Steve Grand’s cover of ‘All I Want for Christmas’ is worth watching for the same-sex smooching and cuddling.

Gay people have long wanted to see ourselves reflected in the music to which we listen in a way that accurately portrays the way we live and love. Grand’s video accomplishes that. His interaction with the male co-star of his video represents us and reflects us in a way we have long desired to see.

Thanks Steve Grand for helping to break down another barrier with your music.

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Coming Out is Just a Click Away

The times they are a changing. The website Queerty reports on a new option that many people have taken to come out of the closet, via Facebook:

Gay Star News reports that 800,000 Americans in total came out on Facebook over twelve months, posting to their profile expressly to reveal same-sex attraction or specifying their preferred gender.

That’s nearly three times what the number was last year.

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HIV Prevention is a Conversation, Not a Competition

Danny Pintauro, who discussed his HIV positive status with media mogul Oprah Winfrey and later with Raven-Symoné and Candice Cameron Bure on the talk show the View, has revealed that he became HIV positive via oral sex. This statement from Pintauro has lead to criticism of Pintauro within the gay community (see Ken Schneck’s article ‘The Problematic Case of Danny Pintauro’ or read through any of the comments section on sites carrying the story). This kind of reaction is exactly the kind of reaction that shuts down the HIV prevention conversation and limits education.

When we place a standard on who can speak and how you can ask question; when we say unless you’re at this level of educated don’t talk about HIV or ask questions, we instill a culture of shame on people who want to converse, be educated and learn about HIV infection and prevention. We engaged in the same shame tactic, subtly, that we were criticizing Symoné and Bure of engaging in.

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