Gay-Friendly Companies JC Penney, Lexus & Allstate Win BIG at GLAAD Amplifier Awards

Isis King, Carmen Carrera, Phi Phi O’Hara, Jiggly Caliente, Mimi Imfurst, Noah’s Arc’s Wilson Cruz and more joined forces at New York’s XL Nightclub for the 2012 GLAAD Amplifier Awards.

Sponsored by GayCities, the nation’s leading companies who celebrate the LGBT community were honored for their contributions.

This year’s nominees included major commercial brands like Johnson & Johnson, JC Penney, Ray-Ban, General Motors, Lexus, Orbitz, Absolut Vodka, Amtrak, Marriott, Allstate, Kraft, Wells Fargo and American Apparel. JC Penney was the big winner of the evening, taking home the Hot Spot Award for mainstream-market advertising for its groundbreaking “First Pals” ad featuring gay dads Todd Koch and Cooper Smith Koch and their kids.

The awards, which honor LGBT-inclusive marketing, advertising and public relations, saw carmakers Lexus and General Motors tied in the LGBT market category —Lexus getting a hat-tip for its celebration of The Advocate‘s 45th anniversary and GM for its cute hybrid ad, “Mom, Dad, I’m Electric”.

Insurance company Allstate won the digital and interactive media award for “Equality Is,” while the sports nonprofit You Can Play won in in the public-relations category with “The Faceoff”.

“Tonight’s nominees and award recipients set new industry standards which underline the value of gay and transgender consumers,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “More and more companies are moving toward campaigns that include LGBT people, not only as potential customers, but as part of the American cultural fabric.”

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Manila Luzon Speaks On Sahara Davenport's Death

Thank you to all my fans for your love and support through this tragic loss of our Beloved Sahara. If you find it in your hearts to help his family with the funeral, I encourage you to donate even one dollar via PayPal to: saharadavenportmemory@gmail.com

Thank you. I love you.

Moments ago ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ star Manila Luzon posted a message to supporters regarding the loss of partner Sahara Davenport who passed this week from heart failure. The family released a statement earlier this week “Live, love, and believe” as she would do.

Isn’t this the cutest pic ever? <3 <3 <3

STUDY: Gays & Lesbians Are More Cultured Than Heteros… And We Drink More, Too!

According to Target-10, a company that makes “strategic, integrated marketing programs targeting gay consumers”, their look at the 2011 Experian Simmons LGBT Study shows gays and lesbians are more likely to be more social overall, attend a concert, dine out and try foreign foods, hit the party scene, and get wasted than our counterparts!

We also make more money than heteros, although that was somehow excluded from this report. I’m sure it was a grave error by one of the new interns. View the full report from Target-10 presented as a cuuuuute infographic by clicking here.

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GAYS BEWARE: Syphillis Cases Up 97% In Texas, Health Dept. Blames Jack'd & Grindr

Officials in Texas say syphillis cases are on the rise in Houston and Harris County. From January to August 2011, there were 174 cases of the sexually transmitted bacterial infection. From January to August 2012, there were 318 cases.

The current uproar in Texas says 39% of it’s patients who are finding out they have syphillis are also finding out they are HIV positive. And, 13 babies in Houston alone have been born this year with congenital syphillis.

Syphillis infections across the state were seeing a year-to-year downfall until 2012. Centers for Disease Control advisor Michael Thomas seems to know what makes this year’s numbers so shocking.

“Primarily we’re seeing an increase among men who have sex with men and the primary factor in that risk group is related to the internet, meeting partners over the internet and through social networking sites,” Thomas tells KTRK-TV


Syphilis begins with a raised sore that goes away and comes back weeks later as a rash. The rash may go away but still affect your brain heart and skin.

From KTRK:

The Houston Health Department is extending their hours so that more people can get treated or tested. HDHHS offers testing and treatment services at Sharpstown Health Services, 6201 Bonhomme; Sunnyside Health Center, 4605 Wilmington; and Northside Health Center, 8504 Schuller.
They recommend immediate testing for the following:

  • Men who have sex with men
  • People who engage in anonymous sex
  • Anyone who has had multiple sex partners
  • People who test positive for other sexually-transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea, Chlamydia and HIV

Houston’s last syphilis outbreak occurred in 2007.

Information on testing sites and syphilis is available by calling HDHHS’ HIV/STD Information Hotline at 832-393-5010. For additional syphilis information, visit www.houstonhealth.org.