To purchase tickets to HRC’s Greater New York Gala, please visit www.hrc.org/boxoffice.The HRC Greater NY Steering Committee and Gala Chairs cordially invite you to join us as we celebrate our victories and work towards full equality and civil rights.
Individual Tickets: $475
Federal Club: $375
Individual Tickets: $675
Federal Club: $575
Federal Club Council (Major Donors):
2 complimentary tickets
To purchase tickets, call 800.494.8497 or visit www.hrc.org/boxoffice.
Connextions Magazine, the Travel Magazine for the LGBT Traveler since 2010, joins the Human Rights Campaign family as The Travel Media Sponsor for the HRC Greater NY Gala and Chapter.
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than one million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC's vision a reality.
Manny Velasquez-Paredes, Editor In Chief of Connextions Magazine says, "the Connextions Magazine family is thrilled to join the HRC Family. This organization fights for the LGBT community and we feel lucky and proud to join them in the fight." Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs. HRC works to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other LGBT organizations.
The Greater New York Gala is one of HRC’s most prestigious events of the year, attracting over 1,000 of the organization’s most active leaders, supporters, and members. The event regularly draws political officials from federal, state, and local governments, as well as celebrity entertainers and leaders in the business community.
Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, the two Key West men, whose lawsuit helped pave the way for same-sex marriage equality in Florida, had their tuxedos fitted Monday afternoon in preparation for their wedding very early Tuesday. The happy couple completed their marriage license application paperwork at Key West's Monroe County Courthouse Friday, and plan to exchange vows just after receiving their license at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday in the Keys' first same-sex wedding.
"I'm a big ball of nerves right now -- my stomach is in knots -- but I'm so happy that I finally get to marry him," said Jones as he stood beside Huntsman, as they try on fitted with white shirts, electric blue vests and traditional black bowties and tuxedos.
For Jones, the wedding will mean removing a piece of jewelry - a large silver-toned bracelet - which represents, as Jones calls it, a "shackle of inequality," but he will remove it on his wedding day.
According to a spokesperson for the county clerk's office in Key West, the office will open at 11:30 p.m. Monday night and prepare to issue up to 100 marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
While other weddings may take place in the wee hours Tuesday morning, Huntsman and Jones' ceremony is to be the first in the county and in the Florida Keys.
Connextions Magazine congratulates Aaron Huntsmand and William Lee Jones on winning the battle for equality! We also would like to congratulate all of the happy couples who will also now be able to marry in Florida!
Thinking of getting married? Would you like to win a wedding and honeymoon package worth over $25,000.00? Are you a same-sex couple, engaged to be married?
If you answered YES to either of the above questions, then keep reading!
Our friends at EnGAYgedWeddings.com & The Original LGBT Expo have teamed up to create the wedding of your dreams & of course they have also added the honeymoon package!
Enter by February 12, 2015 to Win!
Begin your forever after with a wedding ceremony at the LGBT EXPO in exciting New York City! You'll stay at the Intercontinental New York Times Square Hotel inspired by chic Manhattan residence with floor to ceiling windows and stunning views of Times Square and the Hudson River!
Enjoy Your Wedding Ceremony at The LGBT EXPO in Manhattan, New York City!
Enjoy Your Romantic Honeymoon at Los Altos de Eros in Tamarindo, Costa Rica!
Los Altos de Eros is a 5-Star Costa Rica boutique hotel & spa resting on a 27 acre estate atop a small mountain with stunning views to the Pacific Ocean. Incontestably and universally rated as a "5- Star" Luxury Hotel in Costa Rica. Los Altos de Eros Boutique Hotel & Spa has won more major International awards on TripAdvisor since 2007 than any other hotel in the world!
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How To Enter:
The 2015 EnGAYged Wedding EXPO Giveaway is open to all Same-Sex Couples who are engaged to be married and are legal residents of the continental United States and 21 years of age or older at time of entry. Giveaway Entrants will submit a short story and photo(s) that best showcase the couple’s love story and why they feel that they should win the Giveaway. Submit Your Love Story and Couple's photos to Entry@engaygedweddings.com.
The following information is required to be submitted in your e-mail:
For complete rules & more information visit: EnGAYgedWeddings.com - DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 12!
The largest and longest running LGBT Expo in the world shows off new design, VIP ticketing options, enhanced social network, blog, and much more and of course Connextions Magazine will return for a 5th year in a row! Life Out Loud Events, producers of the Original LGBT Expo, announced the launch of the new interactive website, as well as different ticketing options, such as general admission and VIP admission.
The Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, NY will be transformed on February 28 & March 1, 2015 because the Original LGBT Expo will feature a dramatically enhanced Expo experience. The biggest addition to the Original LGBT Expo 2015 is the all-new VIP Ticket Package. Fans who purchase VIP tickets will receive a custom LGBT Expo bag and T-shirt, plus access to tons of freebies and discounts from exhibitors and sponsors. The ticket also grants exclusive access to the VIP lounge on the show floor and free admission to the LGBT VIP After Party. For more information on the VIP Ticket Package, go to: http://thelgbtexpo.com/vip.
All of this info and much more is now available on the newly-launched official website,http://thelgbtexpo.com
To purchase tickets, for either General Admission or VIP admission, visithttp://thelgbtexpo.com/tickets. The 22nd Original LGBT Expo takes place February 28 & March 1, 2015 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th Street, New York, NY, 10001.
Lance Bass of *NSYNC Marries Michael Turchin - Kristin Chenoweth & JC Chasez Sing the Couple's First Dance
According to E! and People, Lance Bass and Michael Turchin have tied the knot!
The setting was the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The VIP list included *NSYNC members and friends Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez. The wedding featured a special performance by friends JC Chasez & Kristin Chenoweth, who sang for the couple's first dance as husbands.
E! televised the wedding for a special, Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding, which will air on February 5 at 8:00pm ET, Lance & Michael's wedding will be the first time a wedding between two male celebrities will air on American TV.
To read full story visit Eonline.
Connextions Magazine is so pleased to be part of the first ever Virtual Reality GLBT Travel Expo!
EVENT DATES: NOVEMBER 15 - 16, 2014
B2B: 11 am to 12 noon EST
B2C: 12 noon to 5 pm EST
WHAT IS IT? The 1st Global Virtual Reality GLBT Travel Expo will connect GLBT travelers to the hospitality Industry worldwide! It also provides a B2B opportunity for travel professionals to reach their counterparts across the world before the expo is open to a community of savvy travelers.
Register now and don't miss this exciting event! Make sure to stop by the Connextions booth and say hello!
Register and learn more about this event here --> http://www.virtualrealityglbttravelexpo.com/
This year's 2014 GLBT Travel Expo in NYC's Washington Square was yet again, a wonderful networking success!
The event was held on April 27, 2014.
A quaint atmosphere with just the right amount of gay swag. Next up is the 2014 GLBT Travel Expo in Chicago on May 4th. Sadly, Connextions will not be among the many vendors with great travel options but will be promoting the success of this event just the same!
Connextions Magazine was thrilled to attend this year's GLBT Expo in New York City. The event was held on March 22-23, 2014.
This is our 4th consecutive year and yet again, we take first place in social media marketing and coverage of the event! Yes, we give ourselves this award because we have a team attending the event, as well as a team of social guru's at the office who blast the excitement all weekend long - on all social channels. We searched on Saturday evening, but did not find more than a photo or two from other media outlets and vendors.
Disappointing but also true, even the EXPO itself had no social presence throughout the weekend. We have found the most used hashtag to be #glbtexpo.
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GLBT Travel Expo Tour
Saturday, December 14, 2013
The Westin Beach Resort & Spa
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Connextions Magazine IN THE HOUSE!
A quaint, intimate and dignified affair.
In lieu of one annual expo, the "GLBT Travel Expo" goes on tour each year to hold trade shows in several cities across America. Connextions Magazine attended the expo held in New York City, at NYU on April 28th, 2013.
Before opening doors to attendees, I engaged in conversation with some of the other exhibitors and we all expressed concern that due to the gorgeous spring day, the visitor count may be decreased. But to our surprise --this was not the case!
I spent all 5-hours of this trade show, talking shop with visitors to my booth. There was a non-stop flow of people, but never so over-crowded that my conversations were cut short or I wasn't able to give my full attention to each visitor.
The expo remained true to its purpose -- A trade show dedicated to businesses in the gay-friendly travel industry. No other distracting events took place during the show, which gave exhibitors an opportunity to truly market their product or services in a targeted environment.
Kudos to Steven Levenberg for a well-thought and well-designed travel expo for the glbt community. Looking forward to our next one!
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