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PINKIE AWARDS 2013 PART TWO

It is already a new year, but we haven’t forgotten 2013 off course. Therefore it is time to see what got us hard……uhm I mean excited within the LGBT Community in 2013 LOL. We gave you already part one, but with so much going on we have part two here ready for you!!! Let’s give our first annual Pinkie Awards, the awards, that show our appreciation and support for everything in our Gay life.

IMG_0327IMG_0307Best Gay Pride: Amsterdam Boat Parade

Many years in Amsterdam there will be held a Gay pride, but a different one than riding trucks into the streets. This one is with floating boats through the canals of Amsterdam. This makes it stand out already and every year lots of different boats passes by thousands of people. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a boat or standing on the side, everybody is and want to be a part of it. Gays and straight people really unite during this event so immensely. This year the Dutch football union 2013-08-03T164124Z_661002077_D1AELUCWPFAA_RTRMADP_3_BOTEN-PARADE-GAY-PRIDE-980x651also had a boat to show that being gay in football/soccer should be no problem like in any other sports with coach Louis Van Gaal standing up front.

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Best Song of 2013: Same Love by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert

Jacqueline-MacInnes-Wood-jacqueline-macinnes-wood-19961864-1024-768936full-jacqueline-macinnes-woodSexiest Soap Opera Vixen Of The Year:Jacqueline MacInnes Wood of The Bold & The Beautiful

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood jacqueline-macinnes-wood-2(born 17 April 1987) is a Canadian actress, disc jockey, singer and television host. At the age of 18, Wood moved to Toronto to pursue a career in acting. She is best known for her role as Steffy Forrester on the long-running American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. jacqueline_macinnes_wood-final_destination_5-9Wood’s performance in the role has been met with critical acclaim, having garnered two Daytime Emmy Award nominations in 2012 and 2013. She is also known for her role in the horror film Final Destination 5.

Shawn-Christian-actorshawn-christian-02Soap Opera Hunk Of The Year:Shawn Christian of Days of Our Lives.

Shawn Patrick Christian (born December 18, 1965) is an American television and film actor.He landed the role of Mike Kasnoff in 1994 on As the World Turns. In 1995 he was Nominated for “Hottest Male Star” by Soap Opera Digest magazine. He starred on the show until 1997, moving to Los Angeles in the meantime. He played in series like Charmed, Step by Step, Friends, CSI, Beverly Hills 90210, Summerland 18 Shawn Christian photoand Will & Grace. In February 2008 he was cast as hunky doctor and specialist Daniel Jonas on Days of our Lives and is still a part of the cast.

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BridegroomMoviePosterDocumentary Of The Year:Bridegroom  

This documentary chronicles the story of Shane Bitney Crone and his same-sex partner Thomas Lee “Tom” Bridegroom, who died in a tragic accident. After Tom’s death, Shane found himself cut off and deprived of any legal protection. The film tells the story of their 6-year-long relationship, and the struggles Shane faced after Tom’s death, including Tom’s family not allowing him to attend the funeral.

current_coverBest Gay Informational Website: Instinct Magazine  

Instinct is a monthly magazine geared toward gay men. It was first published in 1997 by Instinct Publishing, Inc. and wants only openly Out persons on the cover or gay icons. Their website informs their readers on every LGBT related news regarding entertainment, but also on health and travelling.Instinct’s distinct voice, focusing on humor as the cornerstone of their editorial, has been providing entertainment and enlightenment to the gay community for 16 years, establishing a readership growth and loyalty that is unmatched by any other gay publication.

And with the relaunch of Instinct Online in June 2013, their daily presence is bigger and better than ever! From entertainment news to fun features and travel, instinctmagazine.com takes the best of the magazine and spreads it across the interwebs. You can follow them also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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n&nBest Lesbian Webseries: The N&N Files:

You know how Rizzoli And Isles is a lesbian cop drama, but only in subtext? This is actually a lesbian cop drama, no subtext needed. You get to watch two private investigators deal with their personal lives, as well as crime in the city of New Orleans. Originally the concept was made for network television, but the pilot never aired. Now, nine years later, the creator of that pilot Nancylee Myatt is back to bring you this web series After raising over $60,000 we will have to wait for the episodes to air — but the pilot is here to get you excited.

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Best Comedy Show Of The Year:Modern Family

picture-41modern-familyModern Family is an American comedy series which debuted on ABC on September 23, 2009. It is about three different, but related families facing trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways. In 2014 they are going for their 5th season. The show is very acclaimed for making one of the families a male gay couple, who adopt a baby and in season 4 came finally the marriage proposal between them. modern-family-jesse-tyler-ferguson-eric-stonestreet-55279The show has four consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Television Series.

Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay, Julie Bowen as Claire, Ty Burrell as Phil, Sofía Vergara as Gloria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron, Sarah Hyland as Haley, Nolan Gould as Luke, Ariel Winter as Alex, Rico Rodriguez as Manny and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily.

Steve-Grand-Nude-1aSexiest Singer Of 2013:Steve Grand

Steve Grand (born 1990)[ is an American musician and singer-songwriter from Lemont, Illinois. He became an internet celebrity and was acclaimed by many as the first openly gay male country singer to attract mainstream attention in the United States, after the music video of his song “All-American Boy” went viral on YouTube in less than a week in July 2013. Prior to launching his musical career, Grand modeled under the pseudonym Steve Chatham; he was a cover model for Australia’s DNA magazine in 2011.SteveGrandDNA2By age 13, Steve realized that he was gay and struggled to reconcile his sexuality with his Catholic faith. He came out to friends while in the eighth grade. After his parents learned of his sexuality, they enrolled him in psychotherapy for five years. While some have called his therapy conversion therapy, he does not, saying, “I was not in conversion therapy. I was seeing a Christian therapist, who, among many beliefs, believed I would be happier if I didn’t live life as a gay man”. Although he eventually decided that the therapy was ineffective, he has expressed gratitude to his psychologist, saying, “I don’t want to bash my therapist even though I’ve come to really believe that homosexuality is not a bad thing, or sinful, and not something that God wants you to rid yourself of, because I still have a lot of respect for him…. All by all he was definitely one of the hottest and sexiest singers in 2013.

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What will 2014 have to offer us………..Can 2014 top (or bottom) this?  ;-)                                       Well hopefully more Equality bills passing for gay marriages. More coming outs in the sports department to show that your sexual preference will not stand in your way to become a professional athlete. More straight allies who support our community and stand up for our rights too. Fights against homophobia in many countries and making sure that being gay isn’t a crime!!! And last but not least just love whoever comes on your path and respect each other. Be who you are and proud of it!!!

Enjoy Pink In Our Lives and have a great 2014. Be Fabulous, Be Great and Be Pink!!! Follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Big kiss,

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Lesley

DO YOU HAVE THE COURAGE?

organizing-image603x340A few months ago there was the Anti-violence Project’s 17th annual Courage Awards event in New York and unfortunately I could not attend this, because we live overseas in Europe. I wanted to be there and not because I love NYC, but this is a great project and where the projects stands for could be held everywhere in the world. In the news you hear frequently about violence and bullying regarding the LGBT community and even here in liberal and open minded countries like Belgium and The Netherlands it still happens. So this is a subject that definitely should get our attention. Because of my great friends Alan and Ray who I adore and love I can share this with you all and expect your support. Alan wrote an extra piece for my blog about this event, so read further and support our community.

Alan Locher’s story:

1272067_10151968187800499_713295821_oOn September 27, 2013, I accompanied my husband to the Anti-Violence Project’s 17th Annual Courage Awards.  My husband, Ray, sits on the Board and is the Board Treasurer / Finance Committee Chair.  He has been involved with the organization for the last four years. I am so proud of the work he does for this great charity. I personally became involved with the organization a few years back when one of my closest friends became the Board Chair.  For those that do not know, the Anti-Violence Project’s strives to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy. They are an amazing organization with a fierce and tireless leader, Sharon Stapel. 

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photo 1Each year the Courage Awards honors people within the community for their courageous efforts to end violence. This year’s honorees were “Orange Is The New Black” star Laverne Cox and author Janet Mock.  I was so excited to see both of these beautiful ladies live and in person.  My husband and I had just finished watching the first season of Orange Is The New Black.  We are big fans of the show and Laverne’s character, Sophia.  We had also recently seen the HBO documentary The Out List which features Janet Mock and other high profile members of today’s LGBTQ community sharing their struggles and triumphs of being “out” in America.  If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend you check it out.  Both women gave powerful speeches and Janet spoke of a recent young transgender woman who was killed in New Jersey. 

 

You can see her speech from the Courage Awards here:

 

My husband has already pre-purchased Janet’s book Redefining Realness redefining-realness-janet-mock-book-memoirwhich will be released in February of next year.  She is an amazing speaker and we both look forward to reading it.

 

There was another reason I was excited for this year’s Courage Awards. Steve Grand, the 22 photo 2year-old singer / songwriter, who made a splash on to the music scene in July when he released his first song / video on YouTube for All American Boy, was scheduled to perform.  I was really excited to see him.  There’s no hiding the fact that Grand is cute, but my admiration for him goes so much further. I think it took a ton of courage on his part to put his sexuality on the table in his debut single. I don’t know any other 22 year-old who openly put their sexuality on the table at the forefront of their career. I think it takes a lot of courage to do that and share your true self.  Grand is making a difference in the world whether he set out to or not. 

My husband and I were lucky to meet him that night and I was able to tell him in person how much I admired him. I personally believe by being himself he is going to help so many young kids.  I think back to when I came out and wish there was someone like Grand to look up to. He was very modest and said something like, “I am not perfect.”  Perfect or not, it takes courage to do what he did at such a young age and so early in one’s career. 

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Sharon Stapel and Laverne Cox
Sharon Stapel and Laverne Cox

All in all, The Courage Awards was a truly inspiring, informative, and special event.  I hope this year’s honorees are as proud of their awards as I am of them.  For more information on the Anti-Violence Project, please visit www.avp.org

 

If you would like to support the Anti-Violence Project, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/avpchamps-board/fundraiser/rayturoczy.

Have a great courageous Pink day!!!

Big kiss,

 Blogger Lesley and his friend guest-blogger Alan

Blogger Lesley and his friend guest-blogger Alan