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Chef Raffaele Ronca

Introducing Winner of The Food Network’s “Chopped,” Chef Raffaele Ronca, Naples-born chef  who left his beloved hometown at the age of 19 and headed for NYC to be more accepted as a gay man. Raff, who initially wanted to be an actor, quickly found success in his “day gig,” working behind the bar and, ultimately, in the kitchen of NYC’s most popular restaurants. His passion for cooking and entertaining eventually eclipsed his desire to pursue acting and led to a lifelong career. His time on the popular Food Network show allowed him to revisit his love of acting, and brought his career to a whole new level. Shortly after his win, he opened Rafele NYC’s West Village, the epicenter of the gay rights movement. The restaurant, Rafele, offered guests an authentic Italian experience and was an immediate success. Just last year, he opened a second location in Rye, New York.

Chef Ronca wholeheartedly believes in giving back to the community and supporting LGBTQ youth. He often donates his time and gifts by appearing at and cooking for various LGBTQ charities, including the Rainbow Railroad, an organization dedicated to helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals escape violence and persecution in their home countries.

Chef Ronca can speak on:

  • General features and profiles
  • World Pride themed cocktail, the Espresso Yourself Martini
  • Rainbow Railroad and supporting LGBT youth

More on Chef Raffaele Ronca:

Born and raised in Naples, Italy, Raffaele Ronca comes from a family of butchers and fishermen who collectively inspired his lifelong passion for food and flavors. With his family also in the restaurant business, Raffaele embraced cooking and culinary explorations as integral parts of not only his Italian culture, but also his heart and soul.

Working in his uncle’s restaurant in Naples and helping his mother make fresh pasta daily, Raffaele learned to respect the beauty and taste of fresh ingredients, as well as the time it takes to select and prepare them for fine dishes.

Immigrating to America at the age of 21, Raffaele worked steadily at some of New York’s most authentic Italian restaurants, including as the executive chef at Palma, chef du cuisine at Bellavitae and manager of food and wine at Caffé Torino.

Today, Chef Raffele Ronca is a winner of the hit Food Network show “Chopped.” He is also a collaborator with the James Beard Foundation, and his signature Buffalo Ricotta Cheesecake has been featured twice in Food & Wine magazine as one of the top cheesecakes in America, in addition to having received other impressive culinary accolades.

Chef Raffaele’s second restaurant, Rafele Rye, will make its debut in Westchester County, NY, in the spring of 2018.

For more information, please visit Rafele.com and contact janegoeypr@gmail.com.

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AJAY HOLBROOK

Ajay Holbrook, formally known as Ambreia Janee Holbrook, is a 21yro from Houston whom has been medically transitioning from female to male over the last 4 years.

Three years ago, he began bodybuilding. Since he’s recognized his newfound passion and love for this sport, he is dead bent on tackling one of the biggest titles,

“‘Mr. Olympia’ … this is especially a challenge because of who I am but I’m not letting anything stop me from reaching my goals. I insanely train and keep my body in top condition at all times. Recently, I packed up everything I owned to move to Los Angeles to pursue my careers in bodybuilding, dancing, modeling and music production. It has been one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make but also becoming one of the most rewarding.”

Dozens of challenges are constantly thrown Ajay’s way and he’s always having to overcome them. Many of which tie into his identity. “I don’t let them entertain me back… I’ve gone viral due to a Men’s Health and Generation Iron publication… And, [I] had so much support, but also a lot of backlash from the bodybuilding community in particular,” asserts Ajay.

Eager to prove naysayers wrong, Ajay has been eating healthy, training and is ready to tread on that stage very soon. “They may have thought they witnessed the last of me, but this is ONLY the beginning!!!”

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THINX Responds to DHHS Memo

THINX Responds in Solidarity With Transgender, Gender Non Conforming Community After Release of DHHS Memo

The Department of Health and Human Services released a memo aimed at establishing a legal definition of biological sex under Title IX.  According to The New York Times, “the agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with … Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.”  The new definition would eradicate the government’s recognition of an estimated 1.4 million Americans who identify themselves as a gender other than what they were assigned at birth.

Maria Molland, CEO of THINX, the period solutions company, reacted to the report, expressing solidarity with trans and gender non conforming individuals:

“The Trump Administration’s efforts to legally eradicate the trans and gender non conforming population is nothing short of outrageous and should be extremely alarming to everyone, regardless of age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

“At THINX, we affirm that trans and non-binary people are an important part of our communities. They are our colleagues, neighbors and our friends, and we will not allow them to be marginalized, silenced, or erased.”

As a period solutions company, THINX was one of the first to release advertisements featuring a transgender model.

Tumbler and Tipsy

WHAT:

Michael Kuluva And Tumbler And Tipsy Debuted Its 2019 Spring / Summer Collection With Celebrities, Influencers And Royal Family Members As Noticeable Models

WHEN:

Tuesday, September 11th 2018

WHO:

Michael Kuluva, Amanda Lepore, Olympian Mirai Nagasu, Sumer Rayne, Portuguese entrepreneur Betty Grafstein, Gustavo Rocha, Tulio Rocha, Alex Mapeli, Savannah Kennick (“Arrested Development”), Xuitcasecity (Recording Artists), Jose Castelo Branco, Skye Tunes, Broderick Hunter, D’Andra Simmons (“The Real Housewives of Dallas”) Jennifer Lynn DeCllis (Miss New Jersey) and more.

Last week in New York, Michael Kuluva, international designer and creator of the Tumbler and Tipsy fashion line, displayed for many, his new 2019 Spring / Summer collection with a full runway show at Style360 New York Fashion Week. Returning this year for his 8th consecutive year, Michael’s collection was one that incorporated both inspiration from street artists and the colorful and exciting motif that has always been true to the Tumbler and Tipsy brand.

Michael displayed his collection to a full house with the assistance of close celebrity friends and associates including musical act Xuitcasecity, transgender icon and international model Amanda Lepore, Mirai Nagasu (Olympian Figure Skater and US Figure Staking Champion), Dalilah Muhammad (2016 Olympic Gold Medalist) as well as international Brazilian influencers Alex Mapeli, Gustavo Rocha and Tulio Rocha (14 Million followers on Instagram combined).

Celebrity guests who were in attendance include Savannah Kennick (“Arrested Development”) Skye Tunes, Broderick Hunter, D’Andra Simmons (“The Real Housewives of Dallas”) Jennifer Lynn DeCllis (Miss New Jersey) and more.

In addition to the street style collaborations, Michael Kuluva designed a special line with CLIQ Jewelry. n 2016 and in collaboration with CreakyJoints®, the digital, patient-driven arthritis community, Michael spoke out about his experience with Rheumatoid Arthritis and has now prepared a special accessory line for Tumbler and Tipsy consisting of jewelry with CLIQ technology. CLIQ Jewelry, a Philadelphia-based jewelry manufacturer, understands that traditional rings must be large enough to pass over the knuckle, causing them to twist, turn and slip off. Their CLIQ technology allows rings to open and close around the base of the finger to fit perfectly and comfortably.

Image credits:

@reginalynnvisuals and @premium_paris

About Tumbler and Tipsy

Anchored by the creative mind and brilliant talents of professional figure skater and fashion designer, Michael Kuluva of Tumbler and Tipsy is not only reworking, redefining and revamping the world of fashion, but is taking it over by storm one sequin at a time. This sexy yet stylish brand, which is produced in Los Angeles, CA, is a colorful collection that is distinctive but never repetitive, chic and classy while being comfortable and versatile. Tumbler and Tipsy is not just a line of clothing, it’s a collection of art, it’s an embodiment of chic fashion in the modern world, and it’s a representation of a lifestyle: fun, bold, luxurious and daring.

NO GAY? NO WAY!

LGBT advocates launched the “No GayNo Way!” campaign, spotlighting the eleven anti-LGBT locations in nine different states on Amazon’s recent list of finalists for its new headquarters. The campaign asks Amazon to select a market where all employees and customers will be protected from discrimination, and is planning a series of online and local activities to raise awareness.  The campaign launched with a Plane flying over Seattle (Amazon current HQ) with banner reading “”No GayNo Way!” and a mobile billboard circulating throughout Amazon’s campus.You can view the billboard and other graphics at www.nogaynoway.com.

 

SHAKIRA BARRERA

Shakira Barrera is a New Jersey native, from Englewood, NJ. By beginning to dance at age 3, a love for the arts was obvious at an early age. Shakira graduated from ‘Rutgers University’ at ‘Mason Gross School of the Arts’ with a BFA degree. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has become a bilingual actress, proudly representing her country of Nicaragua. 

She has been on shows such as “Rosewood“, “Faking It,” “East Los High,” “Those Who Can’t” and has done movies produced by James Franco as well as Mario Van Peebles. Her favorite role to portray was for Warner Brother’s new digital media platform, Stage 13, entitled “High and Mighty” where she portrays a caring, hard-working Latina. Shakira was a part of the 14 participants of the 2016 ‘ABC Diversity Showcase’ and was chosen out of 7,000 actors. Shakira is now filming Netflix’s, “Glow,” the 1980s-set female wrestling comedy. She has joined the cast for the 10-episode Season 2 playing Yolanda aka Yo-Yo, a a Mexican American dancer/stripper and out-and-proud lesbian who joins the team. 

LGBTQ EQUALITY × CALIFORNIA

State of LGBTQ Equality in 57 California Cities Detailed in HRC’s 6th Edition of the Municipal Equality Index
Many municipalities extend vital protections to their LGBTQ citizens and visitors
 
Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, released its sixth annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), assessing LGBTQ equality in 506 cities across the nation, including 57 in California.

The 2017 Municipal Equality Index, the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law and policy, shows that cities across the country, including in California, continue to take the lead in supporting LGBTQ people and workers — even in face of renewed attacks this year on the LGBTQ community by federal and state officials.

For LGBTQ Americans, legal protections and benefits vary widely depending on location — states and cities have markedly different laws governing discrimination. 20 states have non-discrimination laws that include protections for LGBTQ people in employment, and 19 states have laws that protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in places of public accommodation. But cities are leading the way: since the MEI’s debut in 2012, the number of cities earning perfect scores has increased more than sixfold, and today at least 24 million people live in cities that have more comprehensive, transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws than their state.

The average score for cities in California is 76 out of 100 points, which falls above the national average of 57.

Anaheim – 80

Bakersfield – 60

Berkeley – 95

Brisbane – 54

Cathedral City – 100

Chula Vista – 86

Concord – 67

Corona – 60

Elk Grove – 77

Escondido – 60

Fontana – 60

Fremont – 86

Fresno – 57

Fullerton – 76

Garden Grove – 61

Glendale – 65

Hayward – 67

Huntington Beach – 61

Irvine – 83

Lancaster – 78

Long Beach – 100

Los Angeles – 100

Modesto – 59

Moreno Valley – 60

Oakland – 84

Oceanside – 100

Ontario – 54

Orange – 71

Oxnard – 53

Palm Desert – 72

Palm Springs – 100

Palmdale – 71

Pasadena – 84

Pomona – 72

Rancho Cucamonga – 54

Rancho Mirage – 100

Riverside – 65

Sacramento – 100

Salinas – 55

San Bernardino – 61

San Diego – 100

San Francisco – 100

San Jose – 100

Santa Ana – 63

Santa Clarita – 65

Santa Monica – 78

Santa Rosa – 87

Signal Hill – 97

Stockton – 70

Sunnyvale – 73

Thousand Oaks – 61

Torrance – 66

Vallejo – 81

Visalia – 62

West Hollywood – 100

Guerneville – 100

Richmond – 84

“This year’s MEI paints a vivid picture: cities big and small, in red and blue states alike, are continuing our progress toward full equality, regardless of the political drama unfolding in Washington, D.C., and in state legislatures across the country,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Today, the MEI serves as a vital tool for business leaders and municipal officials alike when it comes to economic development. CEOs know that in order to attract and retain the best employees, they must grow their companies in places that protect LGBTQ citizens from discrimination and actively open their doors to all communities. The MEI is the best tool to help these businesses make crucial evaluations about the welcoming — or unwelcoming — nature of towns and cities across the nation.”

“California is a national beacon of hope and LGBTQ equality in the era of Trump, something borne out by another year of perfect Municipal Equality Index Scores for the state’s biggest cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Jose and San Diego,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. “Contributing to these successes, Equality California has been proud to endorse more winning candidates than ever in cities and towns across California over the last year. But scores in many areas, especially in the Central Valley and other inland areas, remain depressingly stagnant and low. Equality California is continuing to devote a significant amount of our focus to these regions, whose populations include some of the most marginalized members of California’s LGBTQ community.”

Since the MEI’s debut in 2012, the number of cities earning perfect scores has increased by more than sixfold, and today at least 24 million people live in cities that have more comprehensive, transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws than their state.
Progress on transgender equality has been particularly noteworthy in cities across America this year, continuing a positive trend that the MEI has tracked — and encouraged — since 2012. Transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits are offered to employees of 111 municipalities this year — up from 86 in 2016, 66 in 2015 and just five in 2012. The MEI’s Issue Brief on Transgender-Inclusive Health Benefits is available here.

Other key findings from the 2017 Municipal Equality Index include:

  • 86 cities from states without comprehensive nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBTQ people scored above the overall nationwide average of 57 points. These cities averaged 84-point scores; 28 scored a perfect 100.
  • Cities continue to excel even in the absence of inclusive state laws: 41“All Star” cities in states lacking comprehensive non-discrimination laws scored above 85 points, up from 37 last year, 31 in 2016, 15 in 2014, eight in 2013, and just two in 2012.
  • The national city score average increased from 55 to 57 points. 68 cities scored 100 points; 25 percent scored over 79 points; 50 percent scored over 59 points; 25 percent scored less than 36; and 11 cities scored zero points.

The MEI rated 506 cities including the 50 state capitals, the 200 largest cities in the United States, the five largest cities or municipalities in each state, the cities home to the state’s two largest public universities, municipalities that have high proportions of same-sex couples and 98 cities selected by HRC and Equality Federation state group members and supporters. It assesses each city on 44 criteria covering citywide nondiscrimination protections, policies for municipal employees, city services, law enforcement, and city leadership’s relationship with the LGBTQ community. Starting in 2018, the MEI will introduce new criteria including protecting youth from “conversion therapy” and will deduct points for religious exemptions that allow discrimination by singling out LGBTQ people.

The full report, including detailed scorecards for every city, as well as a searchable database, is available online at www.hrc.org/mei.
 

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

Will & Grace 

Last night’s return of Will & Grace is all the buzz today. Viewers at HRC watch parties across the country were captivated, and there was a palpable energy at each. It’s clear the show hasn’t lost its edge and will continue to lead the American conversation about LGBTQ issues.

The highlight of the episode for many was the prominent feature of HRC “Make America Gay Again” hat. The final scene defiantly showcasing the hat is getting a lot of social conversation on our end. Here’s where you can purchase the official hat—

http://shop.hrc.org/ 

Supporting × Celebrating × Jade Phoenix

Introducing … Jade Phoenix

One of the events I am most proud of occurring at Nous Tous happened just over a week ago. Femme Salon reading series launched on August 26th to a crowd that completely packed the space and it was an amazing event. It was a celebration and safe space for femme voices that are all too often silenced and spoken for. I am super proud of the success of the event and really grateful that Nous Tous has become the kind of space that can harbor this kind of event. 

Unfortunately, the producer of the event is facing some financial hardship and instead of simply donating myself (which I did) I thought this might be a great opportunity for a few members of our community to help also. Jade is a working artist transwoman of color and any creative can attest to the fact that gigs are not always stead, so funds do not always appear with good timing.

She is is about $200 bucks short of rent, and that means that 10 people donating $20 dollars should help plenty. I know this is the type of audience that appreciates art and the emotional labor that comes with it. On this Labor Day I would love to encourage you to support, Jade, her daughter, and her work. If you can’t help out now, please follow her on social media and keep a look out for ways to support in the future. Payment details below. Thank you for showing up.  

Venmo: @jade-phoenix

Cashapp: $jadephoenixx82

IG:@_jadephoenix

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Thank you,

Maceo


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Trump Revealed on Opioid Epidemic 

With more than 100 Americans dying every day from drug overdoses, Trump declared it was time to take action and officially declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency. The announcement was short on details. Declaring a national state of emergency involves more than just a brief statement from the president to the press — there’s a formal process that requires documents to be signed and legal steps to be followed.

On ViceNews.com, Keegan Hamilton details Trump’s informal state of emergency declaration and how a White House spokesman confirmed that the paperwork still remains incomplete.

The informal state of emergency declaration follows a pattern for the Trump administration. Much like his recent tweets about banning transgender people from the military or his early executive orders about cracking down on crime, Trump’s opioid gambit has been — at least so far — all flash and no substance, attracting attention without making any major policy changes.

Read “State of no emergency” by VICE News’ Keegan Hamilton here: https://news.vice.com/story/trump-officially-declared-an-opioid-emergency-and-then-officially-did-nothing. Follow @vicenews and @keegan_hamilton for more updates.