Gay Wine Weekend 2013
A Weekend of Wine & Celebration in California Wine Country
To benefit Face to Face Sonoma County AIDS Network
Out in The Vineyard is proud to announce Gay Wine Weekend 2013 in California Wine Country- Featuring TWILIGHT T Dance, a weekend of wine & celebration, benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network.
Three full days of LGBT events in Northern California's magnificent Sonoma Valley - home to some of the world's most prestigious wines and wineries. Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP
receptions, wine tasting excursions, champagne brunch and wine auction in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world. Friday, June 14th
VIP Host Hotel Guests’ Welcome Reception - 3:00 PM -6:00 PM - El Dorado Hotel on The Plaza
Sonoma Plaza Wine Tasting
Passport $25 - 5:00 PM -8:00PM
Take a walk around the Sonoma Plaza where many Tasting Rooms will be staying open late and offering specials to our Gay Wine Weekend Guests
Wine & Dine OUT in Sonoma – Winemakers’ Dinners $95 - 7:30 PM
Lasseter Family Winery and El Dorado Kitchen; La Crema and The Girl & The Fig; Sebastiani Vineyards and Meritage Martini Oyster Bar & Grille; Peju Province Winery and Saddles Steakhouse and Enkidu Wines and The Epicurean Connection. Saturday, June 15th
Winery Tours & Lunch $85 - $99- 10AM - 3PM
Tours to some of the best producers in Sonoma and Napa Valleys with the girl & the fig CATERS! box lunches.
Twilight T-Dance - Atwood Ranch, Glen Ellen, CA VIP Reception and T-Dance $150 - 5:00PM – 10:30PM
General Admission T-Dance $80 7:00PM - 10:30PM"Après
-T"After Party $20 – El Dorado Hotel 11:00PM Sunday, June 16th
Gay wine auction and recovery brunch - $50 11:00AM
100% of the monies raised benefit Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network
Sunday Pool Soirée - $20 2:30PM -
6:00PM – El Dorado Hotel
Full details and ticket information: http://www.outinthevineyard.com/events/gaywineweekend2012/About Out In The Vineyard
Out In The Vineyard is an experiential Wine Country Event and Travel company promoting positive LGBT lifestyles and offering exclusive, luxury itineraries and events in Wine Country for the discriminating gay traveler and their friends. www.outinthevineyard.com
Connextions Magazine gets personal with Eduard Leonard, member of the Overtone Band and star of E!’s TV series "Mrs. Eastwood & Company."
"Nothing is more important to me than family – no matter how you define that," said Dina Eastwood. "People might be surprised by how we live our lives and our unconventional approach, and I also believe that it's hard not to fall in love with my band, 'Overtone.'"
"I'm really proud of my family," adds Clint Eastwood. "They are a constant source of inspiration and entertainment."
CM: How did you meet Dina and Clint?
Eduard: Clint and Dina were in Cape Town, South Africa during the filming of Invictus in early 2009. Our group, Overtone, was performing a Queen tribute show called "Killer Queen," during the same time. One night Dina and some friends went on a "girls' night out," when she happened to pick up a flyer from the sidewalk promoting "Killer Queen" and they decided to attend a show. After the show, Dina approached us and said she would like to book a private show for the cast and crew which included Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman and of course Clint. Later that week we performed for them and that was where we first met Clint.
CM: What has been the best and worst part about leaving South Africa and moving to California?
Eduard: The worst part is most definitely leaving my family and friends behind. I am part of a tiny close family and a very close knit circle of friends. Coming here felt like I had my whole support structure pulled from under me. The best part is having a whole new world open for me, not only opportunity wise but also in my frame of reference. Here I can truly start a new, free life.
CM: What new experiences have you had since moving to California?
Eduard: West Hollywood and the San Francisco Pride was a culture shock to say the least. The way people live and let live is truly
inspiring. The Vegetarian friendliness is also a great surprise.
CM: What made you decide that you wanted to pursue music as a career?
Eduard: I’ve been performing in some way or another since I was very young. I have been singing for as long as I remember. The first time I sang alone was at a high school talent show and the response I got from the audience also was a determining factor of whether I had "it" or not. I developed a true passion for singing while in the choirs I've been part of. Singing at the Mozart Requiem in St. Petersburg with the University of Johannesburg Choir sealed the deal for me.
CM: How would you describe your place and function in Overtone?
Eduard: I am one of the front men of the group. I sing tenor or soprano when I'm not singing lead. I am also a total clown and the
philanthropist of the group. I also handle all the social networking (remember to follow @overtoneband on Twitter).
CM: What is it about your personality that helped you and your band mates stick together and thrive?
Eduard: We all have mutual respect for each other. Being the comic relief and having the ability cook I think helped as well.
CM: How many languages do you speak?
Eduard: I am fluent in Afrikaans and English. I can get my way around German and Dutch and I'm busy learning Hebrew and Spanish.
CM: What helped you decide to 'come out' and who was it hardest to tell?
Eduard: Truthfully I'm still in the process of coming out. Not everyone in South Africa knows yet. It was hard to tell my mom, even though I knew she would never cut me out of her life. I think every son who has a close relationship with his mom feels afraid to disappoint her in any way. Dina has been helping me with the process ever since I told her. She has helped me to realize that I can, as she would say: "exist in your normal state." I also have friends back in South Africa who have been behind me all the way.
CM: How did your band mates and your new family react to you coming out?
Eduard: There have been some hiccups in the band but you cannot expect everyone to shift their mindset overnight. However, now things are very comfortable. As for Dina, her brother Dominic, Clint's daughters Francesca and Morgan (all of whom are featured in "Mrs. Eastwood & Company" premiering Sunday, May 20th at 10pm ET/ PT on E!), I've experienced nothing but support from them. I had this misconception that Clint is very old school and might not understand, but then he directed "J Edgar" where he worked with Dustin Lance Black, and I saw a new side of him that made me respect him even more.
CM: How have your fans responded to you coming out?
Eduard: I'm still in the process of coming out publicly. I have yet to find out what their response will be. Hoping for love.
CM: Do you have any words of wisdom for others in similar situations?
Eduard: Freedom is bigger than fear. Be true to yourself. Give people time to come around as you might be pleasantly surprised at how much deeper your relationship with them can become. Don't be hard on yourself. Those who choose not to understand, choose to remain uneducated. The problem isn't with you, it’s a reflection of their own insecurities and fears. Inevitably you want true
friends and loved ones who love you no matter what. Love yourself first and love will find its way to you.
Pride in Business Expo
June 23-24, 2012
The Petersen Automotive Museum
Los Angeles, CA
Pride season 2012 is uponus. The decades-old tradition of celebrating the LGBT community’s uniqueidentity and culture has historically focused on political, health and social issues.The Echelon Pride in Business Expo empowers the economic side of LGBTindividuals with an emphasis on jobs, small business expansion and franchiseinvestment. The event is strategically organized to encourage businessconnections within our three Pavilions: Careers, Small Business andFranchising.
“Hyundai takes the lead by supporting this economic stimulus for theLGBT business community and Echelon Magazine is honored to have them as ourpresenting sponsor,” stated Michael Lamb, Editor in Chief of EchelonMagazine.
In addition to headliningthe Expo, Hyundai will participate in the Diversity Seminar and showcase some oftheir new vehicles.
Additional sponsors and exhibitors include: Wells Fargo Bank, Union Bank, US Postal Service, 7-Eleven, Fantastic Sams, Benetrends, So. Cal Edison and more...
“We are looking forward to being the Presenting Sponsor of the Echelon Pride in Business Expo and re-introducing Hyundai to the LGBT business community”, stated Walter Rodriguez, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion for Hyundai Motor America. “As a business, we know that we can only continue to succeed if we are inclusive of all. We believe that our strategic partnership with
Echelon Magazine will be a new cornerstone in our foundation for growth.”
A special discount isoffered to LGBT small businesses to exhibit at the event. Attendance to theExpo is free to the first 2000 registrants.
Registration is now open! Visit www.prideinbusinessexpo.com
About Echelon Magazine
Echelon Magazine is the premier bi-monthlydigital magazine serving the LGBT business community.Since 2004, the websitehas produced a wealth of information about the ever-evolving LGBT Businesscommunity. The company also publishes a weekly newsletter distributed to over 4,000opt-in subscribers that provides the latest information on the LGBT business.In keeping with their mission, Echelon also owns GayFranchise.com andGoGayBiz.com.
JASON ALDEAN AND LADY GAGA TO PERFORM ON "THE GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE!! — COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT®"
LL COOL J SET TO HOST ONE-HOUR LIVE EVENT ON NOV. 30
CBS Entertainment Special Will Announce Nominations for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE SANTA MONICA, Calif.
Country artist Jason Aldean and five-time GRAMMY® winner Lady Gaga are the first performers announced for "The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night®" (www.grammy.com
). Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J once again is set to host the one-hour special, which takes place live on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The show, which will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees, will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network (www.cbs.com
) from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys
. This concert special marks the fourth time nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards will be announced live on primetime television. Last year's airing of the nominations special led to increased ratings in all key demos for the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast earlier this year, delivering the show's best ratings in all key measures in more than a decade. Tickets for "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" go on sale Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. PT, and are available online at www.nokiatheatrelalive.com
and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at 800.745.3000. For discounts on groups of 10 or more, and for more information on VIP packages, visit www.aegtickets.com
or call 877.234.8425. The road to Music's Biggest Night begins with "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" and culminates with the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
"The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer. LL COOL J is producer. Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture.
For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com
. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys
, a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys
, and a YouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys
Who: Bodybuilder Chris Tina Bruce
What: Competes in NEW gender
Where: Scottish Rite Center, San Diego, California
When: Saturday, October 29, 2011
San Diego's own Transgender Bodybuilder and Fitness Guru “Chris Tina Bruce" will return to the bodybuilding stage on October 29, 2011 at the Scottish Rite Center in San Diego. Like Chaz Bono on "Dancing with the Stars" her goal is to demonstrate equality. She will be the first open Transgender bodybuilding competitor to compete in her new gender. She will also be the first bodybuilding competitor to have competed both as a male and then female.
Connextions Magazine wishes Chris Tina Bruce GOOD LUCK
in the competition! We would love for you to send her Good Luck wishes as well... please send messages to her facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverHealthandFitness
For more info:www.DiscoverHealthandFitness.com
On September 2, 2011 California State Senate approved Seth's Law (AB 9), a bill designed to enact policies on the harassment of LGBT students in California schools.
The Law is named after Seth Walsh who attempted suicide and died as a result of the sustained injuries from his attempt in 2010. Seth was only 13 years old. Although the police investigation provided evidence of the bullying, no criminal action was taken against the students.
As stated by Equality California
:Although California has adopted anti-bullying legislation, LGBT youth are still subject to harassment, intimidation and bullying. Seth's Law will tighten anti-bullying policies in California schools by ensuring that all schools have clear and consistent policies, instituting better training and clearer guidelines for teachers and administrators, and establishing shorter timelines for investigating claims of bullying. AB 9 will help create a respectful and safe environment for all students.
Twitter Equality California: @eqca
GAY WINE WEEKEND 2011Friday, June 17 - Sunday, June 19, 2011
Join OUT IN THE VINEYARD as we launch the world’s first ever GAY WINE WEEKEND in California Wine Country - Featuring TWILIGHT T Dance, in Celebration of Gay Pride Month, benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network.
Enjoy 3 Full Days of LGBT events in Northern California's magnificent Sonoma Valley - home to some of the world's most prestigious wines and wineries.Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP Receptions, wine tasting excursions, and laugh with the best of San Francisco's LGBT comedians.
For more info: http://www.outinthevineyard.com/events/